Hilary Taylor, Esq. – President
Hilary joined the Board of Trustees in 1993 and serves as the President of the Foundation. He is a graduate of the Bedford City Schools and a member of the Bedford Distinguished Hall of Fame. Mr. Taylor received his Bachelor of Science from Central State University and his Juris Doctorate from the Cleveland State University College of Law. He is currently a partner with the Cleveland-based law firm of Weston Hurd Fallon Paisley & Howley, LLP focusing on municipal and government liability issues and civil rights. Mr. Taylor is an Adjunct Professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, a member of the American Bar Association’s conference of Minority Partners in Majority Law Firms, former secretary and President of the Board of the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, member of the Advisory Group to Implement the Civil Justice Reform Act and served as chair of the Mass Tort Subcommittee. He is a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War. Mr. Taylor has over fifty hours of undergraduate photography and is a member of the American Society of Media Photographers. He also serves as the photographer for Mt. Zion Congregational Church.
Andrea Celico, Ph. D. – Executive Director
Dr. Celico was named Superintendent in August 2015. She has experience in education at both the elementary and secondary levels. She began her career as a teacher in the Euclid City Schools. Dr. Celico also served as an Assistant Principal, Principal, and Assistant Superintendent during her 17-year tenure with Euclid. Prior to being appointed the Superintendent of Bedford City Schools, she served as the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services in the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District. Dr. Celico earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education at John Carroll University and her Master of Education Degree in Educational Administration from Cleveland State University. In 2008, she had the distinct honor of earning her Doctor of Philosophy in Urban Education from Cleveland State University. Dr. Celico has held leadership positions in numerous local and state organizations, which include Ohio Association for School Personnel Administrators (OASPA), Cleveland Area Minority Educators Recruitment Association (CAMERA), and Northeast Ohio Association for School Personnel Administrators (NEOASPA). She is currently a member of Buckeye Association of School Administrators (BASA), Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), First Ring Superintendents’ Collaborative, and the Ohio Minority Recruitment Consortium (OMRC). Dr. Celico also serves as the Executive Director of the Bedford City Schools Foundation. She is a published author of several articles.
Bud McNellie – Vice President
Bud joined the Board of Trustees as Chairman of the Founding Committee. He currently serves as the Vice-President and Chairman of the Run/Walk Race. Mr. McNellie is the parent of three Bedford High School graduates, a member of the Bedford Athletic Hall of Fame, a retired teacher, coach and associate principal of Bedford High School. He earned his undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree from Baldwin Wallace College, his Master’s and EdS degree from Kent State University. Currently Mr. McNellie is a real estate sales agent. He is a member of Holy Angels Church and is a former tight ends Coach for Lake Erie College. He has run in all of the Cleveland Marathons. All of the Foundation events are enjoyed by Mr. McNellie but he specifically enjoys breakfast with the scholarship recipients and their parents.
Paul J. Kostansek – Secretary
Graduate of John Carroll University who began his career at Bedford as a Guidance Counselor in 1970. Worked in various Administrative positions in curriculum and instruction and served as Assistant Superintendent until 2001. He is a charter member of the Foundation and has served as Secretary. After his retirement, Paul worked part-time for ODE and Ashland University helping to prepare future administrators. He has been a member of the Bedford and Aurora Rotary Clubs serving in various offices. He and his wife Marilyn enjoy golf, reading, traveling and spending time with their grandchildren. Paul’s favorite Foundation event is the Golf Outing.
Ed Blount – Treasurer
Ed joined the Board of Trustees in 1993. He serves in the capacity of Treasurer and has been a past President and Vice-President. Mr. Blount earned his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Hiram College. He is a regional manager for Xerox Corporation and is one of the school district’s suppliers. He enjoys golf, gardening and wine making. His favorite Foundation event is the golf outing because he gets to play and it helps to raise the awareness of the Foundation’s mission in raising funds for scholarships.
