The Board of Governors of the Bexley Education Foundation held its first meeting of the 2012-2013 school year last week and welcomed eight new members.

The Board of Governors of the Bexley Education Foundation held its first meeting of the 2012-2013 school year last week and welcomed eight new members.

"One of the things that makes this organization so vital is its mix of seasoned leaders and new faces each year, bringing fresh ideas and insights to the table," said Bradley Kastan, who stepped into the role of BEF board chairman this summer.

"We are lucky to have such a strong group of committed parents and community members stepping up to guide the foundation in its mission of supporting excellence and creativity in the Bexley schools."

Vice Chair of the Board for 2012-2013 is Frank J. Reed Jr. Continuing as treasurer is Jim Winnegrad.

Joining the board this year to serve a three-year term are:

* Ric Butler, a managing director for J.P. Morgan Asset Management, where he has worked since 1993. Prior to joining the J.P. Morgan, he was the vice president of finance for a small, closely-held business and a senior tax consultant at Ernst & Young. Butler holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from Capital University, and has two children.

* Elizabeth (Betsy) Turrell Farrar is a partner in the Vorys Columbus office and a member of the corporate finance group. She is a member of the Bexley Boosters, city of Bexley Board of Zoning Appeals, Bexley Chamber of Commerce and several other organizations. Farrar received her law degree from the University of Virginia and her bachelor's from Smith College. She resides in Bexley with her husband Jack and their two children.

* Dr. Patricia (Trish) Gianakopoulos received her undergraduate degree and medical degree from Ohio State University and completed her residency in pediatrics at Nationwide Children's Hospital. She was in private practice from 1990-2010. Gianakopoulos is a past president of the Central Ohio Pediatric Association, and she has served as a parent volunteer at several schools. She is married to Dr. Bill Gianakopoulos and they have four children.

* Dr. Michael (Mike) S. Levey is a practicing physician with Columbus Radiology and the chairman of the Department of Radiology at Grant Medical Center. He holds an undergraduate degree from Duke University and a medical degree from Ohio State University. Levey completed his residency in radiology at the University of North Carolina Memorial Hospital. He and his wife Heidi have lived in Bexley since 1990 and have four children. Levey served on the Bexley Board of Education for nine years, three of them as president.

The BEF Board of Governors has several slots for representatives of community organizations and institutions, who serve for a year. Joining the board for one-year terms are:

* Margaret (Meg) Farrar is a senior at Bexley High School and will serve as the board's student representative. She is captain of the varsity soccer team, president of Student Council, and co-Editor-in-Chief of the school newspaper, The Torch. Farrar is also a member of Cum Laude Society and National Honor Society. She works with her peers as a tutor and a mentor for incoming freshmen.

* Jody S. Fournier is serving as the Capital University representative. He is the acting assistant provost of the university and the assistant dean for the School of Social Sciences and Education, where he has been a professor of psychology since 1999. Fournier received his bachelor's degree in psychology, master's in child development and doctorate in developmental psychology from Ohio State University. He and his wife Debbie have three children.

* Julie Smith, the Bexley PTO Council representative, is the PTO Council president for 2012-2013. She and her husband Brian have lived in Bexley for 14 years and have two daughters. Smith has been involved with the PTO for many years, starting at Maryland Elementary. She holds a bachelor's degree in architecture from Ohio State University.

* Returning for a second one-year term are district faculty representative Steven C. Podlasiak and Alumni Association representative Ron Robins.

Board of Education representative Carol Fey began her term in January.