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Board Members

Jeffrey Biddle

Jeffrey Biddle School Board President

Jeff Biddle (Board President) graduated from William Henry Harrison High School in 1975 and University of Cincinnati in 1980, and has owned Village Pharmacy in Harrison since 1989. He served on Harrison City Council from 1988-1996, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Harrison Building and Loan and as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at UC. He was elected to the SLSD Board in 2000 Jeff is married to Pam, a Harrison and Diamond Oaks graduate, and they have four daughters: Molly, Maggie, Marci, and Mindy, who all graduated from William Henry Harrison High School and UC. He has three grandchildren who are excited to start attending Southwest Schools in the future. Education is important to Jeff because his father (a 1941 Harrison graduate) came from a poor family. His grandpa was a laborer for Hamilton County’s road department, and his grandma did washing and ironing for the well-to-do folks in town. Thanks to the GI bill, Jeff’s father became the first in his family to get a college degree. Now his son, Jeff, and his four granddaughters have college degrees as well. The education provided by Southwest Schools was the foundation for these accomplishments. Continuing to provide a world class education to all Southwest students is one of the many reasons Jeff keeps working so hard for our district.

Mike King

Mike King School Board Vice President

Mike King moved to the Southwest School District in 2008, and has a son at Harrison High School and a daughter at Harrison Junior School. Mike became involved in the district as a parent volunteer and PTA leader at Crosby Elementary before earning an appointment to an open school board seat in 2014. He was then elected in 2015 to fill the remaining two years of the term. Mike's ties to Harrison began in 1999 when he accepted a Financial Management role at Campbell Hausfeld, and continued as he helped start and build another division within Campbell Hausfeld (Altaquip), eventually rising to positions as CFO and President. He currently uses his finance and operations background as a consultant for Vaco Resources, assisting clients by implementing new business initiatives within their core business operation. Mike is a 1988 graduate of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a 1992 graduate of Indiana University with an MBA in Finance. Mike volunteers at Cincinnati Children's Hospital, visiting patients as part of the pet therapy program.

Tricia Evanson

Tricia Evanson School Board Member

Tricia Evanson is a fierce believer in the transformative power of education, and is thrilled to be a part of the success of the kids of Southwest Local School District. After searching all over the tri-state area for the best place to call home, she and her family moved to Whitewater Township in 2014 where she and her husband Nathan are raising their three boys and occasional foster children. Their oldest two sons attend Harrison High School, and their youngest son is a proud member of Team Tiger at the Junior School. While she wasn’t born in SLSD, we can all agree that was entirely out of her control. She is happy to report that she plans on living here for the rest of her life.

Tricia holds a BA in English Education from BYU and a MA in English from UC. She taught high school English before staying at home to raise her kids, and she cares so deeply about the idea of public education that her feelings can often best be expressed through jazz hands.  She enjoys volunteering, and has been a part of various PTAs all through her kids’ schooling. She is also a part of the Harrison CAT (Choir and Drama) Boosters and Music Boosters. Through all of these groups, she has enjoyed coordinating carnivals, school plays, and book fairs as well as leading reading groups, teaching writing lessons, editing school newspapers, running concession stands, and occasionally dressing up as characters from the pages of children’s books. She also volunteers as a producer of the High School and Junior School plays, and is active in other community and church groups. She occasionally writes for the national podcast Myths and Legends and is working on finishing up her first novel.

Tricia has served on the board since February of 2016, and she feels extremely lucky to get to represent the people of Southwest Local School District and work with the remarkable faculty and staff of our district.

Robert Kief

Robert Kief School Board Member

Rob Kief grew up on the west side of Cincinnati, the son of a fireman and a teacher.  He graduated from LaSalle High School and Rose Hulman Institute of Technology, earning a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a Minor in Economics. 

Following his undergraduate studies, Rob worked in the automotive industry in the Detroit area, and while working there, went to Michigan State University to obtain his MBA.  After grad school, he was living in Louisville, working as the Director of Strategy and Planning for Humana. 

In 2015 he relocated back home when he joined Lithko Contracting.  He currently serves as the Director of Risk, managing the company's insurance, contracts and safety. 

Rob and his wife, Jenny, live in Harrison with their two children, Paxton and Paisley, who attend Crosby Elementary. 

"I really gravitate towards the core values that SLSD is trying to instill," says Kief.  "To me, if we can influence the kids in the district to achieve those goals, we will continuously be growing a community of mindful, happy and successful young adults".

Susan Robards

Susan Robards School Board Member

Susan Robards grew up in Harrison, OH, and attended school K – 12 in Southwest Local School District, ultimately graduating as salutatorian from Harrison High School in 2000. She was awarded a full-ride academic scholarship to Northern Kentucky University, where she earned her BA in Criminal Justice in 2005, and then her law degree from NKU’s Salmon P. Chase College of Law in 2011. In the summer of 2015, after living in northern Kentucky for nearly 10 years, Susan returned to Harrison with her twins, Ben and Nora, who are now in 2nd grade at Harrison Elementary. The three of them live in Harrison Township with one dog, one cat, and multiple chickens. Susan is currently employed by Fifth Third Bank’s commercial lending subsidiary as a Team Lead in the documentation department, and she also runs a Facebook group [Harrison, OH Community Discussion]. Susan was recently elected to the Board of Education – her 1 st term in any public office. She is glad to be back in Harrison and to be involved with the schools once again, and is looking forward to working together with educators (including a number of her former teachers and coaches), staff, parents, and other community members to promote “Academic and Social Growth for ALL students, EVERY DAY!”