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Professional Development

In 2009, the Network established the Professional Development Scholarship Award, to support and advance women working in higher education institutions throughout Ohio. This leadership development award provides recipients with funding to join a professional organization, participate in a conference or workshop, or pursue other professional development opportunities. The Network awards one - two awards annually depending on applicant pool and budget, for up to $1000/each. The award is for professional higher education organization membership dues, conference/workshop registration, and/or travel expenses related to professional development activities.

Awardees will be presented with their awards at the annual ACE Women’s Network of Ohio Conference in November and will have a year to use the funds (deadline for use of the funds is Friday December 31, 2022). The award must be used for the conference/program or membership described in the application and funds may not be applied toward multiple professional development programs.

Professional women employed by any ACE Women's Network-Ohio participating college or university are eligible to apply.To find out how to apply for this award, please click on the link listed under "Award Application."

Deadline for applications is Thursday, September 30, 2021.

QUESTIONS: Please send an email with any questions and the subject line: Professional Development Award Inquiry to the Awards Committee Chair at


Previous Awards Winners

Kara DePaul, MBA (2019) Specialist, Academic Professional Development, Cuyahoga Community College, used her scholarship funds toward obtaining certification through the Association for Talent Development (ATD) in Learning and Performance. Obtaining these credentials advances DePaul’s professional development, but more importantly benefits the college institution and employees who work there and aligns with the ACE Women’s Network strategic commitments.

Diane Weinbrandt-Clouse (2019) Director of Community Relations Advancement and Transition Services, CECH Special Education, University of Cincinnati was awarded the Professional Development Scholarship to attend the ACE WNO Conference. In her application materials, Weinbrandt-Clouse explained how she had recently completed a one year women’s leadership program through the university. During the program she set a goal to become more involved with ACE WNO and therefore requested funding to attend the Fall Conference. She hopes to use the knowledge gained through the leadership program and from the conference to mentor and inspire other women leaders.

Coryn Gonzales (2019), Academic Success Coach, The Ohio State University, as a first-generation college student, first in her family to obtain bachelor’s degree and the first to pursue a master’s degree she requested the professional development scholarship to help with the cost of attending the annual NASPA conference. Gonzales wanted to attend the conference to empower herself by gaining valuable information as a professional that she could use to improve current practices at her institution

Dr. Nicole Ausmer (2018) is the director of student activities and leadership development at the University of Cincinnati. She will use her scholarship to attend the 2019 Donna M. Bourassa Mid-Level Management Institute, which is a signature education program with the American College Personnel Association.

Sarah Lack (2018) is an Associate Director of Development for Annual Giving at Ohio University. She will use her award to attend the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education District V Conference in Chicago.

Brittany Arthur Mellon (2018) is an assistant professor in the division of experience-based learning and career education at the University of Cincinnati. She plans to use her award to present her research findings at the Conference for Industry and Education Collaboration conference, which is a division of the American Society of Engineering Education.

Dr. Sandra Schroer (2017) is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology & Anthropology at Muskingum University, in New Concord, Ohio. Sandra will use her scholarship to attend the 2018 HERS Institute at Bryn Mawr. Susan Hasseler will accept on her behalf.

Nicole Neely (2017) is the Assistant Director of Annual Programs and Donor Relations at Ohio Northern University. Nicole earned her Bachelors in Business Administration at Bowling Green State University where she found her passion for higher education and university advancement. She plans to use this award to attend the Case District V Conference in hopes to expand ONU's new Young Alumni Council and represent ACE Women's Network - Ohio and support their mission to help women gain leadership expertise in higher education.

Jennelizabeth Bice (2017) is an Academic Advisor for the College of the Arts at Kent State University. She specializes in the Schools of Music and Theatre & Dance. Jenna is currently pursuing her PhD in Higher Education Administration and will use her award toward her participation in The National Academic Advising Association’s international conference in Dublin, Ireland.

Dr. Xi Wang (2016), Assistant Professor of Statistics, Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Cincinnati. Dr. Wang enjoys her experiences serving as a research mentor and advisor for undergraduates, masters and PhD students. She plans to use this award to attend the 2016 Women in Statistics and Data Science Conference where she is an invited panelist.

Marissa Pauly (2016), Program Manager and Business Communication Adjunct, University of Cincinnati. Marissa Pauly is passionate about helping young women establish self-efficacy while working in higher education. She plans to use her award to support conference registration and travel to a leadership development opportunity.

