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COSHP Visiting Committee

The purpose of the College of Sciences and Health Professions (COSHP) Visiting Committee is to provide frank guidance and support to the College of Sciences and Health Professions in its mission to graduate a highly skilled and trained workforce of talented, educated graduates in STEM fields who highly employable, not only in the greater Cleveland area, but across the US; and to prepare our students to enter both research and professional graduate programs. 

The members of COSHP Visiting Committee are exceptional community leaders who selflessly have chosen to volunteer their time, treasure and talent (as succinctly stated by our past VC Chair, Tom Hopkins). Our Visiting Committee consists of individuals who bring a variety of areas of expertise, interests and professional contacts in the community to assist and challenge the College to reach our fundamental goals.
View the current COSHP Visiting Committee Guidelines (PDF)

Visiting Committee members:

  • Jeffrey Davis, a principal in the Consumer and Industrial Products practice, Deloitte Consulting.
  • Niko Frangos, CEO, Rascal House, Inc.
  • Jeff Gardner, President of DataPharm Statistical and Data Management Services.
  • Leah S. Gary, retired as President and CEO of the William J. and Dorothy K. O'Neill Foundation.
  • Vijay K. Iyer, formerly lead business development efforts on the medical devices team at BioEnterprise.
  • Rhonda Kusper is an Account Executive with McGraw Hill Education. 
  • Steven M. Lake, Vice President of Development & Community Affairs at NewBridge – Cleveland Center for Arts and Technology.
  • John J. Matejka, senior VP -internal audit, Eaton Corporation.
  • Kurt Packer, Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Chief Financial Officer (CFO), WBC Group, LLC.
  • Andrew Passen, advises senior executives on key leadership, strategic and organizational issues as Principal of Passen and Associates, LLC.
  • Elaine A. Price, Principal Planner, Greenspace for Cuyahoga County Planning Commission (Ohio).
  • Deborah Riczo, PT, DPT, MEd has been a practicing physical therapist for over 37 years, most of which had been spent in clinical practice at MetroHealth Medical Center.  
  • George R. Stark, Ph.D., FRS, Distinguished Scientist, Cleveland Clinic; Emeritus Professor of Genetics, Case Western Reserve University.
  • David G. Watterson, Jr. currently is transitioning from his consulting practice of 40+ years, most recently as principal of Watterson and Associates, Inc. 
j-davisJeffrey Davis is a principal in the Consumer and Industrial Products practice of Deloitte Consulting and is the Global leader of Deloitte’s Oracle Technology practice. Jeffrey has more than 30 years of industry experience in technology transformation and large scale package implementation, including 20 years with Deloitte. Jeff has assisted clients with large-scale transformation projects across a variety of industries including technology, consumer products, automotive, aerospace & defense and diversified manufacturing. He also serves as Trustee at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Mr Davis received a BS in Computer and Information Science at CSU.
n-frangosNiko Frangos is the CEO of Rascal House, Inc. Rascal House is a restaurant company started in 1980 and headquartered in Cleveland, OH. The Rascal House has been a Cleveland food landmark featuring high quality fast food and pizza along with proven success in catering and delivery. Niko is leading the charge of Rascal House's new franchise expansion program in Ohio and surrounding 5 states. Prior to Rascal House, Niko lived and worked in Los Angeles, CA where he studied film and ran his own animation production company. His credits include dozens of films with Walt Disney Feature Animation, Warner Brothers, Turner Studios and others, in a variety of roles including concept development. 
jgJeff Gardner is President of DataPharm Statistical and Data Management Services, a consulting firm that provides statistical analysis, database development, and software programming services to pharmaceutical & biotech manufacturers throughout the US and Europe.  In this capacity Jeff advises clients on all aspects of information management underlying their chemistry, manufacturing, and control (CMC) strategies which are critical for achieving and maintaining regulatory approval of commercial laboratories and manufacturing facilities.  Prior to launching DataPharm in 2012 Jeff worked as an industrial statistician for multiple companies in the pharma/biotech sector including Abbott Laboratories, Amgen, and Boehringer-Ingelheim.  He received his B.S. in Mathematics from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
l-garyLeah S. Gary retired as President and CEO of the William J. and Dorothy K. O'Neill Foundation in July 2016. Previously she was VP for Program and Evaluation at the Saint Luke’s Foundation of Cleveland. Ms. Gary was VP for Community Health, Workforce Development and Northeast Ohio Trauma Foundation at the Center for Health Affairs where she focused on community health policy. Ms. Gary also served as director of inpatient nursing, clinical nurse specialist, nursing instructor and staff nurse. She holds a Diploma in nursing from the Fairview General Hospital School of Nursing and a B.S.N. and M.S.N. from the Francis Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University.
