Board of Directors

The OSU Alumni Club of West Michigan – Officers and Board of Directors


President  - Donna Waters - Membership – Golf Outing – Group Tickets -

Donna is a 1978 OSU Dental Hygiene Graduate with a BS Degree in Education.  She and husband, Barry, both from the Cleveland, OH area, met at OSU at Papa Joes and they have lived in OH, GA, NJ, FL and MI, now for over 20 years.  She joined The OSU Club’s Board of Directors in 2003 after The National Championship Season (without ever attending a Club Meeting – so, YOU too, are welcome to get involved)!  Donna LOVES meeting new Buckeye Grads and Fans and expanding our Fan Base here in TSUN J  - thus she heads up the Membership Committee as President of The OSU Alumni Club of West Michigan. She still loves working as a Dental Hygienist in a Grandville dental office with her 3 bosses, who are U of M dentists (she has been enjoying being the winner of several in-office bets)!


Vice President – Sonny Gordon – Guest Speakers & Football Expert

Sonny attended The Ohio State University from 1983-1986. He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Management from The University of Phoenix. While at Ohio State, he played football and was a three year starter and one of the Captains in 1986. During his tenure, he played in 4 Bowl Games: the Fiesta Bowl, Rose Bowl, Citrus Bowl and Cotton Bowl. Earle Bruce was his Coach for 4 years. He was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals and played a year with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He also played three years in the Canadian Football League and had the opportunity to play in the 1989 Grey Cup.  He joined The OSU Alumni Club of West Michigan in 2008 and joined the Board of Directors in 2009. He currently works for United States Seats Company (USSC) located in Exton Pa. He is the Midwest Regional Sales Manager for USSC.  He met his wife, Angie, at OSU and they have resided in Michigan since 2000.


Secretary -  M. Rosita Schiller, RSM, PhD – Special Events

Sister Rosita received her PhD in Human Nutrition from Ohio State in 1972. During her career she served as a hospital dietitian for six years and taught nutrition and dietetics at Mercy College of Detroit for 10 years. In 1978 she was selected as Director of the Medical Dietetics Division at Ohio State, a position that she held for 25 years. Upon retirement from OSU in 2003, she moved back to West Michigan to be closer to family. She works part time at Saint Mary’s Foundation and serves on numerous hospital committees. She joined the OSU Club’s Board in 2004, Chaired the Jim Crowe Museum Exhibit and enjoys meeting new friends, and participating in a variety of Club activities.


Treasurer - Jim Jarvis

Jim was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He made the journey to Columbus to become a graduate of the 2002 Ohio State class with a Bachelor of Science in Economics with a minor in Marketing. While attending The Ohio State University, he was an active member of the OSU Club Lacrosse team in which he was Treasurer and Head Coach and guided the team to an NCLL National Championship victory. Currently, Jim is an Investment Representative with Fidelity Investments in Grand Rapids. He joined The OSU Alumni Club of West Michigan in 2009 and volunteered for the Board of Directors as Treasurer in 2014.


Board of Directors


Lisa Baber – Golf Outing - Summer Picnic -  Game Watches – Beat Xichigan BASH

Lisa is a 1993 graduate of Washington and Jefferson College with Degree in Political Science and History and attended University of Denver for her MA in International Studies.  Originally from Cleveland Ohio, she developed her love for all things OSU.  After time in PA, CO, and AZ, she returned to Columbus Ohio before moving to Grand Rapids in 2009.  While looking for a place to watch Buckeye Football, she stumbled upon the West Michigan OSU Alumni Club and the rest is history.  She currently works in planning for Meijer in their corporate office in Walker.  


Liz Collver – Special Events

Liz attended Ohio State from 2005-2009, graduating in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology.  While at OSU, Liz was in the Honors program, an Orientation Leader, on the 2007 Homecoming Court, and an OSU Campus Tour Guide for 3 years.  Currently, she is working at Grand Valley State University as the Assistant Director of Student Life for Civic Engagement.  Though her husband is a M!ch*g@n fan, they have one son - Cameron - who will become a Buckeye one way or another!  Liz loves being involved with The OSU Alumni Club of West Michigan!


Carolyn Hummel – Alumni Scholarship for High School Students – College Fairs

Carolyn graduated from Ohio State in 1970 with a B.S. in Home Economics Education. A long- time member of The OSU Alumni Club of West Michigan, she joined the Club’s Board of Directors in 2009 after retiring as the Fremont Middle School Principal. Carolyn enjoyed sharing her enthusiasm for The Ohio State University with her students and convincing many to become Buckeye fans! She currently chairs the Club’s Scholarship Committee, volunteers at College Fairs and is on The OSU College of Education and Home Ecology’s Alumni Board of Governors in Columbus.


Kristy Kieda – Special Events - Networking - Social Media – Volunteer Opportunities                                                                                                  Kristy graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.A. in Political Science in 2007. After moving back to her home state of Michigan, she attended Cornerstone University and graduated summa cum laude with a Master’s of Business Administration focused on International Business. She currently works as a Project Manager in the healthcare industry, serves with several charities, and joined The OSU Alumni Club of West Michigan’s Board in 2008.  Kristy enjoys helping to manage the Club’s social media as well as planning networking and volunteer opportunities for the Club.


