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OSPA is proud to recognize its leadership on the Presidential Wall of Fame. If you have any photographs or information about the individuals named below, please contact us so we can continue to complete this page to honor their service to the organization.

 

  • Karen Stine

    Karen Stine

    2016

  • Meghan Shelby

    Meghan Shelby

    2015

    I truly enjoyed my year as President of OSPA and felt honored to be part of such a great state association. As President-Elect I was able to attend the NASP Regional Conference which furthered my appreciation of the work past Presidents and committee chairs have done, resulting in OSPA being a leader among state associations in terms of fiscal health, sound procedural practices and advocacy efforts. OSPA is able to respond quickly legislative proposals that impact school psychologists, which is invaluable within the present political climate. With a solid infrastructure and clear Strategic Plan in place, I was able to focus on continuing our work of promoting the field of school psychology and supporting school psychologists. This included serving as a member of the state-level Task Force on School Psychologist Shortages, continuing outreach efforts for future school psychologists, and promoting diversity both within the field of school psychology and on the Board. Other accomplishments include better utilization of our improved website, increased social media presence, and an improved process for transitioning new Board members into their roles. I am very grateful for having had the opportunity to serve OSPA as President and appreciate the support I received from OSPA members, staff, and Executive Board members this year!

  • Erich Merkle

    Erich Merkle

    2014

    Having the opportunity to serve the remarkable profession of Ohio school psychology as 2014-15 OSPA President remains, and likely will always be, a highlight of my career and a remarkable period of my own professional growth. I was humbled to be elected to serve the presidency by my peers and despite nearly 15 years of service on the OSPA Executive Board, came to appreciate the tremendous amount of time, effort, and commitment it takes to fulfill the role’s demands. Salient highlights from my term include development of OSPA personnel evaluation rubrics, overseeing the Association’s Operational Excellence efforts, reworking the Association’s Operations Manual and committee expectations, replacing over half of the Executive Board membership due to retirements, and furthering the return to a period financial stability. We also had the milestone retirement of our beloved Association Business Manager, Mrs. Cheryl VanDenBerge, which required an extensive talent search process to find her successor, Mrs. Rachel Chilton. From my experience, I would whole heartedly encourage any Ohio school psychologist to consider statewide leadership in OSPA!

  • Amity Noltemeyer

    Amity Noltemeyer

    2013

    It was an honor and pleasure to serve as OSPA President during the 2013-2014 school year. During the year, I was highly impressed by the dedication and passion of the OSPA staff, Executive Board members, committee chairs, and committee members I worked with.  Together, we were able to make progress in several key areas.  A few examples of progress related to my presidential priorities were the development and approval of a Strategic Plan to facilitate long-term planning for the organization; university outreach and collaboration through the University Ambassador program; approval of the NASP Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity Policy as a guiding principle; and undergraduate diversity recruitment efforts. I look forward to seeing how future OSPA leaders continue to drive these and other initiatives forward. I would like to thank all OSPA members for allowing me the opportunity to serve OSPA as President, and I look forward to remaining involved in the organization

  • Denise Eslinger

    Denise Eslinger

    2012

  • Aimee Kirsch

    Aimee Kirsch

    2011

    I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to all the members for allowing me to serve as President during the 2011-2012 school year. It was a tremendous honor to have been able to lead this devoted and amazing group of professionals. Through the collaborative efforts of the entire association, we were able to achieve many goals established by the Board.

    Together we began the development of a strategic planning process to help define the direction and focus for OSPA from year to year. This included conducting the first Annual Organizational and Operational Assessment. During this year, we were also successful in creating the Early Career Taskforce, aimed at providing support and services specifically for students, interns, and early professionals. Finally, the Board had the honor to recognized Mrs. Valorie Wolcott Mendelson for her outstanding efforts in the creation, development, implementation, and promotion of the scholarship program by renaming the OSPA Scholarship to the Valorie Wolcott Mendelson OSPA Scholarship.

