Board of Directors

President – Membership – Golf Outing – Group Tickets

Donna Waters

Donna is a 1978 Ohio State Dental Hygiene Graduate with a BS Degree in Education. She and husband, Barry, both from the Cleveland, OH area, met at Ohio State at Papa Joes and they have lived in OH, GA, NJ, FL and now MI for over 17 years. She joined The club’s Board of Directors in 2003 after The National Championship Season and meeting fellow club officers at club events. Donna LOVES meeting new Buckeye grads and fans and enlarging our fan base here in TSUN – thus she heads up the Membership Committee as President of The Ohio State Alumni Club of West Michigan. She still loves working as Dental Hygienist in a Grandville dental office with her 2 bosses who are U of M dentists!

Vice President – College Fairs

Liz Collver

Liz attended Ohio State from 2005-2009, graduating in 2009 with a Bachelor of the Arts Degree in Psychology. While at Ohio State, Liz was in the Honors program, an Orientation Leader, on the 2007 Homecoming Court, and an Ohio State Campus Tour Guide for 3 years. Currently, she is working at Grand Valley State University as the Assistant Director of Student Life, and is excited to be getting involved with The Ohio State Alumni Club of West Michigan! Liz is the chairperson for the club’s College Fairs, and Twitter presence. Previously, Liz was on the Board of Directors for The Ohio State Alumni Club of Ft Myers, FL.

Secretary – Special Events

M. Rosita Schiller, RSM, PhD

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 Ohio State 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 club’s Board in 2004, chaired the Jim Crowe Museum Exhibit and enjoys meeting new friends, and participating in a variety of club activities.


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 Ohio State 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 Ohio State Alumni Club of West Michigan in 2009 and volunteered for the Board of Directors in 2014.

Board of Directors

Golf Outing – Summer Picnic – Game Watches 

Lisa Baber

Guest Speakers & Football Expert

Sonny Gordon

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 Ohio State Alumni Club of West Michigan in 2008 and joined the Board of Directors in 2009. He currently works for American Seating Company as National Sales Director. He met his wife, Angie, at Ohio State and they have resided in Michigan for 13 years.

Alumni Scholarship for High School Students – College Fairs

Carolyn Hummel

Carolyn graduated from Ohio State in 1970 with a B.S. in Home Economics Education. A long- time member of The Ohio State 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 Ohio State College of Education and Home Ecology’s Alumni Board of Governors in Columbus.

Networking – Social Media – Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn

Kristy Kieda

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 full time in Product Line Coordination and Development at Aspen Surgical Products Inc., A Hill-Rom Company. Kristy serves with several charities, and joined The Ohio State Alumni Club of West Michigan’s Board in 2008. Kristy enjoys managing the club’s social media and planning networking and volunteer opportunities for the Club.

Endowed Scholarship Fund – College Fairs and Student Recruitment

Dan LaVille

Dan graduated from The Ohio State College of Social Work in 1973. He met his MSU wife while they were both attending the University of Notre Dame Law School and 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 is one of the “founding” members of The Ohio State Alumni Club of West Michigan, as well as the club’s Endowed Scholarship Fund and a previous Alumni Club President. 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 Ohio State President’s Club.

Website – Ticket Exchange

Rob Stefanowski

Rob earned his B.S. in computer information systems in 1985. While at Ohio State he worked in the athletic facilities. Upon graduation, he returned to Michigan and began to pursue his teaching certification. He got his certification in 1991 and moved to West Michigan. He taught 2 years in Wyoming and has been in Forest Hills for the last 21 years. He worked at Central Middle, Central High, and he is currently teaching Math at Eastern Middle. He has worked on our website for many years.

Alumni Scholarship for High School Students – College Fairs – Student/Alumni Mentor Program

Dr. Amit Thakkar

Amit graduated from Ohio State in 2009 with a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry. He joined The Ohio State Alumni Club of West Michigan in 2012 and joined the Board of Directors in 2014. He serves on the Scholarship and College Fair Committees and is willing to serve as a mentor to any new Ohio State students looking to enter the science/pre-medical track. He currently works as a Senior R&D Chemist for a pharmaceutical company in South Haven, MI.

Golf Outing – Beat M*ch*g*n BASH – Game Watches

Barry Waters

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. Barry met his wife, Donna, during his second year at Ohio State. They have two daughters ( Saint Mary’s College 2006 and Ohio State 2012), a Badger son-in-law and have lived in West Michigan since 1997. Barry has chaired the Club’s Annual Golf Outing and “Beat M*ch*g*n” Bash since the inception of those events.


Dr. Don Williams

Don earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry at Ohio State 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 Ohio State Alumni Club of West Michigan for nearly a decade, he has helped with the Scholarship and Public Service Committees. His wife of 54 years, Sue, is a native Ohioan and a social worker.

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