Left to right: Superintendent Dr. Tracy R. Reed, Board Member Julie Towns, Board Member Neal Whitman, Board Member Mandy Young, Board President Angela Abram, Board Vice President Debbie Dunlap, and Treasurer Angele Latham
A 23-year resident of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, Angela is a married mother of four adult children. A graduate of Boston University Sargent College of Allied Health, Angela is a nationally board-certified occupational therapist, licensed by the Ohio Occupational Therapy Board and the Ohio Department of Education. A therapist of 30+ years, she is a pediatric developmental specialist serving children with neural diversity as well as those with differing cognitive, intellectual, emotional, physical and learning abilities.
Appointed to the board December 2019, and elected November 2021, Angela currently serves the board as the city liaison. She shares legislative liaison committee, buildings and ground committee, school business advisory and citizens advisory committee positions. She is the current board representative regarding expulsion appeals. Her community and civic activities include membership with the Reynoldsburg Community Association, where she co-chairs Christmas on the Town, as well as participates in their other citywide events in a variety of capacities. In addition, she is a member of the Ohio Occupational Therapy Association, Mount Vernon Ave. African Methodist Episcopal Church, and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. An arts lover, she enjoys live music, visual arts, poetry and the spoken word. She enjoys physical fitness, walks 5K a day and has completed four half marathons.
Debbie Dunlap, Vice President
Debbie and her family have lived in Reynoldsburg for 26 years. She and her husband have three children who are RHS graduates. Debbie holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and has worked in the industry for over three decades. After starting out in radio news as a reporter then news director, Debbie moved to Germany where she served as a writer and photographer for the Wiesbaden/Mainz Post, then moved on to serve as the Public Affairs Director for the Defense Logistics Agency/Europe and the Middle East where she was named Employee of the Year in 1996. After returning to the United States in 1997, she served as a public affairs specialist for the Defense Finance and Accounting Service, and writer for Suburban News Publications and This Week Newspapers. She is currently a freelance writer for The Reynoldsburg Magazine and the International Facility Management Association, and is a substitute teacher in the Licking Heights Local School District. Aside from dedicating time to her children and their educational pursuits, she is the co-founder and chair of the Reynoldsburg Education Foundation, a 4-H Advisor, member of the Franklin County 4-H Horse Advisory Committee and serves on various other BOE and community committees. Debbie has served on the Reynoldsburg City School District Board of Education since January 2016 and is in her second term.
Julie and her family have resided in Reynoldsburg since August 2011. She has lived in Central Ohio since 2003. Prior to moving to the Columbus area, Julie grew up in Northwest Ohio near Lima. She has two daughters currently in the district. In her professional career, Julie has worked as an elementary teacher for 22 years. She has a bachelor of arts degree in early childhood education from Ohio Northern University and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Ohio Dominican University. Julie has served on the Reynoldsburg City Schools Board of Education since January 2022. In a volunteer capacity, she is active in her church where she loves to sing with the praise and worship team. She is also a liaison for student achievement to the Ohio State Board of Education and she serves on the Reynoldsburg Parks and Recreations Committee. Julie enjoys serving on committees in her community and loves attending community events and festivals. In her free time, Julie loves supporting her children through the arts in dance, orchestra and color guard, as well as spending time with family and friends.
Now serving his second term on the board, Neal grew up in Texas, earning his bachelor’s degree at the University of Texas at Austin. He moved to Ohio in 1992, and over the years gradually became a Buckeye: meeting and marrying his wife Amanda; settling in Reynoldsburg in 1999; graduating with a PhD in linguistics from Ohio State University in 2002. He and Amanda have two sons, who both attended Reynoldsburg Schools from kindergarten; graduated from Reynoldsburg High School in 2017 and 2019; and went on to study at OSU. Neal works at the Intercultural English Language Programs in the College of Education and Human Ecology at OSU, where he teaches academic writing, as well as spoken English for international teaching assistants; and develops learning materials, such as a set of “clickable” International Phonetic Alphabet charts customized for 13 languages (so far). Neal also does freelance linguistics work, including a conlang for the TV show October Faction, and a poem containing every English phoneme, which Tom Cruise forced Phillip Seymour Hoffman to read at gunpoint in the movie Mission: Impossible III.
Mandy has been a board member since January 2022. She grew up in Cardington, Ohio and moved to Reynoldsburg City School district in 2002. She is married and has two children; her oldest daughter attends The Ohio State University and her youngest is a Reynoldsburg City Schools student. Mandy graduated with a bachelor of arts in English from The Ohio State University in 2000, and is currently an insurance analyst with Nationwide Insurance. She has served on Reynoldsburg BASS (Booster Association for String Students) and French Run PTO.