Our Consultants

Larry Amonett

Larry Amonett began his career in 1974 with the State Board of Accounts as a field examiner, advancing to the position of Office Supervisor during his ten-year stay, during which he was appointed to both the School and Local Property Tax Control Boards for four years. He began his public school career with the Anderson Community Schools in 1984 serving as Director of Accounting and Purchasing and later as Assistant Business Manager. In 1996, he became the Assistant Business Manager for the MSD of Lawrence Township.  Among his many professional achievements, Larry was President of Indiana Association of School Business Officials in 1995-96 and he has been a presenter numerous times on the topic of purchasing, an area in which he is considered an expert by his peers. Larry has also earned his Registered School Business Official (RSBO) designation from ASBO International and the Chief Business Officer certification from IASBO. At ESC pleased to have Larry on our team to provide services to schools based on his range of experience.

Timothy L. Armstrong

Tim Armstrong finished his school career at the Metropolitan School District of Warren Township, where he began as a business education teacher at the Walker Career Center in 1972 and retired as the Chief Financial Officer in 2003. Tim also worked as an accountant during his undergraduate years at Butler University and was Assistant to the Dean for Business and the Herron School of Art at IUPUI. He has been a member of our organization since June 11, 2004.

Joseph W. Backmeyer

Joe graduated from Butler University with a degree in music education and began his teaching career at Arsenal Technical High School in 1968 where he served as assistant director of bands for three years. In 1971, Joe moved to the Nettle Creek School Corporation in Hagerstown where he served as the Associate Principal at Hagerstown Junior/Senior High School for six years. After completing his Ed.S. at Ball State University, he served as the Nettle Creek Superintendent of Schools for 16 years. He retired in June, 2012, from that position. Joe has been a long-time member of IAPSS and IASBO and was recently named the IAPSS East Central District VI Superintendent of the Year for 2013.

Jacqueline J. ‘Jackie’ Beery, Ph.D.

After a 25-year career as a business teacher, business manager, assistant superintendent, and superintendent in 3 northern Indiana school districts, Jackie retired as East Noble’s superintendent for the past 8 years and joined Educational Services in March of 2006. She was also honored to serve as president of IASBO in 1994-95, having proceeded through the officer chairs and completing 2 terms as a regional director. Her expertise in school finance, employee/administrative benefits, negotiations, strategic planning, and school board in-service will be utilized in her new consulting role for ESC as an interim superintendent or business manager, as well as her availability for Board and administrative training sessions. Her most recent presentations include “Hiring Administrators” for ISBA (9/2005) and NSBA (4/2006) to help school boards work through the process from start (posting the opening) to finish (salary/benefit package) and the critical Board decisions necessary to attract and keep top-notch administrators.

William H. Hank Binder III

A lifelong resident of Indianapolis and a graduate of Lawrence Central High School and Indiana University, Hank retired from the Indiana Department of Education on October 1, 2009 after having been with IDOE for 37 years. In 1988 and again in 2009, Hank received the Distinguished Service Award from the Indiana Council of Special Education Administrators in recognition of his experience and knowledge of special education and its special issues. In cooperation with Indiana University, Hank developed the local special education student database management information system (IEM/CODA) used by all planning entities. This system collects all state and federal required child count data on 180,000 students with disabilities. He was also involved in the development of the current state special education funding formula (APC) which was revised in 1997. ESC is pleased that Hank is amongst our team of consultants, and he is willing to assist in aiding school corporations with laws and issues concerning Special Education.

William H. Brown

Bill joined ESC in July of 2007. A graduate of Decatur High School, Bill has a bachelor’s degree from Purdue and received his Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from Purdue in 1972. After working in Fort Wayne from 1971-1993, Bill became the Director of Transportation for Perry Township in 1994, the Director of Business Services in 1997, and the Associate Superintendent for Business in 1999.

Christopher Cazares

Christopher Cazares joined ESC in May, 2015 and has over 15 years of experience in employee benefits. For 12 years, Chris worked exclusively with Indiana school, city and county employers providing a “gap analysis” of their current benefits and developing solutions based on their needs, budget and collective bargaining agreement. He understands the unique challenges employers face with legislative changes, healthcare reform and how budgetary constraints can impact employee wages and benefits.

