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Scott Kaufman (Board President)
Assistant Principal/Athletic Administrator, West Chester Lakota West High School
State Board of Directors, August 1, 2019 – July 31, 2022
(Class AAA Representative, Southwest District)
 
Scott is a graduate of Seven Hills High School in Cincinnati where he played soccer, basketball and baseball. He earned his Bachelor of Science in education from Bradley University in 1990 and later a master’s degree in school administration from Xavier University.
 
Scott is in his 30th year in education and is currently the assistant principal/athletic administrator at Lakota West High School, the school district in which he lives and from where his children graduated. Prior to that, he began his professional career at Princeton City Schools (1992-2011) as a teacher (1992-96), junior high athletic administrator (1996-98) and district athletic administrator (1998-2011). During this time, he coached football and basketball at Princeton and fast-pitch softball at Seven Hills. From 2011-13, Kaufman served as the athletic administrator at Wyoming High School.
 
As a longtime member of the National (NIAAA) and Ohio (OIAAA) athletic administrators associations and the Southwest Ohio Athletic Directors Association (SWOADA), Scott was awarded the OIAAA Meritorious Service Award in 2008, the SWOADA Citation Award in 2011, the NIAAA Distinguished Service Award in 2012 and OIAAA/SWOADA Athletic Administrator of the Year Award in 2016.
 
Scott has also been very active within the OHSAA throughout his career. He has served as a sectional, district and regional tournament manager in six team sports and he has been a member of the OHSAA Blue Ribbon Committee for bylaw review, the OHSAA Technology Committee, the Competitive Balance Committee and the Emerging Opportunities Committee. He was elected as the AAA representative to the OHSAA’s Southwest District Athletic Board in 2008 and was reelected in 2016. This is his first term on the OHSAA Board of Directors.
 
Scott has been married for 29 years to his wife Shelley, a cardiology nurse at Mercy Hospital in Fairfield. They have two children, Chelsey (26), a graduate of Kent State University, and Megan (23), who played volleyball at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga from 2017-21 and is completing her final semester in nursing in fall 2021. They have been residents of Liberty Township for 29 years. 

Steve Watkins (Board Vice President)
Principal, Dalton Middle School​
State Board of Directors, August 1, 2019 – July 31, 2022
(7th-8th Grade Representative, Northeast District)
 
Steve is a 2002 graduate of Creston Norwayne High School in Wayne County. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in middle level education from the University of Akron in 2007 and later earned his master's degree in educational leadership in 2012. 
 
He has been the middle school principal and lead curriculum director for Dalton Local Schools for the past four years. Prior to this, Steve was the middle school principal at Chippewa Middle School in Doylestown, Ohio, for five years. He also taught eighth grade mathematics and science at Norton City Schools for six years. 
 
Steve first joined the Northeast District Athletic Board to fill an unexpired term as the 7th-8th grade representative in October 2015. He was elected to fill that position long-term from August 1, 2016, to July 31, 2019. He was again appointed to fill the unexpired term as that board’s 7th-8th grade representative in September 2019, and he was elected to fill that position long-term from August 1, 2020, to July 31, 2025. This is Steve’s first term on the OHSAA Board of Directors.
 
Steve is married to Melissa, a school guidance counselor for Perry Local Schools in Massillon, Ohio. They have a daughter, Ella, who attends Dalton Elementary School and is in the third grade.
  Bo Arnett
  Dean of Students/Athletic Administrator, Waverly High School
  State Board of Directors, August 1, 2021 – July 31, 2024
  (Class AAA Representative, Southeast District)
 
 Bo Arnett is a graduate of Waverly High School (1980) and Ohio University (Bachelor of Science in   education, 1986). He went on to earn his master’s degree in educational leadership (2004) from Ohio   University.
 
 Bo began his teaching career at Western Local Schools in Latham as a fifth-grade teacher. He later   moved into the junior high school to teach science and also began his coaching career at Western. He   held various positions for 14 years in the sports of baseball, basketball, track & field and cross   country. Bo led the 1992 cross country team to the school’s first state tournament, where they   finished 14th. He also was the head coach of the girls basketball team, which won two sectional titles and one district runner-up, and he was named coach-of-the-year twice in the Southern Hills League and once in District 14.
 
