Originally from Goshen, Ohio, Karen started her career in School Business with Goshen Local Schools. In 1999 Karen and her husband Jeff bought property in Batavia and built their home in 2003 after the graduation of their youngest daughter. Karen is starting her 35th year in school business and is in her second term as a Batavia School Board Member. Karen is currently the Treasurer at Bethel-Tate Local School District where she has served the past 2 ½ years. Prior to Bethel Karen worked and served as the Treasurer at Warren County Career Center for 14 years. She received her accounting degree from the University of Cincinnati and her Human Resource Certification from Michigan State University.
Karen has been very active in her career serving on many boards at the state level. Karen served 6 years on the Ohio Association of School Business Officials; she was President of the Career Technical Association of School Business Official and continues to serve on the State Association’s Professional Development Committee and the National Association of School Business Officials Committee where she served as chair for two years. Karen is also on the Executive Board for the Educational Purchase Council (EPC), has served as Treasurer for NAMI Warren County as well as Treasurer for the Lebanon Kiwanis.
Karen and her Husband Jeff have been married for 25 years and have three daughters, Heather who is an Intervention Specialist at Goshen Schools, Becky who is in advertising at Catalina Marketing and Heidi who is a Chef for Jeff Ruby. Karen attributes her love of school business to her mother who was a retired Transportation Director for Goshen Local Schools.
Kyle grew up in Milford and is a graduate of Milford High School. He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from The Ohio State University in Landscape Architecture. He has worked in the landscape industry for over 30 years and owns a landscape design, build and maintenance business that does mostly residential work on the east side of Greater Cincinnati.
Kyle serves his community as a member of the Batavia Township Zoning Appeals Board and Milford Schools Foundation Board. He also is active in the Clermont County chapter of the Ohio State Alumni club and the Milford First United Methodist Church.
He has been married to his wife Lauri for almost 25 years and they have lived in Batavia for 17 years. Lauri is a Pittsburgh native and a graduate of Ohio University. Lauri has been employed in the Enterprise Software Sales and Consulting field for 20 plus years. They have two daughters that graduated from Batavia Schools and attend the University of Cincinnati, a son that is currently a junior at Batavia High School and one granddaughter.
Barb Bruner has lived in Batavia all of her life, graduating from Batavia High School in 1971.
After graduation, Barb attended the Cincinnati Christian University where she worked on her degree in Christian Education. In 1974 Barb worked for the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland as a cash assorting clerk and tour guide for the bank.
In the summer of 1975, Barb began working for the Batavia Church of Christ as a Youth Director as well as working with the summer school age children who attended the child care that the Church operated. In addition, Barb drove a bus for Batavia and Williamsburg Local Schools for several years. Then in 1982 Barb took the position of Child Care Administrator for the center that was owned by the church. In 1990 when the church decided to no longer have a child care, Barb opened Batavia Heights Christian Child Care in Batavia and was a successful owner/administrator until her retirement in 2018.
Barb served on the Batavia Board of Education from 2000 until 2012. After a 7 year recess from the board she decided to run for the office again and began serving the children and families of this community again as a Board Member January 2018.
Along with serving on the Batavia Board, Barb has numerous affiliations which keep her involved in various areas of the community. She currently serves on the Batavia Alumni Association Board, the Batavia Schools Foundation Board, is a member of Batavia Rotary and is a member of the First Baptist Church of Glen Este where she co-teaches a 3 year old class on Wednesday evenings. Volunteering with Troop Box Ministries, the Nick Erdy Foundation, and Empower Youth keeps her from becoming bored in retirement.
Barb's vision for Batavia Schools is that we will be the district that is known as a school that prepares children for their future. To be the school of choice is optimal, to be the best school is the only option.