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Parent and Family Relations Staff Bios

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.
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Ryan Lovell

Ryan Lovell

Senior Director of Parent and Family and Sorority and Fraternity Life - Student Life
 
Ryan Lovell provides strategic visioning and day to day support for 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 11 years at The Ohio State University working in different aspects of student life. His current role also sees him providing oversight to the sorority and fraternity community and the staff who works with our Greek students.    
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, Claire and Chloe.  Originally from western Pennsylvania, Ryan is fan of all things Pittsburgh.  
 
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Lynne Deshler

Lynne Deshler

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.

 

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(R to L) - Beth Ullum, that crazy nut Brutus and her daughter Samantha

Beth Ullum

Assistant Director - Parent and Family Relations
 
Beth serves as the assistant director for parent and family relations providing leadership to programming that connects students and families in the Buckeye experience.  Beth has been an employee of The Ohio State University for over 20 years serving in various roles within the Office of Student Life.  Her previous roles include working in Sorority and Fraternity Life, Student Activities and Special Projects which included work on the interior design of the Ohio Union.  She still serves as the co-chair for the Ohio Union Art Board which provides art from Ohio State connected artists to Student Life facilities around campus.  
Beth is a Buckeye through and through as her husband Doug, her son Nick, her daugher Samantha and herself are all graduates of The Ohio State University (as well as several other family members).  Beth and Doug reside just a stone's throw from the Ohio State campus in Upper Arlington.  

 

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Daniel Rodriguez

Daniel Rodriguez

Program Coordinator - Parent and Family Relations - Scholarship and Student Support

Daniel Rodriguez serves The Ohio State University as the Program Coordinator for Parent and Family Relations. Through this role, he provides support in the day-to-day implementation of fundraising campaigns and the management of donor databases. He also assists in planning large-scale engagement events for Buckeye families, helping to incorporate a warm and inclusive Ohio State energy into every aspect of the events. Prior to returning to the university, Daniel worked for WE Communications in Bellevue, WA, where he collaborated to craft inclusive public relations strategies for Microsoft.

Daniel is a proud 2017 Ohio State alumnus, graduating summa cum laude from the College of Arts and Sciences with a degree in Communication and a minor in Theatre. In the spirit of advancement, he has a passion for giving back, serving his alma mater as a committee member on the Advancement Inclusion Council and a board member for the Latinx Alumni Society within the Alumni Association. Daniel is also a published author; his first book, the peregrine muse., is currently on sale nationwide.