Pre Professional Program Staff
Clare Spathelf is the Assistant Director of the BGSU Office of Pre Professional Programs and an adjunct faculty member. She is a two-time alum earning a Master of Arts degree in Higher Education Student Affairs (CSP) and a Bachelor of Science in Education. She has been employed with the university for seven years. Prior to her work at BGSU, she was an Academic Advisor at Owens Community College and she also served as the At-Risk Youth program coordinator at the Wood County Educational Service Center (7 yrs. service) where she assisted 14-21 year olds with their education and employment goals. Clare began her career in education in the classroom as a reading specialist.
She currently serves on the Advisor Training & Professional Development Commission and is a member of Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Health Honor Society. She is an Advisory Board member for the Center of Undergraduate Research (CURS) and also a member of the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions and Pre-Law Advisors National Council. Clare is the mother of two adult sons; Miles, a habitat biologist who resides with his wife Mandy, a veterinarian, in Anchorage, Alaska. Trevor, Associate Director of Competitions, at the Tennessee Golf Foundation in Franklin, Tenn is currently acquiring his PGA Professional Golf Instructor credential. He resides with his wife, Lindsey, a math educator, in Tennessee. Both Trev and Lindsey are BGSU alums, who have recently joined the time honored tradition of Falcon Flames.
When away from work, Clare loves to travel and spend time with treasured family and friends.
Rachel Litten is a first year graduate student in the Master's of Food and Nutrition Program. She is from Cleveland, Ohio and graduated with a bachelor's degree in Applied Health Science from BGSU. She spent some time in a graduate program in Pennsylvania before deciding to return to BGSU.
She currently coaches gymnastics part time and because of her experience with children, hopes to become a pediatric dietician. Rachel also volunteers regularly with Food for Thought in Toledo, Ohio.
Rachel hopes that her undergraduate experience and previous graduate school experience can help guide students to find the path that is best for them.
Alanna Meadows is a senior from Columbus, Ohio majoring in Nutrition Science with minors in Biology and Chemistry. Upon graduation, she would like to go to medical school to achieve her goal of becoming a physician.
After traveling with MEDLIFE, she aspires to work in underserved communities to provide medicial care to those who suffer from medical disparities. In addition to being the President of MEDLIFE, Alanna is higly involved in Academic Investment in Math and Science Scholars (AIMS) program and had been an ambassador for three years.
As the MEDLIFE Chapter President, Alanna hopes to assist pre-health students reach their academic and personal goals. Alanna has also participated in the SMDEP/SHPEP at the University of Louisville and project PREMED at Marshall University.
Alex is a fourth year undergraduate student and a native to Bowling Green, Ohio. He is working towards a bachelor's degree in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Spanish.
On BGSU's campus, Alex is an active member in MEDLIFE and will be serving as Treasurer during the 2017-2018 academic year. In addition, he works as a Learning Assistant in the Biology department where he is able to share his passion for the sciences with his fellow peers. After graduation, Alex will peruse a career in medicine with the aspiration of attending medical school and, one day, becoming a physician.
Returning from a semester abroad and drawing from his experiences here in Northwest Ohio, Alex hopes to offer new insights and encouragement to pre-health students on their journey through undergrad and beyond.
Pre-Health Faculty Associates
Dr. Steven Chung is a lecturer of chemistry and pre health professions advisor at Bowling Green State University. He received a Bachelor’s of Science degree at Harvey Mudd College in California and a Doctor of Philosophy degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he studied the reactivity of organic molecules bound to platinum and rhenium. He then did postdoctoral research and Iowa State University where he studied the catalytic conversion of soybean oil into drying oils. He has taught organic chemistry courses since 2000 and at Bowling Green State University since 2007. He serves on the chemistry department undergraduate curriculum committee, the College of Arts and Sciences curriculum committee and the BGSU science olympiad planning committee. In his spare time he enjoys competing in 5k road races and watching academic competitions such as BGSU’s Brain Game.
Pre-Law Faculty AssociateS
Dr. Kevin Vallier is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Bowling Green State University. His research focuses in political philosophy, normative ethics, political economy, and philosophy of religion. Vallier is the author of Liberal Politics and Public Faith: Beyond Separation (Routledge, 2014) and Must Politics Be War? In Defense of Public Reason Liiberalism, forthcoming from Oxford University Press. He has also published over twenty peer-reviewed articles. Vallier has worked at BGSU for 4 years and directs it's program in Philosophy, Politics, Economics, and Law (PPEL).
BGSU graduate who received her juris doctorate from the University of Toledo College of Law, has been teaching legal studies courses, including Business Law, Environmental Law, Employment Law, and Public Health Law at BGSU for over 30 years. She wrote the first undergraduate Environmental Law textbook, now in its 8th edition, as well as The Legal Environment of Business: A Critical Thinking Approach (Pearson Education, 8E), Dynamic Business Law (McGraw-Hill, 4E), and Dynamic Business Law: The Essentials (McGraw-Hill, 3E).
