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Our Advisory Board

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J. Leonard Harding, President of the Educational Resource Consultants of Ohio, Inc. brings 30 years of experience in education to ERCO. He holds a B.S. in Education from Miami University of Oxford OH, a Masters in Educational Administration from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio and received his superintendents license while enrolled as a doctoral candidate at the University of Cincinnati in the Urban Educational Leadership Program. Combining his background in education and business,


Mr. Harding brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to lead and direct the community leaders of which his organization sponsors. Mr. Harding's past relative experience has been as the Director of Education for Hamilton County Juvenile Court of Common Pleas, administration at Northwest Local School District and teacher with the Princeton City School District. Mr. Harding was an adjunct professor at Xavier University and the student teacher supervisor for the college of education at the Cincinnati branch of Mt Vernon University. He has received special recognition awards for "Excellence in Programming" from Xavier University and "Ohio Principals Mentoring Program" from the State of Ohio. Mr. Harding is the co-founder of Christ Tabernacle Ministries of Excellence, Inc. which is the parent group of the Educational Resource Consultants of Ohio, Inc.



Dr. Smith is a husband and father of two sons; his oldest son is 
a graduate of Morehouse College and his youngest son is a student
at Howard University. He is a product of Cincinnati Public Schools. 
After high school he entered Miami University on an athletic scholarship 
where he received his BS degree in education. He continued his 
education at Xavier University earning a Master Degree in Guidance 
Counseling. As a result of encouragement from several of his mentors 
he decided to pursue a doctoral degree in which he completed in 
Educational leadership from Miami University.

His passion for learning and the sharing of knowledge has resulted 
in a career as an educator for over 25 years. His belief in education 
has guided his philosophy that all children have the right to receive 
a quality education. He believes that excelling in school creates 
opportunities for success; and high achievement generates possibilities 
of choices. He surmises that the more academic exposures that an 
individual discovers (encounters) then more choices of opportunities 
will be accessible.  He believes as educators it is our responsibility to
create such exposures that stimulate their minds for learning and to 
remove any obstacles that prevents opportunities.



Dr. Joyner brings over 40 years of experience in curriculum and instruction, beginning her career as a teacher of students with disabilities and Reading Specialist in the public school system. She has held the positions: Supervisor of Curriculum and Learning, Director of Curriculum, and Assistant Superintendent/ Chief Academic Officer. In the position Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Joyner was responsible for directing Curriculum and Instruction; Early Childhood Education; Research, Evaluation and Assessment; Services to Students with Disabilities and English Language Learners; Federal Programs and Professional Development. Dr. Joyner has also collaborated with institutions of higher education, state and local agencies and private foundations to improve educational services for all students and families in the Cincinnati area. Dr. Terry. B. Joyner is also the President and CEO of Systems Solutions LLC, an educational consulting company that  provides curriculum alignment, instructional management, program evaluation, coaching, data analysis and monitoring services to schools for improving student achievement. She provides professional development, technical assistance and administrative services to local school boards, community schools, sponsors and social service agencies. She received her degrees in Education from the University of Delaware (BSED 1977), University Of Maryland, College Park (M.ED, 1978), and Wilmington University, Delaware (Ed.D 1996). Dr. Joyner believes, “Schools control the conditions that lead to student success.” Quality teaching and instructions is the key to success.



John Taracko has been an educator for 45 years. He has taught or tutored students from grades 1-12 in regular, Title I and special education classrooms and home tutoring. In addition, he has served as a Principal for 20 years in special education schools, in juvenile correctional facilities, a residential treatment center and a community school. During his career, he was also a Special Education Supervisor for a school district and a Curriculum Coordinator and Post-secondary Coordinator for another district.


After his first retirement, he returned to education as a Consultant for the Ohio Department of Education in the Office of Community Schools. He later became a Consultant for the Office of Career Technical Education and eventually became the Liaison between the two Offices. In addition, he has served as a representative for two community school sponsors.

Mr. Taracko graduated with a BA in Psychology from Ohio University and later received a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Miami University of Ohio. He entered the Doctoral program at The Ohio State University in Education, Completing 40+ hours.

He is a very devoted husband, father to three sons, six grandchildren and one very recent and special great-granddaughter.



Nicole Scott currently serves as General Counsel for Phalen Leadership Academies (“PLA”) and joined the organization with over 10 years of experience as an attorney and leader in the education/school choice industry. In her role, Nicole manages the legal, compliance, human resources, and special education teams.  Her duties include handling the business of PLA in a manner that supports senior leadership in mitigating legal risks; protecting the interests of PLA and its students in both external and internal legal matters; providing advice and counsel across teams to achieve ongoing compliance in support of PLA’s mission. Prior to joining PLA, Nicole served as Chief of Employee Solutions & Legal Affairs for KIPP: Los Angeles Schools. In this role, Nicole served as General Counsel and led the human resources department for all school sites operated by KIPP: Los Angeles. Nicole also managed the relationship between KIPP: Los Angeles and Los Angeles Unified School District, the organization’s authorizer. She was instrumental in getting a K-8 charter school approved through Compton Unified School District for KIPP as well.


Prior to joining the KIPP team, Nicole worked with the Inner City
Education Foundation as SVP of Talent and General Counsel where she was instrumental in getting the first charter middle school approved through Inglewood Unified School district. Before committing her career to education, Nicole was an associate at the leading law firm of Cochran, Cherry, Givens &  Smith PLC in Los Angeles. She also has experience working for various entertainment companies including Sony Pictures, DreamWorks Pictures, and the William Morris Agency. Nicole is a proud alumna of Spelman College and the UC Berkeley School of Law - Boalt Hall.



Fraunfelter Accounting Services formed in 2000 and since completed over 200 GAAP conversions, including over 55 CAFRs, filing over 100 non-for-profit tax reporting form package (990s), and financially forecasting/analysis for multiple local governments between Cincinnati, Dayton and Columbus.

Mr. Fraunfelter also serves as the contract finance director at two transportation improvement districts, three port authorities and several community improvement corporations. Fraunfelter Accounting Services has served as the ERCO financial review specialist for our bi-monthly financial reporting process since July 2012. Her has adapted our review process to meet the needs of the Department of Education sponsor program through a six step process which now includes a monthly comparative review and up to two year historically trend analysis.

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