The Ohio State University Alumni Association

The role of a tour host is to enhance your experience, serve as a liaison between you and other tour team members, see that what has been promised is delivered, and engage and develop meaningful relationships with you and other Ohio State alumni and friends.

Melinda Alonso

Melinda joined the Alumni Association in April 2000. She is the Event Manager for the Alumni House Events Department and helps coordinate hundreds of meetings, each year. Melinda is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a bachelor's degree in History of Art. Prior to attending Ohio State, she was enlisted for nine years in the United States Navy. While stationed on three ships she was able to travel the world and can say her time in the service was not just a job, it was an adventure. Melinda's warm and friendly demeanor makes her very easy to get to know and she is looking forward to assisting her fellow Buckeye's on their next…

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Claire Badger

Claire works at the Alumni Association on a wide variety of projects. From the new mobile app to uncovering all the ways that our amazing alumni are involved with OSU, she is able to work on a great deal of exciting projects. She is enthusiastic about the countless ways alumni can stay involved with the university and frequently sharing the latest lecture, volunteer opportunity, or fun event.

Prior to joining the Alumni Association in 2019, Claire was part of the development department at Mid-Ohio Foodbank for 17 years and then the Director of Alumni Engagement for Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Science…

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Jacky Bennett

Jacky joined the Alumni Association in September of 2000. She currently is the Director of Conference and Facility Operations, which plans and executes over a combined 1100+ meetings, conferences, and weddings each year. She is also responsible for the maintenance and care of the Longaberger Alumni House. Jacky is a graduate of Otterbein College with a Bachelors degree in English Literature. During her years at Otterbein, Jacky played basketball and belonged to the Sigma Alpha Tau sorority.

Jacky’s outgoing and exciting personality makes her a natural at building relationships. She enjoys making people laugh, sharing…

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Ally Boman

Ally graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Arts in 2013. As an undergraduate student, Ally was involved on campus with the Chi Omega fraternity and was a member of the Humanities Scholars program. She also worked in Undergraduate Admissions as a Telecounselor and it was there that she found her passion for work in higher education.

She has been a member of the Advancement Events team since April of 2015. In her role, she enjoys planning engaging events for alumni and donors in Columbus and across the country. One of her favorite aspects of this job is interacting with alumni and hearing what their favorite OSU memories…

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Kacy Bullard

Kacy serves as the Director of Advocacy in the Office of Government Affairs and the Ohio State University Alumni Association. Prior to joining Ohio State, Kacy served as the Director of Public Liaison for Ohio Governor John Kasich, where he coordinated advocacy efforts for the administration’s policies and initiatives, and managed external relationships with local governments, businesses, non-profits and associations. Kacy has also served as the Legislative Director and Deputy Chief Counsel for the Ohio Department of Commerce and worked as in-house counsel for Nationwide Insurance Company.

Kacy earned his BSBA from The Ohio State University…

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Shannon Camerucci

Shannon is a 2013 graduate of The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Policy. After receiving her undergraduate degree, Shannon moved to Colorado where she lived and attended University of Colorado, Denver for her Master’s in Business Administration. During her 6 years in Colorado, she worked in events for a training company and a tech start-up all while starting her own wedding planning business. Shannon moved back to Columbus in October, 2018 and joined the Advancement Events team as an Event Manager.

In her free time, Shannon enjoys spending time with her husband (Dave), son (Callan), and dog (Jenna) in…

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Julia Casbarro

Julia is a 2009 graduate of The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Fisher College of Business. During her studies at Ohio State, Julia joined the Alumni Association alumni house events team as a student employee in 2007. She was offered a full time position with alumni house events upon her graduation in 2009 and been at Ohio State ever since. In 2014 she transitioned to the Advancement Events office and currently serves as the Associate Director of Advancement Events. During her past 12 years with Ohio State she has been lucky enough to experience all that comes with being a part of the Buckeye Nation family. She……more about Julia Casbarro

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Marisa Delane

Marisa has worked in communications for Ohio State since 2012. Before that, she worked as a magazine journalist in Chicago; Wilmington, NC, and Rincon, Puerto Rico. She grew up in central Ohio and attended Ohio University, where she earned her BS in communications.

