The Sylvania Historical Village introduced its new trustees at the organization’s monthly meeting on June 11, 2015. New members approved by the Sylvania City Council are: Sue McHugh, Beth Killian, and Adam Fineske.
Sue McHugh is a familiar face in Sylvania’s historical community as she serves at the President of the Friends of the Lathrop House. She was part of a grass roots effort to save the important landmark from demolition. Sue received her degree in History and Humanistic Studies from St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana. She has been a longtime volunteer in the Sylvania school system and with the Central City Ministry schools of the Diocese of Toledo where she has brought history and social studies to life by teaching students to look at and understand art throughout history.
Beth Killian graduated from the Sylvania Schools before receiving degrees from The University of Toledo in accounting and Lourdes College in Human Resource Management and Business Administration. After a career working in finance, Beth went to work at Lourdes College where she started and managed Café Lourdes, the first food service venture at the school. She was also the founder of LandCare Network, a local lawn care, snow removal and landscape company. She has volunteered her time as a court appointed advocate, an advocate at Toledo Crittenden Services and in the Ottawa Hills schools. She and her husband Mike have 4 children and 3 grandchildren.
Adam Fineske is a graduate of the University Of Toledo College Of Education and this spring earned his doctorate degree from Concordia University. Upon graduation, he started teaching in the Sylvania School system where he taught at Sylvan, and Hill View and was the assistant principal at Arbor Hills. He was principal at Hill View Elementary, and under his leadership there, the new Hill View school building was designed and built in a unique and collaborative way. After his term at Hill View, Adam was promoted to the central office, and for three years has been the district’s Executive Director of Curriculum and Assessment. Adam lives in Sylvania with his wife Katie and their three children.
“We are very excited to welcome our new board members,” notes Mary Kay Solt, President of the Board of Trustees. “Each of them brings a unique perspective and background but shares our passion for education and history. This is a really dynamic time in our organization’s history and we are looking forward to the future and the great things to come.”
In addition to Ms. Solt and the new trustees, the other members of the all-volunteer board include: President-Elect, Thomas Blank, Secretary, Evan Ericksen, Treasurer, Anthony Arite, Mayor Craig Stough, City Council Representative, Sandy Husman, Kim Kozbial-Hess, and Robert Smith. The Sylvania Historical Village is a 501C3 non-profit educational and historical complex located in the heart of Historic Downtown Sylvania.