Meet the Staff
Mrs. Forsythe, Coordinator
Sue Forsythe (Pavalko) has been in education since 2012. Her first five years were at Youngstown Community School as a K-6 Intervention Specialist. In 2013, she was hired to work for the Educational Service Center of Eastern Ohio (formerly Mahoning County Educational Service Center) in the PACE program, where she was an Intervention Specialist for three years. In 2015, Mrs. Forsythe joined the Mahoning Unlimited Classroom team as an Intervention Specialist. In 2017, she became the School Counselor with Valley Virtual (formerly Mahoning Unlimited Classroom). Mrs. Forsythe graduated with her Bachelor of Arts and Masters in Education degrees from Youngstown State University. She has lived in the Youngstown area her entire life. Mrs. Forsythe, her husband and daughter live in Boardman.
Mrs. Christy, Intervention Specialist
Mrs. Gina Christy joined Mahonig Unlimited Classroom in 2018 as an intervention specialist. She has been teaching for 17 years. She received her undergrad from Youngstown State University and her Master’s Degree from Kent State University in early childhood education. She taught kindergarten for two years and then preschool for six years. Mrs. Christy then taught at Buckeye Online School in East Liverpool, Ohio as an intervention specialist for four and a half years and obtained her master’s degree in K-12 special education.
Mrs. Christy and her husband have two children. Her son, Devin is 10 and is going into 5th grade and her daughter, Delaney is 13 and is going into 8th grade.
Mrs. Rutana, Intervention Specialist
Mrs. Stacy Rutana has been in education for 24 years. She has taught every grade from preschool through twelfth grade in a variety of settings. Mrs. Rutana has worked for the Educational Service Center of Eastern Ohio (previously Mahoning County Educational Service Center) since 1996, where she has worked in many locations throughout the county. Most recently, she has taught in the alternative education department in residential facilities, Mahoning County High School, and the Unlimited Classroom (now Valley Virtual). Mrs. Rutana earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania, a special education license from Youngstown State University in Ohio, and a Masters Degree in Special Education from Arkansas University. Mrs. Rutana loves to travel with her family, which includes her husband and three children.
Mrs. Rutana loves working with students of all ages looks forward to beginning a new school year!
Mrs. Miller, Math Teacher
Mrs. Kathy Miller has been teaching since 1995. Her first teaching job was in the Springfield Local School District. After 10 years of teaching in the classrooms at Springfield, she made the move to becoming an online teacher with Mahoning Unlimited Classroom (now Valley Virtual). She received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Youngstown State University.
Mrs. Miller and her husband have three sons.
Mrs. Cartwright, ELA Teacher
Mrs. Alice Cartwright joined Valley Virtual (formerly Mahoning Unlimited Classroom) in 2017. She has been teaching for 15 years. She received her undergraduate degree from Westminster College and her Master’s in Literacy was completed at Youngstown State University. Her teaching experience includes years of teaching at Ohio Virtual Academy, Brookfield after school program through Youngstown State University, Stambaugh Academy in Youngstown, and various literacy graduate courses at Youngstown State University.
Mrs. Cartwright lives in Poland with her husband, two sons, and daughter. She has two cats and a dog.
Mr. Mullally, Science TeacherJ.Mullally@valleyvirtual.org
Mr. Lucente, Social Studies Teacher
Tony Lucente has been in the education field for 10 years. Mr. Lucente has spent time at Youngstown City Schools, Austintown schools, and Mahoning County Career and Technical Center as a Social Studies Teacher. Currently Mr. Lucente is the Social Studies teacher for grades 7-12. Mr. Lucente also the lead for Valley Vritual's Adult 22+ program. Mr. Lucente graduated from Youngstown State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education focused on Integrated Social Studies.
Mr. Lucente and his wife live in Struthers where his step daughter attends school.
Mr. Palmer, Technology
Michael Palmer began his career with MCESC (now ESCEO) in the winter of 2017. Prior to his employment at ESCEO, Michael worked as a Systems Administrator for Roth a Sodexo company, where he oversaw servers as well as managed and maintained the telecommunications system. Michael obtained his Bachelor of Science in Technology Degree from Youngstown State University in 2012 and is currently a VMware Certified Professional in Data Center Virtualization.
Michael and his wife really (REALLY) enjoy visiting National Parks and encourage others to do the same.