The Ohio State University at Marion


Communications & Marketing Staff

The staff in the Office of Communications & Marketing have nearly 50 years combined service to The Ohio State University. The staff is dedicated to serving as a conduit of information for both internal and external audiences of The Ohio State University at Marion.

Wayne Rowe
Director,
Communications & Marketing

(740) 725-6316
245-C Maynard Hall

STAFF BIOGRAPHY

Wayne Rowe
University employment (2002-present)


Wayne Rowe brings over 23 years combined experience in public relations, advertising, graphic art and design, videography, photography, web design, social media marketing, news writing, media buying, management, budgeting, marketing, and media consulting to his position with the university.

Prior to joining Ohio State, he served as a public relations director for the second largest physician group practice in the state. His direct experience also includes time as an advertising account executive and public relations director (on the local and regional level) for the senior housing/healthcare industry. In addition he worked as a radio announcer/reporter early in his career.

He served 12 years in the U.S. Army and is a veteran of the 1990 Gulf War, serving as a squad leader and water purification specialist. Rowe was honorably discharged from the military in 1996 at the rank of staff sergeant. During his military career he earned numerous medals and accolades. Adding to his civilian experience in PR/journalism he earned a certification from U.S. Army Defense Information School as a military journalist, traveling overseas to photograph and report on military operations in remote locations in central America and Europe, as well as stateside.

Rowe earned his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from The Ohio State University in 1992, with a specialization in broadcast journalism.

As a student, alumnus, and staff member, Ohio State has been a significant part of Rowe's life for the past 30 years.

While at Ohio State, Rowe has given back to the university and the community volunteering on a host of committees, boards, and service organizations.

Rowe is a resident of Upper Sandusky, Ohio where he resides with his wife Sandra, and twins Reagan & Riley. Daughter Kaitlin began seeking a degree from Ohio State in autumn 2014.

Lynda Ross
Senior Graphic Artist



(740) 725-6209
245-A Maynard Hall

STAFF BIOGRAPHY

Lynda Ross
University employment (1985-present)


The Ohio State University has been at the center of Lynda Ross’s life, from the moment of her birth.

Her parents lived on West Fifth Avenue, in the University’s back yard, when she was born. Since then, her life and Ohio State have intersected on multiple occasions. When she was two, her dad, Don Ingles, took a job with Marion, Ohio’s iconic brass padlock maker, Wilson Bohannon Company. He developed some of the machinery still in use today to make the padlocks that are used by utility and transportation companies around the world.

The Ingles family has a storied history that extends from Ireland, to Radford, Virginia, to Big Bone Lick, Kentucky. Pioneer settler Mary Draper Ingles and author Laura Ingalls Wilder (Little House on the Prairie) are part of Lynda’s ancestry.

After graduation from Elgin High School, Lynda worked in the medical field, primarily in medical transcription for Dr. Dan Murphy, Community Hospital, and Marion General Hospital. In 1985, she took a position with Ohio State Medical Center working for four physicians.

As her daughter Jennifer grew older, she transferred to Ohio State Marion to work in student affairs and continuing education. That position tapped her latent talent in design as she began to produce Ohio State Marion’s flyers and publications.

“I always liked to arrange things,” she said. She was self-taught on the PageMaker program.

Taking advantage of Ohio State’s fee waiver for employees, Lynda began working on her bachelor’s degree in 1989—continuing her education through her illnesses—until May 5, 2013, when she walked through Ohio Stadium and received her degree in Classical Art and Antiquity.

Lynda lives in the Marion area and plans to continue her career as a graphic designer in the Ohio State Marion communications office.

Christian Peregrina
Web Communications Specialist


(740) 725-6216
245-B Maynard Hall

STAFF BIOGRAPHY

Christian R. Peregrina
University employment (2015-present)


Christian Peregrina is now a firm believer that all roads lead back to Ohio State.

He was born at the The Ohio State University’s Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio. Shortly thereafter, his family moved overseas to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates where his father Dr. Alejandro Peregrina (an Ohio State alum), taught and practiced dentistry abroad. His father is currently an Associate Clinical Professor of Dentistry at The Ohio State University.

By his early teen years his family decided to move back to the States to be closer to family. After spending a few years in Illinois, they moved back to Columbus during his sophomore year of high school.

Peregrina graduated from Dublin Scioto High School in 2007. He went on to enroll at Ohio State Marion’s Delaware Center where he spent the first two years of his collegiate career. Peregrina earned his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism in 2011, with a minor in International Diplomacy.

After graduation he partnered up with his older brother, a graphic designer, and began taking on freelance work in copywriting and editing for small business clients. Working on projects sparked an interest in learning new software that went beyond a conventional copywriter’s pay grade.

From then on, Peregrina had a desire to work in multi-faceted positions where he could utilize more of his new skills in digital media. He worked at a marketing agency in Grandview and volunteered as a communications intern at the Women’s Fund of Central Ohio. By the fall of 2014 he began working as a full-time copywriter at Abercrombie & Fitch Home Office in New Albany.

Peregrina is currently a resident of Dublin, Ohio.