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Rebecca Abraham

School of Business
Assistant Professor of Management
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Degrees & Certificates

B.B.A., Tiffin University
M.B.A., in Leadership, Tiffin University

Instructor Rebecca (Becky) Abraham began with Tiffin University in 2012 as an adjunct on main campus as well at our extended learning sites. In 2018, she became full-time management faculty. Prior to academia, Becky accrued a background in the Human Resources and Management fields working for over ten years for a family business in Sandusky, OH.

Instructor Abraham earned her undergrad and graduate degrees from Tiffin University and is currently pursuing her Doctor of Education in Leadership and Innovation with St. Thomas University.

She is active in her community and children’s schools. In her free time she enjoys spending time up at the lake with her family relaxing.

Becky resides in Avon, Ohio with her husband and three children.

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Jeremy Albrecht

Online & Extended Learning Admissions
Online Admissions Counselor
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Degrees & Certificates

MA in History, Bowling Green State University
Graduate Certificate in Public History, Bowling Green State University
BA in History with Minors in Philosophy and Classical Civilization, Bowling Green State University

Though I’m originally from Virginia Beach, I’ve lived in Ohio for the last two decades and consider myself much more a native Ohioan than Virginian. I’ve always enjoyed learning in any form I can find and perhaps it was this thirst for knowledge which drove me into both a Bachelors and a subsequent Masters program at Bowling Green State University, the former earned in 2015 and the latter in 2020.

Higher education always felt rather comfortable to me. I enjoyed the coursework and the overall atmosphere of learning and self-improvement that a university seems inevitably to foster. As a result, it seemed only natural that, as a newly minted MA, I would focus my job search in the field that had always felt so much like home. My love of learning and desire to help others have access to the same educational opportunities I’ve been lucky enough to experience made admissions a particularly enticing field, so when I heard about an opening in Tiffin University’s Online Admissions department I jumped at the chance.

Outside of work, I fill my time in any number of ways. Reading has always been a major focus of my life and I still devour nearly every book I can get my hands on, regardless of genre. Additionally, I’ve always enjoyed watching sports, mainly baseball and football, and I’ve fostered a deep appreciation for gaming, both in a virtual environment and in a more traditional tabletop structure. I tend to spend my weekends with my family and particularly enjoy the company of my young niece and nephew, who are more than adorable enough to make up for their rambunctious nature.

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Jill Aldrich

Residence Life, Student Affairs
Director of Housing Operations
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Tiffin Ohio native, Jill Aldrich came to Tiffin University in the summer of 2004 and serves as the Director of Housing Operations.

Jill has over 21 years’ experience in higher education.  She has served in various roles, ranging from an Assistant to the Dean of Students in the School of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences, Undergraduate Admissions visit coordinator to where she now happily hangs her hat in Residence Life and Student Affairs.

Jill earned her Bachelors of Business Management in 2015 while also completing a minor in Marketing and Equine Management from Tiffin University. 

Being around students, helping them grow and find their way in life has always been what fills Jill’s cup.  Known as the campus mom she is always willing to help guide students, be a listening ear, cheerleader and voice of reason for them. 

Jill is the proud mother of two grown daughters and two stepsons.   Lately though, being GG to her two grandbabies has been pretty hard to top on the scale of happiness and joy. 

It is Jill’s hope that every student that graduates, has the right tools to be successful in their next journey; both socially and in their careers.

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Tom Alexander

Director of Undergraduate Admissions
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Degrees & Certificates

B.A. in Communication Studies and Theatre Arts, Heidelberg University
M.A. in Education, Heidelberg University

Tom joined Tiffin University as Director of Undergraduate Admissions in January of 2023. He earned both his Bachelors and Masters from nearby Heidelberg University. Tom comes to Tiffin with over a decade of enrollment management and marketing experience. He has worked in enrollment roles at Urbana University, Heidelberg University, and The Ohio State University. Additionally he spent time at Fathom, a digital marketing agency with expertise in enrollment marketing, as well as, the #1 college search platform for prospective students in the nation. Tom and his wife, Lauren, have three children, Jaidyn, Zakary, and Jarett.

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Lonny Allen

President's Cabinet
Vice President of Athletics
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Degrees & Certificates

B.B.A., Sports Management, Tiffin University
Master's degree in Sports Administration, Bowling Green State University

Allen has been at the forefront of continuing the growth of the department in Division II and the GLIAC. Under his direction, the program has made many positive additions, such as the development of the Heminger Center, a 3.5 acre indoor practice and recreation center that also includes an indoor track and field complex, along with new facilities for the golf  and wrestling programs. Coming in 2017, the newest addition to the Tiffin University Athletic Department will be the state-of-the-art esports facility. The 4,000 square foot facility will be the largest esports arena in the nation

Allen has been instrumental in improving all of Tiffin’s facilities across the board. Amongst the changes are: upgrades to the baseball facility include new offices and lounge area above the home dugout, a brand new clubhouse attached to the home dugout, stadium seating behind home plate, and a fully functioning press box; additions to the soccer facility at the Paradiso Athletic Complex, including stadium seating, a fence enclosing the facility, press box, and dugouts for the home and opposing team; softball facility improvements including the addition of a press box, stadium seating, brand new backstop, and the recent addition of batting cages.

