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2014-15

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Jonas L. Smith, CAA
Board President

State Board of Directors, August 1, 2013 – July 31, 2015

Ethnic-Minority Representative

Athletic Administrator, Dayton Public Schools

1601 S. Edwin Moses Blvd., Dayton 45417

B: 937-542-4070; Fax: 937-452-4071; Email: jsmith@dps.k12.oh.us 

 

Jonas graduated from Dayton Jefferson Township High School in 1990. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in health services administration from Wilberforce University in 1995 and his elementary school certification from Central State University in 1998.

Jonas began his career in education in 1990 as the head girls basketball coach at Jefferson Township High, which he held until 2005. His teaching career began in 1995 with the Dayton Public Schools at Wilbur Wright Middle School. In 1996, he became director of athletics for Jefferson Township, which he held until 2005.

In 2005, Jonas became the director of athletics for the Dayton Public Schools. He is a Certified Athletic Administrator (CAA), member of the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA), Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (OIAAA) and the Southwest Ohio Athletic Directors Association (SWOADA). He was appointed to the OHSAA’s Southwest District Athletic Board in 2011, was formally elected to that board in 2012 and is in his first term on the OHSAA Board of Directors.

Jonas has also been a registered OHSAA basketball official since 1995. His wife, LaDonna, is a kindergarten teacher with the Dayton Public Schools. They reside in Dayton and have two sons, Jaren and Jalen.

Tim Cook, CAA

Board Vice President
State Board of Directors,
August 1, 2013 - July 31, 2015

Class AAA Representative, Southwest District

Assistant Principal/Athletic Administrator, Mt. Orab Western Brown High School

476 W. Main Street, Mt. Orab 45154
B: 937-444-2544 ext. 11007; Fax: 937-444-4355; Email: tim.cook@wb.k12.oh.us 
 

Tim is a 1980 graduate of Fairfield High School in Leesburg, Ohio. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Wilmington College in 1984 and his master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Dayton in 1987.

Tim has been at Western Brown Local Schools in Mt. Orab his entire career. He began his teaching and coaching career in 1984 at Hamersville Elementary and Middle School, where he taught physical education in grades K through 9. During that time he coached ninth grade basketball and junior high football. The next year, he was transferred to Western Brown High School, where he taught physical education until 1997. Tim was the head boys basketball coach from 1991-1997 and the head girls fast pitch softball coach from 1989-1998. In 1997, he was named the assistant principal and athletic administrator at Western Brown High and has held that position since.

Tim was elected to the OHSAA’s Southwest District Athletic Board in 2011 and served as president in 2013-14. He was an officer on the Southwest Ohio Athletic Directors Association Board from 2001-2009 and served as president in 2005-06. From 2009-14 he he served on the Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association’s Board of Directors. He was the Southwest Ohio Athletic Administrator of the Year in 2007 and received the NIAAA State Award of Merit in 2011.

Tim resides in Mt. Orab with his wife, Lilly, who is the assistant principal at Mt. Orab Middle School. They have raised six children (four boys and two girls) who were all very active in high school athletics. Tim’s father, Jim Cook, was an athletic director for 31 years at Leesburg Fairfield High School and is in the OIAAA Athletic Directors Hall of Fame. Lilly’s father, Heckie Thompson, was the head boys basketball coach at Western Latham for 22 years and is in the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame.

Brenda Frankart

Principal, Findlay Liberty-Benton High School

State Board of Directors, August 1, 2014 – July 31, 2016

(Female Representative, Northwest District)

9190 Co Rd 9, Findlay, OH  45840

B: 419-424-5351; Fax: 419-424-5352; Email: bfrankart@lb.noacsc.org

Brenda is a 1987 graduate of Van Wert High School. She has two degrees from Bowling Green State University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in secondary mathematics education in 1990 and her master’s degree in educational administration in 1997. She has also completed her superintendent’s licensure coursework from the University of Findlay in 2005.

Brenda started her educational career as a high school mathematics teacher at Fostoria High School, where she served from 1991-99. In 1999, she moved to Liberty-Benton High School, where she took on the role as high school principal, and she continues in that position.

She has been a member of the Blanchard Valley Conference Governing Board since 1999, serving as vice president in 2007-08 and president in 2008-09. Brenda has been a member of the OHSAA-OASSA Principals’ Advisory Committee since 2008, and in 2010 she was selected Ohio High School Principal of the Year. She has served on the Northwest District Athletic Board since 2012 and is in her first term on the OHSAA Board of Directors.

Brenda lives in Findlay with her son, Ethan, 16, who attends Liberty-Benton High and participates in cross country, basketball and track.

