The Westerville Board of Education swore in three new members during its organizational meeting Jan. 13, and selected newly elected Nancy Nestor-Baker to lead the board in 2014.
Nestor-Baker was sworn in, along with Tracy Davidson and Rick Vilardo. The three won their seats in the November election from a field of eight candidates.
Nestor-Baker previously served on the board for 14 years, before stepping down in 2005. She works as senior assistant vice president for the United Way of Central Ohio.
Davidson is the mom of three Westerville students. She works as a tutor, and volunteers much of her time in the district.
Vilardo is lead pastor of NewSong Community Church and father of two elementary-aged children in the district. He also was an active district volunteer before winning a board seat in the November election.
They joined incumbent board members Cindy Crowe and Carol French.
During the organizational meeting, Nestor-Baker was unanimously voted to serve as the board's president for 2014, and Davidson was unanimously elected to serve as vice president.
Nestor-Baker said the new board has some innovative ideas for increasing opportunities for the district's students.
She said the board will work hard with the community to make the district stronger, provide more educational opportunities and ensure that the district is one that residents are proud of and take ownership of.
"I think you'll find this board to be highly engaged. I think you'll find this board to be very committed to creating opportunities and pathways," Nestor-Baker said. "Serving on the board ... is a sacred charge. It's something I take seriously and something I know my colleagues do as well."