Ohio State ADVANCE
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Our Team

Mary C. Juhas, PhD

Associate Vice President, Ohio State ADVANCE

Mary C. JuhasMary C. Juhas is associate vice president in the Office of Research at the Ohio State University. In this role, she impacts the recruitment, retention and advancement of women faculty in the STEM disciplines with a goal to develop research leaders. Dr. Juhas is recognized for her work nationally and internationally in this regard. She holds the appointment of clinical professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

As the leader of Ohio State ADVANCE, Juhas directs “REACH for Commercialization”, a workshop series for women faculty inventors. She is an angel investor. Juhas is ex-officio member and past chair of the President & Provost’s Council on Women at Ohio State. She served a two-year IPA (intergovernmental personnel act) leave as the inaugural program director for Diversity and Outreach in the Directorate for Engineering at the National Science Foundation from 2006-2008. She served as 2015-2016 national president of the Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN); the past chair of the Women in Materials Science and Engineering Committee of the Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society (TMS); Fellow of ASM International, and former ABET board member. Her scholarly research is focused on understanding microstructure/property relationships in structural metallic systems.

Juhas earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Seton Hill University, a Master’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from The Ohio State University. She was a Châteaubriand postdoctoral fellow at the University of Paris, France. Juhas has held engineering research and leadership positions at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Edison Welding Institute. She is married to Professor John Lippold.


Nicole K. Nieto, PhD

Program Manager, Ohio State ADVANCE

Nicole Nieto  has 16 years of higher education experience with a focus on equity, inclusion, leadership and dialogue. She has played major roles in developing and creating innovative learning curriculums in higher education.  She has experience facilitating workshops and trainings for a variety of audiences including local governments, higher education and the private sector. Nicole has experience assessing the needs of audiences and providing an engaging and dynamic facilitation based on those needs.

Nicole has designed, developed and facilitated training experiences using a variety of delivery methods including web-based, instructor-led and dialogue-based. She has experience utilizing several training methods including Strengths Quest, Intergroup Dialogue and National Coalition Building Institute.

Nicole currently serves as Program Manager for Ohio State ADVANCE in the Office of Research at The Ohio State University (OSU).  She is responsible for creating and implementing workshops that address the specific needs of faculty and administration.  She oversees all programming initiatives.  Nicole is a member of the College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) Gender Initiative Advisory Board.  She has previously held various roles at OSU including Learning and Development Facilitator for the Office of Human Resources. Before that, she served in several capacities at the OSU Multicultural Center. Nicole is an experienced teacher and researcher, currently serving as Adjunct Faculty at Capital University teaching courses on cultural pluralism. She also teaches courses at Ohio State in the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies.

Nicole holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from the University of Mississippi, a Master of Arts in Women’s Studies from the University of Alabama and a Ph.D. in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies with a Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Folklore from The Ohio State University. Prior to coming to OSU, Nicole served as Assistant Director for International Student and Scholar Services at the University of Alabama.

Caroline Crisafulli


Caroline Crisafulli is a 26-year veteran of the medical device and health care industry.  Caroline is a co-founder of Minimally Invasive Devices, a venture backed medical device start up company.  As co-founder she has navigated the gamut of product development from concept to global commercialization.  She has performed or assisted with every aspect of the business from inception, incorporation, product development from concept to commercialization, quality and regulatory affairs, sales and marketing, international business strategy, executive management, angel and venture fund raising, personnel and human resources.

Caroline has participated in REACH for Commercialization since its inception.  She is passionate about building creative, effective teams and empowering women in technology.  Caroline earned her BS in Genetics and Development from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.  She is listed on 5 issued US patents.

Steven Mentz

Assistant to the Associate Vice President, Ohio State ADVANCE

Steven Mentz provides comprehensive administrative support to the Associate Vice President of Ohio State ADVANCE in the Office of Research at The Ohio State University. He provides assistance on a range of issues, special projects, and daily activities, manages office procedures and best practices, and maintains departmental communication and updates. Steven is responsible for the coordination of the Ohio State ADVANCE Board of Directors meetings and the REACH for Commercialization workshop series, as well as adhering to the mission and vision for Ohio State ADVANCE.

Prior to his role with Ohio State ADVANCE, Steven served as the Assistant to the Director of Marketing at Columbus Metropolitan Library and four years as the Assistant to the University Registrar at The Ohio State University. Between the two roles, he coordinated executive-level meetings and office-wide events, provided departmental communication, assisted with creation and maintenance of department budgets, managed websites, and maintained databases and distribution lists for internal and external constituents.

During his time in the University Registrar’s office, Steven was highly involved with the Ohio Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (OACRAO), where he served as Co-Chair of the Local Arrangements Committee for the annual conference, Chair of the Scholarship Committee for three years, and an active member of the Fiscal Committee and Professional Development Committee. Steven is experienced in presenting sessions at state-wide conferences and working with a wide range of audiences – from students to faculty to international guests. He is a Certified Tourism Ambassador, and has also been a member of the International Live Events Association (ILEA) and the Webmaster for the Registrars of the AAU.

Steven earned a Bachelor of Science in Education with a major in Tourism & Event Planning from Bowling Green State University.