ATI Online Team Members and Partners

Meet the ATI Online team!

We have put together an amazing team of the best ATI instructors, as well as those from other departments at The Ohio State University.  We are also partnering with outstanding faculty from other institutions to co-teach the very best and highly applicable courses for you.  

We are continually building collaborations with others to provide the most robust and cutting edge courses. The links at the right provide more information about some of our current collaborators. If you are interested in partnering with us, please contact Deana Namuth-Covert

ATI Staff and Faculty
Deana Namuth-Covert
Professor, Director of Online Education and Outreach
Phone: (402) 483-1338
Dr. Deana Namuth-Covert lives in Lincoln Nebraska where she has been a faculty member at the University of Nebraska for 15 years. She continues to reside there while being a faculty member at Ohio State and teaching classes at Ohio State ATI. She is recognized as a national leader in plant sciences electronic learning endeavors, particularly in university student instruction and teaching employees of plant breeding companies. In addition to the agronomy classes she is teaching here at Ohio State ATI, she will be developing and directing online learning for the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.
Jeanne Osborne
Assistant Director Academic Affairs
Phone: 330-287-1211
Jeanne has been involved in curriculum development and teaching of courses focused on human-animal interactions; and implemented the Hy-Flex instructional model in a writing course at OSU. Jeanne currently oversees academic activities at Ohio State ATI, including enhancement of online and distance education capacity.
Kimberly Sayers
Director, Business Training and Educational Services
Phone: (330) 287-0100
Kim started her career at Ohio State ATI in Wooster in 1989, when she was hired to create and lead the workforce training and continuing education efforts for the campus. As the Director of Business Training & Educational Services (BTES), Kim is responsible for industry outreach and partnership initiatives which include customized workforce training and education, open enrollment professional development as well as credit and non-credit continuing education offerings. In this role, she also serves as the Ohio Certification Test Administrator for Ohio Landscape Industry Certified Technician Test Partnership. 
Frances Whited
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Phone: 330-287-1216
Frances Whited joined the Ohio State ATI staff in 1999. As marketing and communications coordinator, she manages Ohio State ATI’s web and social media sites as well as print and electronic marketing initiatives, public relations, and alumni communications. Prior joining Ohio State ATI, she was an account executive for Sherman and Associates in Warren, Ohio, where she led employee communications programs for Nucor Steel and other major industrial operations. She has more than thirty years’ experience in higher education marketing and publication management. She is a Certified Master Gardner and holds a B.F.A. and M.A. in theater from West Virginia University.
Amy Kohmetscher
Instructional Development Specialist
Phone: (402) 772-5918
Amy lives in the country near the town of Harvard, Nebraska. She continues to reside there to remain close to her husband's family's farm while being a staff member at Ohio State ATI. She has four years of experience in instructional design and various teaching roles for plant science, plant breeding, and genetics courses at University of Nebraska. Amy also has experience teaching online professional development courses. Amy works to support development of distance education courses for both the academic credit and professional development audiences. She assists faculty to design content optimized for online delivery, creates content for courses, and assists with day-to-day course operations when needed.
Valerie Childress
Instructional Development Specialist
Phone: (330) 287-1343
Valerie has over 10 years of teaching experience in online, blended and face-to-face instruction from Columbus State Community College, Central Ohio Technical College and OSU. She has taught courses in basic biology, environmental science, nutrition, statistics, and human anatomy and physiology.  Before entering into her academic career, Valerie worked for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources as an environmental specialist.  Her roles at Ohio State ATI include working with faculty for developing and delivering blended, distance and online courses, exploring and utilizing various online educational tools and software, creating content for courses and collaborating with other departments delivering online content. 

Partnering Staff and Faculty

Ashu Guru
Director of Research Strategy and Associate Professor of Practice
Phone: (402) 472-6000
Ashu is an Associate Professor of Practice in Business Systems and Design Studio Director of Research Strategy at the Jeffrey S. Raikes School of Computer Science and Management. His expertise includes Operations Research, Systems Thinking, Systems Design, and Systems Engineering. In the last 13 years Ashu has worked in the fields of simulation, software engineering, application design, and high performance and high throughput computing. He has successfully completed and delivered projects in both business and research sectors and has gained key insights and experiences in understanding the underlying systems and requirements of business managers, researchers, as well as domain experts.
Courses taught by Dr. Guru: Collaborative Course on Computational Methods
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Jamie Sherman
Assistant Research Professor
Dr. Jamie Sherman directs the education effort launched as part of the Trtiticea CAP.  She works with professors and researchers to develop courses and training to help students learn necessary skills for small grains breeding and plant breeding related professions.  Dr. Sherman also works on wheat genetics research at Montana State University.
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Clay Sneller
Phone: 330-263-3944
Dr. Sneller is from Ohio, and earned his BS from The Ohio State University, and an MS and PhD at Michigan State.  He was a soybean breeder at University of Arkansas for 10 years. Dr. Sneller has been a wheat breeder at The Ohio State University since 2001.  His interests are variety development  and statistical and molecular plant breeding.
Mark Sorrels
Fellow Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future-Cornell University


Dr. Sorrells is professor and chair of the Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics at Cornell University, a position he has held since 2006. An Illinois native, he holds a B.S. and M.S. from Southern Illinois University and a Ph.D. from University of Wisconsin-Madison.He is a member of the International Triticeae Mapping Initiative Workshop Planning Committee and the National Wheat Improvement Committee: University Representative for Wheat Genomics. 

Courses taught by Dr. Sorrels: Theory and Application of Association Analysis