Board of Directors:
Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a Concentration in Management and a Minor in Communications, Mount Vernon Nazarene University
Master of Science in Administration, Central Michigan University
Retirement Income Certified Professional® & Chartered Life Underwriter®, The American College
Agency Field Leadership Team Member, State Farm
Community Involvement: Berean Baptist Church, Councilman for Village of Bellville, Active alumnus at MVNU
The first time my wife, Tricia, and I brought our then 12-month-old son, Jackson, to Little Buckeye Children’s Museum and saw the way his eyes lit up and heard his giggles as he learned through play at exhibits like the Water Table, we knew this place provided a unique atmosphere to bring families together in an interactive time of fun and learning. It has been quite an honor to serve our community through fulfilling the mission of Little Buckeye over the past several years as Chairman of the Board.
A little about my family:
Tricia and I have been married for over 14 years after meeting at our alma mater, Mount Vernon Nazarene University. Although we are both native to the Mansfield area, we spent the first 10 years of our marriage in the Columbus area before moving back home to open my State Farm Agency in 2011. One month after moving back, we were blessed with our son, Jackson. His excitement and passion around all things Little Buckeye, whether it is engagement with exhibits or participating in the classes offered, is always a gratifying experience. We recently added to our family through the miracle of adoption and we look forward to watching Jackson show his little sister, Emmy, and his little brother, Tobin, around Little Buckeye!
A year into opening my agency, I was introduced to Little Buckeye Children’s Museum and invited to bring Jackson in to experience learning through play. Immediately we were taken aback by the pure joy on the faces of children throughout the museum as they interacted with their families and other children. A conviction stirred within me as I inquired into how I could be a part of serving Little Buckeye. Shortly thereafter, I was invited to join the Board. The journey has been filled with excitement, challenges, growth and development, on both a personal and museum level. In 2015, State farm offered me a promotional opportunity to transition out of agency and into an Agency Management position. Part of the consideration of my wife and me in accepting the new position was the ability to remain in our community and continue serving Little Buckeye Children’s Museum. The opportunity to lead, be a friend of , and partner with the museum continues to be an honor as our team remains committed to offering families within our community a place to come together to learn, play, and interact. I am excited that you are a part of the great things happening at Little Buckeye. Thank you for your trust and support of Little Buckeye Children’s Museum!
Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Kent State University
Master of Architecture, The Ohio State University
Principal Architect, FiELD9: architecture
Community Involvement: Mansfield Art Center, Friends of North Lake Park, Richland Moves!, Citizens for Mansfield Backyard Chickens, mankind murals Inc., Richland Community Development Group, Richland Area Beekeepers Association, Mosaic Mansfield, Habitat for Humanity
While I was born and raised in Ashland, I have lived most of my adult life in Mansfield and have come to think of it as home. My wife and I are raising our seven children here and, as such, have a vested interest in the success of the community. I am very excited about the developments I am seeing in the community and Little Buckeye Children’s Museum is a big part of that. I am proud to be counted amongst those who have worked diligently to make the museum what it is today.
Brad Strong, Treasurer
Associates in Early/Middle Childhood Education, The Ohio State University at Mansfield
Bachelor of Science in Early/Middle Childhood Education, The Ohio State University at Mansfield
5th Grade Math & Science Teacher, Mansfield City Schools
Community Involvement: MSEA, Treasurer of Southwest Little League, Senior Vice President of VFW
I have served on the board of Little Buckeye Children’s Museum on two occasions. I knew that Little Buckeye Children’s Museum was a great place when my daughter begged to stay and return. I saw parents and children interacting around imagination play and knew there was something amazing about this place.
Susan Martin, Secretary
Intervention Specialist K-12, Bowling Green University
Step Up to Quality Coordinator and Child Care Resource & Referral, YWCA
Community Involvement: Richland County EC3 Board, Crawford County EC3 Board, NCSC Early Childhood Education Board, OHCAC Advisory Committee
One of my many passions is watching children and families learn as they play and interact. I have the joy of doing this in daily life with my husband, Corey, and our children, Wyatt, age 7 and Helena, age 5. Being a member of the Little Buckeye Children’s Museum Board allows me to be part of a monumental organization that provides the opportunities for children and families in this community to have similar experience. When I am not busy serving on the many community boards, working, or spending time with my family, I enjoy reading and anything that has to do with seas animals (especially dolphins).
Bachelor of Science in Religion, Kenyon College
Vice President, Mansfield Engineered Components
Community Involvement: Currently serving as a Board Member with Richland Area Chamber of Commerce, Richland Community Development Group, Regional Manufacturing Coalition and the North Central Ohio Industrial Museum
I was born and raised in Mansfield. I often joke that I spent my first 20 years hoping to leave Mansfield and the last 30+ years glad that I never did. It’s had its ups and downs – like any place – put I love my hometown and am excited to see so many good things happening here. There are many hardworking, dedicated people striving to make our town a great place to live and raise a family. I have two older kids who have flown the nest and two younger kids, who with my wife and I, live in rural Mansfield with a menagerie of animals. I’m part of a third generation family business where we design, engineer and manufacture specialty hinges for the major appliance industry.
Bachelor of Science in Zoology/Wildlife Biology, The Ohio State University
Master in Entomology, University of Nebraska
34 years in outdoor education (full t), 18 years science teacher Discovery School (pt), 10 years NCSC (pt), 7 years Prof. Ashland University (full t), Environmental Consultant preforming endangered species surveys throughout Ohio and adjacent states 20+ years
Community Involvement: Master Gardeners, Friends of Mansfield Parks, member of Heartland Church, Southeastern Bat Working Group
I am a lifelong resident of Richland County who, with my wife Sally, have three grown children and a couple of grandchildren. Whether working with my research students at the University or with preschoolers, I am a field biologist and a teacher by passion. I enjoy sharing the intricacies of nature with the young at heart. I am excited to be assisting with the Little Buckeye Children’s Museum at this exciting time in its life. The museum has grown to be a great place to create life-transforming and extraordinary learning experiences.
Supervisor/Assistant Secretary Treasurer, Mechanics Bank
I have over 20 years banking experience and many more years in customer service related positions.
Community Involvement: Mansfield Area Beautification Committee, Habitat, Toy Time, United Way, current board member of Downtown Mansfield Inc. and a volunteer for the Final Friday events in the Brickyard
I have lived in the Richland county area all of my life and graduated from Clearfork High School. I raised three children and have been blessed with four grandchildren who all love to go to Little Buckeye Children’s Museum with their parents or me. I am very excited at the opportunity of serving on the board of the Museum after visiting many times and seeing how much enjoyment my grandchildren receive every time they visit.
I am really looking forward to watching and participating in the growth of the future of Little Buckeye in Mansfield!