School Board Members

Ken Mertz, Board President
Member since January 2008, Serving through December 2020

Ken MertzA 1987 graduate of Perry Meridian High School, Ken Mertz has lived in Perry Township since 1976. In 1991, Ken graduated from Ball State University with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and a Bachelor of Science in Speech Communication. After college, Ken acquired invaluable training and experience while employed by IBM, Lego, and Chase. Presently, Ken serves as Vice-President his family’s business. He’s happily married to Jennifer, who graduated from Perry Meridian High School in 1989, Indiana University in 1993, and Indiana University School of Law in 1998. Jennifer currently serves as Senior Majority Counsel with the Indiana Senate. Jennifer and Ken have two children — a son, Nathan and a daughter, Emily.

Ed Denning, Board Vice President
Member since January 2010, Serving through December 2018

Ed DenningEd Denning is a lifelong Perry Township resident and proud 1988 graduate of Southport High School. Ed is a 1992 graduate of Hanover College, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a minor in the Classics. In 2003, he received his Master’s of Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University. Ed married Belinda Ann Burget in 1992. She is a secretary with Perry Township Schools. They have two sons. Graham graduated from Perry Meridian High School and attends Hanover College, and Andrew attends Perry Meridian High School.

Jon Morris, Member
Member since January 2010, Serving through December 2018

Jon MorrisJon Morris has been a Perry Township resident for nearly 50 years. In 1963, he graduated from Ball State Teachers College (University) with a BA Degree in Elementary Education. In 1966, he earned a Master’s Degree in both Administration and Supervision and Guidance. Mr. Morris feels privileged to have been an educator in our school system for forty years. He was a classroom teacher for 22 years and charter faculty member of Perry Meridian Middle School. Morris served as an administrator in four of our elementary schools for 18 years. Morris was hired by Indiana Wesleyan University as an Adjunct professor in their Transition to Teaching Program. He is married to Becky, music director at Christ United Methodist Church, and they are the proud parents of two children, Jeffrey and Melissa. Jeffrey is the creative art director for the Boshoff commercial art and marketing firm. Melissa teaches Physical Education at Mary Bryan Elementary School. Jon and Becky enjoy keeping up with the activities of five grandchildren, each participating in a different sport. Morris has served on various boards, including church organizations and as president of his local neighborhood association where he has lived since 1967.

Emily Hartman, Member
Member since January 2017, Serving through December 2020

Emily HartmanEmily Hartman, a lifelong Perry Township resident, is a 1996 graduate of Perry Meridian High School. Emily attended Purdue University and graduated in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Consumer Affairs with an emphasis in Human Resources. Since 2003 Emily has worked at Community South Hospital as the Administrative Coordinator for Surgical Services. Emily has served as President, Vice President and Treasurer for the Burkhart Elementary PTA. Emily is married to Joe, a 1994 graduate of Perry Meridian High School. Together they are raising their four school-aged children; GraceAnn, Josiah, Lydia and Amelia.

Steve Johnson, Member
Member since January 2017, Serving through December 2020

Steve JohnsonSteve Johnson is a graduate of Elizabethtown High School in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. Steve is a veteran of the in the United States Coast Guard, attended Eastern Kentucky University and earned his BA Degree majoring in history and education. He holds two Masters Degrees from Indiana University. His professional education career spans 30 years teaching Social Studies at Perry Meridian High School. Steve is married to Lynne, a teacher at Glenns Valley Elementary. They have a son Alex, a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and an Air Force Officer, and a daughter Stephanie, who graduated from the University of Indianapolis and is currently a graduate student at Colorado State University. Both are graduates of Perry Meridian.

Steve Maple, Member
Member since January 2006, Serving through December 2018

Steve MapleSteve Maple returns to the Perry Township School Board after having served from 1992 until 2004. During his earlier tenure, Maple received the honor as Indiana School Board Member of the Year for 2004, and the MSDPT Martin Luther King “Living the Spirit” award.He is the Fitzwater Chair of Business at the University of Indianapolis, where he has taught since 1975. Maple teaches business law, tax, labor law, school law, and microeconomics. He has been named teacher of the year and United Methodist Universities and Colleges exemplary teacher. His law practice involves estate planning and probate.Steve Maple graduated from Indiana Central College (University of Indianapolis) majoring in history and political science in 1966; Indiana University School of Law, J.D. (1969); Pacific Lutheran University, M.A. in history (1975); Southern Methodist University School of Law, LL.M. in taxation (1982). Steve is the author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Wills and Estates, and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Law for Small Business Owners, as well as over fifty book reviews and articles for the Indianapolis Star, Indianapolis News, Indiana Lawyer, and Southside Times.His family includes wife, Sarah, who is director of the children’s center at Southport Presbyterian Church, and sons Ted, director of United Way’s “Success before Six”, Josh, associate director of a Ft. Wayne YMCA, Ethan, a United Methodist minister in Milltown, Indiana, Zach, a graduate student at Chicago School of Psychology.

Charles R. Mercer, Jr., Member
Member since 2008, Serving through December 2020

After completing an undergraduate, as well as a law degree (JD) from Indiana University, Charles Mercer’s spent his career working within state government, first as an Administrative Law Judge for the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission and later as an Assistant Utility Consumer Counselor for Indiana. He was appointed by Governor Robert Orr as the first Consumer Counselor for Federal Affairs. The latter part of his career he worked with a law firm in Indianapolis, Verizon and, finally, United Telephone Company/Sprint. The last twenty years of his career he worked with the Indiana General Assembly and the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission as an attorney for Sprint.Mercer spent several years serving on the Board of Directors of InTrac with two terms as President of the Board. InTrac provides telephone relay service for the deaf and hard of hearing in the State of Indiana. He also served on the Wireless E-911 Board for nine years. In 2001, the Honorable Richard Mourdock, Indiana State Treasurer and Board chairman, along with other Board members, presented Mercer an Award of Gratitude for leadership and accomplishments toward improvement of wireless enhanced 911 services throughout the State of Indiana.Mercer also served on the Board of the Indiana Telecommunication Association for several years, serving as Chairman of the Board during 2003-2004. In 2004, he received the Distinguished Service Award by the Indiana Telecommunication Association for outstanding achievements and service to the Indiana Telecommunication Industry and his community.Mercer was admitted to practice law in the State of Indiana in 1968, also admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. In 1975, he was admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States. In 2004, Governor Joseph Kernan honored Mercer by awarding him The Sagamore of the Wabash.Mercer married Ruth Anne Ake in 1963. They have lived at the same address in Perry Township since 1967. Chuck and Ruth Anne have five children, all of whom went to schools in Perry Township and later graduated from Indiana University. Chuck and Ruth now have 11 grandchildren, all living in Perry Township and attend or will be attending Perry Township schools.Mercer was elected to Perry Township Board of Education in May 2008 and will serve until 2020.