The Ohio State University at Newark


Newark Board

Todd Ware - Chair

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.

Matthew R. Miller - Vice Chair

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

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 and currently 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 he 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.


Talya Greathouse, MD - Secretary

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

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.


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)

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.

Marcia W. Downes

Initial Appointment – 3 years (July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2014)
Reappointment – 3 years (July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2017)
Reappointment – 3 years (July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2020)

Marcia W. Downes joined The Ohio State University at Newark Board in 2011. She is the managing director of The Works Museum in Newark, and was the Executive Director of the Newark Campus Development Fund from 1996-2001.
Ms. Downs serves in an advisory role to the Licking County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Her other community involvements include:

  • Newark Rotary Member;
  • Central Ohio Technical College Accreditation Team;
  • Development Council Member, Licking Memorial Health Systems;
  • Licking County Historical Alliance;
  • Executive Committee, Our Futures.

Ms. Downes earned a B.S. in cultural geography from Radford University (Radford, VA) in 1977.

Christopher R. Meyer

Initial Appointment – 1 year (July 1, 2011 – June 30, 2012)
Reappointment – 3 years (July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2015)
Reappointment – 3 years (July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2018)
Reappointment – 3 years (July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2021)

Christopher R. Meyer joined The Ohio State University at Newark Board in 2011. Mr. Meyer is the Managing Partner in the law firm Reese Pyle Meyer PLL, where he has an active practice representing individuals, businesses, non-profit corporations, and the local healthcare system on a wide variety of matters.

Mr. Meyer graduated summa cum laude from The Ohio State University in 1974, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his law degree from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in 1977.

Active in civic and volunteer activities for many years in the Licking County community, Mr. Meyer is a member of the Newark Rotary Club and the Board of Directors of First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Newark


Sharad Thakkar, Ph.D.

Initial Appointment – 3 years (July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2015)
Reappointment – 3 years (July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2018)
Reappointment – 3 years (July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2021)

Sharad Thakkar, received a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Kent State University (Kent, OH), a B.S. in chemical engineering from University of Bombay (Mumbai, India), and a B.S. in chemistry from Sardar Patel University (Vallabh VIdyanangar, India).

Dr. Thakkar is the president and co-owner of Polymer Technologies and Services, Inc. in Heath, OH. His primary business goal there is to recycle all types of plastics to put back into the domestic market, "thereby keeping jobs in the United States," and "keeping America green."

Dr. Thakkar has served as president and board member of the honors program for high school seniors as well as treasurer for Gujarati samaj in Dayton, OH.

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.

Alexa Robinson-O’Neill

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.

Zachary Sparks - Student Representative

Initial Appointment – 1 year (July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020)

Zachary Sparks is currently entering his third year as a psychology student with a minor in sociology. He has served as President of two student organizations: Introspect Psychology Club and Community Outreach Committee. He has also worked on campus as a Peer Writing Consultant at The Writer's Studio and as a Research, Assistant in the Psychology Lab.

Zach currently works on campus as the Resident Manager in McConnell Hall. He hopes to spend this year working to start his undergraduate thesis and engage students of the Newark campus with the local community.


2019-20 academic year board meetings

September 19, 2019
November 21, 2019
January 16, 2020
March 19, 2020
May 21, 2020
June 18, 2020

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 | March 21, 2019 | May 16, 2019