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Jerry Narduzzi, President
Term Expires: December 31, 2017

Jerry Narduzzi - President

(216) 524-8442

Russell G. Fortlage - Vice President
Term Expires: December 31, 2017

Russell’s first term on the School Board began 1/1/1978. He has been re-elected to 7 additional terms, during which he served as President of the Board for 15 years. He retired from Independence Bank as a Vice President, currently serves as a director of the bank holding company, and is a member of the IHS Alumni Association and the IHS Athletic Hall of Fame Committee.

A lifelong resident of Independence, he attended Independence Schools K-12; Bowling Green State University; National Commercial Lending Graduate School in Norman, OK; and The Graduate School of Banking in Madison, WI. Russell married Carol in 1972.

Russell G. Fortlage - Vice President
(216) 524-0439

MenclJoan Mencl
Term Expires: December 31, 2018
Joanie Mencl is serving her first term on Independence Board of Education.  She has been a teacher for the Independence Schools for the past 38 years and is a life long resident of Independence.
She graduated from Kent State University with a bachelors degree in education and a masters in the Art of Teaching from Mary Grove College.
Joanie is a proud mom to daughter Lacey who is also an Indepedence Local Schools and a Kent State graduate.  Lacey will be attending law school in the fall.

Joan Mencl
Lynne Laski
Term Expires: December 31, 2017

Lynne Laski is beginning her fourth term on the Independence Board of Education. She has been involved with the school community since the middle 1980's when her children began in Hillside Preschool. She has held leadership positions in the Preschool, as well as , in the Independence Primary PTO, Independence Middle PTO and the High School PTO before running for elected office on the Board of Education.

Lynne and her husband , Bob, have lived in Independence for 29 years with their nine children. They were foster parents for Cuyahoga County Children and Family Services for about 10 years. They eventually adopted four children from the foster system.
The younger four, Jake now 15, Ali 12, Nick 11 and Ryan, 8, joined five older sisters.
The older sisters are Kate, 30, Kara, 28, Lauren, 25, Emily, 23, and Michelle 21. All of their children attended Independence Schools.

Lynne grew up in Sagamore Hills and graduated from Nordonia High School in 1975 and then went on to Mount Union College and graduated in 1979 with a degree in International Business. She is presently employed part time at The Attachment and Bonding Center of Ohio. You can reach Lynne at lynnelaski@gmail.com or 216.642.1336.
Lynne Laski
(216) 642-1336
Kenn Synek
Term Expires: December 31, 2018

Kenn is a lifelong Independence resident. He and his wife Laura have four children, who are alumni (or future alumni) of Independence High School - Dave ’13, Greg ’15, Jill ’16 and Brian ’18. Kenn is a CPA and partner in the accounting firm Zion, Synek & Associates. His practice involves assisting business owners and managers to make sense of complex information, and then use it to help grow their organization. Kenn has served in leadership positions on several boards, including the: district's Citizen's Finance Cmte., Huntington’s Disease Society of NE Ohio, Cuyahoga Valley Native Sons & Daughters, and the Independence Stadium Foundation. He currently serves on the district’s Finance; Tech., Ed. & Curriculum; and Buildings & Grounds Committees.
Kenn Synek
(216) 524-3887
Cell (216)513-2527

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