Leadership

Interim Chief Executive Officer / Chief academic officer | James Welter

James Welter is a career educator and former teacher who has worked in traditional public schools, public charter schools, and higher education. James has been with Irvington Community Schools since August 2017 when he was hired as the Director of Testing, Data, and Technology. Throughout the past four years, James’ role changed and evolved to include curriculum oversight, grant writing and compliance, and leading programmatic efforts specific to unique learners. In July 2021 he was appointed to the role of Chief Academic Officer and in August 2021 took on additional responsibilities of the Interim CEO. James holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Mathematics Education from Indiana State University. He has taught middle school math, Algebra I and II, and advanced mathematics subjects including Probability and Statistics, Finite Math, AP Physics and AP Statistics. He is a 2016 Woodrow Wilson Fellow and has earned an MBA in Educational Leadership from Indiana State University. 

ICES Principal / Corporate Enrollment Officer | Deanna Dehner

Deanna Dehner has been with Irvington Community Schools since 2005, initially as a 5th-grade teacher and then Writing & Literacy Coach. She was later promoted to the role of Lead Teacher (now “Principal”) in 2007. Specifically, she has been a building-level leader at ICES through varied changes in academic structure (K-8, K-5, PreK-5) in addition to serving four years as principal at the high school. Deanna received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn. Deanna earned a Masters Degree from Walden University in Elementary Reading & Literacy, and a second Masters Degree from Ball State University in Educational Administration & Supervision.  She is an experienced intermediate grades teacher and is licensed to teach Kindergarten through 8th grade.

ICMS Principal | Loryn Venekamp

Loryn Venekamp began her career in education teaching English to high school students in Warsaw, Indiana. Over the years, “home” was wherever the US Air Force sent her family with Mr. Venekamp’s USAF career. Loryn taught in middle schools in Warrensburg, Missouri, and East Lyme, Connecticut. She began her tenure at Irvington Community Schools in 2008, teaching English language arts to 7th- and 8th-grade students at the then K-8 school on Julian Avenue (now ICES.) In 2010, she was one of the founding leaders of Irvington Community Middle School, bringing the 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade together at the Pleasant Run campus with the goal of building a school culture that supports young adolescents. Loryn holds a Bachelor of Science in Education with an English Major from Minot State University in North Dakota and a Master of Science in Education, Curriculum, and Instruction K-12 from the University of Central Missouri. She  earned her K-12 Principal Licensure through Indiana Wesleyan University. 

IPA Principal | Jana Goebel

Jana Goebel began her career at Irvington Community Schools in the spring of 2011 as a Special Education teacher at Irvington Preparatory Academy. In 2012 she took on the additional role of Special Education Coordinator, helping to systematize and support special education services in grades K-12, and in 2014, she was named Director of College and Academic Services at IPA where she also served on the Indiana State Board of Education’s Graduation Pathways Panel. Jana accepted the position of principal for Irvington Preparatory Academy in 2019. Jana holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary and Special Education from Manchester College and will complete her Masters of Educational Leadership & Administration in May 2022.  

Director of Communications + School Partnerships / Corporate Coordinator, Service-based Learning Program | tammi hughes

Tammi Hughes brings to Irvington Community Schools nearly 20 years of professional leadership and management in local, regional, and national non-profit organizations specializing in education, community development, and economic development industries. Tammi joined ICS in 2017 leading the efforts to create the organization’s first Department of Community Engagement initially serving as Community Engagement Specialist. In 2018, her role expanded to Director of Community Engagement + Service-Based Learning where she oversaw the development and implementation of the high school’s service-based learning program. In July 2021 Tammi transitioned to Director of Communications + School Partnerships while she continues to serve as Corporate Coordinator for the school’s K-12 Service-Based Learning Program. Additionally, she serves as an Advisory Member for the Indianapolis Coalition for Community School Partnerships. Tammi attended Ball State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism.  

Director of Student Well-Being

Jenn Sahagun serves Irvington Community Schools as the Director of Student Well-Being where she works collaboratively with staff to support PreK-12 students academically, emotionally, and socially. Prior to joining ICS in late summer 2021, Jenn worked in public education holding various roles including a teacher of high school chemistry, physics, AVID, and middle school science. She has also worked as a public education administrator serving as an Assistant Director of Career and Technical Education. Jenn is a graduate of Butler University where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry Education, and subsequently, a Master in Educational Leadership through Butler University’s Experiential Program for Preparing School Principals (EPPSP – Group 35). 

Director of Human Resources

Shari Coomer joined Irvington Community Schools in January 2021 bringing with her more than 20 years of human resources experience. Prior to ICS, Shari served in multiple human resources leadership roles in the non-profit and faith-based sectors where she specialized in employee benefits; policy and procedure development; FMLA and disability leaves; compliance; HR technology/processes; compensation; and, support in culture initiatives. She has also worked as an account manager for an employee benefits consulting firm in Indianapolis. Shari holds a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Ball State University.oryn