Ohio State aims to provide parents with a seamless connection to a large university. This idea of "One University" is promoted through the cooperative efforts of many distinct departments on campus. To achieve that mission, staffing for Parent and Family Relations is provided jointly by the Office of Student Life and University Development. These efforts allow Ohio State to best meet the needs of our diverse student body.
Senior Director of Parent and Family and Greek Life - Student Life
Ryan Lovell oversees parent and family programming and communications within the Parent and Family Relations Office. As a member of the Student Life staff, he has spent over eight years at Ohio State working in different aspects of student life. Prior to becoming a Buckeye, he spent three years as a Greek Life Coordinator at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. Ryan also spent two years at Hartwick College in New York working in Residence Life and Student Activities.
Ryan is a graduate of both West Chester University of Pennsylvania (BS in Chemistry-Biology) and Bowling Green State University (MA in College Student Personnel). He resides in Blacklick, OH with his wife Christy and daughters Camryn and Claire.
Director - Parent and Family Relations - Scholarship and Student Support
Lynne Deshler oversees the Parents Advancement Council which is comprised of parents interested in staying engaged and involved in their student’s education at Ohio State. The Parents Advancement Council provides parents the opportunity to engage through communications, specialized programming, volunteerism and leadership fundraising. Prior to working in the Office of Advancement, Lynne worked in the Grateful Patient Program and Leadership Annual Giving for the Medical Center and James Cancer Hospital at Ohio State.
Lynne is a graduate of Indiana University with a BS in Marketing from the Kelley School of Business. Although not a graduate of Ohio State, Lynne has adopted the Buckeyes and is part of a Buckeye-loving family that includes her husband Jon (BA ’89) and their children Abigail, Jonathan and Bridget. Lynne and her family live in Upper Arlington and enjoy attending OSU football games every fall.
Program Coordinator - Parent and Family Relations - Scholarship and Student Support
Diana Fihe serves Ohio State as an Office Associate in the Office of Advancement. Diana is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. After graduation, Diana worked in communications and marketing roles for information technology and financial services industries. In the spring of 2012, she returned to the University and began working at The Ohio State University Alumni Association, where she assisted the customer service group with the launch of the new membership model and handled event registrations. She joined the Parent and Family Relations office in February 2013, serving in a dual Office Associate role supporting the Senior Director of Campaign and Principal Gifts and the Senior Director of Parent and Family Relations, Carolyn Chapman. Diana provides administrative support to the team and assists in the coordination and launch of Advancement, parent, and student events for Ohio State.
Diana loves tailgating and Buckeye football, having attended and traveled to several home and away games with friends and family. She enjoys entertaining at home, exercising and travel, and is thrilled to be working for her alma mater. Diana resides in Westerville, OH with her husband Joe and their two children, Christopher and Caroline.