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Randi Malcom Thomas, Esq.

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Vice President

Contact: 513-529-GOMU (4668) | thomasrm@MiamiOH.edu

Randi is a Miami alumnus who has been director of institutional relations since 1999. In August 2020, he was asked to lead the ASPIRE office as the inaugural vice president.

Thomas was an architect of the work+ program at Miami Regionals, which provides a debt-free education for students who work part-time at industry partners while they study. He also works with Ohio’s Inter-University Council of public higher education institutions.

Thomas graduated from Miami University in 1988. He received a master’s degree in speech communications at Miami in 1990 and graduated from the Vanderbilt School of Law in 1993.

Sara Linder

Sara Linder

Director of Federal Relations

Contact: 513-529-1010 | lindersg@MiamiOH.edu

Sara Linder joined Miami University’s ASPIRE Office in March 2021. Sara is responsible for leading federal advocacy efforts on higher education policy, federal funding, research, and regulatory matters before Congress and federal agencies.

Sara previously served as a Policy Advisor at Arnold & Porter LLP, where she represented clients on a range of education, healthcare, defense, and appropriations related-matters. During her tenure, Sara was recognized as a top lobbyist in 2020 by the National Institute for Lobbying & Ethics.

Prior to joining the firm, Sara worked as a fundraiser and field operative on various senatorial and congressional campaigns. Mrs. Linder received her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and History from Miami University and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy at the George Washington University.

 

Nicole Hoyer

Nicole Hoyer

Assistant Director of Government Relations

Contact: 513-529-4151 | hoyerng@MiamiOH.edu

Nicole joined the ASPIRE Office in February 2021. Nicole works alongside the Vice President of ASPIRE, representing the university’s interests at the state level, while engaging students, university faculty, and staff in the legislative process.

Previously, Nicole worked for State Senator Bob Peterson, former President Pro Tempore of the Ohio Senate, as the Legislative Aide and then Senior Legislative Aide. Prior to working for the Ohio Senate, Nicole participated in the Ohio Legislative Service Commission’s Fellowship Program. Nicole was placed in the Majority Caucus of the Ohio Senate, where she was a fellow in the offices of Senator Bill Coley, Senator Scott Oelslager and Senator Bob Peterson.

Nicole graduated from Miami University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. At Miami, Nicole was active in the Government Relations Network, Project High Flight and the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority.