Staff Leadership Series prepares staff for advancement, welcomes new cohort

Congratulations to The Women's Place Staff Leadership Series 2020-21 cohort for completing the series in August and the 2021-22 cohort for being selected for the next cohort, which began in September.
Women standing in a circle in an open-air shelter
Members of the all-virtual 2020-21 Staff Leadership Series gather in-person for the first time at their finale at the Columbus Zoo.

Ohio State University staff are working hard to advance their leadership skills. The staff listed below who have participated in the 2020-21 cohort of The Women's Place Staff Leadership Series (SLS) are better prepared to advance and take on new leadership roles and responsibilities. They recently completed the first all-virtual SLS program during the COVID-19 pandemic, overcoming the hurdles the past year entailed, including for many homeschooling their children. This achievement attests to their drive, motivation and skills.

Similarly, members of the 2021-22 cohort (also listed below) have taken on this challenge while the pandemic continues. These staff, who were selected through a competitive application process, are excited to begin the next year of leadership training.

The SLS is a 12-month, experiential program that enhances leadership capacity and facilitates skills development to help staff become more effective, innovative and inclusive leaders. It creates a pool of potential staff leaders from groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in key leadership roles.

SLS graduates are equipped with relevant skills for the following:

  • Leveraging personal strengths of self and others for effective leadership
  • Relating to people and conducting difficult conversations
  • Coaching peers and direct reports effectively using multiple techniques
  • Strategizing to successfully deal with interpersonal and environmental demands
  • Leading teams through change and crisis
  • Cultivating an inclusive environment in which diversity is valued
  • Conducting inclusive conversations, building effective teams, and solving problems

Program graduates are uniquely qualified for higher education administration at Ohio State and to cultivate a more equitable environment, a culture in which all can thrive.

Members of the 2020-21 cohort had the following to say about the program and their alumnae panel and negotiations sessions:

"The very best of OSU shines through in this program — its leaders, its content and its participants. Thank you for providing this wonderful opportunity!"

“The experiences shared by the SLS alumnae panel were invaluable for my professional growth. I took away tips and knowledge that will make me a better leader. It was clear this experience was transformative, and I am so excited to be part of this group.”

"The negotiations workshop provided good tips and gave me a lot to consider. This is also applicable to life in general. It's an important area for women to have tools in our toolkits."

Through the SLS, the university has greater access to leaders who bring diverse ideas and perspectives, enthusiasm, and ingenuity to their work environments. Please consider these trained and motivated staff, along with previous graduates, for leadership positions in your units and colleges.


2020-21 Staff Leadership Series Graduates



Title and Department/Unit

Taletha Askew


Manager - Advanced Practice, James Cancer Hospital

Caitlin Brendel


Faculty Affairs Specialist, ASC Administration

Kathleen Clemons-


Diversity & Inclusion program coordinator, The Office of
Student Life/Diversity & Inclusion

Sheila Craft-Morgan


Senior Resource Planning Analyst, Strategic and Competitive

Janet Dettorre


Hematology and Medical Oncology Fellowship Program
Coordinator, Hematology

Aparna Dial


Senior Director, Sustainability and Strategic Services,
Facilities Operations and Development

Judy Kariuki


Recruited externally in 2021

Katie Klakos


Director of Field Education, College of Social Work

Traci Lewis


Assistant Director, Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Monica Lichi


Director- A4, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Kimberly Lowe


Director for External Engagement, Alumni Affairs, and
Special Events, Advancement, Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Suzanne Mikos


Department Manager, Geography and Center for
Urban and Regional Analysis

Estephanie Ortiz


Grants and Contracts Specialist, Comprehensive Cancer Center,
Wexner Medical Center

Kaamilya Reddens


Advanced Practice Lead, James Cancer Hospital

Dee Dee Snyder


Program Manager, Program Excel, ATI/CFAES

Sherine Tambyraja


Senior Research Specialist, Crane Center for Early
Childhood Research and Policy (College of Education and
Human Ecology)

Lauren Todd


Recruited externally in 2021

Jill Toft


Executive Assistant to the Vice Provost, Office of
International Affairs

Elizabeth ("Emy")


Recruited externally in 2021

Rachel Tuttle


Director of Recruitment, Retention, and Student Engagement,
College of Education and Human Ecology

Barbara Urbanczyk


Assistant Director, Embedded Services, Counseling
and Consultation Service

Karen VanEtten


Recruited externally in 2021

Danae Wolfe


Recruited externally in 2021

2021-22 Staff Leadership Series Cohort



Title and Department/Unit

Abigail Andres


Physical Therapist, Ambulatory Rehabilitation

Sharina Armstrong


Manager, Coding Quality, Medical Information Management

Ida Ayensu


Nurse Practitioner, Internal Medicine/Nephrology

Puja Batra-Wells


Program Manager, Global Arts + Humanities Discovery Theme

Katie Culbertson


Marketing Communications Manager, Fisher College of Business

Lori DeShetler


Physical Therapist, Sports Medicine Rehabilitation

Ivette Diaz


Program Coordinator, Office of Diversity, Outreach, and Inclusion

Candice Fearon


Infection Preventionist, Department of Clinical Epidemiology

Tiffany Halsell


Assistant Director, Outreach and Recruitment, Graduate and Professional Admissions

Kristin Henkaline


Undergraduate Research Support Services Coordinator, Teaching & Learning/University Libraries

Nicole Hernandez


Research Commons Program Manager, Research Services/University Libraries

Jennifer Lang


Care Manager, Office of Student Life, Counseling and Consultation Service

Paia LaPalombara


Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance, Athletics

Claire Murphy


Specialty Practice Pharmacist - Lead, Pharmacy

Supaphen Niroula


Program Manager, Center for Real Estate

Tina Pierce


Program Manager, John Glenn College of Public Affairs/Professional Development

Krystal Reeb


Associate Director, Student Conduct

Courtney Roeder


Student Retention Coordinator, Retention

Jennifer Shrodes


Diabetes Educator, Diabetes Education, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism

Nysa Stricker


Director, Shared Capabilities - Delivery Management, OCIO

Terri Taylor


Process Engineer, Operations/OSU Health Plan

Katherine Wayman


Rehab Team Lead, Ambulatory Rehab - Sports Medicine