Tim Austin

Tim Austin, President was elected to the Saline Board of Education in November 2014.  His email address is



Paul Hynek, Vice President was elected to the Board of Education in November 2014.  Paul previously served on the Board from 2006-2010 and 2012-2014.  Paul and his wife, Gina, have resided in Saline since 1994.  They have four children, all graduates of Saline High School.  Paul received his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Michigan - Dearborn.  Paul has worked in the Information Technology arena for 37 years and is currently employed by Meridian Health Plan in downtown Detroit.  Paul is active with many District and Civic initiatives. His email is



 Delhey-headshot-3-150x150Karen Delhey, Secretary was elected to the Saline Board of Education in  November of 2012.  Her email address is




Scott Hummel, Trustee was elected to the Board in November 2016. His email is 






Michael McVey, Trustee, was elected to the Board in November, 2016. He has lived in Saline since 2007. Some locals may remember his “New in Town” columns which were featured in the Saline Reporter. In 2014, he married Christen Mitchell, a Saline native. Together they have three daughters.

Michael is a professor of educational technology at Eastern Michigan Universiy and presently also serves as EMU’s Senior International Officer (SIO). Before entering higher education in 1999, he was a high school teacher (English and Special Education) for almost 20 years. His email address is

Heidi Pfannes


“Heidi” Elizabeth Pfannes moved to the Saline Area in 2012 with her husband Ed and her son Eddie.  They selected Saline because of the outstanding schools. 

Heidi spent 29 years working with public school districts across the state representing an architectural firm.  She now is employed by Albert Kahn architects in Detroit as their Business Development Manager.  Heidi served 6 years as a Board of Education member in her previous district, Mattawan, which is very similar to Saline.  During her tenure on the board she earned the Michigan Association of School Boards Master Platinum level with an Advocacy endorsement.  She has been involved with MASB presenting at conferences and workshops to encourage excellence in School Board leadership.  Heidi is currently serving as Vice President of the Saline Music Boosters.  “I am very excited to be a part of making sure Saline Area Schools offers the very best education for all our students and is preparing them to be outstanding adults and future leaders.” Her email address is

Dennis Valenti

Dennis Valenti, Trustee was appointed to the Board in June 2015.  He was re-elected in November 2016.  His email address is







Scot Graden

Scot Graden was named Superintendent of Saline Area Schools in March 2008.

He began his career with Saline in 1995 as a Community Education Program Specialist. In 2000 he became the Director of Community Education. In addition to his Community Education responsibilities, he served the district at various times as the Interim Athletic Director, Alternative High School Principal, and Executive Director of Community Services. He was named the 2005 Saline "Citizen of the Year" and in 2008 he was awarded the George A. Anderson "Vision Award" given to the a government leader who has demonstrated a clear and consistent vision for the Saline community. He holds a bachelor's degree from Central Michigan University, a master's degree from Eastern Michigan University, and a second master's degree from Michigan State University. His wife, Pilar, and their four children Jay, Adrian, Samantha and Nicholas live in Lodi Township.

You can view Mr. Graden's blog here or contact him via email or by phone at (734) 429-8001.


Steve Laatsch is the Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services for the Saline Area Schools. Steve has been in public education for 20 years. He served as a 6th grade teacher and 8th grade science teacher in the Montgomery County Public Schools in Rockville, MD from 1993-1997. Steve joined the Saline Area Schools in 1997 and has enjoyed various roles including technology instructor, 6th grade teacher, assistant principal, principal and assistant superintendent. Steve holds a B.A. in Elementary Education from Michigan State University, an M.A. in Administrator Leadership from Johns Hopkins University, an Ed.S. in Educational Leadership, and is currently pursuing his Ed.D. from Walden University. Steve lives in Pittsfield Township with his wife, Laura, and two children, Jade and Jett.

You can view Mr. Laatsch's blog here and contact him via email at