The 2021 Paulding Exempted Village Schools Academic Hall of Fame
induction will take place at the PHS Graduation ceremony on Sunday, May
23, beginning at 2:30 p.m. in the High School Gym. The following former
students will be inducted:
Dr. Patricia Essex – Class of 1966
1966, Dr. Essex graduated from Auglaize-Brown Local High School, now a
part of the Paulding Exempted Village Schools. Her education from grades
1 to 12 took place in one building in the village of Oakwood. She
believes that such a small school provided her with numerous advantages.
Essex’s later education could provide some lessons pertinent to others –
it took her nine years to complete her undergraduate degree, proof that
temporarily dropping out of school might not spell disaster. After
teaching high school for a few years, she returned to student life at 32
years old to earn a Master of Accountancy degree. Then, Dr. Essex
taught as a non-tenured college instructor before embarking on full-time
study again (at the age of 40) to earn a Ph.D. in Business from
Michigan State. She says that a person is never too old to learn new
things. While at MSU, she was fortunate enough to win grants for
underrepresented people (women) in that field.
Dr. Essex’s career
began as a vocational high school teacher in Fremont. It was perhaps her
most fulfilling position because she could contribute directly to the
success of at-risk students.
Dr. Essex was a college educator in
accounting and information systems management for most of her
professional life. Relatedly, she was both a Certified Public Accountant
and Certified Information Systems Auditor. She taught undergraduate and
graduate classes for about 25 years, primarily at Bowling Green State
University. Much of that time, Dr. Essex was the only tenured woman in
her department. In 2007, she retired from the tenured faculty of BGSU,
where she was named the Ernst and Young Endowed Professor in 2004. A
favorite memory from those years is carrying the BGSU Mace as the Grand
Marshall for the 2007 graduation processional.
Since then, Dr.
Essex has changed focus to a field of study that was lacking in her
education: women’s history. This interest arose from artifacts that were
discovered at the Oakwood home of her grandmother, Doris Maddock:
quilts, aprons, and cotton bags – some from the 1800s – and even a
suffrage banner. She researches and occasionally lectures on related
historical topics. Dr. Essex asserts that her retirement continues her
earlier life because good tools are useful in many environments. Her
current interests are supported by active participation in the American
Quilt Study Group, where she is on the Finance Committee, the Midwest
Fabric Study Group, and the Carolina Textile Study Group, which she
initiated in 2018.
After 50 years in Bowling Green, Dr. Essex and
husband, Dr. Mark Asman, moved to Pittsboro, N.C. She has two “amazing”
daughters nearby and two grandchildren, who she believes “hold much
Lori (Webb) McKitrick – Class of 1991
(Webb) McKitrick is a 1991 graduate of Paulding High School. Lori was
involved in many sports including: basketball (Coaches Award junior and
senior year), track (Coaches Award sophomore and junior year),
volleyball and cross county. Additional activities and honors included:
band, class president (freshman year), Student Council Officer
(sophomore year), Class Secretary (senior year), Science Olympiad team,
Yearbook staff, and Senior Personality “Most Athletic.”
earned a B.S. in Hearing and Speech Sciences from Ohio University in
1995 and a M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology from Ohio University in
1997. Upon graduation she completed a fellowship in Lumberton, N.C.
getting experience with pediatrics – geriatrics in all healthcare
settings in Speech-Language Pathology.
Following her fellowship,
Lori accepted a position at St. Francis hospital in Greenville, S.C. She
spent 16 years at Bon Secours St. Francis, starting out as a staff
Speech-Language Pathologist and was quickly promoted to the Director of
Rehab Services. She oversaw several outpatient clinics, acute rehab
services, and several orthopedic service lines.
collaboration with many staff and departments, developed a continuum of
care that took each cancer survivor through each distinct phase of
cancer care: from diagnosis through long term survivorship. Her focus
was to incorporate patient-centered care and shared decision making into
the integration of evidence-based cancer rehabilitation. Lori’s
commitment to improving the outcomes of patients and their satisfaction
with care while being mindful of reducing per capital healthcare costs
has made her a leader in value based cancer rehabilitation care. As a
result of her work in Cancer rehab she received the YWCA Dream Achiever –
Women of Achievement Award 2012. In January of 2013, The Wall Street
Journal highlighted the work she and others were doing in community
healthcare systems for cancer survivors.
While working at Bon
Secours St. Francis Health System Lori earned an MBA with an emphasis in
healthcare from Clemson University in August 2012. In 2014, Lori began
working with Oncology Rehab Partners (STAR Program) as the Senior
Director of Client Engagement. She worked with over 200 health systems
throughout the United States helping them establish and deliver
value-based cancer rehabilitation care.
Lori published two
research abstracts that were presented at the Academy of Oncology Nurse
and Patient Navigators annual conference. The first abstract was titled
“Cancer Rehabilitation Service Line Directors Perceive Navigators as
Having High Value on Multidisciplinary Rehabilitation Teams and Identify
3 Key Barriers to Improving Their Value.” The second abstract was
titled “Can Nurses Provide Assessments and Interventions for
Prehabilitation? A Survey Study of Cancer Rehabilitation Service Line
Coordinators.” She also published a White Paper – “A Case for Dedicated
Rehabilitation Space in Cancer Centers and Community Oncology Practices”
Silver, Julie; Mckitrick, Lori.
On June 26, 2015 the show
Innovations, with Ed Begley on the Discovery Channel, featured Oncology
Rehab Partners and their mission to advance survivorship care by making
evidence-based cancer rehabilitation the standard of care for survivors.
