Student Affairs Leadership Council Cohort 2017-2018

The Division of Student Affairs Leadership Council is comprised of successful alumni and friends who advise the Vice President for Student Affairs and Vice Provost on matters of student engagement, student retention, student leadership development, and overall student success. The Council meets twice per year (fall and spring). Our work is organized around subcommittees that meet during our fall/spring meetings. Members are expected to attend meetings, actively serve on subcommittees, and provide financial support to the Division and/or student organizations and affinity groups (minimum contribution of $1,000 per year).


Dr. Thomas J. Gibson, Vice President for Student Affairs and Vice Provost



Timothy F. Smith, Chair

Timothy F. Smith graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1965 and a Master of Arts in College Student Personnel in 1967. Smith was the Assistant Dean of Students in 1965 to 1975. After working for Wood county as a County Administrator, for the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Ohio, and Sky Insurance, then proceeded to come back to Bowling Green State University to work as the Associate Vice President for Research and Economic Development until 2013.


Neal Allen '63, '67, and '75

Neal received his Bachelor's Degree in Education in 1963, a Master of Arts Degree in College Student Personnel in 1967 and a Specialist Degree in Educational Administration in 1975, all from Bowling Green State University.  Neal then joined the BGSU Admissions staff as an Admissions Counselor in 1993.  Here he counseled prospective students and parents on admission requirements, application process, residence hall options, academic majors, student life and financial aid.  For the next eighteen years he represented BGSU at many college programs and high school visits throughout the state until his retirement in 2011.


Sue Ballard

Sue Ballard is Associate Vice President for Alumni Engagement at Syracuse University. Her tenure with BGSU included a variety of alumni and volunteer engagement activities. Through collaborative efforts, Ballard assisted with the creation of alumni engagement activities including alumni events via chapters and societies, cultivation and stewardship receptions, homecoming gatherings, regional and national centennial celebrations, career mentorship and internship opportunities, and student-centered summer admission events. In addition, Ballard has substantial board management experience through her work with BGSU’s alumni board and foundation board, as well as Cincinnati Children’s foundation board.


Sharon Cook

A graduate of Bowling Green State University, Sharon has been serving the Real Estate needs of Buyers and Sellers in the Columbus area since 1986 and has completed well over $500 million in sales. She has dedicated her career to the pursuit of excellence and professionalism and has the highest reputation for integrity among her peers in the profession.Sharon was appointed in 1998 to serve a nine-year term on the Board of Trustees of Bowling Green State University, serving as chairman during the end of her tenure. Presently she is serving as a charter member of the Student Affairs Advocates Board. Sharon and her husband, Don, are members of The Ohio State University Buckeye and President’s Clubs.


Joe Copeland

Joseph H. Copeland, 1975 Alumnae has a B.S. in Education from Bowling Green University and a M.Ed. from the University of Cincinnati.  Joe has taught and coached both elementary and middle schools.  Additionally, he has over 25 year’s administrative experience in both the public school and non-profit arenas.  He currently serves as advisor of the chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity he chartered at BG and works for Net Pac International, LLC.  Joe resides in Columbus with his wife, Deborah.


Karen Dematteo

Karen DeMatteo graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education. She taught in Montgomery County Schools in Maryland for 35 years. She was very involved the Kappa Delta sorority at the University of Maryland, was alumni Panhellnic President as well as chairman of the 100th anniversay of the Greek System. DeMatteo was Co-chairman of the committee which wrote the document of Greek Vision for the University of Maryland.


Greg Forte

Greg earned a B.A. in Business Administration at Bowling Green State University. Greg was most recently a consultant at Pathfinders|Management Performance International (MPI) where he worked with clients to drive strategic growth through improved work systems, training and organization development.  Prior to the Freedom Center, Greg was a Senior Executive with the Procter & Gamble Company where he spent 32 years with increasing responsibilities. Mr. Forté is President of OE-DE Investment Group; an investment group focused on uplifting the community. OE-DE’s members are fraternity brothers who also attended BGSU with Greg.


Pauline Furman

Dr. Pauline J. Furman is the Executive Director and Owner of the Center for Individual & Family Counseling, Inc. She has been in private practice for the past 25 years. The office provides mental health services to individuals, couples and families.Dr. Furman has been an active member of the BGSU Black Alumni Committee for several decades and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.


