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 six delightful grandchildren.

To contact Julie, please email 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. Mark is also the proud grandpa to two grandchildren.

To contact Mark, email him at mjones@oaesa.org.

Business and Office Manager

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 email her at abrams@oaesa.org

Graduate Program Specialist

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 Graduate Program Specialist for 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 email her at butsko@oaesa.org.

Executive Administrative Specialist

Patty Cooper


Patty joined the staff at OAESA in February 2020 as the Executive Administrative Specialist. She is the first face you see when you visit the association and provides support for the staff, board, service teams, and members. Patty earned her MEd. at The Ohio State University in 2003 and brings over 15 years experience as an educator in Central Ohio.

Patty lives in Worthington with her husband and three sons. 

Connect with Patty at cooper@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 Delaware 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, email her at rebecca.hornberger@cuchicago.edu.


Director of Communications

Mary Mitton-Sanchez

Mary joined OAESA in 2018 to serve as Editor of the Principal Navigator magazine and Multimedia Specialist to better help tell OAESA’s story. A graduate of Miami University and Kent State University, she brings 10 years of experience as a Certified Journalism Educator (CJE) and English teacher at Big Walnut High School. She advised the student newspaper and yearbook for nearly a decade. Mary resides in Westerville with her husband and their cockapoos, Vivian and Gilbert.

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 Mary at mitton@oaesa.org