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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.

Christine Cipa - 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

Mark Fairhurst - Vice President

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. 2025

Todd Loughry

Todd Loughry
Todd is a 1997 graduate of Tallmadge High School. He and his wife Jessica have two boys, Zachary and Luke, and both attend Tallmadge City Schools. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Kent State University and works as a mortgage loan officer with PrimeLending. Todd volunteers coaching for Tallmadge Youth Football and enjoys attending sporting events in his free time.

Address:  613 Kiowa Trail
Phone:  330-703-0555
Term Expires:  Dec. 2025

Jennifer Ross

Jennifer has been a Tallmadge resident for 18 years.  She and her husband of 20 years, Ethan, have two daughters, Amelia and Tapanga, both of whom attend THS.  Jennifer is a proud graduate of Ohio University and holds both and Bachelor's and Master's in Education.  Jen enjoys spending time with her family, traveling (she has been to 48 of the 50 states), and taking pictures.   She is extremely active in the schools, serving in the Tallmadge PTA for several years, having held executive board positions at every building level, and is on the Tallmadge Council of PTAs.  Jennifer also serves in various roles at her church, The First Congregational Church in Tallmadge.  

Address:  288 W. Garwood 
Phone:  330-606-2673
Term Expires: December 2025

Mike Passarelli

Mike Passarelli
Mike joined the Board in January 2023 after serving for 47 years with the Tallmadge Fire Department including 7 years as the Fire Chief from 2015 - 2022. He was honored by the Tallmadge Chamber of Commerce in 2022 with the Humanitarian Award, and named Citizen of the Year by the City of Tallmadge in 2007.

A Tallmadge resident for more than 58 years, Passarelli and his wife raised four children and now cherish their role as grandparents, including two grandchildren who will soon start their school career in TCS and two who will or have recently graduated from THS. His wife Patti retired from Tallmadge City Schools where she served as an Instructional Aide for 10 years.

Mike remains active as a medical unit leader on the Eastern Area All Hazards Team Incident Management Group assisting with significant emergency events in 17 states across the northeast and midwest.

Mike also keeps busy by spending time with his grandkids, on home improvement projects, and beekeeping.

Address: 176 North Ave.
Phone: 330-633-0547
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