She has also published over 75 articles in law reviews such as the Harvard Women’s Law Review, the American Business Law Journal, and The Environmental Professional. She enjoys writing articles with students interested in going to law school, and some of her student co-authors were able to get into such schools as the University of Michigan Law School, the University of California at Berkeley Law School, and Stanford Law School.
Pre Professional Programs Advisory Board MEMBERS
Private practice and founding partner, Perrysburg Family Physicians from 2005 to the present. Partner with Oak Valley Primary Care in Swanton, Ohio from 2001-2005. Private practice in Barbados from 1999-2001. Graduated from Mercy Health Partners Family Practice Residency Program in 1999, Toledo, Ohio. Graduate from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 1996, (MD), Cincinnati, Ohio. Graduated from Cedarville University with Honors in 1989, (BS), Cedarville, Ohio. Born and reared in Barbados, spent three years of high school in Canada, and married his sweetheart Kelley in 2001. The two have five children together. Serves on the Board of FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes), Great Lakes Region. Actively involved with his church, Redemption City Church, Maumee, Ohio. Enjoys attending his kids’ sporting activities (and there are lots of them), and BGSU sporting activities. Currently coaching his son Lukas for Toledo Christian Schools 5th Grade Boys Basketball.
Dr. T. Ryan Phipps was born in Bowling Green, Ohio. He received a Bachelor of Arts studying at Miami University, a Master’s of Science in Biology from Bowling Green State University, and a Doctorate of Dental Surgery from The Ohio State University.
He continued his dental education at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio where he completed a General Practice Residency. This program focused on advanced training in general dentistry, oral surgery, pediatric dentistry, and endodontics. Dr. Phipps also completed rotations in medicine, anesthesia, trauma care, and also completed advanced courses in pharmacology and treatment of medically comprised patients. He is certified in intravenous conscious sedation and advanced cardiac life support.
He belongs to the ADA, ODA, TDS as well as the Great Black Swamp Dental Study Club. Ryan enjoys being active in his local Rotary Club chapter. He currently resides in Bowling Green with his wife Rachel and young daughter Georgia. When he does have free time, he is cheering on the Falcons and Buckeyes, playing golf, running, cycling, swimming, cooking, or hiking with his golden retriever Bernie.
Dr. Jennifer Croce Rokke, originally from New Jersey, received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Zoology from Miami University and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University's School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in 2000.
Following graduation, she began working for a small animal clinic in Perrysburg Ohio where she served as Associate Veterinarian and Medical Director for 13 years.
During her career, she has enjoyed working in a variety of veterinary fields such as pharmaceutical research, small animal relief work, corporate medicine vaccine clinics, online telemedicine, and worked with Golden Retriever Rescue Resource of Toledo as one of their area veterinarians.
She is a member of the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association, the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association, The National Veterinary Cancer Society, The American Association of Feline Practitioners and the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Jason Foote was raised in Whitehouse, Ohio, and currently resides in Waterville. He graduated in 2001 with his Doctorate of Pharmacy degree from Ohio Northern University’s Raabe College of Pharmacy in Ada, Ohio. He is presently taking classes toward a Masters of Science in Health Informatics at the University of Findlay.
After graduation, Jason spent his first 8 years in retail, hospital, and long-term care pharmacy before finding his passion in managed care. He supervised the Medication Therapy Management program at Express Scripts, a large pharmacy benefit manager, through 2015. He is now employed at CareSource, a health plan in Dayton, where he is responsible for Medicare pharmacy oversight and development of strategies to improve Part D Star Ratings.
Jason is a member of Ohio Pharmacists Association. He is also active in the Principle Advisory Committee at Fallen Timbers Middle School and been involved in Boy Scouts and coaching youth sports. If he isn’t spending time with his wife Heather or his son Caleb, he can be found running, golfing, or playing softball.
Elizabeth was born in Bowling Green, Ohio in 1966. She moved with her family to Ithica, New York where her father attended Law School at Cornell. She moved back with her family to BG and started kindergarten. She graduated from BGHS in 1984. Elizabeth spent the summer of 1984 in Rio de Janeiro then enrolled in Miami University's 'Western College' School of Interdisciplinary Studies and received her Bachelor's degree in Philosophy.
Elizabeth's first job after college was with Greenpeace, the environmental organization. In that capacity, she traveled quite a bit all over the country and lived in Manhatten, Atlanta, Ann Arbor, Los Angeles, and DC and ended up as the Director of Greenpeace Oregon. She then ran the seven offices, in the West Coast Region. She was the Director of Development for a community radio station in Portland, Oregon and also was in development at Oregon Trout, an anadramous fish habitat preservation organization.
