The Ohio College Initiative Advisory Council supports OCI by sharing their professional expertise and knowledge with other members of OCI and the OCI coordinator at Prevention Action Alliance. Members help plan two annual OCI events, support the development and implementation of networking opportunities for OCI members, provide guidance on professional development opportunities and resources provided to OCI members, and aids in member engagement, recruitment and retention.
Meet the Ohio College Initiative Advisory Council
Ashley Hartman, MPH, CHES®, OCPC
Ashley is a mental health educator and recovery advocate. She has over 10 years of experience in the field of health education and prevention, predominately in the fields of mental health and addition. Currently she serves as the Health Educator – Mental Health Focus at Bowling Green State University. In this role she implements mental health and wellness programs for the campus community.
She has experience serving a variety of populations and settings include middle and high schools, higher education, older adults, racial and ethnic minorities, criminal justice, rural, urban, and suburban communities, workplaces, community mental health, and drug and alcohol treatment facilities.
She obtained her degrees in Applied Health Science from Bowling Green State University, and Master of Public Health at the Ohio State University, and is a Certified Health Education Specialist, Ohio Certified Prevention Consultant, and Adult Mental Health First Aid Instructor. She has presented at local, state, and national conferences, and is the Board President of the Problem Gambling Network of Ohio.
Brandon Horton, MS, CHES®
Brandon serves as the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs (ATOD) Coordinator within Student Life Student Wellness Center at The Ohio State University. In his role, he expands on the CHOICES, BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screening & Intervention for College Students), CASICS (Cannabis Screening & Intervention for College Students), group diversion programs, tobacco cessation services, and other duties that pertains to the ATOD program. In addition to his responsibilities, he assists in planning, implementing, and evaluating individual and community-based health promotion programs and coalition building.
Brandon received both his Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry and his Master of Science degree in Food Science, Nutrition, and Health Promotion, with a concentration in Health Promotion, from Mississippi State University.
In his spare time, he enjoys spending time at local cafés and drinking a cup of coffee, as well as making people laugh and smile every day. One of his favorite quotes is, “Do all that you can, while you still can.” If you would like to contact Brandon, you can email him at email@example.com
Jamie Greenwolf, M.Ed.
Jamie is the Coordinator of Student Wellness at John Carroll University. He holds a master’s degree in College Student Personnel Administration from James Madison University. Jamie oversees JCU’s prevention efforts in the areas of mental health, alcohol use and other drugs, relationship health, and physical health. He also trains and surprises a peer education group on campus.
Jamie believes that in addition to understanding risk reduction strategies on these topics, we must also look at the stories we tell about ourselves, and work to believe our inherent worth as individuals, as that is a frequent barrier to making change in our lives.
. Jamie is also married and the father of a one-year-old and enjoys all (most of) the things that comes with becoming a new dad. In his now limited free time, he enjoys gardening, woodworking, and spending time outside.
Nabil Pervaiz, MS, OCPS
Nabil is the Gambling Services Coordinator at Recovery Resources in Cleveland, Ohio. He holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in health promotion and education from the University of Cincinnati. He also is an Ohio-certified prevention specialist assistant (OCPSA).
In 2017 during his previous role as an Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Specialist at Recovery Resources, Nabil worked with local schools teaching programs, such as Healthy Alternative for Little Ones and Botvin Life Skills. In his current role, he works with Adults in Prime for Life classes and focuses on gambling and treatment.
Additionally, Nabil co-chairs the Cuyahoga Problem Gambling Coalition and Advisory Council. He is a member of the Problem Gambling Advisory Board for the state of Ohio and a board member for the Problem Gambling Network of Ohio. Connect with Nabil on LinkedIn.
James Trevino, BS, OCPC
James Trevino, BS., OCPC, graduated from the University of Texas-Pan American with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and has been working as a Prevention Administrator for the Office of Prevention Services at the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services for the past seven years. Mr. Trevino began his career working for the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service and the United States Border Patrol while attending college. He then went on to become a Police Officer which then led to his true passion, working with at risk youth. He spent over ten years working in juvenile correctional facilities, rehabilitation facilities and as a Juvenile Probation Officer.
