Board of Directors

Our Mission

  • To help the Winton Woods School District raise student achievement
  • To recognize and support student scholars and their teachers, and
  • To impact positively the images and economies of the Communities in the district
Suesann E Sepela

Suesann E Sepela

President

BIO

Suesann E Sepela

President

I graduated from Forest Park High School in 1980 which was more than 10 years before Greenhills and Forest Park combined (1991). Even though there were two separate schools with a friendly rivalry, we played sports together, we went to church together, we went to parties together. Now that it is 40 years later and I’m well into my 50’s, when I run into a friend from Greenhills, I still bring up Forest Park’s dominance (in a friendly way, of course).

For over 20 years, I worked for Miami University Regionals as a director of programs that I designed to support students who are the first in their family to go to college and who are very often, paying for school out of their own pocket. I saw firsthand that even the most dedicated and bright students can get sidetracked, often by obstacles that with a little support, might be easily overcome.

Richard Bedford

Richard Bedford

At-Large Board Memer

BIO

Richard Bedford

At-Large Board Member

I am a 1994 Winton Wood graduate. I’ve lived in the community since I was in the 3rd grade, aside from going to college in Columbus, Ohio, where I earned my Associates degree in Computer Science and my Bachelors in Business Administration at DeVry University. I have a daughter who graduated from WW in 2019 and a son who will soon graduate from WW as well. My son is involved in several WW extracurricular activates.

Over the last 17 years I have owned and operated several businesses in this wonderful community. One of these is Custom Computer Factory; another is Park Place Restaurant. I am proud to say I have mentored and/or employed several WW students and graduates over the last 17 years.

Rick Johnson

Rick Johnson

Second Vice President

BIO

Rick Johnson

Second Vice President

My spouse, Stephanie, and I have been residents of Forest Park for 17 years. All four of our daughters graduated from Winton Woods and as students were members of the band and cheerleading squads, as well engaged in other extracurricular organizations.

I am an active member of Quinn Chapel AME Church in Forest Park where I serve as a Steward and Sunday School Superintendent. I have over 20 years of experience as an HR Professional at OPW (Ohio Pattern Works), a subsidiary of Dover Company.

Paula Kuhn

Paula Kuhn

At-Large Board Member

BIO

Paula Kuhn

At-Large Board Member

I am a life-time resident of our community, growing up in Forest Park, graduating from Forest Park High School in 1979, and living in Greenhills for 38 years. My husband, Jim, and I raised our four children in this community and are also proud grandparents to six. As a school district parent since 1987, I have volunteered for many community and school groups to strengthen and enhance programs for the benefit of our communities’ children. Having served in multiple leadership roles including President of WWCSD PTA, Performing Arts Boosters, Winton Woods Educational Foundation, and most recently as a member of the Board of Education.

Professionally, I have worked in the pharmaceutical industry in sales over the past 34 years, the last 20 years as the manager of 20 salespeople and supporting staff.

Mary Oden

Mary Oden

First Vice President

BIO

Mary Oden

First Vice President

I have been a Forest Park resident since June 1978. My son and two grandsons attended Winton Woods Elementary schools. I served at one time as an after-school Math and Science Program Tutor in the Winton Woods schools. I remain engaged in many activities that provide support to the students, families, and teachers.

I am now retired from my position as Associate Medical Center Director for Education/ Designated Learning Officer/ Designated Education Officer at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, where I was employed from 1972 to 2015.

 

Fatima Penda Sy

Fatima Penda Sy

At-Large Board Member

BIO

Fatima Penda Sy

At-Large Board Member

I am connected to the Winton Woods School District because all my children attended Winton Woods from preschool to high school. My two sons, Ibrahima and Samba, graduated from Winton Woods in the Classes of 2020 and 2021, both with Honors Diplomas.

I am a Registered Nurse and I graduated in 2010 with an Associate Degree then with a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Nursing from Ohio University. I have been working at the UC Medical Center as a registered nurse since 2012. Prior to that, I worked at Children’s Hospital. My husband, Assane, and I both immigrated from Senegal and are now United States citizens.

Brandon H Wiers

Brandon H Wiers

Treasurer

BIO

Brandon H Wiers

CEO/Treasurer

I am a former member of the WW Board of Education (2010-12), a former mentor of high school students and tutor of primary school students, and co-founder and Board member of Winton Woods Achievement Boosters, Inc. (2015-Present). Additionally, I served on the Forest Park City Council for nine years (1976-85), the last six years as mayor.

I am a retired (1997) Procter and Gamble Research & Development bench chemist, later a university grant program manager. My wife, Patti, and I are parents of three biological children who graduated from district schools (’79, ’81, and ’82) plus two guardian-ees who graduated from district schools (’81 and ’89).