Board of Trustees


Board Members

The Owens Community College Board of Trustees is a nine-member board appointed by the Governor of Ohio for six-year terms.

Mary Beth Hammond

Mary Beth Hammond, Board Chair, appointed December 2013.
A graduate of the University of Northwestern Ohio, she is currently a Senior Private Banker at Fifth Third Bank in Findlay. She has more than 30 years of financial experience.  She supports multiple non-profit organizations, is a past president of the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce, and a graduate of The Jo Ann Davidson Ohio Leadership Institute.  Additionally, Ms. Hammond is an Athena recipient in Wood and Hancock Counties.

Dr. Srinivas K. Hejeebu

Dr. Srinivas K. Hejeebu, Vice Chair, appointed December 2013.
A graduate of the University of Illinois and Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Missouri, he is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Toledo and an internist at the Medical Center.

Matthew T. McAlear

Matthew T. McAlear, Trustee, appointed October 2021.
He is the Chief Executive Officer for the McAlear Group Incorporated, which includes Service Spring Corporation, Draincables Direct, Innovative Machine and Manufacturing and Mini-Max Storage. He attended Owens Community College, and then entered the family company to open the Visalia, California operation. The McAlear Group is a leading advanced manufacturing company with ten locations across the United States.

Sherina Ohanian

Sherina Ohanian, Trustee, appointed March 2021.
A graduate of the University of the West Indies with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Management Studies, she is a Manager in Program Leadership at Insights Division, North America of Kantar. She has extensive experience in research for Fortune 500 companies in technology, automotive, CPG and finance for the past 24 years. She is a member of the Perrysburg Rotary Club and a graduate of the FBI Citizens Academy.

H. Richard Rowe

H. Richard Rowe, Trustee, appointed April 2004.
Currently an Investment Representative with Edward Jones Investments in Findlay, he attended Bowling Green State University and holds a Series 7 Securities License as well as a Life and Health Insurance License.

Rita Russel

Rita L. Russell, Trustee, appointed November 2018.
A graduate of the University of Toledo, Honors College, with a major in Finance and a minor in Marketing, she is the Portfolio Manager, Team Lead and Senior Vice President at Huntington National Bank in Toledo.  She is involved in the community and serves as a member of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) for local economic development opportunities.

Diana H. (Dee) Talmage

Diana H. (Dee) Talmage, Trustee, appointed November 2002.
A graduate of The Ohio State University and the University of Toledo, she has held several leadership positions at the K-12 and higher education levels. She served on the University of Toledo’s Alumni Association Board of Trustees, is a Trustee Emeritus on the University of Toledo Foundation Board, and is currently a member of the Owens Foundation Board.