COLUMBUS — The Ohio School Boards Association Delegate Assembly has elected Denise Baba as the association’s 2016 president-elect. Baba serves on the Streetsboro City Board of Education in Portage County.
She was elected November 9 during the Annual Business Meeting of the OSBA Delegate Assembly. The delegates meet each year at the Capital Conference, the association’s state convention that draws nearly 10,000 school board members, administrators and other education leaders to Columbus.
Current OSBA President-elect Eric K. Germann, a member of the Lincolnview Local and Vantage Career Center school boards in Van Wert County, will become the new OSBA president on Jan. 1, 2016.
Baba will take over as OSBA president in 2017, following her term as president-elect. The president-elect’s duties include serving on OSBA’s Board of Trustees and Executive Committee, and chairing the Legislative Platform Committee and Federal Relations Network.
Baba is in her 10th year on the Streetsboro City Board of Education. She currently serves on the OSBA Board of Trustees, Executive Committee, Nominating Committee and Federal Relations Network. She is the OSBA Northeast Region immediate past president, serves on the region’s executive committee and is her district’s legislative liaison to OSBA.
Baba earned the OSBA Master Board Member Award in 2010, a lifetime distinction, and has received multiple OSBA Awards of Achievement. The awards recognize board members’ commitment to learning and leadership.
In her district, she serves on the Core Team for Streetsboro City Schools’ $68 million building project; Parents for Public Schools of Streetsboro Board of Directors; PTA and numerous other district committees. She also is the district’s community outreach liaison.
Baba is very active in the Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ. She also has served with the Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board, Trumbull County League of Women Voters and Warren City Schools Adult Basic Education and Literacy Program.
She has a strong background in communication, having served as director of communications for the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber and the Warren Area Chamber of Commerce. She also was a reporter at television station WYTV in Youngstown.
Baba earned a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in education from Cleveland State University.
She and her husband Frank, a retired chief master sergeant in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, are the parents of Rachel, a seventh-grader who attends Streetsboro Middle School.
In its 60th year, the Ohio School Boards Association leads the way to educational excellence by serving Ohio’s public school board members and the diverse districts they represent through superior service and creative solutions.