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Board Members:

The Talawanda Board of Education is the governing and policy making body of the school district and made up of 5 members elected by the community.  Elected members serve 4 year terms.  The primary objective of the group is to develop policy and approve policy as aligned through the Ohio Revised Code.  The group works directly with the superintendent and the treasurer to implement those policies.

Pat Meade
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Pat Meade ('25)     President



100 Lantern Ridge Dr.
Oxford, Ohio 45056


  • Elected to the Board 2017
  • Resident of Oxford for 49 years
  • Married to, Lois, and they have 6 children together (all THS graduates)
  • Grandchildren attend Talawanda Schools
  • 45 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


Bec Howard
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Rebecca Howard ('23)      Vice President



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
Chris Otto
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Chris Otto ('23)      Member


  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
  • Served as the Senior Director for University Advancement Finance & Business Services
Kathleen Abowitz
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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.


David Bothast
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David M. Bothast ('25)    Member



3384 Oxford Reily Road
Oxford, Ohio 45056 


  • Elected to the Board in 2021
  • 9 year resident of Oxford
  • Resides in Reily Township
  • All three (3) children are current Talawanda students
  • Licensed elementary (Ohio K-5) teacher
  • 5th grade science teacher in Hamilton City School District
  • Former Assistant Director of Family Philanthropy, Miami University
  • Former Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations, University of Evansville
  • Graduate Instructor, University of Evansville
  • Former Director, Goodwill Industries
  • Former Executive Director, American Red Cross
  • Former charter school teacher, science grades 3-5
  • US Navy Hospital Corpsman (1996-2001)
  • Worked in education and nonprofit services since 2002