Matt Dodovich joined the Honors & Scholars Alumni Society Board in August 2019. He served for a year as programming coordinator and is the current president of the organization.
He is a lifelong Ohio resident, originally growing up in Barberton, OH before moving to Columbus in 2003 to attend college at The Ohio State University. Matt graduated from OSU in 2008, earning a B.S. with honors in Economics and Criminology and a minor in Forensic Science. He also received his J.D. from the Michael E. Moritz College of Law in 2011.
Since 2012, Matt has served as an attorney at the Ohio Department of Taxation. He specializes in individual income, school district income, municipal income, pass-through entity, and employer withholding taxes.
Matt lives in Columbus with his significant other, Sarah, and their dog Jinjo. He previously served on the Undergraduate Student Government Alumni Board in a myriad of roles, including two years as board president.
While a student at The Ohio State University, Jody was a member of the Mount Leadership Society Scholars Program and the Arts & Sciences Honors Program, graduating in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. Following graduation, Jody joined a Columbus-based government affairs and political consulting firm where, for over a decade, she led advocacy efforts on behalf of her clients and served in senior leadership positions on numerous state and local candidate and issue campaigns. Most recently, Jody served for over four years as the Chief of Staff to Ohio’s 49th Treasurer of State.
A lifelong resident of Ohio, Jody has called Columbus home since her first day on campus. She lives just a quick bike ride away in Clintonville with her husband (also a proud OSU alum), two kids, and two doodles.
Tyler Hunt ‘16
Tyler Hunt graduated from Ohio State University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a specialization in Finance and a minor in Economics. He participated in research earning honors research distinction with his thesis placing 4th in his category at the Denman Undergraduate Research Forum. In addition to this he served as a Fisher Citizenship Peer Mentor, participated in the Dean’s Leadership Academy, and studied abroad with the Freshman Global Lab. Since graduating Tyler has worked for the United States Air Force supporting the KC-46 Tanker and Predator / Reaper drones as well as various roles in clinical research, financial technology, and private equity. He currently works on the FP&A team for Point B Consulting. Tyler enjoys traveling and has been to 17 countries with plans to add more, but continues to call Ohio home living in downtown Cincinnati.
Dr. Kurt Polzin received his Bachelor of Science Degree from The Ohio State University in 1999, graduating Summa Cum Laude and with Honors Research Distinction in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering. He went on to earn his Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University in 2006.
Kurt is presently the Chief Engineer for NASA’s Space Nuclear Propulsion Program, managed at the George C. Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) in Huntsville, AL. He initially joined the Propulsion Research and Development Laboratory at MSFC in 2004 as a propulsion research engineer. Prior to his current position, he was the Space Systems Team Lead for the MSFC Advanced Concepts Office, performing conceptual spacecraft design and analysis. Dr. Polzin is an international expert on advanced space propulsion and power, having co-authored well over 100 technical publications. He has served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, teaching in the Physics and Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering departments. Dr. Polzin is the 2023 recipient of the Alumni Award of Distinction from Rossford (Ohio) High School, a Senior Member of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).
Kurt lives in Huntsville with his wife of 23 years, Sheri, and their two daughters, the oldest of which is a current OSU Honors student in her freshman year.
Members at Large:
Jenna DeCarlo graduated from The Ohio State University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Hearing Science with Honors Research Distinction and minors in Spanish and Developmental Psychology. She went on to obtain her Master of Arts from Ohio State and graduated in 2019 with a degree in Speech Language Pathology. During her time at Ohio State, Jenna served for three years as an Honors & Scholars Ambassador, and was a featured student speaker (2015) and a host (2016) of the annual Honors & Scholars Launch.
Jenna is currently living and working as a speech language pathologist in Washington, D.C. She is looking forward to staying connected to Ohio State and the city of Columbus through her involvement with the Honors & Scholars Alumni Board.
Kevin, originally from the Cleveland area, is a graduate of The Ohio State University with both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in family financial management. He is a Certified Financial Planner™ with PDS Planning in Dublin, Ohio. He is a member of their wealth management team, providing customized financial and investment management solutions to families to help them live fulfilling lives and achieve their goals. Kevin also teaches financial planning and continues to be involved with Ohio State students participating in lectures, mentoring opportunities and as a member of the Consumer and Family Financial Services Board at Ohio State where we strive to improve the experience of students completing a degree in financial planning. Kevin was a member of Mortar Board and spent many years on the College of Education and Human Ecology Alumni Board where he received The Ohio State University Alumni Association’s Outstanding Society Leader Award for 2010.
