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Penn-Harris-Madison Contacts

If you have a question or concern please start by contacting your building principal. If the problem is not resolved at the school level, below is a list of people to contact, including their phone numbers and email addresses.
All mail deliveries should be addressed to the attention of the appropriate party at the P-H-M Educational Services Center, 55900 Bittersweet Road, Mishawaka IN 46545.  To reach the operator at the district’s switchboard, dial 574-259-7941
The searchable Staff Directory allows you to search for staff members by last name.  Search results will provide the contact’s email address.

Donna Humes, Administrative Assistant to the Board of School Trustees, 574-258-9570



Dr. Jerry Thacker, Superintendent of Schools

  • Questions or concerns not resolved by contacting the appropriate administrator should be brought to the superintendent’s attention

Dawn Bachtel, Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent

  • Questions about access to public records under the Freedom of Information Act should be directed to Mrs. Bachtel


BUSINESS SERVICES (574) 258-9522
Aaron Leniski, Chief Operating Officer
Lisa Zachary, Administrative Assistant to the Chief Operating Officer

LEARNING DIVISION (574) 258-9588

Heather Short, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction

Questions about the following should be directed to Mrs. Short:

  • Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
  • Office for Civil Rights Compliance
  • Non-discrimination and accommodation under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972
  • Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
  • Student harassment or bullying

Carolyn Palonis, Administrative Assistant to the Assistant Superintendent
Jayson Snyder, Director of Professional Development and Student Learning



Gena L. Todd, Director of Exceptional Education

  • Questions about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) should be directed to Ms. Todd.

Ashley Wright, Administrative Assistant

HUMAN RESOURCES (574) 258-9571

Mike Lureman, Director of Human Resources
Tammy Gizewski, Administrative Assistant to the Director of Human Resources, 
Lisa Brown, Benefits Coordinator

  • Questions about the following should be directed to Mr. Lureman:

    • Equal Employment Opportunities (Title VII of the Civil Rights Act)

    • Sexual Harassment (Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972)


TECHNOLOGY (574) 254-2829
Matt Hapke,
Director of Information and Technology


Lucha Ramey, Director of Communications

Jenny Forkner, Community Education Coordinator/Admin. Secretary

Tom Gropp, Multimedia Communications Producer


FOOD SERVICE (574) 254-2814
Jill RiggsDirector of Food Service


FACILITIES (574) 258-9566

Tom Hartman, Director of Facilities 

  • Questions about indoor air quality should be directed to Mr. Hartman


TRANSPORTATION (574) 258-9565
Judith Dahlstrom, Director of Transportation


SAFETY AND SECURITY (574) 258-9551
Mike Seger, Director of Safety and Student Services 

  • Questions about homeless students should be directed to Mr. Seger