Director Bios


Kirk Koennecke - Executive Director of OSRC

Kirk Koennecke is Executive Director of OSRC. He is the current Superintendent of the Graham Local Schools in Saint Paris, Ohio.  Mr. Koennecke has been actively involved in education for 23 years. Kirk earned his B.S. in Secondary Education from The Ohio State University. He holds a M.S. in Sport Administration from Miami University of Ohio, and an M.A. in Education Administration from John Carroll University. Mr. Koennecke completed his Education Specialist M.S. at Wright State University. Kirk has served in several leadership roles over the years, in quality districts both large and small, urban and rural. In 2007, he was awarded the Close-Caputo Educator of Humanity Award for his leadership in urban education. Kirk has presented at the local, state, and national levels, and has been published in several educational journals. Kirk makes his home in Saint Paris, Ohio with his wife Susie. They have five children. 


John Carder – Associate Director of OSRC

John Carder is the Associate Director of OSRC. He is currently an Assistant Principal at Olentangy Liberty High School in Powell, Ohio. Mr. Carder is entering his 15th year in education and 5th as an administrator. Mr. Carder earned his B.S. in Biology from Ohio Northern University, his teaching credentials from Urbana University and his M.Ed in Educational Leadership from the University of Cincinnati. Mr. Carder has a wide variety of educational experiences as a teacher and administrator, in affluent districts as well as low socio-economic districts. In 2016, Mr. Carder was named the OASSA Assistant Principal of the Year for the state of Ohio for his leadership in professional development. Mr. Carder has presented at the local and state levels, has been published in educational journals, and has written articles for national education blogs. Mr. Carder lives in Lewis Center, Ohio with his wife, Laura and their three children. 


Ryan Rismiller - OSRC President- At-Large Representative- Region 7

Ryan Rismiller is serving as the Principal and At- Large Representative for OSRC. Mr. Rismiller is the High School Principal for Graham Local Schools in Saint Paris, Ohio. He has served as an Agricultural Education Instructor, Intervention Specialist and Assistant Principal prior to his current role. He has earned a B.S. in Agriculture from The Ohio State University, MAEd in Intervention from Mount Vernon Nazarene University and MAEd in Administration from Concordia University of Chicago. Ryan was recognized by Ohio as the 2017 Secondary Assistant Principal of the Year and 2009 was Ohio's Agriscience Teacher of the Year. He resides in New Carlisle with his wife and four children.


Bill Wade - OSRC Treasurer- Northeast Representative- Region 2

Bill Wade is the Treasurer and North East region representative of the OSRC.  He is the current Superintendent of the Kirtland Local Schools in Kirtland, Ohio.  Mr. Wade has been involved in education for 16 years.  He earned his B.S. in Chemistry and M. Ed in Curriculum and Instruction from John Carroll University.  Mr. Wade completed his administrative licensure through Ursuline College  and his Superintendent's licensure from Cleveland State University.   Bill has taught for Notre Dame College’s online teacher and administrative licensure program for many years.  He is passionate about professional development and the need for educators to collaborate regularly in order to provide meaningful and personalized PD to support growth and risk taking.  


Ben Thaxton - Northwest Representative- Region 1

Ben Thaxton is the Northwest Ohio Region 1 Representative. Ben is currently the assistant elementary principal and technology coordinator at Ada Schools in Ada, Ohio. He is currently in his 17th year in education. Mr. Thaxton began his teaching career at Lima Senior where he was a business and computer networking teacher. Mr. Thaxton joined Ada Schools as technology coordinator in 2007.  In 2011 his duties were expanded to assistant principal, along with maintaining his technology duties.  Ben has a B.S. in Secondary Education from Bowling Green State University and a M.A. in Education with a focus in administration from the University of Findlay. He holds an Ohio principal’s license PK-12. Mr. Thaxton resides in the Lima area with his wife (Julie) and three children.


