• Hanover Community School Board Members
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    Tara Beilke
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    Mrs. Beilke is a native of Steger, IL and moved to Cedar Lake 13 years ago.  She and her husband, Todd, have two students in the Hanover system, Aidan, a senior at Hanover Central High School and Mattea, a sophomore at Hanover Central High School.  She holds a master's degree in Communications Disorders from Governor's State University and has been a certified and licensed Speech Pathologist for 25 years. "Our community is growing by leaps and bounds. Due to that growth and the complex and rapidly changing world in which we live, there will be many decisions the district will need to make in the near future and coming years.  It is important to me that we do everything we can to make sure all of our students leave our doors with an educational experience that prepares them to be effective lifelong learners and contributors to society no matter what path they choose," she explains.   


    Scott Burdan
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    Scott Burdan

    Mr. Burdan is a native of Cedar Lake and a graduate of Andrean High School in Merrillville.  He earned his Bachelor’s degree at Purdue University and a Mortuary Science degree from Ivy Tech.  He is a member of the family owned Burdan Funeral Home, Inc. in Cedar Lake.  Mr. Burdan’s wife, Gretchen is a teacher at Hanover Central Middle School.  The couple has four sons including Shawn, a 7th grader at HCMS who plays baseball for the Cedar Lake Little League, Mason is a 5th grader at HCMS and also plays Cedar Lake Little League Baseball.  Brett is in 2nd grade at Jane Ball Elementary School, and like his brothers, plays baseball for the Cedar Lake Little League, but also has added Dyer Indoor Soccer to his young resume.  Trace is 4 years old and plays no sports yet, but is looking forward to both baseball and soccer next year.  “I loved growing up in the tight knit community of Cedar Lake.  It was a wonderful experience and I want to carry over that experience to my duties on the School Board,” he said.  This is Mr. Burdan’s first publicly elected office and he brings a strong sense of family values to his position and the Hanover community.  

    Tracy Haskell
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    A graduate of Hanover Central High School, Mrs. Haskell brings years of experience working with Hanover students to the Board of Trustees.  She served on the Hanover staff for ten years before switching to insurance, and currently works as an Account Manager for Ryan Spangler State Farm.  She returned to Cedar Lake in 2006 to raise her family with husband, Michael.  They have four children, all graduates of HCHS:  Mylissa (Branden) Hughes, Angela Haskell, Brittany Haskell and Michael Haskell.  In addition to her service on the School Board she is currently on the Board of Cedar Lake Summerfest, Chairperson of the Cedar Lake 4th of July Parade and the Treasurer for Cedar Lake/Hanover Democratic Committee.  “We have amazing administrators, teachers and staff.  I want to continue working with them and supporting our great community,” said Mrs. Haskell, adding; “With the growth of our community, having strong partnerships and connections with the community is essential. 

      James Sakelaris


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    Born and raised in Hammond, Indiana Mr. Sakelaris and his wife Kris moved to Cedar Lake in 2007.  They have one daughter who graduated from Hanover Central High School in 2013.  Mr. Sakelaris is a graduate of St. Joseph’s college in Rennesslaer with degrees in business administration and accounting.  Mr. Sakelaris is a consultant in the computer design field and is currently serving his second term on the School Board.  This is Mr. Sakelaris’ first elected office and he remains focused on his goals.  He believes the Board is most effective when they focus on long range planning on behalf of the Corporation.  Technology and providing students with both hardware and curriculum programming in the computer field remains his number one priority.  Mr. Sakalaris is currently serving as the Hanover representative to the St. John Town Council and St. John Redevelopment Commission. 

     Connie Sterkowitz


    Connie Sterkowitz is a native of Dyer, Indiana and has been a resident of Cedar Lake for the past fourteen years.  She is the proud parent of two daughters: Brooke, a graduate of Hanover Central High School who has earned her Bachelor's degree from Holy Cross College, and Camryn, who is a 2020 graduate of Hanover Central High School and attends Purdue University Northwest where she plays soccer.   As the parent of two outstanding student athletes, she has also served as a member of the Hanover Central Athletic Booster Club.  Sterkowitz has been employed by Duane Morris LLP, an international law firm in Chicago, for the past 20 years.  Sterkowitz has dedicated her service on the Board to ensuring that Hanover kids have access to the best education, the best extracurricular opportunities and the best direction possible for the rest of their lives.  Ms. Sterkowitz serves as President of the School Board, as well as liaison to NISEC (Northwest Indiana Special Education Cooperative).