The Department of Economics is pleased to introduce our current Advisory Board Members. Each member has provided a biography and a photo.
Chair, Richard (Dick) Willke, Chief Science Officer, ISPOR
Dick became the first Chief Scientific Officer for the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) in 2016. ISPOR is a scientific and educational with 20,000+ members in over 110 countries; Dick’s responsibilities are to develop, lead, and support strategic initiatives related to research, scientific, and content priorities. Prior to joining ISPOR he was employed for 25 years in the pharmaceutical industry with Pfizer and its legacy companies, where he retired as a vice president in the health economics and outcomes research group. He received a Ph.D. in economics from Johns Hopkins University, concentrating in econometrics and labor economics, and has been a member of the economics faculty at Ohio State University (OSU) and a senior economist at the American Medical Association. He has served as a co-editor for Value in Health, on AHRQ, NIH, and PCORI project review study sections, as chair of the PhRMA Health Outcomes Committee, and is a member of the OSU Economics Advisory Board. He has over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and other professional publications.
Rosa Ailabouni, Senior Advisor to the Regional Administrator at U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Ms. Ailabouni has over 18 years of experience advising and assisting commercial and government client in the United States, Middle East, Western Europe, and Africa. She has led projects to optimize business processes and transform organizations leading to more efficient and effective processes in energy, financial services, non-profit and public sectors. Her functional expertise focuses on strategic planning, business process improvement, organizational analysis and design, and change management. She has also led community development as well as social and housing initiatives focused on foster youth and low and very low-income individuals in the United States in the Midwest Region to include Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota.
As a student at Ohio State, Ms. Ailabouni started BuckeyeThon, a non-profit organization benefiting Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Children’s Miracle Network by bringing together the university and community in support of children with cancer and cancer research. She continues to attend and support BuckeyeThon, now the largest student-run philanthropic organization on campus, raising more than $1 million annually and with over 5,000 students participating every year.
In addition to her bachelor’s degrees earned at Ohio State (French, International Studies, Political Science; minor in Economics, 2001), with honors and with distinction, Ms. Ailabouni earned an MBA from Cornell University; a master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University; a Diplome (master’s equivalent) from the Institut D’Etudes Politiques in Paris (Sciences Po Paris), France and Graduate Certificates from George Washington University in Homeland Security, Emergency Preparedness, and Response and in Western European studies.
Mike Cogan, President Ohio, Northern Trust Co.
Mike Cogan has more than 25 years of experience in the Northeastern Ohio banking and investment community. Mike joined Northern Trust in January 2007. He is directly responsible for management of the Ohio office, which serves successful individuals, families, foundations and endowments, and privately held businesses. As the managing director and lead relationship manager in Ohio, he specializes in the development and implementation of wealth management and banking solutions. Before joining Northern Trust in 2007, he was Senior Vice President and Manager of the Investment Advisors Division of a large regional bank in Northeast Ohio. He had responsibility for Personal and Institutional Trust, Brokerage Services, and Private Banking. He began his career with National City Bank in Cleveland where upon the completion of the Management Training Program he assumed many roles before becoming a District Commercial Loan Officer.
Mike graduated from Ohio State in 1984 with his bachelor’s degree in Economics.
Joseph Duncan, Retired Economist and Statistician
Joseph Duncan received a Ph.D. from Ohio State in 1970. He earlier graduated as a Mechanical Engineer in 1958 from Case Institute of Technology (now Case Western Reserve University) followed by an MBA in 1960 from Harvard’s Graduate School of Business Administration. He studied labor force development and technological change. His working career started at Battelle Memorial Institute where he helped develop the Socio-Economics Research Division. He headed Battelle’s Urban Sciences Center in Cleveland. In 1968 he took a leave from Battelle to serve as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy in the Department of Commerce.
In early 1973 he served as chairman of a committee of the American Statistical Association that issued a report on “Maintaining the Integrity of U.S. Federal Statistics” which focused on allegations of political pressure on government statistical agencies. Later he was appointed to the Office of Management and Budget where he was Associate Director for Statistical Policy. He was also appointed as the U.S. Chief Statistician and Representative to the United Nations Statistical Commission, which he chaired in 1981.
In 1981 Dr. Duncan was selected to be the first Chief Statistician for the Dun & Bradstreet Corporation. In 1982, he added the role of Chief Economist and in 1986 the Board of Directors promoted him to Vice President, Corporate Economist & Chief Statistician. Following his retirement in 1996, he served as an independent consultant for the past 18 years.
Dr. Duncan has served in leadership roles for several professional organizations and has been elected Fellow by the National Association of Business Economics, the American Statistical Association and the International Statistical Institute.
