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Don was elected to the School Board in May, 2006 and re-elected in May 2010. In 1982, he graduated from Loyola College of Maryland with a degree in Philosophy, and in 1986 he received his law degree from Indiana University School of Law at Indianapolis. Don is a partner at the Indianapolis law firm of Dean-Webster, Wright & Kite, LLP, and he was a co-author of Federal Justice in Indiana (the recently published history of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana). For several years prior to his election to the Board, Don was actively involved in Washington Township Schools, serving as president or co-president of the Greenbriar Elementary School Dads’ Club, the Westlane Middle School PTO, the North Central High School PTO, and the Washington Township Parent Council. Don was a member of the Washington Township Schools Foundation Board and he served as Secretary of the Parent Advisory Council. Additionally, Don chaired or co-chaired several District-wide committees or task forces including committees which made recommendations to the School Board or Superintendent regarding middle school redistricting, middle school improvement, and proposed improvements to or replacements of Township facilities. Don and his wife Grace, who taught for 22 years and is an artist have been married for 25 years. They are the parents of three children, Brad (a 2005 North Central graduate), Leah (a 2008 North Central graduate), and David (a 2009 North Central graduate).
Cheri was elected to the School Board in May, 2008. She grew up in Washington Township and graduated from North Central High School in1980. In 1984, Cheri earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Affairs from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She also holds a Master of Science degree in Politics and Government from the London School of Economics. She graduated cum laude from the Indiana University School of Law in Bloomington, Indiana in 1988. Following law school she served two years as a law clerk to Indiana’s Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard. Since 2004, Cheri has been the executive director of CLEreg, the national professional association for regulators of continuing legal education. Before that she worked for the Indiana Judicial Center, first as a staff attorney advising courts on issues related to substance abuse programs and later as a consultant on problem solving courts. Her previous positions include seven years staffing legislative committees and drafting legislation for Indiana’s Legislative Services Agency and two years litigating constitutional issues as a staff attorney at the Indiana Civil Liberties Union.
Cheri’s husband Mike Yonts is a cinematographer and director of television commercials and other short programs with his own video and film production company. They have one child who is a eighth grader at Eastwood Middle School. Cheri has volunteered at the school on a regular basis and served on the district’s Parent Council from 2006 to 2008.
Wanda was elected to the school board in May 2008. In 1981 she received her Bachelor’s degree in nursing from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. In 1996 she received her Master’s degree from Indiana University School of Nursing and was nationally certified as a pediatric/adolescent nurse practitioner. Wanda has spent most of her nursing career working to improve the health and well being of at-risk children, youth and women in here in Indianapolis. Wanda is executive director of the Center for Healthy Young Families, a division of the Health & Hospital Corporation of Marion County. She is founder and director of a program for pregnant and parenting teens that operates at several local high schools, including North Central. Wanda is active in the community serving as board president of Healthy Indiana Youth Alliance and member of other community boards related to the health and welfare of children, youth and women. She has been a visiting lecturer and clinical instructor at both Indiana University and Marion College School of Nursing.
Wanda has earned numerous local and national awards for her work to improve the health and well being of at-risk children and adolescents. She has spoken before local and national professional groups about her work. Most recently, she was interviewed for a February 2008 American School Board Journal article titled “The Importance of School and Parent Partnerships.”
Wanda has been an active member of her church and a volunteer at her children’s schools – Crooked Creek, Westlane and North Central. Her 20-year span as a school parent volunteer includes speaking in many classrooms about nursing or health issues, providing free physicals for needy student athletes and helping with day and overnight field trips. She has also worked with the PTOs and athletic boosters.
Wanda and her husband, George, are both graduates of North Central High School. George is IT Project Manager. They are the proud parents of five children: Carrie Spann (NCHS graduate, 2001), Chris Spann (NCHS graduate, 2003), Crystal Spann (NCHS graduate, 2005), Chad Spann (NCHS graduate, 2007) and George Roddy IV, a sixth grader at Westlane Middle School.
Tony was elected to the Board of Education in May 2008. He attended Washington Township elementary and middle schools prior to his family’s move to LaPorte, Indiana. Tony earned a Bachelor of Science degree with Distinction from the Indiana University School of Business, Bloomington in 1986. Following a post-graduate teacher certification program, Tony taught social studies at Indianapolis Public Schools’ Washington High School for two years. He then worked for 14 years at the Indiana Department of Commerce and the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor. Since 2005, he has been a full-time stay-at-home father and volunteer.
Tony served as co-chair of the Washington Township Parent Council’s Public Policy and Key Initiatives Committees. He was president of the Allisonville Elementary Dad’s Club and has been an active volunteer in his sons’ classrooms and schools. Tony has served on the governing boards of his church and the Indiana 211 Partnership. He has also volunteered with Glendale Youth Soccer, Washington Township Football and Allisonville Youth Baseball leagues. Tony and his wife of nearly 20 years – Jennifer are the proud parents of David, a student at North Central and Jacob a student at Eastwood.
Bill was elected to the Washington Township School Board in May 2010. Bill graduated from North Central High School in 1978 and subsequently earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Purdue University at Indianapolis.
Early in his career Bill worked in the Washington Township School system as the In-School Suspension Supervisor at Westlane Middle School, later as a supervisor for Resort Condominiums International before being a supervisor at Brylane, Inc. Bill is currently the Director of Education and Development at Allison Transmission, Inc.
For many years Bill has been actively involved in Washington Township schools, serving as President of the North Central High School Athletic Booster Club, and the Women’s Soccer Booster Club, North Central High School Parent Council Representative and Co-chair of the 8th grade trip for Westlane Middle School. Extending a hand to the broader community, Bill tirelessly served a nine-year term as President of the Wheeler-Dowe Boys and Girls Club, a volunteer for the Indiana Black Expo Boxing Tournament, United Way Steering Committee member for Allison Transmission, Inc. and two terms as Treasurer of the Greater Indianapolis NAACP. Bill’s leadership and volunteerism awards include the ” Bob Chambers Service Award” from Indiana Black Expo Boxing Tournament, ” Volunteer of the Year” from Boys and Girls Club of Indianapolis (2005) and Wheeler-Dowe Boys and Girls Club, ” 15 Year Service Award” (2007).
Bill and his wife Laurie, a Washington Township elementary teacher, have three daughters, Lauren, a 2008 North Central High School graduate, Ashley (Class of 2011) and Chandler (Class of 2013)