Executive Board

Meet our Board Members

The Executive Board meets three times each year. The fall meeting is the first Friday in November at the host location of the upcoming conference and includes a tour of the campus for the Executive Board. The spring meeting is held on the first Friday in June at a central location in Columbus (TBA).

The November and June meetings run from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  The final meeting of the Executive Board is held on the Friday of the conference weekend. The annual business meeting, which is open to all OCA Members, is held as a part lunch on the Saturday of conference weekend.

Executive Board Members

Michelle Coleman

Michelle Coleman

Executive Director

Michelle B. Coleman (M.A., University of Illinois) is a professor of Communication at Clark State Community College in Springfield, Ohio where she serves at the course coordinator.

Liane Gray-Starner | OCA

Liane Gray-Starner


Liane Gray-Starner (M.A., Western Kentucky University; Ph.D. Ohio University) is the President of GrayStar Communication, a multi-national training and development firm.

Tammy Bosley | OCA

Tammy Bosley

Vice President

Tammy Bosley (M.A., Ball State University) is an instructor at Lorain County Community College in Elyria, Ohio where she serves as the program coordinator for the communication program.

Theodore Avtgis | OCA

Theodore Avtgis

Immediate Past President
Amber Ferris

Amber Ferris

OCA Journal Editor

Amber Ferris (Ph.D., Kent State University) is an assistant professor of Communication at The University of Akron Wayne College. Ferris’ current research focuses on the effects of dependency with respect to social media and technology.


Dariela Rodriguez

OCA Associate Journal Editor
Laura Russell | OCA

Laura Russell

Assistant Journal Editor & Southeast District Representative

Laura Russell (Ohio University) is an associate professor of Communication at Denison University.

Chelsea Kaunert | OCA

Chelsea A. Kaunert

Communications Coordinator

Chelsea A. Kaunert (M.Ed., Bowling Green State University, and doctoral candidate at Bowling Green State University). Kaunert has earned her M.Ed. in Sport Administration.

Julie Semlak | OCA

Julie Semlak

Conference Coordinator

Conference Coordinator: Julie Semlak Julie Semlak (Ph.D., North Dakota State University) is currently an adjunct instructor of Communication and the Communication Lab Assistant at Clark State Community College.

Jeff Tyus | OCA

Jeff Tyus

Awards Coordinator

Jeff Tyus (Ph.D., Ohio University) is an associate professor of Communication at Youngstown State University.Tyus teaches traditional and online courses in Intercultural Communication, Media Relations, among others.

Brad Palmer | OCA

Brad Palmer

Northeast District Representative
Andrew Hunt | OCA

Andrew Hunt

Northwest District Representative

Andrew Hunt (M.A., The University of Dayton) is a visiting instructor at Miami University, Oxford. His research interests include propaganda, media effects, and animation.

Kristen Hungerford | OCA

Kristen A. Hungerford

Southwest District Representative

Kristen A. Hungerford (Ph.D, University of Memphis) is a visiting assistant professor at Miami University in Hamilton, OH.

Shawn Starcher | OCA

Shawn Starcher

Central District Representative

Shawn Starcher (B.A., M.A., The University of Akron) and a doctoral student at Kent State University in the College of Communication and Information. 

Cody Clemens | OCA

Cody M. Clemens

Graduate Student Representative

Cody M. Clemens (M.A., Duquesne University) is a current doctoral student and instructor at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, OH. He also serves as the Graduate Student Trustee on the Board of Trustees at BGSU.

Zach Humphries

Graduate Student Representative

Zach Humphries (M.A, Youngstown State University) is working on his Ph.D. at Kent State University.