The Board meets at 7:00pm on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month, with the exception of December. The regular meetings are held at the Administration Center (13485 Cumberland Road) and are open to the public. School Board Special Meetings are held on an as-needed basis.
Board related meetings and documents are posted electronically on the BoardDocs website (click below).
Pictured left to right back row: Matt Burke, John DeLucia, Supt. Dr. Allen Bourff, Terry Tolle and Howard Stevenson Left to right front row: Michelle Fullhart, Sylvia Shepler and Karen Harmer
The Hamilton Southeastern School Board is composed of seven members who serve four-year,
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Karen Harmer is in her 18th year representing Delaware Township on the board and works part-time at Campbell Kyle Proffitt law firm. Mrs. Harmer volunteers for her church and holds an Indiana teaching license. She and husband Allan have four children: Amy, a graduate of Liberty University; John and David, graduates of Purdue University and Lori, a graduate of Indiana Weslyan University.
With children in the system for 18 years, she has served on the junior high Triangle Club Board, as a member of various committees, the long range planning committee and as a room mother for 13 years. Mrs. Harmer holds a dual degree in Human Development and Elementary Education from the University of Nebraska.
Mrs. Harmer believes HSE’s most important responsibility is to “provide our students with the knowledge and skills necessary for further education, employment, life-long learning, and responsible citizenship.” To accomplish this, she thinks we must “regularly and thoroughly evaluate our teaching and educational program and maintain our commitment to academic excellence.” Mrs. Harmer feels that emerging technologies offer greater opportunities to individualize and increase options in most curricular areas as well as helping the specific needs of our special learning populations.
Attorney Howard Stevenson has lived in the Fishers community for 16 years with his wife Christa and their three sons. Howard is a strong proponent of public education. His educational pursuits have been in the public school arena starting from elementary school through law school.
He has his B.A. from Indiana University and his J.D. degree from Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis. He is currently managing partner of the law firm Coleman Stevenson, LLP, and concentrates his practice in the areas of business law, real estate, civil litigation and municipal finance.
Howard serves as a superintendent of Sunday School for Eastern Star Church. He previously served on the Board of Managers for the YMCA, Ransburg Branch in Indianapolis, the Board of Directors for HSE Youth Basketball, and as co-counsel for the Indiana Stadium & Convention Building Authority in Indianapolis that was responsible for building Lucas Oil Stadium and an Expansion of the Indiana Convention Center.
Howard sees the district’s greatest challenge as “continuing to provide teachers and administrators with the tools and resources they need to ensure the success of all of our students in a fast growing, diverse school district despite receiving a reduction in school funding.” He feels other important issues are maintaining effective class sizes and narrowing the gap between minority students and the general student body. He believes Board members “should have the best interest of the students as the primary focal point. All votes rendered and policies and procedures implemented should pass the test of ‘how does this benefit or advance the cause of our students?’”
Howard sees Board members as liaisons, and believes they should engage and solicit information and insight from community members. He believes it takes a collaborative effort from teachers, parents, board members, administrators, students and community stakeholders. Howard believes “When they are effectively working together, there is no limit to the students’ success.”
Sylvia Shepler is in her third term as a member of HSE’s School Board. She
presently serves as Board Secretary and HSE’s policy liaison. Besides
substitute teaching and classroom volunteering in the past, Mrs. Shepler has
volunteered with the Agape Therapeutic Riding Center, 4-H, Campus Life
program, and with her church as a Sunday school teacher. She is also a Master
Gardener and has a B.S. degree from Purdue University. She and her husband
Bill have four children, all graduates from Hamilton Southeastern Schools. Alicyn
is a graduate of Purdue University; Rebekah, a graduate from Liberty University
in Virginia; Nicole, a graduate of University of Southern Indiana; and Stephanie, a
Purdue University grad. Now that her children have started their own families,
she will see her first grandchild enter HSE's kindergarten program next year.
In the future, Mrs. Shepler sees HSE students’ education moving from “very good
to great,” making improvements where appropriate and continuing to supplement
the education that parents have begun and continue at home, along with the
caring/knowledgeable/passionate education that HSE 's teachers provide. With
all this in mind, she still trusts that with innovations, technology, stretching of the
budget and curriculum etc., we as a school community will not lose sight of the
fundamentals of learning and our students’ lives beyond the K-12 school
Financial Planner, Matt Burke, CFP has lived in the Fishers area most of his life and
is a 1982 graduate of HSEHS. Matt & his wife Jill are the parents of 5 children.