2017 Lori joined SignalPath a healthcare technology start-up based in
Raleigh, N.C. as the Vice President of Client Engagement. She was
charged with changing the way that research is conducted by improving
the ease, efficiency, and profitability of trial execution. SignalPath
brought together experienced researchers, master clinicians, technology
experts, and designers to develop critically needed solutions to many of
the challenges facing modern clinical trial management. Lori was
responsible for developing the training and implementation to the
hundreds of research clients nationally.
When Lori is not working,
she can be found in a gym or on a field supporting her husband and sons
in their athletic endeavors. She also has been involved in the School
Improvement Council for Northwest Middle School and held the Chairperson
position during the 2017-2018 school year.
Lori currently lives
in Travelers Rest, S.C. with her husband of 21 years, Brian and their
three sons Isaac (17), Caleb (16), Luke (13).
Lori credits many of
her teachers, coaches, and administrators along the way for giving her
the foundational education and leadership opportunities.
Martin Miller – Class of 1982
Martin Miller has completed 33 years in public school education and has
served for the past five years as the Superintendent of Antwerp Local
Schools in Antwerp, Ohio. During his career in education, Dr. Miller
spent 12 years as an elementary principal including his service as
Paulding Elementary Principal from 2004 – 2009. While serving the PEVS
district, Dr. Miller was a candidate for the 2009 Ohio Association of
Elementary Administrators Distinguished Principal Award. Dr. Miller also
earned his doctorate degree in Leadership Studies from Bowling Green
State University in 2008 with a 4.0 GPA. Prior to his service as an
elementary principal, Dr. Miller served for sixteen years as a high
school social studies teacher and coach of several varsity level sports.
His most notable coaching experience took place during the 2000 Track
and Field season, as his Continental Local Schools boys track team
garnered a 3rd place finish at state along with two individual state
Dr. Miller has on three occasions (2008, 2017, &
2019) visited China as part of the China Bridge Delegation for the
purpose of studying the Chinese educational system. In 2016, Dr. Miller
was the recipient of the BASA Global Leaders’ Summit scholarship that
afforded him the opportunity to visit Finland and study their
educational system and attend the World Leadership Forum at The Hague,
Netherlands. In 2008, Dr. Miller was the recipient of the Japan
Fulbright Memorial Fund scholarship allotting him the opportunity to
visit Japan and study the Japanese educational system. In 2004, Dr.
Miller participated in the Oxford University Roundtable discussion on at
Risk Students in the UK and US at Oxford, England. Through his travels,
Dr. Miller has sat in classrooms in nine countries, on four continents
including a Maasai village school in the Serengeti of Tanzania, Africa.
Dr. Miller has also served as a presenter in January 2019 at the
national Future of Educational Technology Conference on the topic of
Generation Z learners.
On a personal note, Dr. Miller is the
founder and president of GENZED, LLC., a company in partnership with
RISE English Training Center; Beijing, China; providing online education
for Chinese students. Dr. Miller has completed five marathons and for
the past four years, qualified and participated in the PowerX
weightlifting national championships.
Dr. Miller and wife Nancy
(public school teacher), have resided in rural Defiance county for the
past 30 years and have four adult children and two grandchildren. Dr.
Miller and his wife are also proud owners of a 111-acre farm in the
Paulding Exempted Village School District near the village of Charloe.
Dr. Miller is the son of Gene and Ann Miller of rural Oakwood.
Patricia Clark Roper – Class of 1973
the words and music of living, the need to question and connect with
others through visual arts forms the core of Patricia Clark Roper, who
does not remember a time when she did not draw and who always has a
painting percolating in her mind. Art belies rigid mindsets and facile
solutions, instead prompting appreciation for diverse approaches to
situations and empathy for unconventional thinkers – helpful traits for
the person, serious student, and sensitive teacher Patty has aspired to
be throughout the years. From making bulletin boards for her mom to
painting flats for PHS musicals and posters for her science project for
two International Science and Engineering Fairs (Kansas City 1971; San
Diego 1973) to creating murals for and with children, memorial
portraits, logos, illustrated instructional materials, cards, and social
statements, art has always been a vital thread throughout Patty’s
personal and professional life. She has donated many works to numerous
philanthropic causes and looks to expand the scope of her outreach and
After graduating from Paulding High School in 1973, Patty
attended Bowling Green State University, student teaching at Colegio
Nueva Granada in Bogotá, Colombia, and earning a B.S. in Education in
1977. In 1978, she earned a B.A. in Spanish through the BGSU Academic
Year Abroad Program in Spain. She then lived and worked in Madrid and
Barcelona, teaching English as a second language through the Berlitz
School of Languages de España and studying, drawing, painting, and
traveling for two more years before returning to the U.S., where she
taught in Paulding Exempted Village Schools for a year. She was then
awarded a graduate teaching assistantship and scholarship at the
University of Cincinnati, where she earned an M.A. in Spanish Literature
in 1983, followed by further graduate work.
Patty´s career on
three continents includes teaching elementary, high school, university,
and adult students in English and Spanish. In addition to the already
mentioned institutions, she also taught at Centerville High School, was a
founding teacher at Gladstone Spanish Immersion School in Columbus,
taught and volunteered in Princeton City Schools, and spent eighteen
years as an instructor in the Department of Romance and Arabic Languages
and Literatures at the University of Cincinnati, where she was
recognized twice for outstanding teaching by the Darwin T. Turner
Scholars Program and was also nominated for the Dr. Simon Anderson
Faculty Recognition Award. In addition, she received the RALL Susan R.
Cogan Exceptional Service Award in 2016 and 2017.
Patty is forever
grateful to her parents, Patrick and Coletta Clark, her family, her
teachers – and her husband, Emmett ‘Chip’ Roper, and children, David,
Daniel, and Emily, who continue to inspire her to believe in all that is