In addition to the various playing facilities, Allen has enhanced the Hanson Physical Fitness Center with the remodeling of the weight room, addition of a cardio room, and the addition of an athletic training facility that provides convenient care for all Tiffin University student athletes.

Lonny Allen left his mark on the Tiffin University tennis program as well with the resurfacing of the courts, addition of stadium seating, aesthetic changes that both brighten and modernize the facility, and storage areas for equipment.

With Allen at the helm, Tiffin University was instrumental in the additions that have taken place at Frost-Kalnow Stadium, the home of Tiffin University’s football and women’s lacrosse teams. Two of the newest additions include new field turf and a video board.

The Gillmor Student Center and Old Fort Bank Court, where the Dragon basketball and volleyball teams play their home events, has also benefited from Allen’s drive to improve all athletic venues. Recent upgrades include new scoreboards, court resurfacing, the remodeling of both player and officials locker rooms, remodeling of coaches offices, construction of storage space, and the addition of a concession area.

In addition, Allen has overseen the addition of four new varsity sports (women’s lacrosse, wrestling, men’s and women’s swimming and diving), along with helping develop new athletic offices as part of the Heminger Center, expanding the size of the weight room, and upgrading the training facilities for the betterment of TU’s athletes.

Allen coached the Dragons baseball squad for 21 seasons before stepping aside after the 2012 season. Counting his days as a student-athlete for the Dragons, he had been associated with the program for 27 years. He accumulated 444 career victories on the diamond.

Coach Allen is a 1992 graduate of Tiffin University with a degree in Sports Management. He has a Master’s degree in Sports Administration from Bowling Green State University.

Coach Allen hails from Kermit, Texas. He graduated from Kermit High School and then played baseball at Hill Junior College in Texas before finishing his career at TU. He, his wife Julie, and daughters Macy, Brooke, and Zoey live in Tiffin.

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Julie Allen

Financial Aid
Financial Aid Operations
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Degrees & Certificates

Bachelor of Business Administration

Julie Allen joined the financial aid office in May of 2011 after completing her degree at Tiffin University as an adult student.  She works in the processing side of financial aid where she imports data and integrates various sources of information into the financial aid system.  Julie has lived in Tiffin all of her adult life.  She is married and has 3 grown children and one grandson.

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Holly Allgood

Director of Institutional Research
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Degrees & Certificates

Bachelor of Science - University of Oklahoma
Master of Business Administration - Tiffin University

The mission of the Office of Institutional Research is to provide accurate information to support the decision making processes and strategic planning. The office facilitates and coordinates the collection, analysis, and delivery of data for internal and external constituents through various formats – including dynamic, interactive dashboards. Under the Office of the President, the Institutional Research Office maintains and reports data required by state and federal governments, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), and several other external agencies such as NCAA, SARA, OFIC, and AICUO. As such, the Director of Institutional Research (Holly Allgood) is the university’s data liaison of official reporting to the U.S. Department of Education through the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). In addition, the Director oversees and supports all aspects of reporting requirements for the Move the Needle Retention initiative, as well as other continuous quality improvement and assessment data collections such as the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). Prior to joining Tiffin University in 2017, Holly served as Assistant Director of Student Operations at the University of Oklahoma and has over 12 years of Higher Education experience.

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Jonathan Appel, Ph.D.

School of Criminal Justice & Social Sciences
Professor of Psychology and Criminal Justice
Director of Institutional Review Board (IRB)
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Degrees & Certificates

Ph.D., Counseling with cognate in Organizational Psychology, University of Akron
M.S., Criminal Justice, Tiffin University
M.Ed., Counseling, Kent State University
B.A., Psychology, Kent State University
Graduate Certificate, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology

Dr. Jonathan Appel has worked in the field of behavioral health for over three decades. He has worked with individuals, groups, families, and organizations as a counselor, psychotherapist, clinical supervisor, director of behavioral health services, consultant, researcher, department chair, and educator. He is currently a full professor in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences, within the School of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences at Tiffin University.

Dr. Appel studied Media and Communications at Cleveland State University and did some work in college Radio at WCSB (Cleveland State University) and WKSR (Kent State University) and has since dabbled in internet radio.

Dr. Appel received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Kent State University, a Master’s Degree in Community-Clinical Counseling from Kent State University, a second Master’s of Science in Criminal Justice/Homeland Security Administration (Tiffin University), and a Ph.D. in Counseling (sub-specializing both in Marriage and Family Therapy and Organizational Psychology) from The University of Akron. He also has received a Graduate Certificate degree from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology.