Chris holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Indiana University and is a Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS).  He enjoys actively participating in IASBO and is known for developing benefits strategies and client relations.

Robert Channell

Robert Channell has over fourteen years of experience in school business operations, including accounting, finance, budgeting, and investing. He will be working with school treasurers and business managers on school business issues. Having recently retired from the Center Grove Community School Corporation after serving as their Treasurer and Accounting Supervisor, Bob joined us in March of 2009. He has extensive experience in financial accounting of construction projects in excess of $60 million and is a Certified Assistant Chief Business Official through the Indiana Association of School Business Officials (ASBO).

Richard G. Cook

Having lived and worked in Michigan City all his life, Dick truly knows the ‘background of the school system’ – as student, staff member and administrator. Thus, Northern Indiana schools are able to turn to ‘one of their own’ for advice, here at Educational Services Company. Prior to joining us in 1999, Dick’s experience included teaching business and holding positions such as purchasing director and financial assistant and, finally, business manager (24 years).

Raymond A. Cusic

After a 42-year career as an English teacher, principal, curriculum director, and assistant superintendent in three Indiana school districts, Ray retired as Tri-Creek’s assistant superintendent of business and human resources and joined Educational Services in May, 2010. For the last eight years he has served as budget reviewer with the Meritorious Budget Award Program of ASBO International. He also was an instructor at Purdue University – Calumet in school business management for eight years. Licensed as a school superintendent in Indiana, his area of expertise are in school finance, employee/administrative benefits, interest-based bargaining, strategic planning, and budget management. As a consultant for ESC, Ray is utilized for his knowledge and skills as an Interim Superintendent or Business Manager as well as for providing Board and Administrative Training Sessions.

Kurt E. Deichmann

Kurt Deichmann is an insurance specialist with experience in risk management, sales force development, and small business administration. He holds a State of Indiana Life Insurance agents’ license and has experience as a Sr. HPR Property Underwriter which includes all relevant tasks of an underwriter, such as rating, quote preparation, and all facets of policy production. He has also performed the duties of a Property Marketing Manager, with responsibilities including the preparation of formal submissions, negotiations with multiple insurer contacts, and completion of all relevant renewal cycle tasks, including all appropriate document production and file maintenance. Kurt is a graduate of the University of Iowa and holds Property and Casualty licenses in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, and Texas.

David Edds

David E. Edds, since 2003, has been the Superintendent of Schools for the Greenwood Community School Corporation. He has been responsible for executing the day-to-day operations of the school corporation, including the overall development and deployment of the Corporation’s strategic plan for improving student achievement as well as oversight on fiscal matters and facility management. He will join ESC as an associate after he retires from his Superintendent’s position in Greenwood. David has many achievements as Superintendent in Greenwood. David is a member of Indiana University School Administrators Association, the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents, the American Association of School Administrators, and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. He has earned degrees from Indiana University–Doctorate in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.); an Education Specialist (Ed.S.) from Ball State University; Master of Science (M.S.) from Indiana University; and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.), also from Indiana University.

Cathy Egolf

Cathy Egolf began her career in K-12 education in 1986 as a classroom Social Studies Teacher in Whitley County Consolidated School Corporation.  She has worked as an Associate Professor at Indiana/Purdue University Fort Wayne, teaching World History and Political Science.  In 1997, her first administrative position was as the Principal at Caston Jr./Sr. High School.  After spending two years there she move to Pike Co. High School to assume the Principal position there.  In 1999, she moved to Arizona to accept her first superintendent  position.  In 2000, she returned to Indiana to assume the first of her four superintendence positions in Indiana.  Cathy has served school corporations ranging in enrollments sizes from 950 to 1,700 students; retiring from North Miami in 2015.   Her experience in relatively small corporations gives her unique knowledge of all aspects of school corporation operations.  She has had to build budgets, hire and evaluate all types of personnel, been responsible for facility maintenance and construction, and made sure transportation operations were in place to safely transport students.  Cathy has received her share of honors and accolades, has been a member of several trade organizations, and has served on numerous community groups everywhere she has lived.  We are happy to welcome Cathy aboard and know that her experiences and expertise will serve Indiana School Corporations well as she works as a consultant with Educational Services Company

