School Advisory Board
Dr. Mike Beresford, Supt., Carmel Clay Schools
Dr. Beresford brings has 35 years of experience and leadership in public education. For the past 25 years, he has overseen various aspects of the daily operations at Hamilton Southeastern Schools, Indiana’s fourth largest school district, comprising of nearly 22,000 students and 2,500 employees. His duties have also included leading student, parent and staff services; developing school safety initiatives; developing mental health initiatives; and facilitating teacher recruitment and talent development.
He began his public education as a high school English and journalism teacher, serving as a school counselor, director of school counseling, assistant principal, principal and most recently, assistant superintendent of staff and student services at Hamilton Southeastern Schools.
Dr. Beresford earned his Bachelor of Arts from Eastern Illinois University in English and Journalism, his Master of Science in School Counseling from Butler University, and his Doctor of Education in Educational Administration from Ball State University.
Dr. Jeff Butts, M.S.D. of Wayne Township Superintendent
Dr. Jeff Butts is a proud graduate of Millikin University (BS), Illinois State University (MS), and Purdue University (PhD). He began his career as a public educator in 1992 in central Illinois. Over the past 26 years he held positions as a bus driver, coach, teacher, athletic director, principal, assistant superintendent, and now superintendent. He became the fifth Superintendent in the history of the M.S.D. of Wayne Township on January 1, 2011. He is a recipient of the District V IAPSS Superintendent of the Year, Principal of the Year from the Indiana Association of School Principals, Administrator of the Year from the Indiana High School Press Association, the Indiana Council for Exceptional Children Advocate of the Year, Minority Police Officers Association Award for Outstanding Work in the Community, Cause Driven Leadership Award from the YMCA, Indiana National Guard Awards for Exceptional Support to the Community, The Center for Digital Education Digital Content and Curriculum Achievement Award, and the Center for Digital Education Top 30 Technologists, Transformers and Trailblazers.
Dr. Butts holds leadership positions as the Past President for the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents, Past Board Chair with the HRH YMCA, President of the Indiana Partnershare, and Past President for the Indiana Urban Schools Association. He was selected to serve on the transition team for Dr. Jennifer McCormick, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction and remains active on several advisory committees with the Indiana Department of Education. He also serves as a Board Member for the West Side Chamber of Commerce, Board Member for Indy Gateway Inc., Advisory Board Member for Safe Hiring Solution, Executive Committee member for the Central Indiana Education Alliance, Executive Committee member for the Indiana Public Schools Study Council, member of the Indianapolis Race and Cultural Relations Council, and the Urban Education Excellence Advisory Council. In addition, Dr. Butts holds memberships with the Midwest Suburban Superintendents Association, Northern Indiana Superintendents Association, American Association of School Administrators, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Indiana University School Administrators Association, Phi Delta Kappa, National Association of Secondary School Principals, Indiana Association of School Principals, and Lions Clubs International. He has served as Honorary Co-Chair of the UNCF Masked Ball since 2014 and served on the Local Planning Team for the National Council for the Education of Black Children National Conference.
His wife Tammy is a lead teacher for the M.S.D. of Wayne Township’s volunteer literacy mentoring program, HOSTS. They are proud grandparents to Loela, daughter of Collin and Kassie Butts. In his spare time, Dr. Butts enjoys flying airplanes, physical exercise, and yard work.
Dr. Julie Lauck, Supt. Valparaiso Schools
Dr. Lauck has served in multiple levels of education and educational leadership positions since 1993. Dr. Lauck earned her Bachelor Degree in Secondary Education/English from Indiana University at South Bend while working midnights as a dispatcher for the South Bend Police Department. Dr. Lauck continued her education by earning a Masters from IUSB in Educational Leadership before going on to earn her Education Specialist and Doctorate from Ball State University. Dr. Lauck’s dissertation was focused on averting incidents of school violence.
Dr. Lauck currently serves as Valparaiso Community Schools Superintendent. She is also an adjunct Field Supervisor in the Ball State University Educational Leadership Department mentoring aspiring future building level leaders.
Greg Parsley, Supt. Vincennes Schools
Mr. Greg Parsley is in his 20th year of education. His career started with teaching Economics at Roncalli High School. After his first-year here, he moved to the Tippecanoe School Corporation where he taught Government and shortly thereafter began his career in education administration. This includes serving as athletic director at Rensselaer Central and principal at both Bloomfield Jr/Sr High School and Vincennes Lincoln High School. During the 2010-11 school year, Mr. Parsley moved from being the high school principal at Vincennes Lincoln to the assistant superintendent and with the 2012-2013 school year assumed the responsibility of superintendent.
