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OFFICE OF THE SUPERINTENDENT
Jennifer Felker
Felker, Jennifer
Superintendent
Since 2016 Jennifer Felker had been the Geauga County Educational Service Center Superintendent and was named the Lake County Educational Service Center Superintendent in December, 2018.   She now serves as the Superintendent for the newly created Educational Service Center of the Western Reserve, which merged the two ESCs in January, 2020.  In addition, Mrs. Felker also serves as the Executive Chair of the Lake/Geauga Information Technology Center (ITC), and Superintendent of iStem Geauga Early College High School.  
 
Prior to coming to Geauga County, Mrs. Felker was the State Associate Superintendent for Public Instruction for the Ohio Department of Education and was responsible for overseeing the Division of Learning: Center for Curriculum and Assessment, and the Center for Student Support and Education Options. She has also served as Director of Programs and Services for the Orange City School District, and previously was the Assistant Superintendent and Superintendent Pro-Tempore of the Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County. Prior to that she was the special education supervisor at Olmsted Falls and Maple Heights City Schools, a teacher and an elementary principal in Brooklyn City Schools, and teacher for Toledo public schools.
OFFICE OF THE TREASURER
L Greg Slemons
Slemons, L Greg
Treasurer
Office: 440-350-2563
Greg Slemons joined the ESC of the Western Reserve as the Treasurer in April, 2019.
HUMAN RESOURCES/OPERATIONS
Debra Burke
Burke, Debra
Director, Human Resources & Operations
Office: 440-350-2563 x 727
Debra L. Burke PHR, SHRM-CP is the Director, Human Resources and Operations for the Educational Service Center of the Western Reserve. She is responsible for the oversight of all facets of human resources for the ESC of the WR and supports member districts with human resources projects. Additionally, Debra handles ESC business agreements and contracts, information technology, and facility management.

Debra began her career at Reliance Electric, a Rockwell Automation Company, responsible for payroll, the HRIS/Payroll systems and accounting functions. She was employed at Cleveland Municipal School District for 8 year as an HR Manager responsible for compensation, staffing, licensure, EMIS and historical records retention. Additionally, Debra worked at Marous Brothers Construction and Cardinal Commerce as the department head of human resources.

Debra holds Bachelors of Arts in Accounting and Business Administration from Malone University. She obtained her PHR in 2005 and her SHRM-CP in 2015. She joined the Lake Geauga SHRM in 2004, joined their board in 2009 and has served as the Vice-President of Membership since 2010. Additionally, Debra holds the position of Treasurer for B.A.L.D. Run Inc., a non profit organization helping low income diabetics in Lake County, since its inception in 2006.
Nutrition Services
Kelly Minnick SNS
Kelly Minnick SNS
Director, Nutrition Services
Office: 440-417-2259

Kelly Minnick is the Director of School Nutrition Services for the ESC of the Western Reserve. Kelly, along with Michelle Papic, Supervisor of Nutrition Services, manage the nutrition programs at Auburn Career Center, Berkshire, Madison, Painesville City and West Geauga Local Schools. 

Prior to joining the ESC, Kelly served as the Director of Nutrition Services for Painesville City and Madison Local Schools and began her career in Riverside Local School District where she was the Director for 23 years. Kelly created the first ever school food service program at Fairport Harbor Schools in August of 2012 and has also consulted with Ashtabula Area City Schools, Norwalk City Schools and Kenston Local Schools.  Minnick has 29 years of school food service experience, setting high standards for herself and the Nutrition Services teams.  Her goal is for all students to have well-balanced, enjoyable meals each day at school. 

Kelly attended Bowling Green State University where she received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Degree in Hospitality Management.  In addition, Kelly holds the School Nutrition Specialist credential from the School Nutrition Association.

Early Childhood
Dimatteo, Denise
Early Childhood Coordinator
Denise DiMatteo is the Early Childhood Coordinator for the ESC of the Western Reserve. She currently oversees preschool classrooms that are located in both Geauga and Lake counties. 

Denise started her career in education as a school psychologist, where she worked in various school settings within Ashtabula and Cuyahoga counties for fourteen years. She then transitioned to Supervisor of Special Education for six years for the Cuyahoga County Educational Service Center. Denise then accepted a position for the Warrensville Heights City Schools as the Special Education/Pupil Services Director for four years before coming to the Lake County ESC in 2015. 

Denise received her B.A. in Psychology from Cleveland State University and her M.S. in School Psychology from Miami University. In addition, Denise obtained her Pupil Personnel Administration License from Cleveland State University.
Transportation
Pat McKenrick
McKenrick, Pat
Office: 440-350-2563 x 720
Pat McKenrick is the Project Administrator for the Lake County Educational Service Center. He oversees the Transportation Department. The Transportation Department currently operates five school vans which are used to transport students before and after school to programs within and outside of the students’ districts. The LCESC also runs two light transit vehicles with lifts for adult programming. In addition to his Transportation responsibilities, he is responsible for Substitute Teacher Training, and works closely with other agencies in Lake County to promote educational opportunities to the various districts’ students.

Mr. McKenrick joined the Lake County Educational Service Center in September 2015. He spent his first 15 years as a Social Studies teacher in the Riverside School District and 2 years as a teacher in the Kirtland School District where he became the Principal of Kirtland High School for 5 years. Following his time in the Kirtland School District, Mr. McKenrick was an Assistant Principal in the Riverside School District for 4 years, and completed his last 9 years as a public school administrator in the Mentor Public Schools. Mr. McKenrick held the positions of Principal of Memorial Middle School for 4 years, Supervisor of Student Services for 2 years and Assistant Principal at Ridge Middle School for 5 years. Throughout his 35 years in public education, Pat McKenrick was very involved in coaching. He coached football, basketball, and track at the varsity level.

Mr. McKenrick received his Bachelor’s Degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 1980, his Master’s Degree in 1987, and Administration Certification in 2002 from Kent State University. Pat McKenrick lives in Mentor, OH where he is married to his wife Ellen and has 6 children Katie, Jake, Morgan, Allison, Mason, and Peyton.
REGION 4 STATE SUPPORT TEAM
Darrah, Merrie
Director, SST4
Office: 440-350-2563 x 752
Karako, Nan
SST Administrative Assistant
Office: 440-350-2563 x 755
Educational Service Center of the Western Reserve

8221 Auburn Road, Concord Township, Ohio 44077
Phone: 440.350.2563
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