Board of Governors


Suzanne VanHorn- President
Suzanne graduated from Ohio State with degrees in Psychology and English in 2011 and received her law degree from OSU’s Moritz College of Law in 2015. Suzanne completed her Honors Thesis while working in Dr. Laura Wagner’s Developmental Language and Cognition Lab. While at OSU she was also involved in on-campus organizations like the Honors Ambassadors program, which allowed admitted students to talk to current OSU Honors Program students about the University. Talking to potential students about Ohio State left Suzanne with a strong connection to the Honors Program and the University as a whole. Suzanne joined the Honors and Scholars Alumni Board in 2012 as a way to maintain that connection. Suzanne is a Sidney, Ohio native now living in Canal Winchester and practicing law in Lancaster, Ohio. Suzanne is in the transactional department at Stebelton Snider, LPA and assists clients with estate planning, real estate, and business needs. Prior to joining Stebelton Snider, Suzanne worked for Moritz College of Law’s Grassbaugh Veterans Project. She is currently pursuing her LLM in Taxation at Capital Law School.

meaghanMeaghan Agnew – Vice President

Meaghan Agnew grew up outside Atlanta, but her family moved to Dayton in 2000, Meaghan  graduated from Springboro High School in 2005 and in 2009 graduated with Honors from Ohio State with a BA in English and a minor in Italian. She was a part of the Honors program all four years and lived in the Bradley honors dorm her freshman year. For the past four and a half years, she has been working as a technical writer at the enterprise software company Infor. Prior to that, she worked as the administrative director at Veritas Community Church in the Short North. Meaghan became involved with the alumni board in 2012 as a way to stay connected with OSU and with the Honors and Scholars program in particular. Despite staying in Columbus after graduating, she was only still involved with the university through attending sporting events and wanted to have a more personal alumni experience and hoped to contribute by becoming involved with H&S. She feels that it has been both fun and meaningful to plan events and meet current students through her involvement on the board.

jake-snobleJake Snoble – Treasurer

Peter “Jake” Snoble serves as treasurer of the Honors & Scholars Alumni Society.  A native of Upper Arlington, Jake made the long journey down Lane Avenue to attend The Ohio State University.  While an undergraduate student, he studied biology, criminology and psychology and earned a BA and BS in 2007.  Actively involved with the Honors Program, Jake participated in Honors study abroad programs in London and Athens, provided tours as an Honors Ambassador and worked as a Resident Advisor to Honors students in Siebert Hall.  After completing his bachelor degrees, Jake enrolled in graduate school and earned his Master of Public Health degree from OSU in 2009.

Currently, Jake is the manager of commencement at Ohio State and oversees the university’s three graduation ceremonies and select other events on campus.  He joined the H&S alumni board in the autumn of 2012 after he was approached by an old mentor within the Honors program about the opportunity.  He loved the idea of creating programming to re-connect H&S alumni to the program and university and has served on the board ever since.

joanna-kalikerJoanna Kaliker- Secretary
Joanna Kaliker (Miller) is a two-time graduate of The Ohio State University. She joined the board in 2014 after attending a Honors & Scholars Alumni Society tailgate event at an OSU hockey game. She realized it would be a great way to connect with other alumni and give back to The Ohio State University. Originally from Waynesville, Ohio, Joanna moved to Columbus in 2004 to pursue a degree in Biology. She was in the Biological Sciences Scholars Program. After some volunteer experiences at local middle schools during her first two years on campus, Joanna decided to ultimately change her major to Middle Childhood Science and Math Education. She graduated with a BA in 2008 and then went on to complete the M.Ed. Program at OSU in 2009. Joanna currently teaches seventh and eighth grade science at Columbus Preparatory Academy where she has taught for the past six years.

caseyblackCacey Black
Cacey Black is originally from Wauseon, Ohio but now currently resides in San Diego, California. In 2011, Cacey received his BA in Political Science along with three minors: Sexuality Studies, Linguistics, and International Relations & Diplomacy. At Ohio State, he was a member of the International Affairs Scholars. In 2013, he received his Masters of Healthcare Administration from the Medical University of South Carolina.

After graduating from MUSC, Cacey worked as a Strategic Planner for ProMedica Health System in Toledo focusing on clinical service line growth through business plan development. Currently, he is the Strategy Manager at UC San Diego Health. Cacey is responsible for the strategic growth and performance improvement of Cardiovascular, Oncology, and Medicine service lines. He also works as part of a cross-functional team to develop and support Health System strategic objectives.

Honors & Scholars was an integral part of Cacey’s Ohio State experience and shaping who he is today. He believes it is important as an alum to give back to the university and to ensure growth and sustainability of programs like Honors & Scholars for future students. He hopes to bring a different perspective to the alumni board and looks forward to being part of the team!

keith-goadKeith Goad
A native of the Central Ohio area, Keith Goad is currently an Associate Vice President in the Office of Corporate Strategy within Nationwide.  In this role, he serves as the internal strategy engagement leader for the business unit within Nationwide that contains nearly half of its 33,000 associates.  He has been responsible for coordinating the company’s strategy on direct/digital, innovation, and strategic alliances.  Keith has also served as a Chief Financial Officer previously for a Nationwide business portfolio that housed most of its key growth subsidiaries within this Fortune 100 enterprise.

