School district: Tallmadge City

Residence: Richfield

Age: 50

Job title: Chief operations officer

How long at your district:  Eight years

Family: I have been married to Linda for 24 years. We have two daughters, Clara and Harper. I grew up in Mechanicsburg, Pa., where my parents still live.

What is the most rewarding part of your position? Working with the great team of people at Tallmadge City Schools and being part of the positive impact our work is having for the Tallmadge community.

What is the most challenging? The many challenges in public education help make the work even more interesting. The biggest challenge now in Tallmadge is reduced state funding for programming.

If you weren’t doing this, you’d be? I love this work. I would be doing similar work for another school district or at a university.

Tell us something about the students you deal with most people don’t know or appreciate: “Kids these days …” are kinder, better informed, and harder working than ever. Our future is bright and in good hands.

How do you unwind after a long day at work? Spend time with family, read, run, or listen to Tom Hamilton call Tribe games on the radio.

The students and coworkers would be surprised to know that you ... have run the Akron Half Marathon seven years in a row. I am looking forward to the new course as I prepare for number eight.

What is the one responsibility about your position you didn’t know existed before taking it? When I started at Tallmadge, we were operating five school buildings on five different properties. Four of those school buildings were outdated and over 50 years old. Thanks to the hard work of a lot of people on our new buildings project, we will soon be operating three state-of-the art schools on just two campuses. I would have never imagined being part of such an undertaking. It has been an exciting time to be at Tallmadge City Schools.