Access to Education
Meet our Staff:
Laura Kraus – Associate Director of Economic Access
How long have you been with EA: Since the beginning! (2006)
Favorite part of working in office: I love the students we work with and on behalf of. I also like the sense of social justice my work life is imbued with.
Something fun about you: I was raised in a restaurant family—I washed dishes, tended the salad bar, made sauce, made pizza’s, fried chicken, waited tables, ran the cash register—you name it, I did it. My brother now operates the business. I have two daughters who love to visit Uncle Anthony and make pizzas.
Future Plans: In the future, I hope to participate in the growth of a local non-profit.
Something every Buckeye should know: Every Buckeye should know how to get things done on campus. The greater world is a complex place—and Ohio State is a microcosm of that larger world. Learn to network. Learn to ask questions.
Michele Brown – Senior Assistant Director for Outreach & Academy
How long have you been with EA: I have been at Ohio State since 1992. I have been an admissions counselor, planned on-campus visitations, worked with the Ohio State Academy program, and developed programming for college access. My role was officially made a part of the Economic Access Office in 2012.
Favorite part of working in office:Working in a college environment is always energizing and interesting. I love the opportunities to work with students of a variety of ages from 8th grader to graduate students. It’s fun to help students learn and grow, both in a formal setting and in informal conversations. I am so lucky to have a job that gives me the opportunity to make a difference in the world, and to make a difference to individual students.
Something fun about you: I used to be a camp counselor, and love the outdoors. I enjoy gardening, camping, biking and hiking. I also am a big reader, and love cats.
Future Plans: Continue to work to help all students have the opportunity to pursue higher education.
Something every Buckeye should know: Every Buckeye should know our Buckeye Traditions, including Carmen Ohio, Fight the Team and Buckeye Battle Cry. I’m happy to teach them to anyone who wants to learn!
Brandi Baker – Program Coordinator for First Generation Students
How long have you been with EA: Since August 2012
Favorite part of working in office: I love developing programs, traveling to visiting schools and working with the students, family and community to expand the knowledge and understanding of college access to education. In addition to this, the community/family atmosphere within the Economic Access Initiative and Undergraduate Admissions makes it a very exciting place to work.
Something fun about you: I am a 1st generation college student and have learned so much about the process and journey both personally and professionally. I have a twin brother and had the fortunate opportunity to be raised with a sibling that I have been able to share many important aspect of life with. I love to sing and have been a part of several plays and two Broadway musical showcases “Once on This Island” (Andrea Deveraux) and “Ragtime” (Sarah’s Friend).
Future Plans: In the future, I hope to further my education and utilize my, skills, talents and burden for youth, women, children and education in a way that will uplift and empower change in the lives of others.
Something every Buckeye should know: Every Buckeye should know the importance of stepping outside your comfort zone to broaden their experience and embrace all the diversity and unique opportunities personally, socially, academically and professionally that The Ohio State University has to offer. No student or professional should walk away from this campus the same way they came in. You should utilize this gift of college and higher education to positively and progressively transform your understanding, life and perspective as well as the lives of others that you may come across through the diversity of your college experience.
Tacoi Sumling – Student Assistant
Major: English (Pre-Education)
How long have you been with EA: Almost 3 years
Favorite part of working in office: My coworkers and supervisors! BEST staff EVERRRRR!
Something fun about you: I’m a really fun person. I’m really outgoing, optimistic, and I have the most memorable laugh you’ll ever hear.
Future Plans: I plan to be a high school teacher in the Columbus City Schools district.
Something every Buckeye should know: O-H… I-O!!
Keegan McCormick – Student Assistant
Major: Mechanical Engineering
How long have you been with EA: Almost two years (since July 2011)
Favorite part of working in office: Being able to give advice to advice and guidance to freshman students in our programs. I was once in their shoes, and it’s satisfying to help the next generation of current and future Buckeyes succeed at Ohio State.
Something fun about you: I’m an active member of the OSU Mountaineering Club. 14 Buckeyes, myself included, just did a winter summit of Mt. Washington, which holds the world record for the highest recorded wind gust speed on earth, at 231 mph.
Future Plans: As a senior mechanical engineering student, I hope to continue my internship at Sequoyah nuclear power plant and work in the commercial nuclear power industry.
Something every Buckeye should know: Go the Involvement fair and join a single club that interests you, and stick to it. It’s the best way to make friends that are like minded and share similar interests, aside from living in the residence halls.
Carlos Martinez – Student Assistant
Year in school: Freshman
How long have you been with EA: Ever since I was a Buckeye
Favorite part of working in office: I do not know yet, but look forward to finding out
Something fun about you: I have an abnormally thick accent
Future Plans: As of now I plan to do computational linguistics
Something every Buckeye should know: Ohio State can be small if you make it small