Sharon S. Kozak – Assistant Treasurer
Sharon joined the Board of Trustees in 2002 and is currently the assistant treasurer. Mrs. Kozak, a Cleveland State University graduate of both her Bachelor’s degree in Business and her Master’s degree (MEd), is a retired business teacher after having taught at Bedford High School for 34 years. During her tenure at Bedford High School, Sharon assumed responsibilities as Sr. Class Advisor, Commencement Advisor, New Teacher Mentoring, Faculty Liaison, Business Professionals of America Advisor, and Alternative Education School Lab Manager. She was named both Bedford High School’s “Teacher of the Year” and the District “Teacher of the Year” in 1994. She was awarded the Woodrow Shipley Award in 2006 and was also a recipient of the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation Master Teacher Award. In 2015, the Bedford Rotary Club presented Mrs. Kozak with the Bernard Raimer Vision Award for her contributions in Career and Technical Education at Bedford High School. She formerly served as an adjunct faculty member at Ursuline College in the Master Apprentice Program, School of Graduate Studies. At St. Stanislaus Church, Sharon serves as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion. She also helped form the Alumni and Development Association for St. Stanislaus Parish. She has served as a leader and participant of such events as the Four Eagle Awards Banquet and Silent Auction, Parish Finance Council, Pastoral Parish Council, and volunteer coordinator for the Polish Festival. Mrs. Kozak is involved in the scholarship event funded by the Bedford City Schools Foundation as well as the Holly Ball. Each of these events brings people together who share in the common goal of the success of Bedford City Schools.
Trish joined the Board of Trustees in 2014. She is a vocational business teacher in the district and is currently working on her Master’s Degree in Special Education at Kent State University. She has two grown children who both have graduated from Bedford Schools. She has been the President of the Bedford Education Association since 2012. In her free time, Trish heads up the Bedford High School Football Concession stand on behalf of the Bedford Council of PTA, which provides all the concessions for the Bedford, Benedictine and Trinity home games in the Bedford Stadium. All proceeds from the Concession Stands goes towards PTA’s Safety Town, the support of educational programs in various buildings and high school scholarships. Trish has been an active member Bedford’s PTA since 1990, having served as President of Columbus PTA twice and PTA Council President twice. Her commitment to PTA has awarded her the Ohio PTA’s Lifetime Membership Award. Bedford Board of Education awarded her with the Heart of Bearcat Award for her commitment to the students and families of Bedford City Schools. She currently lives in Bedford and has lived in the Bedford City School District since 1984. She also serves as a Eucharistic Minister and Altar Server at St Mary’s Church. Trish’s favorite Foundation event is the Holly Ball, where everyone is festive and fun as they all come together for a great cause.
Wendy joined the Board of Trustees in 2000. She is a parent of a Bedford City Schools alumni and grandparent of a Bedford High School student. Councilwoman Grant is a council at large member for the City of Bedford Heights. As council at large – Chairs Public Works and serves on various council committees. Wendy retired from AT&T Jan. 2009. Is active with County Boards, CSU Leadership Academy and Emeritus Board Member at UH Bedford and Richmond Medical Centers, Bedford Heights Advisor for Hawthorne Valley Youth Council (HVYC). A member of the Holly Ball Committee which brings community, business, family and friends together raising funds for scholarships to graduating Bedford students and grants for teachers.
Merry Anne Hilty
Merry Anne joined the Board of Trustees in 2009. Mrs. Hilty is the proud mother of two Bedford graduates. A retired school teacher, she dedicated thirty-five years to the Bedford Schools. She taught at various elementary schools, and then finished her last twenty years teaching English at Heskett. She was twice named Bedford’s “Teacher of the Year”, and was the recipient of the Martha Holden Jennings Foundations’ “2000 Master Teacher Award.” She was given the Woodrow Shipley Award in 2003. Mrs. Hilty earned a B.S. degree in elementary education and a B.A. degree in English from the University of Findlay. She earned her Masters in Education from Kent State. Mrs Hilty is a member of the Bedford Methodist Church where she sings in the chancel choir and serves as chairman of the worship Committee. She is on the board of the Women’s Council of Hiram College and is a member of the Bedford Historical Society. She enjoys bridge, mah jongg, and travelling ~ especially cruises. She is an avid Browns, Buckeyes, Cavaliers, and Indians fan, and, of course, those wonderful Bedford Bearcats! Having always lived in the community, Mrs. Hilty has truly enjoyed her involvement with the schools, as a parent, teacher, and colleague. She is now looking forward to serving on the Foundation, having worked as a volunteer in the past. She loves all of the yearly events, knowing that the profits will directly benefit the students and teachers of the Bedford School Community.
