The Ohio State University at Newark


Newark Board

Talya Greathouse, MD - Chair

Initial Appointment – 3 years (July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2020)
Reappointment – 3 years (July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2023)

Dr. Talya Greathouse joined The Ohio State University at Newark Board in 2017. She is a Board Certified Family Physician and serves as Chief of Staff of Licking Memorial Hospital and Vice Chair of the Executive Committee. She is a member of the Caduceus Society. Dr. Greathouse holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from The Ohio State University and the Doctor of Medicine degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine.

She was recognized as the Licking County Family Physician of the Year in 2012 and was nominated as the Central Ohio Academy of Family Physician’s Family Physician of the Year in both 2013 and 2014. She is a member of Rotary International, Newark Chapter and serves as the Chair of the Special Needs Committee. Dr. Greathouse is active in the Rotary’s Special Olympics service project and is a Paul Harris Fellow. She is also engaged in community service and volunteers with O.P.T.S. (Our Purpose to Serve) in Columbus, Ohio; and the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.


Alexa Robinson-O’Neill - Vice Chair

Initial Appointment – 3 years (July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2022)

Alexa M. Robinson–O’Neill joins The Ohio State University at Newark Board as the 2019 academic year begins. Ms. Robinson–O’Neill is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist in private practice. In addition to her offices in Worthington and Granville, she is a staff dietitian with a medically–supervised weight loss clinic in Columbus.

Ms. Robinson–O’Neill earned degrees in Medical Dietetics from The Ohio State University School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, College of Medicine, and in English, also from The Ohio State University. She serves on the State of Ohio Advisory Board for the National Strength and Conditioning Association, was a member of the State Board of Education’s writing team for K-12 physical education standards, and volunteers at The Center for Family Safety and Healing.

Jeff Cox

Initial Appointment – 3 years (July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2023)

Jeff Cox joins The Ohio State University at Newark Advisory Board as the 2020-2021 academic year began. Mr. Cox has worked in Licking County as a Financial Advisor at Edward Jones since 1987.

Mr. Cox is an Ohio State Alumni, earned a bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University in 1983 and an MBA from Wright State University in 1985. He currently serves the community through St. Francis de Sales Church, Licking County YMCA Foundation Board, Newark Catholic Foundation Board, Licking County Foundation Finance and Audit Committees and Elks Lodge Member.

Medha Deoras-Sutliff

Initial Appointment – 3 years (July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2024)

Medha Deoras-Sutliff takes a mission and moves the needle forward through collaborative relationship building and sound, scientific, evidence-based principles. She is an impassioned, highly trained cancer advocate who has “walked the path” of the patient translating personal credibility into support around shared goals and vision. Medha is also nationally recognized for her efforts, Kids II®Bright Starts named her one of the 2009 National Pink Power Moms, and the National Breast Cancer Coalition acknowledged her years of advocacy work with the 2017 National Grassroots Advocate Award.

She brings extensive knowledge on board governance and financial management to this role and provides forward momentum on research and education projects the Foundation’s Board of Directors seeks to implement. Previously, Medha was a senior staff member at the National Breast Cancer Coalition as Director of Scientific Affairs. She oversaw all science and education programs and supported the organization’s legislative and public policy priorities. She began her career in public health as a Disease Surveillance Epidemiologist with the Ohio Department of Health. She then joined the Licking County Health Department as coordinator of a Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Columbus, SASS for Breast Cancer screening and survivor support grant program.

Medha holds an MS in Preventive Medicine from The Ohio State University and BS in Biology from Knox College. She serves as a Board Trustee with the Public Health Partnership of Licking County and a Board Member of the non-profit Granville Tennis Club. She is also a parent representative on the Granville Schools COVID-19 Task Force. Medha and her husband Gary, a physician with Licking Memorial Hospital in Newark, settled near Granville 20 years ago and have raised four children in Licking County.

Lee Heckman

Initial Appointment – 3 years (July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2024)

Lee Heckman is a partner in the Newark law firm of Reese Pyle Meyer PLL. Mr. Heckman practices extensively in the areas of Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Administration, and Real Estate. He also advises financial institutions, small businesses, private foundations and public charities.

Mr. Heckman earned his law degree from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and his undergraduate degree from Miami University. While in law school, Mr. Heckman served as a managing editor for the Ohio State Law Journal and represented the law school as a member of the National moot court team. Prior to law school, Mr. Heckman taught history and coached baseball at Granville High School. Mr. Heckman lives in Granville and enjoys spending time with his wife, Sally, and their three children.

Tara Houdeshell

Initial Appointment – 3 years (July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2022)

Tara Houdeshell joined The Ohio State University at Newark Board in 2019. Tara is the Executive Director of A Call to College, a nonprofit college access organization serving 3,500 Newark City Schools students and families annually. Tara joined the organization in 2014 and was promoted to Executive Director in 2018. In addition to leading a staff and volunteer advisor corps of more than twenty-five, managing the organization’s budget and participating in direct programming at the elementary, middle and high school levels, Tara also serves on The Ohio State University Newark’s Enrollment Advisory Board and is the President of the Lakewood Local School District Board of Education. Previously she held leadership positions in college access, admissions and advising at Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) and Muskingum University.

