2014 Speakers

Dr. Patty Cunningham

Dr. Patty Cunningham is a three-time graduate of OSU, having received her undergraduate degree in Women’s Studies (with a minor in Black Studies);a master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs;a doctoral degree in Cultural Foundations. Currently, she serves as the Director of the Social Change focused on partial poverty solutions that houses Buckeye Civic Engagement Connection (this includes five neighborhoods Eastside Buckeye Initiatives, Hilltop, Linden, Weinland Park, and Franklinton). Buckeye REACH is a partnership with the Department of Youth Services (and adult facilities) for which Dr. Cunningham directs students in education programs that have the primary goal of reducing recidivism. She is the co-Primary investigator of The Appalachian Project, Ohio, a research project focusing in getting more students from Appalachian Ohio to attend higher education. She serves on the board of the non-profit 1Girl. Dr. Cunningham is a Bell Fellow and is trained ROX facilitator (www.rulingourexperiences.com). She co-advises Unplugging Society: A Woman of Color Think Tank, AEPi Fraternity, and two book clubs, Enigma and WE.

Dr. Matthew W. Stoltzfus TEDx Editor’s Pick

Dr. Matthew W. Stoltzfus, or “Dr. Fus,” is an accomplished chemistry lecturer at The Ohio State University, where he has taught general and advanced inorganic chemistry. He implements the “flipping the classroom” lecture approach, which has garnered media attention from NPR, ESPN, Inside Higher Education, and Apple.

Dr. Fus was an inaugural recipient of the Provost’s Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Lecturer, is recognized as an Apple Distinguished Educator, is a contributing author of the 13th Edition of “Chemistry the Central Science” textbook and has an iTunesU General Chemistry course with an enrollment of more than 137,000 students from all over the world.

Furthermore, he serves the campus community as a member of the steering committee for Ohio State’s Center for Higher Education Enterprise, faculty fellow and house director for the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, advisory board for the Team Buckeye Peloton, faculty facilitator for LeaderShape and Council of Student Affairs, and a faculty mentor for the Second Year Transformational Experience.

Follow him on Twitter: @Dr_Fus

Dr. Patty Bode

Patty Bode asserts art education as a civil right and human right through her teaching, research, service, art making and activism. With a focus on democratization of the arts, especially with underserved communities Patty’s work reinvigorates the arts in urban schools, juvenile justice facilities, neighborhood community settings, and engages cultural institutions to reimagine their role in civically engaged art education. Her teaching prepares art educators to advance critical pedagogy through multicultural education and innovative classroom practice by highlighting the role of radical thought in the transformation of schools and society. Nationally and internationally, she has published and lectured on critical art pedagogy and retheorizing curriculum to redefine contemporary, transformative art education. Patty is the recipient of several grants and awards including: National Multicultural Educator Award, 2005;Eastern US Region Art Educator of the Year for Higher Education, 2010 by the National Art Education Association;and National Art Education Foundation grant, 2011-2012.

Dr. Michael Brandl

Michael Brandl is an assistant clinical professor of finance and director of the Business Honors Program at the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University. He teaches undergraduate and graduate students in economic theory and financial institutions at Ohio State. Before arriving at OSU in 2011, Dr. Brandl was a Senior Lecturer in Economics &Finance at the University of Texas’s McCombs School of Business for 14 years. Professor Brandl has won more than 40 teaching awards for his teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level. He most recently was awarded the Undergraduate Program Teaching Award and the Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award at the Fisher College of Business during 2013.

Dr. Brandl is a frequent speaker at professional conferences and training seminars where he discusses the current status of the United States and global economy, financial markets analysis, economic policy and regulation. He is currently writing a textbook on money, banking and financial institutions for Cengage Learning.

He earned his undergraduate degree in economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and holds a PhD in economics from the University of Houston.

