Meet the University Advancement and Economic Development Staff


David Zak
Vice President University Advancement and Economic Development
Master of Arts - The Ohio State University
Bachelor of Arts - The Ohio State University
David Zak is Vice President of Tiffin University's Office of University Advancement and Economic Development (UAED). He previously served as President & CEO of the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. In his tenure with SIEDC, Seneca County has been nationally ranked in the top ten percent for economic development both years, Tiffinís downtown revitalization has reached new heights, and more than 70 projects have been announced, representing more than $100 million in new investment and 500 new jobs. Prior he served as Chief, Business Services Division of the Ohio Development Services Agency, Vice President of Economic Development for the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce, President of Fairfield Land Partners among multiple other Economic Development and Business Liaison positions.
Phone: 419-448-3282

Vickie Wilkins
Director of Alumni Relations
Bachelor of Business Administration, Finance & Accounting - Tiffin University
Master of Business Administration - Tiffin University
Vickie joined the department in June, 2013.  Vickie is responsible for facilitating alumni connections, engagement, support, and to build a sense of community.  She plans and implements major alumni activities as well as campus-wide programming. She also works closely with alumni volunteers. Additionally, she represents the University and Alumni Office at on-campus and off-campus events.
Vickie enjoys spending time with her family and staying connected with friends.  She enjoys watching sports and working out.
Phone: 419-448-3595

Jason Griffin
Director of Marketing & Communications
Bachelor of Arts (Broadcast Journalism) - Miami (OH) University
Jason, his wife Jennifer and their sons Hank and Eddie reside in Ottawa Hills, Ohio. Jason joined the department in October, 2012 following 12 years as Director of Public Relations/Broadcaster for the Toledo Mud Hens baseball team. Jason has over 20 years of experience in sports marketing, radio/television broadcasting, and communications. Prior to his work for the Mud Hens, he served as radio broadcaster for the Toledo Storm hockey team, hosted a radio sports talk show for 10 years in Toledo, and also worked in Chicago at The Score sports radio station as a host/reporter/producer. In his free time, Jason enjoys spending time with his family and coaching his son's various sports teams.
Phone: 419-448-3384
Jennifer Saam
Jennifer Saam
Assistant Director of Marketing & Communications
Bachelor of Science, Commercial Art - Ashland University
Diploma, Web Design - Art Institute of Pittsburgh
Jennifer joined the department in October, 2014.  Jennifer has been with Tiffin University since 2010, most recently serving as Webmaster & Graphic Design Technician in the ITS department. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Nick, and son, Lucas.
Phone: 419-448-3348
Lori A. Bentz
Administrative Assistant
Associate of Business Administration - Tiffin University
Lori joined the department in 2001 and is currently pursuing her Bachelorís Degree from Tiffin University. Lori enjoys reading, shopping, gardening and spending time with her family. She and her husband, Chris, have four children.
Phone: 419-448-3282
Sandy Koehler
Event Services Coordinator
Sandy joined the department in 2003. Sandy schedules and coordinates all internal and external events hosted throughout the Tiffin campus. Outside of the office, she manages her family farm. She and her husband, Lee, stay busy with her son, Gavin.
Phone: 419-448-3323
Russ Snyder
Operations Manager/WTUD Radio
Bachelor of Business Administration - Tiffin University
Russ is a long time Tiffin resident with his wife, Erica, and their two children (Isaac and Mollie). Snyder joined the TU family as a full-time employee in August, 2014 and has served as "Voice of the Dragons" since 2011. Previously, Snyder served as Program Director/Operations Manager of WTTF Radio. Away from work, Russ enjoys producing independent radio shows from home and being involved with his children's activities.
Lisa Williams
Lisa W. Williams
Executive Director of Media Relations & Publications
Bachelor of Business Administration - Tiffin University
Lisa is a long-time resident of Tiffin, Ohio and has served in various positions at Tiffin University since 1982.
In her current role as Executive Director of Media Relations and Publications, Lisa maintains a positive working relationship with the University community, trustees, parents, local business, industry, and media and has worked closely with individual department heads in planning and executing individualized advertising and image-building campaigns to include print, radio, outdoor and television. She serves as Tiffin University's official photographer and writes and edits the College's semiannual alumni magazine, Challenge, the Annual Report and TU's weekly internal newsletter, Dragon News. She oversees publications and prepares news releases for newspapers, radio and television stations. When necessary, Lisa assists in fundraising as well as various promotional projects and capital campaigns for the Office of UAED, including but not limited to, working closely with the office of Alumni Relations.
Phone: 419-448-3444
Fax: 419-443-5014
Mary Ann Stearns
Creative Director/Graphic Designer