James relocated to Ohio from Texas in 1996 and then began working for Unified Health Solutions, a non-profit social service agency located in Dayton, Ohio. He was hired as a Prevention Specialist and after five years of service was promoted to Program Director; overseeing all aspects of 16 grant funded programs. Mr. Trevino is an Ohio Certified Prevention Consultant and has been an advocate for the Health and Human Services and Criminal Justice Fields for over 25 years.
Kerry Soller, MS
Kerry is the project manager for campus safety and sexual violence prevention at the Ohio Department of Higher Education. She is primarily charged with the execution and implementation of the Changing Campus Culture initiative (www.ohiohighered.org/ccc) which is Ohio’s state-funded, comprehensive effort to end sexual violence on college and university campuses. Kerry has led this effort since the initiative launched in 2015.
During her tenure at ODHE, Kerry also facilitated the development of the Statewide Educational Plan for Preventing Hazing and supported efforts to allocate funding towards mental and behavioral health issues facing students resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Prior to her work with the Department of Higher Education, Kerry served as a student development professional for more than 14 years in a variety of diverse capacities, including residence life, fraternity/sorority life, orientation, student activities, leadership, student government, and student conduct. During this time, she worked at a variety of different institutions including large 4-year public universities to small private liberal arts universities.
She has her master’s degree in student affairs administration from Indiana University, and her bachelor’s degrees in history and journalism from the University of Nebraska – Kearney. Kerry lives in Bexley, OH with her family and her dog Chewie.
Kris Knight, LPCC, CRC
Kris is a 2012 graduate of Bowling Green State University with a Masters of Rehabilitation Counseling. He is currently a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) and Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC). After graduating from BGSU Kris initially worked at a private mental health practice providing individual and group therapy. He always had a love for higher education and soon began teaching adjunct courses around his private practice schedule. In 2015 Kris transitioned fulltime into higher education at Defiance College where he currently serves as a Staff Clinician and Accessibility Services Coordinator at Defiance College. Helping students overcome disability, trauma, and addiction to achieve their educational and career goal has truly been his dream job!
He first became active in OCI in 2018 attending the Presidents Luncheon and attending SOCPA meetings. Kris has found the networking and professional development opportunities with OCI to be very helpful in his work and has been honored to serve on the Advisory Council since its inception. In his personal life, Kris’s and his wife have been married for 22 wonderful years. They have 3 children, two of which are now in college themselves which has made for an interesting shift from Higher Educational Professional to parent.
Kris would like to thank OCI again for the opportunity to serve on the Advisory Counsel and looks forward to seeing the organizations continued growth.
Kyle Fowler, M.Ed.
Kyle serves as the Assistant Director for Prevention Education within the Center for Alcohol and other Drugs Resources and Education (CADRE) at the University of Dayton. Before working at Dayton, Kyle worked in Fraternity and Sorority life at the University of Iowa and Simpson College, focusing on harm reduction in the community.
Kyle holds a master’s in education in Higher Education Administration and Student Personnel with a certificate in Institutional Research and Assessment from Kent State University, a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from Capital University and is currently working on his doctorate in education in Leadership for Organizations from the University of Dayton.
Outside of serving on the OCI Board, Kyle also serves as the alcohol prevention subcommittee co-chair on the Montgomery County Prevention Coalition.
Ryan McNicholas, MHHS
Ryan is the Director of Campus Recreation at Youngstown State University. He oversees all Campus Recreation programs, that include Adventure Recreation, Fitness & Wellness and Competitive Sports. Ryan is a proud YSU alumni, receiving his bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science in 2005 and master’s degree in Health & Human Service in 2008 from YSU. His favorite thing about working in Campus Recreation is working with the student staff, seeing their development of skills, and telling infamous Dad Jokes!
Carly Griffith, CHES®, OCPS
Carly Griffith, CHES, OCPS is the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs Program Manager at the Student Wellness Center at the University of Cincinnati. She oversees all projects, programs, and events regarding ATOD and manages two Master of Social Work students who facilitate the Bearcats Recovery Community.
She graduated from Ohio University in 2020 with her Bachelor’s of Science in Health in Community and Public Health. She obtained her CHES in 2021 and her OCPS certificate in 2022. After working 2 years in mental and behavioral health, she decided to continue her passions for ATOD to UC. Her favorite thing about working at a university is all of the diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body.