Martha A. Motsco, Esq. – President
Marty is a graduate of Bedford High School, and she spent her entire career as an educator in the Bedford Schools. She was a Teacher, Supervisor of Elementary Education, Principal, Director of Pupil Services, Assistant Superintendent, and Superintendent. During her twelve years as Superintendent, she served as Executive Director of the Foundation. Following her retirement, she continued as a Trustee of the Foundation and was elected President in 2017. Mrs. Motsco was named the first Bedford Schools Teacher of the Year. Among her other honors include the Ohio Superintendent Outstanding Performance Award from the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation, Distinguished Educator Award from the Cuyahoga Valley Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa, Ohio Educational Administrator of the Year from the Educational Office Professionals of Ohio, Ohio PTA Achievement Award from the Bedford Council of PTA, Woodrow Shipley Award from the Bedford Board of Education, and Outstanding Superintendent Award from the Northeast Region of the Ohio School Boards Association. She was also inducted into Bedford High School’s Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame. Mrs. Motsco earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from The Ohio State University, a Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Kent State University, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Akron School of Law. Following her retirement, Mrs. Motsco served as Director of the First Ring Superintendents’ Collaborative. She and her husband enjoy traveling, volunteering, and supporting Foundation initiatives because the proceeds directly benefit the students and teachers of the Bedford Schools.
Hilary Taylor, Esq. – President Emeritus
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.
Trish Duncan – Vice President
Trish joined the Board of Trustees in 2014. She is a Career-Tech business teacher in the district and recently received her Master’s Degree in Special Education at Kent State University. She has two grown children who both 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 at our awesome 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.
Paul J. Kostansek – Secretary
Paul graduated from John Carroll University and started his career as an English teacher at Shaw High School. He was hired as a Guidance Counselor in Bedford in 1970 and served in that position for 16 years. After receiving his certification in School Administration from Cleveland State University, Paul worked in various positions as Assistant Principal, Secondary Supervisor, and Director of Curriculum and Instruction before becoming Assistant Superintendent. Over his career, he served as Senior Class Advisor, Chairperson of Strategic Planning, and Administrative Leader of Professional Negotitions. Paul was awarded the Woodrow Shipley Award in 1995. After his retirement in 2001, Paul worked for the Ohio Dept. of Education in School Improvement, as a field consultant for NCA-CASI and as an Adjunct Professor for Ashland University.Paul has been a member of the Rotary Club in Bedford and now Aurora for the past 20 years. He and his wife Marilyn enjoy golf, walking, travel and spending ‘me with their grandchildren. He is a charter member of the Foundation and finds the Golf Outing to be his favorite event.
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 Alterntive 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.
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.
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, 2013, 2014 and Vice President for three 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 the Manager and Sr Buyer of purchasing 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 district that believe in the mission of the Foundation.
Ms. Paulini joined the Board of Trustees in 2010, and 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 a National Account Executive for Global Tel*Link, an innovation leader in correctional technology, education solutions that assist in rehabilitating inmates, and payment services solutions for government. Angela serves on the BCSF Scholarship Review Committee as well as the Teacher Grant Committee, and is the Chair of Infrastructure for the Foundation. In addition to being involved in the BCSF, Ms. Paulini is also a member of the Cleveland Clinic Healthcare Partner Council, the 451 Global Digital Infrastructure Alliance, and mentors at-risk high school students through ICouldBe.org.
Angela resides in Garfield Heights with her husband Dave. In her “spare time” she enjoys Cleveland Browns football, 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 and Cuyahoga County Sheriff. 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.
Beth joined the Board of Trustees in 2014. She is deeply rooted in the Bedford City School District, currently serving as the Communications and Public Relations Specialist for District, where she has been employed since 1996. She is a Bedford High School graduate, as are her father, brother and three daughters. She went from a Bearcat to a Bobcat, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism, with a major in Public Relations, from Ohio University. At Ohio U., she was a very active member of the Alpha Xi Delta sorority, serving as Vice President of the Pi Chapter. Beth volunteered for the Bedford Schools in many capacities over the 18 years that her daughters were students. She served as the District’s Coordinator of Adult Volunteers for several years before moving into community relations and communications. She is honored to sit on the Foundation Board, as this organization has always had the best interests of the District at heart and works hard to raise money to help both students and teachers with scholarships and other projects. Any chance she gets, Beth enjoys travelling to the Charlotte, N.C. and Nashville, Tenn. areas to visit her family members, who all bailed out of Ohio snowy winters and opted for Southern climes. One day, she hopes to join them.
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 IT Director 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. Jim is a Video Producer for LPV Productions in Solon, Ohio. 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. Although he had a great time at the Holly Ball, he is looking forward to being the Co-chair for the golf outing in August and being part of raising funds for the mission of the Foundation.