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Lakota Board of Education

photos of 5 board members
Pictured - Top left to right: President Lynda O-Connor and Vice President Isaac Adi; below left to right: Kelley Casper, Julie Shaffer and Darbi Boddy.

Lakota Local Schools is governed by a five-member board that hires and evaluates a superintendent of schools and a treasurer of the board. The board's duties include the following:
  • Adopting an annual budget and appropriation measures.
  • Exercising its taxing power to provide funds for the operation of the district.
  • Considering and passing upon the recommendations of the superintendent in all matters of policy, appointment or dismissal of employees, salary schedules or other personnel regulations, courses of study, selection of textbooks, or other matters pertaining to the welfare of schools.
  • Informing the public concerning the progress and needs of the schools, and to solicit and weigh public opinion as it affects the schools.

Board members are elected at large for four-year terms. A member may serve unlimited consecutive terms. Board members are elected according to a schedule that staggers their term expiration dates. Officers serve a term of one year, and may be re-elected. The Board sets meeting dates in January for the entire calendar year.


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Board Members

Lynda O’Connor
President

Lynda O’Connor has been serving Lakota Schools and her community as a member of the Board of Education since 2008. In addition to Lakota, Lynda has also served on the Butler Tech school board and was named a Master Board Member by the Ohio School Board Association in 2017.

Lynda is actively involved in supporting the community through a variety of leadership roles, including serving as the president and board chair for C3: Caring Community Collaborative. Other community involvement includes Junior Achievement, Butler County Children and Family First Council, Butler County Suicide Prevention Coalition, West Chester Chamber Alliance, UCBMA, Boy Scouts of America, Northern Cincinnati Foundation, Butler County United Way Campaign Cabinet, Community First Solutions Board, Rotary and the Faith Alliance of Southwest Ohio.

Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Lynda and her husband have lived in the Lakota district since 1991. They are the proud parents of two sons, both Lakota graduates. Both sons continued their education at The Ohio State University, their oldest is a graduate, while their youngest son is a current student.

Lynda earned her Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Language Pathology from Elmhurst College and her Master of Education (Special Education) from the University of Nevada in Las Vegas. She is president-elect of the Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) Southwest Regional Executive Committee, and serves as one of two Ohio Congressional District 8 representatives to the NSBA Federal Relations Network advocating on educational issues at the state and federal level.

In 2021, Lynda received the OSBA's highest honor, the All-Ohio School Board award and was recognized for her outstanding service by the OSBA Southwest Region as a recipient of the Al Kettlewell Award.

Lynda currently serves on the Community Engagement, Diversity, Facilities and Safety Committees. She is also the OSBA Capital Conference Delegate alternate.

Contact information:
Email: lynda.oconnor@lakotaonline.com
513-755-0458


Isaac Adi
Vice President

Isaac Adi lives in West Chester with his wife, Briskila, two sons, King and Kenneth, and daughter Kendra. His children are graduates of Lakota West. King and Kenneth are college graduates with Masters degrees. Kendra is currently a journalism major at the University of Cincinnati. 

Isaac was born in a small village of Sondi, Nigeria and lived in the capital city, Abuja, prior to immigrating to the United States in January 2003. Isaac became a proud US citizen in 2008. 

A graduate of Ahmadu Bello University (Zaria, Nigeria) with a degree in Business Administration, Isaac also has a Master of Science Degree in Business Management from Colorado Technical University.
Isaac is currently the managing partner of a petroleum distribution company, KGN Petroleum, that he and two partners founded in 2017. (kgnpetroleum.com. He is also the CEO of Alpha City Capital LLC, established in 2020, which is engaged in the trading of goods and services for export and import of Agriculture Products & Machines and Energy (alphacityinvestment.com).
Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Isaac worked for Fortune 500 companies in project management, finance, change management and customer service operations. Isaac’s ability to cultivate impactful business relationships were successful in facilitating staff development and team building during his corporate career. He excels in meeting demanding challenges in a fast-paced environment.

Isaac believes giving back to his community and country is very important. He first served as a volunteer at Habitat for Humanity for many years. He serves as a mentor for the Jail and Prison Ministry for the Princeton Pike Church of God, where he is also a Member of Board of Deacons.  He also volunteers as a mentor for the Kairos Prison Ministry at the Warren County Correctional Institute. Additionally, recently Isaac was able to raise money that was needed to repair several water wells for a small village in Nigeria. 
Isaac is known for his infectious smile and can-do attitude, making a difference for those in his native country and for those in America, which Isaac constantly tells everyone “Is the greatest place in the world to live and achieve your dreams”!

