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2016-17 OHSPRA Board of Directors

President Crystal Davis

An award-winning journalist and videographer, Crystal Davis has been the deputy director of communication services at the Ohio School Boards Association since 2011. In her current position, Crystal is the executive producer and host of the association's Rapid Roundup video webcasts, assistant editor of OSBA's Journal magazine, regularly writes articles for OSBA publications and runs the association’s video production and survey services programs. After earning a bachelor's degree in journalism from The Ohio State University and a certificate of broadcast meteorology from Mississippi State University, she worked for more than 12 years as a TV reporter/meteorologist at various stations in South Carolina, Ohio and Michigan. After she left TV news, Davis worked as the communications director for the Industrial Commission of Ohio before being hired at OSBA. During her career, she has won many awards for her work including OHSPRA's Best of the Best PR Plan and Writing awards as well as several national and international awards in creative writing, web video production and marketing.

Past President Erika Daggett

Erika DaggettA graduate of Bowling Green State University, Erika Daggett was as a writer in BGSU’s marketing and communication department before serving as the communication specialist in Dayton Public Schools.  She later became the director of communications at Chaminade-Julienne High School (Dayton) and started the school’s first communication department.  In 2006, she became the chief information officer at Sycamore Community Schools (Cincinnati) and created Sycamore’s communication department, managing district media relations, publicity, advertising, social media, websites and publications. In July 2014, Erika accepted the position of communications coordinator in Forest Hills School District (Cincinnati). Currently serving as the past president of the Ohio School Public Relations Association, Daggett has presented at the Alliance for Innovation Transforming Local Government Conference, the Ohio School Boards Association Capital Conference, the Ohio Safe Schools Summit, the Ohio Annual Statewide Education Conference, the OHSPRA Spring Conference and the National School Public Relations Association National Seminar.  Her previous honors include being named a 35 under 35 by the National School Public Relations Association, being named a Leading IT Executive of Greater Cincinnati, and more than 30 awards for her communication work. 

President-Elect Patrick Gallaway

Patrick GallawayPatrick Gallaway has devoted much of his career to public service. He has helped lead the communications efforts for a variety of state agencies and non-profit organizations and currently serves as the director of communications for New Albany – Plain Local Schools, a public school district of 4,800 students in a northeast suburb of Columbus. Gallaway oversees a communication operation including media relations, website, internal communications, community outreach and social media.  In 2012, Gallaway helped lead the district through a successful combined bond/levy issue campaign. In the next two years, he helped lead an extensive community engagement process to design and build a new innovative learning facility focused on flexibility to accommodate 1,200 students. Prior to his time in New Albany, Gallaway served as the media relations director for the Ohio Department of Education and as the director of communications for former Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner. He has worked in fundraising and development for Stonewall Columbus, a non-profit agency, in a public involvement role at the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, in student affairs at The University of Akron and in donor services at the American Red Cross. Gallaway is a graduate of The University of Akron, earning both a master's degree in higher education administration and a bachelor's degree in communications-public relations.

Treasurer Patti Koslo

Patti Koslo
has more than 20 years of experience in public relations, marketing, crisis 
Patti Koslomanagement, strategic planning, levy campaigns, and event planning. She has led numerous communications initiatives including business rebranding, community engagement with schools, crisis communication response, and grassroots engagement efforts for a variety of educational institutions and private businesses.


Before joining eSchoolView, Koslo started K Communications, LLC in 2010 and worked as the public information officer for Nordonia Hills City Schools for 15 years. She focused on building strong relationships and focusing on the "human side" of business while at Nordonia, letting those relationships along with trust and credibility guide her approach to communications and organizational strategy.

Koslo has presented on generational communication, brand marketing, parent and family engagement, and crisis communication at state and national conferences and has published journal articles in the same areas. Along with her work at eSchoolView, she has served many roles on various boards including Mid-East Vice President for the National School Public Relations Association, President of the Ohio Chapter of School Public Relations, Nordonia Hills Rotary President and Executive Director for the Nordonia Schools Foundation. She continues to serve as a consultant and trusted advisor to foundations and non-profits looking to build innovative fundraising strategies and strengthen their communication efforts.


