Terra State board welcomes two new members Featured

Carl Koebel, right, delivers the oath of office to Kay Reiter and Matt Montowski Carl Koebel, right, delivers the oath of office to Kay Reiter and Matt Montowski

The Terra State Community College Board of Trustees added two new members during its regular April meeting.

Matt Montowski of Catawba Island and Kay E. Reiter of Fremont were sworn in by board chair Carl Koebel. 

Montowski has been a self-employed independent insurance agent in Ottawa County for 23 years. He has also been a Catawba Island Township Trustee for nearly four years. He has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Ashland University.

Montowski serves as the vice president of the Ottawa County Township Association, chairman of Boy Scout Troop 360 Committee in Port Clinton, and president of the Ottawa Regional Planning Commission. He and his wife Anne have three children–daughter Arielle and twin sons Joe and Nick. 

Montowski was drawn to the board by a desire to model a commitment to higher learning and to the students of Terra State.

“I want to help guide the college in its continued successful operation,” he said. “Our society must seek higher education in order to sustain ourselves in today’s fast-moving world and its competitive global markets. Terra State is the answer for many or our local residents’ futures.”

Montowski, who expressed gratitude to Gov. Kasich for the appointment, believes his communication skills will be an asset he will bring to the board.

“My connections with my community through my work, spiritual and elected life have opened many doors for effective communication,” he said. “I will be an advocate and essential link to my surrounding communities. And I am looking forward to working with the other trustees, Terra president Dr. Webster, and the rest of Terra’s staff.” 

Reiter is serving Terra State for the second time. She was also a trustee from 2001 through 2003. A Ballville Township resident, Reiter is the Executive Director for the Sandusky County Economic Development Corporation. She is a graduate of Fremont Ross High School and Bowling Green School of Nursing, and completed an Economic Development Regional Course at Lakeland Community College.

Reiter’s other activities include: Goodwill Industries board, Ohio Economic Development Associate Board of Directors, Sandusky County Community Improvement Corporation, Sandusky County Positive People board, Northwest Ohio Regional Economic Development board, T.R.I.P.S. advisory board and the Fremont Rotary Club. 

“I believe the college is one of Sandusky County’s top assets and I look forward to working with the college as they address future needs,” she said. “Training and education for our communities is so critical.” 

In her first few months on the board, Reiter plans to focus on where the board and the college are in terms of strategic planning and then learn how she can assist in moving the action plan forward.Reiter and her husband Dale have three adult children--Amanda, Curt and Matthew, and four grandchildren.

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