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Board of Education
The Cuyahoga Valley Career Center School Board is a policy-making body and is legally responsible for the educational functions of the school district. The School Board formulates operating policies concerning the employment of all personnel, educational programs, district finance, building programs, instructional materials, and public relations.
Our board is comprised of delegates from each of our eight associate school districts plus a rotating member from one district, eliminating the possiblity of a tie vote. The School Board desires to be responsive to the needs and concerns of community members. Questions or concerns from the community should be directed to the Superintendent or School Board President. You can reach the Board of Education president, Kathleen Mack, by sending an email to [email protected]; or the superintendent, Dr. Celena Roebuck, at [email protected].
The School Board meets once a month, typically on the fourth Thursday of the month, at 6:30 PM. Parents and residents are cordially invited to attend school board meetings. Click here for meeting dates.
CVCC Board of Education
Members serving for 2017 include Board President, Kathleen Mack, Brecksville-Broadview Heights; James Gilbride, Brecksville-Broadview Heights (Alternate); Gary Suchocki, Cuyahoga Heights; Board Vice President, Chris Kitson, Garfield Heights; Lynne Laski, Independence; James Virost, Nordonia Hills; Russ Wells, North Royalton; Claudia Hower, Revere; and Mark Curtis, Twinsburg.



Kathleen Mack, Board President
Regular or Rotating Member:
Brecksville-Broadview Heights
Term Expires:
December 31, 2017

About Mrs. Kathleen Mack: 
Mrs. Mack has taught kindergarten, second and third grade and is currently working on her master's degree in gifted education at Cleveland State University. She is a graduate of St. Vincent-St. Mary High School and Ohio University where she earned her bachelor's degree in education, with a reading certificate. She has served as the president of the Brecksville-Broadview Heights Preschool Mothers Club and as PSO President. She and her husband, Rex, have three children - Alexis, Ethan, and Chelsea - and reside in Brecksville.
Aside from her studies, public service and caring for her family, Kathleen teaches spinning at the Broadview Heights Recreation Center and has taken up marathon running. She has run the Chicago and Columbus marathons.
"I love watching my children grow up to be strong, talented individuals," she says.

Name: James Gilbride
Email: [email protected]
Regular or Rotating Member: Alternate
District: Brecksville-Broadview Heights
Term Expires: December 31, 2017

About Mr. James Gilbride: Mr. Gilbride is a former sales executive and 20-year resident of Brecksville-Broadview Heights. He currently works as a partner at Focus CFO. He is looking forward to giving back to the community and working towards cementing relationships between the business community and CVCC.

Name: Gary Suchocki
Email: [email protected]
Regular or Rotating Member: Regular
District: Cuyahoga Heights
Term Expires: December 31, 2019

About Mr. Gary Suchocki: The Suchocki family has been part of Cuyahoga Heights Schools for many years dating back to the very beginning when his mother, Geraldine Kreger, entered CHHS in 1938 as a freshman. 

During the past 30 years,  Gary and his wife Kathy have been quite active in the Cuyahoga Heights schools. Gary served on multiple financial and levy committees from 1985 through 2011. He also participated in the community plays, assisted with student music recitals, and was a guest instructor for the enrichment program. 
Gary has a B.A. in Mathematics Education from John Carroll and a M.Ed. in Educational Media from Kent State. He has spent 11 years in secondary and adult education. In 2014, Gary retired after a career of 31 years in various technical and management positions in Information Technology and Human Resources. Gary has served as a church musician since 1975. He has been involved with the Boy Scouts for over 50 years, including volunteering as Chairman of Pack 28 and Scoutmaster of Troop 28.He has been active in the Brooklyn Heights Men's Service Club since 1993, and served as its president for six years. He led the effort to establish the 501 (c)(3) Brooklyn Heights Service Clubs organization and held the position of president from 1995 through 2002. He was elected to Brooklyn Heigths council in 1997, a position he held for eight years. 
Gary has been a member of the Cuyahoga Heights Board since January 2012 and is serving his second four-year term. He is currently their Board's President and is a member of various committees.

Name: Chris Kitson, Board Vice President
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 216-641-7388
Regular or Rotating Member: Regular
District: Garfield Heights
Term Expires: December 31, 2019

