Our team is made up of dedicated, caring and compassionate teachers and staff who are all licensed and trained in best practices for a substance-impacted learner. At Hope Academy, our small class sizes allow each student to receive one-on-one instruction as needed. We are committed to supporting our students and their families throughout the recovery process.

  • Rachelle Gardner
    Rachelle Gardner
    Executive Director
  • Linda Gagyi
    Linda Gagyi
  • Jane Panyard
    Jane Panyard
    Director of Operations
  • Mariann Williams
    Mariann Williams
    Director of Development

School Staff

  • Aleesha Bullock
    Aleesha Bullock
  • Caroline Hartman
    Caroline Hartman
    GPS Coordinator
  • Anita Frauli
    Anita Frauli
    Mathematics Teacher
  • Jonathan McClure
    Jonathan McClure
    Art Teacher
  • Jordan Mills
    Jordan Mills
    Social Studies Teacher
  • Deb Leser
    Deb Leser
    Guidance Counselor
  • Bill Jensen
    Bill Jensen
    English Teacher
  • Christina Steigerwalt
    Christina Steigerwalt
    Science Teacher
  • Georgia Wynne
    Georgia Wynne
    Recovery Coach
  • Sarah Platt
    Sarah Platt
    Peer Recovery Specialist
  • Renee Carberry
    Renee Carberry
    Special Education Teacher
  • Alex Shaffer
    Alex Shaffer
    Recovery Coach - Guiding Paths to Success
  • Janet Phelps
    Janet Phelps
    Special Education Teacher
  • Sarah Mockaitis
    Sarah Mockaitis
    School Nurse

Board of Directors

Hope Academy is governed by an active school board of community leaders with diverse backgrounds.

  • Marissa Manlove, retired, Indiana Philanthropy Alliance, Chair
  • Colleen M. Kenney, community volunteer, Vice Chair
  • Janine Shopp, Fairbanks and Hope Academy, Treasurer
  • Phyllis Land Usher, Usher Funeral Home, Secretary
  • Michael Austin, Strada Education Network
  • John Finke, Marian University 
  • Janice Gabe, New Perspectives of Indiana
  • Amy Levander, Krieg DeVault LLP
  • Leah Mannweiler, Krieg DeVault LLP
  • Ukamaka M. Oruche, Ph.D., RN, FAAN Indiana University School of Nursing
  • Angela M. Tomlin, Ph.D., HSPP, Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health
  • Kevin Turner, Wurster Construction

Board Meeting Dates, Agendas and Minutes