Lora Ann Martensen, M.S.

Medical Education - BSOM
Rural Health Initiative Director
Dwyer Hall 112, Lake Campus, Celina, OH 45822

The first seventeen years of my career were spent in various areas of student affairs…financial aid, admissions, academic advising, and career advising…and I loved every position I had.  I was fortunate to have wonderful supervisors and mentors who promoted me, encouraged me, and pushed me out of my comfort zone. I took the my largest leap out of my comfort zone when I left student affairs and took a leadership role in medical simulation. This move was intimidating and not taken lightly. I was very concerned about supervising a group of employees in a field in which I had no experience.  It was a lot of work, but in the end, supervising was the part of the job that I enjoyed the most. I loved developing young employees who were early in their career and hungry to build their skill sets; it was very similar to working with students. But I also enjoy the more ‘seasoned’ employees, who often thought their skills were as developed as they needed to be. Like my mentors did with me, I encouraged these workers to not be content with just ‘getting the job done’, but to take on new challenges that pushed them out of their comfort zones and kept work interesting and rewarding. My focus on developing professionals and leading efforts to assure the School of Medicine is doing all it can to meet the academic, personal, and professional development needs of its medical students and residents.


Wright State University, Boonshoft School of Medicine, Wright Rural Health Initiative. Director

  • Provide strategic vision and administrative oversight for a new program to increase the number of Boonshoft alumni practicing in rural Ohio communities.
  • Develop a rural track for medical students in the Boonshoft School of Medicine.
  • Represent the Boonshoft School of Medicine with academic, clinical and community partners.
  • Chair the leadership team for the Wright Rural Health Initiative.
  • Manage grant budget and reporting.
  • Design and oversee implementation of a rural Inter-professional Education curriculum.
  • Identify and develop relationships with community champions and potential donors.
  • Assist with ongoing funds generation through grants and charitable gifts.
  • Collaborate with marketing to develop materials and press releases that promote Initiative.

The Ohio State University, College of Medicine, Clinical Skills Education and Assessment Center.  Associate Director  

  • Directed, led, and oversaw all facets of the Clinical Skills Education and Assessment Center.
  • Forecasted, planned and developed annual operations budget.
  • Completed two successful accreditation/reaccreditation applications and oversaw site visits.
  • Applied for, received, and managed two grants from the Ohio Department of Health.
  • Updated and revamped fee structure and usage database.
  • Worked with faculty and other educators to determine clinical skills training needs.
  • Managed all staffing issues, including: identifying and determining staffing needs, oversaw the hiring process, supervised all Center staff and conducted performance evaluations.

The Ohio State University, College of Medicine, Biomedical Science Major.  Program Manager

  • Managed day-to-day operations for the Biomedical Science major, including the implementation of the major
  • Developed strategic planning documents, including: business plan, recruitment plan, operating budget, and scholarship awarding plan.
  • Served as academic advisor and career counselor to all students in the major.
  • Developed and managed operating and scholarship budgets.
  • Collaborated with faculty in the development and assessment of coursework.
  • Supervised support staff and student workers.


St. Marys Rotary Club, 2017 – present

Vice President, Friends of the St. Marys Community Public Library, 2017 - present

Grand Lake Hospice volunteer, 2016 - present

Zusman Hospice volunteer, 2015 - 2016
I Know I Can volunteer for Columbus Public Schools, 1997 - 2009

Licking County Foundation Scholarship Board, 1997 - 2006, Chair 2003 - 2006

A Call to College volunteer for Newark High School, 1997 – 2002

Education History

 August 2000.  Master of Science in Marketing and Communications, Franklin University, Columbus, Ohio.

June 1994.  Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Transportation and Logistics, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio



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