Meet the Wood County Educational Service Center Leadership Team

Mark North - Superintendent

Mark North - Superintendent

E-mail - mnorth@wcesc.org 

Phone - (419) 354-9010

Mark North, superintendent, joined the Wood County Educational Service Center in August, 2018. Mark earned a B.A. with teaching licenses in special education and health education from the University of Akron. He also earned a M.Ed. from Ashland University. Teaching experiences revolved around serving a diverse population of special needs children.

Mark also served districts as an assistant high school principal and 7th-12th grade principal, an assistant superintendent, and a local and city superintendent for 20 years before joining the Wood County Educational Service Center.

Gina Fernbaugh - Treasurer/CFO

Gina Fernbaugh - Treasurer/CFO

E-mail - gfernbaugh@wcesc.org 

Graduate of Franklin University, Business Administration Major

Ms. Fernbaugh has been employed as Treasurer/CFO of the Wood County Educational Service Center since 1993. During this time she has successfully managed a budget that has grown from 6.5 million dollars to 21 million dollars.

Wood County ESC is focused on maintaining the highest level of financial integrity with its customers. To achieve this goal, Ms. Fernbaugh and her staff are committed to providing quality financial audits. During her tenure, all financial audits performed by the Auditor of State's Office have been void of any findings or citations. At the March 2014 Governing Board Meeting, a representative from the State Auditor's Office presented Ms. Fernbaugh with the Ohio Auditor of State Award, the fourth consecutive year Ms. Fernbaugh has received this award for exemplary financial reporting since the award's inception in FY 2010.  

Ms. Fernbaugh is very active in many professional organizations and serves on numerous state and local committees. She received the 2003 Distinguished Alumni Award from Northwest State Community College and was the recipient of the Herbert D. Brum Scholarship award presented by the Ohio Association of School Business Officials. Ms. Fernbaugh also received the Frederick Hill Scholarship awarded by the Association of School Business Officials International.

In addition, Ms. Fernbaugh received the designation of Registered School Business Official from the Association of School Business Officials International. This designation is the hig

Kyle Clark - Director of Prevention Education

Kyle Clark - Director of Prevention Education

E-mail - kclark@wcesc.org 

Mr. Clark serves as the Director of Prevention Education Services.  This initiative partners with Wood County School Districts, law enforcement, juvenile justice agencies, mental health service providers, and other community organizations.  The Initiative works towards finding solutions and implementing evidenced-based programs that address safe school environments and violence prevention, substance abuse prevention and intervention, student behavioral, social, and emotional supports, mental health services, and early childhood development where students can learn, grow, and succeed.

Mr. Clark obtained his BS degree in Education, Masters degree in Educational Administration/Supervision, and completed his post-graduate doctoral studies at Bowling Green State University.  He has over thirty years of educational administration experience as a principal, superintendent, and project director.

Susan Spencer - Director of Community Learning Centers

Susan Spencer - Director of Community Learning Centers

Susan SpencerE-mail: sspencer@wcesc.org 

Phone: 419-354-9010

The Community Learning Centers of the Wood County Educational Service Center provide quality enrichment and extended learning activities for elementary children - grades kindergarten through sixth. Our daily before-school, after-school, and Summer STARS program meets the care and supervision needs of parents during out-of-school hours while engaging children in fun learning experiences that complement their school-day instruction. Through the support of the Wood County Educational Service Center, 21st Century Community Learning Center program, and the United Way, this amazing program has expanded to serve thousands of kids a year, in 9 districts, at 11 sites, year-round, throughout Wood, Ottawa, and Sandusky Counties.

Susan Spencer joined the WCESC team in 2010, migrating into the Director position in 2015. A long-term Wood County resident, and graduate of both Bowling Green State University and the University of Toledo, she has 15 years of experience in teaching, administration, grant writing, and business innovation.

Kaleb Kuhlman - PATHE Center Supervisor

Kaleb Kuhlman - PATHE Center Supervisor

Kaleb KuhlmanE-mail: kkuhlman@wcesc.org 

Phone: 419-279-4369

The Wood County Educational Service Center's PATHE Program services students with Emotional Disabilities (ED) and other unique needs. The program is designed to provide educational opportunities for children to learn the academic, social, and functional skills that he/she will need to be a happy, healthy, and productive adult. We recognize that each child is unique and it is with this mindset that we approach our work daily. Additionally, the PACE program is a vital part of PATHE that services students ages 16 and up.  This program focuses on strengthening vocational skills and gives students the opportunity to work in the community in a variety of fields.

Kaleb Kuhlman has worked for the ESC since 2009.  He has spent his entire tenure in the PATHE program in a variety of different roles. He started as a teacher aide, then spent 5 years as a teacher, and the last two as the program’s supervisor. Kaleb is a graduate of Ohio State University and received his Masters in Education from the University of Findlay.

