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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


  Dr. Christine Krol
    Member: 2010 to present
    Term expires: 12/31/25

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

  George Klepacz
    Vice President
    Member: 2022 to present
    Term expires: 12/31/25

George Klepacz was a high school social studies teacher for 32 years in the Cleveland Public Schools. During that time he was a social studies department chairman and a Cleveland Teachers Union official. Upon retiring from teaching he served ten years as a councilman-at-large for the City of Independence. George is a graduate of Oberlin College where he earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in Teaching degree. He has been an active member of several service organizations and is currently the community service chairman for the Kiwanis Club of Independence.

Email: [email protected]
Home: 216-524-3389


  Carol Fortlage
    Member: 2003 to present
    Term expires:  12/31/27

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

  Anthony Miceli
    Member: 1996 to present
    Term expires: 12/31/25

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

  William Morrison, Jr.
    Member: 2024 to present
    Term expires: 12/31/27

William L. Morrison, Jr. has been in government service for over fifty years: University Circle Police Officer from 1972-1976; Cuyahoga County Security Officer from 1976-1996; Newburgh Heights Police Officer from 1990-2006; and Garfield Heights Municipal Court Bailiff from 2006 to present. Committed to service the children, he is the current president of the Richmond Heights Kiwanis Club; past present, and current member of the Independence Kiwanis Club; served on the Richmond Heights Community Advisory Board and Charter Board; and named the Richmond Heights Community Outreach Ambassador of 2022. Bill lives in Richmond Heights with his wife Benita and has four adult children and seven grandchildren.
Home: 216-772-2623