Board of Education

Jeremy Kauffman and his wife, Christy, have three children who attend East Holmes Schools. He and his family attend Berlin Mennonite church. Jeremy is the Executive Director at Walnut Hills and serves on the board at PomereneHospital and the HC Chamber of Commerce. Jeremy’s goal while serving on the board  is to explore new and creative ways of teaching and developing students. “The world in which we live and work is rapidly changing and because of this, our kids are different than those years ago.” He recognizes the challenges and limitations placed upon our teachers, but believes we need to push the boundaries and not be satisfied with the status quo. Being raised in a family of educators, he was taught the value of learning at an early age. “The opportunity to build a foundation of knowledge in East Holmes Schools is a gift that I hope each student embraces and appreciates.” – Term Expires 2017

Kevin Mast is the CEO of Mast Trucking. He, his wife, Maria and three children live in the EastHolmesSchool district and their children attend Berlin Elementary.  Kevin describes his vision for the district. “We, as an education system have a huge influence on our children. It is our responsibility to make that influence great. We need students, parents, teachers, staff, and administration to be fully committed. We need everyone to give full effort, be truthful, communicate well, and consistently try to improve. We live in a community like no other, and that was and will be a great place for our children to develop and become leaders. We have some very special staff and faculty in our district and they deserve our full support. Our bond with our Amish community also adds a unique opportunity that we must embrace.” Kevin also added that his goal is to continue building trust between our education system and the rest of the community. – Term Expires 2017

Thurman Mullet and his wife, Cindy, have three daughters who attend East Holmes Schools. They attend Mennonite Christian Assembly church, and he is currently the President and co-owner of the Mt Hope Auction and Farmers Produce Auction. Thurman has a vision that the district is responsible with the funds available and operates at a surplus. His goal is to work diligently with his fellow board members and to always keep the welfare of the students as our top priority. Thurman states, “East Holmes has always had a reputation for having an excellent school system. As a father, I understand the importance of a quality education and want this tradition to continue for my children.” – Term Expires 2017

Vince Mullet and his wife, Sabrina, have five children, and live in the East Holmes school district.  They attend NewPointe Community Church in Millersburg.  He is the President of Mullet Cabinet/Fryburg Door. When asked what his vision for the East Holmes school district would be, he said, “It would be to continue to provide a good education in a safe environment and to be healthy financially.” His goal is to encourage continuous improvement in the schools. He appreciates what our teachers do. His children attend Berlin Elementary and he values how they have been cared for and taught by the teachers there. – Term Expires 2019

James Gertz and his wife, Sharon, have 2 children who attended East Holmes schools and 6 grandchildren, 5 of who currently attend.  He served 38 years in public education, 17 as a HS math teacher and 21 as an Administrator at Plain Local Schools and SCESC.  He is currently an Adjunct Faculty member at Malone University, University of Mt. Union and Walsh University, serving in supervision of student teachers.  He and his wife were owners/operators of the Winesburg Restaurant from 1979-1988 and also previously served on the East Holmes Board of Education from 1986 to 1993.  He is also president of the Winesburg Area Development Corp. When asked his vision for the East Holmes School District he replied, "Obviously with my background, education is extremely important to me.  What we give our children in our families and in our schools will be our legacy to them.  Our schools provided outstanding opportunities for my children and are now doing the same for my grandchildren.  It is important to maintain the excellence we have in our schools in academics and extra-curricular activities, and maintain excellent programs in our schools for those attending through the 8th grade, those graduating from high school and preparing those who go on to college.  Finally, all this is important while maintaining fiscal integrity for the taxpayers in our community.  I feel honored to be able to serve our community.   Term expires 12/31/2019