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“To assure every qualified Newark High School graduate the opportunity to pursue higher education.”

Advisors

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Ryan Brechbill
 
Advisor since:
Fall 2014
 
Education:
B.S., Recreation Administration, Bowling Green State University
M.Ed., Human Resources, Bowling Green State University
Otterbein University Leader On Loan
 
"As a resident of Newark with two young children in the district, I wanted to get involved with the school system. The work of A Call to Colleges aligns well with my interests and passions and I strongly believe in their mission. I am excited to share my years of experience in higher education and career development with Newark High School juniors and seniors."
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Shari Fronckel
 
Advisor since:
Fall 2008
 
Education:
B.S., Secondary Education, The Ohio State University
 
"After teaching high school English for twenty five years, fifteen of those years at Newark, I was not ready to completely leave NHS when I retired. When talking with the A Call to College staff about the opportunities to volunteer, I decided it would be a wonderful way to stay involved with the students. I have been very happy with that decision!"
 
 
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Cherisse Hopper
 
Advisor since:
Fall 2017
 
Education:
B.S., Child and Family Development, Bowling Green State University
M.A., Education, The Ohio State University
 
"After a 34-year career teaching high school juniors and seniors, and working in the education department at Ohio State Newark following retirement, I am grateful for the opportunity to volunteeer with A Call to College.  The transition from high school to adulthood is exciting for students, but can also present many challenges.  I am looking forward to serving as an advisor and helping the students in any way I can."
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Nancy Martin
 
Advisor since:
Fall 2015
 
Education:
B.S., Computer Science, Bowling Green State University
 
"As the mother of two NHS grads who benefited from the advice and support of A Call to College, I am interested in 'giving back'.  Substitute teaching in the Newark school system has also been very rewarding since I can see how far the students have come and it is inspiring to think how much further they can go."
 
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Caileigh Neese
 
Advisor since:
Fall 2017
 
Education:
B.A., History, Allegheny College
Park National Bank Leader on Loan
 
"When I volunteered for A Call to College at their eighth grade Reality Store event, I was really impressed by the staff and their programming.  It is never too early to set goals or to start planning for the future.  The sooner you plant a seed, the longer you have to nurture it and watch it grow.  I was lucky enough to have a grandfather and parents who always told me I was going to college.  I hope to be a similarly encouraging voice to the Newark students who I advise."
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Karen Schroeder
 
Advisor since:
Spring 2014
 
Education:
A.A., General Studies, Macomb Community College
B.S., Business Management, Oakland University
 
"When I attended college, I received a scholarship from a local organization. The financial support was much needed and knowing that others cared about my educational success left me with a strengthened belief in myself. Guiding Newark students in the college process and helping them to access resources is a rewarding way to show the students that I believe in them. It is a joy to be a part of this caring and giving organization."
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Brent Smith
 
Advisor since:
Fall 2016
 
Education:
A.A., Criminal Justice, Central Ohio Technical College
B.S. (In Progress), Public Safety Management, Franklin University
Denison University Leader on Loan
 
"As a parent, I witnessed the support freely given to my own two children at Newark City Schools by the staff at A Call to College. This organization has been a great asset in both of their young lives. The resources available and sharing of knowledge to make an informed decision are invaluable. Through my own experiences working at a university, I have seen the transitions college students make through their four years. Volunteering for such a great organization affords me the opportunity to give back to the community and lend support to our future leaders." 
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Eric Baker
 
Advisor since:
Fall 2014
 
Education:
B.A., Political Science, Ohio University
Park National Bank Leader on Loan

“As a former Wildcat, I remember the very early days of A Call to College and how beneficial it was during my time in high school. I am excited to give back to a program that has given so much to so many Newark High School students.”

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Linda Giles
 
Advisor since:
Fall 2004
 
Education:
B.A., Business and Economics, Malone University
M.Ed., School Administration, Kent State
 
"I appreciate the opportunity to volunteer time to help NHS students explore college options and complete the college application and enrollment process. I especially enjoy the interaction with the students and helping them fulfill their goal of attending college. But I also like the fellowship with the staff and other advisors in the A Call to College office. My 30 year career in education gives me insight in helping the students I advise and it is a pleasure sharing my expertise as an educator."
 
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Chad Kozman
 
Advisor since:
Fall 2017
 
Education:
B.A., Psychology, Otterbein University
Park National Bank Leader On Loan
 
"I was lucky to have excellent guidance when applying to college, so I know how important it is to have a mentor who can help navigate a difficult and perplexing process!   I look forward to helping Newark students succeed in accessing a fulfilling education that can unlock many options for them, personally and financially."
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Cynthia Menzer
 
Advisor since:
Fall 2008
 
Education:
Major, Math, Rio Grande College
Major, Anthropology, The Ohio State University
 
"A Call to College is an amazing place where we get to develop a two year relationship with students while providing them tools and support as they plan their post-high school education. Education gives them the ability to broaden their horizons, reach their potential, and add to their earning power."
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Dan Moder
 
Advisor since:
Fall 2016
 
Education:
Major, Education, The Ohio State University
Explore Licking County Leader on Loan 

"Having witnessed the power and promise that A Call to College offers so many NCS students with my own two children, I knew that I had to find a way to become involved with this movement. Volunteering as an advisor is a gift to me. It is a way for me to give back what has been so generously given to my family, but more importantly, it is a means of paying forward the idea that higher education doesn't have to just be a dream for the young adults of Newark High School."

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Joan Trautman
 
Advisor since:
Fall 2010
 
Education:
B.A., Economics and Psychology, Duke University
M.B.A., The Ohio State University
 
"College or any form of education beyond high school is so important to succeed in the world today, and for too many, the cost is too great. Helping juniors and seniors at Newark High School navigate the financial aid and scholarship maze so that they can achieve their goal of higher education is exceptionally rewarding."
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Mandy Vadala
 
Advisor since:
Fall 2017
 
Education:
B.A., English, The Ohio State University
 
"As a parent of a recent Newark graduate I was able to see firsthand what a tremendous resource A Call to College can be in helping both the student and the family navigate the college process. I like the idea of being able to help students map out their future since planning higher education can be a daunting experience.  I was the first in my family to go to college after graduating from NHS and A Call to College would have been an asset to me during my junior and senior years!"
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