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Nominee Bios

The following positions are open for election for the term beginning July 1, 2015.


Vice President            Serves as vice president for 2015-2016.  Assumes presidency on July 1, 2016.

Treasurer                     One-year term

Secretary                     One-year term

Board Member            Three-year term ending June 30, 2018

Board Member            Three-year term ending June 30, 2018


The Board oversees the funds and properties of the Cincinnati Faculty Club, employs or contracts with a club manager, establishes house rules, prepares a calendar of club events, and promotes membership growth.  Board members and officers are expected to attend monthly board meetings, serve on a committee, promote and attend club programs and special events, and increase club membership.  Estimated time commitment is typically 2 to 5 hours per month depending on club business. 


Ballots are due by May 17, 2015.


Nominee Bios (Scroll down to vote).

CAROL WISSMAN (Candidate for Vice President)

Carol has been a member of the Faculty Club for over 20 years.  She is currently serving as an Academic Director in the College of Arts and Sciences, and also served as an academic advisor in the Athletic Department and University College. She currently works with a large, diverse population including first generation, student-athletes, non-traditional and international students.  She also is an adjunct instructor in the Department of Psychology currently teaching Developmental courses.  She lives in Mt. Washington with two spastic dogs and is extremely lucky that her daughter and her family, including beautiful grandchildren, are a short drive away.  Carol is also a member of Harbour Town Yacht Club where she spends most of her week-ends once boating season begins - she loves being out on the river with friends and family. 


RICHARD FRIEDMAN (Candidate for Treasurer)

   Richard E. Friedman retired from the University of Cincinnati in June, 2013 after forty-two years of service. He had been a member of the faculty and administrative staff of the University of Cincinnati since 1971. He served 14 years as the Assistant to the President, and 14 years as a Dean.  McMicken College of Arts and Sciences and directed the campus-wide McMicken Honors program. As a member of the faculty he offered course work in Philosophy, including ethics, logic, and value theory and developed an electronic on-line learning module in philosophy of sports that is a central core course of the cross-disciplinary Sports Administration program at the University. He is the founder and principal consultant of REF & Associates Consulting and served as the Executive Director of the Foundation for Female Health Awareness providing organizational, fund and strategic development for the foundation, along with the management of its annual Women’s Health Experience, national conference.

      Dick’s community service has included a number of leadership roles on many non- profit agency boards and foundations. He has served as the President of the boards of trustees of the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati, the Jewish Community Relations Council of Cincinnati, the Hillel Student Center at the University of Cincinnati, and the Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education, and as a board member of Congregation K.K. Bene Israel/Rockdale Temple. He was board member and served as the chair of the board of the American Heart Association’s Cincinnati Metro, Great Rivers Affiliate and served as the Vice Chair of the Hoxworth Blood Center board, and was the board chair of the Greater Cincinnati Consortium of Colleges and Universities. He currently serves as a member of the American Heart Association Leadership Advisory Council, and as the board chair of the Greater Cincinnati Tennis Hall of Fame, and a member of the Talbert House Advisory Board, and a founding member and the Secretary of the board of the Activities Beyond the Classroom (ABC) Foundation, a member Tennis for Charity, LLC board, the Jewish Cemeteries of Greater Cincinnati board, the Art Academy of Cincinnati, as a board trustee, and is a Past Chair of the board and was the Acting Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Executive Service Corp of Cincinnati(ESCC), an organization dedicated to providing executive and organizational consultation in strategic planning, coaching, and board and fund development to non-profit organizations. He, also, chaired the Advisory Council of the Nonprofit Leadership Institute of Greater Cincinnati and is a Past President of the Cincinnati Seasongood Faculty Club Board of Governors at the University of Cincinnati where he has served the club as its’ President on four other separate occasions.

       Dick has been honored by numerous organizations, including being recognized for his community leadership efforts by the Cincinnati Kollel, the Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education (CHHE) and the Mideast Honors Association (MEHA). He was the recipient of the Mayor’s Friendship Medallion presented by the Cincinnati Human Relations Council and he received the Robert V. Goldstein Volunteer of the year award given by the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati. He was most recently honored as a 2015 Distinguished Alumnus of the McMicken College of Arts Sciences of the University of Cincinnati, He is a member of the Building Corporation of the Beta Nu chapter of Beta Theta Pi, a national social fraternity and has been inducted into a number of honoraries on and off of the University of Cincinnati campus, including Sigma-Sigma, Omicron Delta Kappa, Metro, Order of Omega, and Cincinnatus.

     He lives in Cincinnati with his wife, Gail, a psychologist in private practice.


CATHY CASTILLO (Candidate for Secretary)

Cathy has been at UC for 25+ years and is the Director, Business Affairs for University Health Services. She has been a Faculty Club member for approximately 20 years and has served on the Board in various positions since long before the Club’s move to its new space in the Lindner Athletic Center.

She has enjoyed the comradery that the Club offers, the many programs throughout the years (Speaker Series, Wine Tasting Dinners) and just having a delicious well-prepared lunch.

Serving on the Board gives one a better insight as to how the club is managed and a voice to affect any changes (good/bad) that might be needed to continue the Clubs successful operation.


MELISSA BERLING (Candidate for At Large Board position)

Melissa has been with the University of Cincinnati for 25 years beginning as a co-op student and graduating from UC with her BS in Personnel Administration.  Her two daughters are UC grads as well as her brothers and mother. 

Melissa currently is the Sr. HR Recruiter in Administration & Finance Human Resources Talent Acquisition after having held various positions throughout UC such as Sr. Business Administrator for UCIT, Business Manager for the former College of Applied Science, as well as working for University Hospital (when it was part of UC) in Nuclear Medicine, Pharmacy and Patient Accounts.

Melissa has previously been a UCAAMP president and board member and looks forward to the opportunity to bring her enthusiasm, experience, and dedication to UC to the Faculty Club Board.


DAVID GILLESPIE (Candidate for At Large Board position)

David is currently an Academic Advisor for the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Cincinnati.  He has been with UC since June of 2014.  He holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Southwest Baptist University in Southwest Missouri and a Master’s of Curriculum and Instruction, Vocal Music Emphasis, from the University of Missouri, Columbia.


David is a retired high school vocal music instructor, having spent 25 years as Director of Choral Activities at Jefferson City High School in Missouri’s capitol city.  David enjoys rehearsing and performing with the Cincinnati Men’s Chorus.  He has directed 36 musical productions and starred in approximately 10 throughout his musical career.


David is most proud of his three adult children, Lydia and her husband Jon with their sons, Isaac and Paxton, Whitney and his fiancée Ashley and Tamah with her husband Jon and their son Kavi.  He currently lives in Florence, Kentucky with his partner Bryan and their dog Odie.