2020 Hamilton Heights School Corporation Board of School Trustees


    HHSC 2019 Board of School Trustees

    L-R: Doug Ozolins, Board Member; Julie Davis, Secretary; Arnett Cooper, Vice President; Laura Reuter, Board Member; Kevin Cavanaugh, President

    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 at the Hamilton Heights High School Media Center unless otherwise stated.

    Kevin Cavanaugh, 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.   

    Arnett Cooper, Vice 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.

    Julie Davis, Secretary 

    Julie A. Davis is the newest addition to the Hamilton Heights School Board. She was elected to represent Jackson Township in November 2018 officially beginning her duties in January 2019.

    Julie, a retired English Teacher/Department Chair, spent most of her career in education as an English teacher at Heights, worked with students of all levels of ability, interests, and learning styles. Julie holds a BA from Indiana University, MA from Ball State University, IU English Adjunct Faculty Certification from IU Bloomington, and completed an AP Acceleration Program from Earlham College. She was active and engaged in many extracurricular activities during her 45-year tenure as an educator.  Her depth of hands-on and engaged classroom experience provide a unique perspective and be an asset to the board in decisions that impact the school community.

    Davis, a life-long resident of Northern Hamilton County and resident of Arcadia, is the first educator to be elected to the School Board.  She a proud member of the Hamilton Heights School Corporation Class of 1967 and a member of Emanuel Lutheran Church in Tipton.  She has two children (Sean and Cheryl), both graduates of Hamilton Heights, and two grandchildren.

    Laura Griswold Reuter, Board Member

    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 attending Indiana University. She 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.

    Doug Ozolins, Board Member

    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.”

     Gretchen Pennington, Board Member

    After Gretchen Pennington received word that she was successful in her bid for the White River Township Board on the Hamilton Heights School Board, she says she was excited, humbled and honored.  Pennington steps into the seat held by Laura Reuter, a past president of the board, who did not seek re-election after 12 years of dedicated service and contributions.

    Pennington, who has lived and worked in Hamilton County for more than two decades, is a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Hamilton County.  She is a graduate of Franklin College and earned her law degree at Indiana University, Bloomington.  She has also earned a reputation for being thorough, professional, open-minded, and respectful of different perspectives and opinions. 

    “Gretchen Pennington will be a fantastic addition to the HHSC Board of School Trustees,” said Dr. Derek Arrowood, HHSC Superintendent.  “Her passion for all things Hamilton Heights, her knowledge of our system and values, through participation as a parent, and her professional background as a deputy prosecutor, make her ideally suited to help make HHSC an even better place for students to learn and achieve.”.

    Pennington, who was raised on a working row-crop and livestock farm in southern Indiana, explained, “it was here that I learned the value of hard work and the immense blessings and responsibilities of farming.”  It was precisely these lessons that would be the foundation for her career in public service.  A strong advocate for education, Pennington has dedicated her entire professional career to public service and her family, and believes there is no greater way to give back to the community than to serve as a member of the Hamilton Heights School Board.  “This is a responsibility that I don’t take lightly and will always work hard to make decisions that are in the best interest of the students, educators and the entire district,” she said.