High School Administration and Support Staff



Theresa StagerPrincipal, Theresa Stager    

Contact (734) 401-4201


Theresa Stager is in her seventh year as an administrator at Saline High School. Theresa believes that communication is the key to any leadership position, including communication between administration and staff, staff and students, school and parents, and the community. She spent three years as Principal of St. Mary Catholic School in Rockwood, MI, and eight years teaching high school choir and K-5 general music and band in Anchor Bay Schools in New Baltimore, MI.

Theresa has a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from Wayne State University, a Master's in Educational Leadership - Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Michigan, and is currently pursuing her doctorate in Leadership and Innovation from Arizona State University.

Theresa lives in Saline with her husband Brian and two children who attend school in Saline. A cornerstone of her educational philosophy is always putting students first, and she is excited to continue making a positive impact on the Saline community!


Assistant Principal | 9th Grade Principal, Musetta Deneen 

Contact (734) 401-4206

Musetta Deneen is in her second year as an Assistant Principal at Saline High School.  She values listening, collaboration and working to provide an education that centers the needs of all students.  Her previous administrative experiences have been as an Assistant Principal at Heritage School in Saline, MI and FlexTech High School in Brighton, MI.  Prior to working as an administrator, Musetta was a Spanish teacher for six years in Ann Arbor Public Schools and Van Buren Public Schools.  She is excited to continue working within the Saline community.    


James Rafko
Assistant Principal, James Rafko 

Contact (734) 401-4204

James is thrilled to be part of Saline High School after moving across the country this past year. This will be his third year in educational administration and his first year in a high school as an administrator. James has taught Biology at Summerville High School and 8th grade Earth Science in Summerville, South Carolina. His last two years as an administrator was at Morningside Middle School in North Charleston, SC.

James' teaching degree was earned at Eastern Michigan University in Earth and Space Science education and minored in Biology. Shortly after teaching, he saw the possibilities for improving student achievement at the administrator level which directed him towards an administration degree. James earned his administrators degree through Arkansas State University. 


SWWC Executive DirectorDr. Ryan Rowe   

Contact (734) 401-4371          

Ryan Rowe, Ph.D. serves as the Executive Director of the South & West Washtenaw Consortium (SWWC). The SWWC facilitates Career & Technical Education (CTE) programming for the consortium school districts of Dexter, Milan, Saline, Ypsilanti Lincoln, Chelsea, and Manchester.  Rowe earned a B.S. in Agriscience from Michigan State University in 1997, M.A. in Educational Leadership from Eastern Michigan University in 2004, an Ed.S. in Educational Leadership and Administration from Siena Heights University in 2009, and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Career and Technical Education from Western Michigan University in 2017. His dissertation titled, “High School Seniors’ Educational Experience Influencing the Decision to Pursue a Career in Nursing” aligns with his passion and purpose to assist high school students with their career decision-making process as they prepare for college and career. Ryan has been an educator for 24 years. Prior to arriving to the SWWC Rowe served as superintendent of Madison School District


Director of Athletics, Ashley Mantha

Contact (734) 401-4211

Ashley Mantha is joining us from the Ann Arbor Public Schools where she taught Health & PE for the past 8 years at Tappan MS and Pioneer HS while also coaching at Skyline HS for 12 years. Prior to teaching, she worked at Pioneer HS as the Athletic Secretary. Ashley has a Bachelor's degree in Sports Management from James Madison University (Virginia) where she played Division 1 golf, a Bachelor’s degree in Education with focus on Physical Education, Health, Business, and Technology from Nipissing University (Ontario), and a Master's degree in Educational Leadership from Memorial University (Newfoundland).  She started the Skyline Varsity boys’ and girls’ golf programs in 2010, has coached for 23 seasons, and has had on and off course successes culminating in a 2021 State Championship and being named 2021 Michigan boys golf coach of the year. Ashley is excited to bring her teaching, coaching, and previous athletic office experience to Saline.


