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The Board of Directors pose for a picture inside The Big Bus
Outside of The Big Bus. It is a school bus that has been painted blue with the words "The Big Bus" on the side.

Our Team

Kelly Gurich

Executive Director

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Kelly grew up in Northwest Ohio where she earned her BFA in Two Dimensional Studies from Bowling Green State University. She continued her education at Ashland University, earning her teaching certificate in K-12 Art Education. Kelly has lived in Westerville with her husband Nick and two boys, Judo and Niko, since 2016.


From her past experiences, she has been an art teacher with The Greater Columbus Arts Council and a substitute teacher in the Westerville City Schools District. She also managed an art studio for four years, where she built relationships with corporate clients creating unique teambuilding experiences. She enjoys being involved in the Westerville community and serves as a Committee Chair on the PTA.


Kelly is currently the Marketing, Membership & Volunteer Coordinator for a local non-profit, The Arts Council of Westerville.


In the summer months, she enjoys floating on the family boat at Delaware Lake with her boys. When she finds the time, she enjoys painting, swimming, grabbing a bite to eat in Uptown, or hosting friends on her patio.

Stacy Johns

English Language Coordinator

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Stacy was raised in northwest Ohio and has a bachelor's degree in German from The Ohio State University. While at OSU, she studied abroad for a semester at the University of Bonn in Germany and participated in shorter programs in England, Ghana, Kenya, and Tanzania. These experiences shaped her perspectives about the joys and struggles of learning a language and adapting to new cultures.

Stacy also has a Master of Education in foreign and second language education from OSU, and she recently completed her TESOL endorsement through Heidelberg University. She taught high school German before working as a lecturer at OSU, helping international students refine their English skills. 

Stacy, her husband Adam, and their three children live in Genoa Township. When she's not spending time with her family, she enjoys gardening, traveling, baking bread, and spending time with friends. 

Tori Dorne

Social Media and Website Coordinator

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Tori grew up in Columbus. Graduating from Westerville South High School in 2016, Tori's educational path led her to Ohio University, where she pursued a degree in Communications and Integrated Media, honing her skills in the art of effective storytelling and media production.

Tori's career started with a wedding floral company in Columbus, where she managed a team that taught DIY classes to excited wedding parties. In addition to The Big Bus, Tori currently works for a local gene therapy company as an Administrative Assistant. 

Outside of work, Tori loves diving into her personal interests. She's an avid fantasy reader and loves hosting friends to test out new recipes for dinner parties.

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Tracy Davidson

Board Chair

Tracy has lived in the Westerville community for over thirty years with her husband, Mark. They are proud parents of twin girls, Kate and Emma, and son, Eli.

 

At Nichols & Company CPAs, Tracy is the Manager of Internal Operations and also operates her own creative business, Designs by Davidson LLC.

 

She has been a member of the Westerville Board of Education for 8 years and was recently re-elected for an additional 4-year term.  As a board member, she has served as the President, Vice President, and served as a liaison in Community Engagement, Finance, Facilities and Operations, Curriculum and Academic Achievement, Policy, and Human Relations.

 

A favorite volunteer role for Tracy has been a 12-year Board member of Westerville Education Challenge (WEC). WEC raises awareness and funds for Social-Emotional Learning Initiatives in the district, positively impacting students in all grade levels. She is also actively involved in various school and parent organizations and groups in the community.

 

Tracy recently joined the Rotary Club of Westerville is excited to continue support the community.

Check out this interview with Tracy!

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Nancy McFarland

Board Vice Chair

Nancy and her husband, Todd, have made Westerville their home for the last twenty seven years. They have enjoyed raising their two boys, Trent and Ethan, within the Westerville community and schools.


Nancy graduated from The Ohio State University with an elementary education degree. She worked for Columbus Public Schools teaching grades first through third for ten years. During that time, Nancy completed a master’s degree in school counseling.


Nancy volunteers her time to many organizations in Westerville and Columbus. Nancy has been a member of Westerville Education Challenge for over ten years and continues to be an active member by serving on the curriculum committee. She has truly enjoyed being a mentor to Westerville middle school girls over the last four years through the Model program. Nancy also donates her time to Friends of The Faith Pruden Foundation, the OSU Diabetes Clinic programs and to the Westerville South Academic and Theatre Boosters.

