At its Jan. 7, 2014, meeting, the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School Board selected 10 members to make up the Facilities Accountability Committee (FAC). The Board also asked our three city mayors to select a representative as well. The representatives are:
Dennis Wilcox - Mayor of Cleveland Heights
Pamela Cameron - University Heights Councilwoman
Marty Gelfand - South Euclid Councilman-at-large
The FAC’s responsibilities include: monitoring the implementation of the Facilities Master Plan; as well as reviewing the status of construction, financing and fundraising, following proposed and actual construction costs, and reviewing community engagement in school planning, construction contracting and construction workforce.
Thirty-nine community members applied for the FAC, and after weighing very impressive credentials of candidates, the following were chosen to serve:
Alexis Abramson is a Fairfax parent and 1991 CH-UH alumna. She teaches mechanical engineering at Case Western Reserve University, is a design engineer and has previously worked on energy efficiency and HVAC projects.
Alisa Bray joined the FAC in February 2016.
Jim Cull is a 32-year resident. He has degrees in chemical engineering and economics and finance and is a former executive who has overseen construction of factories. He served on the Lay Facilities Committee and helped in the search for the facilities architect and construction manager.
Julie Egre has been a CH-UH employee for 12 years and is a resident of University Heights. Julie was awarded the “Master Teacher” from the District in spring 2012. Her teaching license is in the area of Elementary Education, grades 1-8 and Reading, K-12.
John Janssen has more than 20 years of experience in engineering and construction project management, including serving as project manager for construction of stadiums, airports, offices and universities. He is the father of four children who attend/attended CH-UH Schools.
Dr. John Lentz is a pastor at Forest Hill Presbyterian Church. He considers community engagement to be his contribution to the FAC. He is active in the Heights Interfaith Council and Sustainable Heights Network. He has had 3 children attend CH-UH Schools.
Mario Mastrandrea is a participant the Lay Facilities Committee. He teaches university-level finance and economics, has overseen the facilities operations at Fairhill Center, and is an independent analyst for renewable projects. He has designed curricula for sustainable energy educational programs.
Patrick Mullen joined the FAC in February 2016.
Seku Shabazz is a 1990 graduate of CHHS. Formerly a financial planner for families and small businesses (in a small business he ran in Cleveland Heights), he is a registered investment advisor.
Chanelle Truitt is a PTA parent and parent ambassador. She has three children and other family who attend/attended CH-UH Schools. She works for a small business in the community.
*In February 2016, the CH-UH Board of Education selected two new members to fill vacant seats on the committee after the departure of original members Alanna Nicholas and Ryan Pierce. The Board accepted applications for the vacant seats and selected Alisa Bray and Patrick Mullen to serve on the committee.