Administration & Staff at Ashland County - West Holmes Career Center



Mike Parry, Superintendent

Mr. Mike Parry became ACWHCC superintendent in 2016. As superintendent, he is responsible for overseeing all functions of the building and the high school and Adult Education programs and staff.  He is a direct employee of the ACWHCC Board of Education.,  419-289-3313

Mike Parry, ACWHCC


Julie Smith, Treasurer

Mrs. Julie Smith is serving as Treasurer.  She oversees all financial matters including the General Fund, the Permanent Improvement Fund, federal, state, and local grants, etc. Mrs. Smith is a direct employee of the ACWHCC Board of Education., 419-289-3313  Ext. 2211

Julie Smith, ACWHCC


Rodney Cheyney, Principal

Mr. Rodney Cheyney assumed the position of Principal at ACWHCC at the beginning of the 2008-2009 school year. Mr. Cheyney oversees the entire high school program and the staff., 419-289-3313 Ext. 2214

Rod Cheyney, ACWHCC


John Davis, Assistant Principal

Mr. John Davis began serving as Assistant Principal at ACWHCC in the 2008-2009 school year. Mr. Davis is primarily responsible for student discipline., 419-289-3313 Ext. 2218

John Davis, ACWHCC


Melisa Carr, Adult Education Director

Mrs. Melisa Carr oversees the entire Adult Education Department and staff, coordinates various accreditation processes, assesses community/business/industry corporate training needs, and implements career training programs for Adult Education., 419-289-3313 Ext. 2246

Melisa Carr, ACWHCC


Andy Huffman, Technology Coordinator

Oversees all aspects of district technology operations and planning aligning technology needs with curriculum.  Previously was Director of Technology for several Ohio school districts in the K-12 field with a specialty of working 1:1 with districts helping them meet their technology goals & visions., 419-289-3313 Ext. 2217

Andy Huffman, ACWHCC


Joe Bowman, Maintenance Supervisor

Joe Bowman, Maintenance Supervisor, oversees all maintenance and building improvements and supervises a staff of five custodial employees., 419-289-3313 Ext. 2237

Joe Bowman, ACWHCC


Bill Mellick, Adult Education Assistant Director

Mr. Bill Mellick assists Mrs. Melisa Carr to oversee the entire Adult Education Department faculty and staff, coordinates various accreditation processes, assesses community/business/industry corporate training needs, and implements career training programs for Adult Education.  Mr. Mellick also conducts the Mentoring for Success curriculum in the career training programs.  His You Own You (YOY) curriculum utilizes positive accountability measures in training students to be leaders of themselves and others., 419-289-3313 Ext. 2235

Bill Mellick, ACWHCC



Lesa Deter, Assistant Treasurer

Mrs. Lesa Deter assists Mrs. Julie Smith to oversee the payroll and accounts payable processes of the district.  Mrs. Deter has been with the district for 14 years.

