Dec. 18, 2002
Happy Holidays from The Ohio State University Athletic Compliance Office! Since it is again the time of year when the holiday spirit is in the air, we at the compliance office would like to take a break from the rules and regulations that guide our everyday lives and introduce ourselves on a more personal level. The compliance office at Ohio State is made up of seven individuals. Heather Lyke Catalano (Associate Athletics Director of Compliance), Kris Richardson (Assistant Compliance Director), Steve Waterfield (Assistant Compliance Director), Jannis Davis (Office Coordinator), Kati Gardner (Graduate Assistant), Kelly Woods (Work Study Intern), and Noure Alo (Big Ten Intern). Together, we work diligently to ensure all rules and regulations governed by the NCAA and Big Ten are adhered to by all staff members and student-athletes at Ohio State.
Heather Lyke Catalano joined The Ohio State University Department of Athletics in June of 1998. Her responsibilities include compliance education of staff, coaches, and student-athletes. On a monthly basis, she presents compliance information at the coaches meeting and answers any interpretation questions the coaches or staff may have. Heather also responds to all allegations as well as processing any infractions that arise. Oversight of camp operations is also done through compliance, in which Heather monitors. Finally, she is Ohio State’s liaison to the Big Ten Conference and the NCAA national office. Prior to Ohio State, she played a dual role for the University of Cincinnati for two years, serving as the assistant athletics director for compliance as well as the senior woman administrator.
Prior to her UC appointment, Heather spent a year as an intern in the NCAA enforcement and eligibility division.
In 1995, Heather received a Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of Akron School of Law. She served as a law clerk in the prosecutors’ offices in Summit and Stark counties while working on her law degree.
A 1992 Michigan graduate, Heather was an academic all-Big Ten honoree as a member of its softball team. She was team captain in 1992. She holds a stolen base record and earned four letters as a scholarship recipient playing for the Michigan softball team.
Heather is a member of the American Bar Association, The Ohio State Bar Association, Sports Lawyer’s Division as well as the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators and National Association of Athletics Compliance Coordinators.
She and her husband, David Catalano were married in 1998. The couple has one child, a daughter, Elle, who will be two in February.
Imagine being solely responsible for 35 sports, 100 coaches, and 900 student-athletes, as well as a multitude of other support staff. No one could handle the workload alone. Heather’s sidekicks, Kris Richardson and Steve Waterfield assist her in these various areas of compliance.
Kris Richardson joined The Ohio State University Department of Athletics in August of 1998 as the assistant compliance director.
His responsibilities include monitoring of student-athlete employment, tracking squad lists and financial aid, coordinating training table, coordinating the compliance education, interpretations and infractions databases, reviewing certified eligibility lists, updating team rosters, coordinating graduate assistant and intern work loads, assisting with coaches compliance meetings, developing compliance evaluation forms for coaches, and developing the compliance website.
Prior to the assistant compliance director position, in 1997 Kris assumed the role as graduate assistant in the compliance office while pursuing a Master’s Degree in Sport Management. In 1997, he received a Juris Doctorate Degree from Ohio State, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Capital University in 1994.
He is currently a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, Columbus Bar Association, and National Association of Athletics Compliance Coordinators.
Kris offers computer expertise and level-headedness to the office. His cheery disposition and willingness to help enables any situation to be handled with a smile.
Steve Waterfield became part of The Ohio State University Department of Athletics in 1999 as the assistant compliance director.
His responsibilities include monitoring the recruiting activities for all sports, reviewing official visit documentation, monitoring the number of official visits, writing cease and desist letters, processing infractions, self-reports, and eligibility appeals, composing NCAA and Big Ten waivers and petitions, assisting with coaches compliance meetings, writing and updating the compliance manual, drafting transfer and release letters, reviewing the declaration of playing and practice seasons, and overseeing completion of check-in and check-out student-athlete materials.