Rob joined the Board of Trustees in 2014. He is currently an Inventory Manager at Clifton Steel in Maple Hts. He grew up in Maple Hts. and attended St. Peter Chanel in Bedford. Upon graduation, he attended Bowling Green State University on a baseball scholarship while earning a BSBA degree in Finance. He is a 20+ year resident of Bedford and is a proud parent of a son and daughter who both attend Bedford City Schools. Rob has been involved with the Bedford City Schools PTA’s for over 8 years and has held the positions of President, Vice President, and delegate. He also served as the Vice President of the Bedford PTA council for 2 years. Rob has been an active member in the community coaching over 500 kids in baseball, basketball, softball, and soccer for the Bedford Recreation Department. He currently is the coordinator of the Little Bearcats Youth Football and Cheerleading Organization, which consists of over 200 children in the Bedford City School District. In his free time he likes to “hang out” at home, coach, and has recently started to give private baseball/softball catching lessons to young people wanting to take their skills to the next level. Rob has had the opportunity to attend all three of the foundation events in his short tenure and he likes them all. Each event brings a different variety of people who are all working for and donating to the same cause…Student scholarships, teacher grants, and the mission of the Foundation.
Debi joined the Board of Trustees in 2005. Mrs. Kozak is a 1971 Bedford High School graduate and a member of the Bedford Board of Education since 2005 where she was President in 2007 and Vice President for two years. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Ohio University. She has three daughters and two step-children all alumni of the Bedford City Schools. Her youngest is a recipient of one of the four year scholarships provided by the Foundation. She is currently a buyer for an Employee – Owned Company. The Holly Ball is one of Mrs. Kozak’s favorite events because it brings together the supporters of the school districts that believe in the mission of the Foundation and enables the organization to provide scholarships to graduating seniors.
Bobbie joined the Board of Trustees in 1999 and is Co-Chair of the Holly Ball held in December. She is employed by the Bedford City Schools as the Business and ElderClass Relations Coordinator holding similar positions in the Beachwood City Schools. She also coordinates the East Suburban Business Advisory Council, is a member of the Beachwood Schools Foundation, on the Hillcrest Hospital Community Advisory Council and a member of the Beachwood Chamber of Commerce Board. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Kent State University. Although all the events are wonderful, she is partial to the Holly Ball that brings so much of the Bedford family together to have fun and support the Foundation’s mission.
Martha A. Motsco. Esq.
Marty joined the Board of Trustees in 1997 as Executive Director. Mrs. Motsco has spent her entire life and career within the Bedford City School’s community. She is a graduate of Bedford High School as were her parents and is the oldest of seven children. Mrs. Motsco earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from The Ohio State University, her Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction degree from Kent State and a Juris Doctorate from the University Of Akron School Of Law. She progressed through her career as a Teacher, Supervisor, Principal, Director of Pupil Services, Assistant Superintendent and Superintendent of the Bedford City Schools. She is an immediate Past President of the Greater Cleveland School Superintendents’ Association, immediate Past Chair of the Ohio Schools Council, member and past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Greater Cleveland Educational Development Center, Vice-Chair of the Executive Committee of the State Support Team for Special Education in Region 3, member of the Executive Committee for the Alliance for Adequate School Funding, member of the Executive Committee for the SMART Consortium, member of the Buckeye Association of School Administrators State Report Card Committee and a Rotarian. Her favorite even is the Holly Ball every December because it brings the four communities together to begin the winter holiday season with great food, music, dancing, socializing and a silent auction all in an effort to raise money for scholarships for Bedford High School seniors.
Angela joined the Board of Trustees in 2010. Ms. Paulini is a 1988 graduate of Bedford High School, where she served as Class Vice President. Angela has been her class’ Reunion Chairperson for the past 25+ years, as well as past President of the Bedford High School Alumni Association (2009-2013). Upon graduating from BHS, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interpersonal and Public Communications, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Bowling Green State University.
Angela has been in sales for over 20 years, and is currently employed as Sales Manager for AT&T Corporate Business Solutions’ Northeast Ohio region.
