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Meet the Board

Scecina Memorial High School Board of Directors 

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George Newhart Jr., Board Chair 

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George Newhart

George Newhart, a 1960 graduate of Scecina Memorial High School, became Chairman of the Scecina Board of Directors, on July 1, 2016. He received his bachelor of science in accounting and an MBA from Butler University. George is a certified public accountant with more than 40 years of experience in accounting, finance, investor relations and administration, most recently serving as vice president and corporate controller with CTS Corporation.  

He has served on the Finance Committee of the Board of Directors for several years and has generously supported Scecina through gifts of time, talent and treasure. 


J. Barry Schneider, Immediate Past Board Chair

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Barry Schneider

Barry Schneider is chairman of the board and third-generation owner at Schneider Corporation. He is a Cathedral High School graduate and earned a bachelor of science in civil engineering from the University of Notre Dame. Barry is the Immediate Past Chair for Scecina’s Board of Directors and its Executive Committee. He is an active member of the Board Facilities Committee and the Strategic Growth Plan Facilities Planning Area Team.  Passionate about servant leadership, Barry has served on the planning committees for the 2008 and 2012 Greenleaf Center’s Annual International Servant Leadership Conferences.  This includes speaking about servant leadership domestically and abroad. Barry, his wife, Krista, and their daughters are members of St. Louis De Montfort parish. He began his service on Scecina’s Board of Directors in 2006.

Steve Hodgson, Board Vice Chair 

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Steve Hodgson

Steve is the principal and chief operating officer for Wurster Construction. A 1974 graduate of Scecina, he received his bachelor of science degree from the University of Indianapolis and his M. S. in education from Butler University. He joined the Scecina Board of Directors in 2011 and is a member of the Facilities Committee. Additionally, Steve serves on the Board of Directors for the Mother Theodore Catholic Academies and the University of Indianapolis Greyhound Club. Steve and his wife, Jennifer, have two sons.  

Father Bob Gilday, Secretary 

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Father Bob Gilday

Father Bob is the pastor of St. Therese of the Infant Jesus (Little Flower) Catholic Church, the parish where he was raised. He graduated from the Latin School of Indianapolis in 1967, received his bachelor of arts from St. Meinrad College and his bachelor of sacred theology from the Gregorian University in Rome. Prior to be named pastor of Little Flower in 2003, he had served at St. Malachy, St. Matthew, and St. Christopher parishes and as Vice-Vicar Judicial of the Metropolitan Tribunal of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. Father Bob began his service on the Board of Directors in 2007 and is a member of the Executive Committee and the Mission Effectiveness Committee.  

Lara Beck, Enrollment Management and Marketing Communications Committee, Chair 

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Lara Beck

Lara Beck has spent nearly 20 years working in public and media relations, strategic communications and reputation management. She has extensive experience working for elected officials at the state and local levels. Lara started Beck Communications in 2006 and provides strategic communications services to start-up and mid-sized companies, elected officials, municipalities, non-profits, and advocacy-related organizations. 

Lara is a graduate of Marian University with a bachelor of arts degree in history and Spanish. She and her husband, Tim Henderson, live in Irvington and are parishioners at Our Lady of Lourdes. Their son, Taggart, attends Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School. She previously served on and chaired the Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School commission. 

J. Kevin Johnson

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J. Kevin Johnson

Kevin Johnson is a 1977 graduate of Scecina. He is executive vice president and CFO for Kocolene Development Corporation, a holding company with several business operations. He chairs the Scecina Marketing Committee and sits on the Strategic Planning Committee. Kevin has been active in youth ministry, religious education, CRHP small group and the SPREAD program. Kevin and his wife, Lori ’77, have two children, Anne and Tommy. They are members of Holy Spirit Parish in Indianapolis’ East Deanery. 

Jeff Lathrop, Treasurer 

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Jeff Lathrop

Jeff is a 1996 graduate of Scecina. A certified public accountant, he earned his bachelor of science degree in accounting and master of science in accounting from Ball State University. He is a partner with DOZ (Dauby, O’Connor and Zaleski). DOZ provides accounting, auditing, tax and consulting services to the affordable housing industry and has clients in all 50 states.

Jeff and his wife, Jennifer, live in Greenfield and attend St. Simon the Apostle Catholic Church. They have three current and future Crusader children, Cierra (’23), Hillari (’26) and Isaac (’29). Jeff also coaches youth sports.

Marie McNelis 

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Marie McNelis

Marie was born and raised in Hamilton, Ohio, where she attended 12 years of parochial schools before pursuing dual degrees in elementary and secondary education at Miami University. After moving to Indianapolis, Marie attained a master’s degree as a reading specialist from Butler University.   

