Board of Trustees

Overfield’s Board of Trustees exists to provide leadership, make strategic decisions, and take appropriate actions to safeguard the continuing viability of the school’s mission for current and future generations of young children.

This committee-driven body, with members in professions including education, law, business, non-profit work, and medicine, is comprised of community members, some of whom are current or past Overfield parents, who live in Troy and surrounding communities. The Board, dedicated to the school’s well-being, offers insight and guidance about the fiduciary and strategic plans aspects of Overfield.


Julia Hobart
Julia Hobart Founder, Trustee Emerita
Trustee since 1960
Committees: Executive, 50th Campaign
Education: Tufts University; B.S., University of Dayton
Six children attended Overfield from 1960 – 1974

Julie Biddle
Julie Biddle
Trustee since 2014
Committees: Executive Committee (Chair), Governance
Education: B.S., Elementary Education and Teaching, State University of New York College at Genesco; M.S., Early Childhood Education, Vanderbilt University; Ph.D. Educational Leadership & Administration, University of Dayton
Occupation: Professor, Chair of Initial Licensure Programs, Antioch Midwest

Shawn McElroy
Shawn McElroy
Trustee since 2010
Committees: Executive Committee (Vice Chair), Finance, Buildings and Grounds
Occupation: Director of Organizational Development, Shelby County Educational Service Center
One child attended Overfield from 2010-2013

Karol McCarthy
Karol McCarthy Immediate Past Chair
Trustee since 1983
Committees: Executive (Co-Chair), Governance, Finance, Buildings and Grounds
Occupation: Retired Educator

Stacey Earhart
Stacey Earhart Immediate Past Chair
Trustee since 2008
Committees: Executive (Co-Chair), Governance, State of the School, 50th Campaign, Strategic Plan
Education: Bachelors and Masters Degrees, Miami University
Occupation: Community Volunteer
Three children attended Overfield from 2003 through 2013

Jill Wilson
Jill Wilson
Trustee since 2008
Committees: 50th Campaign (Chair), Finance
Education: Bachelors Degree, The Ohio State University; Masters Degrees, University of Dayton and Wright State University
Occupation: Graduate School Instructor, University of Dayton; Retired Troy School Administrator

Ruth Barney
Ruth Barney
Trustee since 2008
Committees: Marketing (Chair)
Education: B.A., Mount Holyoke College; M.B.A., University of Cincinnati
Occupation: Associate Professor of Marketing, Edison Community College; Community Volunteer

Eric Davis
Eric Davis
Trustee since 2010
Committees: Buildings and Grounds (Chair), Finance
Education: Overfield Nursery School; Board Certified Master Arborist, International Society of Arboriculture; Licensed Commercial Pilot
Occupation: Arborist, Tree Care, Inc.
One child currently attending Overfield

William Harrelson
William Harrelson
Trustee since 2014
Committees: Finance (Chair), Buildings & Grounds, Governance
Education: B.S., Miami University; J.D., University of Dayton
Occupation: Attorney, Faust, Harrelson, Fulker, McCarthy & Schlemmer

Erica Baer
Erica Baer
Trustee since 2014
Committees: Social Chair, Marketing, 50th Campaign – Alumni Relations
Education: M. Ed., The Ohio State University; B.A. in English, French minor, The Ohio State University
Occupation: English teacher: Troy Christian High School Freshman and Honors freshman English; College Credit Plus: Expository Writing, Research Writing, and Introduction to Literature

Susan Strong
Susan Strong
Trustee since 2014
Committees: Marketing
Education: B.A., Communications, Emerson
Occupation: Director of Enrollment, The Miami Valley School