Shutt, Boehler join park district board

Janet Shutt (left) and Jakob Boehler are new to the Seneca County Park District board.

Jakob Boehler and Janet Shutt were welcomed to the Seneca County Park District board Tuesday during their first meeting.

They replace Roland Zimmerman, whose last term on the board ended in December, and Carl Miller, who is retiring after he handed over the chairmanship of the board to Bill McAllister Tuesday.

The other three board members are Chairman Bill McAllister, First Vice Chairwoman Lori Hall and Second Vice Chairman Lee Martin.

Boehler, a Seneca County native, said he has always spent time visiting the county parks.

He graduated from Mohawk High School, and earned a bachelor of science degree in environmental science and master of arts degree in education from Heidelberg University.

He works at Heidelberg’s National Center for Water Quality Research as a research assistant in the lab, and as coordinator of the Sandusky River Watershed Coalition.

“I have a strong passion to foster a community-wide appreciation and commitment to protect and conserve the invaluable resources we have here in Seneca County, including our great park system,” he said. “I am looking forward to and excited to serve the residents of Seneca County as a park board commissioner.”

Shutt has worked in the newspaper journalism, public relations, marketing and fund development areas for 40 years. She has worked at St. Francis in Tiffin and the former St. Francis Health Care Centre in Green Springs, and served as executive director of Tiffin-Seneca United Way as well as public relations director for Betty Jane Memorial Rehabilitation Center and as a staff writer for The Advertiser-Tribune.

Her most recent work was as editor and publisher of Sage Living Magazine.

She earned a bachelor of science degree in education from Bowling Green State University, a certificate in fundraising management and is an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist.

She has volunteered on the park district’s Strategic Planning Committee and is active in Rotary and many other community organizations.