Mr. Parsley has been involved in many professional capacities and this includes serving as president of the Vincennes Rotary, Board of Trustees for Vincennes University, Board member to KCARC, Vice-President of the Hoosier Heartland School Trust, former Executive Board member to the Southern Indiana Education Service Center, Board member to Knox County Special Education Cooperative, YMCA Board Member, Board Member to the Knox County Development Corporation, Board Member to the Knox County Community Foundation and is a member of the Vincennes Redevelopment Commission.
As for personal achievements and interests, Mr. Parsley has served his church as the moderator, Elder Chair, Search Team and is presently the chair of Stewardship. Mr. Parsley is an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan and this includes as a 13-year season ticket holder. Mr. Parsley is married to Stephanie and with this, he gets the opportunity to share in the lives of Daelyn, Ainsley and Bayden.
Artie Equihua-Director of Personnel, Crown Point Community School Corporation
Artie has been employed with the Crown Point Community School Corporation since 1995 and has served as a classroom teacher at Crown Point High School, Assistant Principal at Crown Point High School, Elementary Principal at Timothy Ball Elementary School, and Director of Personnel. One of the objectives in his current role, is to oversee the safety and security of all buildings in the school corporation along with the Directory of Safety and Security. He has been a member of the Indiana School Safety Specialist Academy since 2009 and a member of the Crisis Prevention Institute since 2009. Artie serves as an instructor for the Crisis Prevention Institute in Non-Violent Crisis Intervention and Prevention. He is a graduate of the Indiana Principals Leadership Academy and member of the Indiana Association of School Business Officials.
Jonathan Mock, Director of HR & Compliance, Hobart Schools
Jonathan Mock currently serves as the Director of Human Resources and Compliance for the School City of Hobart. He provides progressive leadership in the advancement of the district’s operations. Jon is actively engaged in promoting the School City of Hobart to attract quality individuals to join in the mission of serving and educating children. Jon is a Certified Professional Human Capital Leader in Education (pHCLE) through the American Association of School Personnel Administrators (AASPA). He is also an active member of the Indiana Association of School Business Officials (IASBO) and the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM). Jon graduated from Valparaiso University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting.
Susan DeLong, Asst. Supt., Tippecanoe Co. Schools
Susan DeLong has been involved in K-12 public education at all levels: classroom teaching, building administration, and central administration. Susan is currently serving as Assistant Superintendent for Personnel in the Tippecanoe School Corporation and has been in this role for over 10 years. With a student population of 13,500 and over 1,500 regular employees, she has helped lead the district through several changes.
Susan serves on the Indiana Association of School Business Officials HR/Management Professional Development Committee which helps to bring new and pertinent information to school professionals across the state of Indiana. She has been recognized 3 times as the Region 4 Support Staff Professional of the Year and was named the Indiana winner in 2015. Susan also serves on the Tippecanoe County Commission on Human Relations.
Jill Britt, Dir. HR, MSD Franklin Township Schools
Jill Britt has worked for Franklin Township Community School Corporation for twelve years as Human Resources Director. She began her career in Human Resources twenty-nine years ago in 1989 in the banking industry. She transitioned from banking to manufacturing and into the supply chain management industry before returning to manufacturing. Upon arriving at Franklin Township she worked to create efficiencies in the human resources department that assisted all levels of the district, including building level administrators. Ms. Britt leads the activities of all aspects of human resources from recruiting and hiring, benefits, labor relations, safety and a broad scope of other activities. As a school administrator, Ms. Britt has served as a partner with other district human resources professionals on discussing human resources as it relates to K-12 education. Ms. Britt graduated from Indiana University, Bloomington with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology. She received her SPHR certification in 1996. She and her two teenage daughters live in Franklin Township where they attend Franklin Central High School. It is Ms. Britt’s mission to build a district culture that ensures all students are surrounded by staff members that assist in providing an outstanding environment of learning.
Scott Olinger, Supt., Plainfield Schools
Scott Olinger has been he Superintendent for the Plainfield School Corporation since 2008. With Bachelor's and Masters degrees from Butler University, most of Scott's teaching career took place in Central Indiana. In 2002, he was named Principal of Batesville High School. Before moving to Plainfield High School in 2005, Scott was named District 10 Principal of the Year.
Scott earned his Education Specialist degree from Indiana State University in 2005.
Plainfield stakeholders were asked for their input into the selection of the superintendent, and recommendations included someone who was a community-minded leader, focused on and committed to students. In addition, having a vision, being an excellent communicator and an outstanding role model topped the list.
Scott and his wife, Heather, live in Plainfield where their three daughters have graduated from, or are attending, Plainfield schools.
Teresa Heiny, Asst. Supt for HR, Bartholomew Co. Schools