    Thank you for allowing me to serve as your President. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to be part this outstanding organization.

  • Elaine Semper

    Elaine Semper

    2010

  • Linda Noelle

    Linda Noelle

    2009

    It was an honor to serve OSPA as President. The years preceding and following, as President-Elect and Immediate Past-President, also allowed me to work with dedicated OSPA members in the development, implementation, and expansion of strengthened committee work. A greater engagement between the Inter-University Council of Ohio and the OSPA Executive Board was achieved. Data results from the Omnibus Survey, created by Dr. Rob Kubick and Jeff York, yielded insight into the varied service delivery of our members. Cheryl VanDenBerge and Ann Brennan provided managerial and legislative support, respectively, allowing for proper operation of our state organization. I am so grateful to have been a part of a strong team supporting the work of Ohio school psychologists.

  • Terry Bendo

    Terry Bendo

    2008

    Frankly, I was humbled to be elected to lead such a consummate group of professionals who have so profound impact on Ohio’s youth.  Through a confluence of events far beyond my own efforts, OSPA realized a number a number of accomplishments in 2008 including awarding the first OSPA Scholarship (later named the Valorie Wolcott Mendelson Scholarship), digitizing OSPA records in the Archives of the History of American Psychology at the University of Akron, and reformatting the The Ohio School Psychologist under the new editorship of Dr. Robert Kubick.  Finally, I’m proud to say what started as a committee member recruitment device continues to be an eagerly anticipated event at the annual fall conference.  That’s right, the Wine & Cheese Social started on my watch.  What now, Alex Thomas?

  • John Biltz

    John Biltz

    2007

  • Robert J. Kubick, Jr.

    Robert J. Kubick, Jr.

    2006

    I’ll always have fond memories of my year as OSPA President. As many previous Presidents have remarked, just when I started to feel like I got a handle on things, my term was up. Some highlights of my year included working with the great Ann Brennan to strengthen our partnerships within ODE, collaborating with the incomparable Cheryl Van Den Berge to streamline various internal policies and procedures, appointing the “tech guru” Jeff York to improve our technological communications, asking the relentlessly prepared Brian Hill to lead our OSPA Crisis Committee, and enlisting the resources of OSPA to support the Ohio Integrated Systems Model. I was very fortunate to work with so many committed professionals, such as our dedicated conference chairs (Jay, Sue, Sal, and Elaine), NASP delegate (Juliette), President-Elect (John), Treasurer (Lynn), and Past Presidents (Valorie, George, Sharon, Janet, Chuck, and Antoinette). I was also very appreciative of the encouragement and support provided to me by the faculty at Kent State University, particularly Drs. Mcloughlin and Telzrow, and by my work supervisor, Dr. Elizabeth Bard. Thank you all for the great honor of serving as your OSPA President.

  • Janet Brunecz

    Janet Brunecz

    2005

  • Lew Sarr

    Lew Sarr

    2004

    What I remember most about the year I served as OSPA President was realizing the extraordinary energy, commitment and competency of the people that work tirelessly for the benefit of the children and families of Ohio.  Some are more visible than others in their duties such as the OSPA leadership but there are so many "behind the scenes" individuals that make immeasurable and often unnoticed contributions for the good of all. OSPA is able to do what it does so effectively due to the efforts of individual School Psychologists that go above and beyond to do their great work day after day, year after year.  Thank you for all you have done and will do in the future!  I am immensely grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of the OSPA leadership.

  • George Csanyi

    George Csanyi

    2003

    It was a privilege to serve on behalf of those that I believe are some of the most courageous, compassionate, caring, dedicated and brilliant champions of our children that this state and country have to offer.  I extend my gratitude to each and every one of you.  Do whatever you must to keep your passion for pursuing what is best for the overall well-being of our children alive.  Lastly, I would like to share a special appreciation for the dedication and hard work of Ann Brennan and Cheryl VanDenBerge.  Thank you for all you have done on behalf of OSPA.

