Leadership Team & Faculty Mentors

The Leadership Team and Faculty Mentors will work together to provide support to all Student Delegates on their leadership education journey. These 20 academic institutions that make up CABLE will become a powerful network that weaves together the resources of many institutions to strenghen individual efforts in support of workforce development. The project will produce leaders with the skills required for meeting the demands of the emerging bioeconomy.

Please reach out to Leadership Team Members and Faculty Mentors as necessary.

Executive Management Team:

Dennis Hall
Program Director
The Ohio State University

Dennis Hall is the Director of the CABLE program and leads the Executive Management Team in their roles to provide support to student leaders and their mentors. Dennis enjoys engaging with Student Delegates and takes an active role in their growth.

Shannon Hollis
Program Manager
The Ohio State University

Shannon Hollis manages the CABLE program in organization, planning, and execution. Shannon will be communicating with Student Delegates and Faculty Mentors throughout the year to keep them informed of program deadlines and information.

Melinda Lloyd, EdD
Leadership Training Program Lead
Education Projects & Partners

Melinda Lloyd is the main point of contact for Student Delegates within CABLE. Melinda interacts with students on a regular basis and conducts all leadership webinars. She plays an active role in the transition of students into leaders.

Casey Needham
Communications Specialist
The Ohio State University

Casey Needham is a Communications Specialist and is in charge of ensuring CABLE members are up-to-date and informed. Casey maintains communication and outreach efforts through social media, email newsletters, and other program-related materials.

Leah Reilly
Fiscal Representative
The Ohio State University

Leah Reilly serves CABLE as the fiscal representative. Leah works to ensure all program participants’ travel is arranged and eligible students and mentors receive their stipends and reimbursements.

Richard "Max" Maksimoski
Industry Liaison
Maximum C/Q, LLC

Max Maksimoski is the Industrial Liaison to CABLE. Max has a proven track record in working with industry in the bioeconomy. A great resource for potential internship, externship, and full-time employment, Max seeks to connect students with opportunities.

Kerry Dixon, PhD
Project Evaluator
The Ohio State University

Kerry Dixon is an External Project Evaluator that seeks to advance the program by providing evaluation and data. You’ll hear from Kerry throughout the year as she looks to collect valuable insight from Faculty Mentors and Student Delegates.

Corinne Rutzke, PhD
University Liaison
Education Projects & Partners

Corey Rutzke serves CABLE as a University Liaison, helping to find ways for CABLE to expand education and outreach efforts. Corey is an integral part of the team that is working on expanding program reach and how CABLE can serve broaden its message.

Zywia Chadzynska
Faculty Mentor Coordinator
Education Projects & Partners

Zywia Chadzynska works with our CABLE Faculty Mentors throughout the year to provide them with support and guidance on how best to serve their Student Delegates and the program as a whole.

Cadance Lowell
1890 Universities Liaison
Central State University

Cadance Lowell is the 1890 Universities Liaison to CABLE. Cadance also works to pair end-of-year Working Group Reports with academic publications where the work of Student Delegates can be featured and viewed by a larger audience.


Cohort 2 Faculty Mentors:

Faculty Mentor Email Affiliation
Wubishet Tadesse, PhD wubishet.tadesse@aamu.edu Alabama A&M University
Sushil Adhikari, PhD sza0016@auburn.edu Auburn University
Marcus Nagle, PhD mnagle@centralstate.edu Central State University
Kenneth Reardon, PhD kenneth.reardon@colostate.edu Colorado State University
John Bushoven, PhD jbushoven@csufresno.edu California State University, Fresno
Mingxin Guo, PhD mguo@desu.edu Delaware State University
Giovanna Aita, PhD gaita@agcenter.lsu.edu Louisiana State University
Mark Wright, PhD markmw@iastate.edu Iowa State University
Caixia Wan, PhD wanca@missouri.edu Missouri University
Stephen Kelley, PhD sskelley@ncsu.edu North Carolina State University
Omar Holguin, PhD frholgui@nmsu.edu New Mexico State University
David Ripplinger, PhD david.ripplinger@ndsu.edu North Dakota State University
Ajay Shah, PhD shah.971@osu.edu The Ohio State University
Yanqi Wu, PhD yanqi.wu@okstate.edu Oklahoma State University
Serpil Guran, PhD sg795@njaes.rutgers.edu Rutgers
Tim Volk, PhD tavolk@esf.edu SUNY-ESF
Venugopal Mendum, PhD venugopal.mendu@ttu.edu Texas Tech University
David Harper, PhD dharper4@utk.edu University of Tennessee
Rick Gustafson, PhD pulp@uw.edu University of Washington
Jamie Schuler, PhD jamie.schuler@mail.wvu.edu West Virginia University