Office: (614) 942-2003
Peggy has a lifelong focus on education beginning her career as a speech therapist. Peggy has extensive experience in executive leadership, business operations, financial management, and personnel management in both profit and non-profit organizations. Peggy has worked in the Community School Division at Buckeye since its inception with community school sponsorship in 2004. Peggy is instrumental in the growth and accomplishments of the Division and leads an exemplary team of community school consultants throughout the State. Peggy earned a BA and Master's Degree from The Ohio State University and is a licensed Ohio School Treasurer.
Office: (614) 942-2002
Jennifer has worked closely with community school developers, operators, sponsors, parents, and students throughout Ohio since 2003. Jennifer is a leading expert in community school sponsorship, auditing, school operations, and compliance monitoring with local and national community school rules and regulations. Since joining BCHF in 2011, Jennifer has continually driven the Education Division of BCHF toward quality authorizing and improved student outcomes. Jennifer has previously served as a NCLB compliance officer, Federal programs administer, sponsor field representative, and community school board member. Jennifer is a 2015 Alumni of the highly competitive NACSA Leader’s Program. Jennifer earned her BBA degree from
Ohio University and her MBA degree from the University of Phoenix Columbus
Stephanie is a licensed attorney who has worked with Ohio charter schools for a decade. Stephanie joined BCHF after leading the charter office for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District for four years. Stephanie previously served as the vice president of legal and legislative affairs for the Ohio Alliance for Public Charter Schools, where she created the Ohio Charter School Law Guidebook. Stephanie began her career in education as a high school English teacher in Los Angeles through the Teach For America program. Stephanie holds a J.D. from the Ohio State University,
an M.P.P. from the University of Michigan, and a B.A. in English from the
University of Pennsylvania.
Amber joined the Education Division in 2021 with more than five years of sponsoring experience. Amber provides administrative support to the Associate Director and Compliance Team Lead. Amber works closely with the Regional Representatives and manages communications with stakeholders, including publishing the monthly Sponsor Update. Amber will complete her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications Studies in May 2022 from the University of Toledo.
Dr. Young provides professional development, data analysis, and technical assistance to BCHF sponsored schools. Dr. Young holds a Ph.D. in educational administration from Ohio University, where she was the recipient of the James A. Rogers Award in educational leadership. Dr. Young has served two Ohio districts as superintendent, and she has served in Maryland and Ohio as a middle school principal, curriculum coordinator, special education director, teacher and speech-language pathologist. Dr. Young is a successful researcher and author on topics including Teaching, Leadership, Special Education and Curriculum.
Mindy is an integral part of the BCHF school improvement team with an emphasis in the areas of classroom management and teacher training. Mindy brings with her thirty-eight years of experience as a teacher, school administrator, and educational consultant. Mindy’s experience in both urban and suburban settings has led to expertise in school management, classroom organization, professional learning communities, and instructional strategies. Mindy works with the Ohio Department of Education training teachers and principals in the new evaluation systems. Mindy is a certified Buck Institute for Education Project Based Learning instructor and a certified Time to Teach trainer. Mindy has a Master’s degree in English Education and in Educational Administration.
Jerry Nadeau joined the Education Division’s Accountability and School Improvement Team in Fall 2017. Jerry brings a depth of 21 years of experience in education with specializations in special education, drop out recovery and prevention, and overall school administration. He has worked in traditional public schools serving as an intervention specialist, coach, transition coordinator, and coordinator of special education services. His most recent experience has been with a charter management organization serving both K-8 and Dropout Recovery Schools in a variety of capacities: Director of compliance, Director of Special Education and Director of Academic Support. Jerry holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Akron, a Master’s degree from Ashland University and is a Certified Instructor for Nonviolent Crisis Intervention through the Crisis Prevention Institute.