Scott Gledhill, Business Owner-Operator
Scott Gledhill’s first career was on Wall Street. For most of his 23 years he was a portfolio manager and chief investment officer of mutual funds, pension funds, endowments, and foundations. After selling his interest in his investment advisory firm, Scott matriculated at Harvard Divinity School and earned a Masters of Theological Studies. He founded a pastoral counseling firm focused on guiding clients to productive and satisfying employment. Scott's next adventure was to become a professional sailor and ship master. He has sailed for over 3000 days in many parts of the world on vessels ranging from small sailboats to mega yachts and ferry boats. He is the tenth generation of his family to be a ship captain.
Today, Scott owns and operates a small contracting company in Annapolis, MD. He still does some counseling and remains an active and avid sailor. Much of his time is spent on charitable activities including lobbying congress for cancer research funding and working with physically challenged sailors.
Scott graduated from Ohio State with honors in Economics in 1967.
Stephen Havlovic, Chairperson, Laurentian University
Stephen Havlovic, Ph.D. is Chair of the Department of Marketing & Management and a Professor of Human Resource Management & Labour Studies at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. From 2013-18, he served as Dean of the Laurentian University Faculty of Management. Before arriving at Laurentian, he was the Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Alfred. He previously served as Dean of the School of Management at the SUNY Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome. Steve was formerly a tenured Professor of Human Resource Management at the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater and Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. While at Simon Fraser, Steve received the “Canada Trust Distinguished Teacher Award”. Steve also taught Human Resource Management courses in Poland and Czechoslovakia for DePaul University, and he has been a visiting professor at IAE-Lille in France on multiple occasions. Prior to his academic career, he worked in Labour Relations for the Ford Motor Company and in Human Resources for the Ohio Edison Company. Steve received his Bachelor’s in Economics, and a Master’s and Ph.D. in Labor and Human Resources with a minor in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, all from the Ohio State University. He is a member of Rotary International and the Canadian Industrial Relations Association. Steve and his family have hosted international students from Austria, Belgium, Brazil, China, England, France, Germany, Japan, and Mexico. He is a native of Cincinnati.
David E. Jones, Retired Management Consultant and Financial Planner
Dave Jones retired in 2015 from Clifftop Financial Partners, a personal financial planning and investment advisory firm that he founded in 2008. Prior to that, Dave had over 30 years of experience as a management consultant addressing strategic, organizational, and marketing issues. His clients ranged from large, well-known companies such as Shell, Southern Company, American Electric Power, and GE to a number of family owned businesses.
His professional experience includes serving as: CEO and Senior Vice President of S4 Consulting, a highly innovative marketing strategy firm focused on business to business relationships; Vice President of Temple, Barker, and Sloane (now Oliver Wyman), where he provided management and economic counsel to firms in the energy industry and served as the partner in charge of the Atlanta office; research Economist for Battelle Memorial Institute, where his last role was Manager-Energy Economics; and Lecturer in the Department of Economics at The Ohio State University, where he taught courses in principles of economics, public finance and industrial organization.
Dave has a B.S.-Business Administration (cum laude) in Economics (1971) and an M.A. in Economics (1972) from The Ohio State University; and an M.S. in Finance from Georgia State University (2005).
James Lehr Kennedy, Next Future LLC
In 1970, James Kennedy received a Bachelor’s degree (Economics) from the College of Wooster. In 1973, he received a Master’s degree in Economics from Ohio State. Following completing his degree, he began a career in Ohio state government as an energy economist at the time of the first “Energy Crisis”. In 1975, Mr. Kennedy earned an MBA from Ohio State.
During his time in state government, he made significant contributions in the areas of electric demand forecasting and energy policy. In this capacity he found himself testifying before both state and federal agencies. As his government career advanced, he employed a number of Ohio State grads and even Ohio State professors. By 1990 he was directing a staff of more than 60 economists, programmers, engineers, and lawyers.
In 1978, he began teaching evening courses in Macroeconomics at Ohio State. This continued for 12 years. Mr. Kennedy founded Twenty First Century Communications (TFCC) in 1990. TFCC was based on a telecommunications technology Mr. Kennedy invented. From humble beginnings, TFCC became a multinational telecommunications company serving the needs over 100 utilities representing 70% of the United States and hundreds of state, federal, and local government agencies. Mr. Kennedy ran TFCC for 22 years. In 2011, he sold TFCC to West Corporation.
He currently runs two startup companies: Next Future LLC and Crystal Remembrance LLC. Next Future is an invention company currently focused on patented technology developed by Mr. Kennedy to read utility meters. Crystal Remembrance makes glass memorials of deceased people and pets and is in 2,000 funeral homes in the US and Australia.
