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).
I am on the WWAB Board because I believe in the school system and their values and I believe that through education, all things are possible.
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.
Mary Oden, Vice President
Mary has been a Forest Park resident since June, 1978. Her son and two grandsons attended Winton Woods Elementary schools. Mary is engaged in many activities that provide support to the students, families, and teachers.
Mary serves on the Board to continue to support current and future academic needs of the students attending Winton Woods Schools. Her efforts are aimed at providing students with information that will assist success in their educational efforts.
Brandon H Wiers, 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.
My interest in this Achievement Boosters group results from a longstanding commitment to helping students who might be from economically disadvantaged families (such as I came from myself) to succeed. I grew up in a single parent household but was able to qualify for a doctorate degree in computational chemistry. This makes STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programs a place where I might make a contribution.
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).
Rick Johnson, Second Vice President
I have two daughters enrolled in the Winton Woods School district and two daughters who are alumni of the district. I am an active member of Quinn Chapel AME Church in Forest Park where I serve as a Steward and Sunday School Superintendent.
I am a member of the Board because I am committed to help provide resources to improve and highlight the academic performance of the students in the district.
I have been a resident of Forest Park for 16 years. My spouse is Stephanie and we have four daughters who are extremely active in extracurricular activities. Our two oldest daughters were members of the Winton Woods band and cheerleading squad. My two youngest daughters are active in band and a variety of clubs in the Winton School District. I have over 20 years experience as an HR Professional.
Fatima Penda Sy, At-Large Board Member
I am connected to the Winton Woods School District because my children all attended Winton Woods from preschool to high school. One of my sons graduated last year and is now in college. My other son will graduate form high school this year.
I am on the Board because I believe in education, ourt system of education, through education, we can reach our goals. So whatever we can do to help student be successful during their years from kindergarten to high school, is important.
To explain a little about me, I am a Registered Nurse and I graduated in 2010 with an associate’s degree then with a Bachelor 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. I am a wife and a mother of three children, who were all attended Winton Woods schools.