From left: Carolyn Speicher, assistant director of Event and Guest Operations, Schottenstein Center, and member of the DSA Selection committee; Michele Bondurant, Kate Hayes-Ozello, Tom Ozello
week, Dr. Kate Hayes-Ozello was honored with a University Distinguished Staff
Award. On Thursday, April 11, she was surprised by a visit from the University
Office of Human Resources. Staff colleagues and her husband Tom were in on the
secret and participated in the presentation.
going on?" said Dr. Hayes-Ozello. "Tom is here, so I know something is up!"
Manager Michele Bondurant presented her with a certificate and a tin of
cookies. She received a one-time cash bonus, an annual increase in salary, and
will be invited on to the field during halftime at a football game in the fall.
All Distinguished Staff, Distinguished University Professors, Teachers, and
Scholars will participate.
Hayes-Ozello has been a staff member of the College of Veterinary Medicine for
over 27 years. According to her letter of nomination, she started 1985 in the
laboratory of Dr. Lawrence Mathes, Department of Veterinary Pathobiology (now
Hayes-Ozello received her AB from Miami University (microbiology) and then
pursued her MS and PhD (retrovirology/immunology) degrees at Ohio State,
completing her dissertation in 1993. While a graduate student, she also was the
laboratory supervisor for the Mathes lab. As Research Scientist, she was
Co-Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on multiple NIH grants ($2.9
million in research expenditures from 2000-2010) and has authored or coauthored
37 peer-reviewed manuscripts and one book chapter. She has presented her work
at national and international scientific meetings since 1990.
2003, Dr. Hayes-Ozello has been Co-Director along with Dr. Charles Brooks, of
the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Core. In this capacity, she has trained
and consulted with dozens of students and faculty on polymerase chain reaction
(PCR) technology and general laboratory procedures.
position as College Grants Specialist and Research Administrator, Dr.
Hayes-Ozello assists with the submission of more than 50 grants annually,
manages a portfolio of over $11 million in research expenditures representing
250 active projects and 60 college investigators.
Hayes-Ozello’s contributions to the college and the university do not stop in
the office. She has been an active supporter and participant in the Susan G.
Komen and Pelotonia fundraisers for cancer research. In 2011, she started the
first ever College choir, the Hoofbeats, to bring together faculty, staff,
students and friends of the College who share a love of choral music.
Dr. Hayes-Ozello is a Girl Scout Leader, active in her sons’ Boy Scout Troop,
volunteers with the Dublin Crew (rowing) Boosters, Dublin Jerome High School
and Integrity Cheer Elite Boosters. She has been a board member and adult
leader in the Christ the King-St. Catherine’s Appalachia Mission project for
the past seven years, dedicating a week each June to help the poorest in Scioto
County, Ohio. She also is a long-time member of the Columbus Celtic Choir and
the Columbus Shamrock Club.
been recognized for her outstanding service to the college (VBS Staff Award,
Ingalls’ Award for Service, and College of Veterinary Medicine Distinguished
Staff Award). She clearly embodies the characteristics of dedication,
collegiality, professionalism, integrity and strong work ethic that are
expected for the University Distinguished Staff Award.