She had her son at age 31, got married and became a stay-at-home mother for the next twelve years. She had her daughter when she was 37 years old. As her kids grew up, she decided to re-enter the workforce by pursuing a law degree. She was encouraged by the ability to earn a juris doctorate in three years-no thesis. Elizabeth moved her family back to BG and attended The University of Toledo Law School from 2001-2014. She is now practicing law in downtown Bowling Green, by joining her father, Norman Geer, who has been in practice for over forty years. She has a typical small town practice where she does a variety of types of law, including family law (juvenile, divorce, custody, abuse and neglect) as well as criminal and civil disputes. She also writes Trusts and does Estate Planning...etc. She participates in two legal clinics, the Community clinic as well as the Senior Center to make legal services accessible regardless of income.
When she is not driving her kids around to sports practices and events, she spends her spare time bike riding, skiing, walking her dog, reading and spending time with family. Elizabeth currenlty serves on the Board of the BG Chamber of Commerce, the Wood County Historical Society and Museum and is Vice-President of the Wood County Bar Assocaition.
Dr. Jessica Turos is the Associate Director of Institutional Effectiveness. She earned a doctorate in higher education administration and a master’s degree in college student personnel from Bowling Green State University. Jessica also earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Penn State. She has worked at the BGSU Career Center for more than 10 years. Jessica serves on a variety of campus committees including: Student Achievement Assessment Committee, President’s Advisory Council on Diversity and Inclusion, CIO Advisory Board, Job Analysis Questionnaire Grading Team, Leadership Academy Planning Group, and Administrative Staff Council Ombuds. She also is involved with a variety national and local professional organizations; she serves on the Directorate Board for ACPA’s Commission for Assessment and Evaluation and as the Scholarship Chair for the Ohio Cooperative Education Association.
Kelly Fullenkamp, MOT, OTR/L attended the University of Findlay, graduating with her Master of Occupational Therapy degree in 2003. She is certified through the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) and is currenlty licensed in the State of Ohio through the Ohio OTPTAT Board.
She started her career in Wilmington, DE at St. Francis Hospital, a small community hospital which offered her experience in acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, and transitional care. Kelly also assisted at Select Specialty Hospital, a long-term acute care facility (LTAC).
Kelly returned to Ohio and spent the next four years at Miami Valley Hospital (MVH) in Dayton, a level one trauma hospital. She spent two years as a full-time acute care OTR before accepting the Acute Care Clinical Coordinator position.
Another relocation brought Kelly to Bowling Green. She resumed her OT career at a skilled nursing/extended care facility. Intially as a staff OTR and then as a Director of Rehabilitation.
Currently, Kelly is employed by Med1Care, evaluating/treating clients in the home care setting while providing a rewarding opportunity to impact client's in their own environment.
Dr. George Hebeka hails from Warren, Michigan. He attended Wayne State University on a full merit scholarship, earning a Bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences in 1995. He then attended the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, completing his Doctor of Dental sugery degree in 2000.
After completing Dental school, Dr. Hebeka completed a General Practice Residency at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. There he trained in advanced procedures including endodontics, oral surgery, trauma training, and IV sedation. Throughout his dental career he has taken extensive continuing education, including completing the Comprehensive Implant Residency program (CIRP) in Birmingham, Alabama.
Dr. Hebeka practices dentistry in Bowling Green, Ohio in the group practice Drs. Phipps, Levin, Hebeka and Associates. He is professional member of ADA, ODA, TDS, and GBSSC.
Dr. Hebeka lives in Perrysburg, Ohio with his wife and three children. He is involved in CYO Basketiball coaching for his kids in Lial Catholic School. In his free time, he enjoys weightlfting, kickboxing and watching all pro and college sports associated with U of M and Detroit.
Nicole Bergman PA-C, is a certified Physican Assistant.
Nicole was born and raised in Northwest Ohio. She received her Bacheor's degree in Exercise Science with minors in Biology and Chemistry in 2008. in 2010, she graduated with her Master's degree in Biomedical Sciences, Physician Assistant form the University of Toledo. Nicole has worked in Emergency Medicine and currently in Dermatology.
Nicole is licensed by the Ohio State Medical Board. She is an active member of her church, Hope Community Church of the Nazerene, Oregon, Ohio. Nicole currently resides in Genoa with her husband Bob and two children Bo and Britain. In her free time, Nicole enjoys being a mom, playing sports, gardening, cooking, vacationing and spending time with ther family and friends.