 

Richard Hall

Superintendent, East Guernsey Local School District, Old Washington

State Board of Directors, August 1, 2014 – July 31, 2016

Class AA Representative, East District

237 Beymer Rd, Old Washington, OH 43768

B: 740-489-5190; Fax (740) 489-9813; E-mail:  Richard.hall@eguernsey.k12.oh.us

 

Richard is a 1983 graduate of Buckeye Trail High School in Old Washington. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from Ohio University in 1988 and a master’s degree from Franciscan University and principal licensure in 1996. Richard obtained his superintendent licensure in 1999.

Richard began his career in education as a Title I teacher at Quaker City Elementary School in 1988, at which time he continued to coach basketball at Buckeye Trail High. He later served as an elementary school principal in the East Guernsey Local School District from 2003-07 and is currently serving as the district’s superintendent, a position he has held since January 2008.

Richard was appointed to the East District Athletic Board in 2009 and then was elected to a full term in 2011. This is his first term on the OHSAA Board of Directors.

Richard resides between Cambridge and New Concord with his wife Linda, who is a retired teacher. They have one child, Grant, who is a sophomore at Ohio University majoring in sport management.

Phil Harris

Principal, Plain City Jonathan Alder High School

State Board of Directors, August 1, 2013 – July 31, 2015

(Class AA Representative, Central District)
9200 US Rt. 42, Plain City 43064
B: 614-873-4642; Fax: 614-873-4252; Email: harris@japioneers.org 


Phil graduated from Maysville High School, which is just south of Zanesville, in 1973. He attended Miami University, where he began as a math major before switching to pre-medicine. He lettered in baseball as a pitcher his freshman and sophomore years when the Redskins qualified for the College World Series by winning the Mid-American Conference in 1974. Phil then transferred to The Ohio State University, where he graduated with a degree in biology in 1977. After deciding to enter the teaching profession, he student-taught and coached basketball and baseball at Thomas Worthington High School before graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in science education in 1978.

Phil began his career in education in the spring of 1978 at Olentangy High School in Lewis Center. He taught science and biology while coaching baseball and golf. He then accepted a position in 1980 at Jonathan Alder Schools, where his teaching and coaching assignments remained the same. In 1984, Phil earned a master’s degree in education administration from Ohio State and that fall became the assistant principal at Jonathan Alder High School. In 1985 he was promoted as Jonathan Alder’s principal, a position he continues to hold today.

A member of the Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrators (OASSA) for nearly 30 years, Phil has served on various committees for OASSA and presented at several conferences and workshops. When Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine formed the School Safety Task Force, Phil was selected to represent the high school principals for the state of Ohio. He was elected to the Central District Athletic Board in 1998 and is serving his third term as the Class AA representative. He has been president and vice president of that board and has been in charge of the scholar-athlete program for a number of years. This is his first term on the Board of Directors.

Phil and his wife, Holly, have been married for 36 years and have three children. Molly, 29, is a graduate of Otterbein College; Zack, 27, graduated from Wittenberg University and resides in Akron with his wife, Rachel, and Emily, 24, is a graduate of Wright State University and is in graduate school at New York University.

Gary Kreinbrink

Athletic Administrator, Leipsic High School

State Board of Directors, August 1, 2013 – July 15, 2015

(Class A Representative, Northwest District)

218 S. Poplar Street, Leipsic 45856
B: 419-943-2164 ext. 4088; Fax: 419-943-2185; Email: lp_kreinbrink@lp.noacsc.org 

 
A 1979 graduate of Leipsic High School, Gary received his bachelor’s degree from Bluffton University in comprehensive communication and his master’s degree from Northcentral University in athletic administration.

His professional career began as an English teacher and junior varsity basketball coach at Howard East Knox High School for two years. He returned to his hometown and has been at Leipsic for the past 29 years. Gary has been a varsity coach at Leipsic in the sports of cross country, boys and girls track and softball, and he has been the head girls varsity basketball coach there for the past 28 years. His basketball teams have won nine league championships and have accumulated 330 wins. In 2013, Gary was selected to coach the North squad in the Ohio Division III-IV North-South All-Star Game at Capital University. He also coached the Buckeye squad in the Ohio vs. Indiana All-Star Game in 2009 and 2010.

Gary has been the athletic administrator at Leipsic since 2004. He was elected as a Class A representative to the Northwest District Athletic Board in 2010, is that board’s immediate past president and is a member of the Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association. This is his first term on the OHSAA Board of Directors.

Gary lives in Leipsic with his wife, Vicki. All three of their children have each been multi-sport athletes: Corey is the girls varsity basketball coach and intervention specialist at North Central High School; Amanda is a licensed practical nurse and is working toward certification as a registered nurse, and Hailey is a freshman at Kent State University.

Bret Mavis

Principal, Chillicothe Zane Trace Middle/Junior High School

State Board of Directors, August 1, 2013 – July 31, 2015

(7th-8th Grade Representative, Southeast Disrict)

 

Bret is a 1978 graduate of Bishop Flaget High School in Chillicothe, Ohio. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in education from Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va., and also holds a master’s degree in educational administration from Ashland University and earned his superintendent’s certification from Wright State University.