Kevin lives in Westerville with his wife Laura, their 8 year old golden retriever Porter and 21 year old cat Quiey. They are avid hikers, have camped and hiked in over 25 national parks and can often be found in Central Ohio’s Metroparks or on the water kayaking. Both love the arts and attend Broadway shows and arts festivals frequently. Kevin sings in the Chorale Union at Capital University (which is why he is unable to attend this meeting) and can occasionally be seen in a local community theater production. They also enjoy heading to Columbus Crew games and support both Ohio State and Cleveland sports teams.
Kevin’s most memorable experience as a Buckeye was being inducted into Mortar Board, the induction ceremony on the oval, and the amazing experience he had with them. It was his first introduction to serving and giving back and part of the reason he is here today. Kevin is excited to get started and looks forward to working with everyone.
Kristie Dravenstott graduated from The Ohio State University in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial & Systems Engineering in the Honors program. Kristie’s career has included work in Marketing at Procter & Gamble and Change Management at Accenture. Kristie was the Marketing Director for Olay North America where she led the global billion-dollar brand to record-breaking business results and double-digit growth in North America. While based in Switzerland, she also led the commercialization of new breakthrough innovation for the global Olay anti-aging business. Kristie and her family have relocated frequently including to Switzerland, Costa Rica, Canada and both coasts of the US. She currently resides in the Boston area with her husband, Rick, and their three children. Her oldest now attends OSU in the Honors program.
During her time at Ohio State, Kristie was President of the Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineers (IISE), leading IISE in hosting the Great Lakes regional conference for the first time ever at OSU. She also served as an officer in both Texnikoi Engineering Honorary and Alpha Pi Mu Industrial Engineering Honorary. Kristie was a member of Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honorary and Order of Omega Greek Honorary where she chaired a large leadership conference. She was recognized by President Gee at the annual campus-wide University Leadership Awards with the Conway-Chase Outstanding Senior Award. She was also selected to represent OSU at the Ernst & Young national leadership conference for top students and received the AT&T Women in Engineering Award and the Department of ISE Women in Engineering Recognition Award. Kristie looks forward to further connecting and giving back to the Ohio State Honors & Scholars community.
Dr. Allyson Sterman ’11, ’15
Dr. Allyson Sterman is originally from Akron, Ohio. She graduated OSU in 2011 with a bachelors degree in Microbiology and a double minor in Animal Sciences and Music. She participated in honors research and graduated with a honors distinction in research and a honors thesis. Dr. Sterman was an active member of the Biological Sciences Scholars program throughout undergrad. In 2015, she graduated OSU again with her doctorate of veterinary medicine (DVM). She spent her first year working as a veterinary rotating intern at Texas A&M University and stayed on as both a surgical intern and surgical resident until she completed her training in 2020. Dr. Sterman was then a small animal boarded faculty surgeon at Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine before returning to join the small animal surgery faculty at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2022. Dr. Sterman originally became involved in the Honors and Scholars Alumni Society to help give back to the programs that helped make her undergraduate years as great as they were.
Jeff Stucke ‘96
Jeff graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1996 from the Fisher College of Business. While at OSU, he was a member of the Honor Program and earned multiple scholarships, academic awards, internships as well as held leadership positions within several student organizations.
Jeff was awarded the Fisher College of Business Pacesetter’s Award and the 1994 and 1995 HR Association of Central Ohio scholarships as well as the Dean George’s College of Business Service Award. He was a member of the Mortar Board, Phi Kappa Phi and Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Societies while at OSU. He completed 3 internships earning him a position on the Student Co-op Advisory Council and Dean’s Leadership Committee as well.
Jeff started his career with Andersen Consulting (Accenture) where he spent 15 years. He is currently the Vice President of Talent Acquisition at Genpact where he leads North and South America hiring. He has held multiple leadership positions across other organizations such as Capgemini ranging from HR management responsibilities including talent strategy, design and development, consulting, advisory, talent acquisition to sales and account management. Most recently, Jeff was a Chief Human Resources Officer for an Instech company within an American Family Insurance organization.
Jeff and his wife Amy (also an OSU alumni) reside in Dublin, Ohio with their two children, Alexandra and Preston.
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