Assistant Athletic Director, Jeff Pike  

Contact (734) 401-4212

Jeff has been teaching in the Social Studies Department at SHS since 1997, teaching AP US Government, AP Comparative Government, Russian History, and Senior Capstone.  After years in the classroom, he's looking forward to new challenges working in athletics and building different relationships with students, parents and the SAS community.  Jeff is married to Melissa Pike, a pediatrician at IHA West Arbor, and they have four kids, three of whom are students at Ann Arbor Pioneer while the oldest is a student at Colorado State University.



Jen Barnard

Dean of Students, Jen Barnard 

Hello! I’m Jen Barnard and am excited to be a part of the High School team serving as Dean of Students. The 2022-23 school year will mark my second year in this position and my 19th year in this phenomenal District.  My career began in Saline Community Education supporting students in summer camp, safety town, and before and after school care. In more recent years, I had the absolute pleasure of serving staff in my role as Benefits Coordinator in the Human Resources Department (2015- June 2021). 

Outside of work, I’m a proud military spouse to my husband Jeremy and mother to Ava (10) and Levi (2). I enjoy exploring the outdoors with my family and friends on foot, on water, and on ATVs. 

I look forward to an amazing year at Saline High School! Go Hornets!
Susan Cody

Dean of Students in Grades 10 and 11, Susan Cody

A native of Ireland, Susan Cody has called Saline home for 20 years. She has a degree in History from Cleveland State University and previously served as an English Language Learner tutor in Saline elementary schools, working with students from all over the world.  Susan is delighted to expand her horizons as Dean of Students here at the high school, assisting students to make good choices, engage in positive activities and graduate with excellent prospects both academically and in life.  Her great loves in life are her family, tennis, travel, writing and artistic endeavors including painting and interior design. 

Tyler Palka

Dean of Students in Grades 9 and 12, Tyler Palka

Tyler is a 2013 graduate of Saline High School. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Secondary Education with a focus on Social Studies from Gannon University. Tyler is going into his fourth season as an assistant football coach at Saline, and spent time as a long term sub at Harvest Elementary in 2021. Tyler has been playing professional football for the past four years, and most recently played for the Houston Gamblers of the USFL in 2022. Tyler is looking forward to being back at the high school where he will be able to assist students and teachers throughout their school day.

Registrar, Patti Fosdick 

Contact (734) 401-4336           

Patti is a 2009 graduate of Saline High School. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science with a minor in Business from Adrian College. She then went on to receive her Masters from Eastern Michigan University in Sports Management. Patti is now on her sixth year working at Saline High School, and she spent two prior years working at Saline Middle School. This is Patti's second year as the High School Registrar. She spent the previous years as the Dean Of Students. She is a wonderful go-to person for our students to utilize. She loves getting to talk with all the students and loves to see how they grow throughout their high school careers.

Angie Bekkala

Administrative Coordinator, Angie Bekkala

Contact (734) 401-4202

Angie begins her second year at SHS as the Administrative Coordinator. She graduated from Western Michigan University in 2000 with a Bachelor degree in Business Administration.  After graduating, she worked at WMU as well as the University of Michigan counseling students in financial aid. In 2007 she began working at Harvest Elementary as an Administrative Assistant, and after spending 13 years at Harvest, transferred to Woodland Meadows Elementary for the 2020/21 school year.  

Angie has enjoyed working with students of all ages and is excited to begin her role working at the high school level.  Angie resides in Saline with her husband Steve, and their children Sabine and Mason.


Athletic Coordinator, Tiffani Harris

Contact (734) 401-4213

Tiffani is a Saline High alumni. Tiffani and her husband have 4 children attending Saline schools; grades 10, 8, 5, and 3 this year.  All of their children play soccer so they spend most weekends cheering them on.  Tiffani has a degree in Business Finance and has worked as Director of Finance at a local print shop for the past 2 and a half years.  She's excited to be back at Saline High School and looks forward to getting to know everyone.