He began his teaching and coaching career in 1984 at Huntington Ross High School in Chillicothe, where he taught for 21 years in grades 8-12. During that time he also coached baseball, boys basketball, football and softball. He was the athletic administrator at Huntington Ross for 14 years.

 

In 2004, Bret was hired by the Zane Trace Local School District as the athletic administrator and middle/junior high school principal. He currently holds the latter position at the school.

 

Bret was elected to the OHSAA’s Southeast District Athletic Board in 2012 as the 7th-8th grade representative. This is his first term on the OHSAA Board of Directors.

 

Bret lives in Chillicothe with his wife, Angela, an elementary teacher in the Huntington Ross Local School District. They have a son, Nat, a junior at Zane Trace High School, and daughter Destiny, a county caseworker for children’s services in the Chillicothe area. Two grandchildren, Rece and Gavyn, complete the family.

 

 

Dr. William (Bill) R. Nye Jr.

Superintendent, Grand Valley Local Schools, Orwell

State Board of Directors, August 1, 2014 – July 31, 2016

(Class AA Representative, Northeast Disrict)

111 Grand Valley Ave, Orwell, OH  44076

B: 440-437-6566; Fax (440) 437-1025;  Email:  William.nye@neomin.org


Bill is a 1981 graduate of Grand Valley High School, located in Orwell in rural Ashtabula County. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture in 1985 from West Virginia University. While at WVU, he was a full scholarship athlete on the wrestling team and a captain of the 1985-86 squad. He later received a master’s degree in microbiology from the West Virginia University Agricultural School in 1988. In 2000, Bill received a second master’s degree from Youngstown State University in educational administration, and later he finished his doctorate degree from YSU in educational leadership in 2012.

Bill’s professional career began as a teacher in the Jefferson Local School District. He taught science and coached football, baseball, wrestling and track & field. He became a middle school/high school administrator in 2002 and finished his work in Jefferson as a high school principal in 2007. He then became superintendent of the Grand Valley Local Schools in 2007. Bill also retired in 2013 from a 15-year span of officiating high school wrestling. He officiated the OHSAA State Wrestling Tournament in 2007 and 2008.

Elected to the Northeast District Athletic Board in 2012, Bill is in the third year of his term representing the Class A Schools of Northeast Ohio.

Bill and his wife, Leah, live in Hartsgrove Ohio, where they raised their four children, all of which were involved in multiple high school athletic programs.

Steve Stirn

Superintendent, Logan-Hocking Local School District

State Board of Directors, August 1, 2014 – July 31, 2016

(Class AAA Representative, Southeast District)

2019 E. Front St, Logan, OH  43138  

B: 740-385-8517 ext 2701; Fax (740) 385-3683;  E-mail:  sstirn@loganhocking.k12.oh.us

Steve is a 1967 graduate of Ironton St. Joseph High School. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in education from Muskingum College in 1971 and a master’s degree in guidance from Xavier University in 1977.

Steve began his career in education as a third grade teacher in 1971. He then taught in the Chillicothe City Schools as an elementary physical education teacher. He coached football, basketball and tennis for five years. In 1978, Steve was employed by Zane Trace Local Schools in Chillicothe, where he taught physical education and was the head baseball and football coach. In 1985, he became high school principal at Zane Trace. Steve accepted the middle/high school principal job at Chillicothe Unioto High School in 1992 and was also elected to the Southeast District Athletic Board as a AA representative that same year.

In 1995, Steve accepted the superintendent’s position at Blanchester Local Schools, and in 2000 he was hired as superintendent of the Logan-Hocking Local School District and currently remains in that position.

Steve officiated high school basketball for 15 years and umpired baseball and softball for eight years. He has also refereed several state tournament games.

After moving back to the district in 2000, Steve was elected to fill an unexpired term on the Southeast District Athletic Board in 2002 and was re-elected for another term in 2005. In 2008, he was selected to the OHSAA Board of Directors, and he served as president of the Board in 2009. Re-elected for a third term on the Southeast District Athletic Board in 2011, this is Steve’s second term on the OHSAA Board of Directors.

Steve and his wife, Anne, have been married for 43 years and have two daughters. Stephanie is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati and Carrie is a graduate of Mount Carmel College of Nursing. They have a granddaughter, Riley, 10.

Bruce Brown

Executive Director, Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association

State Board of Directors Since August 1, 2013

(Ex-Officio, Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association)

707 Dale Avenue, Strasburg, OH  44680

B: 330-878-8080; Email:  oiaaa.brucebrown@gmail.com

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 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 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 Ohio’s selection for the NFHS “Citation Award” in 2010. In 2011, he was chosen as the national “Coach Educator of the Year” by the NFHS.

Bruce and his wife, Cindy, reside in Uniontown. 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)

25 S. Front St., Columbus, OH  43215 

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 18 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.

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