Check out this interview with Nancy!

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Sherri Blais

Board Treasurer

Sherri is the Finance Manager at Nichols and Company, CPAs and has worked at Nichols and Company for nearly 20 years.

 

She is originally from Canal Winchester, Ohio and graduated from Otterbein College with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Sherri and her husband, Doug, have lived in Westerville for 22 years with their 3 daughters, Amanda, Katherine and Elizabeth, all graduates of Westerville South High School. 


Sherri has been very involved in volunteering within Westerville City Schools, serving as President and Treasurer of various organizations. She is currently a board member of Westerville Education Challenge, and has recently become a member of the afternoon Westerville Rotary Club.  

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Tami Cole-Santa

Board Secretary

Tami grew up in Westerville and continues to be a proud member of this community for over 40 years. She currently resides here with her wife, Nicolette, and two children, Pyper and Dax.

Tami graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University and then The Ohio State University with a focus in social work. She has held various social work positions throughout Columbus and Westerville for 22 years including The Buckeye Ranch, Nisonger Center, Huckleberry House, Concord Counseling and Westerville City Schools.

Now in her 15th year with Westerville City Schools, Tami currently serves as the Director of Mental Health and Wellness. In this role, she helps lead and support K-12 school counselors, school social workers/clinicians, nursing services as well as facilitate programs and initiatives falling under the social emotional and mental health/wellness umbrella.

Tami has also recently completed work through Starr Commonwealth to be a trainer for trauma-informed, resilient school content.  Tami has a passion for leading mental health awareness, decreasing stigma and helping people throughout the district and community understand the importance of a trauma-informed, resilience-focused approach to learning and life.

Volunteering her time locally with Westerville Education Challenge (WEC) is another passion of Tami's. In her free time, she enjoys being outside, all things sports and being involved in her kids' activities.

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Dennis Blair

Board Member

Dennis was raised in St. Clairsville, Ohio and graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. Dennis has been active and involved in the Westerville community for over a decade. With the Westerville Education Challenge, he helped to bring Hope Squad to Westerville City Schools. He was awarded the G.E.M District Award through Westerville Parent Council, the STEMStar award from COSI in 2019, and the Westerville Volunteer of the Year award in 2019.

Dennis is a founding board member of Uptown Westerville, Inc and a past treasurer and board member of the Arts Council of Westerville. He is the board chair of the Uptown Review Board, a co-chair of Comprehensive Community Plan, and a current member of Westerville City Council. 

Dennis has held multiple roles in Westerville Sunrise Rotary and has also been involved with the MLK Legacy project, Westerville Chamber, and Westerville Historical Society. 

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Megan Reamsnyder

Board Member

Megan and her husband Jake are lifelong Westerville residents. They have two daughters, Olivia and Abigail, and Oreo the dog. Megan graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelors in Social Work. She is active and involved in her community, serving as a member of Westerville City Council.

In addition to her work on City Council, Megan is a founding board member of Cultivating Success Fund, a donor advised fund founded by a group of Westerville North graduates. She is active in Uptown Westerville, Inc as a City Council Representative and serves as PTA Vice President at her daughter's school. 

Megan is also an active member of The Rotary Club of Westerville and a member of the Neighborhood Bridges steering committee. She served on the Charter Review Commission in 2020 for the City of Westerville and completed the Westerville Citizens Police Academy in 2019. 

Check out this interview with Megan!

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Scott Dorne

Board Member

Scott and his wife Ann have lived within the Westerville City School District for more than two decades. Their two daughters, Tori and Maren, are proud graduates of Westerville Schools. 

Scott has over 30 years of experience in the education field, including more than 25 years in Westerville Schools as a former math teacher, coach, AP & IB Coordinator and building administrator before taking on his current role as Assistant Superintendent of Operations for the district. 

In further support of the community, Scott is an active member of the Westerville Sunrise Rotary Club.

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