Staff Recognition

Fisher College of Business recognizes the invaluable contribution of staff members to the success of the college through the Coykendale MAX Staff Leadership Award and MAX Years of Service staff recognition programs. Fisher staff have also been honored by Ohio State for leadership and service to the university.


Melinda McDonald

Ohio State Distinguished Staff Award

Melinda McDonald, executive director of the Undergraduate Programs Advising Office, was one of 12 recipients of a 2016 University Distinguished Staff Award. The award recognizes staff members for their outstanding leadership and accomplishment in service to the university.

"Melinda has made a remarkable difference in our undergraduate recruiting, student retention within the college and the enhancement of the overall student experience,” wrote a nominator. “Her dedication to her staff, our students and Fisher is truly unsurpassed. She cares deeply and works tirelessly to train and nurture young advisors."


Zach Grammel

Coykendale MAX Staff Leadership Award

Zach Grammel, program coordinator in Fisher’s Office of Global Business, was named the 2015 recipient of the Coykendale MAX Staff Leadership Award. The award, named in honor of Cindy Coykendale, who provided more than 35 years of dedicated service to the college, recognizes a staff member who best exemplifies the core values of the college.

"Zach has always brought a positive, professional, friendly, innovative and respectful attitude to the projects, programs, activity and people he has been involved with,” wrote a nominator. “With all that he has strived for and the programs implemented, I believe that he has played a big part in accomplishing the Fisher goals – by his student-centered mindset, the trust he has built, the collaboration he has brought to the Fisher community, and his encouragement of students to learn not just in class, but out of class and beyond borders."


Laurie Spadaro

Ohio State Distinguished Staff Award

Laurie Spadaro, an administrative associate in the Department of Management Sciences at Fisher, was one of 12 recipients of a 2015 University Distinguished Staff Award. The award recognizes staff members for their outstanding leadership and accomplishment in service to the university.

“Laurie is a dedicated, resourceful and enthusiastic professional,” said Ken Boyer, chair of the Department of Management Sciences. “In my 20-plus years in academia I have dealt with scores of university administrative personnel, and I would rate her as easily being in the top handful for overall performance.”


Jane Palmer

Ruth C. Bailey Award for Multicultural Engagement

Jane Palmer, a program manager in the Undergraduate Programs and Advising Office at Fisher, was named a winner of the Ruth C. Bailey Award. The honor recognizes a faculty, staff member or volunteer at Ohio State who has demonstrated a significant contribution toward multicultural interaction and understanding.

"Jane cares about students and, at the same time, challenges them to get out of their comfort zone to fully experience U.S. culture and take advantage of opportunities at the university and in Fisher," wrote a nominator. "As international student coordinator for undergraduate students at Fisher, Jane has played a key role in transforming the international student experience into one in which students feel a sense of belonging and an understanding of American culture."