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 Director, Ohio State ADVANCE

Nicole Nieto  has 17 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 Director 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.  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 teaching 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

Director of Innovation

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.

Katie Musson

Executive Assistant to the Associate Vice President

Katie Musson has over nine years of experience assisting high level executives, with seven of those years spent at The Ohio State University. Prior to joining the OSU ADVANCE team, Katie served as assistant and office manager in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center. Katie holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Queens University of Charlotte and has previously worked at the American Society of Clinical Oncology and Virginia Oncology Associates.