Stan Nicol is a graduate of Muskingum University and Ashland University. Stan brings 33 years of experience in education as a high school science teacher, Track/Cross Country coach, EMIS supervisor, and data accountability director. Stan has worked with both traditional and charter schools. Stan is an admitted “data geek,” having worked extensively with state and local student and school performance data. Stan’s most recent endeavors have been focused on data analysis including, EMIS, Ohio School Report Card data, student information systems (Sis) and NWEA test reporting and analysis. We know that Stan will be an asset to our sponsored schools in offering technical assistance with state and local data and performance measurement.
Joni Byus is a veteran educator and specialist in many areas of curriculum and instruction. A graduate of Marshall University, Joni holds a BA in Elementary Education and an MA in Gifted Education. Joni’s depth of educational experiences includes elementary classroom teaching, instructional coaching, and most recently, extensive work as an Academic Dean. Joni has worked with both traditional and charter schools. Joni’s specific areas of experience and expertise involve Early Literacy and Supervising Title I programs, and how to best use available resources.
Brittney (Brit) Seward is a Teach for America Greater Cleveland alumni most recently employed by Citizens Academy East – a respected charter school in Cleveland – where she was a fourth-grade math and science teacher. As the upper elementary lead teacher, Brit was responsible for providing guidance for six teachers in grades three and four by supporting planning, mentoring, observing, and evaluating performance. Brit also served as the fourth-grade math course leader responsible for conducting curriculum audits, planning content, and creating assessments for all fourth-grade math teachers across 12 schools within the Breakthrough network of charter schools. Brit earned her Master’s in Education, Health, Physical Education and Recreation, and her
Bachelor of Science in Education, Physical Education, from Delta State
University in Cleveland, Mississippi.
Jason has been working with Community Schools across Ohio since 2008. Jason has served as both licensed Treasurer and School Director for a number of community schools, as well as, a member of the founding team for five schools in Columbus, Toledo, Cleveland, and Cincinnati. Jason brings experience in all aspects of operating and leading a school. Jason earned his BS in Business at Miami University and his MBA in Finance from Wright State University. Jason is also an Adjunct Professor of Finance at Wright State University.
Maureen has been working with Great American Opportunities to assist schools and other non-profit organizations in their fundraising efforts since 2005. Maureen holds a Bachelor in Science of Business Administration with a focus in Advertising and Public Relations. Maureen’s interests include advancing technology and working with children.
Nicole has been working as an educator and administrator since 2000. Nicole’s experience spans both K-12 and collegiate level education. Nicole holds a Master’s in Educational Leadership and a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in Educational Sociology and Foundations. In addition, Nicole served as a founding member of an elementary charter school board in Toledo, Ohio.
Joe earned his Bachelor of Science in Education from Youngstown State University. Joe possesses a wide range of educational experience from teaching middle school for the Austintown School District, to administrative experience at Kent State University. Born outside of Pittsburgh, PA, Joe is a life long Pittsburgh sports fanatic and a walking sports encyclopedia.
Josh joined the Education Division’s compliance team in 2016. Josh has a depth of experience in the financial planning and retail industries, and holds state and federal-level credentials in investment advising. Josh has enjoyed a career of empowering families and select businesses to reach their financial goals through specialized communications, quality assurance, and management. A graduate of ITT Technical Institute, Josh also has training and experience in engineering technologies.
Karen has spent the last several years working with teachers and students in the greater Columbus area while attaining her credentials in special education. Karen holds a BA degree in English from Kent State University and a BA from Ashland University, and is a licensed Intervention Specialist K-12 Mild/Moderate. Prior to her work in education, Karen worked in various public service and human resource positions.
Kim Jones has experience in traditional and community schools, including teaching, supervising, coaching and leadership/administration. Kim’s areas of particular expertise are in mathematics and science education, drop out recovery programs, parent and school engagement, classroom management and community support and overall leadership/school administration. Prior to coming to BCHF, Kim served as Director of an urban Drop Out Recovery Program. Kim holds a B.S. in Education from Central State University and an M.A. in Early and Middle Childhood Education and K-9 Principal Licensure from The Ohio State University. Kim’s area of focus for her master’s degree was Multicultural Studies.