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Meet the Board

Peggy Bosse

Board President

Peggy (Compton) Bosse is a lifelong Deer Park resident.  She attended Deer Park schools from kindergarten through twelfth grade, graduating as Class Valedictorian in 1988.

She and her husband, Gary, have raised their three children in Deer Park Schools.  Peggy has been a member of the Curriculum committee since 2002 and also serves on the Finance Committee.  She is currently a member of Athletic Boosters, PTO, and Band Sponsors.

Peggy, a Northern Kentucky University graduate, obtained her teaching certificate in elementary education in 1992 and taught 2nd and 5th grade in Mason City School District for six years.  As Ryan, Katelyn, and Troy became of school age, Peggy began to utilize her love of teaching as a volunteer in the Deer Park elementary schools and later became a substitute teacher in the district.  She currently works at Sun Spot Pool and Patio as an administrative assistant.

In the community, Peggy joins her family every year in the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk in support of her nephew Matthew, who was born with a congenital heart condition.  She also takes part in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, supporting her father, Dan, in his successful battle and victory against cancer.

Peggy and her family are also active members at St. John the Evangelist Parish in Deer Park.


Dan Downey

Board Member

Dan Downey is a 35-year member of the Deer Park Community and is proudly serving his first term on the Deer Park Board of Education. 

Dan resides in Sycamore Township with his wife Diane. They have three children who have attended Deer Park Community City Schools.

Their youngest daughter currently attends Deer Park Jr./Sr. High School.

Dan has spent his working career of 40 years with Enerfab Inc. where he currently holds the position of Purchasing Manager. 

In the community, Dan volunteers with Cincinnati Public Schools Adopt-a-Class program at Parker Woods Montessori. He works directly with students through tutoring in both math and reading. He also assists with monthly education-based projects within the classroom. 

Dan is a very strong advocate of providing ALL students with every opportunity to achieve their future goals.

His term runs from January 2018 through December 2021.  Dan serves on both the Financial and Communication Committees.

Dan looks forward to working with the Leadership team with the goal of achieving excellence together.


Paul Godwin

Board Vice President

Paul Godwin was born and raised in Connecticut, moving to Ohio to attend the University of Cincinnati where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management. After serving four years in the US Air Force, he and his wife Jan moved to Deer Park in 1975.

Paul and Jan, a retired Amity teacher, have two daughters, Laura and Sara, who are alumni of Deer Park High School. Sara has returned to her alma mater to teach English, while Laura is an Associate Professor of Theater History at Christopher Newport University. Their two grandchildren are future Deer Park students.

Paul previously served on the Deer Park Board of Education from 1992 through 2005, serving as President from 1995 through 2005. He has been an active member of the Buildings and Grounds Committee from 1991 to the present, and also served on the Finance Committee and the Curriculum Committee.

He is a Life Time Member of the Band Sponsors, having worked with the Cat Crew for many years, and has been an Odyssey of the Mind coach and judge.

Prior to retirement, Paul was involved in the construction and operation of a number of large, multi-building campuses for both local and national employers. Paul was a member of the National Fire Protection Association, the American Society of Hospital Engineers, and the Association of Energy Engineers during this time.


Chris Huster

Board Member

As a proud Deer Park alumnae and lifelong resident of this great community, I am excited to serve on the Deer Park Board of Education. I earned my Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education (K-8) from Eastern Kentucky University and my Master's in Education from Xavier University. I am a National Board Certified Teacher. My husband Greg and I are proud to live in a community that values education and understands the importance of working together to accomplish our goals. Our four children, Greg, Nic, Rob and Michelle graduated from DPHS and they went on to earn college degrees.

The last thirty-one years have been the most rewarding years of my life. I have had the opportunity to work with students, parents, fellow educators, and administrators to achieve academic excellence.  I feel privileged to have served as a teacher at Howard, Holmes, and Amity as well as a coach at the Jr./Sr. High School.  I served as president of the Deer Park Education Association, a teacher Representative for contract negotiations, and on the budget and curriculum committees. I am an active member of St. Saviour Church and a committed school district and community volunteer.

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Achieving Excellence Together!
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Karen Kellums

Board Member

Karen (Stratton) Kellums grew up in Deer Park and she attended both Deer Park Community City Schools and St. John the Evangelist. After high school gradation, Class of 1986, she attended Raymond Walters UC for business classes.

All three of Karen's children have attended Deer Park Schools. Karen is married to Tracy Kellums, the Superintendent of Maintenance for Sycamore Township. They love spending time with their three grandchildren, all of whom will be or are attending Deer Park Schools.

Karen is the owner of Black Barn Primitives, which opened in the city of Deer Park in 2005. She has worked for the city as crossing guard and she still currently volunteers at the high school as a gate worker for sporting events. She has also served on the board of the Deer Park Park Board and she is still a volunteer for the organization. She is a part of the Deer Park Business Association. Lastly, she also is an active member of the Sycamore Township Republican Party.