Jay Wachs – President
Jay Wachs (on air as Jay Fox) attended the Columbus main campus from 1987-1991 while working full time in local Columbus radio as a morning show host. Jay graduated in June, 1991 with a BA in American History and a minor in criminology. The Richland County Alumni Association has provided me with a way to reconnect to my Buckeye community both in terms of sports, culture and common shared experiences. It gives me great pleasure to welcome new members to the club and help assist both new alumni and students to have the best Buckeye experience possible. Jay has also been a Life Member of the Alumni Association since 1991.
Bertha Bishop – 1st VP
Bertha graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Arts in History. Bertha emigrated from Columbia and resides in Lexington. Bertha is a professional photographer and owns B.L. Bishop Photography. She is active in her community as a volunteer for Pastoral in the Park, a new initiative in 2016 to bring the Lexington area community together to celebrate Independence Day. She is an ardent Ohio State Buckeyes fan and frequents games. Go Bucks!
Kayla Smith – 2nd Vice President, Social Media and Communications
Kayla has attended both the Mansfield and Columbus Campuses and obtained her Bachelor of Science in Education in 2017. She now works for The Ohio State University Mansfield as an admissions counselor and recruiter to recruit Buckeyes from all Northeast Ohio! Kayla runs all social media accounts for our alumni club including Facebook, Instagram and the Buckeye Spotlight Podcast that you can find on Anchor, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts and other platforms. Kayla’s favorite parts of being involved with the alumni club is doing the social media accounts, being the podcast host and of course the service events that are done locally in Richland County like Supper on the Square. Kayla also joined the scholarship committee with our club in 2020 and loves helping plan events and design marketing pieces for the club. Kayla has also been a sustaining member since 2017.
Judy Villard-Overrocker – Treasurer
Dr. Villard Overocker received her B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. from The Ohio State University. I joined this club because I really felt I “bleed scarlet and gray”. I wanted to celebrate my love for Ohio State and also help future students foster their love and appreciation for this great institution. I love the Buckeye Bash because it brings alumni and friends together to raise money for scholarships and to have fun with the OSU/TTUN rivalry. I have enjoyed serving at a variety of events, especially those that interact with students and alumni. I got started when our full membership meetings were once-a-month, fun times (meetings, fellowship, yummy snacks) to say “go bucks”, but also plan activities/events that celebrated Ohio State. I learned to know other folks who were also football fans (which I love) and who wanted to be involved with anything that had Ohio State on the title. I am married to Jim Overocker; we live in Mansfield and have five grandchildren (one more on the way in August 2020!) I’m also an Associate Professor and Extension Educator for OSU Extension for more than 33 years as well as the Alumni Club Treasurer and Bash Committee Chair. I joined this club in the early 2000’s.
Cindy Wood – Secretary
Cindy graduated from The Ohio State University, The Fisher College of Business with a double major in Marketing and International Business. Afterwards she earned her Master of Education from Bowling Green State University. Cindy served in the US Army Reserve from 1988 -1996. Cindy is the Director of Community Relations and Development at Ohio State Mansfield. Prior to moving to Mansfield in 2016, she served as the CEO of the Veterans Memorial Civic and Convention Center of Lima/Allen County, and worked at both James Rhodes State College and the Girl Scouts of Western Ohio. Currently she is a member of the Rotary Club of Mansfield and is on the board of United Way of Richland County. She and her husband Redmond, ’85, have three children, Olivia, Class of ‘17 and Redmond, Class of ’20, and Ian, a current Buckeye student.
Christopher Brown – Membership Co-Chair
Christopher Brown is a lifelong resident of Richland County and fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes. He earned his B.A. in English from the Ohio State University at Mansfield in 2008 and his J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 2011. He then returned to Mansfield to work in the Law Director’s Office, and he is currently the Deputy Law Director for the City of Mansfield, Ohio. Chris is active in the American Bar Association, Ohio State Bar Association, and the Richland County Bar Association. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the United Way of Richland County. Chris was honored as an OSU-Mansfield Emerging Alumni in 2018.
Chris Nadler – Board Member
Chris is a 2011 graduate of The Ohio State University- Columbus Campus; receiving his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Degree- Specializing in Finance. He is also a lifelong Richland County resident, moving back home after graduation. Chris currently works for Whitcomb & Hess- CPA’s & Financial Advisors; holding the Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) and Certified Trust and Fiduciary Advisor (CTFA) designations. He is very much looking forward to serving on the Board of Alumni Association of Richland County. One thing Chris loves most about being a Buckeye is the pride, the purpose and the passion in which we Buckeyes live our lives. These characteristics are ones that not only shape our Scarlet & Gray culture, but ones that make our community a great place to live and work as well. To quote our alma mater “Time and change will surely show, how firm thy friendship, O-HI-O”. Now more than ever, this statement stands true and is why being a Buckeye is such an amazing opportunity!