Chris Marshall, Executive Vice President and Treasurer, BBVA Compass
Chris Marshall joined BBVA Compass in October 2005 and is responsible for portfolio management, asset/liability management, liquidity management including wholesale funding and structured finance, and the Bank’s rating agency relationships. Prior to joining BBVA Compass, Chris held positions in treasury at ABN AMRO, N.A., GMAC Mortgage Asset Management, Inc., and Fifth Third Bank, where he was responsible for asset/liability management and securitization. He has over 30 years of financial markets experience covering fixed income and currency trading, derivatives and portfolio management, interest rate risk management, liquidity management, and structured finance.
Chris earned a B.A. in Economics from the Ohio State University in 1983. While at Ohio State, he served as President of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. Chris earned an MBA in Finance from the Columbia Business School and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
Justin Miller, Attorney-In-Charge, International Trade Field Office, U.S. Department of Justice
Justin R. Miller is the Attorney-In-Charge of the International Trade Field Office, U.S. Department of Justice, located in New York City. Mr. Miller handles international trade and customs matters before the U.S. Court of International Trade and the U.S Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Prior to joining the Justice Department, Mr. Miller served as a legal fellow for the Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Trade, in the U.S. House of Representatives and as a law clerk to the Hon. Leo M. Gordon of the U.S. Court of International Trade. From 2013 to 2015, Mr. Miller served on detail to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, where he represented the United States in the first enforcement action brought by the United States under the Dominican Republic – Central America – United States Free Trade Agreement.
He received his J.D. and his B.S. in Economics from Ohio State University.
Rhett Thurman, Chief Operating Officer & Chief Financial Officer of Prager & Company, LLC
Rhett Thurman is the Chief Operating Officer & Chief Financial Officer at Prager & Company, LLC. Thurman joined Prager & Company, LLC in 2019. He is responsible for all administrative and risk management functions, including finance, compliance, information technology/systems, human resources, and legal affairs. Thurman has nearly four decades of leadership and senior operating management experience in investment banking, private equity, and healthcare.
Prior to his current position, Thurman was the Chief Operating Officer at Cain Brothers & Company, an investment banking firm providing capital markets and advisory services to domestic hospitals, health systems, senior housing and other healthcare services providers nationwide. Cain Brothers is among the largest healthcare boutique investment banks on Wall Street. Rhett joined Cain Brothers in 2001 from Vanguard Health Systems, where he served as Chief Financial Officer of MacNeal Health Network, Vanguard's largest hospital system. He was responsible for finance, patient accounts, IT, medical records, compliance, and admitting and discharge planning for the acute care operations, plus subsidiary operations, including a commercial reference laboratory, an independent practice association/third party administrator, a physician billing enterprise and a home healthcare operation. Rhett was previously affiliated with CurranCare LLC, a home healthcare management company, following several years in healthcare management consulting with APM (which focused on health services) and IBM/The Wilkerson Group (emphasis on devices, diagnostics and pharma).
Rhett is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Ohio State University (Economics, 1980) and earned an MBA at the Harvard Business School (1984).
Tayfun Tuzun, Chief Financial Officer, BMO Financial Group
Tayfun Tuzun is the Chief Financial Officer at BMO Financial Group. Prior to joining BMO, Tayfun was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Fifth Third Bancorp, where he held positions including Senior Vice President, Treasurer and other senior treasury and finance roles.
Previously, Tayfun served in an executive capacity at FSI Group, LLC, a multiplatform hedge fund specializing in the financial services sector. He also held various senior positions in treasury and finance at Provident Bank. Prior to his work in financial services, Tayfun was a faculty member in the School of Banking & Finance at University of New South Wales, Australia.
Tayfun is a member of the Financial Services Roundtable and the Bank Policy Institute. He serves on the board of directors of the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company and Easter Seals Cincinnati. He also sits on The Ohio State University College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Advisory Committee.
Tayfun holds a Master’s degree and a Doctorate in Economics from The Ohio State University, as well as a BA, Economics from Bosphorus University, Istanbul.
Natalie Yellowhammer Warling, Paralegal, Franklin County Children Services
Natalie Yellowhammer Warling is an experienced paralegal with a collection of skills including fraud investigation, media relations, research, and preparation of legal pleadings. She has over ten years of experience as a paralegal. Currently, she is the office manager and paralegal at the Law Offices of Susan Garner Eisenman. Prior to becoming a paralegal, Natalie worked at Ohio State as an academic studies coordinator in the Office of Minority Affairs where she recruited minority students to the university and assisted in the administration of scholar programs.
Natalie is an enrolled member of the Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux tribe of the Lake Traverse Reservation and very interested in Native American issues. In addition to serving on the Economics Advisory Board, she is a lifetime member of the Ohio State Alumni Association. Natalie is active in her church and volunteers for various charitable events such as Pelotonia and The Memorial Golf Tournament.
Natalie earned her Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Ohio State University in 2005. She also has a certificate in Paralegal Studies from Capital University.