cropped-amy.jpgOn July 10, 2012 I was appointed to the Shaker Heights City School Board to fill the seat vacated by Jennifer Mearns.

I am honored to serve as a Shaker School Board member, and I am proud to have been a member of the team that led the search for a new superintendent.  My perspective about the search was guided by my views about what will be critical to the district’s continued success.

I live in the Fernway District with my husband, Andy, and my two daughters.  Harley (8) is a third grader at Fernway, and Abigail is three.

PLATFORM

These are the four areas that I believe are critical to the district’s future:

1. Instructional Leadership – we must ensure that all of our students are equipped to realize their fullest potential

2. Fiscal Responsibility – we must aggressively evaluate the financial impact of our decisions and seek innovative and cost-effective ways to meet the district’s needs

3.  Data-driven Decision-making – we must increase the use of data to guide our decisions in the district

4.  Transparency, Engagement and Involvement of the Community – we must ensure that our parents, community members, the City and employers are partners in the education of our students

LEADERSHIP IN THE DISTRICT

I am proud to report that I have played the following leadership roles in the district since 2010:

  • July 2012-Present:  School Board Member
  • August 2012-May 2013:  Member of Performance Compensation Committee – a committee of administrators, faculty and board members developed to study teacher evaluation methods in the district and develop a high-fidelity model for peer evaluation in the district
  • October 2012-Present:  Member of Mayor’s Financial Task Force representing the School Board – a committee of citizens that advise the Mayor on various financial matters in the City including evaluating the City’s cost-cutting measures
  • May 2011-Present:  Member of the Finance & Audit Committee – a board committee responsible for reviewing the district’s financial performance and recommending financial polices, cost-cutting initiatives and levy terms
  • June-October 2010:  Pro Bono Cost-Cutting & Efficiency Project – conducted a project to identify cost-cutting and efficiency opportunities at the district; interviewed nearly 20 district employees including administrators, faculty and staff

CIVIC LEADERSHIP

Prior to joining the School Board, I served the community in the following leadership roles:

  • Shaker Heights Community Life & Health Committee Member
  • Shaker Heights Development Corporation Board Member
  • Neighborhood Housing Services of Greater Cleveland Board Member, Vice Chair and Finance Committee Member
  • E City Board Member and Vice Chair
  • Youth Opportunities Unlimited Board Member and Governance Committee Co-Chair

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

In 2005, I founded enlight, a boutique management consulting firm focused on helping privately held companies and select non-profits grow, improve their financial performance and enhance operations.  We specialize in helping executive teams and boards of directors establish effective leadership dynamics, devise strategies that meet financial targets and manage their organizations to implement the new strategies.  We employ a staff of seven, and our offices are located in Shaker on Chagrin Boulevard.  For more information, check out our website:  www.enlightadvisors.com.

Prior to founding enlight, I obtained the following work experience:

  • Alcoa Inc.:  Various roles in global marketing and strategy
  • Boston Consulting Group:  Consultant
  • Procter & Gamble, Inc.:  Finance Intern in Global Laundry
  • Huntington National Bank:  Management Trainee and Commercial Credit Analyst

I have been selected to participate in the following professional development organizations:

  • In Counsel with Women
  • TARA Global Women’s Networking Group (NYC)
  • Cleveland Bridge Builders
  • Susan Schiffer Stautberg Leadership Fellows (NYC)

In 2008, I was selected as one of the Top 10 Women Business Owners by the Cleveland Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners.

EDUCATION

  • MBA in Strategy & Finance, University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Chicago, IL
  • BS in Economics & Government, Centre College of Kentucky, Danville, KY
  • Fulton County High School, Hickman, KY

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