Team Member Contact Info

Nicole Ausmer

Dr. Nicole M. Ausmer


Dr. Nicole Ausmer also know as Dr. Aus. wants to live in a world where people give their best, walk with purpose and dance on beat.

As the Director of Student Activities & Leadership Development Nicole works collaboratively with students, faculty, and staff to create dynamic student experiences. She has more than 10 years of experience in Student Development, Leadership education and  programming. Nicole is an advocate for students and a champion for diversity. She is a 3-time graduate of the University of Cincinnati with degrees in Psychology and Education. She is an adjucnt in the Organizational Leadership Department and contributes to the SALD Leadership Certificate curriculumn. She is also an on and off contributor to about 10 blogs that she has started over the last 10 years.

When she is not on campus supporting student programming, you can find her reading the latest book for her book club, playing Just Dance with her family, binge watching Netflix or going for a struggle run. She is an avid sports fan and cheers loud and proud for her teams. Go Bearcats. Go Bengals and Go Lakers.

She is currently working on a fiction book that she believes will be bigger than Harry Potter and Twilight put together. When it is complete she will make a Facebook post about it. Nicole lives by the words,  Give More. Do More. Be More.

Nicole Ausmer

Stephen Craig, M.A. 

Assistant Director

Stephen is a native of Akron, Ohio and has worked progressively within higher education since he became a Resident Assistant at his undergraduate. Stephen has worked as a Hall Director, Conduct Officer, Coordinator of Campus Activities and Assistant Dean for Student Engagement and Leadership. Stephen has worked on retention efforts, leadership development programs and as adjunct faculty. Stephen graduated from Walsh University with a double major in Psychology and Sociology. Stephen received a Master’s of Arts from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota in Human Development (focusing on Leadership and Administration). Stephen currently is working on his doctorate in Leadership Studies from Xavier University.

Stephen is an avid nerd. He loves Lord of the Rings, Star Trek and Star Wars. Stephen loves reading, traveling, and hanging out with his family. One of Stephen’s greatest joys is working with and helping to develop college students. Contact Stephen if you are interested in UC’s Leadership Certificate or if you just want to chat!

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.


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Lindsay Wright 

Program Coordinator, Fraternity & Sorority Life

Lindsay joined the Bearcats family in September of 2015 as the coordinator for fraternity and sorority life. Having grown up in Seattle, WA, Lindsay traveled a bit, living in AZ, TN, FL, and MS before moving to Cincinnati to experience life in the Midwest. Lindsay received a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University and a Masters of Arts in Higher Education from Ole Miss. Lindsay has experience working with student government, multicultural affairs, new student orientation, and students of concern, but her true passion and enthusiasm is in working with fraternity and sorority life. Lindsay has worked with FSL at four universities, and through a volunteer capacity with her sorority.

Outside of higher education, Lindsay has 5 years of experience in corporate training and development, with an emphasis on curriculum design, branding, and team development. She is a devoted sports fan, loves dogs, and enjoys hiking, road trips, and concerts.

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.