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Executive Core


The work of the Ohio Leadership Advisory Council is guided by the following education leaders that serve as the Executive Core.

Ellen Adornetto - Education Policy & Practice Consultant, Ohio Education Association

Suzanne Amos, Creative Wonder Communications

Craig Burford - Executive Director, Ohio Educational Service Center Association (OESCA)

Debbie Campbell - Search Consultant, K12 Business Consulting

Demetrice Davis - Ed Policy & Practice Consultant

Julie Davis, Ed.D. - Executive Director, Ohio Association of Elementary School Administrators (OAESA)

Cynthia Dewey - Director, Office of Innovation and Improvement, Ohio Department of Education

Stephanie Dodd - Member, District 9, Ohio State Board of Education

Earl Focht - Consultant, Office for Exceptional Children, Ohio Department of Education

Tim Freeman, Ed.D. - Executive Director, Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrators (OASSA)

Jim Gay, Ph.D. - Project Co-Director, Ohio Leadership Advisory Council (OLAC)

Tom Goodney, Ed.D. - Superintendent, ESC of Central Ohio

R. Kirk Hamilton, Ph.D. - Executive Director, Buckeye Association of School Administrators (BASA)

Barb Hansen, Ph.D. - Director of Graduate Programs of Education, Muskingum University

Victor Harris - Teacher Leader, Sycamore Community Schools

Kathleen Hermann, Ph.D. - Assistant Director, Office of Educator Effectiveness, Ohio Department of Education

Cathy Johnson - Board of Trustees, Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA)

Meryl Johnson - Board Member, District 11, Ohio State Board of Education

Paul Johnson, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor, Ed. Admin. and Leadership Studies, Bowling Green State University; Board Member, Bucyrus City Schools

Mark Jones - Member Services Director, Ohio Association of Elementary School Administrators (OAESA)

Cathy LaForme - Consultant, Ashlan Consulting

Jim Lloyd, Ph.D. - Superintendent, Olmsted Falls City Schools

Krista Maxson, Ph.D. - Assoc Vice-Chancellor, P16 Initiatives, Ohio Department of Higher Education

Amy R. McGuffey, Ph.D - Assistant Professor of Education, Wittenberg University

Carly McVey - Program Director, Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI)

Jessica Mercerhill, Ph.D. - Senior Director of Educator Preparation, Ohio Department of Higher Education

Kim Miller-Smith - Senior Student Achievement, Ohio School Boards Association

Patty Nyquist - Executive Director, Center for Continuous Improvement, Ohio Department of Education

Karel Oxley - Project Co-Director, Ohio Leadership Advisory Council (OLAC)

John Richard, Ph.D. - Deputy State Superintendent, Ohio Department of Education

Bill Sears - Center Director, Instructional Services, Hamilton County Educational Service Center

Julia Simmerer - Senior Executive Director, Center for the Teaching Profession

Sheila Smith - Assistant Director of Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI)

Julie Turner - Project Coordinator, OLAC

Michael Tefs, Ed.D. - Superintendent, Wooster City School District

Deb Telfer, Ph.D - PhD, Director & Research Associate, University of Cincinnati Systems Development & Improvement Center

Michael Trego - Deputy Superintendent, ESC of Central Ohio

Deborah Tully - Professional Issues Coordinator, Ohio Federation of Teachers

Pamela VanHorn, Ph.D - OLi4 Project Coordinator, Systems Development & Improvement (SDI) Center, College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services, University of Cincinnati

Jo Hannah Ward - Director, Office for Exceptional Children, Ohio Department of Education

Chris Woolard, Ph.D. - Senior Executive Director, Center for Accountability and Continuous Improvement, Ohio Department of Education