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Nicole Ausmer

Dr. Nicole M. Ausmer

Interim Director

Nicole is a native of Lorain, Ohio. She began her Bearcat journey in 2001 as a freshman and received her Bachelor of Arts in psychology in 2005, from our great institution, the University of Cincinnati. In 2006, Nicole completed her master’s of education in educational foundations and in 2009 she accomplished her Doctorate in Educational Studies from the University.  Nicole is very passionate about student leadership and women’s leadership. She has served as an adjunct instructor at UC and Cincinnati State and really enjoys educating students.

Personally, Nicole is a proud alumnus of UC and glad to be a Bearcat for life. In her spare time, she enjoys laughing with her friends, and takes pleasure in spending quality time with her wonderful husband Lionell, daughter Avery and son Jackson. Nicole is a fervent sports fan and cheers loud and proud for her teams.

Susie Mahoney

Dr. Susie Mahoney

Assistant Director, Leadership Initiatives

Susie hails from College Park, MD where home was until going south for college attending Elon University. At Elon, Susie interned with the Associate Dean of Student Affairs and was involved in the chartering a chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. on campus. After Elon, Susie worked as a graduate assistant and received her master's degree from UNC-Greensboro. Following graduate school, Susie has worked as a professional at University of Maryland - College Park, Indiana University, and Missouri State University. At IU, Susie received her doctorate in Higher Education Student Affairs.

Susie joined the SALD team in the spring of 2012 as  the Program Coordinator overseeing Club Sports. In the spring of 2014, Dr. Suz was promoted to the Assistant Director working with Leadership Initiatives. She is proud to be a Bearcat and loves being part of the Cincinnati community! You may see her walking around campus with her baby boy with four legs, Carter!

Monica Ruescher

Monica Ruscher

Program Coordinator, Campus Programs

Monica is a native of Cincinnati, OH. She began her journey in 2008 as a freshman at Ohio University in Athens, OH as an Organizational Communications major and received her degree in 2012. Monica was extremely involved in student organizations at Ohio University and is very passionate about student involvement during college careers. Monica began her professional career at Thomas More College in Northern Kentucky in 2012 and has now joined the Student Activities and Leadership Development team as a Program Coordinator of Campus Programs in Fall 2014.

Monica is a proud alumnus of OU, but will also cheer on the Bearcats. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, taking pictures, and road tripping. She loves going to concerts and all types of sporting events.


Leah Howell

Leah Howell

Program Manager, Fraternity & Sorority Life

Leah began her career in education as an instructor at the university level before transitioning into a K-12 position with Detroit Public Schools.  She was then presented with a unique opportunity to meld her background in Social Work and Education with a position with the Office of the Ombudsman at Eastern Michigan University.  While at EMU, she developed and coordinated a university wide student advocate team to resolve student concerns including grade grievance, disability service and disciplinary matters.  After leaving EMU, Leah moved on to Davenport University, serving as an Academic Advisor for primarily non-traditional students pursuing business degrees.  While at Davenport, Leah was actively engaged in the implementation of retention and student life activities.  She joined the UC family in 2010 as an Assistant Academic Director in of Arts & Sciences.

Leah believes that students should actively engage in their collegiate experience and their community through student organizations, volunteer opportunities and other hands-on experiences.  Since coming to UC, Leah has lived her own values by building relationships across campus and engaging in activities including the Service Learning Advisory Council and the CECH Summer Institute Collaborative.  In the fall of 2011 she joined the Department of Psychology as an adjunct faculty member.  In 2012, Leah joined the SALD staff as a Program Manager and is currently a doctoral student in the Educational Studies, Psychological Foundations program, looking forward to becoming a true Bearcat Alum!


Jeff Logsdon

Jeff Logsdon

Program Coordinator, Club Sports

Jeff was born and raised in Louisville, KY. He attended Western Kentucky University where he earned his Bachelors of Science in Biology in 2012. While at WKU, Jeff worked in various roles for the Preston Health and Activities Center and that is where he developed his love for club sports and intramurals. Upon graduation from WKU, Jeff headed south to the University of Alabama at Birmingham where he was the Graduate Assistant of Competitive Sports.  During his time at UAB, Jeff earned his Masters of the Arts in Education, Community Health and Promotion with a concentration in Infectious Disease Control in April 2014. Jeff joined the UC SALD Staff in July 2014 and currently loves his role as Program Coordinator of Club Sports. 

 During his free time, Jeff enjoys working out and playing all types of sports but his true love is for basketball! He also enjoys officiating all levels of basketball, football, and baseball and is currently working on becoming a college basketball official. Jeff has a Scottish Terrier named Dakota and can often be found going on walks and playing fetch with Dakota throughout the various parks in the city! 


Portia Watkins

Portia Watkins

Program Coordinator, University Funding Board

Portia Watkins is a native of Freeport (IL) and Erie (PA). She attended Edinboro University of Pennsylvania where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in communication with a history minor.  As an Undergraduate, Portia was very active and participated in activities including:  Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Order of Omega, Alpha Phi Omega and Student Government Association. She also served as a full member of the Board of Trustees at Edinboro University as a representative of the student body.

She later attended Indiana Wesleyan University where she earned a Master of Science in Management. She began her journey as a bearcat in 2009 when she was accepted as a doctoral student in the Urban Educational Leadership program. Her interests include servant leadership, equity and access in higher education and the experiences of underrepresented groups as students and professors. As a graduate student she remained active by serving as the graduate student trustee to the Board of Trustees here at the University of Cincinnati for 2 years.

Portia enjoys reading, watching home improvement shows and spending time her wonderful husband Marty and their awesome teenage daughter Zaire. 


Patty Speed

Patty Speed

Administrative Secretary for Club Sports, Academic Intercollegiate Competition Organizations, and Student Government

Patty is a native of Cincinnati and she began working at UC in 1986.  She has worked in the Purchasing Department, UC Hospital Facilities Management, Athletics, and now SALD.  She joined the SALD team in March of 2009.  Patty enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, and arts & crafts projects.





Charlene Walker

Charlene Walker

Charlene is a native of Cincinnati who began working at UC in 1989. She has worked in Student Records, Accounts Payable, The Controllers Office and now SALD. She enjoys working with the kids that come in and out of the office. In her off hour time she enjoys shopping online and quality time with her family.





Bice Mickey

Brice Mickey

Program Coordinator, RAPP

Brice, who uses he/him/his pronouns, was born and raised here in Cincinnati, Ohio. After graduating from Walnut Hills, he went to the University of Cincinnati where he earned his Bachelors of Science in Information Technology from CECH. Though his love of technology prevented him from pursuing a degree in Social Justice, he’s been involved with RAPP’s brand of social justice education since 2009. Brice was a member of RAPP XXV, Peer Leader of RAPP XXVI, Facilitator of RAPPs XXVIII and XXIX, and now Coordinator of RAPP XXX. Brice began his work as a program coordinator in Fall 2014 .

In his spare time Brice enjoys attending social justice conferences, traveling both domestically and internationally, reading thought provoking literature, and hanging out with friends.