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The Higher Education Center leadership brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to substance misuse and abuse prevention and recovery support for college students. Get to know the people behind fulfilling our mission.

Our Leaders

Dr. John Clapp – Director

Dr. John D. Clapp is currently Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development at The Ohio State University, College of Social Work, as well as the director of Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery. Dr. Clapp has published over 90 journal articles with his work appearing in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, Addiction, Drug and Alcohol Dependence among numerous other top research journals. He has been awarded over $32 million in grants and contracts (NIAAA, NIDA, U.S. Department of Education, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation) and has been Principal Investigator on over 20 funded projects. Dr. is currently conducting research with partners in The Ohio State University College of Engineering related to computational simulation of dynamic drinking events. A Fellow in the American Academy of Health Behavior, he serves on the National Advisory Council, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Alcohol and Drug Research. His work has received international media attention with coverage in the New York Times, The Washington Post, The London Daily Telegraph, ABC National News, among numerous others.

Contact Dr. Clapp: clapp.5@osu.edu

Dr. Kenneth Hale – Associate Director

Dr. Kenneth Hale is a Clinical Professor in the College of Pharmacy at the Ohio State University. He established Generation Rx learning community in 2007 to develop educational outreach resources relating to medication safety and the misuse of prescription medications. This group has partnered with the Cardinal Health Foundation since 2009 to develop national models for prescription drug misuse prevention. He currently serves as Co-Director of Generation Rx and Associate Director of the Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention & Recovery.

Contact Dr. Hale: hale.3@osu.edu

Connie Boehm – Associate Director

Connie Boehm is currently Director of the Student Life Student Wellness Center at The Ohio State University. She leads wellness efforts by engaging campus leaders, students, faculty, and community members in comprehensive wellness initiatives targeting students. She serves as co-convener of the Student Life Wellness Collaborative, the Tobacco Free Campus Implementation Committee, the Smaller Campus Health and Wellness Task Force, the Alcohol Policy review committee, and serves on numerous other wellness task forces and committees.   She also serves as the Co-Chair of the National Association Student Personnel Association’s Wellness and Health Promotion Knowledge Community.

Connie has enjoyed working in student affairs for 35 years in residence life and wellness with nearly 20 years at The Ohio State University.   She has also worked at Heidelberg University, Ashland University, Ball State University, and Oregon State University and brings varied experiences from different sized institutions to her role as Associate Director of this Center.  She has worked to grow student wellness services at The Ohio State University from alcohol and other drug prevention, nutrition, and HIV testing housed within student health services to a comprehensive, stand-alone wellness center located in the award-wining Recreation and Physical Activity Center.

Contact Connie Boehm: boehm.19@osu.edu

Sarah Nerad – Director of Recovery

Sarah Nerad is a young person in long-term recovery from drug and alcohol addiction since 2007. She has made it her life purpose to create the same opportunities that she had to enter and sustain recovery for young people across the country. Sarah was a founding member of Young People in Recovery, a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) intern in the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment Department of Consumer Affairs, and past board member of The Association of Recovery Schools and Ohio Citizen Advocates for Addiction Recovery. She received her master’s degree in Public Administration at The Ohio State University. Through her role at OSU’s Student Life Student Wellness Center, she helped create the Collegiate Recovery Community and currently serves as the Program Manager. She also helped establish OSU’s Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Prevention and Recovery and serves as its Director of Recovery. Additionally, she was appointed to serve on the SAMHSA Advisory Committee for Women’s Services to represent the needs of women & girls in recovery.

Contact Sarah Nerad: nerad.1@osu.edu

Kristin Dahlquist – Managing Director

Kristin Dahlquist joined The Ohio State University in July 2014 as the Program Manager of the new Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery. Kristin has a personal and professional passion for prevention and recovery and believes substance misuse is one of the most under recognized public health crises of this day. She earned her B.S. degree in biology from the University of Nebraska (Go Big Red), is pursuing a master’s degree in public health from The Ohio State University.

Contact Kristin Dahlquist: dahlquist.5@osu.edu

Byron Roush – Director of EdTech

Byron Roush is the Director of EdTech at the College of Social Work in addition to his role supporting educational offerings at the Higher Education Center. He brings creative ideas and expertise to the design, development and implementation of web-based systems to enhance teaching, learning and research.

Contact Byron Roush: roush.94@osu.edu

Cindy Clouner – Prevention Specialist

Cindy Clouner is a prevention specialist for the Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery through The Ohio State University’s College of Pharmacy.  This role is a joint position with Drug Free Action Alliance, where she serves as the Program Manager for the Ohio College Initiative to Enhance Student Wellness.  Prior to this position, Cindy spent eight years coordinating school and community based prevention.  She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Bowling Green State University, is a licensed social worker, and an Ohio Certified Prevention Specialist I.

Contact Cindy Clouner: clouner.2@osu.edu

Stewart Blake – Media Coordinator

The field of social work has been a longstanding influence in Stewart’s life and family that holds a special place in his heart. He sees his newfound work with the center as an opportunity to grow his understanding of the reach and impact that social work, treatment and recovery have on communities around the nation, while also working to help those most in need to have a voice in the growing digital world.

Stewart, a journalism major and political science minor at The Ohio State University, has created and managed a variety of content as a featured columnist, blogger and editor. In 2012, he covered the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Indiana, and the NFL Draft in New York City for SB Nation.

Contact Stewart Blake: blake.348@osu.edu

Ahmed Hosni – Collegiate Recovery Program Coordinator

Ahmed Hosni is the Collegiate Recovery Program Coordinator at The Ohio State University. His passion is advocating for and working with young people in recovery. Ahmed received a B.S. in Community, Family, and Addiction Services from Texas Tech University where he was a member of the Collegiate Recovery Program and president of the Association of Students About Service. Ahmed is a young person in long-term recovery since 2007. He is committed to helping implement frameworks that allow all young people access to the necessary resources to garner sustainable and enriching recovery.

Contact Ahmed Hosni: hosni.2@osu.edu

Andrew Cheng – Lead Full-Stack Developer

Andrew Cheng is the Lead Full-Stack Developer for the ScreenU project. He has expertise in IT Project Management, Mobile Applications, Cloud Technologies, Information Security, and Full-Stack Development. He also has a passion in dedicating his resources to non-profit and medical fields. Andrew received his B.S. in Computer Science Engineering in May 2016 from Ohio State University. He will be entering a full-time role with GE Aviation as part of their Information Technology Leadership Program as well as starting his Masters in Business Administration through University of Indiana. On the side, Andrew does IT, Business Improvement, and Management Consultations.

Contact Andrew Cheng: cheng.620@osu.edu

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