Jim Hernandez is originally from Gary, Indiana and graduated from Merrillville High School. After graduating from Valparaiso University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration (Accounting), Jim moved to the Indianapolis area to attend law school at Indiana University School of Law at Indianapolis (now the Robert H. McKinney School of Law). Jim began his career after graduating law school in the tax department at the national public accounting firm of Coopers & Lybrand (now PriceWaterhouseCoopers) where he earned his CPA certification. In the next phase of his career, Jim served in various managerial, Vice President, Senior Vice President and Trust Counsel positions in the Trust Department of local banks that experienced a succession of mergers (Indiana National Bank/INB National Bank, NBD Bank, First Chicago NBD, Bank One, First Indiana Bank and M&I Bank). Jim then went into the private practice of law on the southside of Indianapolis where he initially practiced with and for Aline Anderson, and later R. Ronald Calkins, before establishing his own practice, James H. Hernandez, Attorney At Law, LLC. He concentrates his practice on estate planning and administration, guardianships, taxation and business entities. He is a frequent speaker and presenter on his areas of practice for various legal education organizations, schools and private organizations and companies. Jim has been involved in many legal and professional organizations and has held various positions, including Treasurer, Chairman and President of various Boards. He has also served as a Judge Pro-Tem in the Marion County Superior Court, Probate Division. Jim has two sons, Danny and Nick, who attended Perry Township schools into Southport High School. Jim’s sister, who moved to Indianapolis, had a son and daughter who attended Perry Township schools into Perry Meridian High School. Jim became very involved donating time and efforts to various academic, arts and sports functions. He has been very involved in youth sports in the community in various capacities, as a coach, instructor, travel team organizer and Board member (including Southport Little League and Indiana Amateur Baseball Association/Playball Indiana). After their retirements, Jim’s parents, Ruben and Marge Hernandez, also moved to Indianapolis. Volunteering, being involved in school and helping others was instilled in Jim throughout his life by his parents. His parents’ contributions, dedication and lives impacted a multitude of school staff, students and the community in Perry Township. His parents volunteered their time and service daily in retirement reporting to schools five days a week from the beginning of school in the morning to the end of the school day. They volunteered at Mary Bryan Elementary, Jeremiah Gray-Edison and the Southport 6th Grade Academy into their mid-eighties and received several volunteer awards, including a Humanitarian Award (for Ruben’s help with Hispanic students and their parents) and the Jim and Vivian Leach Volunteer District Award in 2012. Jim strives to continue to give back and maintain this important legacy. Jim is married to Janet, who is a nurse working in drug research. In addition to Jim’s two children, Janet has three children, and together they have six grandchildren.
Lee Shively, a beneficiary of the education provided by Perry Township Schools as a 2002 graduate of Perry Meridian High School, attended IUPUI and earned a B.S. in Secondary Education in 2006. He brings more than a decade of experience as an educator in Marion County public schools with time spent in IPS, Speedway Schools and Beech Grove Schools. Having lived in Perry Township for more than two-thirds of his life, he knows firsthand the awesome opportunities provided by Perry Township Schools and looks forward to enhancing them as a board member. Lee and his wife Brianne, who is a third-generation graduate of Perry Township Schools (Brianne, PMHS 2002; her father Brian, PMHS 1975; her grandfather Donald, SHS 1943) have three children who currently/will soon attend Perry Township Schools.
Hannah Dale is a lifelong resident of Perry Township and a 2006 graduate of Perry Meridian High School. Hannah attended the University of Indianapolis where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2010. Hannah has held various professional roles in the non-profit world, focusing on mental health and disability advocacy. She has worked for Adult and Child Mental Health, Best Buddies Indiana, and most recently served as the Executive Director for the Perry Township Education Foundation (PTEF). In July of 2017, Hannah chose to step down from her position with PTEF to focus on raising her children as a stay at home mom. She has continued to serve for PTEF as Secretary on the Board of Directors. Hannah and her husband, Joel, have three children; Lennon, Milo, and Matilda.
Emily 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.
Scott Heller was born on the Columbus Air Force Base in Mississippi and moved between eight school districts before settling into the same school system from third grade until graduating from Germantown High School (Memphis, TN) in 2000. While enjoying most of those school experiences, it was easy to see that settling into a school was beneficial for more than just educational advantages. The culture and relationships students experience inside a school are vital. Scott received his B.A. from Johnson University (Knoxville, TN) in 2005 and an M.A. from Cincinnati Christian University in 2014. Upon graduating college Scott and his wife, Mindy, moved to Franklin Township in 2005 and transitioned to Perry Township in 2015. Moving their school-age daughter from one school district to another was not a decision that was made lightly but after investigating the schools and moving into Perry Township it has proven to be a great choice for their kids. Since 2005, Scott has served as a pastor at Indian Creek Christian Church (The Creek). Scott served high school students and families from 2005-2013. Since 2013 he has helped support mission and outreach partnerships globally and locally. He is also an Adjunct Professor (Online) for Johnson University and enjoys teaching undergraduate students of all ages from all over the country. Scott loves his job and his community, and it’s a privilege to know and see first-hand the great ways people are serving their communities around the world. Scott’s desire and responsibility are to do the same for Perry Township Schools. He thinks highly of all those serving in Perry Schools and appreciates the opportunity to support them in his role as a board member.
Steve Johnson is a graduate of Elizabethtown High School in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. Steve is a veteran of 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 retired teacher from 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, an MBA student at Colorado State University. Both are graduates of Perry Meridian.
A 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 in 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.