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Andy Bixler
Board President 
Superintendent, Anna Local Schools
State Board of Directors, August 1, 2015 – July 31, 2017
(Class A Representative, Southwest District)

Andy is a 1988 graduate of Bellefontaine High School. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in education from Miami University in 1992 and a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Dayton in 1996. Andy began his career in education teaching mathematics at Brookville High School from 1992 to 1995. He then taught math for four years at Preble Shawnee High School. During his seven years in the classroom, he coached football, basketball and track at various levels. He was the head basketball coach at Preble Shawnee from 1997 to 1999. In 1999, he became high school principal at Preble Shawnee. Andy then moved to the high school principal’s job at Anna High School in 2001 and served in that position for five years. In 2006, he accepted the superintendent’s position at the Anna Local Schools and currently remains in that role. Andy was initially elected to the Southwest District Board as a AA representative in 2004. He was re-elected to serve the board as a Class A rep in 2006. He has served continuously on the Southwest board for the past 11 years and this term on the Board of Directors is his first. Andy and his wife, Kim, have been married for 19 years and have three children, Bart, Hope and Blake. Bart is a ninth grader at Anna High School; Hope is in seventh grade at Anna Middle School, and Blake is a third grader at Anna Elementary
Jeffrey (Jeff) T. Snyder
Board Vice President
Superintendent, Lincolnview Local Schools, Van Wert
State Board of Directors, August 1, 2015 – July 31, 2017
(Class AA Representative, Northwest District)
Jeff is a 1988 graduate of Lincolnview High School. He earned a Bachelor of Education degree in health education and sports medicine from the University of Toledo in 1993 and a Master’s of Science degree in athletic training from Ohio University in 1994. He also obtained his principal’s license from the University of Findlay in 2003 and completed his superintendent’s licensure from Bowling Green State University in 2010. Jeff began his career in education as the head athletic trainer/professor/internship director of the sports medicine program at Defiance College in 1994. In 1997, he became the Presidential Fellow at Northwest State Community College in Archbold before moving back to Defiance College in 2000 as the director of athletic training education. He then accepted a position in 2001 as the health teacher and head athletic trainer for the Findlay City Schools. In the fall of 2003, Jeff accepted the 7-12 principal’s position at Edgerton Local Schools, which he held for seven years. Next he became the principal at Tontogany Otsego High School before returning to his alma mater (Lincolnview Local Schools) as the superintendent, a position he has held since January 2013. Jeff is still a licensed athletic trainer in the state of Ohio. Jeff first served as a Class A representative on the Northwest District Athletic Board from October 2007 through July 2010 when he was elected to fill an unexpired term. He then rejoined the Northwest Board on August 1, 2012, as a Class AA representative when he was elected to fill an expired term. He has served as the Northwest District’s president the past two years (2013-14 and 2014-15) and has served as its vice president on two different occasions. Jeff has also served on the OHSAA District Athletic Board Review Committee. This is his first term on the OHSAA Board of Directors. Jeff resides in the Lincolnview district with his wife Stacey (Lincolnview alum), an office administrator for a dentist in Van Wert. They have five children (Colton, 18; Madeline, 16; Victoria, 14; Olivia, 9, and Willow, 2) who are all very active in academics and athletics.
Tony Deem
Superintendent
Southern Local Schools, Racine
State Board of Directors, August 1, 2016 – July 31, 2018
(Class A Representative, Southeast District)

Tony is a 1984 graduate of Racine Southern High School. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in education from Rio Grande College in 1989 and a master’s degree in leadership studies from Marshall University in 1999. He began his career in education teaching middle school science and math at Clay Local Schools in Portsmouth from 1989 to 1993. While at Clay, Tony coached varsity soccer for two years and basketball for four. He then went to Eastern Local Schools in Reedsville where he taught seventh- and eighth-grade math and science from 1993 to 1998. He was head basketball coach during that time and also coached volleyball and softball. In 1998 he became the assistant principal at Pomeroy Meigs High School before taking the district’s elementary school principal’s job in 2002. Four years later, he returned to his alma mater, Southern Local, where he served as high school principal for a year before moving into his current position as the district’s superintendent in 2007. Tony was elected to the Southeast District Board in 2015. This is his first term on the OHSAA Board of Directors. He and his wife, Wendy, have been married for 25 years and have two sons and one daughter. Taylor and Trenton both attend the University of Rio Grande and Alison is a senior at Southern High School.
Angelita Forté
Youth Services Coordinator, Steubenville City Schools
State Board of Directors, January 21, 2016 – July 31, 2017
(Ethnic Minority Representative, East District)

