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

Greg nickoli

Greg Nickoli is the superintendent of Pioneer Career & Technology Center in Shelby, Ohio, a position he’s held since January 2015.

Nickoli is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University with a bachelor of arts degree in history, as well as a graduate of Ashland University with a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction and an administrative license. He began his career as an intervention specialist at Mansfield City Schools. He also worked as a teacher and football coach at Edon Northwest Local Schools and Galion City Schools before returning to Mansfield City Schools. He transitioned from teaching to administration in 2003 while still at Mansfield City Schools.

He joined Pioneer in 2006 as the assistant director for the high school and became the director of operations in 2009.

Meet Our Executive Board

Greg Nickoli, President

Superintendent, Pioneer Career & Technology Center

Richard Schoene, Past President

Superintendent, Belmont-Harrison Career Centers

Dr. Rick Smith, President-Elect

Superintendent, Ohio Hi-Point Career Center

Keith Horner, Secretary

Superintendent, Apollo 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

Bob Alsept, Director

Superintendent, Buckeye Career Center

Dave Mangus, Director

Superintendent, Cuyahoga Valley Career Center

John Zehentbauer, Director

Superintendent, Mahoning County Career & Technical Center

Kathy Greenich, Director

Superintendent, Knox County Career Center

Dr. Joyce Malainy, Legislative Coordinator

Superintendent, C-TEC of Licking County