Julie Billiart Schools Names New Board Chair


Julie Billiart Schools (JB) graciously thanks Brent Pietrafese, partner at Calfee, Halter, & Griswold LLP, for his 10 years of service to the organization as a member of the board of directors and, most recently, as the founding Chairperson of Julie Billiart Schools Network Board.  


“It has been a privilege, an honor, and a sincere pleasure to serve the JB community.” said Pietrafese. “I am proud of how JB has developed and of the role it now plays in serving students with special learning needs in both Akron and Lyndhurst. This has been a team effort all the way. I’d like to thank all those with whom I worked, the board members, staff, teachers, Sisters of Notre Dame, as well as donors. An additional thanks to President/CEO Lannie Davis-Frecker for her leadership throughout my tenure. She has put a tremendous team in place that will continue to provide great guidance and support to this community in the coming years.” 


Over the course of his service, Pietrafese was “A driving force, change agent, and gifted leader,” said Davis-Frecker. “His vision and dedication to our mission have  helped us evolve into a multi-campus learning community. We are forever grateful for his commitment to our growth and look forward to a continued relationship with him as an Emeritus Director where his historical knowledge and professional expertise will continue to benefit our students.” 



Stepping into Pietrafese’s role at JB as Chairperson of the Board is Tricia Gerak, CEO of Precision Component Industries, LLC in Canton. A four year veteran to the JB board of directors, Gerak was instrumental in opening the organization’s newest campus in west Akron in 2017.  “Tricia has the passion, energy and leadership skills that will take us to the next level as we begin to explore opportunities for expansion on the west side of Cleveland,” said Davis-Frecker. 


“Brent left an incredible impact on JB,” said Gerak. “I’m confident that with the support and expertise of the board members, the organization will continue to grow, thrive and be a beacon of hope for students and families throughout Northeast Ohio. I had the pleasure of serving as Vice Chairperson with Brent for the past two years and look forward to moving the school along the trajectory that Brent had set out,” continued Gerak.

Beginning in 1954, the Sisters of Notre Dame set the standard in Northeast Ohio for providing the highest level of education and care for children, grades K-8, with special learning and social needs. This tradition continues today as Julie Billiart Schools. With one campus in Lyndhurst and another in Akron, we are empowering students with special needs to go BEYOND EDUCATION. BEYOND EXPECTATIONS.
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