In 1999, Bo was hired at Waverly High School to be the athletic administrator. While at Waverly, the Tigers have won several league, sectional and district championships and several athletes have qualified for state competitions. He has also overseen several improvements to the athletic facilities. A renovation of the football field included the installation of new turf, a new fieldhouse, new bleachers and a new track surface. A renovation of the gymnasium included replacing the floor, renovating the varsity locker room and installing new scoreboards. He has also opened a new weight room and implemented a strength and conditioning class during the school day. He has also been involved in starting a hall of fame at the school.
 
Bo is a member of the Southeast District Athletic Administrators Association (SEOIAAA), Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (OIAAA) and the National Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA). He was elected to the Southeast District Athletic Board in 2011 and is currently serving his first term on the OHSAA Board of Directors. He has received several awards, including Southeast Athletic Director of the Year, Citation Award, Meritorious Award and he was elected to the OIAAA Hall of Fame in 2011.
 
He has also served as a manager for OHSAA tournament for 20 years in the sports of football, volleyball, basketball, baseball and softball.
 
Bo lives in Waverly with his wife of 37 years, Valerie. They have two grown children: daughter Kaci Kortis (husband Adam) works at the University of Cincinnati, and son Trevor (wife Laura) works as a home inspector. They also have three grandsons, Bo, Theo and Asa.
Ryan Fitzgerald
Director of Athletics, Columbus Hamilton Township High School
State Board of Directors, August 1, 2019 – July 31, 2022
(Class AA Representative, Central District)
 
Ryan is a 2001 graduate of Sandusky Perkins High School. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in education from The Ohio State University in 2006 and later earned a Master of Science in educational leadership from the University of Dayton, where he obtained his K-12 principal licensure and superintendent licensure. 
 
His career in education began in 2006 as a gifted intervention specialist at Hamilton Intermediate School in the Hamilton Local School District in Columbus. While teaching, Fitzgerald coached football and track. In 2010, he became the dean of students at Hamilton Township High School and he became assistant principal in 2011. He has been the school’s director of athletics since 2012. 
 
Fitzgerald was elected to the Central District Athletic Board in 2015 as a Class AA representative. This is his first term on the OHSAA Board of Directors.
 
Ryan and his wife, Julie, have been married eight years and have two children, Rylie (6) and Reegan (3). They reside in Hilliard. 
 
 
 Gina Franks
 Director of Student Services, Dover City Schools
 State Board of Directors, August 1, 2021 – July 31, 2024
 (Female Representative, East District)
 
 Gina is a 1990 graduate of Tuscarawas Valley High School in Zoarville, Ohio, where she played   volleyball. She graduated from Alderson-Broaddus College (W. Va.) in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts   in education. While in college, she competed on the women's golf team. Gina earned a master’s   degree in education from Marygrove College (Detroit) in 2002 and a master’s degree in   educational leadership from Salem University (W.Va.) in 2014.
 
 Gina began her career in education at Sandy Valley Local Schools in Magnolia (Stark County) as a   middle level science teacher. While there she coached at both the junior high and high school   levels. She also has been very active in coaching youth sports during the spring and summer months that serve students from many school districts. Gina was hired by the Dover City School District in 2004 as a middle level science teacher and then moved to the high school as assistant principal in 2014. She became the director of student services for the Dover City Schools in 2018.
 
Serving as the female representative on the East District Athletic Board (EDAB) for the last six years, Gina was that board’s president during the 2019-2020 school year. She has also served as sport liaison for volleyball, tennis, softball and bowling. 
 
Gina and her husband Steve have been married for 25 years and are the parents of two children. Brenton is a graduate assistant for the men’s basketball team at Muskingum University and Jenna is a senior at Wheeling University.
Gary Kreinbrink
Athletic Administrator and Girls Varsity Basketball Coach, Leipsic High School
State Board of Directors, August 1, 2019 – July 31, 2022
(Class A Representative, Northwest District)

Gary is a 1979 graduate of Leipsic High School and a 1983 graduate of Bluffton University, where he received his education degree in English and communication. He also received his master’s degree in education/athletic administration from NorthCentral University.
 
Kreinbrink began his career in education at Howard East Knox High School as a high school English teacher for two years before returning to his alma mater, Leipsic, to teach English/speech in 1985. He has been the athletic administrator at Leipsic for the past 18 years and has been the girls varsity basketball coach for the past 35 years, compiling 463 wins and 12 league championships. Gary has coached in the prestigious Ohio North-South All-Star Game and twice coached in the Ohio vs. Indiana All-Star Game. He has also coached cross country, softball and the girls varsity track team for 16 years, where his teams have won four league championships.
 
