About
OAESA

Staff

The Ohio Association of Elementary Administrators is proud to share with members its wonderful staff, who work behind the scenes to bring you excellent programming, services, and information. To reach any of the staff members below by phone, you may call the main phone number at 614.547.8087, or you may contact them directly at the e-mail addresses listed after each person's bio. Have a question but don't know who to contact? Please e-mail us at info@oaesa.org.


Executive Director

Julie Davis, EdD

Upon graduation from North Park University, Julie began her teaching career in the Chicago area. After relocating to Columbus, she taught and then served as a teacher leader in the Gahanna-Jefferson School District. She obtained her master's degree from The Ohio State University, and her administrative certification work was done at Ashland University. Her Doctor of Education degree with a concentration in Organizational Leadership was earned at Nova Southeastern University. Julie's experience as a SAIL participant was a critical component of her doctoral studies and accounted for the required specialization aspect of the degree.

Julie has had the opportunity to serve as a principal in the South-Western City School District, Upper Arlington City School District, and Grandview Heights City School District. She spent four years as the professional development director for the Central Ohio Regional School Improvement Team providing support and professional development to educators in 46 school districts in and around the Columbus area. She has been the Director of SAIL for Education since July 2006 and the Executive Director of OAESA since July 2008. She is also an adjunct professor for several universities.

Each assignment in Julie's career has afforded her the opportunity to learn from incredibly talented members of [the education] profession. Each position has introduced her to men and women who are committed to doing what is best for children. Each opportunity has challenged and stretched Julie's thinking. Each situation has affirmed the importance of teachers and principals working together within a collaborative educational framework. Each responsibility has prepared her for this wonderful opportunity to lead the work and serve the members of OAESA.

On a personal note, Julie is married to a wonderful man, Bill Davis, who is also an educator. They are the proud parents of five grown children, and five delightful grandchildren.

To contact Julie, please e-mail her at jdavis@oaesa.org.


Associate Executive Director

Mark Jones

Mark Jones joined the staff at OAESA on July 1, 2013, as the associate executive director. Prior to this, Mark first served on the OAESA Board of Directors as the middle school representative for two years. Then he joined the executive board for two years as president-elect and president of the association. He completed thirty-three years in education before joining the OAESA staff, all of which were with the Pickerington Local School District in Fairfield County. He began his career as a junior high science teacher for fourteen years, then served as an assistant middle school principal (six years), middle school principal (eleven years), and elementary principal (two years) in Pickerington.

To contact Mark, e-mail him at mjones@oaesa.org.


Business Manager/Administrative Assistant

Nancy Abrams

Nancy Abrams joined the staff of OAESA in October of 2011 as the business manager. She is responsible for maintaining all financial transactions in the accounting system, including payables, receivables, and budget analysis. Nancy also assists with membership, professional development, the trade show, corporate partnership, and SAIL for Education with projects and budgets as needed. She resides in Heath with her husband and children.

To contact Nancy, please e-mail her at abrams@oaesa.org


Director of Operations for OAESA/SAIL for Education

Melissa Butsko

Melissa began working for SAIL for Education in fall 2006. Over the years, she has served in many roles. She is currently the director of operation for both OAESA and SAIL for Education.

Melissa is a graduate of Ohio University and resides in Grove City with her husband, Rick, and their five beautiful children.

To contact Melissa, please e-mail her at mbutsko@sailforeducation.org.


Communications Specialist

KT Hughes Crandall

KT joined OAESA in 2016 as communications specialist to manage and facilitate all aspects of the organization's communication strategy. A graduate of Ohio Dominican University, she brings more than 12 years of corporate communications experience from the retail, healthcare, and human resource industries.

KT lives in New Albany with her husband, daughter, and a menagerie of furry friends.

To contact KT, please e-mail her at hughescrandall@oaesa.org.


Department Chair, SAIL/CUC Partnerships

Dr. Rebecca Hornberger

Rebecca joined SAIL/CUC after nearly twenty years of experience in educational research, program and curriculum development, and pedagogy, with her most recent position as principal of Violet Elementary in Pickerington. She received her PhD in educational leadership from CUC in 2016, and her unique perspective as both a student and a school leader makes her the ideal candidate to serve our nearly 500 current and prospective SAIL students. Becky splits her time between the OAESA/SAIL headquarters in Columbus, Ohio, and the Concordia University Chicago campus to best serve students. She lives in Pickerington with her husband and three children, and in her free time, she loves to read and visit the beach with her family.

To contact Rebecca, e-mail her at rebecca.hornberger@cuchicago.edu.


Office Assistant

Kimberly McNeal

Kimberly joined OAESA in March 2016 as the Office assistant. In addition to 20+ years of customer service experience with STRS and the healthcare industry, she's been a multi-tasking ninja, a program coordinator, a receptionist, and an administrative assistant for her church, a community youth center, and her family!

Kimberly lives in New Albany, is a proud mom to five boys, and has TWO grandbabies as of spring 2016!

To contact Kimberly, please e-mail her at mcneal@oaesa.org.


Editor, Principal Navigator

Abigail Smith

Abigail has been part of OAESA since 2010. She serves as the editor for the Principal Navigator magazine. She lives on six acres in the Killdeer Plains Wildlife Preserve with her family and many pets. Abigail is also a fine art photographer and a (mostly) organic gardener.

OAESA is always looking for new material for our various publications. If you would like to submit an article or are interested in learning more about publishing your work with us, please contact Abigail at smith@oaesa.org.


Ohio Ready Schools Project Manager

Zana Vincent

Zana has served as a primary teacher, teacher leader, elementary principal, coordinator of special projects, and director of curriculum and instruction, all in the South-Western City School District. She left South-Western to become the director of the Central Ohio Regional Professional Development Center, expanding her horizons by meeting many talented educators from around the state. Since retiring, she has consulted with school systems throughout Ohio and the United States. She has also served as a state-level resident educator trainer and adjunct professor. She is currently a consultant with OAESA as project manager of the Ohio Ready School Initiative and serves as a supportive team member to other OAESA projects.

You may reach Zana at zvincent@aol.com.