Leadership committee


James R. Saxer

In July 2015 I began my first Superintendency with Dalton Local Schools. It was truly an honor and a blessing to have the privilege to be the next Superintendent of the Dalton Local Schools!!

June 2015, I completed my 17th year in education, my fifth year as Principal of Kimpton Middle School, and my 11th as an administrator with the Stow-Munroe Falls City Schools. I received my Bachelor's Degree from Kent State University in Secondary Education: Comprehensive Social Studies and a Minor in School Health Education. Before Stow-Munroe Falls City Schools, I began my teaching career as an Individual Small Group Tutor at Hudson High School. I then went back to Kent State University and obtained my elementary teaching certification and taught 5th Grade in a self-contained classroom and then 7th Grade World History in the Nordonia Hills City Schools. While there I obtained my Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction, as well as my Ed.S. in K-12 School Administration from Kent State University.

I began my administrative career with the Stow-Munroe Falls City Schools as the Assistant Principal at Lakeview Intermediate School. After a little more than a year there, I became the Principal at Fishcreek Elementary School. I was at Fishcreek Elementary for 5 years, before moving to Kimpton Middle School. I obtained my Superintendent’s License after completing coursework through Ashland University. In addition to my career in education, I also enjoyed a short career (2 years) in law enforcement, as a Deputy Sheriff for the Summit County Sheriff's Office in the mid 1990's.


Dr. Stephanie Starcher

Dr. Stephanie Starcher grew up in rural West Virginia and has worked her entire 22 years of public education in rural southeastern Ohio. For the past five years, she has served as the superintendent at Fort Frye Local Schools. As an active member of the Coalition of Rural and Appalachian Schools and the Steering Committee of the Ohio Appalachian Collaborative, Stephanie has presented testimony to state legislators and been selected to represent rural schools on several Ohio Department of Education committees focused on federal mandates and accountability measures. She is an adjunct professor for Ohio University, and was named the McDonough Leader in Residence in 2016 for Marietta College. 


David Harmon

Dave is in his 3rd year as the Superintendent of the Benjamin Logan Local School System.  Prior to coming to Benjamin Logan to be their Superintendent, Dave was a 4-6th grades teacher in Newark City Schools for 6 years before becoming an Elementary Assistant Principal, then Elementary Principal, and finally Curriculum Director at North Union Local Schools for 9 years.  While serving as the Curriculum Director, Dave was fortunate enough to be asked to provide consulting services regarding the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) student assessment product to several districts around the state.  Seeing kids grow in their learning is his passion.  


Vaughn Ray

Currently, I am in my first year as a curriculum coordinator at Auglaize County ESC. Previously, I worked as a classroom teacher (social studies and special education) for 12 years with the last five at Apollo Career Center. 

I am a graduate of Marion Local High School and have earned several degrees from Wright State University. These include: B.A (Social Science Education), M.Ed. (Adolescent/Young Adult Education), M.Ed. (Special Education), and M.Ed. (Educational Leadership). In the future, I plan to obtain a specialist degree along with a superintendent license.

I reside in Maria Stein (Mercer County) with my wife Kimberly, who is a CPA at Shultz Huber and Associates. We have four children together: Landen, Marah, Lilah, and Jaena. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, reading biographies, and being outdoors.


Franco Gallo

Mr. Gallo is in his 4th year as Superintendent of the Keystone Local Schools. Mr. Gallo holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Cleveland State University and a Master of Education Degree in Administration from Bowling Green State University. He brings seventeen years of educational experience to Keystone. At the Clearview and Elyria School Districts, he served in a variety of positions, including classroom teacher, athletic director, assistant principal, and high school principal. Mr. Gallo is the father of Franco, Dominic, and Vincenzo Gallo. Mr. Gallo's hobbies include staying fit and playing tennis with his children. 


Adam Mowery

Mr. Adam Mowery is currently the Secondary Education Coordinator for the Graham Local Schools. Adam has been involved in education for over 12 years. Prior to holding this position, Adam was the Principal at Taft Elementary School in Marion, Ohio for three years and an Assistant Principal at Angier Elementary School in Angier, North Carolina. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Bowling Green State University and a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from Ashland University.

Adam and his wife, Sarah, have two children. Ella is 7 years old and Nora is 2 years old. They currently reside in Delaware, Ohio.