The Hamilton Heights School Board is made up of 5 members, 2 each from White River Township and Jackson Township as well as one at-large representative. The members are elected to staggered 4 year terms. Except for special meetings, the board meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month in the conference room at the Hamilton Heights High School Media Center unless otherwise stated.
Arnett Cooper, President
Arnett (Arnie) Cooper has served as a Hamilton Heights School Board member representing White River and Jackson Townships since July 2010. He is a retired toolmaker after working for Chrysler Corporation in Kokomo, Indiana for 40½ years. Except for a 4 year stint in the U.S. Air Force, he has lived in the Hamilton Heights area all of his life.
Arnett and his wife Vicki, both graduated from Jackson Central High School in 1963 and both of their daughters graduated from Hamilton Heights High School. Tina is a graduate of Indiana University and the IU School of Law and works for the Indiana Appellate Courts. Kira is a graduate of Purdue University, with a Masters degree from Miami of Ohio and is an audiologist at Northside ENT. She is married and has a son, Jackson, and a daughter, Isabella, who light up the lives of Vicki and Arnett.
Besides his toolmaker apprenticeship, Arnett also has an associate degree from Highland Park Community College in Industrial Technology.
People in the community have and will see Arnett and Vicki at many school functions throughout the year, as well as Butler basketball.
Dr. Kevin Cavanaugh, Vice-President
Kevin has always had a passion for learning. Kevin grew up in a rural community in NW Ohio and received a B.S. in Agronomy at Iowa State University. He then attended Purdue University and earned his M.S. and Ph.D. focusing on plant breeding and genetics. He came to Beck’s Hybrids in 1993 and has been the Director of Research for 23 years. Kevin also has a key role as a member of Beck’s Leadership Team guiding the future direction of the highly successful seed company. Kevin was awarded Beck’s highest honor, the Beck Family Sales Award of Distinction in 2014. In 2012, Kevin was recognized as Purdue’s Distinguished Alumni Award. He is also involved in many state and national seed organizations such as currently serving as President of the Indiana Crop Improvement Association, past president of the Indiana Seed Trade Association, past president of the National Council of Commercial Plant Breeders, and numerous committees of the American Seed Trade Association.
Kevin is very family oriented having two sons attending Hamilton Heights currently and his wife, Carey, who is also very involved in activities in the school system. Kevin has coached numerous youth sports teams and has served on many committees and organizations around the Heights school corporation. He also served several terms on Hamilton Heights Education Foundation raising money for equipment and needs for the classrooms to better engage students.
Doug Ozolins, Secretary
Doug Ozolins has represented White River Township on the Hamilton Heights School Board since January 2015. He and his wife Christi have been married since 1988. Doug and Christi have three boys, Josh, Derek and Nick. Their family lost Nick in a car accident December of 2010 at the age of 19 while attending Purdue University. The family has set up the first ever “Engineering Scholarship” for Hamilton Heights School Corporation in Nick’s honor.
Doug is a 1985 graduate of Center Grove High School and attended Ball State University. Doug’s wife, Christi Bryant-Ozolins is a 1984 graduate of Hamilton Heights. The Bryant family has farmed in this community since the mid 1800’s. Doug is a very active member at Arcadia Christian Church and has helped lead worship for over 15 years. Doug has served as the Vice President of the Hamilton Heights Education Foundation and the President of the Hamilton Heights Youth Football League.
Doug is the President of Tier2 Group. Tier2 Group is a manufacturer’s representative agency specializing in the distribution of industrial and construction tooling in the Midwest. Doug is very involved in the industries’ leadership and has served in many leadership positions on a national level.
“This community has supported my family in the best of times and through the darkest days of losing a child. There is no greater honor for me than to serve on our local school board and to try to give back to the community that has given my family so much. We will forever be thankful to the people of this great community”
Gwen Hunter joined the Hamilton Heights School Board in 2006 representing Jackson Township. She is a lifelong learner and completed her nursing degree in 2011. Gwen works as a Registered Nurse in Surgical Services at Indiana University Health North Hospital. While pursuing her degree, she worked as a unit secretary in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and assisted with teaching Computer Physician Order Entry. Gwen is a member of the Cicero Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee, serves as the HNPL (library) representative for Hamilton Heights, and is a member of the Indiana School Board Association.
Mrs. Hunter married her best friend Blake, has three children, Nathan, Heather and Austin who have graduated from Hamilton Heights Schools. Her family attends Grace Community Church and serves as a host family for Safe Families for Children.
Gwen graduated from Hamilton Heights and is passionate about improving the Hamilton Heights community.
Laura Griswold Reuter
Laura Griswold Reuter has served as a Hamilton Heights School Board Member representing White River Township since July 2008. She is Vice President of Finance for Urbahns Company, Inc. Laura is also a member of the Indiana CPA Society and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Laura and her family are parishioners at Our Lady of Grace located in Noblesville where where she is involved in various church ministries and councils.
Laura and Mark have three daughters—having attended or graduated from Hamilton Heights. Maggie is a graduate of the University of Dayton and is in her third year of service in the Peace Corps at their office located in Asuncion, Paraguay. Miranda is a graduate of Indiana University and is serving in the AmeriCorps Vista program in Indianapolis at College Mentors for Kids. And, finally, Leigh Anne is in her senior year at Hamilton Heights and will be attending Indiana University in the Fall of 2018. Leigh Anne is a direct admit to the School of Global and International Studies and is a Hutton Honors scholar.
Laura is a graduate of Hamilton Heights High School and Purdue University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management and a minor in Industrial Engineering. She is an avid Boilermaker fan as well as a fan of any Big Ten School.