EHOVE welcomes new professionals to its team

by Kendra Ward : August 12, 2010

EHOVE Career Center recently hired a new group of staff members to accommodate some program changes as part of its plan to keep its program offerings current and relevant to the needs of the local economy and industries.

Chuck Livermore of Kipton is returning to EHOVE as a part-time welding instructor for the Manufacturing Technology program.  Livermore says he is excited to work with EHOVE kids again, and looks forward to working with Dick Starcher of Greenwich, also returning to EHOVE’s Manufacturing Technology program as a part-time machining instructor.  The two plan to work with, in their words, “a well-trained group of kids” and fine tune the program to keep it competitive in the changing economy and local work environment where employers want diverse and well-rounded employees.

The pair’s expertise in the field will be helpful in reworking the program and preparing it for a future full-time instructor.  Livermore has 30 years of teaching experience, while Starcher has 21 years.  Livermore, who attended Firelands High School and Hobart School of Welding Technology, and his wife of 41 years, Elizabeth, have two children and seven grandchildren.  Very active over the years in scouting, soccer, his church and youth ministry, he says he loves working with kids and helping out the community. 

Starcher is originally from Minnora, West Virginia, and attended a mechanic school in Tennessee.  After working as an auto mechanic, he served in the U.S. Army, then also worked as a machinist for Akron Standard Machine Shop before beginning his teaching career at EHOVE.  He and his wife of 45 years, Judy, have three children and eight grandchildren.  His son, Jamie Starcher, is EHOVE’s Adult Ed Fire Coordinator and his grandson, Jed Cronebach, is a student in EHOVE’s Adult Ed EMT program.  A member of the American Legion and Masonic Lodge in Shiloh, Starcher enjoys playing the guitar for his church band.  He says that hands-on education at EHOVE is great, and enjoys helping with EHOVE’s Saturday Youth Enrichment programs that he feels open up the world of robotics, science and much more to young children. 

Stephanie Rutger of Milan has been hired at a Transition Specialist, who will assist EHOVE students with career assessment, job training and job placement.  Rutger has plenty of education under her belt.  An Edison High School graduate who earned a Bachelor of Liberal Studies from Bowling Green State University and Teaching Certificate from University of Findlay, she also has gained some experience along the way.  Her experience working with students and teachers at North Point Educational Service Center, Ohio Virtual Academy, Winterfield Venture Academy and Findlay City Schools will certainly be helpful in her new role as well.  Rutger and her husband of five years, William, who is the Director of the Milan-Berlin Township Public Library, have two children.  In her spare time, she enjoys training for upcoming 5K races, cooking vegetarian meals and sewing.

Brenda Ruffing of Monroeville has also come on board to teach chemistry, anatomy and physiology, and will assist with the new Exercise Science & Rehab Therapy program.  A graduate of Seneca East High School, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from Bowling Green State University, then a Masters in AYA Integrated Science from University of Findlay.  She is familiar with her new role, as she previously taught physical science and chemistry at Willard High School.  Through the Erie/Huron County WIC Program, Ruffing also has experience as a Registered Dietitian.  “EHOVE provides the opportunity to incorporate my dietetics background into my teaching,” said Ruffing.  “I look forward to working closely with the health programs and getting to know the students and staff as the new school year begins.”  Married for four years, Ruffing and her husband are expecting their first child in November.  In her spare time, she enjoys walking her Miniature Daschund, Freida, running and attending local sporting events.

Vicky Mahl of Norwalk will teach the Exercise Science & Rehab Therapy program, new to EHOVE this year.  A graduate of Western Reserve High School, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Sports Medicine/Athletic Training from Heidelberg University, then a Masters in Wellness and Fitness from Middle Tennessee State University.  “I am very excited to be here at EHOVE to begin this new program,” said Mahl. “I look forward to working with the students and helping them learn about the various careers that Exercise Science/Rehab Therapy can lead to in their future.”  A certified athletic trainer for 14 years and member of the National Athletic Trainers Association and the Texas State Athletic Trainers Association, Mahl has gained a variety of experience in education and industry as well.  She has worked as a teacher and athletic trainer with all grade levels in Texas and Missouri, as a high school track coach in Tennessee, as an athletic trainer for Continental Tire Plant in Illiniois, and administered drug testing for athletes with the Olympic Committee.   In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, sports, traveling and outdoor activities.

Sean Heath of Sandusky has been hired by North Point Educational Service Center and placed at EHOVE as an Intervention Specialist in English and reading.  He is eager to begin working with EHOVE students and looks forward to his new role.  A graduate of St. Mary Central Catholic High School and EHOVE’s Teacher Academy, Heath went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Education from Bowling Green State University.  Before student teaching in Sylvania at Southview High School, he was a volunteer at Woodlane School in Bowling Green and worked at Cedar Point.  He enjoys watching all Cleveland and OSU sports teams and playing golf.  He has also recently become engaged to his girlfriend, Casey.

Marcia Herbkersman of Collins is another new addition through North Point Educational Service Center at EHOVE.  As an Intervention Specialist, she’ll be working with multiple disabilities students in the Marketing Sales and Services program and visiting their job sites in the community.  Herbkersman is enthusiastic about her new position with EHOVE students and says that she looks forward to “working with everyone to help the students be successful.”  A graduate of University of Toledo, she also earned a Masters from Marygrove College.  She and her husband of 18 years, Dan, have two kids that keep them busy with activities like 4-H, band and sports. 

EHOVE Career Center is a leading career tech school in Milan Township.  This high school and adult education facility draws students from a variety of locales, and serves multiple school districts as well in Erie, Huron and Ottawa Counties.  Students are given the opportunity to take challenging academic classes in a customized and relevant curriculum to prepare them for a specific career or college, and learn skills to advance in the trade of their choice, for now or the future.  More information is available at