Board of Directors

Menlo Park Academy’s Board of Directors is responsible for setting the school’s strategic goals and establishing policies based on our mission, state laws, and the school’s charter.

The volunteer members of the Board represent a diverse set of professional backgrounds and have expertise in the areas of finance, education, technology, operations, non-profit organizations, strategic planning and fundraising.

To reach the Board via email: board@menloparkacademy.com

Board Information Links

Board meeting calendars, agendas, and minutes

Board meeting procedures

Menlo Park Academy’s Board Policies

Teri Harrison

Board Chair

A founder of Menlo Park Academy, Teri Harrison has more than 20 years of technology management and team leadership experience. She holds a BSBA in Marketing and Computer Science from Ohio Northern University and has earned several IT certifications.

Susan Dornan, MS, RN

Board Member

Susan Dornan is an improvement RN at University Hospitals St. John Medical Center in Westlake. The North Ridgeville resident is responsible for assessing adherence to published practice standards and quality improvement initiatives in her role with the hospital system.

Dante Giancola

Board Member

Dante Giancola is the vice president of government affairs for a Cleveland-based technology company. The Brecksville resident has nearly 20 years experience in communications and government relations.

Fraser Hamilton

Board Member

Fraser Hamilton is a self-employed environmental consultant, with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine at Farmington and a Master’s from Temple University. He also studied at Texas A&M University and the University of Dundee in Scotland.

Dr. Richard Hronek

Board Member

A co-founder of Menlo Park Academy, Dr. Hronek has 48 years of educational and leadership experience across the spectrum – elementary, secondary and college levels. Hronek earned his B.S. Ed from Kent State University and Master’s and Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Akron.

Dr. Suzanne McFarland

Board Member

Dr. McFarland spent 25 years on the teacher education faculty at the University of Toledo and after her retirement was Head of Teacher Education and Coordinator of the Master’s Program at Defiance College, where she led the department through its first accreditation. She earned her B.S. in Elementary Education from Millersville University in Pennsylvania, a Master’s degree from Temple University in Guidance and Counseling, and a Doctorate in Early Childhood and Child Development from Indiana University.

Melissa Picone

Board Member

Melissa Picone is the Director of Financial Planning & Analysis for The MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland. She has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Providence College, and Master of Business Administration and Master of Healthcare Administration from Strayer University.

Tiffany Randle

Board Member

Tiffany Randle is a procurement and supply chain leader, currently working as a Director at a Cleveland-based HR services company. She holds a Master of Science in Global Supply Chain Management from the University of Southern California, is Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certified and is a Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity.

Teri Harrison

Board Chair

A founder of Menlo Park Academy, Teri Harrison has more than 20 years of technology management and team leadership experience. Early in her career, she managed a large property and casualty insurance business. She then spent over 10 years managing the messaging environment for a national law firm based in Cleveland, led a team of IT professionals for a large national bank for five years, and now works as a Messaging Design Engineer at Eaton. She holds a BSBA in Marketing and Computer Science from Ohio Northern University and has earned several IT certifications. Teri is the mother of two Menlo Park Academy alumni.

Susan Dornan, MS, RN

Board Member

Susan Dornan is an improvement RN at University Hospitals St. John Medical Center in Westlake. The North Ridgeville resident is responsible for assessing adherence to published practice standards and quality improvement initiatives in her role with the hospital system. She also serves as a board member for North Ridgeville United Church of Christ and has served on past executive committees for several North Ridgeville PTAs. She and her husband, Kristopher Dornan, have two students at Menlo Park Academy and a son in preschool. She enjoys cooking, serving as a Girl Scout troop co-leader and relaxing with her family’s two dogs.

Dante Giancola

Board Member

Dante Giancola is the vice president of government affairs for a Cleveland-based technology company. The Brecksville resident has nearly 20 years experience in communications and government relations, and wants to use that experience to help steer Menlo Park Academy’s development and outreach efforts. He and his wife, Angie DeRosa Giancola, currently have a daughter at Menlo Park Academy.

Fraser Hamilton

Board Member

Fraser Hamilton is a self-employed environmental consultant, with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine at Farmington and a Master’s from Temple University. He also studied at Texas A&M University and the University of Dundee in Scotland. Mr. Hamilton is the past president of the Euclid Youth Soccer Organization and still organizes the Organization’s annual tournament. Fraser was previously a board member of the Euclid Cooperative Preschool and President of the Environmental Division of the Cleveland Engineering Society. He has also served on the Parish Council at St. Mary’s Church in Cleveland. He is the father of two Menlo Park Academy alumni and a current student.

Dr. Richard Hronek

Board Member

A co-founder of Menlo Park Academy, Dr. Hronek has 48 years of educational and leadership experience across the spectrum – elementary, secondary and college levels. Hronek earned his B.S. Ed from Kent State University and Master’s and Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Akron. His experience spans classroom teaching through the superintendence. He has been superintendent of three traditional districts and a charter school management company. Dr. Hronek and his wife Cindy, a retired gifted teacher, reside in Avon, Ohio. They have two married daughters and are recent grandparents. In their free time the Hroneks love to travel and share their experiences with the classrooms.

Dr. Suzanne McFarland

Board Member

Dr. McFarland spent 25 years on the teacher education faculty at the University of Toledo, and after her retirement was Head of Teacher Education and Coordinator of the Master’s Program at Defiance College, where she led the department through its first accreditation. She moved to the Cleveland area in 2006 to be close to family as she cared for her husband with Alzheimer’s. Prior to that, she spent 40 plus years in education. Dr. McFarland earned her B.S. in Elementary Education from Millersville University in Pennsylvania, a Master’s degree from Temple University in Guidance and Counseling, and a Doctorate in Early Childhood and Child Development from Indiana University. She has taught preschool through sixth grade and spent 6 years as an elementary counselor.

Melissa Picone

Board Member

Melissa Picone is the Director of Financial Planning & Analysis for The MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. She is responsible for budgeting, forecasting and operational finance management in her role with the hospital system. She has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Providence College, and Master of Business Administration and Master of Healthcare Administration from Strayer University. She has also served on several homeowners’ association boards and youth sports boards. She and her husband have one son at Menlo Park Academy and a high-school-aged daughter. Her hobbies include long-distance running and yoga.

Tiffany Randle

Board Member

Tiffany Randle is a procurement and supply chain leader, currently working as a Director at a Cleveland-based HR services company. She holds a Master of Science in Global Supply Chain Management from the University of Southern California, is Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certified and is a Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity. The Cleveland Heights resident hopes to use her spend management and continuous improvement experience to support finance and operations at Menlo Park Academy. Tiffany previously served on the board of a nonprofit arts organization, and currently volunteers as a small business coach. Tiffany is the mother of three Menlo Park Academy students.
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