Mayor Jackson Swears In 4 CMSD Board Members

On Dec. 18, 2017, Mayor Frank G. Jackson reappointed four board members to the Cleveland Municipal School District (CMSD) Board of Education and administered the oath of office to Anne Bingham, Chair; Robert M. Heard, Sr., Vice Chair; Dr. Lisa Thomas, and Willetta Milam.

The Board members will serve full terms ending June 30, 2021.

Anne Bingham, Chair of the Cleveland Municipal School Board of Education

Anne Bingham has been a member of the Cleveland Municipal Board of Education since 2014. Bingham is a Vice President with First Federal Lakewood and she has over 30 years of experience in banking and finance. Bingham earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in French from DePauw University, and a Master of Business Administration in Finance degree from Indiana University.

Bingham lives in the West Park neighborhood of Cleveland. She was reappointed and sworn in as the Chair of the Cleveland Municipal School Board of Education.

Robert M. Heard, Sr., Vice Chair of the Cleveland Municipal School Board of Education

Robert M. Heard, Sr. has been a member of the Cleveland Municipal Board of Education since 2004. He served as the Board Chair from 2007 to 2009. Heard currently serves as a Trustee at the Ohio School Boards Association and the Northeast Region of the Ohio School Boards Association. He is also a member of the Federal Relations Network of the National School Board Association. Heard is twice retired, from State Farm Insurance and the Cleveland Clinic. He is a graduate of John Adams High School and he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Cleveland State University.

Heard is a resident of the Glenville neighborhood where he lives with his wife of 28 years, Gennorris, also a CMSD graduate. They have four children, all are adults and two of whom are CMSD graduates. Heard was reappointed and sworn in as the Vice Chair of the Cleveland Municipal School Board of Education.

Dr. Lisa Thomas, Board Member of the Cleveland Municipal School Board of Education

Thomas has served with various municipal governments for over two decades and brings a great deal of experience managing large sector public agencies. Thomas has served on the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board of Cuyahoga County and has significant senior-level management experience with municipal government, including the cities of Cleveland, Lakewood and North Olmsted. She holds a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, an M.B.A. from Baldwin-Wallace College and a Ph.D. in urban policy and public affairs from Cleveland State University. She lives in the Euclid Park neighborhood of Cleveland. Dr. Thomas was reappointed and sworn in as a Board member of the Cleveland Municipal School Board of Education.

Willetta Milam, Board Member of the Cleveland Municipal School Board of Education

Milam is the president and founder of Help Resources, a community-based organization that assists in educating people about their legal rights. A graduate of John Hay High School, she holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh, Bradford Campus and a Juris Doctorate degree from Antioch School of Law in Washington, D.C. She lives in the Buckeye-Shaker neighborhood of Cleveland and is the proud mother of two CMSD students. Milam was reappointed and sworn in as a Board member of the Cleveland Municipal School Board of Education. You can view her full biography here.

For a full list of the CMSD School Board members go to this link.