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Barberton City Schools 16th annual Academic Hall of Fame inductees

The 16th annual Academic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is Sept. 15 and Barberton City Schools has announced the following Barberton alumni as this year’s Academic Hall of Fame inductees:

Steven E. Haddad, Class of 1971
Haddad graduated from Barberton High School in 1971. He then earned his bachelor’s degree in technical education from the University of Akron in 1986 and his master’s degree from Cambridge College in 1991.
He started his career working for Polysar Plastics Incorporated, working in a few roles, including production supervisor, quality control manager, product development specialist and human resources manager. In the field of education, Haddad spent 10 years at Mount Wachusett Community College as director of off-site programs, school-to-career, cooperative education, corporate training and education and was also an adjunct professor of business. In later years, he became Superintendent of Winchendon Public Schools.
Haddad currently resides in Winchendon, Massachusetts with his wife, Jennifer. He has two daughters, Melissa and Stefanie, both of whom work in Barberton City Schools. He retired as Superintendent of Winchendon Public Schools but is working at Greater Commonwealth Virtual School as the director of asynchronous learning.

Lisa Koski Hunt, Class of 1980
Hunt graduated from Barberton High School in 1980. She received her bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Akron in 1984 and her Master of Education in educational and counseling psychology from the University of Missouri in 1986.
She started her career with the Vocational Guidance Services in Cleveland for a short time before moving to Kansas working at Kansas Rehabilitation Services where she has been since 1987. She provides vocational assessments to consumers to help make informed choices in their career planning. Some accomplishments include, National Honor Society Psi Chi Chapter at University of Akron, Secretary of Kansas Vocational Evaluator & Work Adjustment Association and President of Great Plains VEWAA.
She currently lives in Shawnee, Kansas, working as a vocational evaluator. She has been married to Chuck since April 1996.

Carolyn Jundzilo-Comer, Class of 1967

Jundzilo-Comer graduated from Barberton High school in 1967. She attended the Art Students League of New York in 1978. Though not a typical university, a number of famous artists studied there including Norman Rockwell and Jackson Pollock. She also studied under a number of individuals across the country.
After starting her extensive art education and working different kinds of jobs, she became an administrative assistant to a professor at MIT in the civil and environmental engineering department. This might not seem like a logical fit but she taught drawing to the students which is very important with so much being done on a computer in today’s world.
She is currently working as an artist and has numerous awards and both national and international exhibits. She resides in Barberton.

 


Virginia Taylor Kenner, Class of 1946
Kenner graduated from Barberton High School in 1946. She received her bachelor’s in business education and a provisional special business education teaching certification from Central State College in 1951. She also studied child psychology and child development and earned a reading and arithmetic elementary education teaching certification from the University of Akron.
In 1951, she worked at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base as a clerk/typist in the publication and distribution brand, at Cleveland Receiving Hospital as a clerk-dictaphone operator in the Psychology Department and at the Veterans Administration Hospital and also as a clerk-dictaphone operator in the Registration Department. In 1961, she began her career at Barberton City Schools teaching at Washington School, Johnson Elementary and at Oakdale Elementary. While serving at Washington School, she became an assistant principal during the 1980-1981 school year making her the first Black teacher and principal for Barberton Schools.
Some other accomplishments include being part of the Washington School PTA, Barberton Civic Association, NAACP, Barberton Community Mother’s Club co-founder and Sunday school teacher at Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church.
Kenner passed away in March of 1994 but her family, including her daughters, Alice Watson and Michelle Kenner and nephew Joseph Taylor, are extremely proud of her accomplishments and are glad to be standing in for her.

Lisa Okolish Miller, Class of 1984
Miller is a 1984 graduate of Barberton High School. She graduated cum laude from Ashland University in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice and sociology. She received her Juris Doctor from the University of Akron in 1991.
Upon graduation, she was admitted to the practice of law and began her career as an attorney. Miller has worked for the Summit County Court of Common Pleas General Division as a judicial attorney; an attorney for Westfield Companies; the city of Barberton as the director of human resources and labor relations; and as the executive director of the Human Resource Commission for Summit County. In 2008, she was elected director of law for the city of Barberton and continues to serve in that role.
Miller resides in Barberton with her husband of 32 years, Brian Miller. They have two sons, Logan (BHS ’19) and Bennett (BHS ’21).

Michael E. Vinay, Class of 1992
Vinay graduated from Barberton High School in 1992. He completed his associate of applied science in construction engineering technology in 2008, Bachelor of Science in organizational supervision in 2013 and earned his master’s in public administration in 2016, all degrees from the University of Akron.
After college, he worked as a senior laborer for the city of Barberton Street Department and then as the senior building inspector. Some of his experiences include labor relations and grant proposals, project planning and execution, and he is certified by the state of Ohio as a certified building inspector, residential building official and plumbing inspector.
Vinay currently lives in Akron and works for Summit County as the director of sanitary services. He has two sons, Vincent and Parker.

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