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Staff Bios

Catherine P. Montalto, Director

  • Catherine earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from The Ohio State University and a PhD in consumer economics from Cornell University. Catherine joined Ohio State’s faculty in 1992 and First Year Experience in 2018.
  • Catherine’s areas of responsibility include strategic planning and coordination of efforts and activities to support and enhance students’ academic success, with emphasis on new first-year students. Catherine represents FYE on the Undergraduate Education Leadership Team.
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Lydia Anderson, Program Coordinator

  • Lydia earned her BS in Kinesiology from Arizona State University and MA in Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership from the University of Northern Colorado. 
  • Lydia collaboratively supervises FYE Peer Leaders and contributes to programs and initiatives geared toward students who would benefit most from support and resources in their first year. 
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Amy Collins-Warfield, Assistant Director

  • Amy earned a BA in History from Ohio Wesleyan University, an MA in Cross-cultural and International Education from Bowling Green State University, and an MA in Educational Policy and Leadership from The Ohio State University.
  • Amy’s areas of responsibility include oversight of the FYE Peer Leader model and managing data collection and analysis to support student retention and persistence.
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Nicole Craven, Associate Director

  • Nicole earned a BA in English from The Ohio State University and an MA in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University.
  • Nicole's areas of responsibility include developing and coordinating University Orientation and office communication and outreach.
 

Ivory Douglas, Program Coordinator

  • Ivory earned her BA in Communication Studies from Texas State University-San Marcos and MA in Higher Education and Student Affairs from The Ohio State University.
  • Ivory collaboratively supervises FYE Peer Leaders and contributes to programs and initiatives geared toward students who would benefit most from support and resources in their first year. 
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Ashley Gerlach, Office Manager

  • Ashley earned her BS in Community Leadership from The Ohio State University
  • Ashley provides administrative support to Orientation and First Year Experience programs and initiatives.
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Eric Jaburek, Assistant Director

  • Eric earned a BA in Political Science from Carthage College and an MS in College Student Personnel from Western Illinois University. 
  • Eric’s areas of responsibility include oversight of the FYE Peer Leader model and managing data collection and analysis to support student retention and persistence. 
 

Jenny Osborn, Associate Director

  • Jenny earned a BS in Psychology from The Ohio State University and an MEd in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of South Carolina.
  • Jenny's areas of responsibility include developing and coordinating University Orientation, Land Grant Opportunity Scholars and collaboration with colleagues in academic units.
 

Louise Vasher, Program Coordinator

  • Louise earned a BA in Religion from Denison University and an MA in Higher Education and Student Affairs from The Ohio State University.
  • Louise collaboratively supervises FYE Peer Leaders and contributes to programs and initiatives geared toward students who would benefit most from support and resources in their first year. 
 

Darius Whitaker, Program Coordinator

  • Darius earned his BS in Business Administration and MEd in Higher Education – Student Affairs from the University of Missouri.
  • Darius collaboratively supervises FYE Peer Leaders and contributes to programs and initiatives geared toward students who would benefit most from support and resources in their first year. 
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