Ohio Purple Star Advisory Board

To better support military families, the Ohio Department of Education created the Purple Star Advisory Board. The Board advises on best practices, resources and recommendations to further the shared goal of improving educational programs for military-connected youth. The Purple Star Advisory Board helps decide eligibility requirements for the Purple Star Award


The board includes representation from educators and stakeholders from around the state with a passion to serve the military community. The members of the advisory board include:

  • Jason Scragg, Ohio Department of Education
  • Valerie Kunze, Ohio Department of Education 
  • Pete LuPiba, Ohio MIC3 Commissioner
  • Tammy Puff, Governor’s Office 
  • Chip Merkle, Ohio National Guard 
  • Chris Picha, Ohio Department of Veterans Services
  • Jason Durell, United States Army Reserve  
  • Jared Shank, Ohio Department of Higher Education
  • Vacancy, Military Family (Service member or dependent) 
  • Vacancy, Military-Connected Student (9-12) 
  • Jenn Davis, Preschool Teacher 
    Huber Heights City Schools 
  • Ashley Twedt, Elementary Teacher
    Clearfork Valley Local Schools  
  • Matt Cox, Elementary Teacher 
    Big Walnut Local Schools 
  • Michelle Lewis, Middle School Teacher
    Olentangy Local Schools 
  • Christine Young, Middle School Teacher 
    Anthony Wayne Local Schools 
  • Chad Marzec, High School Teacher
    Liberty-Benton Local Schools
  • Vacancy, High School or Career Technical Educator
  • Chad Wyen, Superintendent
    Mad River Local Schools 

Members serve as long as they are willing and able. If a member cannot fulfill their term, the vacancy will be filled through the open application process. Vacancies to the board are posted and communicated to Purple Star Schools. Individuals can apply using Purple Star Advisory Board Application. All applicants remain in a pool for future vacancies in the event that all positions are filled.


The board meets virtually twice per year, once in late spring (May) and again in the fall (September). Additional meetings may occur on an as-needed basis. The Department determines meeting time, date and agenda in consultation with board members. Members must attend all regular meetings. If a member is unable to attend, a member can designate an alternate representative. The alternate should be familiar with the Purple Star program.

If you have questions or comments about the Ohio Purple Star Advisory Board, contact Jason Scragg at (614) 466-4109 or Jason.Scragg@education.ohio.gov.

Last Modified: 2/16/2023 12:56:13 PM