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The Board Meetings will continue to be livestreamed on the Tallmadge Broadcast Youtube Channel on Youtube here.

The Board meets on the third Wednesday of every month at 6:00 p.m. in the Community Room (1221) at the new Tallmadge High School, 140 N. Munroe Road. Notice is given of changes in date, time or place of meeting.

Rick Kellar - President

image of Rick Kellar - President Rick was born and raised in Northeast Ohio. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy, West Point and was awarded a Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering. He currently holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. In 1995 he attended Syracuse University where he received a Masters in Business Administration, Summa Cum Laude. He is the President of the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation based in Hudson.

Address: 482 Canterbury Way
Phone: 330-283-1086
Term Expires: Dec. 2021 

Chris Tywon

image of Chris Tywon
Born and raised in nearby Cuyahoga Falls, Chris is married to longtime Tallmadge resident, Ellen (THS 80), and has lived in the city for the last 17 years. He has been involved in the Tallmadge area Boy Scout troops (Eagle Scout) and has supported his sons, Ryan (THS 08) and Kyle (THS 11), throughout their time in Tallmadge schools. He attended the University of Akron, is active at his church in many capacities, and owns and operates a small business in Akron. He is presently serving his first term on the board.

Address: 368 Vinewood Ave.
Phone: 330-858-1111
Term Expires: Dec. 2021 

Christine Cipa - Vice President

Christine Cipa - Vice President
Christine is the parent of three children in the Tallmadge School System: Jonathan, Benjamin and Stephanie. She holds a BS in Secondary Education and Masters work in Elementary Education. She has taught in local school districts and now, with her husband Christopher, owns and operates a small business in Tallmadge. She is also a long time community and school volunteer and a member of the Doggie Brigade at Akron Children's Hospital.

Address: 478 N. Munroe Rd
Phone: 330-607-7476
Term Expires: Dec. 2023

Jennifer Justice-Carter

Jennifer Justice-Carter
Jennifer was raised in Tallmadge and graduated from Tallmadge High School in 1996. She went on to earn a bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Akron. Jennifer currently maintains her registered nurse status in the State of Ohio.  Jennifer is raising three children -- Katherine, Warner, and Charlotte in Tallmadge and all three children attend Tallmadge City Schools.  Jennifer volunteers as a softball coach and bible school teacher.  Jennifer enjoys keeping her family active in sports and enjoys watching girls fast pitch softball.  She is currently fulfilling her second School Board term.

Address:  525 East Avenue
Phone: 330-283-8635
Term Expires: Dec. 2023 

Mark Fairhurst

Mark Fairhurst
A native of the greater Akron area, Mark grew up and graduated from Mogadore High School and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The University of Akron.

Mark has worked the past 30+ years in Northeast Ohio within the marketing and advertising industry. He has been both partner and owner in several businesses. Most recently, Mark was the Director of Financial Development for the American Red Cross of Summit and Portage Counties. While with the Red Cross, not only was he responsible for local development work but also traveled around the country, as it related to major emergencies in such places as Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Florida and Mississippi.

Currently, Mark is the Executive Director for Embracing Futures, Inc., whose core program provides orthodontic treatment for poor and working poor families with children suffering from severe orthodontic and jaw misalignment problems.

Some of his past memberships and activities include the Akron Roundtable, Akron and Canton Advertising Clubs, Downtown Akron Kiwanis Club and Foundation, Cuyahoga Falls Chamber of Commerce, Jackson / Belden Chamber of Commerce, Canton Building Industry Association, Communications Co-Chair for Bridgestone Invitational Tournament, Tallmadge Athletic Boosters, Tallmadge Foundation and Tallmadge Little League.

Currently, Mark lives in Tallmadge with his wife, Janet, of 37 years and together they have two children, Ashley (29), married to Will McGee and, Scott (25) and their dog, Reese. He enjoys his family, golf and is a girls' fast pitch softball umpire.

Address: 86 Tallwood Dr.
Phone: 330-612-2142
Term Expires: Dec. 2021
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