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Ohio University Chillicothe’s faculty and staff bring considerable expertise to the regional service area. As part of our dedicated mission, OHIO Chillicothe’s experts are available to speak at clubs, organizations, schools, and conferences and with the media on subjects within their area of knowledge.



Donna Burgraff

Donna L. Burgraff, Ed.D.

T: 740.774.7204


Dr. Donna L. Burgraff offers expertise on diversity, leadership, and organizational development. At Ohio University Chillicothe, Dr. Burgraff teaches courses in leadership, organizational development, human relations, group dynamics, research, applied studies, and educational counseling. As a leadership fellow of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Dr. Burgraff traveled the world visiting countries such as South Africa where she attended a Truth and Reconciliation Hearing, studied with some of the America’s nationally renowned leadership experts like DePree, Palmer, Clifton, and Lencioni and attended national trainings such as the Gallup Leadership Institute, Disney University, and National Coalition Building Institute. She has published her work in various scholarly journals like the Journal of Leadership Studies and has presented at conferences such as The National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development. She is available to speak, conduct staff trainings, or assist businesses and organizations in analyzing their effectiveness.



Tanya Hire

Tanya Hire, MSA

T: 740.774.7284


Tanya Hire, MSA, offers expertise in accounting, management, and leadership. At Ohio University Chillicothe, Ms. Hire teaches courses in financial and managerial accounting, financial and strategic management, and leadership. Ms. Hire is available to speak on a variety of accounting, management, and leadership issues to a wide range of audiences.



Mike Lafreniere

Michael Lafreniere, M.E.

T: 740.774.7766


Michael Lafreniere, M.E., offers expertise on pedagogy in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields of study and applications of environmental response and sampling of hazardous materials. At Ohio University Chillicothe, Mr. Lafreniere teaches courses in mathematics and environmental engineering technology. His consultations, presentations, grants, and publications have included consultations with public and private sector agencies and corporations; conference presentations at the state, regional, national and international levels; funding for educational outreach and pedagogical improvement; and publications in conference proceedings, national, and international journals. Mr. Lafreniere is available to speak on the subjects of environmental & occupational health and safety, environmental sampling, confined space entry, hazardous materials response, technology uses in education, uses of technology in assessment, and STEM education.



Jim McKean

James R. McKean, PhD
T: 740.772.8002


Chief (Ret.) James R. McKean, PhD possesses practitioner knowledge in a diverse range of criminal justice issues including ethics, organizational leadership, criminal investigation, homeland security and criminological research. At Ohio University Chillicothe, Dr. McKean teaches ethics, criminal investigation, law enforcement administration, research methods and statistics. As a lead assessor for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), he conducted organizational assessments for compliance with CALEA standards at agencies in Texas, Washington, New Jersey, Virginia and Tennessee. As a consultant for the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP), Dr. McKean conducted organizational reviews at Bazetta Township, Niles, Carlisle, and Fairborn. He has presented his research on distance education and student learning at a number of national and state conferences with publications in a variety of scholarly journals. Dr. McKean is available to speak on a range of contemporary criminal justice topics.



Allison White

Allison White, M.Ed.

T: 740.774.7255


Allison White, M.Ed., B.S. Marketing & Business Administration, A.A.B., offers expertise in office administration, office and workplace ergonomics, business analysis (SME in elements of utility marketing and customer service arena), business application software, business communications, and educational technologies. Her presentations have included conference talks at the International Society for Technology in Education, the United States Distance Learning Association, and the Association for University Regional Campuses of Ohio. Presentation topics include supporting faculty teaching with technology, technology-rich degree programs, analyzing the job market for office administration majors, and developing/delivering an interdisciplinary course. With publications in the Journal of Teaching and Learning with Technology and the Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Education, Ms. White brings nationally-recognized expertise to the Ohio University region. Ms. White is available to speak on the subjects of office process analysis, online course design, and business communications.