Outside of work, Marisa loves spending time with her 6-year-old son. She’s instilling in him her love of travel, most recently during a trip to Yosemite and up the California coast. She has been to numerous countries in Europe, South America and the Middle East. Aside from travel, Marisa enjoys reading, occasional skydiving and anything summer. Her unofficial motto is, “I’ll…

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Laura DeRose

Laura works in the tour office and is the Assistant Director of Alumni Tours and Communications. Prior to joining the Alumni Association’s Tour Program in January of 2017, Laura worked as an event coordinator for the College of Veterinary Medicine managing alumni and donor events, as well as continuing education programs. Her background also includes over 10 years of working for non-profit associations focused on conservation and animal welfare. Laura grew up in coastal North Carolina and attended East Carolina University where she earned a BA in Hospitality Management. She completed her internship at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

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Molly Feasel

Molly is a 2012 graduate with a degree in Hospitality Management from the College of Human Ecology and Education. Since graduating, in the past 6 years as an event professional, Molly has gained a great deal of experience in planning weddings and corporate events spanning over the Columbus area. Her love for not only The Ohio State University, but also the amazing events in which they host, brought her to the Event Manager role with the Advancement Events team, which she joined in February 2019.

In her role in the Advancement Events office, Molly works to assist, plan, and execute events for various Alumni Association departments, as well…

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Abby Wright

Abby graduated from The Ohio State University in 2013 with a degree in Hospitality Management. As a student at Ohio State she was a member of the Alpha Phi Fraternity and the International Affairs Scholars Program. For her first few years of school, she also worked as a student secretary for the OSU head football coach.

Abby spent a few years working as an Event Coordinator for Cameron Mitchell Premier Events before joining the Alumni Association as the Event Operations Manager in 2015. In her role on the Alumni House Events team, Abby is responsible for all operational activities related to events or meetings, along with…

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Samantha Frost

Samantha is the Senior Director of Alumni Experiences, which involves being a resource and liaison to those who do Alumni Relations work within Ohio State’s many colleges/units and also leading the Advancement Events and Engagement Services teams. She got her start in the event industry as the Event Manager at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, shortly after completing a Master’s degree program at the University of Chicago in a completely unrelated discipline: English Literature! When she moved to Columbus in 2003 to join her extended family, she joined the for-profit world as part of the Marriott family by way of the Columbus Airport…

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Tyler Gagai

Tyler currently serves as the Regional Engagement Officer for Northern and Southeastern Ohio and has been in that role since September 2018. Through his role, Tyler works with over 20 clubs in the region in addition to hosting events to keep Buckeyes engaged with the university.

A native of Ironton, Ohio, Tyler graduated from Ohio University in 2008 and 2011 with a Bachelors and Master’s degree, respectively. Soon after completion of his graduate program, Tyler began his alumni relations career and worked in numerous roles at the Ohio University Alumni Association for nearly 7 years. Tyler started his tenure as the front desk…

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Aaron Green

Aaron is an assistant director for Advancement Communications specializing in alumni digital strategy. Before transferring to the Office of Advancement in 2017, he worked in Ohio State Athletics as the department’s social media manager for five years.

Aaron graduated from Ohio State in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He and his wife live on the west side of Columbus with one dog, Zoey, and one cat, Leo. In his spare time, Aaron enjoys vacationing with family and friends, watching sports and playing golf.

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Natasha Kanakkanatt

Natasha is a 2014 graduate of The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Affairs. After receiving her undergraduate degree, Natasha worked in alumni relations and annual giving at her high school alma mater, St. Vincent-St. Mary High School, in Akron, Ohio. Natasha joined the Alumni Association in 2015 as the Assistant Director of Young Alumni Engagement, and most recently accepted the role of Regional Engagement Officer Lead for the Northeast/Midwest.

In her free time, Natasha enjoys reading, traveling with friends and family, spending time outdoors, and trying new restaurants and activities in Columbus, Ohio.…

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Craig Little

Craig earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Ohio State in 1984, majoring in secondary physical education. He joined the Alumni Association in October of 1996 and is currently director of alumni societies. He oversees more than 60 special interest alumni organizations and assists with bowl tour preparations.

Craig is a member of the Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity and served his chapter as president. He was also an active member of Block O, the Interfraternity Council and Sportsmanship Council. Currently he is the faculty advisor to the Alpha Epsilon Phi Sorority and the advisor to Sportsmanship Council. He has great passion…

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Lauren Luffy

Lauren graduated from Ohio State in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture, before going on to Bowling Green State University to get her Master’s degree in College Student Personnel. After a few years working at other universities, she was excited to return to work for her Alma Mater in 2014 where she currently serves as the Director for Lifelong Learning at the Alumni Association. In her role, Lauren oversees our life cycle programming for alumni in all stages of their life and manages our mentoring initiatives.

