NORDONIA HILLS – Following an executive session Monday night, the Nordonia Hills School Board voted 4-0 in favor of appointing attorney Judith Matlin to the vacant seat.
The seat was left vacant following the March 20 resignation of Jim Szabo.
School Board President Chad Lahrmer said “Matlin has an impressive background, bringing a vast amount of experience and knowledge to the Board.
“We had 5 great candidates, making the decision difficult. We truly appreciate their interest and willingness to serve on the Board.”
Matlin, a Northfield Center resident, worked as a registered nurse from 1973 to 1992, before going into private practice as an attorney. She also maintains her nursing licenses but said she is not actively practicing as a nurse.
According to her resumé, she has worked in education as a campus director for National College — Fort Wayne, a department chairperson for legal studies and criminal justice for Brown Mackie College — Fort Wayne, program director for criminal justice at Bryant Stratton College and was a student services coordinator/instructor at Remington College. Matlin also was appointed as acting judge for Judge Deborah J. Nicastro in Garfield Heights and presided over various criminal and civil matters.
In her letter of interest to the School Board Matlin said “I have a passion for education and have been a strong advocate for student success throughout my career.”
In 1991, Matlin earned a Juris Doctor in law from Cleveland State University Cleveland Marshall College of Law and graduated cum laude. Matlin also earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Ursuline College in 1987 and graduated with academic distinction. She obtained a certificate in Ohio Substitute Teaching in September 2016.
“I really have an interest, a desire and a passion for helping my community, you know you give back,” Matlin said. “I would like to think my diverse background can offer some assistance in that area. When you get to use what you know, that makes it even sweeter.”
Matlin told the News Leader she echoes her fellow board members goal of making Nordonia Hills School District great by offering students possibilities and being of service to the parents in the district.
“The school system is the heartbeat of any community, so you always want to make sure that’s in the forefront,” she said.
She said considers serving on the School Board and honor and a privilege and she plans to visit each of the schools to learn more about the district and listen to concerns.
There were four other applicants for the seat: John Bruce, Matthew Ford, Matthew Kearney and Julie Moran.  
Bruce, a Macedonia resident, works as a parts technician for Baker Vehicle Systems, Inc. He also ran for the Board in November 2015 as a recent Nordonia High School graduate.
Ford is a Macedonia resident who works for Giant Eagle/Riser Foods in Bedford Heights. He is served as a union steward from 2006 to 2015.
Kearney, a Sagamore Hills resident, is an attorney. According to his resumé  he has worked as a trial attorney for a Millersburg law office, and told the News Leader he formerly  worked as an Assistant Ohio Attorney General.
Moran, who resides in Macedonia, works as a Director of Excess and Surplus Lines Compliane for Superior Flood, Inc.
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