Derrick Hall is serving his first term with the Akron Board of Education, elected in 2019, and is now serving as president. He is an attorney who also has a degree in chemistry from The University of Akron. He also earned degrees in pharmacy and business from The Ohio State University. He currently serves at Summa Health Systems specializing in clinical integration and population health.
Diana Autry, BSN, RN
Board of Education Vice-President; Finance & Capital Management Committee Chair; Equity Committee Member; and East Cluster and Ward 10 Liaison
Diana Autry was appointed to the Board in 2019 to fill the unexpired term of former board member Ginger Baylor, who was elected to Akron City Council. She is now serving as vice-president. Autry is a long-time advocate for the students of Akron City Schools. She received her RN designation from St. Thomas School of Nursing in 1997 and earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Cincinnati in 2016. She has had two children go through APS and is a PTA leader. She is employed at Akron Children's Hospital in the Children's After Hours Department (she has been employed at the hospital as a registered nurse since 2002).
Board of Education Member; Instructional Policy & Student Achievement Committee Chair; Legal Contracts & Board Policy Committee Member; and Ellet Cluster and Ward 6 Liaison
Bruce Alexander is serving his third term with the Akron Board of Education. He completed his year-long term as president at the end of 2016. Bruce is an Akron Public Schools graduate and attended Youngstown State University where he majored in health education with a minor in marketing. Mr. Alexander has been employed at Summit County Juvenile Court for more than 30 years and has held various positions in the detention facility as detention superintendent, supervisor and detention officer. Also, he has worked as an intake officer and currently is a community probation officer. Mr. Alexander serves as the chair of the Peace, Justice and Equality Education Committee. Bruce Alexander was elected in 2011 to serve on the National School Board Association Council of Urban Boards of Education Steering Committee where he is serving his second term. He was appointed to the Ohio School Board Association and serves on the board of trustees, the diversity and equity committee, and the Northeast Regional Executive Committee. Mr. Alexander has worked on various boards and committees throughout the city of Akron and is an advocate for student engagement and academic success. Bruce is also a proud graduate of the Summit County Child and Family Leadership Exchange class of 2004.
Carla Jackson, M.Ed.
Board of Education Member; Legal, Contracts & Board Policy Vice-Chair; Instructional Policy & Student Achievement Committee Member; and Buchtel Cluster and Wards 3 and 4 Liaison
Carla Jackson is serving her first term with the Akron Board of Education. She was born in Akron March 11, 1980, and attended Akron Public Schools from kindergarten until graduating in 1998 from Garfield High School. She received her bachelor's degree in history from Cleveland State University in 2005 and her M.Ed. from The University of Akron in 2013. Carla has recently completed her Ph.D. coursework in organizational leadership at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Va., and is currently working toward the completion of her dissertation. Jackson holds a professional teaching and principal license issued by the Ohio Department of Education and has worked as a middle school history teacher for seven years. Currently, she is serving as the middle school principal and director of entrepreneurship at Emmanuel Christian Academy in Akron. Carla Jackson has worked with youth programming with a specific focus on financial literacy and entrepreneurship for more than 10 years. She has written and received grants for youth entrepreneurship and financial literacy totaling more than $350,000. These grants have led to the development of programming that has afforded students throughout the Akron area opportunities to understand the importance of self-sufficiency through financial literacy and the development of business opportunities. Students develop skills in business planning, budgeting, securing business financing, marketing and other areas necessary for business success. In addition, they are trained in financial literacy and acquire skills in personal finance management and daily life skills for positive and healthy living. Carla Jackson is a devoted Christian, an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated, a member of the League of Women Voters and a St. Jude Partner in Hope.
Board of Education Member; Equity Committee Chair; Instructional Policy & Student Achievement Vice-Chair; and North Cluster and Wards 1, 2 and 5 Liaison
Valerie McKitrick is serving her first term with the Akron Board of Education. Valerie is an Akron Public Schools graduate and attended The University of Akron where she received three degrees: B.A. in French, B.S. in English Education and M.A. in Secondary Education with a concentration in reading. She has more than 21 years' teaching experience. Valerie lives with Brad, her husband of 38 years, in the Ellet neighborhood of Akron.
Dr. Rene Molenaur
Board of Education Member; Legal, Contracts & Board Policy Committee Chair; Finance & Capital Management Committee Vice-Chair; and Firestone Cluster and Ward 8 Liaison
Rene Molenaur, Ph.D. is serving her first term with the Akron Board of Education. She was selected to serve out the term of N.J. Akbar, who resigned. Rene lives with her husband Barret and their 2 children: Langdon and Ivar who currently attend Resnik and Essex. She has earned a B.S. in Education from Baldwin Wallace University, an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from The University of Akron, and a Ph.D. in Education Policy from Cleveland State University. Dr. Molenaur has been involved with several educational leadership programs including the Educational Policy Fellowship Program and has worked as a middle school teacher and instructional coach both in person and online and is currently employed in Online Learning Services at the University of Akron.
Job Esau Perry, Esq.
Board of Education Member; Equity Committee Vice-Chair; Finance & Capital Management Committee Member; and Garfield Cluster and Wards 7 and 9 Liaison
Job Esau Perry is serving his first term with the Akron Board of Education. He has been a criminal defense attorney since 2005. Born and raised in Georgia, he earned his undergraduate degree from Valdosta State University and his juris doctorate from The University of Akron School of Law. He lives in west Akron, and his two sons Landon and Josiah proudly attend Akron Public Schools. He is an avid long-distance runner who has completed more than a dozen full marathons, including the Akron Marathon. In his spare time, he enjoys playing golf; especially with his sons.