  • Chuck Archer

    Chuck Archer

    2002

    Well, here I am, just another brick in the wall (Pink Floyd, 1979). And yes, sometimes I have said, "Teacher, leave those kids alone." But I am and ever shall be an apologist for public education if you will, and a firm believer in its purest intention. I am proud to be a part of a profession that advocates for kids and their families first and foremost, and a free and appropriate education second. The pursuit of knowledge is an admirable one and the expectation that everyone should have an equal opportunity to access it resonates very deeply within me. So for a little while, I got to represent Ohio's collective body of school psychologists. And I will forever count it as a great personal blessing. Thanks for the memories OSPA.

  • Antoinette Miranda

    Antoinette Miranda

    2001

    I was honored to serve as OSPA president with some incredibly dedicated and talented people. I will remember fondly the raffle that we started at the OSPA conference that year, so that we could raise money to send to NASP for the minority scholarship fund because our budget was very tight.  That “small” raffle evolved into the eventual development of OSPA’s own scholarship fund and the “grand scale” raffles that are now part of the conference.   OSPA has been a great representative for school psychologists and provides an invaluable service to its members.  I am proud to be part of such a great organization and thankful for the opportunity to serve in a leadership capacity.

  • Sharon Rieke

    Sharon Rieke

    2000

    I enjoyed serving as OSPA President and working on the many issues facing our profession. During my year, OSPA provided input to Ohio legislators and ODE consultants on issues of school funding, state standards and "rules" revision. Meeting my fellow school psychologists at conferences, workshops and regional association activities was especially gratifying due to the wonderful services I saw provided by dedicated Ohio school psychologists around the state.

  • Juliette Madigan

    Juliette Madigan

    1999

    I’ll always feel humbled to have been the president of such a select group of people dedicated to championing the rights of children.  I am so very proud of the work of Pat Lehman and Valerie Lee who we were able to carry forward the momentum from the previous year’s work of Mike Fuller on the Fourth Grade Guarantee Forum with a video and workbook.  We were able to launch our website, OSPAonline, in 1999 thanks to the dedication of Erich Merkle and Caven Mcloughlin.  I am so very proud that the OSPA Crisis Committee had its humble beginnings as an ad hoc committee that year as well.

  • Michael Fuller

    Michael Fuller

    1998

    There is no greater calling than to serve children and their families. In all your professional endeavors, remain steadfast in your advocacy for the betterment of children. In all that might change in our practice, advocacy endures. Speak out on behalf of children. Work to make their lives better.

  • Valorie Wolcott-Mendelson

    Valorie Wolcott-Mendelson

    1997

    It was my pleasure to serve as OSPA president at a time when the challenge was to energize, serve, and include more of our membership. During this time committee membership grew, services expanded, and collegiality was reported to be high. Also, funding for the internship became a legislative challenge. OSPA responded with a tremendous effort, felt by those in Columbus. Vigilance is needed in the coming years as we face a real shortage in qualified school psychologists. When these shortages occur, there will be a need for concerted effort to impact university training programs, superintendents, ODE, and the legislators to maintain the integrity of our role in the schools. OSPA will need you. Be there!

  • Kim Huffman

    Kim Huffman

    1996

    Hi! I am proud to have served as OSPA president during '96-'97. I was fortunate enough to meet a lot of friendly and dedicated school psychologists. The best parts and most fun, however, were the MVSPA and OSPA hospitalities at fall and spring conferences, which Dan Leary, Andy Sattler, and I often hosted. By the way, when *are* those draft standards for Ohio special ed. rules going to be officially enacted?

  • Michael C. Forcade

    Michael C. Forcade

    1995

    I hope to be remembered for my leadership efforts on behalf of intervention based services for children.

  • Laurie Albright

    Laurie Albright

    1994

  • Alex Thomas

    Alex Thomas

    1993

    Alex Thomas was a school psychologist in Port Clinton from 1972 through 1990 and has been on the school psychology faculty at Miami University since 1990. He is currently Chair of the Educational Psychology Department at Miami. Alex has been President of NASP in 1986/1987 and 1998/1999.

