Dr. Anthony Podojil’s history in Ohio’s public schools constitute more than thirty highly successful years of teaching, administration in various capacities in Cleveland Heights, Painesville Township and Orange Schools, principalships in Chagrin Falls and West Geauga and, finally, superintendency for thirteen years – also at West Geauga. During those thirteen years, the district consistently achieved the highest rating granted by the Ohio Department of Education, including “Excellence With Distinction” honors in the last three years of his tenure. He became Executive Director of the Alliance on August 1, 2010.
Meanwhile, Tony also has found time during the last fifteen years to serve as adjunct professor in the Department of Education at John Carroll University, teaching graduate courses in school finance, curriculum and educational leadership. He is currently Board President of the Lake/Geauga Education Assistance Foundation and an active member of both Kiwanis and Rotary. He is a YMCA fanatic and diehard Browns and Indians fan.
Tony earned both his B. S. and Masters in Education from John Carroll and his Ph.D. in Urban Education from Cleveland State. Tony and his wife, Karen, a licensed social worker, have three sons, Bryan, Andrew and Christopher.
Jim Betts is a native Ohioan, a graduate of Ohio University and the Cleveland State Marshall College of Law. He is a practicing attorney and registered lobbyist. He served for six years in the Ohio House of Representatives during the 1970’s representing Cuyahoga County’s West Shore communities. During his tenure, he served on the Finance & Appropriations Committee, the Judiciary Committee, the Education Committee and the Committee on Economic Development and Federal Relations. He was the Republican nominee for United States Senate in 1980 and for Lieutenant Governor in 1982.
During the 1990’s, he served as co-chairman of the Cuyahoga County Republican organization. In January, 1995, Jim was appointed by Governor George Voinoich to the chairmanship of the Ohio Rail Development Commission, a post he held until October, 2007. Jim has been representing the Alliance for High Quality Education (formerly the Alliance for Adequate School Funding), a consortium of approximately seventy high-performing school districts dedicated to developing responsible solutions for school funding and education policy development, as its Counsel and Legislative Consultant since its inception in 1991. He also served as the organization’s Executive Director from June, 2005 to July 2010.
Barbara Adams is the pleasant voice on the phone, efficient initiator and responder on the computer and the competent, dedicated administrator that makes the Alliance work. She serves as assistant to both Tony and Jim and has been associated with the Alliance since 1996. From 1986 to 1996, She worked with the Government Affairs Office of the Ohio State Bar Association.
Barb puts her degree in Visual Communications from The Ohio State University to good use when creating the Alliance News Flashes, Annual Report and other print pieces, as well as updating the Alliance website.
She lives in Delaware, just north of Columbus, and has three adult children and three grandchildren, all of whom live in the Columbus area.