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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

Jim Lange, Ph.D.

Dr. Jim Lange- Director

Dr. Jim Lange comes to the Higher Education Center from San Diego State University, where he remains the Coordinator of Alcohol and Other Drug Initiatives.  His expertise in campus prevention efforts is based upon over 16 years at SDSU, and over 20 years of prolific research in the field of AOD prevention.  He’s credited with over 60 peer-reviewed publications, and over 120 conference presentations.  Dr. Lange has also spearheaded statewide and local coalitions and major prevention initiatives.  He’s served the collegiate prevention field as the executive committee co-chair of The Network Addressing Collegiate Alcohol Other Drug Issues, and served as the Region IV NASPA AOD Knowledge Community Representative.

Contact Dr. Lange: lange.221@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

Ahmed Hosni

Ahmed Hosni- Director of Recovery

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

Contact Ahmed Hosni: hosni.2@osu.edu

Cindy Clouner- Managing Director

Cindy Clouner joined the Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery in January of 2015.  Prior to this position, Cindy spent eight years coordinating school and community based prevention in Ohio.  She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Bowling Green State University and is pursuing her Master of Public Health at OSU.  She is a licensed social worker and an Ohio Certified Prevention Specialist.

Contact Cindy Clouner: clouner.2@osu.edu

Dyesha Darby – Prevention Specialist

Dyesha is the Prevention Specialist for the Higher Education Center and the Program Manager for the Ohio College Initiative at Prevention Action Alliance. A native of Lima, Ohio, Dyesha graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Education specializing in Human Development and Family Studies. She also has her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Ashford University. She is currently an Ohio Certified Prevention Specialist. She began her professional career in prevention 7 years ago working with agencies like Lima-UMADAOP and Partnership for Violence Free Families.

Contact Dyesha Darby: darby.85@osu.edu 

Leslie Carson – Graduate Student

Leslie is a dual Master of Public Health and Master of Social Work student at The Ohio State University. Before attending OSU, Leslie completed her bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences at Cornell University in 2013. In addition to interning at the Higher Education Center, Leslie works as a Student Assistant at the Center for Public Health Practice and as a Research Assistant for Dr. Bridget Freisthler. She expects to graduate in May 2018, after which she plans to pursue a doctorate in public health or social work.

Contact Leslie Carson: carson.125@osu.edu

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