Hanover Community School Board Members
Contact InformationBoard of Trustee Members:Back Row (l to r): James Sakelaris, Chuck Wilkening and Chuck KouderFront Row (l to r): Scott Burdan and Connie SterkowitzScott BurdanVice Presidentsburdan@hanover.k12.in.usMr. 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 has been a teacher at Lincoln Elementary School for the past nine years. The couple has four young sons including Shawn and Mason who both attend Jane Ball Elementary, Brett who is a pre-school student and their youngest Trace, who spends his days with Mom. “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 new position and the Hanover community. He is currently the liaison to the St. John Ethics Committee.
Charles Kouder is the newest member of the Hanover Community School Corporation Board of Trustees. He and his wife Pam reside in Cedar Lake and have two children and five grandchildren. He is a graduate of Crown Point High School. His two children are graduates of, and three of his grandchildren, attend Hanover Schools. Prior to this office Mr. Kouder was Cedar Lake Chief of Police for eight years and proudly served 32 years on the force.
"I remember going to one of the presentations for the referendum and I was thoroughly impressed with the school board," Kouder said. "They discussed things in a very plain and clear way. This board works together and I want to be a part of it."
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. 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 Indiana School Board Association Legislative Committee.
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 and currently a student at Holy Cross College, and Camryn, a Junior at the high school. As the parent of two outstanding student athletes, she is also 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).
Mr. Wilkening has lived in Cedar Lake for more than fifty years and is a retired operating engineer. He has been a firefighter in Cedar Lake for 40 years, twenty of them as Chief of the Department. His public service includes the Cedar Lake Town Council, where he served three years as President. Mr. Wilkening previously served on the Cedar Lake Plan Commission and is currently a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Cedar Lake. His current role on the School Board of Trustees includes serving as Vice President and liaison to the Cedar Lake Town Council and the Cedar Lake Redevelopment Commission.