Dr. Appel is a Diplomate in Psychotherapy and is a Clinically Certified Forensic Counselor, a National Certified Counselor, a Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor, a Certified Career Counselor, an Approved Clinical Supervisor, as well as an Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Professional. He has also received training as Certified Red Cross Mental Health Disaster Worker and a Behavioral Health Disaster Responder to State Disaster, Emergency and Terrorist Events. He is certified in the Psychology of Terrorists by the American Psychotherapy Association.

Dr. Appel is also currently licensed as an Independent Marriage and Family Therapist, a Supervising Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor, a Supervising Professional Clinical Counselor, and had been licensed as a Social Worker.

Dr. Appel has worked with a diverse range of populations/problems which include persons diagnosed with developmental disabilities, severe mental illness, and substance use disorders. He has designed, managed, and worked in clinical programs that have included services for the severe mentally ill, child, couple, and family therapy interventions, substance abuse assessment and treatment, dual diagnosis, forensic treatment, NGRIs (not guilty by reason of insanity), sex offenders, court-ordered mental health, addiction, anger management /violence prevention services, career counseling, community crisis/trauma response team interventions, and employee assistance program (EAP) services. He also has assisted in training police officers as part of Community Involvement Training (CIT) — a joint mental health and criminal justice practice initiative. He has also provided counseling and psychotherapy in a private practice setting.

Dr. Appel’s professional memberships have included the American Psychological Association, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS), the International Association of Addiction and Offender Counselors, the American Counseling Association, the National Association of Forensic Counselors, the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services, as well as a Clinical Member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. He also has been an executive board member of the National Organization for Human Services, serving as its Education Chair.

Dr. Appel has presented papers and training sessions regionally, nationally, and internationally in such topics as workplace violence, family violence, mindfulness, substance abuse & mental illness, the psychology of terrorism, and Therapeutic Jurisprudence.

He has also taught at The University of Akron, Old Dominion University (Virginia), and as part of a faculty exchange program at The University of Kitakyushu in Kitakyushu, Japan. He has done research and/or applied work with organizations around stress, trauma/violence in the workplace, family violence, employee burnout, issues related to family-work balance, and the applications of “mindfulness” to psychotherapy.

Dr. Appel also has co-authored a training curriculum in Domestic Violence for the Commonwealth of Virginia, and is currently on the editorial board for the International Journal of Mental Health & Addiction, and is a peer reviewer for the Family Relations Journal and the Open Social Sciences Journal. He has been published in such peer-reviewed publications as the Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, and Trauma, the Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect, the Family Journal: Counseling and Therapy for Couples and Families, and the International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction. He has also co-authored numerous book chapters. His research, scholarship, and presentations have included such topics as Therapeutic Jurisprudence, family violence, workplace violence, the mentally ill offender, the psychology of terrorism, the psychology of religion, personality development, creativity, cultural competency, and international issues in behavioral health.

Dr. Appel has done extensive travel and research in Asia.

Research Interest

Dr. Appel’s research, scholarship, and presentations have included such topics as global citizenship, Therapeutic Jurisprudence, universal ethics, workplace violence, employee burnout, the psychology of terrorism, the psychology of religion, personality development, creativity, and cultural competency.

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Elizabeth Athaide-Victor, Ph.D.

School of Criminal Justice & Social Sciences
Professor of Forensic Psychology and Psychology
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B.A., Anna Maria College
M.A., Middle Tennessee State University
Ph.D., University of Toledo

Dr. Victor began her career with a plan to consistently combine academics and applied service because she truly believes that one cannot teach without “doing”. As a result, she has been able to monitor both the extension of her field in academia, as well as its application in the real world. She feels this best enables her to educate her students, and prepare them for the challenges they will encounter in their careers. During all levels of her own education, Dr. Victor has worked in the field.

Born and raised in Southeastern Massachusetts, in the late 1970s she started working for the Department of Youth Services (DYS) for the States of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. After leaving DYS, she worked in Boston for a suicide prevention center. During college, both undergraduate and graduate, Dr. Athaide-Victor also worked for a juvenile lock-up facility, a hunger-relief program, and volunteered in programs specializing in mental retardation, autism and in substance abuse rehabilitation programs.

As part of her pre-Doctoral program, Dr. Victor studied with Dr. Lawrence Kohlberg at Harvard University, doing research on moral reasoning and attribution of responsibility. Dr. Victor also worked for several years at a Sleep Disorders Center, a Community Mental Health Center, and a Sexual Disorders Center, all located in Toledo.

Dr. Victor joined the faculty of Tiffin University in 1989. She has conducted abundant research on jury behavior, jury cognitive processing, child sexual abuse litigation, toxic tort litigation, juror competence, and juror bias. Dr. Victor was the first Dean of the School of Criminal Justice. She belongs to several professional organizations including the American Psychological Association, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, the Association for Women in Psychology, the Association of Hispanic Psychologists, and the American Society of Criminology. She is a Board Certified Forensic Examiner.