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A Letter from our Board Chair

As I write this letter, I am grateful for so many things. Grateful for the opportunity to serve and support a school with such an important mission. Grateful for the work started nearly 70 years ago by the Sisters of Notre Dame, to serve those who learn differently. Grateful for all the families who put their trust in our schools. Grateful for the intervention specialists, therapists, and the entire JB team who put kids and families first and created top-notch virtual learning and services to support the JB community in an uncertain environment.

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.

Thank you for believing in Julie Billiart Schools, and the children and families who depend on us. To all of our parents, faculty, and staff, advocates, community partners, donors, grantees, and friends – thank you for all that you do. The JB Way would not be possible without all of you.

And as St. Julie reminds us - God is good….all the time!

Tricia Gerak, Board Chair
CEO of Precision Component Industries, LLC in Canton


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

Tricia Gerak, Board Chair
Precision Component Industries

Nick Russo
PNC Erieview Capital

Betsy Dellinger
Park Place Technologies

Dave Roush, Vice Chair
Staff Trak

George Reider
Fifth Third Securities 

Rick Cavolo
Nestle USA

Pat Peters, Secretary
Jackson Lewis, P.C.

Sr. Lisa Novak, SND
Sisters of Notre Dame

Michael Zumwalt

Tim Compan, Treasurer
Cleveland Clinic Foundation

David Anthony
USI Insurance Services

Bill Brancovsky
Oswald Companies

Emeritus Board

Victor Alexander
Key Bank

Richard Kaplan

Jason Sutton
Wells Fargo

Scott Cade
Cade Consulting Partners LLC

Tom Kuluris
Liberty Development Company

Bill Valerian

Brian Gale
BG Enterprises

Jerry Murphy

Steve Wilt

Bill Glubiak
Cedar Brook Financial Partners LLC

Brent Pietrafese
Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP

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 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 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 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 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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