OAC events and programs are developed and carried out by a small but talented staff. Read more to find out about each member and the diversity they bring to OAC.
Tyler Andrew TerMeer, MS
TerMeer completed his undergraduate degree as a Bachelor of Fine Arts Student in Theatre Design Technology at Otterbein College and went on to pursue a Master of Science degree in Nonprofit Management with Walden University. He is currently a Doctoral Candidate pursing his Ph.D in Public Policy and Administration with a concentration in Organizational Leadership at Walden University.
TerMeer returned as the Director of the Ohio AIDS Coalition, now a division of AIDS Resource Center Ohio (ARC Ohio), bringing experience from both the nonprofit and for profit sector. From 2005-2010, TerMeer co-owned two small businesses located in Columbus, Ohio. In addition to the direction of OAC, TerMeer is the Director of Public Policy and Government Relations for ARC Ohio where he provides direct oversight of the organizations Client Rights, Education, Grants Administration, Outreach, Prevention, Public Policy, and Quality Management programs as well as serves as the Project Director for Camp Sunrise and the Greater Columbus Mpowerment Center.
After his undergraduate studies, he began his work in the HIV/AIDS field serving for four years as the Director of Programming for OAC before making the cross-country move to Phoenix, Arizona where he was hired as the Director of Men’s and Youth Programs for Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS. As the Director he led a team of nine HIV prevention specialists in the fight against HIV and AIDS through their mission of reducing infection, improving quality of life and contributing to worldwide research.
In July of 2010, Tyler accepted a new position as a Manager in Prevention at the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD), where he managed NASTAD’S Gay Men’s, Transgender, Biomedical, Linkage to Care, and Prevention with Positives Portfolios.
In addition to his work at AIDS Service Organizations, he has traveled around the country as well as internationally to Rural South Africa to share his own experiences of living with HIV as a young adult to address the stigma, treatment, and barriers that are often associated with HIV/AIDS.
TerMeer was recognized by The White House in 2012 as a member of the Nations Newly Emerging LGBT Leadership and again in 2013 as a member of the Nations Emerging Black LGBT Leadership. In 2013, TerMeer was honored by Otterbein University as the recipient of the Young Alumni Leadership and Citizenship Award in recognition of those age 40 and younger whose contributions exemplify one of Otterbein’s Five Cardinal Experiences. He previously served on the consumer advisory committee of the National Quality Center, as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA) as well as Board Secretary for Advocates for Youth (AFY) and the Positive Pedalers (PosPeds).
Arnold completed his undergraduate degree as a Bachelor of Arts student with studies in Sociology and Art at Otterbein College.
He brings a diverse work background to the OAC team, with experience in both the nonprofit and for profit sectors. Arnold owns and operates his own small business.
After his undergraduate studies, Arnold began working in the HIV/AIDS field as the Program Specialist with OAC, working under both Kevin Sullivan and Tyler TerMeer.
Arnold has been with OAC since 2007. As the Program Manager Arnold provides the necessary leadership required to handle the planning and implementation of all OAC programs and events.
Outside of OAC Arnold serves as a Board Member & Volunteer for Camp Sunrise. He is also an avid photographer and artist.
Senior Community Engagement Coordinator
Matt Wovrosh completed his undergraduate studies in English Literature, Philosophy, and Religion at Capital University in 2010.
Matt has worked with HIV/AIDS positive children in South Africa through the South African Community Fund, and studied post apartheid South African community dynamics, peace building, and community building.
In the past, Matt has worked within the Columbus Metropolitan Library co-coordinating programs, building strong relationships in the Columbus community, actively encouraging literacy, and connecting people to resources.
Outside of OAC, Matt is a hiking enthusiast, poet, bicyclist, chess player, and basketball player..
Community Engagement Coordinator
Zach Reau completed his undergraduate studies in Sociology, focusing on social stratification, first at The College of William & Mary and then at The Ohio State University.
Zach came to OAC after teaching Social Justice at a local Arts-focused high school. During his three years with the school he also led prevention programing through an After School Program, partnered with various youth agencies to build Safe(r) Spaces and to promote the Arts and social justice, oversaw the school’s volunteer program, and served as Communications and Special Programs Coordinator.
In the past, Zach has worked as a community organizer, running canvass and voter mobilization offices for state issues as well as building a community organization to break down barriers of isolation within Central Ohio’s queer community.
Zach enjoys kayaking, exploring, yoga, reading non-fiction, thrifting, and discussing current events.
Karen Rubin is a New Jersey transplant who completed her undergraduate studies in Anthropology, Art History, and History from Case Western Reserve University in 2008. She then went on to complete a Master of Public Health with a concentration in Health Policy and Administration from The University of Illinois at Chicago.
Karen came to OAC after working as an Outreach Services Specialist for AIDS Resource Center Ohio where she devoted the majority of her time to helping people enroll in health coverage.
In the past, Karen has interned for Chicago Department of Public Health’s STI/HIV/AIDS Division and the Syphilis Elimination Taskforce. She also had the opportunity to blend her love of baseball and public health while volunteering with Step Up to the Plate Against Hep C.
Outside of OAC, Karen enjoys all things related to baseball, exploring Ohio, reading, playing bass, and learning random useless facts.