Board Members

Rod Armstrong, President

1316 Ritchie Rd., Stow, OH 44224


Current term expires December 31, 2015

I graduated from Kent State University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and continued my education at Baldwin-Wallace College where I earned an MBA. Retiring from Ford Motor Company after 35 years as a cost analyst, I am currently on special assignment with Ford as lead analyst.

My wife, Kathy, and I have lived in the Stow community for 27 years. During that time, we raised two sons, both graduates of Stow-Munroe Falls High School. Our eldest is also a graduate of The University of Akron, and our youngest is currently attending Stark State College.

Over the years, I have remained active with the schools and community in many capacities. I have served as treasurer in the Kimpton and SMFHS PTSAs, as well as Band Parents. I am also a member of the Athletic Boosters. I have been active in the Boy Scouts of America organization for many years and am proud that both of my sons have attained the rank of Eagle Scout.

Serving my first term on the School Board, I hope to promote a level of honesty and community trust. I know there will be many challenges, but student welfare and fiscal responsibility will always be my priorities in making decisions.

Fred Bonacci, Vice President

3485 Stillwood Blvd., Stow, OH 44224


Current term expires December 31, 2015

I have lived in Stow for nearly 46 years, graduating from Stow-Munroe Falls High School in 1976. I am also a 1980 graduate of Kent State University with a bachelor’s degree in transportation and logistics management. I retired from BP Oil Company after 27 years in 2009 and am currently employed as a director of carrier management with the Kenan Advantage Group.

My wife, Val (who is a former SMF district teacher) and I are proud parents of two SMFHS graduates. For years, I have volunteered in the SMF schools and participated in district-related organizations including the Athletic Booster Club where I served as an officer from 2009-2011.

I have a tremendous passion for this school district and our community. I am very proud of the education that our students receive and the excellent work of our classified, certified and administrative staff. I will work hard to ensure every child in our district has the opportunity to receive an excellent education that will prepare them for the future.

Gerry Bettio

4155 Osage Dr., Stow, Ohio 44224


Current term expires December 31, 2017

My husband, Don, and I have lived in Stow since May of 1969, happily raising our three children here. I am proud to say that all three of them are graduates of our school system and are doing well in their professions. I am a former employee of the Stow-Munroe Falls district, serving in our district for 34 years with my last assignment as Central Kitchen food manager at the high school. Upon retirement I took a deeper interest as a taxpayer in our schools and decided to run for the school board.

I am now completing my first year in 2014 as a new board member and have seen changes for the positive. I will continue to question and reasearch issues, voting for what seems best for the students, staff, and community. Integrity and responsibility are very important to me and I will continue to bring these qualities forward in my term as a BOE member.

Pat Matthews

3390 Adaline Dr., Stow, Ohio 44224


Current term expires December 31, 2017

My husband Jack and I have lived in Stow for 47 of our 52 years together! Our three children (John, Lori, and George) are all proud Stow graduates. Our legacy continues as I have seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild – who is currently a Kindergarten student at Riverview Elementary!

This is my second term on the Board as I served from 2008-12. I am honored to serve our students in this way and hope to help foster an environment where our schools can continue to flourish.

My service extends out beyond the school district into the community as I am a CNP member, a Kiwanis board member and Key Club Advisor. I am a parishioner at Holy Family Church where I also taught at the school for 21 years in grades 3, 7, and 8.

My own education includes a BA in History from Cleveland State and my elementary education certification (k-8) from The University of Akron.

Karen S. Powers

4231 Quail Hollow, Stow, Ohio 44224


Current term expires December 31, 2015

My husband, Dave, and I have lived in the city of Stow for 31 years and have three sons. who are all graduates of Stow-Munroe Falls Schools. I am employed by the law firm of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP.

I was appointed to the Board of Education's Finance Committee at its inception in 2002 and served three terms, as well as serving as the chair of that committee from September 2002 until January 2005.

I am a past president of Echo Hills PTA and the Stow-Munroe Falls PTA Council. Over the years I have been involved in the schools at all levels, chairing numerous committees and holding a variety of different offices, including Secretary, Parliamentarian and Vice President. I have also served the district and the community as a member of the district’s Health and Wellness Committee, the Levy Committee, the Lakeview Transition Team, Echo Hills Faculty Advisory Committee and Lakeview Musical Theater Public Relations Committee. I have been a Bible School Teacher and the Chair of the Preschool Committee at the Church in Silver Lake.

I am a member of the Stow-Munroe Falls Booster Club, Friends of the Library, Stow Federation of Police Associates, American Legion Auxiliary and the Stow-Munroe Falls High School PTSA.

I am in my second term on the Board of Education, serving since 2008. I am honored to be entrusted with this responsibility and look forward to serving the students, staff, administrators and community.