Dale Cracas was elected to serve on the Avon Lake Board of Education in November 2005. Dale completed a twenty-seven month tour in Eritera, East Africa with the U.S. Army, and then graduated from Bowling Green State University in 1965. He married Donna Jennings and moved to Michigan where they both taught in Greenville. In 1967, they moved to Ohio and Dale began teaching social studies at Lakewood High School. Three years later, he transferred to the Avon Lake City Schools where he taught for fifteen years at Learwood Middle School and fourteen years at Avon Lake High School. During his tenure as a teacher, he was a Martha Holden Jennings Scholar, Ohio Merit Teacher for the National Council for Geographic Education, and he also received an educational award from the Buckeye Association of School Administrators. He was recognized seven times as a teacher who impacted students. He retired from Avon Lake City Schools in 1999, and after his retirement was employed as a trainer for the Lorain County Clerk of Courts. He also served the city of Avon Lake as a Ward II councilman for 8 years, and was a civil service commissioner from 1981 to 1983 and 1992 to 2004. He was the President of the Avon Lake Kiwanis Club in 2005-2006 and retired as a real estate agent on December 31, 2008. In addition to serving on the Board of Education, Dale continues his involvement in community affairs as one of the co-chairs of the Avon Lake Community Garden. The community garden is located on the east side of the driveway to Troy Intermediate School. Dale is the proud father of three adult children and grandfather of nine grandchildren.
Pamela Ohradzansky has been a member of the Board of Education since she was appointed in June 2004. She served as Vice President of the Board from January 2007 - December 2013. Pamela became Vice President of the Board of Education in April 2018. She served on the the Lorain County Joint Vocational School Board from June 2004 until December 2014. Pam has been a resident of Avon Lake for 25 years. Pam currently works at Avon/Avon Lake Community Resource Services as a Client Services Coordinator and Special Events Coordinator. She has been active in the community volunteering for organizations such as the Avon Lake High School PTA, After Prom Committee, Avon Lake High School Booster Club, and Avon Lake PTA Council. Pam received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business from Miami University in 1986. She has been married for 29 years to her husband, John, and they have two children - Michael, age 25 and Caitlyn, age 23. Pam enjoys activities with her family, reading, and traveling.
Jim Stobe was first elected to the Avon Lake Board of Education in November 2011, and in November 2015, he was re-elected to another full four year term. Jim became President of the Board of Education in April 2018, after serving as Vice President of the Board since 2014. He also serves as the Board representative to the Avon Lake Health Care Committee. Jim, and his wife Kristin, have lived in Avon Lake since they were first married in 2004. They have two children, Savannah, a seventh grader at Learwood and CJ, a fifth grader at Troy Elementary School.
In early 2018, Jim became the Chief Financial Officer for Marshall Goldman Auto Sales and Leasing. Marshall Goldman is one of the nation's largest seller of high-end, exotic used cars. Prior to Marshall Goldman, Jim became licensed as a CPA with Cohen & Company, a Top 100 public accounting firm. Jim spent over five years as the Chief Financial Officer for Cohen, having previously worked as the firm's Controller and as an auditor and business consultant. Outside of his duties on the Board of Education, for the past four years, Jim has volunteered as a youth travel soccer coach in Avon Lake. In 2016, Jim joined the Executive Advisory Board for the School of Accountancy in the College of Business at Ohio University. Jim has also previously served as the Treasurer and Finance Chair for the Rocky River United Methodist Church.
Jim received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a major in Accounting from Ohio University in 1997, where he graduated with honors. His passion for education comes from his parents, who were both local school teachers in the area. Jim is an avid sports fan, cheering on the Shoremen, Browns, Cavs, Ohio Bobcats, and Indians and enjoys traveling with his family.