Angelita is a graduate of Wintersville High School. In 1999 she graduated from West Liberty University with a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education. She played two years of basketball with the Hilltoppers. She began her career in education at Steubenville High School as a health and physical education teacher and became dean of students in 2004. Angelita also coached volleyball, basketball and track during her seven years with the Big Red. As the head girls basketball coach, she compiled a three-year record of 45-25 and was twice named Ohio Division II Coach-of-the-Year. In 2006, Angelita moved to Ohio University to serve as an assistant coach for the Bobcats’ women’s basketball program. After serving two years in Athens, the entire women’s basketball coaching staff moved to Boston College. Angelita was a part of the Eagles’ coaching staff for three years before returning to Ohio in 2011. Angelita spent one year coaching girls basketball at Pickerington High School Central before returning to Steubenville High School to continue her teaching career. In 2012, she resumed her position as dean of students and health and physical education teacher as well as basketball and track coach. She currently is the district’s youth services coordinator and assists with the girls basketball program. She was elected to fill an unexpired term on the East District Athletic Board in January 2016 and is in her first term on the OHSAA Board of Directors. Angelita resides in Wintersville and has an adult son Michael, who lives in Canal Winchester and participates with Special Olympics.
Tom Martin
Director of Middle School Athletics, Gahanna-Jefferson Local School District
State Board of Directors, August 1, 2015 – July 31, 2017
(7th-8th Grade Representative, Central District)

Tom is a 1976 graduate of Tri-Valley High School in Dresden. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in education from The Ohio State University in 1980 and a master’s degree in school administration from Xavier University in 1988. Tom began his career in education as an eighth grade social studies teacher in 1980 at Gahanna Middle School West. He then became the head teacher/athletic director at GMSW in 1987 and then became assistant principal in 1988. In 1992, he was named assistant principal and athletic director at Gahanna Middle School East, and he held that position until retirement in 2013. Currently he serves as athletic director for Gahanna Middle School South, East and West in Gahanna, a position that was created in the district in 2013. He coached wrestling for five years at Gahanna Lincoln High School and GMSW. 10 In 2010, Tom was appointed to complete an unexpired term as the 7th-8th grade representative on the Central District Athletic Board. He was just recently re-elected for a second term in that position that will run through 2020. He served two terms as president of the Central District Athletic Board and this is his first term on the OHSAA Board of Directors. He has also worked closely with the 46 member schools in the Ohio Capital Conference Middle School Association for the past 23 years and has been the treasurer of that group since 1997. Tom and his wife, Roxanne, have been married for 31 years and have two children. Scott is a graduate of the University of Missouri and UM Law School. Katie is a graduate of Miami University and is living and working in South Carolina
Paul R. Powers, CAA
Athletic Administrator/Facilities Coordinator, Aurora City Schools
State Board of Directors, August 1, 2016 – July 31, 2018
(Class AA Representative, Northeast District)