Isaac is the vice president of the Lakota Board of Education and serves on the Diversity, Facilities and Safety committees. He is also the alternate delegate for the Ohio School Boards Association’s Capital Conference. 

Contact information:
Email: isaac.adi@lakotaonline.com
513-235-4254


Darbi Boddy

Darbi is the wife of a Marine.They have been married for 17 years. Darbi has four children, two dogs, two cats, two guinea pigs and a snake. She grew up north of Dayton in a small farming town, where she was a multisport athlete, played the Oboe for 7 years, and was in her high school flag corp. Darbi went to a local college on a cross country scholarship.

Darbi had a unique childhood growing up in the Dayton area. Her parents became foster parents at her request which resulted in many foster children moving in and out of her home. When Darbi was 14, she met her adopted brother when he was just three days old. Darbi has always had a heart for special needs children, volunteered to assist with the special education gym class in high school, and had a job in college working for a paraplegic and with students with cerebral palsy.  

Darbi is a wife, a mom, volunteer in the community and church, an accomplished bodybuilder, and has run three half marathons. Darbi has over 20 years of experience in business, with 17 years in retail management. Her volunteer work has taken her to Jamaica, Italy, Switzerland, and a Hopi reservation in Arizona. She has been involved in many non-profit organizations including Roots Family Collaborative, Family Outreach Inc., Reach Inc., the Salvation Army, Family Promise, National Parks Conservation, Red Cross and Kaboom.  

Darbi will become a coach for Girls on the Run at the Boys and Girls Club in West Chester this spring.  She serves on the Board’s Policy, Diversity, Facility and Safety Committees.  Darbi’s community involvement includes Habitat for Humanity, the West Chester Rotary Club.

Contact information:
Email: darbi.boddy@lakotaonline.com


Kelley Casper

Kelley Casper, a long-time community member, is serving her second term on the Lakota Board of Education. 

A graduate of the University of Cincinnati, Kelley is a former first and second grade teacher. She has been a dedicated volunteer with Lakota Schools, including roles as PTO and PTA president in several schools. Kelley has also served on numerous committees at the district level, including District Parent Council, strategic planning, redistricting and levy committees since 2005. Kelley has been actively involved with the Boys and Girls Club of West Chester/Liberty and has been a co-chair for two fundraisers benefiting the organization.

Kelley and her husband Darrin live in Liberty Township. They have two children, both graduates of Lakota East High School. Claire is a 2013 graduate of Lakota East, lives in Oakley and is a legal assistant in a downtown law firm. Daniel graduated from Lakota East in 2016 and will graduate in December 2021 from The Ohio State University. 

Kelley serves on the Community Engagement, Diversity, Facilities and Safety Committees.

Contact information:
Email: 
kelley.casper@lakotaonline.com
513-755-9199

Julie Shaffer

Julie Shaffer began serving on the school board in January 2012. She has educated herself extensively on Ohio public school funding, and shared that information with the community through a “School Funding 101” presentation she co-created. Prior to serving on the board, Julie served on the Lakota Finance Committee, an advisory committee composed of community members. She also has served as treasurer of the Lakota District Parent Council and as an officer of a number of parent-teacher organizations throughout the district.

A resident of West Chester, Julie and her husband, Bill, have three children. She is a volunteer at Plains Junior School, where her son attends. Their daughters attend The Ohio State University.

Julie earned a bachelor of arts in economics with a minor in finance from Colby College in Maine, and has completed half of her MBA coursework. Her family moved to the Lakota area from Columbus in 2004. With 23 years of experience in benefits and finance, she is a licensed employee benefits representative.

Julie currently serves on the Board Policy, Diversity, Facilities and Safety Committees, as well as the Lakota representative for the Butler Tech Career and Development Schools. She also serves on the Edge Teen Center Board.

Contact information:
Email: julie.shaffer@lakotaonline.com
513-942-5081

All About Your School Board

Have you ever wondered what a school board actually does? This short video explains the role of the Lakota Board of Education.