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New Alumni Association Board

Fall/Winter 2013

The mission of the alumni association board is to represent tiffin university as ambassadors of excellence, leadership and service, and act as a resource for the offices of alumni relations and development in building programs that support lifelong connections to tiffin university alumni and friends.

Tiffin University named 13 members (11 alumni, a student alumni representative, and TU’s Director of Alumni Relations, Vickie Galaska), to its new Alumni Association Board. Officers include Chairman Jeffrey Beard, Class of 1999, Pickerington, Ohio; Vice Chairman Harry Burd, Class of 1963, Tiffin, Ohio; and Secretary Erica Henry, Classes of 2000 and 2002, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Additional board members include: Parris Burt, Classes of 2008 and 2010, Findlay, Ohio; Richard Collins, Class of 2002, Columbus, Ohio; William Hertzer, Class of 1960, Tiffin, Ohio; Ryan Pessell, Class of 2007, Findlay, Ohio; Curtis Peterson, Class of 1971, Bellefontaine, Ohio; Kelly Stocker, Class of 1989, Tiffin, Ohio; Kara Windsor, Class of 1996, Tiffin, Ohio; and Jesse Schrader, Classes of 2002 and 2004, Elyria, Ohio.

Chairman, Jeff Beard (’99) – “My TU education has been the building block that has enabled me to progress in my career,” said Jeff. “I’ve worked with graduates from many universities and I believe my education stacks up very well with any of them.” Jeff is president and CEO of Standing Stone National Bank, Lancaster, Ohio.

Vice Chairman, Harry Burd (’63) – “The education I received at Tiffin University,” said Harry, “gave me the confidence and ability to pursue and acquire employment with several top American companies.” Harry was the managing director of labor relations for Pfizer Corporation and Basic Incorporated, as well as, the manager of training and development for Cummins Engine Company. Harry has also served as past president of the Seneca and Sandusky Counties Personnel Manager’s Association. Harry operates RJV Properties of Ohio.

Secretary, Erica Henry (’00, ’02) – “I look at the path that I took to get to Tiffin University and all of the opportunities I have had, including my employment at the University of Cincinnati,” said Erica, “and none of that would have been possible had TU not taken that chance on me 17 years ago. I always go above and beyond of what other people would do to look for opportunities to change someone’s life—to have the opportunity to do for someone else what Tiffin University did for me.” At University of Cincinnati, Erica is the assistant director-enrollment relations, student financial aid office.

Parris Burt (’08, ’10) – “While at Tiffin University, the co-curricular activities showed me how important it was to volunteer and use my time to benefit a greater cause for those who are less fortunate,” said Parris. “My TU experience has helped me evolve into a great manager.” Parris is an operations supervisor at Procter and Gamble Distribution Center.

Richard Collins (’02) – “I am sure my MCJ degree from Tiffin University impacted the selection process when I was chosen to be the superintendent of the Ohio State Highway Patrol in 2007,” said Richard. “I truly feel that my educational experiences, along with my teaching background at TU, had a positive influence on the selection committee and Governor Strickland.” Richard is sergeant-at-arms with the Ohio House of Representatives in Columbus.

William Hertzer (’60) – “I believe Tiffin University did a very good job preparing me for the work force,” said Bill. “I have enjoyed my association with Tiffin University very much.” Recently, Mr. Hertzer generously donated the new carillon bells located inside the Hertzer Center for Technology’s clock tower in memory of his late wife, Jean Grady Hertzer (TU Class of 1956).

Ryan Pessell (’07) – “The education I received at TU has been a crucial part of my success,” said Ryan. “I am able to communicate and provide an understanding of a complex product (property and casualty insurance) to the customers I serve on a daily basis. My TU education has given me the proper tools to be a responsible, knowledgeable business person in my community.” Ryan is a commercial lines sales executive for The Hitchings Insurance Company located in Findlay. He began his insurance career in 2007 with The Hartford Insurance Company.

Curtis Peterson (’71) – “My Tiffin University degree started my career with Nationwide Insurance over 35 years ago,” said Curtis. “The dedication I gave to my studies while attending TU carried over into my career.”

Jesse Schrader (’02, ’04) – “My Tiffin University degree taught me how to treat people,” said Jesse. “Everyone has challenges throughout life–it is how you overcome those challenges that make us who we are,” he said. “I had many challenges at Tiffin University, but no one made me feel differently or held it against me. I will hold on to that for the rest of my life.” Jesse works as a credit analyst with Key Bank in Brooklyn, Ohio. He also runs baseball clinics and motivational speeches for kids with hemophilia and other bleeding disorders around the United States for a biopharmaceutical company, CSL Behring.

Kelly Stocker (’89) – “Tiffin University taught me the importance of networking and giving back,” said Kelly. She is the Agency Owner of Ships and Trips Travel Agency in Tiffin.

Kara Windsor (’96) – “My ties to the Tiffin community run very deep and are extremely strong,” said Kara. “Not only is my association with Tiffin University linked to my career, but with my husband’s career in law enforcement as well.”