William E. Gall

Bill Gall began his career as an elementary school teacher in 1965. After retiring as the Superintendent of the Griffith Public Schools he joined us at ESC in October of 2004. Bill intimately understands the workings of public education: he moved from teaching grades 3-6 to elementary school principal and from Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent to Assistant Superintendent for Business Affairs and, finally, to Superintendent. Bill received his Ed.S. degree in Educational Administration from Purdue University in May, 1975, and in addition to a wealth of school experience, has been President of the Association of School Business Officials International (1994) and the Indiana Association of School Business Officials (1988).

Susanne Goldberg

Retired from the Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township, Susanne brings with her 17 years’ experience in Human Resources including decision-making responsibility for all aspects of Payroll, Benefits, and Workers’ Compensation, with detailed knowledge of systems and processes. She assisted with financial input for budget, analysis and research of payroll and benefits costs, and research for accounts and grants; completed and filed all required State and Federal reports related to payroll and benefits, and maintained compliance with current and changing laws and regulations.

Debra Hineline

Prior to joining ESC, Debra worked in the Office of School Financial Management of the Indiana Department of Education serving as the Director. While at the state, Debra had responsibilities in calculating, auditing and distributing appropriated state moneys to school corporations. Debra worked with the State Superintendent of Public Instruction and State Legislators, as well as local school officials, and held responsibility for interpreting legislation regarding school funding including the state funding formula. She was involved in many areas of public education finance and taxation issues affecting local school corporations. She also served at Indianapolis Public Schools as the Chief of Financial and Business Services. In that role, Debra was responsible for all financial aspects of IPS including the Business, Accounting, Payroll and Purchasing functions. She developed the IPS general fund budget and submitted all state financial reports which involved her in the many issues that confront local school finance officers. Her wealth of knowledge is a great asset to ESC.

George Letz

In September 2014, George Letz joined ESC. Having been involved in most all aspects of a district administrator during his 19 years as a school corporation superintendent, George has handled responsibilities such as: finance, transportation, professional development, curriculum/instruction, public relations, budget development, legislative duties, contacts with the media, referendums, collective bargaining, board development, staff hiring, and administrator hiring. He has also served as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal in his education career. George acheived NCA/ADvancED District Accreditation for 2013-2018 for MSD of Boone Township, and was District 1 Superintendent of the Year (IAPSS) in 2005 and District 1 Representative (IAPSS) for 2009-2013.

Dr. Carrie Milner

Dr. Milner joined the Cloverdale Community School Corporation Administrator’s Team at the district level in 1998 as Special Services Coordinator and Director of Transportation. She earned an Educational Specialist degree in August 2000 with a concentration in School Business Affairs. She served the district as an Assistant Superintendent, Interim Superintendent, teacher, and Superintendent for a total of twenty-three years. Dr. Milner served in the Spencer Owen School District during the 2014-15 academic year as Interim Superintendent. In addition to a superintendent’s license and a secondary administration and supervision license, Dr. Milner has a Master of Science in Special Education and a Bachelor of Science in General Elementary. She earned her Doctorate in Education and Administration from Indiana State University in 2006. In September of 2014, she joined ESC and is able to assist school corporations utilizing her expertise as an Interim Superintendent, Treasurer and Special Education Consultant as well as with major renovation projects and financial proposals.

Niles C. Pfafman

A graduate of Purdue University, Niles Pfafman began teaching at Carroll High School (Northwest Allen County Schools) in 1965, and was an administrator at Carroll from 1975-1982. From 1982 until 2004, Niles was the Northwest Allen School Business Manager responsible for developing and administering the budget, all purchasing, transportation, the hot lunch program, and buildings and grounds management. He began his career with Educational Services Company in August of 2004.

