Oakwood Schools Foundation Names New Board Members
Three Oakwood residents will be lending their knowledge and expertise to The Oakwood Schools Foundation. Yusaku Kawai, Kevin Jones and Linda Woods are the newest elected members of the OSF Board of Trustees.
Kawai, a 2000 OHS graduate, moved around a bit growing up but considers Oakwood his hometown. He says he is grateful for the high quality education he received at Oakwood Junior High and Oakwood High School. Following high school graduation, he attended Depauw University, receiving a bachelor of arts degree with a double major in math and computer science. Kawai is currently a senior software engineer at Lockheed Martin. In addition, he has served on the City of Oakwood Budget Review Committee the past three years and is the OHS boys’ JV soccer coach. He and his wife Lauren, a 2001 OHS graduate, have lived in Oakwood since 2012. They have three children: Olivia, 8, Natalie, 5, and Daniel, 2. Besides soccer, in his free time Kawai enjoys hiking, traveling and anything that includes being outdoors.
Woods grew up in rural northwest Ohio near Ada and graduated from Miami University with a marketing degree. She earned her MBA at Georgia State University. Woods has more than 25 years experience in the business world, working in executive search and human resources. Woods and her husband Kevin have lived in Oakwood for 13 years with their children Janie, 15, and Phoebe, 12. She has worked extensively in the community, most notably serving as a school board member for the Oakwood Board of Education as well as serving in many capacities with the Harman PTO. In her free time, in addition to reading, she enjoys staying active with yoga, biking and hiking. Most recently, she joined the Novice Rowing Team with the Dayton Boat Club.
Jones is an Oakwood native and graduated from OHS in 1982. He attended The Ohio State University, earning a bachelor of science degree in business, majoring in insurance and risk management. In 1986, he began his career with his father at Robert K. Jones Insurance Agency, and became a partner of the company in 1997. Jones served as President of the Kettering Moraine Oakwood Chamber of Commerce and has been a member of the Varsity D Club Board of Directors for the University of Dayton. When not working, he enjoys fishing, summer vacations in Northern Michigan and watching Dayton Flyers basketball and the Cincinnati Reds.
These three new members join current Board of Trustees members: Emma Butler, Katherine Cezeaux, Chris Conard, Ashley Coyne, Lindsey Deck, Ed Gray, Laura Lee John, A.J. Lewis, Amy Martin, Jamie Mhaskar, Meredith Quigley, Dr. Kyle Ramey, Lisa Sanford and Jennifer Speed.