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Governing Board

Governing Board

The Governing Board of the Educational Service Center of Northeast Ohio is made up of five members from the three Cuyahoga County Local School Districts. They are elected into office by the residents of Cuyahoga Heights, Independence and Richmond Heights.



Board Members

Board Member Christine Krol

 Dr. Christine Krol
 Member: 2010 to present
 Term expires: 12/31/21

Dr. Christine A. Krol has 36 years experience in education and administration: 18 years in elementary education as a teacher and as a principal, 11 years as a professor, and 7 years as Dean of Education at Malone University from which she retired. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Education degree from St. John College, her Masters of Education from John Carroll University and her Doctoral degree from Kent State University. Dr. Krol has made presentations at international, national, and state/local conferences and has several publications. She has engaged in numerous leadership and service roles on educational association boards, committees, and grants. She also volunteers for various church, community, and civic organizations. Dr. Krol lives in Independence with her husband David Sagerser.

Home: 216-525-0779

Tony Miceli

  Anthony Miceli
  Vice President
  Member: 1996 to present
  Term expires: 12/31/21

Tony Miceli taught math and was also a guidance counselor in the Cleveland Schools for 35 years. He was also an officer with the Cleveland Teachers’ Union. Tony is serving his seventh term on the ESC of Northeast Ohio board. He currently is self-employed preparing income tax returns. Tony earned his Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Mathematics from Cleveland State University. He also earned his M.Ed and certification as School Counselor and Administration from CSU. Tony is married to Susan and they have two grown children who graduated from Richmond Heights High School.

Email: [email protected]
Home: 216-481-6943

Board Member Carol Fortlage

 Carol Fortlage
 Member: 2003 to present
 Term expires:  12/31/24

Carol Fortlage became a member of the Governing Board in June 2003. She is a retired investment consultant, having been a partner in Hartland & Co. and a Vice President with Scudder, Stevens & Clark. She also currently serves on the City of Independence Board of Zoning Appeals (since 2004) and the Advisory Board of The Villages Apple User Group, the nation's largest. Former service-oriented memberships include Ursuline College Investment Committee (2002-2016), Saint Luke's Foundation Investment Committee (2010-2013), and Wesleyan Senior Living Board of Directors and its Finance/Properties Committee from 2002 through 2009. Carol earned an MBA in Finance from Cleveland State University. She resides in Independence with her husband Russell.
Email: [email protected]
Home: 216-524-0439

  Anton M. Hocevar
  Member: 1999 to present
  Term expires: 12/31/21

Tony Hocevar is a business entrepreneur in his fourth term at the ESC. He is a US Army veteran, a former candidate for state representative and actively involved in leadership roles with the Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA). In 2010 he achieved Master Board Member designation from OSBA for his leadership and board work. Tony was a board member of the Home Builders Association of Greater Cleveland for many years and named Builder of the Year by the association in 1998. He attended Lakeland Community College and lives in Richmond Heights with his wife, Livia. Their two grown children attended Richmond Heights Schools.

Email: [email protected] 
Home: 216-289-8048

  Frank Mahnic, Jr.
  Member: 2000 to present
  Term expires: 12/31/24

Frank Mahnic, Jr. is President of Frank Mahnic, Jr. & Associates a consulting firm specializing in government and community relations. They encompass a network of decision makers in a ten county region of Northeast Ohio. Mr. Mahnic also served as Director of the Civil Division of the Cleveland Municipal Court of Clerk's Office. His experience includes his tenure at the International Career Continuation Corporation, an outplacement and professional recruiting company headquartered in Ohio with offices throughout the United States where he served as Senior Vice President. He established the Columbus franchise which became the most successful office leading to his promotion as Corporate Head of the Outplacement Division. He is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University and is a Vietnam Veteran and former State Representative.

Mr. Mahnic has served on the Garfield Heights Board of Education and the Cuyahoga Valley JVS Board of Education. He presently serves on the Cuyahoga Valley Career Center Board of Education as the Cuyahoga Heights Representative. He is serving his fourth term on the Governing Board of the Educational Service Center (ESC) of Northeast Ohio. Mr. Mahnic is the recipient of the Ohio School Board Association’s “Master Board Member.” He is a nine-time recipient of the OSBA Award of Achievement. He serves as the Board’s Legislative Liaison and Delegate to the Ohio School Board Association. Mr. Mahnic is also the Cuyahoga Valley Career Center board member representing Cuyahoga Heights Local Schools.

Mr. Mahnic resides in Valley View with his wife, Elsa. They have two daughters, Lisa (an Assistant County Prosecutor) and Jennifer (a middle school teacher) and four grandchildren.

Email: [email protected]
Home: 216-328-1650
Cell: 216-905-0365