Join us for Virtual Fridays at Findlay

8 - 9 a.m. (EST)

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The Fridays at Findlay lecture series is designed to encourage educational opportunities for community members regarding best leadership practices and offer insights into the challenges professionals face. Fridays at Findlay is sponsored by Premier Bank (formerly First Federal Bank).

For a limited time, our Fridays at Findlay presentations will be offered virtually and free of charge. This is a great opportunity to bring your work team together for a free leadership session without even leaving the office.

Watch recordings from previous Fridays at Findlay speakers via our YouTube channel or read more in our online newsroom.

Upcoming Presentation

Friday, June 11, 2021
How Nature Positively Impacts Our Well-Being: Insights from Ohio Department of Natural Resources Director, Mary Mertz
8 a.m. (EST)
UFTV Livestream

Why do you feel better when you’re outside surrounded by nature? Join a conversation with Ohio Department of Natural Resources director, Mary Mertz, as she shares recent research insights from psychologists, ecologists and the medical community on how nature positively affects our physical and mental health and well-being.

Speaker: Mary Mertz, director of the Ohio department of natural resources
Mary Mertz director of the Ohio department of natural resourcesDirector Mertz was appointed to this post by Governor Mike DeWine in January of 2019. In this role, Mertz leads and oversees 11 divisions that manage Ohio’s state parks, preserves, and forests. Her areas of focus include geologic and water resources, conserving and managing Ohio's fish and wildlife, regulating oil, gas and the mining industries, as well as protecting and improving the Lake Erie coastline. Mertz has been instrumental in advancing Governor DeWine’s initiatives in the H2Ohio water quality program by launching an ambitious effort to restore and create wetlands in key locations across Ohio, focusing on the Lake Erie watershed. She has also led efforts to conserve and protect important land areas for both recreational opportunities and preservation of rare species. A lawyer with experience in both the public and private sectors, Mertz served as First Assistant Attorney General during Mike DeWine’s entire tenure in the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. She has served in many other government posts as well. Mertz earned her undergraduate degree at American University, a master’s degree at George Washington University and her juris doctorate at The Ohio State Moritz College of Law. In her free time she enjoys sailing, hiking and exploring Ohio’s great outdoors.

Mary will be joined by:

Robin Walters Powell headshotRobin Walters-Powell, Ed.D., associate professor, program director of the Social Work Program and chair of the healthcare services department at University of Findlay

Dr. Robin Walters-Powell is the Chair of Social Work and Health Care Services at the University of Findlay, where she has been a full-time faculty member since 2007. She also currently works as a psychotherapist at Mind Body Health Associates in Findlay, Ohio, working with a variety of individuals to help navigate their journey through life. Robin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Ball State University, a Masters in Social Work from The Ohio State University, a post-graduate degree in Social Work Research and Program Evaluation from Wayne State University and a Doctorate in Education from the University of Findlay. She currently serves as the Board President of Phi Alpha National Honor Society and is an active member and volunteer with several other social service agencies in her home community. Robin is a Findlay native and is the proud mother of her two daughters, Carly and Abby Powell.

Pat Bakies headshotPatricia Bakies, RN, PMHNP-BC, board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner at Blanchard Valley Health System

Patricia Bakies is a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner and has worked in the mental health field for 20 years. Patricia currently works as an adult psychiatric hospitalist at Blanchard Valley Hospital where she serves those with mental health needs. She also works part-time at the senior behavioral health inpatient psychiatric unit at Sojourn at Seneca in Tiffin, OH. Patricia received her nursing degree from Kent State University.


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Questions? Please contact the University of Findlay Division of Advancement at 419-434-5334 or [email protected]