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Steve Stirn

Board President

Superintendent, Logan-Hocking Local School District

State Board of Directors, August 1, 2014 Ė 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 masterís 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 superintendentís 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 Steveís 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.

Brenda Frankart

Board Vice President

Principal, Findlay Liberty-Benton High School

State Board of Directors, August 1, 2014 Ė 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 masterís degree in educational administration in 1997. She has also completed her superintendentís 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 Principalsí 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.

 

Andy Bixler

Superintendent, Anna Local Schools
State Board of Directors, August 1, 2015 Ė July 31, 2017
(Class A Representative, Southwest District)
1 McRill Way, Anna, OH, 45302

B: 937-394-2011; 937-394-7658; E-mail: abixler@anna.k12.oh.us

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 masterís 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 principalís job at Anna High School in 2001 and served in that position for five years. In 2006, he accepted the superintendentís 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 18 years and have three children, Bart, Hope and Blake. Bart is in 8th grader and Hope is in 6th grade at Anna Middle School. Blake is a 2nd grader at Anna Elementary.

 

Barry Gullen

State Board of Directors, August 1, 2015 - July 31, 2017

(Ethnic-Minority Representative, East District)
 

Barry is a 1975 graduate of Steel Valley High School in Homestead, Pennsylvania. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in education from The College of Steubenville in 1979 and a Masterís degree in administration from Dayton University in 1990.

 

Barry began his career in education as a special education teacher in 1980 in the Steubenville City School District. From 1981-1993 he coached football, basketball, volleyball and track. In 1983, he became a high school special education teacher at Steubenville. In 1993, Barry became an elementary school principal and in 1999 he returned to Steubenville High School as assistant principal. In 2006 he was hired as Director of Programs and held the position for three years before accepting the position of assistant superintendent of the Steubenville City School District.

 

Barry was elected to the East District Athletic Board in 2007 and was re-elected in 2013. In 2015 he was appointed to the OHSAA State Board of Directors.

 

Barry and his wife, Carolyn, have been married for 32 years and have two daughters and one son. Jamie is a graduate of Washington and Jefferson College with a degree in Business. Jacquelyn is a graduate of Drexel University with a degree in architecture. Derrick is a graduate of Walsh University with a degree in Marketing. Barry and Carolyn have just welcomed their first  granddaughter, Cora, born on June 27, 2015.


 

Tom Martin

Director of Middle School Athletics, Gahanna-Jefferson Local School District

State Board of Directors, August 1, 2015 Ė July 31, 2017

(7th-8th Grade Representative, Central District)

730 Clotts Rd, Gahanna, OH, 43230

B: 614-479-1631; Fax: 614-478-5544; Email: martint@gjps.org 

 

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 masterís 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.

 

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 30 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.

 

Dr. William (Bill) R. Nye Jr.

Superintendent, Grand Valley Local Schools, Orwell

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

(Class A 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 masterís degree in microbiology from the West Virginia University Agricultural School in 1988. In 2000, Bill received a second masterís degree from Youngstown State University in educational administration, and later he finished his doctorate degree from YSU in educational leadership in 2012.

Billís 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.

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)

936 Eastwind Dr., Suite 200, Westerville, OH, 43081

B: 614-797-5934, F:614-797-5901, Email: reevess@wcsoh.org

 

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 masterís 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 ĎOí Alumni Association Board of Directors and on the board of the Trey Burke Foundation.

 

Scott and his wife, Valarie, have been married for 17 years and have three children, MeLeena (married to Andrew Elliott), Michael and Madison, and two grandchildren, Xavier and Lawson.

 

Walter (Walt) E. Skaggs

Superintendent and High School Principal, St. Clairsville-Richland City School District

State Board of Directors, August 1, 2015 - July 31, 2017

108 Woodrow Ave, St. Clairsville, OH  43950

(740) 695-1624, Fax (740) 695-1624.  E-mail:  walt.skaggs@omeresa.net

 

Walt is a 1987 graduate of Shadyside High School. He received his bachelorís degree from Muskingum College in 1991 in clinical psychology and his masterís degree in education administration from the University of Dayton in 1992. He then completed additional coursework through Franciscan University to receive his superintendentís license. Currently, Walt is in the last phase of completing his doctorate degree in education administration through Ohio University.

 

Upon graduation from Muskingum College, Walt accepted a graduate assistant position at Ohio Northern University, where he served as assistant coach for the sports of football, wrestling and softball and was the head strength and conditioning coach. He began his teaching and coaching career in 1994 at Lima Senior High School, where he taught developmentally handicapped students, was a varsity football assistant (1996 Division I State Champions) and the head coach for wrestling and tennis. In 1997, he moved back to Belmont County when he accepted the position of assistant principal at St. Clairsville High School. He has also served as the assistant varsity football coach and has actively participated in the youth wrestling program. Walt became principal at the high school in 2000 and served in that capacity for eight years before becoming superintendent in June of 2008 for the St. Clairsville-Richland City School District. In 2010, Walt assumed, and currently performs, the dual duties of superintendent and high school principal.

 

Walt began serving on the East District Athletic Board in 2008 (president from 2013-2015). He also is a member of the executive board of the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference (president 2013-present) and the Buckeye Association of School Administrators. In addition, he was the co-founder of the Buckeye 8 Athletic League, where he served as president from 2003-2008. Walt is an active Rotarian and is currently heading up the school districtís Stadium Improvement Committee.

 

Walt resides in St. Clairsville with his wife, Denise. They are the proud parents of two sons, Cole and Reese.

 

Jeffrey (Jeff) T. Snyder

Superintendent, Lincolnview Local Schools, Van Wert

State Board of Directors, August 1, 2015 Ė July 31, 2017

(Class AA Representative, Northwest District)

15945 Middle Point Rd, Van Wert, OH 45891

(419) 968-2226, Fax (419) 968-2227.  E-mail:  jsnyder@lincolnview.k12.oh.us

 

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 Masterís of Science degree in athletic training from Ohio University in 1994. He also obtained his principalís license from the University of Findlay in 2003 and completed his superintendentís 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 principalís 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 Districtís 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, 17; Madeline, 15; Victoria, 13; Olivia, 8, and Willow, 1) who are all very 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)

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 masterís 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 menís 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 Associationsí 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 ďOhio Athletic Director of YearĒ by the OIAAA and was Ohioís selection for the NFHS ďCitation AwardĒ in 2010. In 2011, he was chosen as the national ďCoach Educator of the YearĒ 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 agencyís federal education advocacy, he spearheaded the agencyís implementation of one-time federal funds; administered the agencyís Controlling Board requests; coordinated the development of federal applications and guidance, and ran the stateís 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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