vijayiyer01Vijay K. Iyer, Ph.D., M.B.A. formerly Vice President for Business Development, led business development efforts on the medical devices team at BioEnterprise, an economic development organization with the mission of accelerating life science commercialization in Northeast Ohio via entrepreneurial efforts and growth. Vijay is an accomplished executive with over 25 years of diverse functional experience in the medical device industry, in small, medium and large companies, serving hospital, home and alternate care settings. His most recent past role was with Philips Respironics, the Home Healthcare Solutions business of Philips Healthcare, where he managed early stage venture investments, internal and external, after he led corporate and business unit business development and strategy for over 15 years. Vijay spent the first decade of his career managing product and technology development in medical devices, including technical assessments and due diligence. Several patents, papers and presentations capture many of his key contributions. Vijay has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the National Institute of Technology in India, a masters/doctoral degree in biomedical signal processing from the University of Cincinnati, and an executive MBA from Kennesaw State University.
rhonda-kusperRhonda Kusper is an Account Executive with McGraw Hill Education and has held various roles in the organization over the past eighteen years. She has experience working with higher education institutions across the Midwest including Ohio, Kentucky, New York and Michigan. She currently supports faculty and administrators in Science, Engineering and Math at The Ohio State University, Ohio University and Columbus State Community College. Rhonda works with faculty on improving outcomes while providing equitable solutions for all students. It is her goal to help faculty unlock the potential of every learner. Rhonda is involved in a community program that sponsors refugees from South Sudan and supports their efforts toward earning a degree. Rhonda holds a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Business Administration from Kent State University.
s-lakeSteven M. Lake is Vice President of Development & Community Affairs at NewBridge – Cleveland Center for Arts and Technology. Dr. Lake is responsible for developing and stewarding partnerships with donors and funding agencies– government, corporations, foundations, and individuals. He previously served as Director of Partnerships & Evaluation for the Cleveland Transformation Alliance, a public-private partnership positioned to monitor and evaluate the efficacy of the implementation of state law detailing educational reform within the Cleveland Metropolitan School District to ensure all students and families had access to quality schools. For nearly 20 years, Dr. Lake has made it his mission to advance and enrich the lives of under-represented youth and adults through education and workforce development programs. As an organizational development professional and agent of change, Dr. Lake believes in creating inclusive cultures where every person has the opportunity to attend and benefit from high-quality learning institutions and training programs. During his career, he has been able to apply his real-world experiences to spearhead organizational initiatives that served to bridge the gap between policy development and practical implementation.  Dr. Lake has successfully launched many community-responsive initiatives that have been able to empower community and unify community voice, all in the spirit of advocacy and change. Dr. Lake has organized community advocacy campaigns that have brought attention to the inequities that exist within the education sector, and he has supported many communities in repairing and strengthening the bonds that exist between their schools and families. Dr. Lake earned a Doctor of Education degree in Organizational Leadership & Communication from Northeastern University. He also earned a Master of Education degree in Adult Learning & Development and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Communication, both from Cleveland State University.
j-matejkaJohn J. Matejka is senior VP -internal audit for Eaton Corporation, a power management company. with responsibility for auditing the company’s internal control systems and directing the company’s Internal Control Program Office.
Mr. Matejka has served as director-IT security and as manager-internal audit for the company. Before joining Eaton in January 1989, he held management positions in auditing and IT security with Diamond Shamrock, an oil and gas company, and the audit firm of Deloitte, Haskins & Sells. He holds a BS in Accounting and a BS in Management from the University of Dayton, and a MBA from CSU. Matejka is a member of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation.  He is also a board member of the CSU Foundation and serves on its audit committee.
k-packerKurt Packer is Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of WBC Group, LLC, a national distributor of health and wellness products. Prior to joining WBC Group in November 2015, he was COO of Cardinal Health at Home in Twinsburg, Ohio (a.k.a. Edgepark Medical). Kurt joined Edgepark Medical in 2002 as CFO and assumed additional responsibilities as President and COO in 2010. During his 14 years with Edgepark, he was a member of the leadership team that grew the business into a national leader in home medical supply business. He played a key role in re-capitalization of the Edgepark business through two separate private equity transactions in 2007 and 2010 plus the ultimate sale of the business to Cardinal Health, Inc. in 2013.
a-passenAndrew Passen (Visiting Committee Chair)  advises senior executives on key leadership, strategic and organizational issues as Principal of Passen and Associates, LLC. Formerly EVP of Human Resources for Forest City Enterprises (now, Forest City Realty Trust), Andy had responsibility for developing and implementing the Company’s human capital strategy focused on attracting, developing and retaining the high caliber of associates and professional talent that have been a hallmark of Forest City. Prior to becoming a member of Forest City’s executive team, he was a founder and partner of O’Brien, Passen and Associates, a consultancy of organizational psychologists providing executive development, selection and change management services to companies in the U.S. and Europe. Passen earned his Ph.D. from Kent State University and a Master of Arts in Psychology from CSU. He earned his undergraduate degree at Miami University of Ohio.
