Board Members

Andy Gundolf


Andy is a third-generation graduate of Northwestern Local Schools. He graduated in 1994 and continued his education at Wittenberg University where he received his Bachelor's Degree in Management before continuing to get his MBA from Keller School of Management in 2012.

Community involvement is important to Andy, who has served on the Pike Township Zoning Board as well as the Springfield Christian Youth Ministries Board. He has been a youth leader at his church, a church volunteer, a 4-H leader and mentor, as well as a coach for youth soccer and basketball.

Andy's wife, Melissa is also a Northwestern graduate and they currently have three children, Faith, Grace, and Isaac, who attend Northwestern and are actively involved in several of our athletic programs. 

Andy has resided in the Northwestern district for 36 years and currently is employed by Johnson and Johnson. He brings a great deal of loyalty and experience to our board.

Andy's current term on the Board will expire in December 2021.

Kevin Macy


Kevin Macy is a native of Phoenix, Arizona, and moved here to Springfield and the Northwestern district in 2006. He is a 1997 graduate of Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana, and a 2003 graduate of Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine in Glendale, Arizona. He completed his family practice residency at John C. Lincoln Hospitals in Phoenix in 2006, then moved here to join the practice of Springfield Center for Family Medicine, where his brother also works as a physician.

Kevin and his wife Rebecca have been married for over 20 years, and have four children all attending Northwestern schools: Luke, Rachel, Kyle, and Lauren. The children enjoy sports, band, and clubs at the school while putting academics and learning first. Rebecca is the varsity volleyball coach at Northwestern. The entire family is committed to the Northwestern community and the school and to seeing it excel in all aspects from academics to athletics and more.

Kevin has been involved in the community through serving on committees at our local hospitals, teaching middle schoolers at his church, coaching youth sports, and other volunteering. He looks forward to the challenge of the school board and the change of pace from his previous committees. His main priority is seeing Northwestern provide a high-quality education and a safe environment for all children for years to come.

Leigh Ann Taylor


Dr. Leigh Ann Taylor is a 1996 graduate of Greenon High School. She then completed her undergraduate education at Mount Vernon Nazarene University and Miami University. She went on to attend Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. In 2003 she graduated Summa Cum Laude with her Doctor of Chiropractic degree. Dr. Leigh worked as an associate doctor at Living Well Spine Center for 6 years until she opened her own practice, Taylor Family Wellness Chiropractic, in Huber Heights in 2009.

Dr. Leigh is active in the Ohio State Chiropractic Association. She held a position on the Ethics Committee for the Ohio State Chiropractic Association for 8 years. She is also a regular attendee at First Christian Church in Springfield and volunteers at elementary for the Northwestern PTO.

Dr. Leigh’s husband, Jeremy, is a 1997 graduate from Northwestern High School. They have 2 children, Alexis and Andrew who are active in the athletic programs at Northwestern.

Dr. Leigh is looking forward to serving the Northwestern community in her new position on the school board.

Leigh Ann's current term on the Board will expire in December 2021.

Joe Tedeschi


Joe Tedeschi is originally from Steubenville, Ohio and moved to Springfield in 1991. He and his family have resided in the Northwestern School District for over 14 years. He is a 1983 graduate of Steubenville Catholic Central High School and he completed an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Eastern Gateway Community College, Steubenville. Prior to moving to Springfield, Joe worked as an investigator for the Ohio Attorney General’s Office in Columbus from 1988 until his appointment with Springfield Police Division in 1991. Joe currently serves as a Detective Sergeant in the police divisions Crimes Against Persons Unit, where he is responsible for overseeing investigations involving crimes of violence against juveniles and adults. Joe has had unique opportunities while serving the Springfield community, specifically serving for over 10 years as the supervisor of the Community Response Team. During that assignment, Joe was responsible for overseeing all programs related to community education, outreach and training for both adults and children. Many of the programs offered were related to personal safety and safety education. Joe was instrumental in the implementation of policies and procedures related to active shooter response for many of the local businesses, faith-based organizations, hospitals, and educational institutions in the Springfield area. Joe also spent over 20 years of his career as a member of the division’s Special Operations Team; a team of officers tasked to resolve critical incidents involving a threat to public safety which would otherwise exceed the capabilities of traditional law enforcement.

Joe has spent time as an instructor for various law enforcement agencies in the Miami Valley and the Clark State Community College Police Academy. In addition, Joe has spent many years holding various offices on the executive bargaining unit board for the Springfield Command Officers Association, where he most recently served two terms as the President.

Joe and his wife Julie have been married for over 20 years and have a daughter, Jillian, that graduated from Northwestern in 2019 and a son, Joseph, who is part of the class of 2023. Joe and Julie have both previously been involved in various coaching endeavors with youth soccer and baseball in the Northwestern District over the years. Joe and his family are members of St. Teresa Catholic Church.

Joe was appointed to the board in June of 2019 to fill a vacated seat and was elected to a full term in November. Joe understands just how important the role of board member is and he looks forward to facing the challenges as well as assisting in the many successes of the district. Joe also serves on the Northwestern Community Outreach Committee.

Joe’s term on the Board will expire in December of 2024

Karen Elder


Karen S. Elder is a 1973 graduate of Springfield South High School. She completed her B.S. in Education at Wright State University in 1990. She went on to receive her MS.Ed. from the University of Dayton in 1995 completing her Thesis: Implementing an Independent Reading Program in the Middle School Setting. She completed Advanced Study in Education Administration through Antioch McGregor University in 2008 obtaining her 4-9 and 6-12 principal licensure. She completed her Superintendent Licensure Program through the University of Dayton/BASA in 2014. She is retiring from the Springfield City School District this May with 28 years of service having served as a Teacher, Literacy Specialist, Instructional Coach, Curriculum Coordinator, and Project-Based Learning Specialist.

Karen and her husband Ken have resided in the District for 27 years and have two daughters that attended and graduated from Northwestern Local School District. Michelle graduated in 2004 and Rachel graduated in 2011.

Karen is a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church where she directed the children’s choir for 16 years. She currently is working with the new membership committee. Karen worked with her therapy dog, Rookie, a mixed German Shepherd/Retriever. Trained through Doctors Therapy Dogs, Rockie was certified and provided therapy as needed to schools, nursing homes, and hospitals.

Karen is very excited to join the current board members to continue the discussion of high-quality education at NLSD.

Karen’s term to the Board will expire in December 2024.