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Pam Detzel President Pam Detzel
Email: PDetzel@nwlsd.org
Phone: 513.825.4886
Mrs. Pam Detzel has been a member of the Northwest Local School Board since 1998. Mrs. Detzel has been married to her husband Jim Detzel for 33 years and they have three daughters - Ashley, Brittany and Lyndsay. This year has been an exciting year for the Detzel’s as they welcomed their grandson Gavin (a future Monfort Heights Musketeer)to their family. Pam is co-owner of the Detzel Insurance Agency. She enjoys spending time with her family, the theater, music, traveling, fantasy football and being actively involved in the Northwest Local School District!

This is a very exciting time to be a resident of the Northwest Local School District. With great determination and a lot of hard work, we successfully passed our Bond/Operating Levy this past November. I have the pleasure of serving on our building committee and it is so energizing to see representation from all aspects of our community working together. Our students deserve the very best! State of the art buildings is only the beginning! My wish remains the same….. I wish all of our community members would take the time to visit one of our schools in the Northwest Local School District to see first-hand the many challenges and success stories that we face on a daily basis. Better yet, VOLUNTEER! Our dedicated staff work hard each and every day to provide a quality education for ALL STUDENTS! We have students that excel both in and out of the classroom. Many of our graduates join the armed services, attend a 2 or 4 year university and/or move directly into the workforce. Our students have the opportunity to learn specific skills by attending Butler Tech Programs. We have numerous award winning fine arts programs as well as athletic teams. Each year our Seniors earn millions of dollars in scholarship money to further their education. Our students learn at a very early age the importance of volunteering. I am very proud of our students and staff. 

We must continue to not only improve our test scores, but to make sure we are meeting the needs of ALL of our students and families. Providing additional time and dollars for staff development is crucial! Creating more opportunities to work with our families so together we can address all the needs both in and out of the classroom. In this day and age another priority has to be safety! I am proud to say that our district has worked with the local police and fire departments for years creating contingency plans in case of emergencies. Our crisis intervention team meets at least twice a year to review and update these procedures as needed. We also include our neighboring parochial and private schools so that we can all work together to ensure everyone is as prepared as possible. We have also improved the entrances at all of our buildings to be as secure as possible. Safety is at the top of the list as we begin the design phases of our new buildings. 

I want to thank our entire community for the overwhelming support they showed on election day this past November! We are going to continue to work hard in and out of the classroom each and everyday! Also, remember you can make a difference in the life of a child. Call one of our schools today to see how you can help.
Joe Yoshimura
Vice President Joe Yoshimura
Email: JYoshimura@nwlsd.org

It is a pleasure working on the Northwest School Board of Education.

I am originally from Chicago, Illinois. After graduating from St. Ignatius College Prep High School. I attended Xavier University where I received my B.A. in Political Science and my M.A. in History. (I completed my research in graduate school while living on a Native American reservation in Montana.) I am married to Martha, my "sounding board." I have three wonderful children: 1) Eric (B.S. in Biology, University of Cincinnati) 2) Amy (B.A. in Business, Ohio State University), and 3) Sarah (B.S. in Biology, University of Dayton and an M.S. John Carroll University). I have six grandchildren. I have instilled the importance of education to my children. 

I have taught in the Cincinnati Public School District for 35+years. I taught at Walnut Hills High School my last 27 years. In 1998, I was given the coveted Golden Apple award for excellence in teaching. In 2009, I was awarded the most prestigious: The University of Cincinnati-USA Educator of the Year. 

I was a member of the Cincinnati Federation of Teachers and served on the union executive council. I served on the Diversity Council for OHSAA in Columbus, Ohio. I umpired men's softball and was an official for varsity basketball for 27 years. I became the first Asian to officiate a state final in the state of Ohio. 

On March 23, 2019, Joe was awarded the OHSBCA HALL OF HONOR AWARD. This award is is given to individuals who have provided exemplary service to Ohio High School Basketball. He was voted in by the high school basketball coaches of District 16.
Diane Bradley
Member Diane Bradley
Email: DBradley@nwlsd.org

Diane Bradley has been a member of the Northwest Local School District Board of Education since October, 2018. Ms. Bradley has two children who attend schools in the NWLSD. She enjoys spending time with her family, friends and neighbors. Diane is an avid traveler and has been to more countries than states and she has visited over half the states in the union.  Additionally, Diane has ridden horses since she was 10 years old, has a cursory understanding of Spanish, French, and Japanese and Diane was the starting right guard for the Women’s Professional football team Cincinnati Sizzle during their inaugural year. 

