Janeil Bernheisel, Sinclair Community College
Manager of Curriculum, Transfer and Articulation

Janeil Bernheisel began her career in higher education in 1979 at Santa Fe Community College, in Gainesville, FL. After graduating with a two-year liberal arts degree from Santa Fe, she moved back to Ohio and began taking classes and working at Clark State Technical College. In 1986, Janeil began working in the Office of Financial Aid at Sinclair Community College. She has held several different positions at Sinclair and is currently the Manager of Curriculum, Transfer and Articulation in the Provost Office. In addition to her associate’s degree, Janeil holds a bachelor's degree in Social Psychology from Park College and master's degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Dayton.


Peggy Chalker, Southern State Community College
Dean, Articulation & Transfer | Director, Student Success

Peggy Chalker has served higher education as an administrator for over 30 years in Ohio, DC, and Virginia. Her experience has included all types of institutions: private, public, research based, community, regional, single gender, large and small. She has served both academic and student support and has managed departments as a dean, director, and department chair. Most recently she holds the position of Dean, Articulation & Transfer/Director, Student Success at Southern State Community College. She holds two degrees from University of Cincinnati, and her Ph.D. from American University in Washington, DC.


Paula Compton, Ohio Dept. of Higher Education
Associate Vice Chancellor for Articulation and Transfer

Dr. Paula Compton joined the Ohio Board of Regents in May 2005 as the Director of Articulation and Transfer. In 2009 she became the Associate Vice Chancellor for Articulation and Transfer. In this current position, Dr. Compton provides leadership and direction for all aspects of Ohio’s Articulation and Transfer initiatives, including statewide councils and committees, the Articulation and Transfer Clearinghouse, policy development and implementation, as well as communication and marketing. She is also the Executive Director of the Ohio Articulation and Transfer Network started in 2010.

Prior professional positions include serving as the Associate Vice President for Enrollment Services at The University of Toledo, Enrollment Strategist at The Ohio State University, Senior Director of Admissions and Student Financial Aid at The University of Toledo, and the Associate Director of Admissions at The Ohio State University, where she was instrumental in implementing competitive admissions. She also has a background in guidance counseling, academic advising, student services, and college teaching and worked at Miami University, Wright State University, Mount Saint Mary College, University of Connecticut, and Xenia High School.

Dr. Compton earned a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration and a master’s degree in Guidance Counseling and Student Personnel Work from The Ohio State University. She was awarded a bachelor’s degree in Math and Speech Secondary Education from Miami University.


Maureen Cooper, Franklin University
College Credit Plus Manager

Maureen Cooper is currently the College Credit Plus Manager at Franklin University. Prior to joining the College Credit Plus Department in 2017, she worked for two years as the Community College Representative for Urbana University Branch Campus of Franklin University, assisting community college students through the transfer process. Throughout her 14-year career in higher education, she has also worked in various roles such as Admissions, Academic Advising and Continuing Education. Maureen has a B.S. in Biology from Wright State University. She is passionate about the power of education to change lives and enjoys assisting students in meeting their educational goals.


Rachel Fulton, University of Cincinnati
Senior Academic Evaluator for College Credit Services

Rachel Fulton currently serves the University of Cincinnati as Senior Academic Evaluator for College Credit Services in Enrollment Management. Her role focuses on the oversight of UC's articulation agreement processes, including supporting internal and external partners in the development of mutually beneficial agreements. Prior to entering her role at UC in July 2019, Rachel served in advising and transfer professional roles at IUPUI and Ivy Tech Community College in her home-state of Indiana. She has worked in higher education as a transfer champion with an advising heart since 2010.


Jenny Garringer, Franklin University
Community College Regional Manager

Jenny Garringer currently works as the Community College Regional Manager at Franklin University, a role she has held for 3 years. This role allows her to assist students at community college partners interested in continuing their education through Franklin’s 3+1 Program. Jenny helps identify additional bridge classes that could still be taken at the community college beyond their associate degree to make attainment of the bachelor’s degree more affordable while building relationships within the community colleges. Prior to this role, she spent 5 years as an academic advisor for both undergraduate and graduate students at Franklin’s Beavercreek location. Before her time at Franklin, she spent 10 years as the Marketing and Enrollment Manager for the College of Engineering and Computer Science at Wright State University and served 2 years as the Business Programs Chair at Miami Jacobs Career College. Jenny has a bachelor’s degree in marketing as well as an MBA, both from Wright State University.


Candice Grant, Ohio Department of Higher Education
Senior Director of the Ohio Guaranteed Transfer Pathways

Candice Grant is the Senior Director of the Ohio Guaranteed Transfer Pathways with the Ohio Articulation and Transfer Network and Ohio Department of Higher Education. She is committed to the development and implementation of student-centered and faculty-driven policies that promote equity of access to higher education.


Kaci Kortis, University of Cincinnati
Assistant Director for Advising

Kaci Kortis has worked at the University of Cincinnati since 2011, in various roles. She currently serves as the Assistant Director for the Transfer and Transition Advising Center. The TTAC serves current and prospective students including transfer, transition, and nonmatriculated advising. Kaci has previous experiences accessibility services, program coordination, and advising. She enjoys helping students find their best path to graduation.