Vickie Hoffman - Mid-Ohio Representative-Region 3

Vickie Hoffman is the Mid-Ohio Region 3 Representative. She is the Chief Academic Officer of North Union Local Schools in Richwood, Ohio.  Mrs. Hoffman is entering her 23rd year of education and 9th year as an administrator.  Vickie earned his B.S. in Elementary Education from Wright State University, M.A. in Educational Administration from Ashland University and her Superintendent's license from University of Dayton. Mrs. Hoffman resides in Richwood, Ohio with her husband Todd and two daughters (Tiffany & Mackenzie).


Dan Leffingwell - Southeast Representative- Region 4

Dan is the Superintendent of Noble Local Schools, located in Sarahsville. During his time in this role, he has created an atmosphere of continuous improvement within the district while increasing opportunities for students through a “shared services” approach. Noble Local Schools served as the lead district in conjunction with Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center to obtain Straight A grant funds to support a transportation efficiency project and also partnered with Battelle for Kids on another Straight A project to create and share CCP courses. During his nearly 30-year career in education, Dan has served as a teacher, coach, principal and superintendent, providing an experienced perspective on district operations. Dan is an active member of CORAS (Coalition of Rural and Appalachian Schools), Ohio Appalachian Collaborative, OSRC (Ohio Small Rural Collaborative), SOAR collaborative, and also serves as board member on the Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Control, and the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference.  Dan graduated from Marietta College with a BA in English (1988) and earned his MA in Educational Leadership from Ohio University in 2000. 


Chad Lensman - Southwest Representative- Region 5

Chad Lensman is a board member and region 5 representative of OSRC.  He is currently the Principal at Graham Middle School in Saint Paris, Ohio.  Mr. Lensman is entering his 9th year in education and 4th as an administrator.  The previous three years serving as the Assistant Principal at Graham Elementary.  Mr. Lensman earned his B.A. in Marketing from Kent State University (06) Masters in Education from Antioch Midwest (09) and Masters in Leadership from Concordia (13).  Mr. Lensman brings a passion for education including the areas of technology, leadership, curriculum, and personalized learning.  Mr. Lensman has presented at both the state and national levels to educations across the nation. Mr. Lensman currently resides in Saint Paris, Ohio with his wife, Shannon and two children, Cade and Ayla.


Josh Frame - OSRC Central Ohio Representative- Region 6

Josh Frame is the Central Ohio Representative for OSRC.  He serves as the Principal of Big Walnut Middle School in Sunbury, Ohio.  After graduating from Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN, Josh began his career in education as a Biology Teacher and wrestling coach at Marion Harding High School.  After completing his Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Dayton, he then transitioned to administration as an Assistant Principal at HHS for five years and an Assistant Principal/Athletic Director for Big Walnut Middle School for two years.  Josh has spent a good part of his administrative career leading professional development and has a passion for student leadership and service learning.  He really enjoys working with the students and staff to grow 21st Century Skills through personalization and engagement.  Josh lives in Sunbury, Ohio with is wife (Amanda) and 3 children.


Rick Smith, Ed.D - Career & Technical Center Representative

Dr. Rick Smith began his career in education in the United States Air Force, where in his first 8 ½ years of service earned his first two degrees.  Dr. Smith’s first degree was in Aircraft Power Plant Technology from the Community College of the Air Force.  His second degree is a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education from Charleston Southern University.
After Dr. Smith’s service in the military, his first teaching and coaching experience was with Mansfield City Schools, Ohio.  While in Mansfield, he earned his Master’s Degree in Education from Ashland University, and graduated in 2012 with a Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership from Ashland University.
Rick has 22 years in education working in Mansfield City Schools, Ashland City Schools, North Union Local Schools and Ohio Hi-Point Career Center.  He taught for four years, elementary administrator for six years and served the last 13 years as a superintendent.  He has been an adjunct professor, loves coaching and enjoyed spending time with his wife of 28 years and his 3 children.  
The one thing I teach new leaders is “You can’t teach passion, you hire it.” -- unknown