BEF Board welcomes new members

The BEF Board of Governors has welcomed four new members: Mr. Larry Helman, Dr. Harlan Meyer, Dr. Sivaraman Sivaswami and Mr. David Schottner. The 25-member board, which oversees the Foundation’s operations, includes representatives from the Bexley Board of Education, Bexley City Council, Bexley Schools Faculty, Capital University, PTO Council and Bexley High School Student Council.

Prior to his retirement, Larry Helman was a partner at NBBJ where he managed an extensive number of major planning projects globally. He received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in 1970 and a Master’s of City and Regional Planning in 1972 from The Ohio State University. He and his wife Kay are the parents of two Bexley High School graduates and most recently led a “grandparents’ and special friends campaign” for the Cassingham Playground Project. Larry currently serves on the Southwest Master Plan Committee and the Tree and Public Gardens Commission for the City of Bexley.

Dr. Harlan Meyer is a life-long Bexley resident and graduate of Bexley High School. He and his wife Teri currently have two children attending Bexley High School. Dr. Meyer is a graduate of Tufts University and the University of Cincinnati College Of Medicine. He was a Resident at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation Department of Radiology. Dr. Meyer joined Columbus Radiology in 2004 and serves as Chairman of the Grant Medical Center Department of Radiology.

Dr. Sivaraman Sivaswami is a critical care/pulmonologist affiliated with the Mr. Carmel Health System. He is a graduate of St. John’s Medical College in India and completed his residency at Staten Island University Hospital as well as fellowships at Louisiana State University and at St. John’s Mercy Medical Center in Missouri. Dr. Sivaswami and his wife Dr. Vidya Raman currently have two children attending Bexley Schools, in middle school and elementary school. Their eldest child, a 2016 Bexley High School graduate, is a former Presidential Scholar from Ohio.

David Schottner, Faculty Representative, will begin his fourth year teaching at Cassingham Elementary this fall. Prior to joining the Bexley schools, David taught in the Reynoldsburg City Schools and in the Milford Exempted Village schools. David holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Education, from Northern Kentucky and Xavier University respectively, and a Juris Doctor Degree from Capital University Law School. David is the International Baccalaureate Coordinator/Teacher Leader for Cassingham Elementary. David and his partner Dan Cutright reside in Bexley.

In addition to the newly elected and appointed members, Bexley Schools Superintendent Kimberly Pietsch Miller and Board of Education Treasurer Kyle Smith will serve in an ex officio capacity on the BEF Board.

The BEF Board Governance Committee annually asks current BEF Board Members to identify prospective Board members. Community members elected as Regular Members to the BEF Board of Governors can serve up to three consecutive three-year terms.  Board Officers are elected to one-year, renewable terms except for the Board Chair who serves a two-year consecutive term.