Board Members

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Chris Otto ('23)      President


  505 Glenview Dr.
Oxford, Ohio 45056 

  • Elected to the Board in 2015
  • 27 year resident of Oxford
  • Resides in the City of Oxford
  • Wife Lisa, and four grown children, all THS graduates
  • Licensed School Treasurer
  • Senior Director of University Advancement Finance & Business Services
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Mary Jane Roberts ('21)   Vice President



3 Chestnut Hill
Oxford, OH 45056

  • Elected to the Board 2009
  • Resident of Talawanda School District over 40 years
  • One daughter, two sons- all THS graduates
  • Grandchildren attend Talawanda schools
  • Educator since 1968- taught from preschool level to graduate level at MU
  • Special Education teacher, Title I teacher, principal in Talawanda School System
  • Retired- now a private consultant working as a curriculum specialist
  • Very active in the community-  Member of the Trustees of the Presbyterian Church, President of the Cemetery Board, Member of Kiwanis, Citizen of the Year 2009
  • Academic and Legislative Liaison for TSD
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Pat Meade ('21)     Member 



100 Lantern Ridge Dr.
Oxford, Ohio 45056


  • Elected to the Board 2017
  • Resident of Oxford for 45 years
  • Married to, Lois, and they have 6 children together (all THS graduates)
  • Grandchildren attend Talawanda Schools
  • 39 years in education, with a focus in Career Based Intervention
  • Began the Butler Tech Connections Program with Leah-Wasburn-Moses
  • Chair of the OPD Community Relations & Review Commission
  • Member of St. Mary's Parish


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Rebecca Howard ('23)      Member



1345 Dana Dr.
Oxford 45056

  • Educational Consultant/Trainer: Oxford Early Childhood Consulting
  • Miami University Instructor: Teacher Education/Educational Leadership
  • Owner/Administrator Oxford Early Childhood Center: 1986-95 & 2005-14
  • Graduated Miami University 2010: PhD Educational Leadership
  • Born and raised in Hamilton: graduated Hamilton Taft HS 1976
  • Living in Reily Township since 1991
  • Daughter graduated Talawanda 2014
  • President, Oxford Literacy Team
  • Board Member, Oxford Area Community Theater
  • Elected to Talawanda Board of Education November 2019
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Kathleen Knight-Abowitz ('23)     Member 


  5 Bull Run Drive
Oxford, OH 45056
  • Elected to board in 2019
  • Resident of Oxford since 1995
  • Husband, Rob, and two children, both THS grads
  • Professor of Educational Leadership, Miami University
  • Working in higher education since 1989
  • Member: League of Women Voters of Oxford, Ohio; Beth Adam Synagogue of Loveland, Ohio.