Office of Student Involvement & Leadership

Meet the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership Staff

Location: Main Campus, Student Union Room 3504

Mailing Address:  2801 W. Bancroft St., Mail Stop 105, Toledo, OH 43606
Phone:      419.530.4944
Fax:          419.530.2908

Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:15 am - 5:00 pm

Our Staff

Includes Professional Staff, Graduate Assistants, Student Staff, and Interns


Donovan Nichols
Assistant Dean for Student Involvement & Leadership

Hometown: Sylvania, OH

B.A. Communications with Honors / Minor in Mathematics, The University of Toledo
M.Ed. in Higher Education, The University of Toledo

Past Positions: 
University of Georgia (2012-2015): Associate Director, Student Activities & Organizations
University of Nevada Las Vegas (2006-2012): Program Coordinator (Student Involvement, Student Activities, and Service)

Favorite Involvement ExperienceBeing a Rocket...Levis Leadership UT, Christian Leadership Program, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Blue Key, YMCA Freshman Camp Counselor, RockeTHON (Dance Marathon) Overall Director, Student Government President, UT Board of Trustees Student Member, and Blue Crew Co-Founder.

Fun Fact:  Donovan is passionate about Pay It Forward (selfless giving).  He became a Pay It Forward inspirational speaker in 2008, served on the Pay It Forward Foundation Board of Directors, and served as the International Co-Coordinator for Pay It Forward Day, which is now celebrated in over 79 countries.

Donovan oversees the Office of Student Involvement & Leadership and the Levis Leadership UT program. He is the lead instructor for two first year leadership classes (COUN-3380 & COUN-3390).


Program Manager for Student Involvement

This position advises Campus Activities & Programming (CAP) and Student Allocation Committee (SAC). It also oversees major campus events and student organizations. 

 Alex Zernechel

Alex Zernechel

Program Manager for Greek Life

Alex oversees all programming and event planning for the university's Greek Life community. He advises the four Greek Life Councils (IFC, Panhel, NPHC, and MGC) with support from the Graduate Assistant. Alex supports UT's 30+ fraternities and sororities. He also advises two Greek honor societies (Order of Omega and Gamma Sigma Alpha) and the student Homecoming Committee.

Hometown: North Canton, Ohio

B.A. History, Albright College
M.Ed. Higher Education, Western Carolina University

Favorite Involvement Experience: Becoming a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon and the opportunities it afforded me during my time as an undergraduate student and the opportunities since becoming an alumnus.

Fun Fact: Alex loves watching singing auditions on Youtube. Whether it is American Idol, The Voice, or Got Talent, he enjoys watching auditions from around the world. 



Caitlin Spika
Events Coordinator

Caitlin assists in the planning and coordination of a variety of student programs, events, and activities. She approves events in OrgSync, sets up pre-event meetings for student events, and coordinates the Student Involvement Fair. Caitlin also serves as the office manager and publicity coordinator for the Office of Student Involvement & Leadership. She directly supervises the student staff in the office and Resource Room.

B.A. Sport Management and Public Relations, Baldwin Wallace University


Anthony Strother
Graduate Assistant for Leadership

Anthony co-oversees the Levis Leadership UT program, a scholarship-based leadership program with a total of 123 students. He is a co-instructor for the first year leadership classes (COUN-3380 & COUN-3390) in the program and helps promote the program to incoming student leaders. Anthony also assists with the planning and implementation of various leadership events and programs, such as retreats, workshops, Leadership Conference, Leadership UT Graduation Banquet and Leadership UT Welcome Dinner. 

Undergrad, The University of Toledo
MBA, The University of Toledo (expected May 2018)



Kelsey O'Brien
Graduate Assistant for Student Involvement

Kelsey helps student organizations register through OrgSync, oversees the new student organization process, manages the student organization policies and procedures training, and manages the constitution revision process. Kelsey also co-advises Campus Activities & Programming and Homecoming Committee.  In addition, Kelsey oversees the Student Allocation Committee (SAC).

Undergrad, The University of Toledo
M.Ed. Higher Education, The University of Toledo (expected May 2019)

 Kollin Fitzpatrick

Kollin Fitzpatrick 
Graduate Assistant for Greek Life

Kollin advises the Multicultural Greek Council and Gamma Sigma Alpha Greek Honorary. He also co-advises IFC, NPC and NPHC. He assists the Program Manager in all programming/event planning for the university Greek Life community. 

Hometown: Monroe, MI

B.S. Biological Sciences, Minor in Business Administration, The University of Toledo
M.Ed Higher Education, The University of Toledo (expected May 2018)

Favorite Involvement Experience: New Student Orientation Leader, Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, RockeTHON Executive Board, Order of Omega, Colleges Against Cancer/Relay for Life, Mission Trip to Haiti with Dr. Sammy Spann, and Planning Star Spangled Songfest 2015: A Tribute to American Music Icons as a member of Mortar Board & Blue Key.

Fun Fact: Was awarded Greek Man of the Year for 2014-2015 at the University of Toledo.


Tyler Mattson 
Graduate Practicum Intern

Tyler is working in the office 10 hours per week to help oversee and manage the Student Allocation Committee (SAC). Tyler is currently pursusing a Masters degree in Higher Education Administration at The University of Toledo.


Kayann Carlson 
Graduate Intern

Kayann is working in the office 15 hours per week in a variety of roles with student organizations and assessment. Kayann is currently pursusing a Masters degree in Higher Education Administration at The University of Toledo.


Amanda Feaganes 
Graduate Intern

Amanda is working in the office 10+ hours per week in a variety of roles with student organizations, assessment, leadership programs, and Greek Life. Amanda is currently pursusing a Masters degree at Eastern Michigan University.


John Fetchet 
Undergraduate Intern

John is working in the office 10 hours per week as the coordinator for the New Student Organizations Process. He supports student leaders through the process in order to set the organizations up for success. John is currently pursusing a Bachelor's degree at The University of Toledo and is considering pursusing a Masters degree in Higher Education Administration.

Last Updated: 10/27/17