Board of Education

Joshua Little

Mr. Little began serving on the Board of Education in November of 2015.  He is currently employed as the CEO of the Wapakoneta Family YMCA.  He began serving on the Board in order to serve his community.  His mother started her teaching career in Wapakoneta, and having two children (and one in the future) attending Wapakoneta City Schools he wanted to work with the teachers, support staff, adminstrators, and other Board of Education members to continue to make Wapakoneta City Schools the leader in academics, sports, arts and leader-building.  Josh and his wife, Amy, have three children.  He is a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Wapakoneta Knights of Columbus, Wapakoneta Rotary Club (Past President), Wapakoneta Sertoma Club (Past President), Wapakoneta Breakfast Optimist Club, Ohio Alliance of YMCAs (Past Chair), Former Board Member and President of the Wapakoneta Area Chamber of Commerce, and a Former Board Member of Wapakoneta Loaves and Fishes.   

Gregg Ruppert

Mr. Ruppert began serving on the Board in January 2018.  He retired as a teacher from Wapakoneta City Schools.  He is presently working for the City of Wapakoneta Parks and Recreation Department.  He has a desire to help facilitate and continue the tradition of excellence in education in Wapakoneta City Schools.  He has a desire to collaborate with district staff to keep improving and moving the district forward and a desire to see all staff respected and treated fairly and justly.  He has abundant energy and enthusiasm for our community and our school district and has no fear in promoting what is right for staff and students instead of what is popular.  He and his wife Joni have one son.  He is a member of the American Legion #330, Eagles, and attends First United Methodist Church.  

Brian Cossel

Mr. Cossel is one of our newest board members, serving since January 2018.  He is a familiar face around Wapakoneta as he has been employed by the United States Post Office for many years and much of that time was spent as a mail carrier.  Brian was driven to serve on the Board in order to help the school district in any way possible.  He has previously worked with the children in our district as a coach, as well.  He and his wife Shawna have one son.  He is motivated to help the district knowing that his young son will be in our school buildings learning for many years to come.  

Ron Mertz

Mr. Mertz has served on the Board since January 1, 2000.  Ron currently is employed at Dana Corporation in Lima Ohio as a Maintenance Software and Parts Specialist.  He is married to his high school sweetheart, Elaine (Jones).  They have three daughters, four grandsons, and two granddaughters.  Mr. Mertz is community minded and feels "you need to get invoved.  That's how we can ALL make a difference."  Ron is retired from the Cridersville Fire Department with 40 years of service, ten as Chief.  He is a member of Harvest Baptist Church and is a supporter of Redskin Arts and Sports Programs.   

Willie Sammetinger

Mr. Sammetinger was elected to the school board in 2020, but has previoulsy served on the board for a total of sixteen years.  His main reason for wanting to serve was to be involved in the community and give back to the district he cares about.  Willie is a 1971 graduate of WHS and has lived in Wapakoneta his entire life.  Mr. Sammetinger has been employed as a masonry supervisor for Tuttle Construction for many years.  Willie is also a member of the Apollo Board of Education and believes that hands on learning and hard work are vital skills for many of our students and their success.  In addition he has served as the Wapakoneta ACME baseball coach for 19 years.  During Willie's time on the Board much has been accomplished and he looks forward to assisting the district and its students in the future.  Willie has been married to Sharon for 44 years and they have three boys; Craig, Chris, and Nick.   

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