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 enjoys 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. Mr. Taylor was also featured on NewsNet5. CLICK HERE to view the article/video in our News section!
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.
Ed Blount – Vice President
Ed joined the Board of Trustees in 1993. He serves in the capacity of Vice President and has been a past President. Mr. Blount earned his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Hiram College. He enjoys golf, gardening, and winemaking. 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.
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 Negotiations. 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.
Trish Duncan – Treasurer
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 of 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.
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 the co-chair of the Holly Ball & Silent Auction which not only raises funds to run programs for teachers and students but brings people together who share in the common goal of the success of Bedford City Schools.
Gina joined the Board of Trustees in 2018. She is a 1988 graduate of Bedford High School and the mother of 4 children, 2 of whom have graduated from Bedford High School, as well. Gina earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Baldwin – Wallace College and her Master of Science in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University. She runs the North Central Ohio Regional Training Center, which is one of eight centers in Ohio, part of the Ohio Child Welfare Training Program (OCWTP), responsible for the budgeting, scheduling, registration, and administration of child welfare-related training within Cuyahoga County. Gina serves on the OCWTP Steering Committee. She is a licensed social worker in Ohio. Gina loves to cook, travel, and spend time with her husband, children, and granddaughter.
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. She also served as a Bedford City Schools Board Member for four years. 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. She is a member of the Bedford Historical Society, Church Council and Pastor Parish Committee. She enjoys bridge, mah-jongg, and traveling ~ 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. Mrs. Hilty’s late husband, Paul, also taught in Bedford for thirty-four years and served tirelessly as a Foundation Board Member of the Foundation for many years until his death. 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.
Lasure joined the Board of Trustees in 2019. Lasure is the proud mother of three Bedford graduates. A retired school teacher, she dedicated twenty-three years to the Bedford Schools. She did her student teaching at Heskett Middle School; she was one of the inaugural teachers at Center Academy (the alternative setting for Bedford High School); she taught one year at Heskett before moving to and finishing her career at the High School. She was named Bedford’s “Teacher of the Year” in 2003. Lasure was very involved with the students – serving as advisor for several groups: SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions; Black History Program; Best of the Best (annual city-wide school modeling competition) and co-advisor for TLC (Teens Who Listen and Care). Lasure earned an A.A.B.M. from Tri-C; a B.A. in Business with a minor in Marketing from Cleveland State University and her B.S. in Secondary Education (7-12 teaching certificate in English) also from CSU. She later earned her Master of Education Degree in Educational Administration from Ashland University. Lasure was a member of the Oakwood community for over 30 years and was actively involved as Recreation Secretary, Planning Commission Secretary, Baseball Commissioner and ran for Council Representative of her Ward. She is a member and past head usher/greeter of Mt. Zion where she has also taught Vacation Bible School. She is on the Board of Directors of POP (Prince of Peace Entertainment). Lasure enjoys recreational time with her family, grandchildren, traveling, acting, and monthly family game nights. Lasure is co-chair of the Foundation’s Scholarship Committee and web page design. She is looking forward to working with the Foundation members and the Bedford Community and was honored when asked to join.
Debi J. Kozak
Debi joined the Board of Trustees in 2004 as a liaison for the Board of Education during her tenure of fourteen years on the board. Mrs. Kozak is an alumnus of Bedford City Schools, Class of ‘71, and received her BSED (Bachelor of Science in Education) from Ohio University. She and her husband raised five children, all Bedford graduates and one a recipient of a Foundation scholarship. They now have five soon to be six grandchildren.
She was a buyer for a local employee owned company and appointed by the Board of Directors to a five person ESOP Committee to oversee the pensions of the employees & retirees. She recently retired in December 2019.
Mrs. Kozak received the PTA Lifetime award in 2001 for her dedication to the mission of PTA and her volunteer efforts. She coached swimming for the Southeast YMCA for seven years and coached her daughters’ summer softball teams as a parent volunteer. Her hobbies include family and friends, paper-crafting, gardening, baseball games including watching her husband play and exploring and hiking with the dogs and her husband in our MetroParks.
Each and every event the Foundation sponsors brings community together in hopes of raising funds for the current and future betterment of our children’s education as well as providing grants to teachers for projects that enhance the classroom learning experience.
Chase joined the Board of Trustees in 2018. He attended Bedford City Schools K-12 and is a 2016 graduate of Bedford High School where he served as a member and holding office positions on multiple organizations and clubs. He served as President for the Class Of 2016 for 3 years including senior year, T.L.C (Teens who Listen and Care) for 4 years, Head Editor on the Yearbook Committee for 3 years, and was a member of Student Senate, Art Ambassadors, and a morning announcer. Chase is currently studying Early Childhood Education and Special Education at Grand Canyon Univ. He is currently the Building Secretary at John F. Kennedy Elementary School in Maple Heights. Chase loves to give back to Bedford and soon hopes to return to Bedford to teach when he obtains his degree. Chase then wants to go and get his Administration License to become a School Principal in Bedford, his life long dream. Chase loves to help out with the Holly Ball, the Bedford City Schools Foundation Website, and the Scholarship Committee. Chase also loves to garden and spend time outside as well as go to the movies and dinner in his spare time.
Bud is a 1962 graduate of Baldwin Wallace College. He was hired in 1966 as the Head Football Coach and Math Teacher for Bedford High School. In 1974 Bud was named Admin. Assistant while still coaching football. The following school year he became a full-time administrator. He retired in 1995 from the position of Associate Principal.
During his career, he was President of the Greater Cleveland Football Coaches Association and a recipient of their Golden Deeds Award. In 1980 he was inducted into the Bedford Athletic Hall of Fame. In 1989 he was awarded the Woodrow Shipley Award.
After his retirement, Bud was employed by the Cleveland Indians for three years as a Manager of a merchandise stand.
In 1998 Bud became a licensed real estate agent. In 1974 Bud took up running as a form of exercise and found out he had the ability to run well for long distances. This led to him competing in many marathons including all of the first 39 Cleveland Marathons. An accomplishment that was unmatched. He competed in the Boston Marathon three different times. He taught himself on organizing running events and when the Bedford City Schools Foundation was formed, a road race was started as the first fundraiser. Bud has been the director of that race since that time. Bud also enjoys the golf outing and holly ball.
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 alumnus 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 genealogy 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 give 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 traveling 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.
Cynthia joined the Board of Trustees in 2019. She is the Business Office Coordinator of Compassus Hospice, located in Seven Hills. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from John Carroll University. Cynthia has one son, Isiah Taborn, who graduated from Bedford High School in 2019 and was the 2019 recipient of the Paul G. Ward Jr. scholarship, which is how she became interested in the foundation. During her son’s school years, Cynthia was an active parent and was also a member of the PTA and PTSA. She currently lives in Bedford Heights. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, wine tasting, and shopping. Cynthia loves children and usually has a house full of them due to her son’s friends coming over. Cynthia is currently co-chair of the Scholarship Committee and is looking forward to participating in many events and helping the students and teachers of the Bedford School District.