Before joining Nationwide, Keith spent nearly 8 years with NiSource, the largest vertically-integrated energy company east of the Rocky Mountains.  It was there that he worked in finance and M&A and helped the company explore new growth and revenue opportunities following the deregulation of the energy sector.    Keith began his career at Fifth Third Bancorp.

Keith holds both an undergraduate degree and an MBA from the Ohio State University where he was involved in the Honors program and was recognized with the prestigious PaceSetter award.  He is also credentialed as a Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) by the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA).  Keith has been an adjunct professor of finance at Franklin University for over 12 years, and he has recently begun to teach courses in the Fisher College of Business.  Keith is passionate about teaching and being involved with OSU and is anxious to add value in the H&S program.

mike-jonesMike Jones
Mike Jones is originally from Boston. Mike spent his high school years in the Pittsburgh area before attending Ohio State.  He returned to Boston after graduation and lived in the city ever since.  Mike graduated in 2006 with a both a BSBA and Masters in Accounting after completing the joint program and was a member of the Honors Accounting Program.

After college, Mike joined KPMG’s audit practice and completed his CPA and CFA certifications.  He then moved to PwC where he now currently serves as the Director in the Deals / M&A practice. Currently, he is on a 3 month sabbatical working with a non-profit called Sibling Connections who re-unites siblings who have been separated through the foster care system.  Mike became involved in the alumni board to continue to expand his connection with the Ohio State after completing a 4 year term as the President of the Greater Boston Alumni Association.

jenniferkernsJennifer Kerns
Jennifer Kerns graduated from the Fisher College of Business in Marketing in 2001. Originally from Beavercreek, OH, Jennifer fell in love with Columbus while at Ohio State and planted her roots here after graduation. As owner of a successful marketing consulting firm, JK Communications LLC, and more than 10 years working at central Ohio marketing agencies, Jennifer brings a wealth of business knowledge and capabilities.  Jennifer has experience developing strategic marketing plans and managing all marketing activities for a wide range of clients including real estate, healthcare, agriculture and technology.

As an alum of The Ohio State University and the Honors program, Jennifer is excited to serve on the Board.  She notes, “It gives me an opportunity to give back to the school that gave me the foundation to my thriving career.  It will also give me a chance to further my quest to stay involved with the OSU community and develop my skills professionally and personally. I am always looking for ways to continue to learn and stay active in the community and I believe serving on the Board is going to be a great fit and a lot of fun.”

patelChandani Patel
Chandani Patel, a 2009 graduate of The Ohio State University, is a resident of Sugar Land, TX and currently serves as a Board Member for The Honors & Scholars Alumni Society. During her undergraduate studies, she was a member of the Health Sciences Scholars program and enjoyed program activities, projects and mentoring new students to the program. Upon graduating magna cum laude with a BS in Biology and minors in Women’s Studies and Life Sciences, Chandani has volunteered actively in Columbus with numerous organizations and as a board member of The Biological Sciences Alumni Society.

She has also continued volunteer work in her hometown at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital and maintained her enthusiasm to mentor students at Stafford Boys and Girls Club. As a result, she has received County Judge Herbert’s “Volly Award,” The President’s Volunteer Service Award and Scholar of Promise Award. While working as a Physical and Occupational Therapy Technician at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, she has brought efficiency to daily clinical operations, and her patient care experiences has led to interest presently as a research volunteer. As an active volunteer, Chandani looks forward to create the best opportunities and experiences for everyone and giving back to her alma mater, which has transformed her today.

rahmanNoorjahan Rahman
Noorjahan Rahman graduated from Ohio State in 2010 with bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and History. She was an honors program participant and graduated manga cum laude with honors and research distinction. After graduation, Noor moved to Beirut, Lebanon where she served as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar for 2010-2011. She worked with community leaders in Beirut to empower the local migrant worker population through language classes, fundraisers, and an anti-racism campaign. In fall of 2011, she moved to Washington, DC to teach third graders as a Teach for America corps member. Later, she worked for the Advisory Board Company, a research and consulting firm in DC, where she helped leaders of colleges and universities improve their institutions through custom research and analysis. In May 2016, Noor received a juris doctor from Georgetown University Law Center. As a Columbus native, Noor is excited to return to her hometown to begin work at the law firm Bricker & Eckler. Many of Noor’s personal and professional accomplishments were possible because of the excellent mentorship and education provided by professors and administrators at Ohio State. She joined the Honors & Scholars Alumni Board in an effort to pay it forward to future Buckeyes.

allysonstermanDr. Allyson Sterman
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 will stay at TAMU for the coming year as a specialized veterinary surgical intern. 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.

Staff Advisor: Chip Tuson – Campus Alumni Relations Liaison

Student Representative: Zach Blandford