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 and Organizational Leadership with Walden University. He is currently a Doctoral Student pursuing his Ph.D in Public Policy and Administration with a concentration in Organizational Leadership at Walden University.
TerMeer returns to the Ohio AIDS Coalition bringing experience from both the nonprofit and for profit sector. From 2005-2010, TerMeer co-owned two small businesses located in Columbus, Ohio.
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.
After the loss of his mentor and friend, Kevin Sullivan, former Executive Director of the Ohio AIDS Coalition, TerMeer accepted an offer to return to Ohio and carry out the legacy Sullivan leaves behind. In November 2011, he became the new Director of the Ohio AIDS Coalition, now a Division of AIDS Resource Center Ohio.
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 currently serves as a national member of the board of directors for the National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA) as well as the Positive Pedalers (PosPeds) and serves as the Secretary of the Board of Directors for Advocates for Youth (AFY).
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
Sobel completed undergraduate degrees in Interdisciplinary Studies and Women’s Studies at Miami University of Ohio. She is currently completing her Masters degree in Nonprofit Management at Case Western Reserve University.
Sobel has been an employee with OAC since 2007. As Senior Community Engagement Coordinator, she develops various community education programs and represents OAC at several local community planning bodies. Sobel is responsible for training and educating consumers, professionals, and other key stakeholders throughout Ohio to advocate for public policies affecting the HIV/AIDS community. She also develops educational and advocacy materials for community forums and OAC’s AIDS Watch Ohio program.
Prior to her work at the Ohio AIDS Coalition, Sobel worked for the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland(ATFGC) as the Public Policy Associate. During her time with ATFGC she authored several policy briefs, coordinated a 12-member community advocacy council, and designed and co-authored a community-based needs assessment for HIV/AIDS services in Lorain County.
Outside of her role at OAC, Sobel sings with Windsong, Cleveland’s Feminist Chorus and frequently helps out with her family’s coffee business.
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, bicyclist, chess player, and amateur rock climber.