Board of Directors

The Plain Local Schools Foundation and Alumni Association is led by a volunteer board that represents alumni, parents, community members, former educators and advocates for public education.

The foundation is always looking for individuals to serve on event committees, alumni initiatives and community outreach. If you are interested in serving on a committee, contact us today!

Board of Directors

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Suzi Lantz

President

Board Member since November 2019.

With a background in secondary education, coaching, and curriculum development Suzi has been active in helping individuals, teams and organizations reach their potential throughout her entire career. Suzi is a Partner and Leadership Consultant at GiANT (http://www.giantworldwide.com/). She has worked with organizations across industries to develop leaders who know how to identify and multiply leadership health and core competencies. She believes in empowering everyone to have a voice and has partnered to build GiANT’s DEI Inclusive Leadership program. Suzi and her husband Jason have two children in the district: Caris, who is a junior, and Joshua (JJ), who is a freshman. Both students are actively involved in cross-country, track, and various clubs and activities offered by our wonderful district.

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Emily Palmer

Vice-President

Board Member since November 2019.

Emily’s background has allowed her to grow and serve students and teachers in social studies, AP, IB, gifted, athletic and academic programs in the Plain Local School District since 2000. She graduated from the University of Akron with a B.A. in Secondary Education and an M.A in Administration and a M.A. in Assessment, Program Evaluation and Data Analysis. Emily currently serves as the Director of School Improvement, Curriculum and Gifted Education at Strasburg-Franklin Local School District. Emily and her husband Chad, a high school STEM teacher, reside in Plain with their children, Isabella, a seventh grader at Oakwood and William, a fifth grader at Glenwood. Isabella and William enjoy participating in various school and community sports including Oakwood Cross Country, Nemesis Swimming and Akron Canton United Eagles Select Soccer.

Judy Leszczynski

Secretary

Board Member since January 2017.

Judy Leszczynski graduated from Northern Illinois University with a degree in Education.  She also has a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Ashland University.  Judy is a retired teacher who spent 27 years as an Intervention Specialist in the Early Childhood Department of Canton City Schools. In addition, she was an Adjunct Professor at Walsh University teaching a class in Special Education and one in Integrated Arts. Judy worked with the SPARK program a program that works with preschool children and their families in the areas of literacy and Kindergarten readiness.  She also taught Playright, a class for Early Childhood teachers that was based on integrating the arts in all areas of the curriculum.  Her children attended Plain Local Schools and she became involved in the Parent groups at their schools especially the GlenOak Booster Club where she served as President for two years. Judy loves to travel and especially enjoys visiting her children and grandchildren who live in Denver and Las Vegas.

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Tori Bell

Administrative Assistant

Assistant since January 2022.

Tori Bell graduated from Malone University in 2014 with degrees in Early Childhood Education and Intervention Specialist. Tori taught in public schools for four years and coached volleyball before transitioning to staying at home with her children. She taught 3rd grade at Barr Elementary and loved the community and commitment to excellence. 

Tori and her husband Rico live in Plain Township where they are raising their two little ones, Isaac (4) and Audrey (1). Tori is excited to still be able to help make an impact on the students’ lives in Plain and also help build a good foundation for her own children in the future. 

Board Members

Denise Evans

Alumni Association Co-Chair

Board Member since 2017.

Denise (Yohe) Evans graduated from GlenOak High School in 1982 and earned her A.A.B. in Business Management from Stark State College in 1984. She and her husband, Dan, have two sons that they are very proud of, Brad (GO 2014) and Brian (GO 2018). Denise is a full-time realtor with Cutler Real Estate for 18 years and is in the top 2% of Realtors in the state of Ohio. Denise loves to volunteer and is very involved in the community, including the Rotary Club of Plain Township, Plain Township Parks, and twirling with the GlenOak Alumni Band. Denise is very proud to be a GlenOak alumni and Plain Township resident and strongly believes in supporting locally owned businesses. Denise and her family give two scholarships each year to GlenOak seniors furthering their education in Video Production and American Sign Language.

Denise loves to travel with family and friends, visiting new places and exploring new adventures. Denise enjoys being social with friends, walking the many local trails with her husband and her dog, Pixel, and learning new skills and hobbies.

Melinda Wiles

Alumni Association Co-Chair

Melinda is a 1994 graduate of GlenOak High School. Melinda and her husband, Scott, have two children in the Plain Local School District. Dylan is in 8th grade and participates in Cross Country and is a passionate tennis player. Olivia is in 7th grade and participates in volleyball, dance, and gymnastics.

Melinda obtained her bachelor’s of nursing degree from The Ohio State University. She also has her master’s degree in nursing. She has previously worked at Aultman Hospital for 20 years. Here, she worked in the Birth Center as their Outreach and Bereavement Coordinator and then in the Center for Professional Practice office. Melinda is currently working as an Adjunct Faculty Member in the Department of Nursing at the University of Mount Union. Melinda and her husband founded the Wiles Wellness Foundation, which is a 501c3 organization that raises money to support wellness for those who experience a pregnancy or infant loss.

