Meet the Staff

Meet the dedicated and experienced team who helps you with every aspect of your donor recognition society.

Cheryl Sefchick

Cheryl Sefchick
Director, President’s Club Services
(614) 292-9550

As the director of President’s Club Services, I work with current and prospective donors, providing them with information and partnering with colleagues to meet people who are interested in The President’s Club. Our office receives questions about many areas of the university. Even when we are asked about issues unrelated to The President’s Club, we do our best to find answers or direct donors to the resources that can help them. Serving as a university ambassador is a part of my job as well.

There are so many generous Ohio State donors, and I value seeing the impact of their giving. I enjoy interacting with donors and being part of the Advancement team, which allows us to reach beyond our department to work with colleagues across the campus. To me, working at Ohio State is a privilege. It’s amazing to be part of an institution that makes a major impact on the state of Ohio and the world beyond.

I joined The President’s Club staff in 2004. Before that, I served as stewardship coordinator for the Fisher College of Business for six years and worked in the Columbus Regional development office for seven years (1991-98). In earlier days, I studied at Franklin University and, from 1981 to 1984, served in the United States Marine Corps. I was stationed at Headquarters Marine Corps in Washington, DC, and Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. During that time, I was the administrator of a private psychiatric hospital in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

My family is my pride and joy. My husband, Tom, is retired from Ohio State after 37 years on the job. I have three adult children—Ben, Megan, and Amanda. Ben is currently in the Ohio National Guard and stationed in Washington, DC, on a special assignment. In December 2012, Megan welcomed Payton, her first child and my first grandchild. Amanda attends Columbus State and works as a student employee in Ohio State’s Department of Athletics.

But for Ohio State, I would not have had the opportunity to experience firsthand the generosity of Buckeye Nation.

Kendra McElroy

Kendra McElroy
Manager, Donor Recognition
(614) 292-9550

As manager of donor recognition, I maintain President’s Club recognition lists and create, improve, and monitor the systems for tracking donors recognized by President’s Club. I work closely with donors and colleagues related to recognition and donor benefits, and help coordinate donor communications with the annual giving and direct marketing teams.

I enjoy every day that I am able to interact directly with our donors. They are tremendously appreciative of the help each President’s Club staff member provides. It’s a true affirmation of the great work we do when donors call us back a second time knowing they will receive personal attention. As a member of the Advancement team, I appreciate watching the strides being taken to improve the overall university experience for all of our constituencies. All of this makes Ohio State a great place to be.

Before joining Ohio State in 2006, I spent 27 years as a member of the development and annual giving staffs at Ohio Wesleyan University. Obviously, I am no stranger to higher education and love working in development, where I see firsthand the dedication of alumni, parents, and friends to an institution that means so much to them. Interestingly, many donors to Ohio Wesleyan also support Ohio State. It’s always a treat when those connections are made.

On a personal note, my husband Jeff and I are the parents of a son and daughter and the grandparents of 3 granddaughters and a grandson.  This new phase of life is just full of surprises and wonderful experiences!

But for Ohio State, I would not have created new relationships with so many wonderful donors and colleagues.


The But for Ohio State campaign is a $2.5 billion fundraising endeavor that invites those who believe in Ohio State to invest in our students, our faculty, and our potential.

*Gifts through October 31, 2015


—Dennis and Libby Holt ’73 and ’72