Their oldest Jacob is a 2012 graduate of HSEHS and is currently at Purdue
University working towards a degree in Industrial Engineering. Ally, Gracie and
Claire attend HSEHS and Levi is currently in 4th grade at Hoosier Road Elementary
Matt works in Fishers as the managing member of Resource Planning Group, a
financial planning and wealth management firm committed to helping their clients
become great financial stewards. He is a graduate of Indiana University School of
Business in Indianapolis as well as the College for Financial Planning is Denver,
Matt is very active in his children’s lives and has served in various coaching and
teaching positions as well as Boy Scout leadership. He has served on various boards
including Ronald McDonald House of Indiana Finance Committee, Taylor University
Investment Council, Financial Planning Association of Greater Indiana Board of
Directors, Leadership Team of Hamilton Hills Baptist Church and President of the
Promise Road Business Park Owners Association.
Matt is honored for the opportunity to serve the 20,000+ students and families of
Hamilton Southeastern Schools and desires to see our school lead the state in
developing the leaders of the future. As a parent of a special needs child, he also
desires to see every child receive the opportunity and environment to achieve their
best. He has quickly come to appreciate the tremendous work of our administration
as they have built one of the Indiana’s premier schools in a very challenging
John is a long‐time HSE Schools district resident and parent; he feels the great variety of roles he’s filled in the community gives him a healthy perspective on things.
DeLucia and his wife Amy are the parents of three: Joshua, 2006 HSEHS grad and 2010 IU grad now working in the IT sector locally; Jillian, a 2010 FHS grad and student and basketball player at Holy Cross College at Notre Dame; and Jack, 2013 FHS grad and freshman at IUPUI.
eLucia said his children have attended Cumberland Road, HSE Middle School, Sand Creek Intermediate, New Britton, Fishers Junior High, HSE High School, Riverside and Fishers High School. He and his wife have been “very pleased” with the education their children have received. During that time he has been a coach, Sunday school teacher, Baseball Board of Directors member as well as Academy of Finance Board member and mentor with the Youth Mentoring Initiative. John served as the Hamilton Southeastern Schools Foundation liaison until recently and also has served on the Fishers YMCA Board of Advisors.
DeLucia feels we are very fortunate to have an outstanding school corporation and wonderful community. One of his goals is to help maintain our level of excellence in these difficult financial times while always looking for ways to improve. We have many great organizations serving our community in various ways. John would like to help forge strategic relationships among many of these to serve even more effectively.
John has a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University in Near Eastern languages and cultures, graduated from the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California, and served for four years as an Arabic linguist in the U.S. Navy. Most of his career has been in financial services, and he currently serves as the Chief Lending Officer for Citizens State Bank.
Michelle Fullhart has been actively involved in Hamilton Southeastern Schools since
1991 as a staff member, parent, and PTO volunteer. She is a native of Fort Wayne, IN,
holding a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Miami University in Oxford,
OH as well as a Master's Degree in Education from Ball State University. She taught
first and second grade students for 11 years in Hamilton Southeastern Schools at Fall
Creek and New Britton Elementary Schools.
Her passion for technology also provided her with an opportunity to serve as the
webmaster for HSE (1997-2004). During her last two years in the classroom at
New Britton, she served as a pilot teacher for the HSE21 program, using iPads 1:1
as part of instruction with her second grade class.
Michelle is married to her husband, Greg, and has three children. Together, they
continue to support key education initiatives and have served the school district in
various volunteer capacities. Both are proponents of HSE's Destination
Imagination, an organization that is committed to challenging students to solve
problems creatively using skills from science, technology, engineering, art, and
As one of HSE’s newest board members, Michelle looks forward to supporting the school
community and continuing the growth of our great schools.
Dr. Terry Tolle is committed to making Hamilton Southeastern Schools the best school district in
the state of Indiana. Dr. Tolle, who grew up in Swayzee, Indiana, a small farming town outside
Marion, understands the transformative power of a great education first hand. He attended Ball
State University before graduating Life University in Marietta, Georgia with a Doctor of
He and his wife Lisa have been married for 18 years, and they have two sons, Jack 12 and Rex 7, and a daughter, Sophie 9. Both he and his family have lived in Fishers for 12 years. Dr. Tolle
chose to move his family to Fishers because of the people, amenities and great schools.
Newly elected, Dr. Tolle believes he will be an effective partner to the HSE School Board,
sharing the lessons learned from his business background. He served on the Indiana State
Chiropractic Association's, Board of Directors for seven years where he was the DC of the Day
at the Indiana State House on numerous occasions. Dr. Tolle also served on the ISCA continuing
As a community and service-oriented father, he also is involved in the Holy Spirit at Geist
Catholic Church and has been a Cub Scout den leader, sports coach and is still involved in
fundraising for the Boy Scouts of America.
Dr. Tolle is eager to support the HSE school community in his latest leadership role as a school