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REBEKAH J. ENZ is an attorney with Amy Goodson Co., LLC, where she practices education law, non-profit law and board governance. Ms. Enz is admitted to practice in Ohio. She is currently a part-time instructor with Lakeland Community College. She earned her bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from Lake Erie College and J.D. degree from the University of Akron School of Law. She is a member of the American Bar Association and the Education Law Association. Ms. Enz has also worked as an attorney, compliance manager, and director of board relations and compliance for an education management company.
RYAN M. GEMBALA is a partner in the Ohio law firm O’Toole, McLaughlin, Dooley & Pecora, Co., and a member of the firm’s education practice group. Mr. Gembala provides a variety of legal services to public school districts, including handling labor and employment issues, grievances and arbitrations, state employment relations board and unfair labor practice matters, employee and student disciplinary matters, and collective bargaining negotiations. He regularly consults with school district clients on compliance matters, including effective compliance with ADA, IDEA, the Civil Rights Act, and related statutes and regulations. He also works with his clients on privacy matters, including navigating the Ohio sunshine law, the Public Records Act, and the Open Meetings Act, among others. As a litigator, Mr. Gembala has represented clients in state, federal, and administrative matters, including appellate matters. He is an active member of the Lorain County Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association, and the American Bar Association; and is admitted to practice in the state of Ohio, and before the U.S. District Court for the Northern and Southern districts of Ohio, the District of Colorado, the Eastern District of Michigan, and the Northern and Western districts of New York. Mr. Gembala earned his J.D. degree from the University of Toledo College of Law and his bachelor’s degree, with honors, from The Ohio State University.
AMY E. GOODSON is the owner of Amy Goodson Co., LLC, in Tallmadge. Her firm focuses its practices almost exclusively in the area of charter school law. Ms. Goodson represents more than 40 boards of directors for community (charter) schools throughout the state of Ohio. She prides herself in providing comprehensive legal services to boards, handling complex matters with knowledge, resourcefulness, and efficiency. Ms. Goodson is committed to providing not only reliable, high-quality legal advice, but sincere engagement in the board's leadership responsibilities. She is admitted to practice law in Ohio and Florida; and before the Federal Northern District Court of Ohio. Ms. Goodson brings more than 15 years of experience in community/charter school law, along with a background as an educator at the elementary, middle school and college levels; and a former Board of Education member herself. She holds a state certificate in mediation and conflict resolution. Ms. Goodson earned her B.A. degree in elementary and gifted education from Kent State University. For several years, she taught middle school in Mahoning County, Ohio. After which, Ms. Goodson earned her J.D. degree from the University of Akron School of Law. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association, and the Akron Bar Association, where she has been the chair of both the Solo & Small-Firm Committee and the University of Akron Liaison Committee.
RHONDA J. PORTER is an attorney with Day Ketterer. Ms. Porter serves as the chair of Day Ketterer’s Education Law Practice Group and focuses her practice on representing school boards throughout Ohio with an emphasis on special education and related civil rights litigation. Prior to joining Day Ketterer, Ms. Porter served as general counsel for the Akron Public School District for over ten years and as general counsel to the Cleveland Metropolitan School District for three years. Her special education law practice involves advising school boards on all aspects of special education law, including the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. She represents districts in due process hearings and files and responds to special education complaints. Ms. Porter is a certified ATIXA Title IX Administrator and Investigator and has her Ohio State Auditor Public Records Certification. She is a nationally recognized speaker in the areas of student records; school safety; Title IX; First, Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment Issues related to school systems; and Section 504. She is admitted to practice before the U.S. Northern District of Ohio, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court, and is also a member of the Ohio State and Akron bar associations. Ms. Porter regularly gives presentations and in-service trainings to school district personnel locally and throughout Ohio. She earned her J.D. degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and her Master's degree from Duquesne University.
RACHEL M. REIGHT is a partner with Baasten, McKinley & Co., L.P.A. Ms. Reight practices in the areas of labor and employment law, administrative law (state employment relations board, Ohio Department of Education, and children services investigations), workers' compensation, and defense of teachers and associations. She has been selected to the 2017 and 2018 Ohio Super Lawyers list of Rising Stars. Ms. Reight is a frequent speaker at workshops for public educators, school employees, and county developmental disabilities board employees in Cuyahoga, Lorain, and Summit counties. She is a member of Ohio State (previously in the Solo, Small Firm & General Practice Section) and Stark County (Disputed Fee Committee) bar associations. Ms. Reight received her B.A. degree from The Ohio State University and earned her J.D. degree from University of Toledo College of Law.