  • Nancy Reynolds

    Nancy Reynolds

    1992

  • Steven Coolahan

    Steven Coolahan

    1991

    Serving as your president was rewarding and enlightening.  I enjoyed the many thoughtful discussions with colleagues regarding topics such as linking assessment to intervention design; mental health based practices for school psychologists; parent and teacher consultation as it related to treatment acceptability and treatment integrity; supervision and evaluation of school psychologists; and the role of the school psychologist as much more than “a tester for suspected disabilities.”  These discussions led to opportunities to work with policy and decision makers to move the field toward a more comprehensive service delivery model.  My work with OSPA also led to my work with NASP.  Serving as the Chair of the National School Psychology Certification Board enabled me to work with colleagues who had a desire to make a positive impact on our training standards and ensure the public that our training was comprehensive in nature.  I am thankful to have collaborated with other school psychologists who worked to ensure that both the clients we serve and the profession at large benefitted from the development and the implementation of quality professional practice standards.  To those of you within our profession who are stuck in the “test, tell, place, and don’t include me in any intervention plan” model, I encourage you to get involved in OSPA/NASP.  Learn from colleagues who are involved in comprehensive service delivery models so that both you and the children/youth you serve can benefit from your ongoing professional development.

  • Dennis Pinciotti

    Dennis Pinciotti

    1990

    My three years in the presidency role (elect, current & past) was a blur. As I began my term, I also started a new job at PEP, a separate Mental Health facility for SED students. That first year, I didn't know if I was coming or going. Fortunately, the OSPA family was very supportive and helpful and I managed to get through, as everyone does. Steve Colahan, in particular, was a tremendous help in his role as president-elect. The hot topic during my presidency involved licensure issues (again!). It was quite an education watching OSPA, OPA and the State Board of Psychology trying to put their own twist on the licensing law. Probably my biggest legacy is the fact that OSPA is still using my letterhead and theme ("Building Bridges for the Future").

  • Gale Harr

    Gale Harr

    1989

  • Nancy Eberst

    Nancy Eberst

    1988

  • Audrey Bashian

    Audrey Bashian

    1987

    During my presidency we began a Multicultural Affairs Task Force which was approved by the Executive Board as a standing committee.  I’m glad to see it still exists stronger than ever!  A Past Presidents Council was also started and continued for a few short years with a newsletter (ending in 1996 as far as I can tell).  OSPA was a joy to be involved in due to the colleagues who enhanced my knowledge of the profession.  It allowed me to become active in NASP and also ISPA (International  School Psychology Association).  I retired in 1997 and went on to do volunteer work with tutoring students—teaching adult education at a library.   My daughter and son provided us with six grandchildren, now three of them are in college.  The sadness of my life occurred with the sudden  death of my husband, Chuck, in 2002 as a result of surgery error. He was with me at several ISPA Colloquiums.  I receive the OSPA newsletter which provides such excellent professional information.  Also, I continue to join CASP (Cleveland Association of School Psychologists).   Becoming a school psychologist later in life and continuing for 25 years was a wonderful experience!

  • Michael Curtis

    Michael Curtis

    1986

    After 19 years in Ohio, I now am in my seventh year as Professor of School Psychology and Chair of the Department of Psychological & Social Foundations at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Through my years of membership and involvement with OSPA, I am fortunate to have gained many lifelong friends and colleagues. I am sure that in the years ahead OSPA will continue its long history of being an advocate and strong voice for children and families, not only in Ohio, but across the country.

  • Nancy Eberst

    Nancy Eberst

    1985

  • Cathy Telzrow

    Cathy Telzrow

    1984

    Cathy Telzrow served as Professor and Coordinator of the School Psychology Program at Kent State University. This position gave her an appreciation for the essential collaboration between university personnel and field-based partners in preparing school psychologists of the future. She recalls that the "hot topic" during her presidency was OSPA's advocacy on behalf of licensed school psychologists seeking parity with third party payers….now it seems that everyone is in the same leaky boat, and many in independent practice are seeking the security of school-based settings!

