Board Of Directors

We are delighted to have a board with such a wonderful mix of skills.  The students of Menlo Park Academy will always be at the center of this board's goals and objectives.

Quick page links:

2015-16 Strategic Goals & Key Result Areas

2014-15 Key Result Areas & Goals

2013-14 Strategic Plan

2012-13 Strategic Plan

Feel free to contact all board members at or individual members with email address listed in the Board Member Biographies below.


Introduction & Board Responsibilities

Menlo Park Academy is governed by a Board of Directors, a policy-making body that holds the school’s charter and is responsible for all fiduciary, legal, regulatory, and compliance issues. It provides valuable leadership to the school and is comprised of volunteers who do not receive any compensation for their service.  The 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.  They are responsible for educational goals and establishing policies for the school based on state laws and our school's charter.  

Board members do not manage the day-to-day operations of the school, but make policy decisions on a wide range of issues and provide the overall governance.  No one member has the authority or power to make a decision regarding the operation of the school.  All decisions are made in public at open board meetings.  The main duties of the Board are to:

Biographies - Board of Directors

Cathy Aldrich, Board Secretary

Cathy Aldrich is originally from the Washington, D.C. area, and settled in Cleveland in 1995 via the California Bay Area. Mrs. Aldrich holds a B.A. in Political Science from Mary Washington College, Fredericksburg, Virginia and a M.Ed. from Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia. Prior to obtaining her Master's degree, she received her Paralegal Certificate from The National Center for Paralegal Training in Atlanta, Georgia. She practiced as a Paralegal in the areas of lobbying, telecommunications, corporate and banking law.
After receiving her teaching degree, her family relocated to northern California where she taught third and fourth grades. After the birth of her first child and moving to Lakewood, Ohio, she stayed at home with her children, both gifted students. Mrs. Aldrich taught Art at Menlo Park Academy for the first two years of the school’s existence.
Mrs. Aldrich has served on the boards and held offices for a variety of civic organizations including the Virginia Young Democrats, Jaycees, Lakewood Early Childhood PTA, Taft PTO in Lakewood, Junior Women's Club of Lakewood and Trinity Lutheran Church in Lakewood. She just completed a year as President of Church Council for Trinity where she had previously served as Education Director for ten years. Through service to these organizations, Mrs. Aldrich has amassed experience in fundraising, event planning and grant writing.
She also served as Director for Trinity's School Age Child Care program for three years. Duties included supervising staff, developing programs and compliance with licensing laws and procedures. Additionally, she has coached and/or managed her son's soccer teams for the Lakewood Soccer Association for seven years. She has also served as a Girl Scout leader, committee chair for Cub Scouts and is currently involved with Boy Scouts.

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Fraser Hamilton

Fraser Hamilton, Sr. is a geologist by training, having a Bachelor's degree from the University of Maine at Farmington and a Masters from Temple University. He also studied at Texas A&M University and the University of Dundee in Scotland. He is currently a self-employed environmental consultant. He 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.

Mr. Hamilton is the father of three children, two MPA graduates and one current student. He and his wife Susan live in Euclid. Having three gifted children and experiencing the challenge those children faced in educational academic environments, Fraser appreciates the service MPA provides and is committed to serving our mission. 

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.  

Mrs. Harrison founded the NorthEast Ohio Gifted Education Advocacy and Resources Group.  She also serves on the Curriculum Committee for the Avon local school's Continuous Improvement Plan team.  She has been an active school volunteer for many years, served as the secretary for the parent-teacher organization of Lorain Gifted Academy and was elected the President of that organization prior to the school closing.  

Mrs. Harrison is both a local advisor and national officer for her sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha, and is an active volunteer in several other community organizations.  These experiences have provided her with expertise in leadership training and team building, as well as planning and executing fundraising and family-focused events.  Her experience in the non-profit area is a true asset to the team.

Mrs. Harrison and her husband reside in Avon, Ohio.  They have two children, one who is an MPA graduate and another a current student.


Suzanne McFarland

Mrs. McFarland earned her BS in Elementary Education from Millersville University in PA, a Master’s degree from Temple University in Guidance and Counseling and a Doctorate in Early Childhood and Child Development from Indiana University in Bloomington IN. She has taught preschool through sixth grade and spent 6 years as an elementary counselor. 

Mrs. 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.
While at the University of Toledo, Mrs. McFarland taught graduate courses in gifted education, consulted with P-12 schools to start and enhance their gifted programs, made professional presentations at gifted conferences, and for 16 years, directed a summer program for gifted high school students. Additional professional activities include writing and implementing grants; assuming leadership roles in professional organizations; serving on governing/policy boards and local and state committees; and collaborating in the design of a multimillion dollar campus child care facility.

Now a widow, Mrs. McFarland lives in Middleburg Heights, joyfully close to grandchildren, and is proud to be "Nana" a couple of special MPA students.  She works scoring Teacher Performance Assessment portfolios for Pearson Corporation.  


Dan O'Malia

Dan O’Malia currently works for KeyBank as Business Resource Center Relationship Manager covering 84 branches in Eastern New York and New England.  Most recently, Dan was a Small Business Relationship Manager working out of the Strongsville, Ohio KeyBank branch.

Prior to starting at Key, Dan spent most of his professional career in Retail Management, Sales, and Customer Service with Sprint/Nextel and Apple Inc. He also spent 3 years in the non-profit sector as the Director of Development and Marketing for a faith based organization that provides homes for adults with developmental disabilities. 

Dan was born and raised in Cleveland and graduated from St. Ignatius High School and John Carroll University with a B.A. in History. He finished his college degree abroad at The University of College Galway in Ireland. He lives in Lakewood with Jennifer, his wife of 17 years, and their 4 children: Tiernan (15), Finn (13), Kiely (12), and Cavan (6). Cavan will be a first grader at MPA this fall.


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