Jennifer Mack, Franklin University
Community College Regional Manager

Jennifer Mack currently works as a Community College Regional Manager for Franklin University. Her role at Franklin is to assist students making the transition from their associate degree to bachelors as seamless as possible. Jennifer earned her bachelor’s degree in public relations with a marketing minor from Wright State University and a master’s in higher education from Ashford University. She has worked in higher education for over 12 years, holding positions in admissions, academics, student services and career services. Higher education has always been a passion for Jennifer. She feels fortunate to work with students every day to help them pursue their goals.


Donnie McGovern, University of Cincinnati
Director of Transfer, Transition, and Central Advising Services

Donnie McGovern currently serves as the Director of Transfer, Transition, and Central Advising Services at the University of Cincinnati. He has spent over 20 years in higher education in both 2-year and 4-year colleges and universities, with primary focus on transfer and academic advising functions. Donnie is a proud and active participant in the Southwest Ohio Transfer Summit team, who recently launched the www.transferohio.com website, a resource for students and advisors looking for information about transferring to a 2- or 4-year school in Southwest Ohio.


Joyce Richards, Southern State Community College
Academic Advisor

Joyce Richards is an academic advisor at Southern State’s central campus in Hillsboro. Serving the populace throughout southwest Ohio, she assists transitioning students with pathway planning and career objectives. A graduate of the University of Dayton, her career has encompassed leadership, counselor, and instructional roles within secondary and post-secondary education.


Jared Shank, Ohio Department of Higher Education
Senior Director of Military and Apprenticeship Initiatives and Special Projects

Jared Shank is the Senior Director of Military and Apprenticeship Initiatives and Special Projects at the Ohio Articulation and Transfer Network at the Ohio Department of Higher Education. Prior to working in higher education, Jared served in the Army. His military background gave him a strong interest in helping service members and veterans succeed in higher education. Jared is responsible for MTAGs, Apprenticeship Pathways, and leading projects related to military credit such as the Ohio Values Veterans initiative. Jared earned his Bachelor of Arts in geography (G.I.S.) and his Master of Science in earth and environmental sciences (geophysics) both from Wright State University.


Amanda Spencer, Wright State University
Director of University Academic Advising

Amanda Spencer is the Director of University Academic Advising at Wright State University. In her position, Amanda works with university administration and Enrollment Management to explore optimal ways to serve transfer students and build bridges for seamless transfer experiences. Amanda also collaborates with university administration, college deans, and department chairs to work with students who have submitted transfer appeals to find the best solutions for their transfer needs. Prior to starting her current role in 2017, she served students in Wright State University’s Raj Soin College of Business for six years as the Assistant Director of Academic Advising and Enrollment Management, and as an academic advisor. Amanda has supported transfer students at both the university and academic college level for over 14 years, spanning multiple institutions and academic advising-related positions. She has contributed to the creation of numerous articulation agreements and pathway plans. Amanda holds two bachelor’s degrees from Ohio University and a master’s degree from the University of Dayton.


Jessi Spencer, Ohio Department of Higher Education
Director of OATN Policy, Budget, and Constituent Relations

Jessi Spencer is the Director of Ohio Articulation and Transfer Network (OATN) Policy, Budget, and Constituent Relations at the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE), whose work focuses on transfer initiatives within the state of Ohio. She has a keen interest in continuing to build seamless transfer systems centered around faculty-driven and student-focused higher education policy. She has experience in a variety of functional areas, including Transfer Assurance Guide (TAG) and Ohio Transfer Module (OTM) learning outcomes development, implementing OATN policies, and managing numerous OATN budgets. Ms. Spencer earned her master’s degree in public administration from Wright State University and bachelor’s degree in public relations emphasizing in marketing and communication from Ohio Dominican University.


Amy Sues, Clark State Community College
Dean of Institutional Effectiveness, Planning, Assessment, and Accreditation

Amy Sues is the Dean of Institutional Effectiveness, Planning, Assessment, and Accreditation at Clark State. She has nearly 30 years of experience in higher education in both community colleges and universities. Amy started her career in Student Affairs and held positions in Academic Advising, Career Services, and Student Leadership. Within the last decade she has been working in Academic Affairs at Clark State Community College. In her current role, she serves as the HLC Accreditation Liaison Officer and has helped the college with several new degree programs including the applications for baccalaureate degrees. Additionally, she serves as the contact for articulation and transfer and assists faculty in TAG, OTM, and CTAG development. She oversees Institutional Research, the Library, and the Center for Teaching and Learning.


Hideo Tsuchida, University of Dayton
Director of Institutional Partnerships and Program Development

In his 20 years of professional career in admissions, articulation and transfer, curriculum reforms, and institutional partnership development, Hideo Tsuchida has held positions at Wright State University, Ohio Articulation and Transfer Network/Ohio Department of Higher Education, and the University of Dayton. He has been an advocate not only for transfer students but also for students with prior learning. Through collaborative and strategic partnerships with key stakeholders across the state and nation, Hideo has contributed to solving challenges and opening opportunities in the articulation and transfer arena. He earned his bachelor’s degree in English Secondary Education and a master’s degree in Student Personnel Administration from Buffalo State College. Hideo recently began his study for an Ed.D in Leadership for Organizations at the University of Dayton.


Nikki Wearly, Ohio Department of Higher Education
Senior Associate Director for SCTAI

Nikki Wearly serves as the Senior Associate Director for SCTAI within the Articulation and Transfer Network at the Ohio Department of Education, where she works on various transfer initiatives in the Career-Technical area. She has worked in higher education for over 15 years and has spent many of those years in student-facing positions. This background allows her to always think with her “student hat” on and guides her in her role at ODHE.

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