Charene Thornton (2015) has an undergraduate degree in Organizational Management from Wilberforce University and a Master’s degree in Logistics and Operations Management from Wright State University. Charene is employed in the Wright State University Career Center as a Student Services Coordinator, with a focus on student engagement and as an administrator for the Federal Work Study Reading Tutor program. She is an advocate for Women’s Rights and Equity and Inclusion initiatives at the university and is presently enriching her studies in Women in Leadership. Charene plans to use her scholarship funds to attend the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education.

Pamela Schopieray
(2015), is the Director of Career Services, Community Service Work-Study and Internships at the Ohio State University, Mansfield. She found her interest in becoming a career services professional as the result of her own major decisions dilemma as an undergraduate. As a first generation college student from Portsmouth, Ohio, Pam went to college with a goal to obtain a career helping people. During the last 24 years at The Ohio State University at Mansfield, Pam has helped students both 1:1 and in the classroom through teaching career readiness courses to pursue their dreams. Pam will use her scholarship funds to attend the National Association of Colleges and Employers conference. 

Tamara Dunaeff
(2014) administers the master's and PhD programs at The Ohio State University College of Nursing as the Graduate Program Manager. After earning a B.A. from Ohio University, she is now pursuing a master's degree in Educational Studies at Ohio State. Tamara is currently completing several leadership training programs including the Mastery in Transformational Training (MITT) in which she earned this scholarship and looks forward to the opportunity to utilize these skills for the benefit of those in the ACE Ohio Women's Network and at The Ohio State University.

Latricia Milhouse
(2014) is an Employee and Labor Relations Specialist at Wright State University. Prior to joining Wright State in 2010, she worked as an Employee Relations Coordinator in the airlines industry. Latricia has earned a bachelor's degree in business and a master's degree in counseling. She plans to use her scholarship funds to partially support her attendance at the Strategic HR Business Partner Certification Program offered through Linkage in Chicago, IL. This 3-day course will offer her an opportunity to evaluate her strengths and opportunities for improvement in the areas of business acumen, HR capabilities and consulting skills.

Aiesha Motley
(2013) is the Associate Director of Operations and Multicultural Development with the University of Akron. In her role she leads academic services and social and cultural programming for underrepresented groups and specific learning communities. Ms. Motley plans to use the scholarship award to support her passion and participation in the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE).

Dr. Ashley Currier
(2013) is an Assistant Professor of Women’s Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Cincinnati.  Her research and teaching interests include Social Movements, Genders and Sexualities, Global and Transnational Sociology, and African Studies.  She plans to use the scholarship award to support her involvement in the 2013 African Studies Association annual meeting where she plans to foster professional connections with other African study scholars.

Jacqueline Parrill
(2012) is the Vice President for Institutional Planning & Human Resources Development for Central Ohio Technical College and also serves as Director of Human Resources, Campus Relations and Planning Support at the Ohio State University at Newark.  Ms. Parrill has served as the Institutional Representative for both institutions since 2004, and joined the Executive Board for ACE Women's Network-Ohio in 2009.  Ms. Parrill is currently enrolled in the University of Georgia’s Executive Ed.D. Program in Higher Education Management.  Her professional development scholarship will help support her participation in a study-abroad component of the trip.  In the summer of 2013, she will travel to Beijing and Shanghai, China to visit institutions of higher education.

Robin Selzer
(2011) is Assistant Director of the Pre-Professional Advising Center at the University of Cincinnati. She earned her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration at Loyola University, and her MA in School Counseling & Community Counseling and her BA in Sociology from the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Selzer is committed to sharing her work through women’s networks such as the Women’s Institute for Leadership Development (WILD) and NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education). Her professional development scholarship supports conference registration and travel to a professional conference on advising.

Jennifer Grube Vestal
 (2010) has held the position of Associate Dean of Students and Director of Academic Support & Enrichment at Denison University. Ms. Vestal's career path included work in Student Affairs at Kenyon College and Academic Advising at The Ohio State University, where she served as President of ACADAOS, an affiliate chapter of NACADA. She earned her M.A. in Higher Education Administration from The Ohio State University and a BA in Political Science and Speech Communication from Miami University. Ms. Vestal's proposal to attend the ACE National Women's Leadership Forum in December 2010 was supported with the 2010 Professional Development Scholarship.

Fedearia Nicholson
(2009) became Director of the Office of Multicultural Development at The University of Akron in 2007. In this role, Ms. Nicholson directs first year programs related to the retention of multicultural students, and oversees the execution of programs addressing issues facing the multicultural community. Ms. Nicholson earned an MA in public administration from The University of Akron, as well as a BA in psychology. She is currently working on her doctorate in urban studies and public affairs. Ms. Nicholson was awarded the first ACE Women's Network-Ohio Professional Development Scholarship in 2009 to attend the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education.

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