The board of governors of the Bexley Education Foundation (BEF) has announced the appointments of six new members.
The group includes Cathy Cory, Heather Hardesty Hockman, Steve Podlasiak, Emily Rapport, Ron Robins and Martha Robbins.
The new board members were chosen based on their community involvement, business acumen and commitment to the Bexley City School District.
Cory, Hockman and Robins will serve three-year terms. District faculty representative Podlasiak, student representative Rapport, and PTO representative Robbins will serve one-year terms.
Cory has been in the financial services business since 1993. She is a second vice president with the Guth Group, a private wealth management team, at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. She has been a member of the board for the Jewish Community Center since 2006 and is an active volunteer for the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital for the past 15 years. Cory is a graduate of Ohio State University. She and her husband, Jack, live in Bexley with their son and daughter, Nicholas and Mackenzie.
Hockman is a lifelong Bexley resident and a graduate of Bexley High School. She is senior merchandise planner for Tween Brands; a former product development manager for the Longaberger Co.; and former senior store planner for the Express division of The Limited Inc. Hockman is an active member of the Childhood League and the Bexley Women’s Club. She and her husband, Todd, have two children.
Podlasiak has taught science for 28 years, 27 of them in Bexley. He is a five-time team leader and has presented at several educational conferences. Podlasiak was Bexley High School’s varsity football head coach from 1996–2004 and was the school’s track and field coach from 1988–1998. A 1984 Ohio State University graduate, Podlasiak earned a master’s degree in curriculum development from Ohio Dominican University in 2008. He and his wife, Kathleen, are parents of four children, Scott, Nick, Brian, and Sarah.
Rapport is a senior at Bexley High School. She is president of the student council, and is a former recipient of the national Scholastic Writing Award for outstanding young authors.
Robins has lived in Bexley most of his life, and graduated from Bexley High School in 1958.
After a brief stint in retailing, he became a Realtor in 1967. He currently works with R. S. Garek realtors. Robins is married to Barbara Feibel and has four children, three of whom live in Bexley. He serves on the boards of the Bexley Historical Society and the Bexley Alumni Association; is a member of the Friends of the Bexley Library; and is an alternate member of the Bexley Planning Committee.
Robbins is a longtime community volunteer, focusing much of her efforts on the Montrose PTO. Her accomplishments at Montrose include publishing the student directory, the newsletter, fundraiser chair person, bake sales, family nights, raffles, advertising of all types, room mom, co-vice president, and two years as co president. Robins also served on two interview committees to select new Montrose principal and began a special needs PTO program to supply the elementary school occupational therapist with pencil grips and writing aids for children with fine motor issues. Robbins owns A Face Painting Mom and paints faces at birthday parties, events, fairs and festivals.
The Bexley Education Foundation (BEF) is based on the belief that excellent public schools are essential to the economic and social health of the communities they serve. To that end, BEF staff, board and volunteers seek to support educational initiatives that help enhance quality education for students in the Bexley City School District.
BEF support is delivered through its many grants programs, which fund projects that directly enhance learning experiences for a significant number of students. On an annual basis, BEF funds are raised through the foundation’s annual fund campaign, BRAVO!, Bexley Community Book Club and other programs.
For more information on the Bexley Education Foundation, call the BEF office at (614) 338-2093 or visit the BEF website: www.bexleyeducationfoundation.org.