Paul is a 1986 graduate of Chesterland West Geauga High School. He has been an athletic administrator for the past 23 years and is currently the director of athletics/ facilities coordinator for the Aurora City School District. Before coming to Aurora in 2008, Paul spent 10 years as the director of athletics/ student activities and special events for the Bedford City School District. He started his career in athletic administration in 1993 as the athletic director/community education director at his alma mater, West Geauga. Powers earned his bachelor’s degree in sport management from Ohio Northern University. In 2006, he became a certified athletic administrator through the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) and has successfully completed 34 of the 39 professional development training courses offered through the NIAAA. Besides his daily duties in which he oversees 71 teams in 23 sports and coordinates the scheduling of five buildings, Paul has been active in many professional organizations. He is currently the president of the Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (OIAAA) and has been active with the OIAAA executive committee for the past six years in various officer positions. He has also been a member of the Northeast District OIAAA for the past 21 years, served as that association’s president between 2009 and ’11 and is a longtime OHSAA tournament manager. Paul has been elected to the Northeast District Athletic Board (NEDAB) twice and is serving in his first term on the OHSAA Board of Directors. He is the NEDAB’s officiating chair. Paul is married to Kathi, who is superintendent for the Twinsburg City School District. They reside in Twinsburg with their cockapoo, Tanner.
Scott Reeves
Executive Director – Secondary Academic Affairs, Westerville City Schools
State Board of Directors, August 1, 2015 – July 31, 2017
(Class AAA Representative, Central District)

Scott is a 1987 graduate of Columbus Eastmoor High School. He went on to The Ohio State University, where he was a member of the track & field and basketball teams. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Ohio State in social studies education in 1992 and master’s degree in education administration from Ashland University in 2002. Scott began his career in education as a high school social studies teacher with the Columbus City Schools in 1992. He was the varsity basketball coach at Northland and Independence high schools and was selected the Columbus City League Coach of the Year in 2002. In 2002, Scott began his tenure as assistant principal at Reynoldsburg High School. He then was hired to be the principal of Pickerington High School Central in 2007 before accepting his current position in 2010 as executive director– secondary academic affairs for the Westerville City Schools, where he supervises the academic and athletic programs of the district’s four middle schools, three high schools and alternative learning center. Elected to the Central District Athletic Board in 2012 as a Class AAA Representative, Scott served as president of the CDAB during the 2014-2015 school year. This is his first term on the OHSAA Board of Directors. Scott has also served on The Ohio State University Men’s Varsity ‘O’ Alumni Association Board of Directors and on the board of the Trey Burke Foundation. Scott and his wife, Valarie, have been married for 18 years and have three children, MeLeena (married to Andrew Elliott), Michael and Madison, and two grandchildren, Xavier and Lawson.
Rhonda Rickelman
Director of Auxiliary Planning, Gates Mills Gilmour Academy
State Board of Directors, August 1, 2016 – July 31, 2018
(Female Representative, Northeast District)

Rhonda is a 1974 graduate of Holy Name High School in Parma Heights. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in health and physical education from Miami University in 1978 and a master’s degree in administration from Ursuline College in 1992. Rhonda began her career in education as a health and physical education teacher in 1978 at Notre Dame Academy, an all-girls school in Chardon. She later became certified in computer science and also taught that for 10 years. In 1979, she was named Notre Dame Academy’s athletic director. When Notre Dame merged traditions with the now closed Cathedral Latin School to form a new co-educational school, Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin School in 1988, Rhonda became the athletic director of the new school and by 2000 helped the program grow to 13 varsity sports and 30 teams. In the transition to a co-ed program, she oversaw the building of a new gymnasium, football stadium and track, two baseball and softball fields and three soccer/football practice fields. From 1979 to 1992 she coached basketball and softball. In 2006, Rhonda was named athletic director at Magnificat High School in Rocky River. She held that position for eight years before accepting the position of director of auxiliary planning at Gilmour Academy in Gates Mills in 2015. Rhonda was elected to the Northeast District Athletic Board in 2014. She has also worked with the Northeast Ohio Alliance of Catholic Athletic Administrators for 20 years and has been the treasurer of that group since 2006. This is her first term on the OHSAA State Board of Directors.
Chad Shawger
Principal, Dresden Tri-Valley High School
State Board of Directors, August 1, 2016 – July 31, 2018
(Class AAA Representative, East District)

