Ms. Ramona Malone, School Board Chair
Ramona Malone is a former resident of Cincinnati, Ohio. After marrying George “Mike” Malone in 1985, he asked her to move back to his hometown of Newport, where her love for this city developed through her husband’s love for his hometown and the warm welcome she received from her neighbors. Ms. Malone is a graduate of Woodward High School; and attended the University of Cincinnati and Southern Ohio College. Ramona pursued a career as an insurance professional and earned an SCLA (Senior Claims Law Associate) degree. Ms. Malone worked in the Insurance Industry for over twenty years and as a Senior Claims Specialist, Ramona was required to obtain and review the facts of each case in order to make the right decision; an attribute she plans to use to make the right decision for Newport Schools. Ramona is the mother of four children and all four have graduated from Newport High School. Along with being an active advocate for the NIS district, Ramona has a personal stake in the success of our school district as a resident of the Newport community. Ms. Malone is very excdited about her appointment as School Board Chair and is looking forward to this opportunity to serve our children and the communtiy.
Dr. Julie Smith Morrow, School Board Vice-Chair
Julie Smith-Morrow is Chief Executive Officer of Dress for Success Cincinnati, helping disadvantaged women by providing professional attire and skill development so they can succeed in work and in life. She also heads up Dress for Success Cincinnati’s earned income venture, 4th Street Boutique. Julie has a deep seated and personal commitment to women, children and families and is passionate about helping people put food on their tables, send their children to good schools, and become economically independent. Julie earned her B.S. in Agronomy in Crop Science and Ph.D. in Plant Genetics from Texas Tech University. After holding research faculty and program positions at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and USDA Agricultural Research Services in Lubbock, Texas she went on to serve as Executive Director of Goodwill Industries and, from 2004 until 2012, as Vice President at the Freestore Foodbank. She joined Dress for Success Cincinnati in 2012. In addition to serving on the Flywheel Advisory Council, she is a member of the Boards of the Leadership Council of Human Services Executives as well as the Human Services Chamber of Hamilton County. She has served on the Newport Independent School Board since 2007 and she was a candidate for Kentucky Senate in 2010. As a leader in non-profit, educational, and government domains she works to make our community a better place to live.
Ms. Melissa Sheffel, School Board Member
Originally from Eastern Ohio, Melissa moved to Newport in 2000 following her marriage. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from Ohio State University and works as a freelance writer and communications consultant. Melissa has two sons at Newport Intermediate School, where she is also president of the PTO and volunteers as a reading tutor. She previously served as PTO president and member of the Site-Based Council at Mildred Dean Elementary and on the 2009 District Planning Committee. She also previously served as Secretary for the Clifton Neighborhood Group and the Newport Citizen's Advisory Council, and as a member of the Newport Recreation Commission. Melissa is a 2009 graduate of the Commonwealth Institute for Parent Leadership and strongly believes parent involvement plays a major factor in the success or failure of Newport's schools. She encourages every parent to 'up' their involvement just one extra notch and watch the tide begin to turn.
Mr. Shaun Thacker, School Board Member
Shaun Thacker was raised in Newport and is a Newport High School graduate. He is currently attending Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. Shaun has recently married and has two children attending Newport Schools. Mr. Thacker's decision to serve on the School Board was prompted by wanting to give back to the Newport Schools and to help provide a better district for our kids. Shaun's outside interest is foremost his family followed by softball, fishing, and cars.
Ms. Theresa Miller, School Board Member
Theresa Miller was born and raised in the Marine Corps. Her home town was Frankfort, Kentucky where she worked in the Kentucky State Government for several years, then moved to Northern Kentucky and went to work for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Contracts Management; Facilities Management; Information Research Management; and Budget. Theresa is a graduate of Franklin County High School and is currently a senior at Northern Kentucky University where she is working on her degrees of Political Science and English. Ms. Miller decided to serve on the School Board after being retired from the Federal Government of 30 years of service. She feels that she needs a challenge.
Regular Board Meetings are held on the 4th Wednesday of each month; except for November (12th) and December (10th).
Board Work Sessions are held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month - November and December months will not have work sessions.