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Mr. Walter
Board President
Lake County Educational Service Center

Mr. Erik L. Walter joined the Lake County ESC Governing Board in 2013. Mr. Walter is a partner at the law firm of Dworken & Bernstein Co., L.P.A. He has served on the Board of Directors for the YMCA in Lansing, Michigan, is currently on the Board of Directors for the YMCA in Lake County, Ohio, the Northeast Ohio Autism Group and Lake County Jail Ministries. Mr. Walter, his wife Melissa and three children Hannah, Noah and Isaiah reside in Concord.

Mrs. Javins
Board Vice President

Mrs. Javins and her husband Denny moved to Fairport Harbor in 1984 where they raised their five children, four of whom graduated from Fairport Harbor Schools. As of today, Mrs. Javins has nine grandchildren, the oldest graduating from Ohio State this year and the youngest attending kindergarten. She has been a board member in Fairport Harbor for the past 16 years and is currently the President of the Fairport Harbor Board and Vice President of the Auburn Career Center Board. Mrs. Javins is also the Chair of the Board of Zoning appeals in Fairport Harbor. She was awarded Citizen of the Year in 2006 by the Men’s Civic Club and has been involved in numerous organizations in the past such as Ohio Reads, PTO, Men’s Civic Club, Lighthouse Community Arts Association, and she was instrumental in developing the website for the Village of Fairport Harbor.  Mrs. Javins retired from AT&T. She currently manages rentals in Lake and Cuyahoga County. Mrs. Javins enjoys gardening, sports, and taking her grandchildren to the beach on her golf cart.

Mrs. Javins’s term expires December 31, 2019

Board Member
Lake County Educational Service Center

Mrs. Jean Brush has been a member of the Board since 1990. She is active in her church. Seeing her children succeed and helping families step up in life are the rewards she receives from her countless hours of volunteerism. Prior community involvement includes service at Forbes House, the YMCA, St. Clair School, the Rape Crisis Center, Lake Health, the courts, and Neighboring. Mrs. Brush lives in Painesville and has two grown children, Dr. James J. Brush and Betsy Chen. They have three grandchildren, Sarah, Adrian, and Colin.

Dr. Culotta
Board Member
Lake County Educational Service Center

Dr. Susan Culotta was appointed to the Board in 2014. Dr. Culotta is a Professor of Psychology at Lake Erie College. She also serves on the Board of Health for the Lake County General Health District. Dr. Culotta holds a doctorate from Cleveland State University, a Master's Degree from John Carroll University and a Bachelor's from Kenyon College. Dr. Culotta lives in Kirtland with her husband, Judge Vincent Culotta, and their two daughters.

Mr. Kent
Board Member
Lake County Educational Service Center

Mr. Geoffrey Kent was elected to the Lake County  ESC Governing Board effective January 14, 2014. He served as Lake County Recorder, Painesville City Councilman and Council President and retired from Maximus, headquartered in Wash DC, as a budget cost analyst. He is vice-pres of the Lake County Employee credit union, serves on the Lake Central YMCA Board of Directors, and has been an official with the Ohio High School Athletic Association for 33 years. He and his wife Marilyn live in Painesville Township and have one son, Mark.

Mr. Klima
Board Member

Mr. Klima has been a member of the Auburn Vocational Board of Education since January 6, 1998.  He also represents Cardinal School District and serves as President on their Board. Mr. Klima lives in Parkman with his wife, Sharon, son Joe and daughter Kristina.

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Kenneth Cahill
Board Member
Lake County Educational Service Center

Mr. Kenneth Cahill joined the Lake County ESC Governing Board in January, 2019.  Since 1991, Ken Cahill has been practicing family law, working toward outcomes that are in the best interest of families and children. Ken is a noted speaker on issues of family law and serves as chair of the Family Law Committee. Protecting dependent, neglected and abused children was the role of Family Law attorney Kenneth J. Cahill at the Lake County Prosecutor’s Juvenile Division representing the Lake County Department of Jobs & Family Services.  Practicing Family Law since 1991, Ken started first as an Assistant Lake County Prosecutor enforcing and modifying child support orders before joining the Lake County Prosecutors Juvenile Division.  Ken has also prosecuted criminal cases against juvenile offenders. In 1993, he commenced his private practice primarily focusing on Family Law before joining Dworken & Bernstein in 2000.

Ken Cahill has frequently lectured on several topics related to divorce and family law matters including legislative developments involving family law, marital & separate property issues, and child custody matters. He is frequently appointed by trial courts to serve as Guardian Ad Litem to represent the best interests of children.

Mr. Miller
Board Member

Mr. Miller is a member of the Auburn Vocational Board of Education.

Mr. Sedivy
Board Member
Terry Sedivy has been a member of the Auburn Vocational Board of Education since 2017.  

Mr. Sedivy received his BA in American History/Political Science from Hiram College. During his junior year in college he had the opportunity to study overseas at Cambridge University in England. After 29 years in sales, he decided to take the opportunity to continue his education and received his MA in Teaching from Kaplan University. Since then he has been a substitute teacher and worked at various summer camps. He also worked in the Education Department of the Western Reserve Historical Society. He is currently in protection services at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

For 20 years, Mr. Sedivy served in various capacities as a member of the Geauga Lyric Theater Guild, a local theater group in Chardon.  As President of the group, they obtained and renovated the old Geauga Theater on Chardon square. It now stands as a central landmark in the village and continues to produce quality shows that involve many interested youth and adults.  Besides his administrative duties, he performed in over 100 plays with the Geauga Lyric Theater Guild as well as with other local theater groups.

Mr. Sedivy was also a youth advisor for Newbury United Community Church for 20 years and a Big Brother through the Big Brother/Big Sister organization for 11 years.  He has always enjoyed working with young people. He has travelled extensively and has been to England, France, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Venezuela. He loves to travel and experience different cultures and peoples.  He also enjoys bike riding and has explored England and Italy via bicycle. In addition, he also explored most of my native state of Oho by bicycle.

He is married to Maria who is an Ophthalmic Assistant for Kellis Eye Center in Chardon.  Maria is also an accomplished violinist who teaches violin in Chardon and is a member of the Suburban Symphony Orchestra.  They reside in Newbury, Ohio with their Russian Blue cat, Rhapsody.

Mr. Stefanko
Board Member

Mr. Stefanko has been a member of the Auburn Vocational Board of Education since January 6, 2009.  He also represents Chardon School District and was elected to their Board of Education in 2005.  He lives in Chardon with his wife, Sandy and his daughter Janna, who was a student at the Chardon School system.

Mr. Stefanko is the Telecommunications Director for Lake County Government where he works with 12 employees and manages several public safety communication systems.

Mr. Stefanko enjoys volunteering his time as an advisor with the Geauga 4-H organization, he is an avid backpacker, plays softball, and enjoys spending time with his family.

Mrs. Wheeler
Board Member

Mrs. Mary Wheeler is a board member of Auburn Career Center.

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