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Board of Directors

OHSPRA Board of Directors

President Lou DeVincentis

Lou DeVincentis
Lou DeVincentis has more than two decades of experience in public relations, including the last 21 years at the Orange City School District where he serves as the Director of Communications.  At Orange, he oversees the district website, social media platforms, print publications, media relations, digital communications and community relations, as well as assisting the superintendent, the Board of Education and district administrators with numerous projects and programs. He has worked on several successful levy campaigns for both the Orange City School District and the Wickliffe City School District. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Communication from Cleveland State University and worked as the public relations and marketing coordinator for the Great Lakes Science Center before joining Orange and becoming an award-winning member of OHSPRA and NSPRA. He has served as OHSPRA's Director of Contests and Awards (2014-2015 & 2015-2016), Director of Membership (2016-17 & 2017-2018), and President-Elect (2018-2019 & 2019-2020). He also serves on the Citizens for Wickliffe Schools committee in Wickliffe where he lives with his wife and two children.

President Elect Alicia Mowry

Alicia Mowry Alicia Mowry has overseen communications and public relations at the Delaware Area Career Center since 2009. Prior to joining the world of school public relations, she served as both an account manager and a marketing director in the private sector. Alicia's first task at the Delaware Area Career Center was to rebrand the district, recreate all communications material, and launch a new web site. This task became the first step in a long-term, multi-faceted campaign to increase awareness and improve the image of career and technical education throughout Delaware County. Most recently, the Delaware Area Career Center was awarded the Public Relations Excellence PRism Award from the Public Relations Society of America, Central Ohio Chapter in the category of Crisis Communications and Issues Management. The district was recognized for communications efforts in an unprecedented and complicated levy issue. Alicia has her B.A. in English with a minor in Scientific and Technical Writing from Bowling Green State University. She also obtained her M.B.A. from Capital University with a focus on Marketing and Marketing Research. Alicia lives in Worthington with her husband and two rambunctious boys. 

Past President Patrick Gallaway

Patrick Gallaway Patrick Gallaway has devoted much of his career to public service. He has helped lead the communications efforts for a variety of state agencies and non-profit organizations and currently serves as the director of communications for New Albany – Plain Local Schools, a public school district of 4,800 students in a northeast suburb of Columbus. Gallaway oversees a communication operation including media relations, website, internal communications, community outreach and social media.  In 2012, Gallaway helped lead the district through a successful combined bond/levy issue campaign. In the next two years, he helped lead an extensive community engagement process to design and build a new innovative learning facility focused on flexibility to accommodate 1,200 students. Prior to his time in New Albany, Gallaway served as the media relations director for the Ohio Department of Education and as the director of communications for former Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner. He has worked in fundraising and development for Stonewall Columbus, a non-profit agency, in a public involvement role at the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, in student affairs at The University of Akron and in donor services at the American Red Cross. Gallaway is a graduate of The University of Akron, earning both a master's degree in higher education administration and a bachelor's degree in communications-public relations.

Director of Sponsorships/Partnerships Crystal Davis

Crystal Davis An award-winning journalist and videographer, Crystal Davis has a wide range of experience both in front of and behind the camera. She became Public Relations Coordinator for Pickerington Local Schools in January 2019, and was previously the deputy director of communication services at the Ohio School Boards Association and communications director for the Industrial Commission of Ohio. In front of the camera, Crystal has worked for more than 15 years as a TV reporter/meteorologist at various stations in South Carolina, Michigan, and Ohio, and is currently a freelance meteorologist for Spectrum News 1 in Columbus. She graduated from The Ohio State University with a bachelor's degree in journalism and later earned a certificate of broadcast meteorology from Mississippi State University. During her career, Crystal has won many awards for her work including OHSPRA's Best of the Best PR Plan and Writing awards as well as several national and international awards in creative writing, web video production and marketing.

Treasurer Patti Koslo

Patti Koslo Patti Koslo has more than 20 years of experience in public relations, marketing, crisis management, strategic planning, levy campaigns, and event planning. She has led numerous communications initiatives including business rebranding, community engagement, crisis communication response, and grassroots engagement efforts for a varietyof educational institutions and private businesses. Before joining eSchoolView, Koslo started K Communications, LLC in 2010 and worked as the public information officer for Nordonia Hills City Schools for 15 years. Koslo has presented at state and national conferences and has published journal articles. Along with her work at eSchoolView, she has served many roles on various boards including Mid-East Vice President for the National School Public Relations Association, President of the Ohio Chapter of School Public Relations, Nordonia Hills Rotary President and Executive Director for the Nordonia Schools Foundation.