Chad is a 1993 graduate of Zanesville Bishop Rosecrans High School, where he is a member of the school’s athletic hall of fame. He graduated from Bowling Green State University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science degree in secondary education and from Salem University in 2006 with a master’s degree in educational administration. Chad began his career in education as a high school social studies teacher at West Muskingum High School just outside of Zanesville in 1997. He served as the Tornadoes’ head baseball and head golf coach as well as assistant varsity basketball and football coach. He was the varsity girls basketball coach from 2004 to 2006 at Rosecrans High School, where he earned East District Coach of the Year honors and District 12 coach of the year honors. Chad was hired as the assistant principal at Crooksville High School in 2006 and then became the assistant principal at TriValley High School in Dresden in 2007. He moved to Tri-Valley Middle School as principal in 2010, a position he held for three years before being named to his current position in 2013 as Tri-Valley High School principal. Elected to the East District Athletic Board in 2013 as a Class AAA representative, Chad is currently serving as that board’s president. This is his first term on the OHSAA Board of Directors. Chad and his wife, Jane, have been married for 17 years and have four children, Alyssa (16), Katie (14), Ty (11) and Jessica (8). They live in the Tri-Valley school district, where all four children are active in academics and athletics.
Bruce Brown
Executive Director, Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association
State Board of Directors Since August 1, 2013
(Ex-Officio, Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association)

Bruce is a 1968 graduate of the former Pleasant View High School (now Galloway Westland) and received his Bachelor of Education degree from Bowling Green State University. He received his master’s degree in education along with his Ohio educational administration certification from Ashland University in 2002. Bruce began his career in education and coaching at Hubbard High School in 1972 and then became head boys basketball coach at Columbus Franklin Heights in 1973. He continued his coaching career over the next two decades including a stint as assistant men’s basketball coach at Bowling Green State University from 1981-84. His high school teams earned over 220 victories during his head coaching career. In 1998, he assumed the dual role of head basketball coach and athletic administrator at Uniontown Lake High School and then became exclusively the athletic 12 administrator and facilities coordinator in 1999 until retiring after the 2013-14 school year. Since starting at Lake, he has been involved with many aspects of the Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (OIAAA). In the spring of 2012, he was selected as the first executive director of the OIAAA and remains in that capacity today. At the national level, Bruce has been involved with the National Federation of State High School Associations’ Coach Education Program and has presented at several national conferences. He continues to work closely with the OHSAA in the development of the Ohio Coach Education Program along with leadership training and certification for athletic administrators. In 2007, he was named “Ohio Athletic Director of Year” by the OIAAA and was the recipient of the NFHS’ “Citation Award” in 2015. In 2011, he was chosen as the national “Coach Educator of the Year” by the NFHS. Bruce and his wife, Cindy, reside in Strasburg. They have four children (Blaire, Megan, Logan and Lauren) and two grandchildren (Kendra and Graham)
Jeremy Marks
Director, Office for Federal Programs, Ohio Department of Education
State Board of Directors Since February 1, 2014
(Ex-Officio, Ohio Department of Education Representative)

Jeremy became the director of the Office of Federal Programs at the Ohio Department of Education in January 2014 after being named interim director in August 2013. He has over 20 years of state and federal legislative and policy experience and has been a key staff member for the Ohio Department of Education since January 2001. Prior to being named director, Jeremy served 10 years as the federal legislative liaison at the Ohio Department of Education, developing and advocating the federal legislative recommendations to Congress and federal stakeholders. In addition to managing the agency’s federal education advocacy, he spearheaded the agency’s implementation of one-time federal funds; administered the agency’s Controlling Board requests; coordinated the development of federal applications and guidance, and ran the state’s participation in the U.S. Green Ribbon schools competition. Prior to service at the Ohio Department of Education, Jeremy served between 1998 and 2001 as a legislative liaison for the Ohio Commission on Hispanic/Latino Affairs, senior legislative aide to the chairman of the Transportation and Public Safety Committee at the Ohio House of Representatives and a Legislative Service Commission fellow. Jeremy earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science, with a concentration in business administration, in 1994 from Ohio University, where he minored in Spanish. He and his wife, Michelle, reside in Columbus.