Marie began her career in education teaching speech and dramatics at the high school level. She taught reading courses at Butler University and IUPUI, became a reading specialist at the elementary level, and in 2002 started an educational consulting business called Link to Literacy. Marie spent the last five years of her career as a district literacy coach for Washington Township schools. Marie now works part-time with a tech company called Lexia Learning.   

Marie has one son, Daniel McNelis ‘08. Danny graduated from Purdue University and works for Chase Bank. After 44 years in education, Marie is retired and enjoying traveling and a slower pace of living with her husband, Peter Noreika.  

Jim Norton 

Jim is a 1976 graduate of Scecina. He earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Purdue in 1980. Since 1981, he’s been with Eli Lilly and Co., where he currently is a senior engineering consultant.   

He and his wife, Jeanne (Atkinson) ’75, have three grown children: Kathryn, a nurse practitioner; Daniel, a mechanical engineer; and Emily, registered nurse. They also have six grandchildren. 

Jim and Jeanne attend St. Pius Catholic Church.  

Nick Petrone 

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Nick Petrone

Nick Petrone is a consultant with netlogx, a consulting services organization specializing in information risk management. Nick’s efforts are focused on the company’s outreach program, building awareness and name recognition of the organization while also establishing and developing meaningful relationships and partnerships. Nick met the owners of netlogx, Nick and Audrey Taylor, during his time with the Family and Social Services Administration and quickly came to appreciate the aylors’ tremendous expertise, professionalism and integrity. In 2011, when Nick was searching for his next career opportunity, he happily joined the netlogx family.  

Nick and his family are members of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish. He and his wife, Amy, are proud parents of Audrey, Scecina Class of 2015, Dominic ’17, and Sophia ’20. Nick’s interests include sporting events, politics and his faith. Having been privileged to serve in various capacities with his parish, Our Lady of Lourdes, Nick is excited to now join the Scecina Board as the Parent Ambassador Team Chair. 

Jim Roe 

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Jim Roe

Jim, a 1968 graduate of Scecina, earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Indiana University. Jim is the president of Arlington/Roe & Co, a regional wholesale insurance broker, and chairman of the Development and Alumni Relations Committees of the Scecina Board.  He and his wife, Vickie, have four children and four grandchildren. Jim and Vickie are members of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish. 

Julanne Sausser 

Julanne Sausser is employed part-time as marketing and communications manager for Eco Partners Inc., an environmental education company. She and her husband, Mark, were co-chairs of Scecina’s Giving Back, Looking Forward Parent Phase. Mark is an attorney at Faegre Baker Daniels. 

Julanne and Mark are the parents of two daughters who attended Scecina: Leeann 12 and Caroline ‘15. Both daughters are graduates of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School, where Julanne was an active parent volunteer. 

At Scecina, Julanne has volunteered frequently in the Advancement and Enrollment Management offices, and during the last three years, she has spearheaded efforts to help current Scecina parents reach out to new families. Thanks to Julanne and her team of parent ambassadors, new Scecina families feel welcome and have their questions answered before the first day of school.   

Rick Smith 

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Rick Smith

Rick Smith, a 1969 graduate of Scecina, grew up on the Eastside of Indianapolis, attending Holy Spirit Catholic School and graduating from Scecina in 1969. He received a bachelor of science in accounting from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and then an MBA from the University of Indianapolis. 

Professionally, Rick held various supervisory, managerial and executive management positions in the electric utility industry over his 38-year career. He retired from Entergy Corporation in New Orleans in 2013. Rick also served as an executive board member for Lighthouse for the Blind (New Orleans), Boys and Girls Club of Westchester County (New York) and the Nuclear Institute of Washington, D.C. 

Rick and his wife, Patty (Nonte) Smith ’71, have been married for 46 years and are the proud parents of four and proud grandparents of 13. Rick and Patty reside in Zionsville, Ind., and own West Chase Golf Course. 

Joe Therber 

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Joe Therber

Joe is the president of Scecina Memorial High School. Previously, he was executive director of Stewardship and Development for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. As president of Scecina, Joe is the chief administrative officer of the school. His responsibilities include strategic planning; fostering Catholic identity; growing the Mission Advancement program through marketing, alumni relations, enrollment management, and development; fostering deanery, community, and archdiocesan relationships; and overseeing business, financial, and facility affairs. Joe holds a bachelor of arts degree and a master of science in Administration degree from the University of Notre Dame. He and his wife, Angie, have five children, and they are very active in Catholic and civic projects in their community. 

Honorary Life Members 

Chris Felts 

Tim Jeffers  

Jim Joven 

Phil Kenney 

Phil Wilhelm (deceased) 

Lou Zimmerman