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. The Executive Director is a position that is appointed by the Executive Committee, and serves a term of three to five years. 

Liane Gray-Starner | OCA

Liane Gray-Starner

President

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. President is an elected position, and serves a term of two years.

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. The Vice President is an elected position, and serves for a period of two years, and then advances to the office of President.

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. The Journal Editor is a position that is appointed by the Executive Committee, and serves for a period of two years.

Laura Russell | OCA

Laura Russell

Associate Journal Editor

Laura Russell (Ohio University) is an associate professor of Communication at Denison University. The Associate Journal Editor is a position that is appointed by the Executive Committee, serves for a period of two years, and then advances to the position of Journal Editor.

Alyssa N. Fisher

Communication Coordinator

Alyssa N. Fisher (M.S., Arts Management, University of Oregon) is currently a doctoral student in media and communication at Bowling Green State University. Her research interests lie in the convergence of traditional and emerging media. The Communication Coordinator is a position that is appointed by the Executive Committee, and serves a two year term. Alyssa was appointed in 2017.

Julie Semlak | OCA

Julie Semlak

Conference Coordinator

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. Semlak’s research interests include family and instructional communication, with a focus on the instructor’s impact on the teaching and learning process. Semlak has taught a variety of Communication courses at the high-school and college-level throughout her 15-year teaching career, and believes she learns more from her students than she could ever teach them. The Conference Coordinator is a position that is appointed by the Executive Committee, and serves a two year term. Julie was appointed in 2016.

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. The Awards Coordinator is a position that is appointed by the Executive Committee.

Dan O’Neill

Northeast District Representative

Dan O’Neill (Ph.D., Michigan State University) is a professor of communication at Youngstown State University. District Representative is an elected position, and serves a two year term. Dan was elected in 2017.

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. District Representative is an elected position, and serves a two year term. Andrew was elected in 2016.

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. District Representative is an elected position, and serves a two year term. Kristen was elected in 2016.

Elycia Taylor

Central District Representative

Elycia Taylor (M.A., West Virginia University) is Lead Instructor of Business and Technical Communication at Columbus State Community College. She also is a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Illinois at Chicago. District Representative is an elected position, and serves a two year term. Elycia was elected in 2017.

Shawn Starcher | OCA

Shawn Starcher

Southeast District Representative

Shawn (M.A., The University of Akron) is a doctoral candidate at Kent State University in the College of Communication and Information. His areas of research include interpersonal communication, family communication, and health communication.  More specifically, he examines how parents and children discuss topics and manage privacy regarding mental health and how that influences those family members. The Southeast District Representative is an elected position and serves a two year term. Shawn was elected in 2017.

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. Graduate Representative is an elected position, and serves a one year renewable term.

Zach Humphries

Graduate Student Representative

Zach Humphries (M.A, Youngstown State University) is working on his Ph.D. at Kent State University. Graduate Representative is an elected position, and serves a one year renewable term.

Jerry Feezel

Archivist

Jerry D. Feezel (PhD University of Wisconsin) is emeritus professor of Communication Studies at Kent State University. Jerry is a past president and received awards from the association when it was SCAO. His research and teaching focuses on communication education, language, aging, and intercultural/international communication. The Archivist is a position that is appointed by the Executive Committee.

Erin Hollenbaugh

Sponsorship Coordinator

Erin Hollenbaugh (Ph.D., Kent State University) is an associate professor of communication studies at Kent State University at Stark. Hollenbaugh’s research primarily explores social media from an interpersonal perspective. The Sponsorship Coordinator is a position that is appointed by the Executive Committee.