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Member Bios

Carole Ellis has served as a member since 1980. Ms. Ellis retired from the United States Postal Service   
Steven A. Harness is committed to improving academic achievement, increasing parental involvement and improving communication between the district and the community – serving as the Board representative to Mt. Healthy City Council. He's a 1971 Mt. Healthy graduate and has lived in the district for more than 50 years. Mr. Harness attended the University of Cincinnati, and retired as a principal researcher for Procter & Gamble. His community involvement includes Merit Badge Counselor - Dan Beard Council, Liturgist – Mt. Healthy United Methodist Church, and President of the Cincinnati Silent Flyers. Previously, he has been Flotilla Commander, Vessel Examiner and Instructor - USCGA Flotilla 5-2, and Secretary- Staff Parish Relations Committee of the Mt. Healthy United Methodist Church. He has two sons, Michael, a 2000 graduate; and Bradley, a 2007 graduate.  He has served on the Board since January 2004. Mr. Harness currently serves as the Board's legislative liaison and Board vice-president. 
Lori Jones began her term in January 2018. She was recently elected as Board president.
Emmett Kilgore has served on the Board since 2006. Mr. Kilgore has been an Emergency Medical Technician at the University of Cincinnati for 37 years. He has worked part time for the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department as a lieutenant in the Special Deputy Program for 23 years. He is married to Verna, a bus driver in the district, and has two daughters. Mr. Kilgore is a graduate of Taft High School and served as a Green Beret in the Army Special Forces. He is a motorcycle enthusiast and officiates high school and college basketball games. He looks forward to seeing that "kids get the best education possible."
Julie Turner has served on the School Board since Sept. 2013 and has lived in Mt. Healthy for over 35 years.  Both of her sons attended Mt. Healthy schools from kindergarten through high school, and she is married to a Mt. Healthy graduate.  Dr. Turner is a graduate of Forest Park High School, University of Cincinnati (BA and MA) and Miami University (PhD), and she now teaches American History at the University of Cincinnati's Blue Ash College.  Her lifelong association with education led her to become a Board member, and she hopes to apply that experience toward helping achieve academic excellence at Mt. Healthy, as well as building a close relationship between parents, students, faculty, staff, and the community.