December 9, 2008

Owens Findlay-area Campus Names New Allied Health Chair

Marie Vasquez-Brooks

Marie Vasquez-Brooks

FINDLAY, OH – Owens Community College has named as the new Chair of Allied Health on the Findlay-area Campus. Her responsibilities will include overseeing the allied health academic programs in the School of Health Sciences on the Findlay-area Campus, as well as various activities and instructional initiatives.

In addition, her new position will entail supervising the development and implementation of new academic curricula, directing the on-going evaluation of the School’s allied health courses on Findlay-area Campus and collaborating with the fellow academic chairs to enhance educational opportunities and resources for current and future students.

“We are honored to have Marie Vasquez-Brooks serving as the new Chair of Allied Health on the Findlay-area Campus,” said Dr. Mathew McIntosh, Owens Dean of the School of Health Sciences. “Marie brings a visionary approach and a wealth of knowledge and experience within health sciences to the College’s Findlay-area Campus. Her leadership will be invaluable as the School of Health Sciences looks to open new doors to health education and training opportunities for the surrounding Northwest Ohio region.”

Since July 2004, Vasquez-Brooks has served as the Fitness Program Director for the Robert E. Lee District RECenter of Fairfax County Park Authority in Alexandria, Va. While at the Lee District RECenter, she was responsible for the strategic direction, fundamental management functions and overall leadership of fitness programming and community outreach within the organization. Her responsibilities also included overseeing fitness instructors, personal trainers and fitness center attendants, as well as implementing a mentoring/internship program that provides community outreach to local schools and community groups through direct-contact with instructors. Additionally, Vasquez-Brooks played an integral role in creating and developing new innovative programming for the organization.

Prior to her position at Lee District RECenter, Vasquez-Brooks, a Toledo native, served as the Owner/Director of A Child’s Way Inc. in Toledo for seven years, where she oversaw all operations for the National Association for the Education of Young Children-accredited early education facility.

Her professional and community involvement includes membership with the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance and the National Association of Sport and Physical Education. Vasquez-Brooks holds multiple fitness certifications and has given numerous presentations on exercise, fitness and children at several national conferences, including the Virginia Recreation and Park Society’s Annual Conference.

The Alexandria, Va., resident received a master’s degree in physical education and a bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology both from the University of Toledo.

Owens Community College is one of the fastest-growing higher educational institutions in Ohio. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 45,000 credit and non-credit students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit www.owens.edu.