Carrie Ball

Board Member

Board Member since February 2020.

Carrie Ball has lived in Plain Local her whole life. She is married and has two boys; Jamison, is a recent graduate from GlenOak and attends Youngstown State University, and Eli is a 5th grader at Glenwood. Carrie loved her experience growing up in Plain Local and continues to be impressed by all the opportunities the district offers.

Professionally, she obtained her undergraduate degree (BSBA) from Youngstown State University where she was a University Scholar and part of the Honors Program. She has an MBA from Kent State University. During college, she had two internships, one of which led to a position at Diebold where she worked for 14 years in different areas of Human Resources. Since then, Carrie has continued her HR career in the health care industry for Cleveland Clinic Akron General and is currently at US Acute Care Solutions in Canton. Carrie has worked in various areas of HR but has concentrated on Talent Management for the last 10 years. In her current role, she focuses on leadership and professional development (both designing and delivering training courses and other experiences), coaching, and managing engagement surveys and performance management programs.

Carrie also volunteers as a 4-H Advisor and has been involved with the local St. Baldrick’s fundraiser for childhood cancer.

Herman Hill

Board Member

Board Member since January 2021.

Herman L. Hill has served as the Executive Director of the Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority for the past eight years and will be moving into his new role as Executive Director of the Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority this May. He oversees a $27 million annual budget, 125 staff, 2,435 public housing units, and 1,502 Housing Choice Vouchers. Herman possesses a Master’s Degree in Public Administration with a concentration in public management from the Cleveland State University Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs. Herman and his wife, Tajuana, have four children, and two of them, Bryson and Caleb, attend GlenOak High and Oakwood Middle Schools, respectively, and play basketball.

Michael Lewers

Board Member

Board Member since January 2017.

Michael graduated from GlenOak High School in 1991 and achieved his BBA in Finance from Kent State University in 1995.  In his role as a Sr. Home Lending Advisor (NMLS ID: 271175) with JPMorgan Chase Bank, NA he utilizes his more than two decades of home lending experience to assist Home Buyers & Owners with achieving their goals.

Michael, with his wife Jennifer, are proud parents of their two daughters; Angela, a 2018 GlenOak alumni, and Payton, who attends Plain Local Schools. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with family, fishing, traveling, and volunteering.

Kim Van Nostran Perduk

Board Member

Board member since 2013.

Kim Van Nostran Perduk is a 1979 GlenOak High School graduate and currently an English Learner teacher (ESL) and the district’s case manager for the program working with our newcomers at the high school level. She is married to Dr. Ambrose Perduk, Jr., whom she met at GOHS. Ambrose is on the Plain Local School Board and has been a chiropractor for 35 years with his practice in Dover, Ohio. Together, they have three sons who have also graduated from GOHS. When not attending Plain Local functions, Kim’s hobbies are reading, traveling, and gardening.

Ginny Spring

Board Member

Board member since 2020.

Ginny has been a resident in Plain for 20 years and has two children in the district. Nate is currently a senior at GlenOak High School and Elliana is in 8th grade at Oakwood Middle School. She is a 1991 graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing. Her professional career was a merchandise manager for JCPenney and is currently a sales lead manager for White House Black Marker and mentor for Perry Middle School through Leader Edge. She has been involved in many Stark County community fundraisers including chair for the 2014 Angel Auction and the 2019 Refuge of Hope Gala. She’s happily married to Brian Spring, President of Brookwood Property Management Co. and Danbury Assisted Living.

Emily Weiss

Board Member

Board Member since May 2021.

Emily Weiss attended the Plain Local School District for most of her life and graduated from GlenOak High School in 2014. She also stayed close to home for college, graduating magna cum laude and with Honors from Kent State University in 2017 with a B.A. in Applied Communication. After interning with The Karcher Group (TKG) the summer before graduation, she was hired full-time as a Digital Marketer and has been there since 2018. While working at TKG, she has gained various marketing skills such as keyword researching, understanding and applying SEO (Search Engine Optimization), blog and webpage writing, social media scheduling and advertising, and general website maintenance.

When Emily’s not working, you can find her spending time with her friends, family, and fiancé, taking photos or performing at various community theaters, including Avenue Arts, Jackson Players, Kent State University at Stark Theatre, North Canton Playhouse, and Players Guild. She has also volunteered for multiple organizations, including Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens in Akron for their annual Easter Egg Hunt and Murder in the Mansion, United Way of Greater Stark County and its Young Leaders Society, and on Kent State University at Stark’s Honors Advisory Board.

Emeritus Members

Al Glossbrenner

Deceased

Honorable Sara Lioi

Dr. John Humphrey

Ray Malcolm

Thomas Schauer

Dr. Frank Weinstock

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