Barbie Tootle TEDx Editor’s Pick

Barbie Tootle is President of Left Field Consulting, which provides freelance writing services, consultation in communication strategies, and training in creativity and personal development. She researches and writes speeches for CEOs and senior officers in the corporate world, non-profits, and higher education. Barbie also writes scripts for large events and videos. She is story editor and researcher on the documentary film Song of the Soul: Stories of Hospice in South Africa.

For 15 years, Barbie was Director of Special Projects and Special Assistant to the President of The Ohio State University, working for three presidents. She spent a dozen years in student affairs after receiving a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from Ohio State. Barbie has delivered hundreds of keynote speeches and facilitated hundreds of workshops and training sessions around the country.

Barbie is a member of the Board of Directors of The Ohio State University Alumni Association. She served as president of the Board of Trustees of Thurber House and volunteers in the Ohio Historical Society’s 19th-Century Base Ball Program. She is left-handed and shares a passion for baseball with her husband Jim, a baseball historian.

Andrew Tarvin

Andrew Tarvin is a professional speaker, trainer, and entertainer. He has developed and delivered more than 100 speaking and training sessions to 5,000+ people from more than ten industries. Andrew has worked with more than 50 organizations with an average event score of 4.7 (out of 5.0) and 100 percent of organizations indicating they would re-hire again.

As a coach, Andrew has designed and led more than 30 coaching sessions with individuals from North America and Asia on topics including humor, interviewing, career planning, improvisation, and storytelling.

In addition to speaking, training, and coaching, Andrew is also an entrepreneur, blogger, and punster.

Marissa Blankenship

Marissa Blankenship is a sophomore studying psychology and sociology at The Ohio State University. As a student staff member at the OSUWMC’s Nisonger Center Transition Services Department, Marissa is able to pursue her passion for special education and student support services through the development of student programs. Marissa is also a research assistant in the Development, Language, and Cognition Laboratory where she furthers her love for education through language acquisition research with the Psychology Department and COSI Columbus. Additionally, Marissa is a proud member of both Student-Alumni Council and Alpha Chi Omega Sorority.

Kinshuk Mitra

Kinshuk Mitra is a 20 year-old senior in the biomedical engineering program at Ohio State. He is a Pelotonia Research Fellow and an Engineering Research Scholar. In 2013, Mitra invented a biochip to detect cancers and other diseases using the cells and proteins they produce. The company, OncoFilter Inc., (for which he is the Chief Technology Officer and lead inventor) was co-founded to commercialize the technology. The company won the OSU Business Plan and the Rice Business plan Shark Tank. The technology is now being commercialized by partnerships with Nationwide Children’s Hospital and the James Cancer Center. In addition, Kinshuk also created a class on innovation and creativity (ENGR 4891) and organized the syllabus and found instructors. Furthermore, Kinshuk has two scientific papers, two provisional patents and one peer-reviewed grant award.

Ryan Barta &Charlie King

Ryan and Charlie marched together in the OSUMB for 3 years as members of T-Row. They also were roommates in 2012-2013. During this time, they noticed the large amount of paper being wasted by the marching band. Seeking to reduce the paper expense and improve the efficiency of the band, they had the idea to propose the use of iPads. After months of preparations and countless meetings, they presented the idea to OSUMB Directors, University officials and IT professionals. The idea was a hit and they were able to secure a $25,000 grant thanks to the Ohio State Office of Energy. The project has been a success and is planned to be fully implemented for the 2014 season.

The project has also garnered considerable media attention over the last few months, most notably featured in the Apple iPad Air commercial, “Your Verse”. The project has been featured on The Today Show, Inside Edition, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Chronicle for Higher Education and much more.

