Who We Are

Meet Our Executive Director

Maggie Hess

Maggie Hess has spent 30 years working with students, parents, and business and industry in the field of career-technical education. She spent 14 years as the superintendent for the Warren County Center Center in Lebanon, Ohio.

As the executive director for the Ohio Association of Career-Technical Superintendents (OACTS), Hess has the opportunity to continue to expand awareness and increase understanding of the value of career-technical education in Ohio, especially of the career centers that serve school districts around the state. Her educational background includes a master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Cincinnati and a bachelor’s degree in education from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Ga. She has also completed post-graduate work at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, earning a graduate certificate in the superintendency.

Hess has connections with many educational and civic organizations at the local, state and national level, giving back to the community including The Rotary Club of Lebanon, United Way of Warren County and the Warren County Foundation.

Contact Hess about OACTS and career-technical education at mhess@oacts.com.

Meet Our President


Richard Schoene serves as the superintendent of the Belmont Harrison Career Centers. He began his career with the district in 1994, serving as special education coordinator. He has served in several positions for the district and was named superintendent in April 2010.

He received his bachelor’s degree from West Liberty University in West Virginia. While there, he was one of the most accomplished wrestlers in the college’s history, earning back-to-back All-America honors during the mid-1980s. He was a four-year letterman and two-year captain. Schoene was inducted into the West Liberty Athletic Hall of Fame in 2018. Schoene obtained his master’s degrees in special education and safety management from West Virginia University.

He began his teaching and coaching experience in West Virginia, where he taught in public schools and state prison systems for seven years. He was also employed in industry for three years before coming to career technical education in Ohio.

He has experience in special education, facilities and management. In addition, Schoene has been a volunteer firefighter and EMT in his community since 1980 and currently serves as their fire chief.

Meet Our Executive Board

Richard Schoene, President

Superintendent, Belmont-Harrison Career Center

Harry Snyder, Past President

President/CEO, Great Oaks Career Campuses

Greg Nickoli, President-Elect

Superintendent, Pioneer Career & Technology Center

Dr. Rick Smith, Secretary

Superintendent, Ohio Hi-Point Career Center

Greg Edinger, Treasurer

Superintendent, Vanguard-Sentinel Career & Technology Centers

Kevin Kratzer, Director

Superintendent, Southern Hills Career & Technical Center

Connie Altier, Director

Superintendent, Portage Lakes Career Center

Keith Horner, Director

Superintendent, Apollo Career Center

Dave Mangus, Director

Superintendent, Cuyahoga Valley Career Center

Michelle Patrick, Director

Superintendent, Springfield-Clark Career Technology Center

Kathy Greenich, Director

Superintendent, Knox County Career Center

Dr. Joyce Malainy, Legislative Coordinator

Superintendent, C-TEC of Licking County