Joe Long, Board President

Joe Long was born and raised in Wood County.  Other than the time he spent serving his country, he has lived his entire life in Northwest Ohio.

Working his way through college, he experienced various work experiences and continued to help on the family farm.  He worked at Campbell Soups, LOF, in building construction, as a custodian, and delivered furniture for a Toledo department store.

Joe’s wife, Lynne, teaches piano and has performed at various venues in Northwest Ohio.  They have two adult children and two grandchildren.

Joe is also a small business owner.

Joe holds degrees from The Defiance College, Bowling Green State University, and the University of Toledo.

He has taught classes ranging from junior high industrial education to college-level social science.  He served as a school superintendent for over twenty years and utilized the services of the Wood County Educational Service Center during that time.  This experience as a consumer of the WCESC’s programs and services allowed him to experience first-hand how the WCESC can positively impact students’ lives.


  • Recipient of the Outstanding Leadership Award presented by the Ohio Educational Service Center Association
  • Recipient of the Buckeye Association of School Administrators Exemplary Educational Leadership Award
  • Testified on behalf of the Wood County Educational Service Center in Washington, D.C.
  • Jennings Scholar
  • Former president of the Wood County Park District Governing Board
  • Past president of the Wood County Committee on Aging Governing Board
  • President of Friends of Wood County Committee on Aging
  • Former church board president
  • Served as a 4-H club advisor and athletic coach
  • Honorary FFA degree recipient
  • Member of Ohio Retired Teachers’ Association, American Legion, Wood County Historical Society, and local arts council


Judith Hines, Board Vice President

Kathy Limes, Board Member & Student Achievement Liaison

Since 1996, Kathy Limes has served as a member of the Wood County Education Service Center Governing Board serving as both President and Vice President.  She has been active on a variety of committees and attended an assortment of seminars to benefit herself, the WCESC Governing Board, and the Wood County educational system.  Mrs. Limes also received the privilege of being a Board Member when the new WCESC was constructed at its currently location in Bowling Green, Ohio.

Mrs. Limes has been married to her husband Donald for over four decades.  The couple has two children (Peggy and Dana) and six grandchildren (Donyelle, Taylor, Dalton, Hunter, Mikayla, and Logan).

Kathy is a proud graduate of Bowling Green High School (Bowling Green, Ohio).  She has taken numerous courses on income tax preparations, real estate and estate taxes, sales and marketing, business account, and computer programming.  Education has served her well as she conducts and orchestrates major financial decisions as a business partner in Limes Family Farms for over 40 years and in her endeavors with individuals throughout Wood County and Northwest Ohio.

An active participant in her community, Kathy has served on the Penta Career Center Board since 2001 where she presided as President and Vice President.  During her time there, she was on the Executive & Personnel, Policy/Legislative, Building & Grounds, and Finance & Curriculum committees.  She was honored to be on the Penta Board during the construction of the current Career Center located on Buck Road in Perrysburg, Ohio.

Other activities and interests include being a lifetime board member of the ARC of Wood County Board which is associated with Wood Lane School (Wood County, Ohio), a lifetime member of the Wood County Historical Society, a member of the Republican Party and the Republican Central Committee, a past candidate for Wood County Commissioner, and a member and Sunday School teacher at Dayspring Assembly of God Church (Bowling Green, Ohio).

Judith Paredes, Board Member & Penta Career Center Board Representative

Before serving as a member of the Wood County Educational Service Center Governing Board, Mrs. Paredes committed herself to improving the Lake Local Schools District for more than 20 years.  During that time, she resided on the School Board for eight years while she and her husband were also members and officers of the Athletic Boosters.  They spent countless hours working at the concession stands for a variety of Lake Athletic contests.  Some weeks, they spent more time at the school than at home.  Through this endeavor, the couple met numerous wonderful people while enjoying every minute of the experience.  The couple treasured their involvement with Lake Schools and desired to give back whenever they could.  Their tireless dedication earned them a place in the Lake Schools Athletic Hall of Fame.

Mrs. Paredes was married for 33 years before her husband passed away.  The couple has three children:  Michael, Brian and Janea, who is the head Culinary Instructor at Penta Career Center.  A few years later, she remarried and added three more children to her family:  Chad, Jeremy and Nichole who are all teachers.  Mrs. Paredes has always had a great respect for teachers and what they do for children.  Serving on school boards has provided her with great insight on the immense effort it takes to teach well, along with the rewards that teaching brings.  These insights aide her as she guides the WCESC Governing Board.

Ken Ault, Board Member

Ken Ault attended Bowling Green State University and Cryptographic School for the United States Army.  He has worked as both an elementary school and substitute teacher and for the Honeywell Corporation.  An enthusiastic volunteer, Ken delivers meals to senior citizens, assists with Big Brothers & Big Sisters, serves as a Boy Scout Merit Badge Counselor, and is involved with various church activities.  He is an avid car collector, reader, and enjoys music.

Mr. Ault also presides as an Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) Trustee.  He is currently on several committees including the Audit Committee, the Federal Relations Network, the Legislative Platform Committee, the Nominating Committee, OSBA Board of Trustees, and the Northwest Region Executive Committee.  For his tireless efforts, Ken has previously been awarded the OSBA Outstanding Leadership Award.

Outside of the OSBA, Ken is a member of the 88th Army Children's Education Committee, the National School Boards Association (NSBA) Pre-K Education Committee,  the Wood County Committee on Aging, the Wood County Health Board, and the Wood County Historical Society.  His service to the community also includes being a Boy Scout and Cub Scout Unit Commissioner, Montgomery Township Trustee, and United States Army Reserve Ambassador for the state of Ohio.