resource of ohio, inc. ADVISORY BOARD
Dr. James Boothe
|Dr. Boothe received his Ed.D. degree from Western
University in May 1972. He has served as a teacher, high school
principal, and superintendent
in Ohio public schools for 32 years.
He joined Xavier University in 1987 as a faculty member
educational administration. His professional activities and
responsibilities include, but
are not limited to, the following:
• Chairperson of
Xavier University’s Department of Education for
• Acting Dean of Xavier University’s School of Education
for 2 years
• Consultant for numerous superintendent
• Chairperson for numerous North Central Evaluations
• Speaker at local, state, and national conferences
• Elected councilman for 16 years
• Served on
numerous boards (such as, YMCA, Saint Rita School
for the Deaf,
and numerous private schools)
|Tracie F. Craft joined BAEO in 2003, and she currently serves as
the Deputy Director of Advocacy. In this role she is responsible
for leading the on-the-ground advocacy efforts across BAEO
states. In addition, she plays an integral role in building the
systems and support structures while providing supervision and
management for state-based work. She is also responsible for
overseeing the implementation of BAEO’s advocacy model, which
calls for the development of leadership-rich, autonomous state sites.
Prior to her current position within BAEO, Ms. Craft served as the State Director for Ohio from March 2006 – August 2012. In this capacity Craft and the Ohio team played an instrumental part in expanding Ohio’s Educational Choice Scholarship Program in addition to leading advocacy efforts centered on Education Reform and other parental choice options available within the state.
Over the years, Ms. Craft successfully implemented and hosted programs and workshops that encourage effective parental involvement strategies. She’s testified numerous times in support of legislation that provides or protects parental choice options for Ohio families. She’s worked tirelessly with education and community organizations to ensure that the parent voice is always represented when making decisions that affect children. As a staunch advocate for children and parental choice, Craft lead the efforts that brought BAEO to Ohio.
Ms. Craft received the "Unsung Hero" award; the first of it’s kind given within the BAEO organization. Ms. Craft has dedicated numerous hours to volunteering at local private, public and charter schools, has tutored underprivileged youth in grades K-12 and instructed BAEO's basic computer training course for low-income parents.
She continues to serve on various community boards including:
• Fund for Ohio’s Future - Board Member
• Ohio Alliance for Public Charter Schools - Advisory Board Member
• Black Alliance for Educational Options, Life Member
• NAACP, Member
Her mission in life is to serve others while helping individuals seek to maximize their full potential through persistence, patience and perseverance. She attends Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church and currently resides in Dayton, Ohio.
Ms. Craft has two daughters Jasmine Marie and Daaryn’ah Jaye.
Dr. Audley Smith
|Dr. Smith is a husband and father of two
sons; his oldest son is
a graduate of Morehouse College and
his youngest son is a student
at Howard University. He is
a product of Cincinnati Public Schools.
After high school
he entered Miami University on an athletic scholarship
he received his BS degree in education. He continued his
at Xavier University earning a Master Degree in Guidance
As a result of encouragement from several of his mentors
decided to pursue a doctoral degree in which he completed
Educational leadership from Miami University.
His passion for learning and the sharing of knowledge has
in a career as an educator for over 25 years. His
belief in education
has guided his philosophy that all children
have the right to receive
a quality education. He believes
that excelling in school creates
opportunities for success;
and high achievement generates possibilities
of choices. He
surmises that the more academic exposures that an
discovers (encounters) then more choices of opportunities
will be accessible. He believes as educators it is our
create such exposures that stimulate their
minds for learning and to
remove any obstacles that prevents
|Tom York has been in public education for thirty-one
years. He has
served as an administrator for twenty-six years
working in buildings
serving Kindergarten through twelfth grade.
The last ten years he has
been a superintendent with extensive
experience in building
programs and school facilities
in districts experiencing explosive growth.
Mr. York and his
wife of twenty-six years, Laura, have two children, a
Lauren, who is an Intervention Specialist and Daniel, an