Who We AreFDA Board
The Findlay Digital Academy Board is comprised of community members from business, non-profit organizations and education who volunteer their time to serve as guidance and decision makers for the academy.
Kimberly Bash is a Senior Program Officer at The Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation. She joined the Foundation in May 2002, initially leading a local K-16 youth philanthropy and service-learning partnership. She has also served as Director of the Cleveland Municipal School District’s EZ-UROG School to Career Program, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Central Ohio, adjunct faculty at Owens Community College and Athletic Director for the East Toledo Family Center. Kimberly’s focus areas are education, youth and health in addition to coalition building and collective impact initiatives working to create lasting solutions to social problems. She received her bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education (History/Political Science) from the University of Toledo and her Master of Public Administration degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Edith Wannemacher
Dr. Edith Wannemacher, retired Director of Millstream Career and Technology Center, began her 39-year career in education as a fifth/sixth grade teacher in Kalida. She taught Junior High Special Education in Rocky Ford, Colorado, before returning to Ohio to complete her Masters in Guidance and Counseling. She worked as a school counselor at Mansfield City School and Kenton City Schools. Upon doctorate completion, she served as Middle School Principal in Pandora Gilboa Schools. She worked as the Assistant Director of Millstream Career and Technology Center before becoming its director. Dr. Wannemacher serves on Career Technology Program Advisory Boards for Vangard Sentinel and Millstream. She volunteers in the community at the Mazza Museum and St. Michael’s Elementary School. She grew up in Cloverdale and graduated from Ottoville High School. She received her BA from Mary Manse College, Toledo, Ohio.
Melissa LaRocco is an attorney with Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc. and is the current Pro Bono Director for the organization as well as their sister organization Advocates for Basic Legal Equality. Melissa develops and implements programs and activities specifically designed to involve attorneys based in rural counties in pro bono services and activities. Melissa also participates in a large amount of community outreach and education.
Melissa graduated from Manchester University with a B.A. in Communication and Political Science. She went on to receive her J.D. from Ohio Northern Pettit College of Law and was admitted to the Ohio Bar in 2005. Melissa is an active member of the Hancock, Sandusky, and Seneca Bar Associations. Melissa lives in Findlay with her husband, David, and their two sons, Owen and Gavin.
Bill O. Miller
Bill Miller, a charter board member of the Academy, is a native of Rocky River, Ohio, and earned his B.A. from The Ohio State University. Upon graduation, he was commissioned an officer in the United States Air Force and served as a staff officer for four years, during which he gained graduate credits at the University of North Dakota. He joined Cooper Tire & Rubber Company in 1967 and served for 39 years in several human resource positions, retiring as Corporate Director Salaried Personnel. He has served volunteer and leadership roles in numerous civic, educational, cultural and Christian organizations and has served on advisory boards at four colleges and universities. Additionally, he taught adjunct for 20 years at the University of Findlay and Heidelberg College. He and his wife, Gail, have three grown children.
Randall Galbraith is Director of Hancock County Job and Family Services. Previously, he was Assistant Director of Athens County Department of Job and Family Services and Director of the Athens County Child Support Enforcement Agency. Mr. Galbraith also practiced law in a small firm in Southeast Ohio. As Director of Hancock County Job and Family Services, he has taken a special interest in the areas of publicly funded child care, public transportation and workforce development
He is a graduate of Purdue University with a B.A. in History and the Southern Illinois University School of Law. He has or is currently serving on various boards including Chair of the Family and Children First Council, United Way, Raise the Bar, The Center for Safe and Healthy Children and is a past member of the Ohio Child Support Directors Association Board.
Zach is the Director of Wellness and Education at the Hancock County Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services. He serves as the coordinator of the Hancock County Community Partnership and Opiate Task Force which are long-standing community coalitions focused on substance abuse prevention and mental health promotion. He also manages the Board’s prevention interests and public relations, and leads work in cultural humility and addressing health disparities. Zach began his career serving as Director of Bands at Liberty-Benton Local Schools in 1999 after graduating from Bowling Green State University with a degree in Music Education.