Originally from Cleveland, OH, Diane received her Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Ohio State University in Columbus, OH.  After graduating from college, she worked briefly for Chrysler in Dayton, OH before transitioning to Toyota in Erlanger, KY where she remained for 17 years. Looking to fulfill a need in our community, Diane started a kid friendly/elder friendly on demand transportation service named 2Placez (pronounced Two Places) where she has been the proud owner for the past 3 years.

Since 2001, Diane has resided in the beautiful Pleasant Run Farms.  As a community member, she joined the PTA as the Treasurer for Welch Elementary.  When the opportunity presented itself, she happily became a member NWLSD Diversity Committee focusing on increasing the diversity of the district staff.  Additionally, Diane was involved in the Superintendent Advisory Committee where she served as a sounding board for key decisions being discussed with the Administrative Office prior to being presented to the NWLSD Board of Education.

As a NWLSD Board member, Diane strives to ensure that all students including the socio or economically disadvantaged receive the same representation as those in the majority.  Never one to mince words, Ms. Bradley has shown that she has no fear of taking the difficult stance of inquiring how the current standards can be improved and challenging the status quo to move in the direction of superior results. Diane Bradley is ecstatic that she has this opportunity to serve as a representative voice of the community on the Northwest Local School District Board of Education!  

Jim Detzel
Member/BT Representative Jim Detzel
Email: JDetzel@nwlsd.org
Phone: 513.825.4886

Mr. Jim Detzel was re-elected in November 2015 for his 3rd term on the school board. He continues to serve as the Butler Tech Board representative from the Northwest Local School District. He serves on the Board Development/Effectiveness committee at Butler Tech. He throughly enjoys his work on both boards and one of his goals is to increase the number of students from our district to enroll in the Butler Tech programs. “With the opening of the new Bio-Science Building, the opportunities for our students are endless.” “We have so many partnerships including West Chester Hospital, the students can get a jump start on their careers while they are still in high school!" Jim continues his work for the Community Partners For Education as the Assistant Treasurer, and is ecstatic over the passage of the levy in November! “It is now time to move forward and get these new schools built for the students of our district.” He continues to serve on additional district committees including the building committee.

Mr. Jim Detzel has been the Owner of Detzel Insurance Agency since 1979. Jim is married to his wife Pam and they have three daughters - Ashley, Brittany and Lyndsay. He also has a new grandson Gavin James that lives in the Northwest District. Jim is a graduate of Northwest High School. Mr. Detzel is a volunteer coach at Colerain High School, coaching track and cross country. He enjoys the time he spends getting to know all of the district kids. Jim enjoys watching all sports. He is also a huge Florida Gator fan!
Mark Gilbert Member Mark Gilbert
Email: MGilbert@nwlsd.org

This is Mark's first year as a Board Member with NWLSD. He was elected to the Board of Education in November 2017.  Mark is a lifelong Colerain Township community member. Mark has been employed in the medical field for 30 years where he now works as the Director of Operations for BrightView Treatment Center. He is a graduate of Mt. Healthy High School and earned his degree at the University of Cincinnati.

Mark has been married to his wife Tia for 27 years and they have two children.  Their son Brandon, 22, and a Colerain Class of 2015 Graduate attends The University of Cincinnati where he is currently working on his Masters at the Linder Business College. Hannah, 14,  currently attends Colerain High School as a freshman. She participates on the Varsity Golf team and is active in the Student Senate and Honor Society. Mark is most proud of their community engagement and mission work they participate in around the world.

The Gilberts attend White Oak Christian Church where they participate in many functions within the church as well as participate in Missions trips around the world.

Mark's focus for being on the Board is to continue the development of the school district initiatives and advocating for the many dedicated employees who are taking care of our children. Mark is passionate about connecting the district to the supporting townships to strengthen the community as a whole.