Biographies

 

 Tim Austin, President, was elected to the Saline Board of Education in November  2014.  Tim grew up in Saline and is a Saline High School graduate.  Tim, along with  his wife and two children, moved back to Saline in 2012.  Their kids currently attend  Saline Middle School and Heritage Elementary School, respectively. Tim is the  President of A&H Lawn Service, Inc., a local small business that he partnered in  after graduating from high school.  His email address is austint@salineschools.org.

 
 
 
 
 

 

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 hynekp@salineschools.org.

 

 

 Karen Delhey, Secretary was elected to the Saline Board of Education in  November of 2012.  A Saline resident since 1997, she has two sons, one a graduate of Saline High School and the other currently attends Saline High School.  Karen was very active on the board for the Foundation for Saline Area Schools prior to her election to the school board.

Karen is the Executive Director of the Guild of Artists & Artisans, a non-profit artist membership organization located in Ann Arbor that produces fine art fairs including the nationally acclaimed Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair.  She also serves on the board for the Washtenaw County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Her email is delheyka@salineschools.org.   

Scott Hummel, Trustee was elected to the Saline Board of Education in November 2016.  Scott, his wife Molly and twins moved to Saline in 2011.  The twins are currently in 3rd grade at Harvest Elementary.  Scott is a teacher for the Dearborn Public Schools where he has been employed since 1997.  Along with his teaching certificate, he also has his Michigan K-12 administrator's certificate.  He is very active in community youth sports including coaching baseball and football.  Outside of the education field, Scott is also the president of the York Place Homeowners Association and works for the City of Ann Arbor at Leslie Park Golf Course.  His email is:  hummels@salineschools.org

 

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 mcveym@salineschools.org.

 

 

“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 pfannesh@salineschools.org.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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. 

You can view Mr. Graden's blog here or contact him via email gradens@salineschools.org or by phone at (734) 401-4001.

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 laatschs@salineschools.org

 
Curt Ellis is the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources.  After working in the field of interscholastic athletics for 20 years, Curt became the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources for Saline Area Schools in September of 2011. In 2012, Curt was honored by the Michigan High School Athletic Association with the Allen W. Bush Award, recognizing 15 or more years of service and unusually frequent and significant contributions to the MHSAA. A Saline resident for more than 40 years, Curt is a graduate of Saline High School and received both his bachelor's and master's degrees from Eastern Michigan University. Curt and his wife Monica have 2 children - Caitlin, (Saline High School 2013 and Bowling Green State University 2017) and Grant, (Saline High School 2015, currently studying at Grand Valley State University).
 
 
Janice Warner is the Assistant Superintendent of Finance for the Saline Area Schools.  Janice has worked for the District for 22 years, the last 10 within the Finance Office.  She became the Assistant Superintendent of Finance in 2012.  Janice holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from The University of Michigan and also received the Michigan School Business Officials certificate of Chief Financial Officer.  Janice lives in York Township with her husband, Dean and they have three children, Evelyn, Sharon and Dan, all graduates of Saline Area Schools.