Mary Rehlander

Mary Rehlander brings to ESC her expertise in Human Resources, Administration, and Management. Mary counts as her core accomplishments all of the following:

Managed HR Programs/Projects for a large, metropolitan school district;
Presented for IASBO on statewide focused HR workshops;
Involved in the implementation of a successful Employee Health Clinic;
Created orientation programs as well as written HR policy manuals and materials;
Led district pilot project with Department of Education to create a unique
evaluation tool to implement legislative changes concerning Teacher
Evaluation;
Provided direction/education to multiple districts across the state for new
evaluation requirements.

Mary began her professional career in education as an elementary teacher and then added school counselor, elementary school principal, and Assistant Superintendent in HR at MSD of Warren Township to her resume. She has three education degrees—one from Purdue University and two from Indiana University.

Robert Rob E. Rieg

A Purdue graduate with an MS in Management from Indiana Wesleyan, Robert has years of experience in all areas of HR, particularly in working with compensation, benefits, and both insured and self-insured plans and implementation of payroll and HRIS systems. Rob will provide assistance in areas of Human Resources, including compensation and reorganization. He has managed corporate benefit programs that were both self-insured and fully funded and is experienced in handling government reporting and developing RFPs to bid out coverage. He has also managed company retirement and 401k plans.

Mary Ann Ripperger

Upon her retirement from Northern Wells Community Schools in June of 2004, Mary Ann joined Educational Services Company, bringing with her 27 years of treasurer and business office experience. Her various responsibilities with Northern Wells included receptionist, ECA Treasurer, Transportation, Cafeteria Director, Treasurer and Administrative Assistant for Business (Purchasing, Budget, Payroll, Personnel). She has also done consulting work with other school districts, including Northwest Allen, Michigan City, Southern Wells and Adams-Wells Special Services.

Glenda Darlene Small

Glenda Small is a consultant with many years of bookkeeping expertise. A graduate of South Knox High School in Vincennes, she is a graduate of the Principals of Banking Course at Vincennes University. In addition, she has added to her educational expertise through professional development work with the Indiana Association of School Business Officials (IASBO), the Indiana School Boards Association, and the Indiana Superintendents Association. She was the Treasurer of the South Knox School Corporation from July 1, 1972—June 30, 2013 and Business Manager from July 1, 2013 to August 29, 2014. IASBO Honored Glenda Small in 2014 by naming her the IASBO School Business Official of the Year.

Julie Stephenson

Julie Stephenson has over 30 years of actuarial experience in the insurance industry and 20 years as a consultant.  Her experience has been focused on financial reporting including US statutory, US GAAP, and US tax.  Her Insurance industry experience includes life, annuity, accident & health, property – casualty and reinsurance.  Julie prepares the Forfeiture Reallocation for Senate Enrollment Act 199 buyouts, Liability Valuation Statements and works closely with clients to supply the required OPEB Estimates.

Frances Fran A. Thoele

Frances Thoele will provide Superintendent assistance and assistance with consolidation of school districts as well as assistance with redistricting and reorganization. Soon to be retired as Superintendent of the New Harmony school system in New Harmony, IN, she has over ten years of experience as a Superintendent/Assistant Superintendent as well as experience as a building principal. Frances has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Eastern Illinois University and has been President of the Lakeland College Superintendent’s Advisory Committee and President of the Wabash Valley Division of School Superintendents. She will provide expertise in many areas of the Superintendency.

Terry Vandivier

Terry Vandivier joined ESC as a consultant in April 2014. She worked for 33 years at Franklin Community School Corporation in the Business Office as a Payroll Clerk, Benefits Coordinator, and Deputy Treasurer. As Deputy Treasurer, she maintained the corporation cash book, balanced bank statements, did all corporation banking, all revenue receipting, grant reporting, processed monthly billing for SCIST, and other duties as assigned. Terry says that her goal as an ESC consultant is to “help local school corporations with business office functions on a consulting basis,” and her 33 years of experience in a corporation business office certainly qualifies her to do just that.

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