About Mrs. Chris Kitson:
Mrs. Kitson has served on the Garfield Heights Board of Education since 2006, having served as Vice-President and, presently, the Student Achievement Liaison. Mrs. Kitson is a registered nurse and attended the Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital School of Nursing. Recently, she obtained her bachelor's degree in nursing from Ohio University. Mrs. Kitson has worked in the ICU and medical-surgical areas as a staff nurse and also as a medical coder. She is employed by Permedion, an HMS Company, as a nurse reviewer for government health care contracts throughout the U.S. Also, she is a member of the American Nurses Association and the American Health Information Management Association.
Chris has been involved with the Garfield Heights PTA and GHHS Music Boosters and is a recipient of the Ohio PTA State Achievement Award. She is a member of Garfield Heights Kiwanis Club as well as the Garfield Heights Democratic Club P.A.C. Chris also serves on CVCC's Health Career's Advisory Committee.
Chris is married to Scott Kitson, a life-long Garfield Heights resident and a past member of CVCC's Board of Education.  The Kitsons have two children, Amanda and James. They are both Garfield Heights High School graduates and attend University of Toledo. 
Name: Lynne Laski
Email: [email protected]
Regular or Rotating Member: Regular
District: Independence
Term Expires: December 31, 2017
About Mrs. Lynne Laski: Mrs. Laski continues to be active with the Independence High School and Middle School Parent Teacher organizations. A former foster parent, she is an adviser for K-Kids in Independence and a speaker for the Casey Foundation at Cuyahoga County Children and Family Services.
Lynne is a graduate of Nordonia High School and Mount Union College, having earned a degree in International Studies.

Name: James E. Virost
Email: [email protected]
Regular or Rotating Member: Regular
District: Nordonia Hills
Term Expires: December 31, 2019

About Mr. Jim Virost: Mr. Virost worked his way up from auditor at the public accounting firm, Arthur Young & Company, to Controller at Atlas Copco Jarva, MB Dynamics, and The Robbins Company. At The Robbins Company, he advanced to Secretary/Treasurer and retired from there as Chief Financial Officer in 2010. He is a graduate of Benedictine High School and earned his BBA Accounting from Cleveland State University. He is a Veteran and served as an Infantry 1st Lieutenant at DMZ in Korea. 

Jim's volunteer activities include being Treasurer and Member of Board of Trustees of the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, Treasurer and Member of Board of Directors at Hattie Larlham Community Services, Member and Chairman of Sagamore Hills Board of Zoning Appeals, President of the Western Reserve Community Band, and Member of Nordonia Hills City Schools Board of Education.
Jim and his wife of 39 years are long time members of the Nordonia Hills community.They have three daughters, Stephanie, Theresa, and Sarah - all graduates of Nordonia Hills High School and MAC Universities. They have twin grandsons who are two years old and two granddaughters, ages 5 and 7.
Name: Russ Wells
Email: [email protected]
Regular or Rotating Member: Regular
District: North Royalton
Term Expires: December 31, 2017

About Mr. Russ Wells:  The North Royalton Board of Education has appointed Russ Wells, a retired teacher, as its new representative to the Cuyahoga Valley Career Center school board. Wells taught industrial arts in the North Royalton schools for 25 years. Since he retired in 2009, Wells has been head of his own business that rehabilitates homes for Sally Mae and Freddie Mac. Also, Wells has been a coach and director in community baseball and basketball programs, and has been chairman of the city's Recreation Board for more than 20 years.
Name: Claudia Hower
Email: [email protected]
Regular or Rotating Member: Regular
District: Revere
Term Expires: December 31, 2017

About Mrs. Claudia Hower:  Mrs. Hower is a retired 30-year math teacher, having taught math for 20 years in Revere.  While teaching at Revere, she was head of the mathematics department and the mathematics league advisor. As a teacher, she served on the Superintendent's Advisory Committee and Curriculum Council. Mrs. Hower is in her fourth year of service on the Revere Local School Board and served as president last school year. Last year was her first year on CVCC's Board of Education; she served on the curriculum committee.
Claudia has a B.A. in Mathematics from Kent State University and a Masters of Education as a Math Clinician at Kent State University.
Mark Curtis
Regular or Rotating:
Term Expires:
December 31, 2019

About Mr. Mark Curtis:
Mr. Curtis has been a resident of the city of Twinsburg for 13 years and is a current member of Twinsburg City School District's Board of Education. He is employed as a coordinator at the Educational Service Center (ESC) of Cuyahoga County under the auspices of the Ohio State System of support known as State Support Team (SST) for Region 3 (Cuyahoga County). His areas of concentration include community schools liaison, EMIS support, data analysis, and special education and online learning. He is also trained in the Ohio School Diagnostic Review process and is a member of the ODE State Diagnostic Team. Mark has worked with school districts and community schools in special education services coordination, compliance and supervision, as well as data reporting for compliance and funding.
Prior to joining the Educational Service Center, Mark served as Director of Student Services for the Nexstep Group supervising school psychologists in five states. Prior to that, he served as Director of Administration and Accountability for a Department of Labor contractor operating education and training facilities around the country, and Director of Student Administrative Services for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. He has also worked in higher education administration in the areas of admissions, financial aid, and academic and career counseling.
Mark graduated from Otterbein College in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication. He received his Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from Hiram College in 2007.
Mark and his wife, Dianne, have two children, Taylor and Manny. He enjoys golf, bowling, and spending time with his family.
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(440) 526-5200
8001 Brecksville Rd
Brecksville, OH 44141
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