Gary is also beginning his seventh year as the commissioner of the 12-school Blanchard Valley Conference, where he assigns over 1,000 officials each year.
 
Elected as the Class A representative to the OHSAA’s Northwest District Athletic Board in 2011 and reelected in 2017, Kreinbrink serves as the volleyball and gymnastics coordinator and is the scholarship/awards chairman for the NWDAB. This is his second term on the OHSAA State Board of Directors after also serving during the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years.
 
Gary and his wife, Vicki, have been married for 37 years and have three children. Corey is the opportunity/math lab instructor and the varsity girls basketball coach at Napoleon High School, where he led the Lady Wildcats to the state tournament the past two years and the 2021 OHSAA Division II state championship; Amanda is a registered nurse at University Hospitals in Cleveland, and Hailey just graduated from Kent State University and is in her first year as the guidance counselor at Danville High School.
 
 
 William (Bill) R. Nye Jr., Ph.D.
 Superintendent, Grand Valley Local Schools, Orwell
 State Board of Directors, August 1, 2021 – July 31, 2024
 (Class A Representative, Northeast District)
 
 Bill is a 1981 graduate of Grand Valley High School located in rural Ashtabula County in Orwell, Ohio.   He received a Bachelor of Science in agriculture in 1985 from West Virginia University. Bill was a full   scholarship athlete on the WVU wrestling team and a captain of the squad in 1985-86. 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 he later earned his doctoral in educational leadership from YSU in in 2012.
 
 Bill’s professional career began as a teacher in Jefferson Area Local Schools (Ashtabula County). He   taught science and coached football, baseball, wrestling and track. 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 Grand Valley Local Schools in 2007. Bill also retired in 2013 from a 15-year span as an OHSAA wrestling official, and he officiated the state wrestling tournament in 2007 and 2008. Bill is serving his second term on the OHSAA Board of Directors, previously serving from August 2014 through July 2016, and is serving in his second six-year term with the Northeast District Athletic Board.
 
Bill resides with his wife, Leah, in Hartsgrove Ohio, where they raised their four children, all of whom were involved in multiple high school athletic programs and are college graduates. Son Joe is an IT specialist for Charles Schwab; son Dexter is an anesthesiologist resident in Milwaukee, Wis.; son Logan is a fourth-year medical student at Wright State Boonshoft School of Medicine, and daughter Brady works for the Nestle Corp. in supply chain management.
 Jeff Wheeler
 Assistant Principal, Byesville Meadowbrook High School; Athletic Administrator, Byesville   Meadowbrook
 Middle/High School
 State Board of Directors, August 1, 2021 – July 31, 2024
 (Class AA Representative, East District)
 
 Jeff is a 2003 graduate of Maysville High School in Zanesville. He graduated from Marietta College in   2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in education, majoring in middle childhood education with a   math/science concentration. He went on to earn a Master of Arts in educational leadership from   Salem University (W. Va.) in 2012.
 
 Jeff began his coaching career as a secondary coach for the Marietta College football program during   the 2007 season. His educational career began as a high school math and science teacher at Foxfire High School (Zanesville) in the fall of 2008, and he spent a total of five years in the classroom. During that time, he coached varsity football, boys basketball and baseball. He also served two years as a varsity assistant baseball coach for Maysville High School during the 2008 and 2009 seasons; was a varsity assistant football coach at Maysville High during the 2008 season, and then went on to coach four years as a varsity assistant football coach at Zanesville High from July 2009 to April 2013. He also was the head boys basketball coach at Foxfire High School during the 2009-2010 season.
 
In April 2013, Jeff was named the athletic administrator at Meadowbrook Middle/High School in Byesville. He has served in that position the past eight years and continues to hold that position today. In addition to being the athletic administrator, Jeff has held several other administration positions in the Rolling Hills School District. He served as superintendent/principal of Foxfire East Academy for two years, middle school principal for one year and is currently going on his fourth year as Meadowbrook High School assistant principal.
 
Jeff has served as a Class AA representative on the East District Athletic Board (EDAB) since August 2017 and served as that board’s vice president in 2019-20 and was president last year. This is his first term on the OHSAA Board of Directors.
 