Angela serves on the BCSF Scholarship Review Committee as well as the Teacher Grant Committee.
Ms. Paulini resides in Garfield Heights with her husband Dave. In her “spare time” she enjoys volunteering, scrapbooking, and singing karaoke.
Sherry Pidala, Esq.
Sherry joined the Board of Trustees in 1993 and has served as President and Vice President in 2000 and 1999 respectively. Ms. Pidala is the Co-Chair of the Holly Ball & Silent Auction. She is an alumni of the Bedford City Schools, obtained her B.S. at Bowling Green State University and her Juris Doctor at the University of Akron School of Law. Ms. Pidala is an attorney for Pidala & Pidala Law Office specializing in the areas of Criminal Law, Family Law, Juvenile Law, Personal Injury, Probate and Estate Law. She is also a CPA, a Magistrate for the Bedford Municipal Court and the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, Juvenile Division Community Diversion Program. Ms. Pidala is a member of Bedford Rotary, Ohio Association for Justice, Cleveland Academy of Trial Lawyers, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association and the Ohio Bar Association.
Kathie joined the Board of Trustees in May of 2010. Mrs. Pfleger brings a wealth of experience to this group as a life-long resident of Bedford. Kathie retired from the Bedford City Schools after thirty-five years, while serving most of that time as a first grade teacher. She is a former recipient of Bedford’s Teacher of the Year. She was also named as a Jennings Scholar and was the recipient of the prestigious Woodrow Shipley Award. Kathie is actively involved with the Bedford Methodist Church, where she sings in the Chancel Choir, chairs the Pastor Parish Committee, and co-chairs the Worship Committee. Kathie also works diligently for the Bedford Historical Society, as a Board Member and Secretary of the Trustees. She also heads the Bedford Elementary School’s third grade annual field trip there. Kathie is an avid reader and enjoys membership in both a Book Club and a Study Group. She has inherited her grandmother’s Button Collection, so she is frequently researching family geneology and button history. She has given many talks on this antique collection. Kathie said she has been aware of the Bedford Foundation since it began and now looks eager to giving back to her community and school affiliation by serving as a Board Member.
Robert R. Reid Jr.
Bob joined the Board of Trustees in 2000. Mr. Reid is the retired City Manager, and Chief of Police, for the City of Bedford. He is a graduate of the Cleveland State University receiving a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Quantico. Mr. Reid has been a past President of the Fraternal Order of Police, Cuyahoga Chiefs Association and a member of the YMCA Board. His favorite event is the Holly Ball because of being able to bring friends together during the Holiday season.
Tim joined the Board of Trustees in 2003. Mr. Tench, a 1969 Bedford City School graduate, is President of the Board of Education, elected to the Board in 2006. He has raised two daughters, both Bedford alumni and now has a grandson in the Bedford City School system. He is a retired Cleveland Heights/University Heights School system Tradesman where he also served as a union representative and chief shop steward for Warner & Swasey. Mr. Tench is a massage therapist and also plays in a rock and roll band playing venues from Michigan to West Virginia. He is the Co-Chair of the golf outing and has served on the Chris Valley Scholarship selection committee. He has no preference as to a favorite event that the Foundation sponsors because they each have their own personalities and have the specific goal of bringing together the community to support raising funds for scholarships.
Jim joined the Board of Trustees in 2008 and serves as the webmaster for the Foundation. He is a 1978 Bedford High School graduate. Jim and wife Christina, are the proud parents of two daughters that are graduates of the Bedford City Schools. Both girls are currently attending Kent State University. He served a three year term as a member of the Superintendent’s Roundtable for the school district. Mr. Wagner received his degrees in Computer Management with Applied Business Procedures from ICM School of Business and Kent State University and an Electronics Engineering Technology degree from the National Institute of Technology. He is a member of The Society for American Baseball Research, Board of Zoning Appeals for the City of Bedford, and a member of the Holy Trinity Golf League for twenty years, holding the championship for four times. Mr. Wagner’s current passion is the recently completed full sized bronze statue for Hall of Fame baseball player and Bedford resident Elmer Flick. Although he had a great time at the Holly Ball, he is looking forward to the golf outing in August and being part of raising funds for the mission of the Foundation.