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


Diane DeLawder, Executive Director

Having been named Executive Director in 1996, Diane’s time with A Call to College makes her one of the most experienced college access program leaders in Ohio. In addition to coordinating the organization’s sizable volunteer advising corps, overseeing the  management of the staff and serving on the Governing Board, she also sits on several local boards in the Newark community.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in education from The Ohio State University and has taught in the Licking Valley and Lancaster City School Districts in central Ohio.
Jen Anthony, Director, College Prep & Success
Jen joined A Call to College in the summer of 2016. She holds a Bachelor's Degree from Denison University in Economics and Sports Management and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Morehead State University. Prior to joining A Call to College, Jen spent 5 years with The Ohio State University at Newark in access and engagement, honors, and study abroad. Jen began her career as an AmeriCorps VISTA with Ohio State Newark and A Call to College and also coached softball at Morehead State University. Jen assists with both PEAK and High School programming.
Shannon Chiacchira, Associate Director, Programming
Shannon graduated from Florida State University in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science degree in English Education. She spent her early years working in the fields of human resources, training and communications. After leaving the workforce for several years to raise her two sons, Shannon began volunteering, substitute teaching and tutoring in the Newark City Schools where her children attend. Prior to joining the staff, she volunteered with the organization as an advisor and helped with the PEAK program. She assists with office operations, PEAK and high school programming.

Tara Houdeshell, Director, College Prep & Success

Tara worked in college access, admissions and advising for seven years at both Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) and Muskingum University prior to joining the staff in 2014. Tara holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Hospitality Management from Eastern Michigan University and a Master's degree in Information Strategy, Systems and Technology from Muskingum University. In addition to lending her technical expertise to many facets of the organization, she oversees the group advising program for NHS juniors and seniors at C-TEC and serves as the point person for analyzing National Student Clearinghouse data for Newark High School graduates.

Sue Kent
, Director, College Prep & Success 

Sue joined A Call to College in the fall of 2011. She graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1983 with a degree in Community/Health Services and Administration. While raising her four children, Sue was an avid volunteer in both the Granville school system and the local community. In 2004, she found a way to combine her two passions, children and education, by substitute teaching in the Granville schools. Sue oversees PEAK and assists with high school programming.

Angelique Sharp, Director, College Prep & Success
Angelique joined A Call to College in June 2017. Prior to joining the organization, she worked at Central Ohio Technical College for five years as an access and retention specialist, advisor, events coordinator and adjunct faculty. One of her major COTC responsibilities was to plan, promote, coordinate and evaluate CollegeASPIRE -- hands on, faculty-led workshops that give underresourced community youth the opportunity to experience a college campus. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and a Master's Degree in Marketing and Communication from Franklin University.
Janet Schultz, Director, College Prep & Success    

Prior to joining the organization in January 2008, Janet worked in higher education for over two decades:  six years as the Assistant Women's Basketball Coach at Yale University and seventeen years in the Denison University Admissions Office.  In addition to being involved in the PEAK Program, she assists with assessment, publications and the web site. Janet holds two degrees in German; a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Chicago, and a Master of Arts from The University of Texas at Austin.

Julie Uible, Associate Director, Programming

Julie is a 1983 Newark High School graduate who served as class president for three of her four years as a Wildcat. After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Miami (OH) University, Julie taught English first at Princeton High School in Cincinnati and then in the Newark district. Julie’s passion for education led her to become a member of the Par Excellence and Granville Christian Academy school boards and to homeschool her children. Prior to joining the staff where she assists with PEAK and high school programming, Julie volunteered with the organization in several capacities.

Brett Underhill, Director, College Prep & Success 

Brett is a 1997 graduate of Newark High School and a recipient of the A Call To College Last Dollar Grant.  In 2001, Brett earned his Bachelor of Arts in Classical Civilization from Ohio University in Athens.  When asked what one does with a degree in Classics he quickly points out that his years of reading ancient Greek have aptly prepared him to interpret the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Brett’s professional experience includes eight years as a Financial Aid Counselor at Denison University. He oversees Last Dollar Grant processing and the implementation of the ACT Now! program.

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     The 2017-18 staff: eager to start another great year!
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