Whether you’re a new board member, or a seasoned veteran, you’ll benefit from hearing the latest in legislation, board development, student achievement and other critical topics.

Board Leadership Institute will broaden your expertise, sharpen your leadership skills and better equip you to tackle the challenges facing your district.

Developed by board members for board members, this event features learning sessions tailored to you. Whether you're a new board member in your first term or a seasoned veteran, you'll benefit from hearing the latest on finances, legislation, school law, board development, student achievement and other critical topics.

Opening keynote speaker is Walt Stasinski. His presentation is “The Secret to Bounce Back from Setbacks, Failures and Crises”

Stay at the Hilton Columbus/Polaris for $147 per night if booked by April 4. Click to reserve your room (https://www.hilton.com/en/attend-my-event/cmhpohf-osbabl-1bc64d70-3320-473c-8af7-9b04890aca9d/) or call (614) 885-1600 and mention OSBA. The hotel is located north of Columbus at 8700 Lyra Drive, Columbus, 43240.

Thank you to our Sponsors:
Sedgwick Managed Care Ohio

Friday April 28, 2023

8 a.m.
Registration & Breakast

Polaris Foyer

9:10 a.m.
Welcome & Announcements
OSBA Leadership Team


General Sessions will take place. in Polaris Ballrooms ABC

9:30 a.m.
Opening General Session: The secret to bouncing back from setbacks, failures and crises
Walt Stasinski

Everyone faces setbacks and crises that can create feelings of hopelessness. The key to getting beyond that is transforming those feelings into the power to build confidence and optimism. Learn how to become more resilient and adaptable during a setback and how to develop a realistic action plan to bounce back up when life knocks you down.

10:15 a.m.
Networking Break
10:30 a.m.
Concurrent Session 1:Crisis Communications: Be strategic, prepared and calm in the storm!
Krista Davis, director of communications, Olentangy Local (Delaware)

“Winging it” is not a successful crisis communication strategy. While a crisis may not be predictable, the way your community and the media respond can be anticipated. Join us to discuss tips, tricks and best practices.

10:30 a.m.
Concurrent Session 1: Understanding and appreciating the district’s five-year forecast
Ryan Ghizzoni, director-Ohio analytics, Frontline Education

Learn more about the importance of the five-year forecast as a critical tool for your district’s budget and financial health, and review ways to use this information in decision-making.

10:30 a.m.
Concurrent Session 1 Get to know OSBA’s committee and governance structure
Mark E. Bobo, senior membership engagement consultant, OSBA

In this session, we'll discuss answers to questions like, “How is OSBA’s legislative platform created?” “How can I get on that one committee?” or “How can I become an OSBA trustee?”

11:30 a.m.
Concurrent Session 2: Board member bingo: Let's 'spell out' solutions to continuing conundrums
Cheryl W. Ryan, director of board and management services, OSBA

Board work is definitely rewarding and difficult. Play along with us as we discuss a few of the current challenges boards may be facing.

11:30 a.m.
Concurrent Session 2: What would Ted Lasso do?
Dr. William D. Waidelich, CAE, board and management services consultant, OSBA

This session will reveal some of Lasso’s best life lessons, explaining how they can help you as a school board member.

11:30 a.m.
Concurrent Session 2: Ohio auditor of state update
Robert Hinkle, deputy auditor of state, Ohio Auditor of State's Office

Review recently released tax levy guidance and common audit issues and recent findings.

12:30 p.m.

Polaris Foyer - Buffet


Seating in Polaris Ballroom ABC

1:30 p.m.
Concurrent Session 4: To teach is to lead
Dr. James Mahoney, educator, entrepreneur and author

Join the author of the book, "To Teach is to Lead," an OSBA Book Club selection, to discuss why teachers are among our districts’ most critical and successful leaders, and gain strategies to improve your own board leadership.

1:30 p.m.
Concurrent Session 3 It's all about culture
Dr. Kathy McFarland, deputy chief executive, OSBA

What does it "culture eats strategy for breakfast" mean? Simply put, it means that no matter how well-designed your strategic plan is, it will fall flat unless your team shares the appropriate culture. At the end of the day, the people who implement the plan matter. Learn strategies that help build the appropriate culture for educational leadership in the 21st century.