e-priceElaine A. Price serves as Principal Planner, Greenspace for Cuyahoga County Planning Commission (Ohio) serving fifty-nine communities.  Her work drives strategic initiatives around greenspace, waterways and regional trail systems. Ms. Price began her career as an Environment, Health and Safety professional in industry-leading firms including Sohio/British Petroleum, Chase Brass & Copper, American Steel & Wire, and GE Lighting (Nela Park in Cleveland, Ohio).  GE’s EHS and Six Sigma Quality programs advanced Ms. Price into management through a series of global assignments, and ultimately in Human Resources for GEL’s North and South American Operations.  Ms. Price left GE to lead The Holden Arboretum of Kirtland, Ohio, as President & CEO, for six years. Ms. Price has served as Board Chair, Northeast Ohio Chapter U.S. Green Building Council and board member for the Cleveland 2030 District, and the Ohio & Erie Canalway Association, as committee member for the Trails Forever Committee of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Baldwin Wallace College Sustainability Major External Advisory Council and the Cleveland Hungarian Development Panel.  She currently serves as board member for In-Counsel With Women and committee member for the Cleveland State University Visiting Committee for College of Science and Health Professions.  Ms. Price is a graduate of Leadership Cleveland (2005) and Leadership Lake County (2002). Ms. Price earned her BA double major in Biology and Environmental Studies, and her MS in Environmental Science, at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. Ms. Price enjoys gardening, cycling, cooking, and activity with her church(s). She resides in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, with her husband.
riczodsDeborah Riczo, PT, DPT, MEd has been a practicing physical therapist for over 37 years, most of which had been spent in clinical practice at MetroHealth Medical Center.  She is a graduate of CSU x 2 (undergrad and masters), having received her doctorate at Marymount University, VA.  She owns Riczo Health Education and is currently focused on providing/developing continuing education live courses and webinars,  providing health education for consumers, and private consultations.  She published her first consumer education self-help book, “Sacroiliac Pain, Understanding the Pelvic Girdle Musculoskeletal Method” in 2018 (, Minn), also available on Amazon.  She is the pro bono physical therapist for WomanKind Cleveland, which serves women who are pregnant that do not have health insurance. She is guest lecturer for the CSU DPT program and has served as adjunct faculty for this program.  She has presented numerous times at the Ohio Physical Therapy Association Annual Conference and the American Physical Therapy National Conference and has been interviewed multiple times on TV/radio shows on a wide variety of health topics. She is serving as Director of the Ohio Physical Therapy Association and recently completed a 3-year term as Ohio Delegate to the House of Delegates American Physical Therapy Association. She is Secretary of the CSU Alumni Association.
g-starkGeorge R. Stark, Ph.D., FRS is a distinguished expert in several fields of biomedical research. In 1992, he became Chair of the Lerner Research Institute of the Cleveland Clinic. He is currently Distinguished Scientist of the Cleveland Clinic and Emeritus Professor of Genetics at Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Stark has made significant contributions to the field of molecular biology. He served as a Professor of Biochemistry at Stanford University from 1963 to 1983 and as Associate Director of Research at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund in London, from 1983 to 1992. He has authored more than 290 articles and has received the H. A. Sober award of the American Society of Biological Chemists in 1986. He was elected to the U.S.A. National Academy of Science in 1986 and to the Fellowship of the Royal Society in Britain in 1990. Dr. Stark holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Columbia University and completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Rockefeller University. 

d-wattersonDavid G. Watterson, Jr. currently is transitioning from his consulting practice of 40+ years, most recently as principal of Watterson and Associates, Inc. (WAI) for the last 23 years. He advices leaders/management on a variety of human resource subjects to improve bottom-line performance and business outcomes. He has developed hiring systems; constructed leadership development processes for sustainability; coordinated and delivered executive coaching; conducted pre-employment and developmental assessments; assisted in the integration of mergers and acquisitions; and has lead succession planning from small to large organizations.  He has applied his expertise worldwide, serving on executive assignments in Europe, Asia, South America, and Australia. His earlier experience included creating and administering personality assessments for talent selection and development. He helped manage The Institute for Personality and Ability Testing (IPAT) for over 20 years, and he was Chairman of the Board for 10 years until it was sold to Oxford Psychological Press (OPP) in 2001. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Dr. Watterson holds a Master of Arts degree from Cleveland State University and a Ph.D in Counseling Psychology from the University of Illinois. He is a licensed psychologist in Ohio and Illinois. He was a recipient of the CSU Distinguished Alumni Award for the College of Science.