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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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Carla Chiavacci, Office Manager

  • Carla earned a BS in Business Administration, a BA in English and an MEd in Integrated Language Arts from The Ohio State University.
  • Carla provides administrative support to Orientation and First Year Experience programs and initiatives.
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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.
 

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.
 

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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