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Board Member Profiles

Board member profiles are listed alphabetically.
 
Brian Begley, Board Member
TermBrian Begley photo: Appointed 8/6/15-12/31/17
Biography: Lifelong resident of Fairfield. Married to Barbara Begley and has two daughters, Kaitlyn and Lyndsay, who both attend school in the district.
Education: 1983 Fairfield High School graduate; Bachelor of Science in Economics and Business Administration from Illinois State University.
Professional: Insurance Agent (Schiff Insurance)
Community Involvement: Past president and current member, Fairfield Rotary Club; Board member and former president, Partners in Prime; served three separate three-year terms on his churches' board of Deacons, and twice been Deacon board chairman; Member, Fairfield Community Foundation Board of Trustees.
Telephone: 513-829-6263 (home)
 
 
 
Michael Berding, Board Vice President
Michael Berding photoTerm: 1/8/14 - 12/31/17
Biography: Born in Cincinnati. Moved to Fairfield in 1990 to send children to Fairfield City Schools. Currently resides in Fairfield Township.  Married to Susan Porteus Berding. Children are: Sarah Fowler (Adam), FHS class of 2003, Abigail Berding ,FHS class of 2008, Cole Berding, FHS class of 2015, and Erik VanZandt, FHS class of 2015. Grandchildren are: Lily Fowler, FHS class of 2029 (North Elementary) and Molly Fowler FHS class of 2032.
Education: Graduate of St. Xavier High School class of 1987
Professional: Business owner since 1996, (Midwest Prescription Packaging) 
Community Involvement: President Butler Technology and Career Development Schools Board of Education, Vice-President of Fairfield Township Youth Basketball League (President 2005-2013), President of Fairfield Township Zoning Commission, Ruling Elder (Session) of The Presbyterian Church of Hamilton (Former Youth Group Leader), Member of the Fairfield Rotary Club, Member of Fairfield Township Fire Corps, Member of Fairfield Township Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni Association, Committee Member of Fairfield Schools Annual Father-Daughter Dance, Former Middle School Leader of Fairfield’s Community Diversity Alliance. Former Fairfield Township Parks Usage Director. Former Member of Fairfield Township Master Zoning Steering Committee, Former Member of Fairfield Civitan.
Telephone: 513-737-7667 (home)
 
Dan Hare, Board President
Dan Hare PhotoTerm: 1/8/14 - 12/31/17
Biography: Born in Cincinnati, Ohio. Married (Pat). Together have two adult children (Andy, Kristi), one son-in-law (Matt), and three grandchildren (Jared, Abbey, Rileigh). Resident of Fairfield Township since 2001.
Education: Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in education from the University of Cincinnati, Masters in Arts (M.A.) in history from Xavier University, and a Masters in Education (M.Ed.) from Xavier University.
Professional: CEO Dan Hare Consulting, retired educator with 39 years experience.
Community Involvement: Member of Fairfield Rotary Club, member Hamilton Elks, member Butler County Heart Association, Trustee Fairfield Community Foundation, member Fairfield Township Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association, Co-chair of Joe Nuxhall Memorial Golf Outing.
Telephone: 513-895-7499 (home)
 
Carrie O'Neal, Board Member
Carrie O'Neal Photo
Term: 01/12/17 (appointed)-12/31/17
Biography: Raised in Strongsville, Ohio. Married to Todd O'Neal and lives in Fairfield with their two children, Aidan and Abby, who both attend schools in the district.  
Education: Bachelor's in Industrial Design, The Ohio State University.
Professional: Owner and Art Director at O'Neal Designs for the last 15 years. Before launching her company she worked in agencies as an art director and graphic designer.
Community Involvement: Fairfield Tempo Club publicity; former PTC president at West Elementary, Intermediate School, and Fairfield Middle School; bond issue and levy campaign committee volunteer; member Kindervelt of Fairfield; member American Association of Graphic Designers.
Telephone: 513-403-2658 (home)
  
 
Balena Shorter, Board Member
Balena Shorter PhotoTerm: 01/01/16 (appointed 2009)-12/31/19
Biography: Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. Married to Dennis, two children - Denton, FHS class of 2020 and Brielle, FHS class of 2022; Fairfield Township resident since 2001.
Education: Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering, University of Alabama at Birmingham and Master of Science in mechanical engineering, University of Cincinnati.
Professional: Currently a Senior Engineer at Belcan Engineering contracting for General Electric. Areas of specialization are marine and industrial combustion design engineering and commercial engine mounts. Also worked as a stress and fatigue analyst with the Boeing Company responsible for the structural integrity of the Empennage section of the 737 Next Generation aircraft line.
Community involvement: Fairfield Township Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association, Community Advocate and Events Planner, Parent Classroom Helper, Parent Resource Team for the District.
Telephone: 513-892-1715 (home)
 
All biographies provided by the individual board members.