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. Even though 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

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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).