Rebecca Brown Asmo, Executive Director


Melvin Barnes, PhD, Program Officer


Roger Burns, PhD, Development Director


Jim Calder, Program Coordinator


Melissa Greenleaf Flinn, Managing Editor of Pathways


Kiley Kinnard, Communications Coordinator


David Merkowitz, PhD, Associate Director


Aaron Rovan, Executive & Grants Support Coordinator


Marc Smith, Business Manager

Board of Directors

Ohio Humanities board members serve as advocates for the public humanities by promoting the mission and vision of Ohio Humanities to sustain vibrant communities and foster lifelong learning. The Board of Directors are the fiduciary stewards of the organization; as a whole, the board establishes policy and ensures the financial health of the organization.

Nominations are accepted throughout the year. Additional responsibilities and details are listed beneath this list of the current board members as of July 1, 2021.

Kevin Rose | Springfield | Chair
Historian, The Turner Foundation

Brodi Conover, JD | Lebanon
Associate, Frost Brown Todd

David Descutner, PhD | Athens
Dean & Associate Provost, Ohio University

Deena Epstein | Shaker Heights
Retired Senior Program Officer, The George Gund Foundation

Katherine Fell, PhD | Findlay
President, University of Findlay

Jane E. Gerhardt, JD | Cincinnati
Policy Specialist, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Jay Giles | Burton
Senior Vice President and Senior Commercial Loan Officer, Middlefield Bank Company

Lance Grahn, PhD | Cortland
Dean & Chief Administrative Officer and Professor of History, Kent State University-Trumbull

Vladimir Kogan, PhD | Columbus
Associate Professor of Political Science, The Ohio State University

Stacia Kuceyeski | Columbus
Director of Outreach, Ohio History Connection

William Loudermilk | Dayton
Professor of English, Edison State Community College

Marilyn Sanders Mobley, PhD | Beachwood
Professor of English, Case Western Reserve University

Dan Moder | Newark
Executive Director, Explore Licking County

Harold Niehaus, PhD | Eaton
Career Connections Director, Preble County Educational Service Center

Emily Prieto | Columbus
Case Manager, Molina HealthCare

Tony Sanfilippo | Bexley
Director, Ohio State University Press

Susan F. Smith | Cleveland
Writer and Speaker

Sarah M. Sisser | Findlay
Executive Director, Hancock Historical Museum

Carey Snyder, PhD | Athens
Associate Professor of English, Ohio University

Jeremy Taylor, PhD | Defiance
McMann Arts and Humanities Division Chair, Defiance College

Thomas Way | Steubenville
Executive Director, Urban Frontier Organization

Join Our Board

Board members share their wisdom and experience, attend quarterly business meetings, serve on committees, review grant applications, evaluate projects, and act as liaisons with various audiences and civic leaders.

In addition, board members are asked to assist with development activities and to make annual contributions to Ohio Humanities. Ohio Humanities is always seeking qualified individuals from the academic and private sectors to serve as board members and guide the organization’s future.

Terms of service are two years, with appointments beginning on November 1 of that year. Prospective member packets should include a completed application form and the individual’s resume or curriculum vita.

Nominations are accepted throughout the year. Please forward nominations to:

Rebecca Brown Asmo, Executive Director
471 East Broad Street
Suite 1620
Columbus, Ohio 43215

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