University of Toledo, OTD, CLT, OTR/L
University of Maryland, BA
New York State College, BFA
Dr. Brujic graduated for the New England College of Optometry in 2002. He practices full scope Optometry with an emphasis on ocular disease of the anterior segment. contact lenses, and glacoma.
Dr. Brujic is on the editorial board for a number of optometric publications. He has published over 200 articles and has given over 1000 lectures, both nationally and internationally on contemporary topics in eye care.
He is a member of the American Optometric Association and American Academy of Optometry.
He enjoys spending time with his wife, Sonia and daughters Zoe and Ava.
Pre Professional STUDENT AMBASSADORS
Austin is a senior from Hartsgrove, Ohio majoring in Biology on a Pre-Veterinary Medicine track. He hopes to attend The Ohio State University's Veterinary Medicine Program Fall 2018.
He has been a member of Bowling Green State University's Pre-Veterninary Medical Association for three years and was the President of the Pre-Veterinary Association for the last two years.
Austin has been a professional dog trainer the last four years for hunting and companion dogs. He mostly trains dogs to qualify in AKC Hunt Tests or simply as companion-hunting dogs depending on the client's request.
Austin truly looks forward to recruiting perspective pre-veterinary students and representing the pre-veterinary students on campus.
Blair Baumle is a junior from Haviland, Ohio majoring in Neuroscience with a minor in Chemistry. Blair is a scholar with the Academic Investment in Math and Science (AIMS) program on campus, where she serves as an Ambassador. Upon graduation, Blair plans to attend medical school with the goal of becoming a physician.
Blair is the President of the College Diabetes Network on campus, where she works to connect diabetics across campus and educate the campus about what it means to live with diabetes. Along with other leadership roles, she also works as a Resident Advisor and Tour Guide. When Blair isn't busy studying, voluntering, working, or completing projects, she enjoys coloring and crafting new things.
Blair is very excited to work with the Office of Pre-Professional Programs as a Pre-Med Student Ambassador and cannot wait to connect with pre-medicine students and assist them in their journey on their way to medicial school.
Savannah Malnar is a junior who is majoring in Sports Management with a minor in Business on the pre-law track. She is also a student in the Honors College. She grew up near Frederick, Maryland.
She is the President of the Sports Management Alliance, a professional student organization with over 100 members. Her organization focuses on getting student experience in the sports industry, along with providing opportunities to network with sports professionals in a wide variety of areas such as marketing, facilities, and team management. Savannah plans to use her education, experiences, and eventually a law degree to achieve her dream job of being a General Manager of a National Hockey League team.
In the rare times between planning, networking, and homework, Savannah enjoys running and baking her famous chocolate chip cookies
Brooke is a junior from Versailles, Ohio majoring in Pre-Exercise Science to pursue a career in Occupational Therapy. She is a member of the American Medical Student Organization and Exercise Science Club. Most of her time is set aside to serve as President and Founder of the Occupational Therapy Club and to actively participate in Rally Cap Sports. She is part of the strategic development team for Rally Cap while also volunteering as a buddy.
Academically, Brooke serves as a student researcher with fellow Exercise Science classmates in a student lead research consortium.
She is thrilled to be a Pre-Professional Student Ambassador for the Office of Pre Professional Programs to assist those interested in the Pre-Occupational Therapy track.
Blake is a senior from Monroeville, Ohio who is majoring in Exercise Science on the Pre-Physical Therapy (DPT) track.
Outside of his studies, Blake is greatly involved on campus. He is the President of the Pre-Physical Therapy Club and BGSU Track and Field Club. The Pre-PT Club was established to help students learn more about the process of becoming a future Physical Therapist. The Track and Field Club serves with the purpose of providing an opportunity for students to continue their involvement in the sports of cross country and track and field at the collegiate level.
As a Pre-Professional Student Ambassador, Blake aspires to guide students along their path towards their dreams. He has found the Office of Pre-Professional Programs to be such an incrediable resource throughout his educational expereince. He hopes to give back in a way that honors that great individuals that once helped him.
Ashley is a sophomore from Cleveland, Ohio majoring in Biology on the Pre-Dentistry track while minoring in both Chemistry and Business.
While she is not in class or studying, Ashley is very involved on campus. She is the Director of Fundraising for her sorority, Delta Gamma. In this position she runs fundraising events and assists the VP of Foundation with events to benefit the philantrophy, Service for Sight. She is also the Secretary and Service Officer for the Delta Delta Sigma Pre-Dentistry Association (DDS). This organization helps to prepare and educate fellow pre-dent students on the process for applying to dental school, while also giving students opportunities to be involved in local service activities associated with dentistry. Ashley is also a member of MedLife, a medical service club and serves as a research assistant in a Biology lab.
Ashley is very excited about being a Pre-Professional Student Ambassador and looks forward to meeting and assisting students interested in the Dental profession.