Director of Membership Lou DeVincentis

Lou DeVincentis
Lou DeVincentis
 has more than two decades of experience in public relations, including the last 17 years at the Orange City School District where he serves as the Director of Communications.  At Orange, he oversees the district website, social media platforms, print publications, media relations and community relations, as well as assisting the superintendent, the Board of Education and district administrators with numerous projects and programs. He has worked on several successful levy campaigns for both the Orange City School District and the Wickliffe City School District. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Communication from Cleveland State University and worked as the public relations and marketing coordinator for the Great Lakes Science Center before joining Orange and becoming an award-winning member of OHSPRA and NSPRA. He served as OHSPRA Director of Contests and Awards for 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 before moving into the Director of Membership role. He also serves on the Citizens for Wickliffe Schools committee in Wickliffe where he lives with his wife and two children.

Director of Professional Development Kari Basson

Kari Basson
Having held positions in the private sector, healthcare and education, Kari Basson brings more than 30 years of public relations experience to her current position.  A graduate of the University of Dayton with a bachelor's degree in communications, Kari held PR positions with the Better Business Bureau and St. Elizabeth Medical Center prior to joining Kettering City Schools as the coordinator of community relations and auxiliary services. Also a former award-winning print journalist, Kari manages all aspects of the district's communications plan including media relations, employee relations, website development and maintenance, social media, video production, community surveying, advertising and publications. In addition, she oversees the auxiliary services program for the district, working with four parochial schools and one private school on the management of auxiliary funds allocated by the state to non-public schools through their local public school district. Kari is an accomplished pubic speaker and has presented at the local and state levels on numerous occasions. She has been a board member with OHSPRA for nearly a decade. Kari and her husband, Rick, reside in Kettering and have three daughters and five grandchildren.

Director of Communications Kurt Moore

Kurt Moore mugshotKurt Moore is director of communications at Marion City Schools. He started at Marion City Schools in 2014 after working as a reporter for 17 years at The Marion Star newspaper/MarionStar.com. Kurt spent the last eight years of his journalism career covering education in Marion County. He was named to the Ohio School Board Association’s Media Honor Roll for three years straight. He received Associated Press Society of Ohio awards for feature, news, business, and community writing. Kurt serves on the Boys and Girls Club of Marion County’s board and communications committee and served on the the I CAN Center of Excellence college access organization board. He holds bachelor's degrees in communications and political science from Ohio University.

Director of Contests and Awards Amy Rutledge

Amy RutledgeAmy Rutledge
is the Community Relations Coordinator for Brunswick City Schools. Prior to joining Brunswick in 2015, Amy served as the Communications Coordinator at North Ridgeville City Schools where she was instrumental in helping the district pass an operating levy and a bond issue to build a new middle school and athletic stadium. At Brunswick, Amy coordinates the district’s social media platforms, electronic communications, print publications, community sponsorships and marketing efforts. She is a member of the Brunswick Centennial Lions Club and the Rotary Club of Brunswick. Amy has presented at the Ohio School Boards Association Capital Conference and the Southern Ohio Educational Service Center about campaign strategies as well as the Ohio Educational Technology Conference about parent engagement. She received her bachelor's degree in journalism from Muskingum College in 2007 and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in public relations from Kent State University.

Director of Partnerships Erin Gadd

Erin GaddErin Gadd specializes in assisting public school systems and nonprofits open their lines of communication to increase understanding and support of their work. Her approach is one of transparency and collaboration, engaging as many people as possible in the decision making process to drive the future of education in communities across northeast Ohio, ranging from small rural districts and mid-size suburbans to large urban districts.

She has facilitated multiple community/business/school partnerships to better match the resources within the community to the needs within schools by creating clear pathways for support and expanding communication and advocacy through shared services. She currently serves as the director of communications/community engagement for Lorain City Schools

Secretary Erika Konowalow

Erika KonowalowErika Konowalow is the public relations and marketing coordinator for Pickaway-Ross Career & Technology Center in Chillicothe and is the communication specialist for the Pickaway County Educational Service Center in Circleville.


Before joining Pickaway-Ross and the ESC in 2013, Erika spent more than 20 years in newspapers as a reporter, editor and designer, and five years as managing editor for an education publisher.

Erika promotes and markets the school district and the ESC by producing two weekly superintendent columns and a monthly news page that appears in two area newspapers; oversees social media and Web site content and works to gain coverage of school events from area and regional media.

Erika has a Master’s in Marketing and Communication from Franklin University; a Bachelor’s Degree from Kent State University; and an Associate Degree from Delta College in University Center, Michigan.

She lives in Groveport with her husband and their dog, who has quite the Facebook following as Briscoe, the Stick Dog of Groveport.

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