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Gretchen Metzelaars, PhD

Gretchen Metzelaars, PhD Sr. Associate Vice President for Student Life

3034 Ohio Union, 1739 N. High Street, Columbus, OH 43210
(614) 688-8011

Gretchen, in her role as Senior Associate Vice President, serves on the executive leadership team for the Office of Student Life. Her focus and areas of expertise include student engagement, staff development, and auxiliary services. She joined the Student Life staff in June 2010, after serving since 2004 as director of the student union at the University of Maryland, where she was also an affiliate assistant professor. Previously, she had held a number of positions in higher education, including serving as director of administration at Ohio State's Wexner Center for the Arts from 1997-2004. She holds a BS in forestry and outdoor education from Virginia Polytechnic Institute, an MS in recreation and college student personnel from Indiana University, and a PhD in recreation and college student personnel from the University of Maryland. She is the proud advisor of the Muslim Student Association at Ohio State.

Zia Ahmed

Zia Ahmed Senior Director, Dining Services

105A Raney Commons, 47 Curl Drive, Columbus, OH 43210
(614) 247-3663

Zia provides oversight and general direction for University Residences and Dining Services' food service operations, including traditional cafeterias, Ohio Union dining services, café and cart operations, catering, and food service at regional campuses and two child care centers. He is responsible for long-range planning, fiscal management, and staff recruitment and management. He holds a master's degree from the University of Akron, and joined the Ohio State staff in September 2010, having previously served 16 years at the University of Akron, most recently as director of dining services and administration.

Matt Couch

Matt Couch Director of Student Activities and Orientation

2034 Ohio Union, 1739 N. High Street, Columbus, OH 43210
(614) 688-5460

Matt oversees student involvement initiatives, including student organizations, support for student governments, events and activities, leadership and service programs, and Student Life’s portion of new student orientation. Matt earned bachelor's degrees in psychology and linguistics from the College of William & Mary and an MA in higher education and student affairs from Ohio State. He has worked in Student Life at Ohio State since 1997.

Eve Esch

Eve Esch Director of Ohio Union Events

1040B Ohio Union, 1739 North High Street, Columbus, OH 43210
(614) 292-5246

Eve oversees event production, catering, housekeeping and security for the Ohio Union and coordinates building operations among the Student Life offices and other tenants housed in the union. After receiving her MA in higher education and student affairs from Ohio State in 2002, Eve joined the Ohio Union staff as an event production coordinator. She was promoted to assistant director in 2003. Eve earned a bachelor’s degree in 2000 from Purdue University, where she double majored in communications and health & kinesiology.

Toni Greenslade-Smith

Toni Greenslade-Smith Director, Housing Administration

350 Morrill Tower, 1910 Cannon Drive, Columbus, OH 43210
(614) 292-8266

Toni is responsible for housing contracts, leases, billing, and assignments for the Columbus and the regional campuses. She oversees summer conference housing and the STEP program fellowship awards. She received a BA in Spanish from Hiram College and an MA in higher education administration from Ohio State. She has been at Ohio State with Student Life since 1980.

Cheryl Lyons

Cheryl Lyons Director, Residence Life

190 W. Woodruff Ave., Columbus, OH 43210
(614) 292-3930

Cheryl oversees the residential student experience for the students living in the residence halls on the Columbus, ATI, Mansfield, and Newark campuses. She supervises a team of professional, graduate and undergraduate staff who create and support experiences in the areas of community development, academic support, diversity, wellness, leadership and service. She received a BA in sociology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and an MS in college student personnel services from Miami University. Before coming to Ohio State, Cheryl was coordinator of student development at California Polytechnic State University. She has worked for Ohio State in University Housing since 1997.