District 3 – Kankakee/Galena
I graduated from New Prairie in 1995. After high school I attended Valparaiso University and earned a degree in Mathematics with a minor in Education. After earning my degree, I chose to continue my career path working for Heston, Inc. (Heston Supper Club) where I’m the General Manager for the corporation and have been with the company since 1992. I have one child, Matthew, who is currently attending New Prairie High School.
District 2 – Hudson/Willis
I graduated from New Prairie High School in 1981, from Glen Oaks Community College with an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts and from Indiana University with a Bachelors degree in Public and Environmental Affairs.
I’m currently employed with the Indiana State Police since 1987. I’ve been married to Brenda (Noens) Williamson since 1984. I have three children: Jason is employed as a Indiana State Trooper residing in Fishers, Indiana, Grant is attending New Prairie High School and Katelyn is attending New Prairie Middle School. I have been an active coach in the community youth athletic teams for over 20 years.
District 1 – Olive
I started to become familiar with New Prairie Schools when I married Melanie (Werwas) Groves, a 1997 New Prairie graduate. We were married in 2001, and have two children. Gabriel is currently at Olive Township Elementary and Harrison will be soon.
I graduated from Indiana University South Bend with a Bachelors and Master’s degree in Education. I have taught at the sixth, second and fifth grade levels, and have been a part of many athletic and academic teams.
At Large – District 1 – Olive
I graduated from New Prairie in 1978. I married Nancy Johnson Shail (NPHS graduate 1979) in 1980 and have two children. Nathan graduated from New Prairie High School in 2001, Kortney graduated from New Prairie High School in 2005. I am an engineer at the Honeywell Corporation.
At Large – District 3 – Kankakee/Galena
I graduated from New Prairie in 2003. After high school, I attended Purdue University North Central and graduated with Bachelors degrees in Building Construction Management and Civil Engineering Technology in 2008. I married Kristina (VanWaardenburg) DeMeyer, a 2007 graduate of New Prairie, in 2011. We have three children, Ele, Brier and Ryker.
I am the president at D.A. Dodd Mechanical and have been with the company since 2008. I sit on the executive board for the St. Joe Valley Mechanical Contractors Association, and I am on the LaPorte County Beef Committee.