The Executive Board is made up of individuals from both two- and four-year colleges in the state of Ohio. The Board is responsible for promoting the vision and maintaining the mission of the organization.
2019-20 Executive Board Members
President: Dr. Todd Suddeth, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Multicultural Center, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Todd Suddeth, Ph.D. serves as the Executive Director of the Student Life Multicultural Center at The Ohio State University. In this role he provides intellectual, multidisciplinary and administrative leadership. This entails assessing student needs and developing policies, objectives, programs and services to serve them; administering daily operations; creating program and service partnerships with students, faculty, administrators and community groups.
Before joining the Student Life Multicultural Center, Todd served as the Program Director of the Todd A. Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male at The Ohio State University. In this role he developed and assessed programming and services to increase retention, graduation rates, and sense of belonging for Black males at Ohio State. His contributions to the Bell National Resource Center resulted in its recognition as a national model in higher education for academic success with Black males. In addition to higher education Todd’s career background includes positions in non-profit and state-government.
Todd received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Akron, an M.A. in Public Affairs and a Ph.D. in Higher Education and Student Affairs at Ohio State.
President-Elect and Secretary: Dr. Nkenge Friday
Associate Dean of Students and Director of Diversity and Inclusion,
Marietta College, Marietta, OH
Past President: Brandi N.H. Elliott, Ed.D
Director, Office of Ethnic Programs & Services | Darwin T. Turner
Scholars Program, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
Brandi is the Director of the Office of Ethnic Programs and Services at the University of Cincinnati. She is responsible for the implementation of programs and services that address the academic, social and cultural needs of a diverse student body. She also administers the very prestigious Darwin T. Turner Scholars Program. Not only is she instrumental in providing full-tuition scholarships to students, she oversees their participation in diversity and community service activities and programs designed to enhance their intellectual, professional and identity development.
President Emeritus: Mai Nguyen
Retired Director, Asian and Native American Center, Wright State University, Dayton, OH
President Emeritus: Dr. Juanita Tate
Retired Administrator, Office of Diversity Affairs, Miami University, Oxford, OH
Interim Treasurer and Member-at-large (2-year Public Institution): Amy Sues
Associate Dean, Academic Affairs, Clark State Community College, Springfield, OH
Amy has over 25 years of experience in higher education in areas including: academic advising, career services, transfer and articulation, accreditation, and compliance. She serves as the Accreditation Liaison Officer for College. Amy has a M.Ed. in College Student Personnel and a Bachelors in Communication from Ohio University.
Communication Manager: Amanda M. Romero, M.Des.
Chair and Professor, Design Department, Sinclair Community College, Dayton, OH
Amanda is currently Chairperson of the Design Department at Sinclair Community College. Her expertise includes both print production and interactive design. Amanda has been a member of the OCMCHE Board since 2009. During her time at Sinclair, she has assisted and participated in the development of numerous diversity and inclusion events and educational programming. Since 2010, she has been a member of the "Change Agents", a group made of up faculty, staff and administrators. This group continues to make a commitment to promote and develop steps and approaches to create a supportive, diverse and inclusive environment at the College. Throughout her tenure at Sinclair, she has served as Faculty Fellow for Diversity for the Center for Teaching and Learning, has been trained in Sustained dialog, co-developed the Diversity & Inclusion track for faculty and staff; and, has mentored a number of students through the College’s Urban African American Mentoring Program.
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