Director of Professional Development Kari Basson

Kari Basson Having held positions in the private sector, healthcare and education, Kari Basson brings more than 30 years of public relations experience to her current position.  A graduate of the University of Dayton with a bachelor's degree in communications, Kari held PR positions with the Better Business Bureau and St. Elizabeth Medical Center prior to joining Kettering City Schools as the coordinator of community relations and auxiliary services. Also a former award-winning print journalist, Kari manages all aspects of the district's communications plan including media relations, employee relations, website development and maintenance, social media, video production, community surveying, advertising and publications. In addition, she oversees the auxiliary services program for the district, working with four parochial schools and one private school on the management of auxiliary funds allocated by the state to non-public schools through their local public school district. Kari is an accomplished pubic speaker and has presented at the local and state levels on numerous occasions. She has been a board member with OHSPRA for nearly a decade and received the OHSPRA Crystal Award in 2018 for her dedication to and achievements in school PR. Kari and her husband, Rick, reside in Kettering and have three daughters and five grandchildren.

Director of Communications Kurt Moore

Kurt Moore
Kurt Moore is a communications consultant serving school districts and other organizations. He has served as the public relations and communications coordinator for Euclid City Schools and communications director for Marion City Schools. He worked as an award-winning reporter for 17 years at The Marion Star newspaper. Kurt spent the last eight years of his journalism career covering education in Marion County. He was named to the Ohio School Board Association's Media Honor Roll for three years straight and received Associated Press Society of Ohio awards for feature, news, business, and community writing. Kurt served on the Boys and Girls Club of Marion County's board and assisted other organizations and businesses with communications, marketing and content creation.

Director of Contests and Awards Olivia Bronczek

Olivia Bronczek Olivia Bronczek is the communications coordinator for the Massillon City School District in northeast Ohio. In her position, she writes crisis and district communications, coordinates district events such as the State of the Schools, and develops social media content for all social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat. She recently led a redesign of the district website. She also started the district’s venture into Instagram and Snapchat. Previously, she was the marketing coordinator for Sugardale Foods in Massillon, Ohio.  She developed and executed marketing events for the mobile marketing vehicle “The Taste of Sugardale”.  She also assisted with the coordination of the Summer Events Internship Program as well as developed content for social media.

Secretary Audrey Holtzman

Audrey Holtzman Audrey Holtzman is in her first year as the Enrollment and Recruiting Specialist for the Parma City School District, where she is tasked with bringing back community, private, and charter school students. Prior to her appointment in Parma, Mrs. Holtzman spent seven years in the Euclid City Schools as the Public Relations and Marketing Coordinator. She specializes in media relations, social media management, community relations, event planning, and digital and print collateral design. Audrey has worked for Fox 8 News in Cleveland and 13abc in Toledo.

Chapter Manager Mary Beddell (appointed position)

Embedded Image for:  (20203905739402_image.jpg) Mary Beddell is a proud supporter of public education and has over 10 years of experience in communications, social media marketing, event planning, and fundraising. Mary has served as the Chapter Manager for the Ohio School Public Relations Association since 2014. In addition, Mary is currently the Public Relations Director for Plain Local Schools, a K-12 public school district that serves approximately six thousand students in Canton

While her telling the stories of her school is what drives her, Mary's true passion is in fundraising and helping others. Mary founded the Josette Beddell Memorial Foundation in 2009 with the help of family and friends, in memory of her mother, Josette who passed away from breast cancer in 2002. The mission of the Josette Beddell Memorial Foundation is to help better the lives of families in Ohio affected by cancer by providing direct financial assistance to families in need, to date, the foundation has offered over half a million dollars in assistance to women battling breast cancer in the state of Ohio. 


Mary was awarded the 2010 Frieda G Shapira, Community Service Award, was chosen for the 2014 class of "Twenty under 40" awarded by the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce. Mary was inducted into the Kent State University Hall of Fame by the College of Education, Health and Human Services in 2015. She received the United Way Gold Key Award in 2017 and was named the Canton Repository's "People's Champion" in 2018.


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