2014 Performers

Tori Boggs TEDx Editor’s Pick

Tori Boggs is a professional rope skipper and nine-time World Jump Rope Champion from West Virginia. She hold two World Rope Skipping Speed and Power Records and has been jumping rope for the past 16 years. Tori is a member of Jump Company USA and, for the past four years, she has been the captain of Team USA. She tours with Cirque Dreams and is a guest jumper for Rope Works and Cirque Du Soleil. Tori conducts jump rope performances, clinics, and workshops all over the world and was featured in the film documentary “JUMP!” that appears on SHOWTIME. Additionally, Tori is also an Honors Collegium student studying Industrial Design, Engineering, and Pre-Medicine at The Ohio State University. Recently, she started Ohio State Jump Rope, the first college jump rope team in the nation.

Maggie McKivergin

Maggie McKivergin is a nationally certified clinical nurse specialist in holistic nursing with 40 years experience in integrative health. Maggie served on a visionary team at Ohio Health Corporation in Columbus, creating models for integrating holistic approaches into education, corporations, churches and communities. Maggie coordinated a hospital based multidisciplinary effort which yielded a menu of EBP complementary options related to pain, comfort and healing. She initiated the parish nurse program for the city of Columbus and was a fellow with Healthcare Forum for creating healthy communities which she launched in Columbus in 1994. She was celebrated as the National Holistic Nurse of the Year in 1995 for her contributions to healthcare.

She was honored by Sigma Theta Tau as the most outstanding graduate student for her research in women’s healing. She has contributed chapters on “The Nurse as an Instrument of Healing” for several editions of “The Handbook for Holistic Nursing Practice” and has published on the healing of women and the “Essence of Presence”. Maggie has lectured widely and currently has a private practice in Dublin, Ohio. Her mission is to support an individual across the spectrum of their life and help bridge the gap in people’s understanding of caring for themselves. In her service to others, she uses advanced assessment technology coupled with integrative health strategies to discern the cause of imbalances in the body and recommends a plan of care specific for each person to include complementary therapies for many diseases and imbalances when they have exhausted other resources.


ALLxCAPS is a DJ/Production duo created at The Ohio State University. In a collaborative approach to enter the rapidly changing dance music industry, it is the ideas brought into sound by two friends Nandish Patel and Naveen Sharma. ALLxCAPS is the product of technological innovation in the pursuit of entertainment through passionate design. Nandish and Naveen are set to leave a mark on the EDM industry with catchy music and a powerful live performance. Their creative concepts are always developed with the single idea of creating capital emphasis for the audience member.

OSU Genesis

Hailing from Columbus,Ohio, Genesis is The Ohio State University’s premiere all-male fusion dance team. Since 2009, Genesis has traveled the nation bringing together the styles, the sounds, and cultures of the east and west. In their 5th year as a team, Genesis hopes to accomplish the best OSU Genesis has seen thus far. We thank all of our fans for helping us achieve our success thus far. They love performing for community events and such as Buckeye Mela and Buckeyethon.

Sigma Lambda Beta Step Team

The step team of Sigma Lambda Beta’s Psi Delta Chapter is composed of sophomore Jonathan Rodriguez, junior David Johnson, junior Michael Gundich, senior Cesar Santamaria, junior Martin Perez, and junior Robert Peace. Michael Gundich is a Industrial Design Major from Cleveland, Ohio. He has been an active leader at The Ohio State University since he set foot on campus with his heavy involvement in multiple organizations. Martin Perez is a Finance &Nonprofit Management major from Holland Michigan. He is very passionate about creating a strong Latino Community here at OSU and giving back to our Columbus community. Jonathan has a very active role in the campus community as an Office of Diversity and Inclusion Peer Leader and a member of the Boo Radley Society. David Johnson is a Agricultural Business major from Chicago. He is a member of the National Society for Minorities in Agriculture and an Office of Diversity Inclusion Peer Leader Cesar Santamaria is a History major from Cleveland, Ohio. He is a member of the Undergraduate Students Against Sweatshops student org. He is a Young Scholar Program Scholarship recipient Robert Peace is a Psychology major from Toledo, OH. He is a Morril Scholarship recipient.