1:30 p.m.
Concurrent Session 3: Do you have what it takes? Nurturing effective family engagement
Kim Miller-Smith, senior student achievement consultant, OSBA

Family engagement may be the most misunderstood concept in public education. It's easy to understand why authentic family engagement is so elusive — best practices were not defined, educators receive little training, and families are often not up to the challenge. Recently, the National Association of Family, School and Community Engagement released a unifying set of professional competencies. Explore best practices, and see if your district has what it takes.

1:30 p.m.
Concurrent Session 3: Legal quick hits: What you need to know
Sara C. Clark, chief legal counsel; Jennifer A. Hardin, senior deputy director of legal services; and John Price, staff attorney, OSBA

Review hot legal topics impacting public education. Learn how these issues may impact your district, and leave with practical tips for compliance. 

2:30 p.m.
Concurrent Session 4: Blended engagement: Creating opportunities for collaboration
Natasha Adams, superintendent, and Daniel M. Romano III, treasurer, West Clermont Local (Clermont)

Now, more than ever, it’s critical that districts engage partners within the community. Attend this empowering session that introduces a blended engagement approach, focusing on an authentic, inclusive process that meets community members where they are and in the manner they desire. These methods allow community participants to work collaboratively to create both the vision and the means to achieve the vision.

2:30 p.m.
Concurrent Session 4: Let’s hear from the Fair School Funding Workgroup
Dr. Michael P. Hanlon Jr., superintendent, Chardon Local (Geauga); and Thomas L. Hosler II, superintendent, Perrysburg EV

This session will provide participants with a basic overview of Ohio's Fair School Funding Plan and important updates on the current legislative process related to school funding.

3:30 p.m.
Networking Sessions

Meet the Board Leadership Institutes Speaker, Thought Leaders, Fellow Attendees and OSBA Leadership Team  during a Networking Session with refreshments

Location TBD

4:30 p.m.
Day 1 Adjournment

Adjournment for the day

Saturday April 29, 2023

8:30 a.m.

Located in Polaris Foyer 

Seating in Polaris ABC

9:15 a.m.
Concurrent Session 5: Working with people that can make things difficult
Kristine Robbins, board and management services consultant, OSBA

Learn a few proven techniques to bring out some of the best in people who can sometimes be at their worst.

9:15 a.m.
Concurrent Session 5:Unique student needs through a board policy lens
Kenna S. Haycox, senior policy consultant, and Gamy Narvaez, policy consultant, OSBA

Hear updates on key policies affecting the unique needs of some students in your district, including considerations for vulnerable youth, parent and family involvement and hazing and bullying. Gain an understanding of requirements and best practices in these areas and how to review local policies and procedures to ensure unique student needs are being met. 

9:15 a.m.
Concurrent Session 5: Job development for student with special learning differences
Diane Xander, director career development, and Mike Rhamy, director of pubil personnel, Polaris Career Center

Discover Polaris Career Center’s new job development program, which focuses on providing exclusive opportunities for competitive employment to students with unique learning differences and developing long-lasting industry and business partnerships.

10:30 a.m.
Concurrent Session 6: Lost in paradise?
Teri Morgan, senior deputy director of board and management services, OSBA

Experiencing conflicts among the board, the leadership team or your community? This session includes suggestions to bring you back to true paradise and your real focus — the students.

10:30 a.m.
Concurrent Session 6: Everything you always wanted to Know about working with OFCC
Holly McLean, chief operating officer, and Matthew Westerman, general counsel, MCS & Associates Ltd.

This session will provide you with all the information you need regarding Classroom Facilities Assistance Programs (CFAPs) or Expedited Local Partnership Programs (ELPPs) projects in partnership with the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC).

10:30 a.m.
Concurrent Session 6: The positive effect of success coaches on student behavior
Brent May, superintendent; Kortney Milford, principal; Katelyn Fraizer and Amy Schuster, success coaches; and Brett Niarchos, deputy principal, Plain Local

Learn about the strategic hiring practice and the implementation of success coaches and how it has changed the culture in the Plain Local (Stark) Schools.

11:30 a.m.

Buffet in Polaris Foyer

Seating In Polaris Ballroom ABC


12 p.m.
Closing Address: Key Issues at the Statehouse
Jennifer Hogue, director of legislative services, and Nicole Piscitani, lobbyist, OSBA

OSBA's legislative division reviews the recent activity at the Statehouse. Topics to be discussed include the biennial budget and important education-related bills that are pending or have passed in the Ohio General Assembly.

1 p.m.
Board Leadership Institute Adjournment