Tara holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Hospitality Management from Eastern Michigan University and a Master's degree in Information Strategy, Systems and Technology from Muskingum University.

Katheryn M. Lloyd

Initial Appointment – 1 year (July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015)
Reappointment – 3 years (July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2018)
Reappointment – 3 years (July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2021)
Reappointment – 3 years (July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2024)

Katheryn M. Lloyd joined The Ohio State University at Newark Board in 2014. Ms. Lloyd is a partner with the law firm of Carpenter Lipps & Leland LLP and has experience in all aspects of commercial litigation in state and federal courts. Ms. Lloyd graduated summa cum laude from The Ohio State University in 1999 and earned her law degree from Duke University School of Law where she graduated magna cum laude in 2002.

Ms. Lloyd is active in the Columbus Bar Association as the Chair of the Federal Court Committee, is a member of the Judicial Screening Committee, and is a past volunteer for the Summer Leader Internship Program, a program designed to give Columbus Public School students exposure to opportunities in the legal profession. She also serves as an adjunct professor in pretrial litigation at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.

Ms. Lloyd is originally from Granville, Ohio, where her family operates one of the oldest riding schools in the state. She continues to be active in the horse industry.

Matthew R. Miller

Initial Appointment – 3 years (July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2020)
Reappointment – 3 years (July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2023)

Matthew R. Miller joined The Ohio State University at Newark Board in 2017. He currently serves as Executive Vice President of Park National Corporation, having previously served as Park’s Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer, and earlier as Vice President for Accounting.

Mr. Miller is a graduate of the University of Akron and has participated in a number of strategic leadership programs, including the Community Leadership Program of the Licking County Chamber of Commerce, the Bank Leadership Institute of the Ohio Bankers League, and the Center for Creative Leadership.

Mr. Miller is actively involved in community service. Currently, he serves on the Board of the Licking County Chamber of Commerce, the Next Generation Advisory Board of the Ohio Bankers League, the Development Council of Licking Memorial Health Systems, the Development Council of The Works, and serves as President of the Licking County Family YMCA. Previously Mr. Miller served as Campaign Chair of the United Way of Licking County (2015-2016) and served on the Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Licking and Perry Counties (2009-2015). He is a member of Rotary International, Newark Chapter, and serves as Finance Chair of the Centenary United Methodist Church.


Todd Ware

Initial Appointment – 3 years (July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2019)
Reappointment – 3 years (July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2022)

Todd Ware joined The Ohio State University at Newark Board in 2016. Mr. Ware has served as President and CEO of The Energy Cooperative since January of 2012. He began his career with NGO Development, a subsidiary of National Gas & Oil (NGO). In 1998, Licking Rural Electric acquired NGO and its subsidiaries and began doing business as The Energy Cooperative. Mr. Ware became the Chief Financial Officer ot The Energy Cooperative in 2001.

Mr. Ware serves as a board member of the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation (CFC), representing a four-state area; a board member of Buckeye Power, Incorporated; and serves on the American Gas Association's Leadership Council and Small Company Committee. He is a past president of the Licking County United Way, a member of the Newark Rotary Club, and serves on the Genesis Healthcare Foundation Board in Zanesville. Mr. Ware actively participates in various community volunteer projects; including the United Way Day of Caring, Mid-Ohio Habitat for Humanity, and the Licking Memorial Hospital Golf Gala.

Mr. Ware graduated from The Ohio State University in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.

Katherine Stuart - Student Representative

Appointment – 1 year (July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022)

Katherine Stuart will be serving as the Student Representative for the board and is a third-year psychology major at The Oho State University at Newark. She is aiming to graduate in Spring 2023. Her favorite field of psychological study is social psychology. Along with earning her doctorate, her long-term goal is to focus and work on humanitarian issues.

Whether on campus or in the local area, Katherine is incredibly passionate about serving her community. If you see her on campus, feel free to stop her and say hi! She loves to meet new people and talk about their lives and interests.



2021-22 academic year board meetings

September 16, 2021
November 18, 2021
January 20, 2022
March 17, 2022
May 19, 2022
June 16, 2022

Previous academic year board minutes

2014-15 Newark Board Minutes

March 19, 2015 | May 21 2015 | June 18, 2015

2015-16 Newark Board Minutes

September 24, 2015 | November 19, 2015 | January 21, 2016 (meeting cancelled) |
March 17, 2016 | May 19, 2016 | June 16, 2016

2016-17 Newark Board Minutes

September 15, 2016 | November 17, 2016 | January 19, 2017 | March 16, 2017 | May 18, 2017 | June 15, 2017

2017-18 Newark Board Minutes

September 21, 2017 | November 16, 2017 | January 18, 2018 | March 15, 2018 | May 17, 2018 | June 21, 2018

2018-19 Newark Board Minutes

September 20, 2018 | November 15, 2018 | January 17, 2019 (meeting cancelled) | March 21, 2019 | May 16, 2019 | June 20, 2019

2019-20 Newark Board Minutes

September 19, 2019 | November 21, 2019 | January 16, 2020 | March 19, 2020 (meeting cancelled) | May 21, 2020 | June 18, 2020

2020-21 Newark Board Minutes

September 17, 2020 | November 19, 2020 | January 21, 2021 (meeting cancelled) | March 18, 2021 | May 20, 2021 | June 17, 2021