Jeff and his wife Ashlee have been married for 12 years and are the parents of two children. Txanthon is in fourth grade and Palmer is in second. Both attend elementary schools in the Rolling Hills School District and are very active in many different sports and activities.
 Scott Reeves
 Executive Director, Human Resources, Westerville City Schools
 State Board of Directors, August 1, 2021 – July 31, 2022
 (Ethnic Minority Representative, Central District)
 
 Scott is a 1987 graduate of Columbus Eastmoor High School, where he played football and basketball   and participated in track & field. He was the 1987 state long jump and 4x100-meter relay state   champion and 300-meter intermediate hurdles state runner-up. 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 from Ohio State in social studies education in 1992 and a 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. Following that school year, he began his tenure as assistant principal at Reynoldsburg High School, and he became principal of Pickerington High School Central in 2007. In 2010, Scott moved to the position of executive director of secondary schools with Westerville City Schools and transitioned in 2021 to be the executive director of human resources. In this role, his chief responsibilities are to coordinate the recruitment, hiring, staffing, evaluation, contract provisions and other items as it relates to the licensed, classified and supplemental staff of the district. 
 
First elected to the Central District Athletic Board (CDAB) as a Class AAA Representative, Scott served in that role from August 2012 through July 2018 and was president of the CDAB during the 2014-15 school year. He previously served on the OHSAA Board of Directors from August 2015 through July 2017. Currently the interim ethnic minority representative of the CDAB, Scott has also served as a member of the OHSAA Appeals Panel and has been a member of The Ohio State University Men’s Varsity ‘O’ Alumni Association Board of Directors and the Trey Burke Foundation. He is also currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Westerville Area Resource Ministry and the Westerville Symphony Board of Directors.
 
Scott and his wife, Valarie, have been married for 23 years and have three children, MeLeena (husband Andrew Elliott), Michael and Madison, and four grandchildren, Xavier, Lawson, Gabriella, and Mya.
 
G​len Gillespie
Executive DirectorOhio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association
State Board of Directors Since August 1, 2020
(Ex-Officio, Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association)
 
Glen is a graduate of Circleville High School. He received his Bachelor of Science from Ohio Northern University and master’s degree in sports administration from Ashland University.
 
Glen retired after 35 years in education and 22 years as an athletic administrator. During his time as an athletic administrator, he worked in Marietta (five years), New London (three years) and Wilmington (one year) and spent his last 13 years at Sylvania Southview High School, retiring in 2012. He was appointed executive director of the OIAAA following the death of Bruce Brown in June 2020.
 
A longtime member of the Northwest District Athletic Administrators Association Board, Glen has been a presenter at both the state and national levels. He has served on the NIAAA Publications Committee from 2002-15 and was the editor for the Ideas That Work section of the IAA magazine. He is a member of the LTI national faculty and was Chair of LTI 608. In 2012 Glen was appointed Ohio LTI coordinator and the newsletter editor. He received the state NFHS Citation Award in 2007 and was a 2012 inductee into the OIAAA Hall of Fame. In 2014 he was awarded the NIAAA Distinguished Service Award.   
 
Glen is married to Twila and they have two children, Blake and Alisha.
John Richard, Ed.D.
Deputy Superintendent, Ohio Department of Education
State Board of Directors Since June 1, 2020
(Ex-Officio, Ohio Department of Education Representative) 

 
As deputy superintendent of Ohio schools, John Richard, Ed.D., works closely with the four primary program centers of the Ohio Department of Education. The centers oversee all initiatives related to student supports, continuous improvement, performance and impact, and teaching, leading and learning. Richard continues to focus on leadership development by overseeing ongoing professional development sessions for the department’s senior leaders. Richard speaks frequently to Ohio education groups about the critical impact of excellent educational leadership both on students’ lives and Ohio’s future.

Richard has over 30 years of field experience ranging from classroom teacher to district superintendent and has more than 10 years of experience as a part-time instructor in the University of Akron’s school principalship program.

From 2013-15, Richard was a senior executive director and associate superintendent for the Ohio Department of Education, where he led the review and revision of Ohio’s Operating Standards for Schools and was the Department’s liaison for district Academic Distress Commissions. Before returning to ODE in 2017, he served as the associate executive director of the Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrators, where he oversaw professional development for high school principals.

Richard holds a bachelor’s degree from Mount Union College and a master’s degree from Cleveland State University. He earned his doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Akron.