Office of Student Involvement & Leadership

Meet Our Staff

Location: Main Campus, Lancelot Thompson 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 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Professional Staff and Graduate Assistants

Donovan Nichols

Donovan Nichols
Assistant Dean for Student Involvement & Leadership


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).

Hometown: Sylvania, OH

B.A. Communications with Honors / Minor in Mathematics, The University of Toledo
M.Ed. 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 Experience
: Being 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 became a national 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 80 countries.

 Sarah Yecke

Sarah Yecke
Program Manager for Student Involvement

Sarah advises Campus Activities & Programming (CAP) and the Student Allocation Committee (SAC). She also oversees major campus events and student organizations. 

Hometown: Sylvania, OH

B.A. Psychology and Medicine, Health, & Society, Vanderbilt University
M.A. Higher Education, University of Michigan

Past Positions: 
The University of Toledo: Assistant Director, New Student Orientation Programs
Vanderbilt University Medical Center: Program Assistant for Patient and Community Engagement

Favorite Involvement Experience: Serving on Vanderbilt’s Alternative Spring Break Executive Board and witnessing students transform through service and reflection.

Fun Fact:  Sarah worked almost every summer with her Dad as a carpenter’s assistant. She has 10+ years of remodeling experience!

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, OH

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

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.

Hometown: Toledo, OH

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

Favorite Involvement Experience: Joining Delta Upsilon chapter of Alpha Phi Fraternity at Baldwin Wallace University, 4 year varsity soccer athlete, member of the Student Athlete-Advisory Committee and Sports Management Club

Fun Fact: Caitlin was a three year varsity captain of her college soccer team and once met Taylor Swift

anthony strother

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. 

Hometown: Williamson, West Virginia

M.B.B. Supply Chain Management and Professional Sales, The University of Toledo
M.B.A. Leadership, The University of Toledo (expected December 2018)
M.P. H. Epidemiology, The University of Toledo (expected December 2018)

Favorite Involvement Experience: Being the Overall Director of Big Event and being a Year 1 Facilitator for the Levis Leadership Program

Fun Fact: Anthony was awarded Greek Man of the Year for 2015-2016 at the University of Toledo, and he is currently receiving Chic Fil A for the year.

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, and 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: Kollin was awarded Greek Man of the Year for 2014-2015 at the University of Toledo.

 Kelsey O'Brien

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).

Hometown: Bedford, MI

B.B.A Marketing, The University of Toledo
M.Ed. Higher Education, The University of Toledo (expected May 2019)

Favorite Involvement Experience: Being a part of Campus Involvement Activities (CAP)

Fun Fact: Kelsey won the Rocket Fanatic award in 2016 and 2017.

tyler mattson

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 pursuing a Masters degree in Higher Education Administration at The University of Toledo.

Hometown: Fairview Park, Ohio

B.S. Pharmaceutical Science, The University of Toledo
B.A. Communications, The University of Toledo
M.Ed. Higher Education, The University of Toledo (expected May 2018)

Favorite Involvement Experience: DJing on campus events with WXUT

Fun Fact: Tyler has a Great Dane named Marvel, who he calls Marv like an old man.

 Student Staff


Alex Brough Suter
Leadership Assistant

Alex works closely with Anthony Strother and Donovan Nichols to support the Levis Leadership Program.

Hometown: Port Clinton, OH

B.S. Recreational Therapy / Minor in Disability Studies (expected May 2020)

Favorite Involvement Experience: Being a member of the UT Cheerleading Team during her freshman year

Fun Fact: Alex was a National Gymnastics Champion.

 Alexandria Hetzler

Alexandria Hetzler
Student Staff

Alexandria has been with our office since May 2016. She creates the weekly Rocket Blast and manages the Student Involvement email.

Hometown: Kettering, OH

B.B.A. Organizational Leadership and Management / Minors in Business Law and Mathematics (expected May 2018)

Favorite Involvement Experience: Attending the Noble Peace Prize Forum and hearing former President Jimmy Carter speak

Fun Fact: Alexandria was awarded the Multicultural Pride Award in 2017. 


 Andy Taylor

Andrew Taylor
Student Staff

Andrew helps coordinate the New Student Organization Process. He is also the fastest phone answerer in the office.

Hometown: Cleveland, OH

BS Exercise Science (expected May 2018)

Favorite Involvement Experience: Global Medical Brigades

Fun Fact: Andy once fell off the same garage roof twice in half an hour.


john fetchet

John Fetchet 
Student Staff

John helps coordinate the New Student Organizations Process. He supports student leaders through the process in order to set the organizations up for success. 

Hometown: Columbia Station, OH

B.B.A. Finance and Professional Sales (expected May 2018)
John is considering pursuing a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration.

Favorite Involvement Experience: Being able to participate in Songfest and growing relationships with all those that I performed with

Fun Fact: John has competed in regional tournaments for darts, ping pong, and fooseball.



Shakeela Hardy
Student Staff

Shakeela serves as a helping hand in all areas of the office.

Hometown: Cleveland, OH

B.S. Health Care Administration (expected May 2020)

Favorite Involvement Experience: Working in the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership

Fun Fact: Shakeela won a national singing competition in high school.


 Taylor Koesters

Taylor Koesters
Student Staff

Taylor has been with the office since March 2016. She oversees the planning of the Leadership Conference, creates the monthly stall talk, and assists professional staff with projects.

Hometown: St Henry, OH

M.S Speech Language Pathology (expected May 2020)

Favorite Involvement Experience: Kappa Delta, Levis Leadership, President of NSSLHA

Fun Fact: Taylor broke two golf records in high school and was MVP three years in a row.


Last Updated: 3/14/18