Niles Hootman, ACWHCC

High School Staff Directory

Maria Adams
Special Needs
419-289-3313 ext 2302

Amy Elderbrock
Animal Science/Veterinary Technology
419-289-3313 ext 2227

Jim Ritchie
419-289-3313 ext 2237

Tricia Piper
Superintendent's/Treasurer's Secretary
419-289-3313 ext 2205

Kelly Ferguson
419-289-3313 ext 2243

Mary Ritz
Consumer Economics
419-289-3313 ext 2287

Dawn Bender
419-289-3313 ext 2307

Jamie Garverick
Student Services/Guidance Counselor
419-289-3313 ext 2212

Molly Shea
419-289-3313 ext 2243

Robert Bonazza
419-289-3313 ext 2316

Deb Gilson
School-Community Liaison
419-289-3313 ext 2277

Tammie Shipper
In-school Suspension Monitor
419-289-3313 ext 2320

Joseph Bowman
Supervisor of Maintenance
419-289-3313 ext 2237

Pam Grubbs
419-289-3313 ext 2282

Jim Simmering
Robotics & Advanced Manufacturing
419-289-3313 ext 2279

Lisa Brown
419-289-3313 ext 2280

Dan Hale
419-289-3313 ext 2286

Julie Smith
419-289-3313 ext 2211

Kristin Burke
Special Needs
419-289-3313 ext 2238

Andy Huffman
Technical Supervisor
419-289-3313 ext 2217

Barry Sponsler
419-289-3313 ext 2270

Jon Burkholder
Automotive Technology
419-289-3313 ext 2263

Nicholas Houmard
Auto Body
419-289-3313 ext 2261

John Staats
Construction Technology
419-289-3313 ext 2278

Debbie Bursley
Secretary to Principal
419-289-3313 ext 2213

Tim Kernan
Sports Science
419-289-3313 ext 2318

Janet Stephens
419-289-3313 ext 2237

Rodney Cheyney
419-289-3313 ext 2214

Rachelle Lane
Culinary Aide
419-289-3313 ext 2293

Gary Strine
Power Equipment/Power Sports
419-289-3313 ext 2259

Tom Close
Engineering Technology
419-289-3313 ext 2231

Anne Leidigh
Animal Science/Veterinary Technology
419-289-3313 ext 2264

Julia Subler
419-289-3313 ext 2228

Jacci Costas
419-289-3313 ext 2312

David McMillen
Construction Trades (West Holmes)
330-674-6085 or 800-498-9447

Melisa Swainhart
Early Childhood Education Aide
419-289-3313 ext 2226

John Davis
Assistant Principal
419-289-3313 ext 2218

Shirley Meehan
Early Childhood Education
419-289-3313 ext 2226

James Dahl

Joshua Davis
419-289-3313 ext 2237

Melissa Meeker
Career-Based Intervention
419-289-3313 ext 2315

Dawn Topovski
419-289-3313 ext 2285

Lesa Deter
Assistant Treasurer
419-289-3313 ext 2210

Christine Mickley
419-289-3313 ext 2208

Jaime Unklesby


Christina Moser
Special Needs
419-289-3313 ext 2236

Joshua Welch
Criminal Justice

Sherri Dickerson
Cafeteria Aide
419-289-3313 ext 2230

Amy Parrish
Social Studies
419-289-3313 ext 2273

Emma Whitaker
Cafeteria Aide
419-289-3313 ext 2230

Kathy Diederich
419-289-3313 ext 2233

Michael Parry
419-289-3313 ext 2215

Roberta White
Special Needs Coordinator
419-289-3313 ext 2223

Linda Kay Rex
Special Needs
419-289-3313 ext 2216

Peggy Rixson
Cafeteria Aide
419-289-3313 ext 2230

Ora Flickinger
Food Service Director

Amanda Young
Health Technologies
419-289-3313 ext 2266

Tom Kalo
Satellite - Manufacturing  (West Holmes)
330-674-6085 or 800-498-9447 

Jeremy Brown

Tod Fox
Satellite - Agriculture (Ashland High)



Adult Education Staff Directory

Rachel Arnold

Jeanie Haapalainen
Administrative Medical Office Specialist/Business Office Technologies Instructor
419-289-3313 ext 2222

Keith Rittenhouse
Human Resource Development Coordinator
419 289-3313

Brian Black
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Instructor

Nancy Hartman
Senior Only WorkKeys Mentor


Larry Rogers

Jennifer Burns
Financial Records Secretary
419-289-3313 ext 2256

 Jeff Jones
Maintenance Training Instructor / Diversified Industrial Trainer
419-289-3313 ext 2247

Timothy Stahle
Phlebotomy Technology Instructor

Steve Burns
Adult Basic and Literacy Education (ABLE)

Gary Kline
Welding Technology Instructor

David (Skip) Stitzlein
Small Business Mgmt Coordinator

Melisa Carr
Adult Education Director
419-289-3313 ext 2246

Phil Koons
Plumbing Instructor

Adrea Tennant
Human Resources Development Coordinator
419-289-3313 ext 2292

Margaret Dalton
Medical Assisting Instructor/
Practicum Director
419-289-3313 ext 2239

Vicki Loucks
Financial Aid Officer / Enrollment
419-289-3313 ext 2220 

John Whitmer
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Instructor

Nicole Davis
Evening Secretary
419-289-3313 ext. 2203

Bill Mellick
Adult Education Assistant Director
419-289-3313 ext 2235

Ruth Zakutni
Administrative Assistant to the Adult Education Director
419-289-3313 ext 2250 

Stevana Duncan
Dental Assisting Instructor

 Rick Price
Maintenance Training Instructor/
Electrical Technologies Instructor
419-289-3313 ext. 2203

Tom Gaus
419-289-3313 ext 2291