Meet the Board Members

 Lillian Hawkins

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Lillian Hawkins

Board Member 
Term Ends: December 31, 2021

Dr. Lillian A. Hawkins of Springdale was elected to the Princeton Board of Education in November of 2005 and has held the office of Vice President and President multiple times during her tenure. Dr. Hawkins is a retired educator, having worked ten years as a professional development consultant for the Leadership and Learning Center and sixteen years in the Princeton City School District as a high school English teacher, high school grade level principal, and associate principal at the middle school. She also taught English at Scarlet Oaks Vocational School and was an administrator at Winton Woods High School, and Principal of North College Hill Junior-Senior High School. 

 

In December 2008, Dr. Hawkins received her Ph.D. from Miami University in Educational Administration. Her educational achievements include a bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in psychology from Wichita State University where she graduated Cum Laude; a master’s degree in Administration and Reading from the University of Cincinnati; and administrative certifications from Xavier University.  

 

Dr. Hawkins’ son, Attorney Lawrence Hawkins III, graduated from Princeton in 1993 and looks forward to the Princeton graduation of his two children, Leah in 2027 and Lawrence IV (Charlie) in 2029.  Dr. Hawkins sees the diversity of the Princeton School District as strength and strives to increase and strengthen connections with the community as well as to continue Princeton’s tradition of excellence. 

 

 Susan Wyder

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Susan Wyder

Board Vice Predisent

Term Ends: December 31, 2023

Susan Wyder of Springdale was elected to the Princeton Board of Education in November 2011. She has a degree from Ohio Dominican in English and Speech/Drama, and also received an MA in English from Xavier University. Susan and her husband, Walter, a former Princeton Board member, have lived in the district for 41 years. Their four children, Gretchen (orchestra teacher), Rachael (sales executive), Jennifer (mother), and Charlie (architect/structural engineer) went entirely through Princeton, and she feels they are where they are in life, in great part, because of the incredible education they received at Springdale Elementary, Princeton Junior High School, and Princeton High School.

As a parent, she has served as PTA president as well as President of Princeton Music Boosters twice and editor of their newsletter for several years. She was an employee of Princeton, beginning in 1980, until her retirement at the end of 2011. As a teacher, she considers herself most fortunate to have had a rich career, in which she had the opportunity to work with so many dedicated, talented staff members and so many wonderful children, each one a unique gift.

As a professional, Susan has been Sharonville Intermediate Leader, a team leader at Princeton Community Middle School, director/producer of the Sharonville Renaissance, coordinator of the Sharonville Giving Tree, and organizer of the Princeton Closet. She was also lucky enough to take violin lessons for several years with her fifth graders, courtesy of the amazing Princeton Music Department, and she performed on the Princeton stage in THE SOUND OF MUSIC (a fundraiser for the Princeton Scholarship Fund) with Mrs. Sandy Leach, a former Princeton Board of Education member. 

As Susan’s teaching days were winding down, she knew that she wanted to give back to Princeton, and the opportunity to serve on the Board of Education would be one way in which that might be accomplished. She thinks that her firsthand classroom experience, working with staff and students, can be an asset in policy and decision making, and she plans to devote her efforts to ensure that all Princeton students continue to receive the depth and breadth of education that are the "Princeton Advantage."

 

 Mary Cleveland

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Mary Cleveland

Board Member
Term Ends: December 31, 2021

Mary McAlister Cleveland was elected to the Princeton City Schools, Board of Education in November 2013 and re-elected November 2017.  Mary is a longtime advocate and volunteer within Princeton City Schools where she also serves as a Princeton Education Foundation Trustee, seeking creative ways to raise funds for programs to enrich our schools.   Ms. Cleveland is passionate about working together with students, parents, faculty, staff, and the community to make Princeton the best school district in the region. Mary was also appointed in January 2014 to a three-year term on the Board of Directors of the Great Oaks Career Campuses and re-appointed in 2017 for another three-year term. In January 2018, she was appointed to the Ohio School Board Association, Southwest Region Board of Education.

 

Bringing a diverse career background within the corporate, education and non-profit sectors, she has extensive experience in finding solutions to difficult challenges. Currently serving as Mission Advancement, Major Gifts Advisor with the American Heart Association, Mary is responsible for working with a wide variety of volunteers and individual donors who support the work of the AHA at the highest levels, assuring advancement of the organizations mission to reduce cardiovascular disease and stroke. In 2017, she earned the coveted American Heart Association, Rome Betts for Excellence Award for her outstanding work. Previously she served as CEO of the National Vitiligo Foundation, where she was responsible for creating, planning, developing, managing and coordinating programming with researchers, doctors, hospitals, patients, community and corporate stakeholders nationwide. A certified mediator, she brings a wealth of knowledge and experiences in human resources, operations, facility management, business and law. She earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Thomas More College and a Juris Doctorate from Salmon P. Chase, College of Law. She is a graduate of the Executive Service Corps of Cincinnati’s (ESCC) Executive Curriculum for Emerging Leaders (EXCEL) program.  As an adjunct faculty member at Brown Mackie College, she has taught computer, business and legal courses. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority and has volunteered with many community organizations including the Great Rivers Council of the Girl Scouts of America, the Summer Work Experience in Law (SWEL) program and within several area public and private school districts. Ms. Cleveland has been recognized in Who’s Who in Black Cincinnati as a community leader. Mary and her husband of 33 years Errol, a retired City of Cincinnati Firefighter Safety Officer, reside in Sharonville and have four children who have attended/graduated from Princeton City Schools, Erin (attended PCS, Ursuline ‘05), Mallory (PCS ’07), Elayna (PCS ’14) and Maxwell (PCS ‘17), where the learning capabilities spanned from gifted to special needs.

 

 Gina Moore

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Gina Moore

Board Member
Term Ends: December 31, 2023

 

Gina Ruffin Moore was elected to the PCSD Board of Education in November 2015.  She is a passionate supporter of educational social justice to ensure all students are prepared for college, a career, and life success. Her strong commitment to strengthen schools stems from a desire to continue to attract and retain top students and build on academic, fine arts and athletic programs. Her political career includes a four-year stint as an elected member of the Woodlawn Village Council.

Gina attended PCSD schools and is a graduate of Princeton High School. She attended Ohio University, where she earned a Bachelor ‘s of Science degree in Journalism, with a concentration on broadcast news, public relations and political science. She also has a Master’s in Education with a concentration on Human Resources, Development & Training from Xavier University. She is a certified Expert On-the-Job (OJT) Trainer.

Gina has worked most of her career as in training and public relations for local municipal government and at the University of Cincinnati. She was an on-air news reporter for WLW-AM, WAKW-FM, WMOH-AM, WUBE-FM, WGRR-FM and WCIN-AM. Her other leadership roles include Board memberships at Housing Opportunities Made Equal, Harriet Beecher Stowe House and the Woodview Homeowners’ Association. She is a Sunday school teacher at Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Woodlawn, active in Toastmasters International and the Greater Cincinnati Association of Training and Development.  

She also served on the Princeton Scholarship Committee and as a volunteer for the Princeton Marching Band Boosters. Gina is co-founder of the Woodlawn Historical and Preservation Society. She is the author of a book on Cincinnati titled "Cincinnati: Black America Series." 

Gina and her husband have two college-educated children who are also Princeton High School graduates. 

 Jon Simons

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Jon Simons

Board Member 
Term Ends: December 31, 2023