Berea City School District

Our Mission: To help students achieve dreams they never imagined possible

Board Members

Neal Postel
President
Board of Education
 

Began Service: January 1, 2011

Current Term Expires: December 31, 2015
 
Neal and his wife Leslie, a supervisor of student teachers at Baldwin Wallace University, live in Middleburg Heights.  They have two sons, Ken (Midpark 2012) and Drew (Berea-Midpark 2016).  Ken is studying Industrial and Systems Engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology.  Drew is involved in many of the music programs at Berea-Midpark High School.

Neal and Leslie are both graduates of the Berea City School District, having graduated from Midpark High School in the early 80s.  Neal graduated from Ohio State University (1984, 1988), and is currently a dentist, with his practice located in Middleburg Heights.  He is active in the community as a member of Kiwanis and Chamber of Commerce in Middleburg Heights.  Neal enjoys attending his children’s activities, reading, and bicycling.


Picture of Dave Tressel
Dave Tressel 
Vice-President
Board of Education
 
Began Service: January 1, 2010
Current Term Expires: December 31, 2017
 
Dave is a lifelong resident of Berea. He graduated from Berea High School in 1969 and Baldwin-Wallace University in 1973. Dave was employed as a teacher in the Berea Schools from 1973-2008, most recently as a sixth-grade teacher at Roehm Middle School. He also has been a long-time employee of the Berea Recreation Department and currently supervises student teachers at Baldwin-Wallace University. In 2007, he received the Baldwin-Wallace Outstanding Educator Award.

Dave has four children who have all graduated from the Berea City Schools.  Lee is the strength and conditioning coach for the New York Yankees Triple A teams; Julie is an elementary administrator at Summit Academy in Toledo; Chris is a seventh-grade social studies teacher and the athletic director at Shanahan Middle School in the Olentangy School District; and Mark is a health and physical education teacher at Berkshire Middle School in the Olentangy School District.
 

Ana ChapmanAna Chapman 
Board Member
Board of Education
achapman@berea.k12.oh.us
 


Began Service: January 1, 2014

Current Term Expires: December 31, 2017

Ana and her husband John, a music teacher in the BCSD, live in Berea. They have three children: Julia (age 15), Jack (age 12), and Carter (age 8).


Ana is a parent, in her twenty-first year of teaching elementary music in Beachwood, and a PTA advocate. She is an active volunteer for the Berea City School District, having chaired several bond issue and levy campaigns, and is a member of the Committee for Good Schools as well as a Trustee of the Berea Schools Education Foundation. She was honored as a Champion of Change by the White House in 2012 for her PTA work.

 
Ana is currently serving as a member of the National PTA Communications Committee, and on the Ohio PTA Board of Directors as District 12 Advisor. She is fluent in Spanish and her hobbies and interests include watching her kids play sports, photography, technology, reading and gadgets.

Fred Szabo

Board Member

Board of Education 

fszabo@berea.k12.oh.us

 
Began Service: January 1, 2006
Current Term Expires: December 31, 2017

Fred and his wife Barbara, who retired as a teacher for the Cleveland Municipal Schools, live in Brook Park. They are both graduates of Midpark High School (Class of 1967). They also have two children who attended Berea Schools: Dr. Nicholas F. Szabo (BHS '93) and Laura L. (Szabo) Marthey (BHS '95).

Fred is a U.S. Army veteran (1968-1970), who served in Vietnam. He retired from the Brook Park Police Department in June 2004 after 33+ years. He served at several of the district schools as a D.A.R.E. officer from 1991-2004. He is a Life Member of the D.A.R.E. Association of Ohio, Vietnam Veterans of America, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He serves as treasurer of the Brook Park-Berea VFW Post #6676. Fred enjoys backpacking, hiking, Amateur Radio operation (WB8UDA), and computers.

Tressel

Dave Thurau
Board Member

Board of Education

dthurau@berea.k12.oh.us

Began Service: January 1, 1998

Current Term Expires: December 31, 2015

Dave and his wife, Darlene, who is in her twenty-fifth year of teaching and an elementary teacher in Lakewood, live in Berea and have three children: Michael, who graduated from Berea High in 2006 and graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Masters in Public Administration; Andrea, who graduated from Berea High in 2009 and from the University of Pittsburgh with a Masters in Social Work; and Jennifer, who graduated from Berea High in 2012 and is a freshman at the University of Toledo majoring in pharmacy.

Dave earned the Award of Achievement from the Ohio School Boards Association in 1999, 2001, and 2002. He also achieved the Master Board Member Award in 2002. Dave taught in public schools for
thirty-one years and is now retired and preparing to cruise the Panama Canal.