She is also a huge Buckeye fan, attending as many football games as she can and just completed her quest…

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Rileigh Ray

Rileigh earned a bachelor’s degree in Communication from Ohio State in 2008. She joined the Alumni Association in April of 2020 and is the Assistant Director of Alumni Tours. Before joining The Alumni Association, Rileigh worked at The College of Veterinary Medicine planning alumni & donor events and continuing education courses. Her background includes over 10 years in customer service.

Rileigh loves to travel and explore the outdoors hiking with her two dogs and paddleboarding. She enjoys going to festivals, especially those that feature music. Rileigh also has fun trying new restaurants and breweries around Columbus with her boyfriend,…

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Cheryl Sefchick

Cheryl Sefchick has been with the university since 1989 and joined the Alumni Association in 2015, where she serves as the Director of President’s Club Stewardship, in the Office of Annual Giving. She has been with the President’s Club since 2004 and has worked at the Fisher College of Business, University Development and the University Architect’s Office. Cheryl served in the United States Marine Corps from 1981 to 1984 and was stationed at Headquarters Marine Corps in Washington, DC, and Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

Cheryl lives in Grove City with her husband Tom. Her family includes her son Ben and his wife Whittney, and their son…

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Lindsay Seminara

Lindsay graduated from Ohio State in 2012 with a degree in Human Ecology. After getting her Masters of Arts degree in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University, she returned to Ohio State and spent three years working as a hall director. She joined the Alumni Association in 2017, where she now serves as the Assistant Director for Early Engagement. In her role, she advises the Student-Alumni Council and plans events and initiatives for alumni.

Originally from Enon, Ohio, Lindsay now lives in Westerville with her husband, Alex and their dog, Olive. They enjoy traveling, checking out breweries and taking on any type…

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Don Stenta

Don Stenta serves The Ohio State University Alumni Association as Assistant Vice President for Alumni Experiences. In this role, he supervises outreach and engagement programs that connect to our 560,000+ living alums. Don is a proud alum of Ohio State, having earned his PhD in Educational Policy and Leadership in 2001. He also has degrees from Binghamton University and the University of Vermont. Don has worked at Ohio State since 1992 in a number of roles with Student Life (Residence Life, Student Activities, Ohio Union, Recreational Sports) and in student services roles at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs.

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Maggie Sweeney

Maggie has served as the Regional Engagement Officer for Northern Ohio since September of 2016. As Regional Engagement Officer, Maggie works with 24 Alumni Clubs and puts on events for alumni in Cleveland, Akron, and Toledo. Before coming to the Alumni Association, Maggie served as a Hall Director at Ohio State, running many different residence halls on north and south campus.

Maggie grew up a Buckeye on the west side of Cleveland with a painting of Rex Kern and Woody Hayes above the fireplace in her family’s living room. Maggie is a 2009 OSU graduate of the Fisher College of Business with her B.S. in Business Administration-Marketing.…

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Tina Thome

Tina is a three-time graduate of The Ohio State University with an Associate’s degree in general studies from the Marion campus in 1984, Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Criminology in 1986, and a Master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs in 1996. Tina went on to earn a Master’s degree in Counselor Education from the University of Dayton in 2008. After working in University Development for 12 years, Tina joined the Alumni Association in 2013 when the Annual Giving office became a part of the Alumni Association family. Currently she serves as the Associate Director of Special Campaigns with specific responsibility for the…

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Debbie Vargo

Debbie graduated from both Ohio University and The Ohio State University. She spent the first 14 years of her career working on behalf of college students, including six years as director of student recruitment for the Alumni Association.

After hosting her first tour to Italy in the spring of 2001, travel got under her skin (so to speak!) and she's never looked back. Her attention to detail, positive spirit, and sense of humor come in handy whether she's helping you plan your trip or traveling with you as your alumni tour host.

Debbie lives in Columbus and enjoys gardening, traveling, exercising, and most water…

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Colin Veatch

Colin has served as the Regional Engagement Officer for Southern Ohio since September of 2017. As Regional Engagement Officer, Colin works with 17 clubs and hosts events in Cincinnati and Dayton.

After graduating in 2012 from Bowling Green State University as a member of Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity and with a degree in Middle Childhood Education, Colin worked for 4 years as the Volunteer Manager at the Furniture Bank of Central Ohio before moving the Ohio State University Alumni Association.

Colin grew up in Columbus going to Ohio State football and basketball games as a child and has fond memories of going to “The Game of the Century”,…

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