Gordy Heminger '99, '02

Gordy Heminger graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science in 1999 and a Master’s Degree in College Student Personnel in 2002.  After graduation, Gordy worked at BGSU in the Office of Campus Activities, Office of Residence Life and the Office of Alumni and Development.  In 2009, Gordy left his position as Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life to become the 15th President and Chief Executive Officer for Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity.  Gordy currently leads three Alpha Sigma Phi entities: the Fraternity, the Foundation and the International Housing Board.


Michael E. Kuhlin '68

Mike Kuhlin retired as Senior Director of Corporate Relations for Ameritech, now AT&T. He went on to hold senior positions with the Lyric Opera of Chicago and, currently, the Voyage Financial Group. In addition to serving on the Student Affairs Leadership Council, Mike is Chair-elect of the University’s Foundation Board of Directors. He also is Secretary of the Special Olympics of Illinois Foundation, a Board member of the Owensboro Health Foundation in Kentucky and the Grand Haven Homeowners Association in Romeoville IL. 


Dr. Susan K. Lang

Dr. Susan Lang, Superintendent of Wyoming City Schools, has served as a public school superintendent for the past 17 years. She co-authored and published “Short Cycle Assessment: Improving Student Achievement Through Formative Assessment”. In addition to receiving the Governor’s Award for Educational Leadership, in 2014 she received the Betsey M. Cowles Women in Leadership Award given by the Buckeye Association of School Administrators (BASA). In 2017 she was named Ohio’s Superintendent of the Year. She is a tireless leader advocating for public education at the local, state and national levels.


Ed Leedom '89

Ed Leedom received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University in 1989 and a CFP® designation from the College for Financial Planning in Denver, CO. Leedom began his career with Harbor Capital Advisors and after moving around a bit, he rejoined Harbor Capital Advisors, Inc. in 2001. As a senior vice president of Harbor Funds Distributors, his responsibilities include developing and maintaining new and existing institutional client relationships in the Lower Midwest region as well as managing internal sales support activities.


Ray Marvin

C. Raymond Marvin is a private investor in the telecommunications field. He graduated from Bowling Green State University in Liberal Arts in 1960 and from the University of Michigan School of Law in 1963. After service in the U.S. Air Force, he practiced law in Cleveland with Baker and Hostetler and later with the Ohio Attorney General. From 1975 to 1986 he held the positions of Founding Executive Director and General Counsel of the National Association of Attorneys General in Washington, DC.


Matt Maurer

Matt Maurer is the Senior Director of Innovation & Growth Strategies at Reynolds Consumer Products, a consumer products company with household brands including Hefty and Reynolds. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from BGSU in 2006 and in 2017 earned an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management's Executive Program at Northwestern University. 

At BGSU, Maurer also serves as a member of the Universities Alumni Board of Directors as well, the Chair of the College of Business Young Alumni Board and is a proud member of the Presidents Club and the Falcon Club. Outside of BGSU, Maurer serves as President of the Board of Directors for his National Fraternity, Alpha Sigma Phi.


Shirley Paley


Danielle Parker

Danielle Parker '16 is an Assistant Director of Development for Bowling Green State University where her focus areas are the Division of Student Affairs, priority projects for the Office of the Provost, and the Honors College. Prior to returning to BGSU, Danielle was the Advancement Director for the Montessori School of Bowling Green. While she was a student here at BGSU, Danielle served a term as the Student Body Vice President and earned a degree in both Political Science and History.


John Quinn '69, '72

John Quinn is a 1969 and 1972 graduate of BGSU with an undergraduate degree in Education and a masters in History. Originally from Canton, Ohio John lived in Bowling Green for 48 years and moved to Cincinnati in 2013. John taught high school  for 30 years in the Bowling Green School District . He also served in various positions in BG city government for 34 years and was mayor from 2000 - 2011.


Judy Wahrman

Judith Wahrman graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Doctorate of Philosophy in Educational Administration and Supervision. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from New York University. She has taught higher education at University of Findlay, Bowling Green State University and Lourdes College. Judith Wahrman has been recognized and awarded grants and certificates for her excellent endeavors throughout her career.


Marsha Watts

Marsha L. Watts graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelors degree in Psychology and Sociology. She then went on to graduate with a MEd in Counseling and Guidance from Xavier University in Cincinnati. She currently works at Mount St. Joseph University as a Director of Upward Bound. Watts also currently is a consulting associate with Lee Hecht Harrison, a Career Management Organization.

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Kelly McCray