Board Members

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    Left to right: Cori Farris, Fred Szabo, Ana Chapman, Neal Postel, Dave Tressel 

    Ana Chapman, President
    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 (BMHS '17), Jack (a junior at BMHS) and Carter (a 6th grader at Ford).

    Ana holds Master of Education and Bachelor of Music degrees, and is in her twenty-fifth year of teaching elementary music in the Beachwood City Schools. She is an active volunteer for the district, having served as President of PTA Council, Parknoll and Grindstone PTAs. Ana has served on the National PTA Communications Committee, and on the Ohio PTA Board of Directors as District 12 Advisor, Director of Communications and Vice President of Leadership. She was honored by the White House as a “Champion of Change” for her PTA work in 2012.

    She has 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 is currently involved in both the BMHS Band Boosters and Athletic Boosters. 

    She is fluent in Spanish and her hobbies and interests include watching her kids play sports, photography, technology, reading and gadgets.  

     szabo Fred Szabo, Vice President
    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.

     farris Cori Farris, Board Member
    Began Service: January 1, 2016
    Current Term Expires: December 31, 2019
    Cori and her husband Jay are residents of Middleburg Heights.  They have two children, Benjamin (Midpark ‘13)  and Olivia (Berea-Midpark ‘17).  Ben is taking journalism classes at Cuyahoga Community College and Olivia is pursuing the aeronautics program at Kent State University.
    Outside of her full time job at a downtown private equity firm, Cori is active in the community having served on the boards of several organizations including the PTA, Friends of the Library and the Middleburg Heights Food Pantry.  She also currently serves on the Middleburg Heights Planning Commission.

     postel Neal Postel, Board Member
    Began Service: January 1, 2012
    Current Term Expires: December 31, 2019
    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. 

     tressel Dave Tressel, Board Member
    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 (formerly Baldwin-Wallace College) in 1973. Dave was employed as a teacher in the Berea Schools from 1973-2008, lastly as a sixth-grade teacher at Roehm Middle School. He also has been a long-time employee of the Berea Recreation Department, and currently teaches swimming lessons and coaches the Titan Sharks Swim Team. He supervises student teachers and coaches swimming 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 trainer for the New York Yankees minor league system; Julie is a principal at Summit Academy in Toledo; Chris is an assistant principal 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.