Board Members

Board Members

 Caribeth Legats - President
 
Legats was born and raised in Akron, Ohio and graduated from the University of Akron with a degree in Health, Physical Education and Recreation. Caribeth and her late husband, Ken moved to Zanesville in 1969 upon appointment of her husband as Superintendent of MCBDD. Legats was a stay at home Mom until her two boys entered school. In 1984, Legats was asked to take over the Primary Age Severe Behavior Handicapped class for Zanesville City Schools, she enjoyed the challenge so much that she decided to return to school and become certified in Special Education, earn her Masters Degree in Education. She ultimately retired from teaching in 2005. Presently, along with being the acting Board President of MCBDD, Legats is a member of the Daybreak Rotary Club, Board President and Project Chairman for Muskingum Valley Miracle League, the East Central Division National Vice-Chairman for Good Citizens, Veterans Affairs Chairman for her Chapter, State Chairman of the Project Patriot Committee, Vice-President of the Foxfire Alternative School Board, and President of the Zanesville Day Nursery Board.
 
 
Ben Whitacre - Vice President 
 
Whitacre was born and raised in Muskingum County and went to West Muskingum High School. Benjamin graduated from Ohio State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Benjamin received his Juris Doctor from the University Of Miami School Of Law. Benjamin is an Attorney and Partner with the Law Firm of Micheli, Baldwin, Northrup LLP. 
 
Shayne Barnes - Secretary
 
Barnes was born and raised in Zanesville, Ohio where she graduated from Bishop Rosecrans. She is employed at Genesis Healthcare systems and a member of the Muskingum Valley Miracle League Board. Shayne is married to Jimmy Frey and they have one son, Tyler, who is 19 and attends Starlight School. 
Shayne enjoys the summertime, auto racing, beaches, photography, yard work and spending time with her family and friends.
 
 
 
 
Cathy Martin - Board Member
 
Martin attended Ohio University where she received her degrees in Special Education and Elementary Education. Cathy has taught for 38 years, 34 of those with the Zanesville City Schools. She is married with 4 adult children and 4 grandchildren.  
 
 
 Diana White - Board Member
 
White has been married for over 20 years and has  5 children, one boy and four girls. Diana’s son, Cody, was born with Down Syndrome; being a member of the board has helped her in becoming his biggest advocate and supporter. Diana has been employed as a paraprofessional at Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center (MVESC), and currently in MD eighteen plus grad class which is housed at the MVESC building. Diana enjoys working with students and adults in helping them become more independent and gainfully employed in the community.
 
Michael Norman - Board Member
 
Norman is a resident of Muskingum County, He graduated from Tri-Valley High School. Michael attended Ohio University where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.  Michael works at General HealthCare System where he is Vice President of Finance
 
 
Robert Beitzel - Board Member
 
Beitzel is a lifelong resident of Muskingum County, where he graduated from Zanesville High School. He attended the University of Athens with degrees in Retail Merchandising and Business; then returned to Zanesville and gained employment at Ace Truck Equipment, a company his grandfather started in 1955. 
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