Steve got his start in compliance as the graduate assistant in 1998 for the compliance office at Ohio State while pursuing his Master’s in Sport Management. Prior to this he achieved a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Kenyon College in 1994, and a Juris Doctorate Degree from Ohio State in 1997. Steve is currently pursuing a Master’s in Business Administration at Ohio State’s Fisher College of Business and anticipates completion by June of 2004.
After graduating from law school, Steve spent a year working for the Ohio Attorney General in the department of worker’s compensation. He is currently a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, and the National Association of Athletics Compliance Coordinators. Steve brings much humor to the office environment, offering witty comments to keep the atmosphere light. His passion is running and to date has completed six marathons.
Kati Gardner is currently fulfilling her first year as graduate assistant in the compliance office pursuing a Master’s Degree in Sport Management. Her responsibilities include maintaining participation rosters, monitoring the secondary infractions database, recording all academic and summer employment of student-athletes, distributing the certified eligibility lists, updating the NCAA special assistance fund files, as well as training table, team paperwork, and compliance education meetings.
A 2002 graduate of The University of Toledo College of Business, Kati was an academic honors student-athlete as a member of its swimming and diving team. She was team captain in 2002 and earned four letters as a scholarship recipient competing for the Rockets.
On August 23rd of this year, Kati will be getting married to David Huber. They currently live in Columbus; however, upon their graduation, they plan on moving to the country.
Kati has future hopes of becoming an intercollegiate athletic director, following in her mother’s footsteps. She offers light humor and a creative “outside the box” approach to new projects.
Kelly Woods is the 2002-2003 Work Study Intern in the compliance office. Her responsibilities include maintaining the interpretations database, monitoring the academic honor award database, keeping up with compliance education, distribution of weekly NCAA clearinghouse reports, as well as many other shared office responsibilities.
Kelly has been a Buckeye for the past six years. She attended Ohio State as an undergraduate with a dual major in Political Science and Communication. Kelly was a member of The Ohio State Women’s Field Hockey team. In the fall of 2001, she began attending The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, where she is currently in her second year. This past summer Kelly took two classes at Oxford University in England in the study abroad program.
Kelly is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, the law fraternity of Delta Theta Phi, The Sports and Entertainment Law Association, and The Women’s Law Caucus.
Kelly plans to explore the legal aspects that are associated with intercollegiate athletic administration. She offers a detailed work ethic and an “early bird” personality to the compliance office.
Noure Alo occupies the 2002-2003 Big Ten Intern position in the compliance office. He is in his second year of law school at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. Noure’s responsibilities include maintaining the interpretation database, monitoring student-athlete award forms, recording all agent communication and filing, updating countable athletically related activities, filing weekly eligibility review lists, as well as other shared office responsibilities.
A 2000 graduate of The University of Toledo, Noure received his Bachelor’s Degree in Communication. He was also heavily involved with the college newspaper, The Independent Collegian, where he held the position of Assistant Sports Editor.
Noure is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, Public Interest Law Fellows, Omicron Delta Cappa, and the Islamic Law Students Association.
He and his wife, Welaa were married in 1999. The couple has one child, a daughter, Jumana, who is nine months old. Upon graduation, Noure hopes to continue working in athletic compliance industry.
Jannis Davis is support staff for the Compliance Office. Her responsibilities include coordinating and distributing the National Letters of Intent and signing of conference tenders, ordering off-campus room and board checks, coordinating coaches recruiting rules test, overseeing renewals and non-renewals of grants-in-aid, maintaining student-athlete tax information, inputting data into the student-athlete database, and updating the NCAA clearinghouse lists.
Jannis has been employed in the Ohio State Department of Athletics since 1976. She began working as support staff for stadium facilities and coaches. In 1981, she moved to the travel office and remained in this position for 5 years. In 1986, Jannis was transferred to her current position in the compliance office.
Prior to working for Ohio State, Jannis graduated from Columbus State Community College with an Associate Degree in Business. She has a 14 year old daughter, Maggie, who is currently an 8th grade student attending St. James. If all else fails…ask Jannis! She is the eyes and ears to the entire compliance department.
As a compliance department, we wish you and your families a Happy Holiday and a safe, peaceful, and healthy New Year. Go Bucks!!