Richard S. Scarsella recently was elected president of the Mahoning County Education Service Center during its recent reorganization meeting.
Scarsella was elected to the governing board in November 2005. He also was appointed to the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center at that time to the present.
He is the Choffin Career and Technical Center vocational supervisor, Youngstown City Schools. A graduate of Boston College, with a Bachelor of Arts in history / secondary education, he also has earned a Youngstown State University Master of Science in education administration and a Master of Science in special education. He has continued his studies at Kent State University, where he earned a Transition to Work endorsement.
Scarsella has been active in community and nonprofit work his whole life. He is a former Boardman Boosters Board and St. Charles Home and School Executive Cabinet member. He is also a member of the Boardman Civic Association and Friends of Boardman Library. On the Mahoning Valley Vision for Education task force, he represented Boardman.
Known as a local historian, he is chairman of the William Holmes McGuffey Historical Society, which is based in Boardman. He founded several Idora Park historical societies. Scarsella is also a member of the Mahoning Soil and Water Conservation Board of Supervisors, MCCTC Foundation, Youngstown Steel Heritage Museum board, Sister Jerome Mission College advisory board and Ethnic Heritage Society board and a former board member of the Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor (Steel Museum) and Brier Hill Cultural Center.
He recently was appointed to the Mill Creek MetroParks Board of Commissioners Interview Committee and the newly formed park citizens advisory development committee.
Scarsella is married to attorney Debbie Mettee and has a daughter, Natalie Scarsella Friend, who is a Boardman graduate.