Board of Education

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 12/31/2021

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 12/31/2019

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


Steve Miller is a lifelong resident and former student of the East Holmes Local School District.  Steve and his wife, Wilma, have two daughters.  One is a 2014 graduate of Hiland and is currently attending Kent State University and the other is currently a student at Hiland.  The Millers attend Grace Mennonite Church and Steve is the President of Holmes Lumber.  Steve retired from East Holmes Fire & EMS after serving as a Paramedic for 23 years and leading the EMS division for 14 years.  "East Holmes Schools have a rich history of providing quality education to our students.  I experienced that and now my daughters are experiencing that.  My goal is that we maintain a high standard of education into the future, even though the process and the technology change over time.  Accomplishing this, while focusing on long term fiscal stability, will ensure that our students graduate with the tools they need to keep growing in their careers and lives.  To me, learning is a lifelong exercise.  As Martin Luther King Jr once said": 'The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically.  Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education'.  Term expires 12/31/2021