Dan LaVille – Endowed Scholarship Fund – College Fairs and Student Recruitment

Dan graduated from The OSU College of Social Work in 1973.  He met his MSU wife while they were both attending the University of Notre Dame Law School. Dan has worked in his own private practice as well as for the Adult Parole Authority. Working as a probation officer, Dan did pre-sentence investigations which included finances and financial planning. Dan currently is Clerk of the Court for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Western District of Michigan.  He is also past president of multiple organizations including the St. Stephen Church Parish Council and Athletic Association and Serra Club of Grand Rapids, as well as a Life Member of The OSU President’s Club. Dan is one of the “founding” members of The OSU Alumni Club of West Michigan, as well as the Club’s Endowed Scholarship Fund and a previous Alumni Club President. Dan still enjoys working on the College Fairs and Scholarship Committees.


Ken Marotte – Special Events – Young Bucks Events - Scholarship

Ken earned his M.A. in East Asian Studies from The Ohio State University, where he specialized in history and political science, and received the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship.  With this expertise, he now teaches Asian history classes at Aquinas College and is chairman of Grand Rapids' Sister City committee for Omihachiman, Japan.  He also works at A.C. Fitzgerald & Associates, a nonprofit consulting firm, where he serves as senior writer.  He lives in Grand Rapids with his wife, daughter, and Pug.


Rob Stefanowski – Website – Ticket Exchange

Rob earned his B.S. in computer information systems in 1981.  While at Ohio State he worked in the athletic facilities.  Upon graduation, he returned to Michigan and began to pursue his teaching certification.  He earned his certification in 1991 and moved to West Michigan.  He taught 2 years in Wyoming and has been in the Forest Hills District for the last 23 years.  He has worked at Central Middle, Central High, and he is currently teaching Math at Eastern Middle. Rob has enjoyed hosting our Club’s Website for many years.


Karen Stockdale – Honorary Board Member – Golf Outing – Game Watches - Beat Xichigan BASH

Karen moved with her husband Gary and family from Columbus to Grand Rapids in 1992. Although she didn't attend OSU, she and her family are huge fans. They were thrilled to find the Buckeye Alumni Club and a place to watch the games with other Buckeye fans. They joined the Club in 2006.  Karen was President of the Wyoming Athletic Boosters for 12 years. She enjoys bowling and golfing and is currently employed at Rockford Construction. 


Dr. Amit Thakkar – Alumni Scholarship for High School Students – College Fairs

Dr. Amit Thakkar graduated from Ohio State in 2009 with a Ph.D. In Organic Chemistry. He has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for the past seven years as a Process R&D Chemist, Program Manager, Business Development Manager, and most recently as Director of Business Development for North America for a multinational company. Dr. Thakkar serves on the Scholarship and Recruitment committee and is the proud mentor of two fantastic Ohio State undergrads, Jordan and Cassie.


Barry Waters – Golf Outing - Game Watches – Beat Xichigan BASH

Barry graduated from Ohio State in 1978 with a BS Degree in Business Administration.  An Accounting major in college, Barry is a CPA whose career has included experience in various accounting and financial management positions from Atlanta, back to Ohio, New Jersey, Florida and Grand Rapids. Barry met his wife, Donna, during his second year at Ohio State.  They have two daughters (Saint Mary’s College 2006 and OSU 2012), a Badger son-in-law and have lived in West Michigan since 1997.  Barry has been involved with the Club’s game watches, Golf Outing and Beat Xichigan Bash since the inception of those events. 


 Shayla Willis – College Fairs – Young Bucks Alumni Events

Shayla Willis is a Grand Rapids native and Grand Rapids Public School graduate. She graduated in 2012 from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Social Work and from Purdue University with a Master of Educational Leadership and Administration.   Shayla now serves as the T2C Studio Coordinator which is the place-based response established by the To College, Through College Initiative, facilitated by Our Community’s Children, a public/private partnership between the City of Grand Rapids and Grand Rapids Public Schools. The TCTC initiative strives to increase post-secondary success amongst Grand Rapids Public Schools graduates. Shayla is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority and likes to spend her spare time attending events around the City of Grand Rapids with friends and family and traveling. Shayla is most excited about collaborating with educational professionals and administrators in challenging the norms of bridging the gaps between the K-12 educational experience and postsecondary education including the college going culture and sense of belonging. 


Dr. Don Williams – Board Member Emeritus

Don earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry at OSU in 1964. He ended his formal teaching of Chemistry and Philosophy at Hope College in Holland, Michigan in 2002 after 40 years.  He speaks and writes on behalf of civilian nuclear power, often in high schools and "senior" learning centers. He once chaired Michigan's Commission to isolate the state's low level radioactive waste.  Don has won communication and service awards.  A Board Member of The OSU Alumni Club of West Michigan for nearly a decade, he has helped with the Scholarship and Public Service Committees.  His wife of 59 years, Sue, is a native Ohioan and a social worker.