Board of Education

The Beachwood Board of Education meets in regularly scheduled meetings on the second and fourth Monday of each month at 7:30 pm, in the Fairmount Community Room, 24601 Fairmount Boulevard, Beachwood, Ohio. 
24601 Fairmount Boulevard
Beachwood, Ohio 44122
(216) 464-2600


Brian Weiss
5th Term (2004)

Dr. Brian Weiss, long-time Beachwood Schools volunteer and father of four, has served on the Beachwood Board of Education since 2004. Dr. Weiss, a private practice podiatrist, and his wife, Dawn, are Beachwood High School graduates. Co-chairman of the 2002 levy campaign, Dr. Weiss has served on more than 20 District and building committees, including the 1996 permanent improvement levy citizen team; parent advisory committees for Fairmount, Bryden and Hilltop Schools; search teams for administrative positions including District superintendent and pupil services director; the District's strategic planning committee; and other advisory committees on special education, Blue Ribbon Awards and parent-student-faculty planning. Dr. Weiss has lived in Beachwood for more than 40 years. His trusteeships include The Beachwood Schools Foundation, Beachwood High School Alumni Association, The Up Side of Downs of Greater Cleveland (President), and the Northeast Ohio Academy of Podiatric Medicine (Treasurer). As the parent of a special needs child and a child in the gifted program, he has first-hand knowledge of all ranges of learning styles.


Maria Bennett official headshot
1st Term (2018)

Maria Bennett was elected to the Beachwood Board of Education in November of 2017. Maria brings years of experience to her role on the Board, having served on corporate Boards of Directors for more than 10 years as well as more than 5 years on her alma mater, Miami University's Board and the Beachwood PTO Board. With a BS in Engineering and an MS in Biomedical Engineering, Maria has a long history as an inventor and author, holding more than 25 patents and authoring more than 20 scientific publications. She's secured more than $30 million in state and federal grants and contracts throughout her professional career. In addition to founding a local MedTech pain management company and serving as its President and CEO since 2010, Maria creates the time to give back to both the Beachwood and the broader community. She's been a mentor for more than 20 years to young people in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and MAthematics), providing leadership on education, entrepreneurship and career mentorship. She's a multiple year Room Parent, former Hilltop School PTO representative and just stepped down from her role as PTO Treasurer. Maria is the proud mother of Beachwood students Luke and Kyle and wife of Carl. 


Jamie Elwell
Appointed to fill a term (2018) 
Jamie Elwell was appointed to the Beachwood Board of Education in August 2018, and has volunteered in the Beachwood schools as a PTO room parent, Hilltop’s parent diversity committee and a STEM class volunteer. Jamie comes to this board position with over 15 years of experience working in leadership development; designing, presenting and facilitating sessions across the country for Progressive Insurance and industry conferences. Previously, Jamie held roles at Case Western Reserve University, including working with first-year students in residence halls, training residence hall staff and serving as a career coach to graduate business students in the Weatherhead School of Management. She also currently serves on the board for Daily Dose of Reading, a non-profit focused on improving literacy in children by empowering families through reading and language. Jamie has a BS in Managerial Economics from the University of California, Davis and a MS in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University. A mom of two boys, Colin and Justin, Jamie and her husband Jack stay involved in the Beachwood schools through the Destination Imagination program, swim team and wrestling team. 


Josh Mintz
2nd Term (2012)

Joshua Mintz was elected to the Beachwood Board of Education in 2011. A 1993 graduate of Beachwood High School he went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in education from Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla. He is a very active volunteer and supporter of a number of Beachwood’s schools and community programs. The Beachwood Boosters, Beachwood Schools Foundation, various parent advisory boards and the Beachwood 100 are among some of the committees/boards that he continues to serve. Mr. Mintz also serves on the board of InMotion, a wellness community for Parkinson’s and other movement disorders. Mr. Mintz is the owner and operator of commercial real estate. He is married to Elana and has two children, Izzie and Drew in the Beachwood Schools.


Megan Walsh
Appointed to fill a term (2019)

Megan Walsh was appointed to the Beachwood Board of Education in January 2019. Megan earned a Master of Science in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University with a Children, Youth & Families concentration and School Social Work certificate after completing a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a business certificate at Indiana University-Bloomington. She is a Licensed Independent Social Worker-Supervisor with 10 years of direct service experience with families living in the city of Cleveland. In her current role as the MomsFirst Deputy Project Director at the Cleveland Department of Public Health, Megan’s work focuses on closing the racial disparity in infant mortality through dismantling systemic racism and providing supportive home visiting for pregnant women. Creating change and building relationships is also a personal passion. Megan serves on the board of Daily Dose of Reading, an early literacy program designed to close the achievement gap and serves as a College Now mentor for a first generation college student. Megan and her husband, Brandon, moved to Beachwood in 2013 and have two sons, Nolan and Cooper, in the Beachwood Schools.