  • Marianne Cote

    Marianne Cote

    1983

  • Julia Wright

    Julia Wright

    1982

  • Frank Bock

    Frank Bock

    1981

  • Beverly Veatch

    Beverly Veatch

    1980

  • Alex Thomas

    Alex Thomas

    1979

    Alex Thomas was a school psychologist in Port Clinton from 1972 through 1990 and has been on the school psychology faculty at Miami University since 1990. He is currently Chair of the Educational Psychology Department at Miami. Alex has been President of NASP in 1986/1987 and 1998/1999.

  • Edward Fiscus

    Edward Fiscus

    1977

  • Barbara Garwood

    Barbara Garwood

    1976

  • Homer Bradshaw

    Homer Bradshaw

    1975

  • S. Michael Kravitz

    S. Michael Kravitz

    1974

  • Avalyn Larson

    Avalyn Larson

    1973

  • Michael Chrin

    Michael Chrin

    1972, 1971

  • Frederic Lawrence

    Frederic Lawrence

    1970

  • Herbert L.  Baker

    Herbert L. Baker

    1969, 1968

  • Pauline Alexander

    Pauline Alexander

    1967

    OSPA would like to note the passing of Pauline Alexander.  Please click here for a link to information regarding her achievements.

  • Lloyd Koegel

    Lloyd Koegel

    1966

  • Eugene Schmiedl

    Eugene Schmiedl

    1965

  • Shirley Reynolds Fulg

    Shirley Reynolds Fulg

    1964

  • Donald Kinsely

    Donald Kinsely

    1963

  • Donald Wonderly

    Donald Wonderly

    1962

    OSPA would like to note the passing of Donald Wonderly.  Please click here for a link to information regarding his achievements and here to view the memorial presentation video.

  • Janko Kovacevich

    Janko Kovacevich

    1961

  • Clyde Bartlett

    Clyde Bartlett

    1960

  • Donald Renwand

    Donald Renwand

    1959

  • William Goff

    William Goff

    1958

  • Wiley Garrett

    Wiley Garrett

    1957

  • Samuel J. Bonham

    Samuel J. Bonham

    1956

    OSPA would like to note the passing of Sam Bonham Jr, past president of OSPA. Please click here for link to information regarding his achievements.

  • Donald Ferguson

    Donald Ferguson

    1955

    Ferguson, Donald Glenn, DOB, 9/24/1925, Died September 24, 2009. BSEd (1949) and MA (1950) at Kent State U., then PhD (1956) from Western Reserve U. Teacher in Canton (OH, 1949-1951) schools, school psychologist in Lorain (OH, 1951-1954), instructor at Western Reserve U, then joined the faculty as the first school psychology program trainer at Kent State U, in the Department of Special Education. Served in that department as coordinator of pupil personnel services until leaving late in the 1960s to become director of the Interprofessional Research Commission of Pupil Personnel Services. Later served on the faculty of the University of South Florida until his retirement. Served as president of the Ohio School Psychologists Assn 1955-1956.

  • Arthur Yarian

    Arthur Yarian

    1954

  • Alma Ward Jones

    Alma Ward Jones

    1953

  • Robert N. Walker

    Robert N. Walker

    1952

  • Thelma Tyler

    Thelma Tyler

    1951

  • P.D. Courtney

    P.D. Courtney

    1950

  • Posina Brown

    Posina Brown

    1949

  • Stella Whiteside

    Stella Whiteside

    1948

  • Keith Perkins

    Keith Perkins

    1947

  • Elizabeth Seilberg

    Elizabeth Seilberg

    1946

  • P.O. Wagner

    P.O. Wagner

    1945, 1944

  • Dwight Arnold

    Dwight Arnold

    1943

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