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Newark Board

2015-16 Newark Board Minutes

March 19, 2015 | May 21 2015 | June 18, 2015 | September 24, 2015 | November 19, 2015 | January 21, 2016 (meeting cancelled) |
March 17, 2016 | May 19, 2016

2016-17 Newark Board Meeting Dates

March 16, 2017
May 18, 2017
June 15, 2017

2016-17 Newark Board Minutes

September 15, 2016 | November 17, 2016 | January 19, 2017



Marcia W. Downes - Chair

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

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.

Sharad Thakkar, Ph.D. - Vice Chair

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

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.

Katheryn M. Lloyd - Secretary

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

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.

Lisa Whittaker

Initial Appointment – 3 years (July 1, 2008 - June 30, 2011)
Reappointment – 3 years (July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2014)
Reappointment – 3 years (July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2017)

Lisa G. Whittaker received a Bachelor of Science in elementary education from Wright State University. She received her Juris Doctor from The Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law.

Ms. Whittaker is currently an attorney at law with Ascena Retail Group, Inc. in Pataskala, Ohio. She previously worked as Assistant Attorney General with The Ohio Attorney General’s Office. Additionally, she has been employed as a teacher at the middle school level with six years experience.

T. Thomas Mills, M.D.

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

Dr. Turner Thomas Mills joined The Ohio State University at Newark Board in 2011. A family physician in Newark for 35 years, Dr. Mills has served as Chief of the medical staff at Licking Memorial Hospital, and has served as trustee on the boards of Shepherd Hill Hospital and Licking Memorial Hospital. He was medical director of Arlington Nursing Home and Health Nursing & Convalescent Center.

Dr. Mills’ community service and professional affiliations include:

  • Founding board member of Big Brothers, Newark;
  • Rotary International;
  • Member 2nd Presbyterian Church, Newark, 1963-present;
  • Participation in CAP (Community Agency Partnership);
  • Moundbuilders Country Club, serving as president for one year;
  • Newark Investors Club;
  • Beta Theta Pi Fraternity;
  • J.M. W. Realty Company, PartnerDr. Mills received both his B.S. in biological science and his M.D. from The Ohio State University.

Diane S. DeLawder

Initial Appointment – 3 years (July 1, 2010 - June 30, 2013)
Reappointment – 3 years (July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2016)
Reappointment – 3 years (July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2019)

Diane S. DeLawder received a Bachelor of Science in elementary education from The Ohio State University at Newark and her focus on education has never strayed.

Ms. DeLawder is currently the Executive Director of Newark City Schools College Access Program, A Call to College. As an educator in Lancaster City Schools from 1988-1992, she trained teachers to administer Gesell Developmental Tests for Kindergarten readiness, administered and evaluated student tests and counseled parents. Ms. DeLawder taught the fifth and sixth grades in Licking Valley Schools from 1980 - 1982.

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Michael Cantlin

Initial Appointment – 3 years (July 1, 2010 - June 30, 2013)
Reappointment – 3 years (July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2016)
Reappointment – 3 years (July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2019)

Mr. Cantlin is a 50 year resident of Newark where he currently resides with his wife, Barbara. His community involvement includes:

  • Chairman, Governing Committee, Licking County Foundation
  • Member, Licking Memorial Hospital Board of Directors
  • Trustee, Newark Catholic Foundation
  • Trustee, The Rock Foundation
  • Volunteer, Boy Scouts of America
  • Past member, Board of Directors, Weathervane Playhouse
  • Active member, First United Methodist Church

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)

Christopher R. Meyer joined The Ohio State University at Newark Board in 2011. Mr. Meyer is a partner with Reese, Pyle, Drake & Meyer, 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 Honors program at 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 Licking County Chamber of Commerce.

He and his wife Sharman reside in Newark and have three grown children.


Todd Ware

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

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


Student Representative - Krysten R. Chadwick

Initial Appointment – 1 year (September 6, 2015 - June 30, 2016)
Reappointment – 1 year (July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017)

Krysten R. Chadwick was appointed to serve as the student representative to The Ohio State University at Newark Board in 2015. Ms. Chadwick is a Psychology major in the Bachelor of Science program at Ohio State Newark and is a student in the campus’ Honors Program and was also selected as a LeFevre Fellow. Ms. Chadwick made the Dean’s List in the College of Arts and Sciences, 2013-2015; and is a recipient of an Undergraduate Student Research Grant at Ohio State Newark. She currently serves as an undergraduate research assistant in the Psychology program at Newark and has co-authored a publication on the effects of music training on verbal memory. Her undergraduate research is related to the cognitive aspects of music.

Ms. Chadwick serves as treasurer of the Newark Chapter of the Psi Chi International Honor Society and treasurer of the Introspect Psychology Club at Ohio State Newark. Her volunteer service includes serving as a mathematics tutor on campus and volunteering with a number of Licking County nonprofit organizations. She has also served as a volunteer on mission trips to El Salvador and Costa Rica.