Leadership Team

Last Updated: 4/8/2021 5:36 PM

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Dr. Traci Hostetler

330.533.8755 ext. 1109

Traci began her career as a special education teacher working with high school and middle school students.  She earned her Master's Degree and administrative certification in Educational Administration from Edinboro University in Pennsylvania.  Dr. Hostetler began her administrative career as an elementary principal, then transitioned to a middle school principalship in Mahoning County.  In 2013, she earned her Superintendent's License and a position as the Director of Teaching and Learning in Stark County.  She served as superintendent at East Palestine City School District before becoming the MCESC superintendent in 2018.  Traci earned her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Youngstown State University in 2021. 


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Ryan Jones

330.533.8755 ext. 1059

Ryan D. Jones earned his B.A. in Journalism and Psychology from Ohio Wesleyan University in 2008 and his Treasurer’s License in 2015.  Ryan became Treasurer of the Mahoning County Educational Service Center in September 2019.  He began his career as a bookkeeper in the MCESC’s fiscal office and then was hired as the Treasurer/CFO at Mathews Local Schools.  Most recently he served as the Treasurer/CFO at Marlington Local Schools.

Ryan is the Treasurer of Focus Hippotherapy--a 501(c)(3) organization--and helps organize an annual triathlon and picnic that benefits the Steve Speece Memorial Scholarship and the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN).


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Jack Zocolo

Director of Human Resources and Business Operations
330.533.8755 ext. 1209

Jack Zocolo currently serves as the Director of Human Resources and Operations of the Mahoning County Educational Service Center (MCESC).  He received his undergraduate degree in special education from the University of Akron and a Master’s of Education in Educational Administration/Exceptional Children from Youngstown State University.  In 2013, he earned his Superintendent’s License from Ashland University and his School Business Manager’s License in 2016. 

Jack joined the Mahoning County Educational Service Center in July 2019 after working 23 years in the Boardman Local Schools as Director of Special Education and Director of Operations.  Prior to that, he worked as a special education supervisor for the Westerville City Schools and a special education teacher in various districts throughout the state.  He has over 30 years’ experience working with students and staff as a teacher and administration.


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John Kuzma

Director of Teaching and Learning
330.533.8755 ext. 1036

John Kuzma currently serves as the Director of Teaching & Learning at the Mahoning County Educational Service Center.  Mr. Kuzma received his undergraduate degree in History from the University of Toledo and his social studies licensure from Cleveland State University.  He earned his Master's Degree in Gifted Education from Youngstown State University and his Principal Licensure from Westminster College in Pennsylvania.  Mr. Kuzma has taught in Warrensville Heights and in Youngstown Ohio.  In 2008, he joined the MCESC as a Gifted Coordinator and Instructional Supervisor.


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Michele Moore

Director of State Support Team Region Five
330.533.8755 ext. 1018

Michele Moore has served as Director of State Support Team Region 5 since 2010.  A steadfast, compelling advocate for equity in education, she leads efforts to engage Ohio’s Region 5 school districts in transforming educational systems to meet the needs of all students.

Previous experiences in her career include serving as an intervention specialist in the Youngstown City Schools, as an instructional coordinator for the Northeast Ohio Educational Regional Resource Center, and as state coordinator for Ohio’s State Personnel Development Grant (federal funding to create a structure for improving Ohio’s educational outcomes).

A member of the Ohio Leadership Advisory Council and of the National Center on Educational Outcomes Moving Your Numbers Advisory Group, she represents at state and national conferences on topics like closing achievement gaps, districtwide reform for school improvement, and positive
behavior interventions and supports.


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Dr. Kimberly S. Monachino

Director of Early Childhood and Pupil Services
330.533.8755 ext. 1022

Dr. Kimberly S. Monachino is the Director of Early Childhood and Pupil Services at the Mahoning County Educational Service Center. She received a Bachelor of Science in education from Youngstown State University and a Master of Education in curriculum and instruction from Kent State University. Kim also earned a Specialist in Education degree in administration from Kent State University and a Doctor of Education in educational leadership from the University of Akron.

Kim joined the Mahoning County Educational Service Center in September 2019. She has more than 30 years of professional experience in the field of education through a variety of roles including special education teacher, coordinator and director. She has served in administrative roles working with diverse learners and implementing professional development for educators to help make their teaching more inclusive of all learners. Most recently, Kim was the Director of the Office for
Exceptional Children at the Ohio Department of Education.


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Nick Santucci

Director of Government Affairs and Workforce Development
330.533.8755 ext. 1006

Nick Santucci is the Director of Government Affairs and Workforce Development at the Mahoning County Educational Service Center. In this role, he is responsible for advocacy efforts and collaborating and supporting the various educational departments at the ESC. Nick actively lobbies the state & federal government to ensure our region’s educational voice is heard in Columbus.

Prior to joining the ESC team, Nick was the Director of Government & Public Affairs at the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber and was responsible for the advocacy efforts and oversight of the Chamber’s Government Affairs Council, a group of business leaders that evaluates legislation & promotes government affairs events including drafting the Chamber’s Public Policy Agenda. Nick also implemented and executed the Chamber’s Columbus Drive-In and Washington DC Fly-In events. Previously, Nick served as the Chamber’s Director of Education & Workforce Development, a role in which he helped businesses meet their talent needs through the Chamber’s JobsNow program, providing three levels of services that include connecting job seekers with employers, no-cost drug testing and talent attraction.


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Andrew Velchek

Director of Technology
330.533.8755 ext. 1120

Andrew Velchek is the Director of Technology at the Mahoning County Educational Service Center. He received an Associate of Applied Science in Computer Information Systems from Youngstown State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Management from Malone University. Andrew accumulated five years experience in the technical support field at Bank One prior to his employment as an Information Technical Support Specialist with the MCESC, beginning in September 1997. In 2000, Andrew became a Network Administrator, was named Supervisor of Technology in 2008, and Director of Technology in July 2016.