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A Letter from our Board Chair

I am incredibly honored to be writing this letter as the Board Chair of Julie Billiart Schools. I’m grateful for the opportunity to actively engage with and support a school with such a powerful mission. The work started by the Sisters of Notre Dame almost 70 years ago, to serve those who learn differently, is one that impacts so many families. When children struggle academically or socially, it affects the entire family. That is why the work that JB does is so critical. JB wraps a team of intervention specialists and therapists around each child in order to help them find their own paths to success. Not only does the child thrive, he or she leaves JB feeling empowered.

The Board of Directors is responsible for working with the school leadership to advance this mission while exercising fiduciary oversight and ensuring accountability. The vision of serving students with our unique learning environment and approach, all supported by the charism of the Sisters of Notre Dame - what we call the “JB Way” - is what guides everything we do.

I genuinely thank all of you for believing in the work of Julie Billiart Schools. The children and families we serve depend on you. To everyone in our community - parents, faculty and staff, advocates, providers, donors, grantees, and friends - thank you for all you do to support our children and our mission. The JB Way would not be possible without each one of you.

Nick Russo, Board Chair
Managing Director, PNC Erieview Capital

Nicholas russo

Board of Directors

The Julie Billiart Schools' Board of Directors is composed of individuals with diverse backgrounds and expertise. Parents, past-parents, business professionals, and donors are constituent groups most often serving as Board Members and are primarily responsible for: 

  • Determining JB Schools’ vision, growth, and strategic planning
  • Selecting, supporting and assessing the President/CEO of JB Schools
  • Exercising fiduciary responsibility and oversight
  • Ensuring legal and ethical integrity and accountability

Nick Russo, Board Chair
PNC Erieview Capital

David Anthony
USI Insurance Services

Sr. Lisa Novak, SND
Sisters of Notre Dame

Dave Roush, Vice Chair
Staff Trak

Bill Brancovsky
Oswald Companies

George Reider
Fifth Third Securities 

Tim Compan, Treasurer
Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Rick Cavolo
Nestle USA

Michael Vedda
Park Place Technologies

Pat Peters, Secretary
Jackson Lewis, P.C.

Betsy Dellinger
Park Place Technologies

Michael Zumwalt

Emeritus Board

Victor Alexander
Key Bank

Henry Grendell
Kaufman Drozdowski & Grendell, LLC 

Brent Pietrafese
Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP

Scott Cade
Cade Consulting Partners LLC

Richard Kaplan

Jason Sutton
Wells Fargo

Brian Gale
BG Enterprises

Tom Kuluris
Liberty Development Company

Bill Valerian

Bill Glubiak
Cedar Brook Financial Partners LLC

Jerry Murphy

Steve Wilt

open-quote Julie Billiart Schools has helped my child become a better version of himself. The teachers and therapists at JB really know and understand how to reach children who learn differently. close-quote

JB Parent

open-quote Julie Billiart Schools gave us hope after our daughter was diagnosed with a learning disability. At JB, she thrived in the small classes, received necessary therapies, and developed the self-confidence to ask for help when she needed it. close-quote

JB Parent

open-quote They have all the resources necessary, specialized to the individual learning of each child, and the heart that goes with it. I don't think we would have stayed in Ohio if it wasn't for JB! close-quote

JB Parent

open-quote All of the teachers and staff at JB are patient and willing to take the extra time to make sure we, as parents, understand and are comfortable. close-quote

JB Parent

open-quote My kids love everything about JB and look forward to going to school every day and seeing their friends and teachers. JB is truly a one of a kind school enriching young lives everyday. close-quote

JB Parent

open-quote I don’t think I will ever be able to put into words how grateful I am that you saw my daughter for all that she is today and all that she is yet to become. close-quote

Tammie Sommer

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