Center for Ethical Leadership Staff
John Mark Day (he, him, his)
Director of Leadership and Campus Life
My work helps students belong, build community, and develop as ethical leaders. This means working with the teams for the Center for Ethical Leadership, Campus Life, and Fraternity and Sorority Affairs as well as serving in leadership for the Division of Student Affairs at OSU. I have a bachelor’s degree from Texas Christian University, master’s degrees from TCU and Dallas Theological Seminary, and a doctorate in higher education leadership and policy from Vanderbilt University. I research, write about, and speak about shyness, creativity, belonging, and making your community better. When I’m not doing that, I spend most of my time at the theater, at museums, and in search of the perfect taco.
Josh Taylor (he, him, his)
Assistant Director of Center for Ethical Leadership
Assistant Director of Center for Ethical Leadership
In this role, he engages students in leadership development and works with students to use their influence and passions to make our community better. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Secondary English Education from Oklahoma State University, a Master’s degree in Divinity from Golden Gate Theological, and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Oklahoma State. He is currently working toward a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. He has a history of leading students to create positive social change, including when he was a high school leadership teacher. Under his direction, high school students led a philanthropic campaign called Stillwater Makes a Change that, in his four years of service, raised over $560,000 for local charities in Stillwater, OK. Josh’s wife, Becky, was the founding Executive Director of Our Daily Bread in Stillwater, and now serves as the Chief Civic Innovation Officer for the City of Stillwater. His two black-belt sons are in middle school and upper elementary school. Josh loves his work at Oklahoma State University, especially the opportunity to lead President's Leadership Council and the McKnight Scholars Leadership Program. The goal of these two leadership programs, and Josh’s overall professional goal, is to create life-giving community leaders.
Ruthie Loffi (she, her, hers)
As an administrative assistant for the past 15+ years, my primary goal is to support the Director of Leadership & Campus Life and ensuring the smooth operation of our department. I have a robust knowledge of both the University’s administrative functions and that of the department. I love to help students, staff, and faculty however I can. I enjoy seeing student leaders develop into well-rounded and confident young people as I know that part of their development is acquired from learning within the co-curricular environment.
I am originally from England but call Oklahoma my second home nowadays! My passion outside of my work life is ultra-running which loosely translated is any run over 26.2 marathon miles. So far, I have completed four 100-mile races. I also love to coach others who have running goals. A fun fact about me is that I have lived in eight different countries to include India, Russia, and Egypt.
Melisa Echols (she, her, hers)
Coordinator of Student Government Programs
I directly advise the Student Government Association (SGA), its programs, and other initiatives within the Center for Ethical Leadership. I support our student leaders in the execution of events including Lights on Stillwater, Into the Streets, and CowboyThon. There are several other programs within SGA; Speakers Board, the Paddle People, the Rowdy, the Sustainability committee, and First Year Representative Council (FRC) just to name a few. Pete’s Pantry and the Red Pantry are new initiatives that address the basic needs of our student populations. I strive to develop seminars, programs, and initiatives to help OSU students grow as culturally competent and ethical leaders. I mentor students in leadership positions and help engage all students at OSU.I am also the Project Coordinator for Dialogues4Change (D4C). D4C is a Stillwater-based program of the Center for Public Life at OSU-Tulsa that provides a process to involve the OSU community in making positive change through inclusive dialogue and action. I serve on several diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts across campus. My hope is for the continued growth and advancement of a positive, welcoming, and inclusive campus culture here at OSU.
Andrew McGee (he, his, him)
Recruitment and Communications Coordinator
My primary focus is overseeing programs and the selection process for the President’s Leadership Council (PLC) - a leadership and scholarship program for dynamic incoming freshmen. I am an Alumni and a former football player at Oklahoma State University, where I received my Undergraduate Degree in Psychology. Upon graduation, I enrolled at West Virginia University and accepted a graduate assistant position to coach football. I graduated with my Master’s Degree in Strategic Communications before starting my career as the Life Coach for WVU Football. I’ve started two businesses since then that were focused on equipping young people and athletes with the tools they need to succeed in life. Empowering the next generation of leaders is something that I’m very passionate about and in each professional experience in my career revolved around doing just that. I am a proud husband and father to my wife, Jillian and my son, Elijah. I play the guitar and listen to music in my free time and I love spending time with family. I am relatable and engaging to people of all backgrounds and I have dedicated my life to ensuring that our world is more diverse, equitable and inclusive in order to provide all people with the opportunities that they deserve. I am a people person and would love the opportunity to get to network with you.
Jansen Rouillard (he, him, his)
Graduate Teaching Assistant – McKnight Scholars Leadership Program (First-Year Experience) firstname.lastname@example.org
Jansen Rouillard is the current graduate teaching assistant for first year experience within the McKnight Scholars Leadership Program in the Center for Ethical Leadership. Working primarily with the first-year scholars, he facilitates the McKnight first-year leadership seminar, coordinates community engagement opportunities within the McKnight program, and supervises the first-year mentor staff, along with assisting the McKnight and CEL staff in other outlined duties. In speaking to his passion for leadership development, Jansen loves to interrogate and draw connections between leadership development and diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts to engender more socially responsible and socially just models and expressions of leadership. Jansen attended Rockhurst University (Kansas City, MO) for his undergraduate degrees, and is currently in his second year in the Educational Leadership Studies program, with an emphasis in College Student Development. When he is not working or studying, you can find him outside doing some sort of physical activity, whether it’s hiking, yoga, riding his bike, or playing with his dog.
Taylor North (she, her, hers)
Graduate Teaching Assistant – Center for Ethical Leadership
Taylor North is the current graduate teaching assistant for the Center of Ethical Leadership Department. Through her role, Taylor is able to coordinate leadership events such as the OSU Leads Living Learning Program, Leadership Development Series, Devon Ingenuity Leadership Program, Lead Orange campaign, and the President’s Celebration of Leadership. Taylor also helps with additional activities and events involved in the department. Through her position as a graduate teaching assistant, Taylor is able to provide mentorship to students and highlight leaders on campus. Taylor attended Oklahoma State University for her undergraduate degree and is currently finishing her final year in the Master’s for Counseling program with hopes to become a Licensed Professional Counselor. In her future career, Taylor hopes to help adults and children achieve emotional wellness, as well as work towards changing the stigma of therapy. During her free time, she enjoys doing crafts, reading, and spending time with friends and family. One fun fact about Taylor is that she has gone skydiving!
Madelyn Gerken (she, her, hers)
PLC Undergraduate Coordinator
President's Leadership Council is an organization that works to expand the leadership qualities and attributes of first year OSU students. As the undergraduate coordinator, it is my job to manage the Canvas page for our class, provide students with other campus involvement information, stay connected with students as they make the transition into college, and plan and prepare for PLC's student retreat and high school leadership conference.I am a junior at Oklahoma State majoring in Animal Science with an option in Biotechnology - Pre Health and a minor in American Language. After graduation, I will be furthering my education via medical school. I hope to be somewhere on the east coast! Fun fact about me, I am slightly obsessed with Sudoku.