If you have any questions about the PATHE program you can contact Mr. Kuhlman by email at kkuhlman@wcesc.org or phone at 419-279-4369.

Diane Witt - Coordinator of Special Education Programming

Diane Witt - Coordinator of Special Education Programming

Diane WittE-mail: dwitt@wcesc.org 

Phone: 419-354-9010

Wood County Educational Service Center's L.I.F.E. Skills-Specially Designed Programming for Low Incidence is designed to provide educational opportunities for students with moderate to intensive needs in preparation for an independent adult life to each individual’s maximum potential. With multi-age classrooms located throughout Wood County Local School Districts, staff develop and implement programming focusing on individual preferences, interests, needs and strengths.  WCESC’s specially designed programming utilizes systematic instruction and evidence based practices with a focus on the generalization of skills through community based instruction, work experiences, and integration with same aged peers in and out of the school environment.  Students receive a comprehensive education including functional academics, social skills training, communication, adaptive behavior skills, and occupational therapy, physical therapy, and adapted physical education according to the IEP.  A continuum of services is offered dependent on student need, with options of self-contained classrooms and resource room settings for students in grades K-12 and a community based classroom in a local apartment, The Living Classroom, for students, (grade 23), 18-21 years old.

Diane Witt joined the Special Education staff at Wood County ESC in 2007 as the MD Program Supervisor. She currently holds the role as Coordinator of Special  Education Programming, which includes transition coordination and alternate assessment preparation. Diane focuses on the development of specially designed programming and curriculum, working with teachers and districts to meet the individual academic, behavioral, social/ communication, and adaptive living needs of students. Diane has almost 30 years experience in special education, teaching K-12, supervising in Wood County schools, and teaching at The University of Toledo and Bowling Green State University, including working as a consultant and co-developer of the TTW programs.

Christy Spontelli - supervising the JRC, JDC and ALC education programs

Christy Spontelli - Supervising the JRC, JDC and ALC Education Programs

Christy SpontelliE-mail:  cspontelli@wcesc.org 

Phone:  419-353-4406

The Juvenile Residential Center of Northwest Ohio located at 1012 South Dunbridge Road in Bowling Green is a Community Corrections Facility.  This is a State of Ohio facility that houses male students ages 12 to 19.  The education portion of the day is provided by the Wood County Educational Service Center with three teachers, an intervention specialist and an education coordinator.  Students attend school daily from 8:00 to 2:00 within the facility.  School is provided for the academic year and an additional summer quarter.

The Wood County Juvenile Detention Center is located at. 1032 South Dunbridge Road in Bowling Green.  This facility houses students 12 – 21 years of age, both males and females.  The education portion of the day is provided by the Wood County Educational Service Center.  Two intervention specialists provide the classroom staffing along with an education coordinator.  Students attend school daily from 8:00 to 2:15 for the academic calendar year.

The Wood County Alternative School is located at 126 South Church Street in Bowling Green.  Students grades 6-12 are welcome to attend. This program is open to students from all Wood County school districts, and referral to attend the program begins with the home school.  An intervention specialist and Outreach Coordinator staff the ALC along with the education coordinator.  Students work both online with Pearson Conexus curriculum, as well as in class groups.  The students have the opportunity to participate in community service while at the ALC.  Intake packets can be found on the Wood County Educational Service Center’s website.

Christy Spontelli has been employed at the Wood County Educational Service Center since 1985 working with at-risk youth.  She has served as the Education Coordinator since 1995, supervising the JRC, JDC and ALC education programs.   She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Vocational Consumer Education and Multi-Area Job Training and a Master’s of Education in Career and Technology Education, from Bowling Green State University.  Secondary Principal’s Licensure was earned at the University of Findlay.

Joe Taylor - Special Education Supervisor

Joe Taylor - Special Education Supervisor

Joe TaylorE-mail: joetaylor@wcesc.org 

Phone: 419-354-9010 ext. 232

The Related Services Department of the Wood County Educational Service Center provides Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech/Language Therapy, Adaptive Physical Education, and School Psychology services to Wood County school districts. The Related Service providers work with children ages 3-21 who require evaluations and specialized therapies, as well as providing consultative services to both families and school district personnel. 

Joe Taylor joined the WCESC team in 2015 as the MD program supervisor. In 2017, he also assumed the responsibility of supervision of the Related Services program which he continues to oversee along with the direct supervision of the Life Skills programs. Joe is a long-term resident of Northwest Ohio and received undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Toledo. He has over twenty years of experience as an educator, both as a teacher and a school administrator, working with students and families in a number of districts throughout the area.