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If you have a question or concern please start by contacting your building principal. If the problem is not resolved at the school level, below is a list of people to contact, including their phone numbers and email addresses.
 
All mail deliveries should be addressed to the attention of the appropriate party at the P-H-M Educational Services Center, 55900 Bittersweet Road, Mishawaka IN 46545.  To reach the operator at the district’s switchboard, dial 574-259-7941
 
The searchable Staff Directory allows you to search for staff members by last name.  Search results will provide the contact’s email address.
 

BOARD OF SCHOOL TRUSTEES (574) 258-9570
Rachel Hoogenboom, Administrative Assistant to the Board of School Trustees

 

OFFICE OF THE SUPERINTENDENT (574) 258-9595

Dr. Jerry Thacker, Superintendent of Schools

  • Questions or concerns not resolved by contacting the appropriate administrator should be brought to the superintendent’s attention

Dawn Bachtel, Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent

  • Questions about access to public records under the Freedom of Information Act should be directed to Mrs. Bachtel

 

BUSINESS SERVICES (574) 258-9522
Dr. Aaron Leniski, Chief Operating Officer
Jerry Hawkins, Executive of Business Services
Lisa Zachary, Administrative Assistant to the Chief Operating Officer

 

LEARNING DIVISION (574) 258-9588

Dr. Heather Short, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction

Questions about the following should be directed to Dr. Short:

  • Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
  • Office for Civil Rights Compliance
  • Non-discrimination and accommodation under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972
  • Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
  • Student harassment or bullying
     

Dr. Lavon Dean-Null, Director of Professional Development & Student Learning
Carolyn Palonis, Administrative Assistant to the Assistant Superintendent
Beatrice Salati, Secretary

 

EXCEPTIONAL EDUCATION (574) 254-2815

Gena L. Todd, Director of Exceptional Education

  • Questions about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) should be directed to Ms. Todd.

Mary Petersen, Administrative Secretary

 

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING (574) 367-3411

Dr. Jenny Sears, Director of Social Emotional Learning & Mental Health

Megan Landoll, Secretary

 

DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION (574) 258-9505 

Mr. Derrick White, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer

Megan Landoll, Secretary

*Questions about homeless students should be directed to Mr. White

 

HUMAN RESOURCES (574) 258-9571

Dr. Lisa Soto Kile, Director of Human Resources

Questions about the following should be directed to Dr. Soto Kile:

  • Equal Employment Opportunities (Title VII of the Civil Rights Act)
  • Sexual Harassment (Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972)

Tammy Gizewski, Administrative Assistant to the Director of Human Resources, 
Lyndsey Smith, Benefits Coordinator

 

 

TECHNOLOGY (574) 254-2829
Matt Hapke
, Director of Information and Technology
Laura Figueroa, Administrative Secretary

 

MARKETING/COMMUNICATIONS/PUBLIC RELATIONS (574) 259-7941
Lucha Ramey, Director of Communications
Jenny Forkner, Community Education Coordinator/Admin. Secretary
Joseph Fratena, Multimedia Producer

 

FOOD SERVICE (574) 254-2814
Jill Riggs, Director of Food Service
Michael Alwine, Assistant Director of Food Service
Mindy Jaroch, Secretary 

 

FACILITIES (574) 258-9566

Joe Winters, Director of Facilities
Nathan Koets, Asst. Director of Facilities – Maintenance Management
Jason Messner, Asst. Director of Facilities – Energy Management
Debbie Casper, Administrative Secretary 

  • Questions about indoor air quality should be directed to Mr. Winters

 

TRANSPORTATION (574) 258-9565
Judith Dahlstrom, Director of Transportation
Robin Tharp, Asst. Director of Transportation
Brandon Tugmon, Asst. Director of Transportation

 

SAFETY AND SECURITY (574) 258-9551
Mike Seger, Director of Safety and Student Services (Retiring August 1)
Tommy Teeter, Director of Safety and Student Services
Janet Lassus, Safety and Security Clerk, (574) 258-9535