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Trustees

Jane Burgess
President

Jane Burgess grew up in Covington, Indiana and received a B.A. from Purdue University in Elementary Education and Masters in Education from West Chester University in West Chester, Pennsylvania.  Mrs. Burgess’ professional career in education included from classroom teacher to Director of Support Operations for a national education company H.O.S.T.S. (Help One Student To Succeed) where she had the unique opportunity to work with school and districts throughout the country.  She is now a full-time mother, homemaker and volunteer.  Mrs. Burgess currently serves on the Boone County Habitat for Humanity Board and is a deacon at Zionsville Presbyterian Church. 

Jane and her husband Claude have two children, Kristin, a junior in college and Thomas, a sophomore in high school.

Joe Stein
Vice President

Joe Stein grew up in Indianapolis until he and his wife Donna (ZCHS graduate class of 85’) moved to Zionsville in 1990.  He graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Accounting and shortly after graduation he passed the C.P.A. Exam.  Joe gained experience working for KPMG Peat Marwick as an auditor.  He is currently employed as the Chief Financial Officer of Taft Stettinius and Hollister, a Top Tier Regional Law Firm.  Joe brings over 21 years of financial and administrative experience that he gained through employment as well as his own entrepreneurial ventures.  He has served the Zionsville community by coaching ZYSA rec and travel soccer,  ZYFL football, lacrosse at ZMS and 20+ years as a junior high youth group leader at his church, Zionsville Fellowship. 
 
Joe has 4 children all of whom are or will be 12 year ZCS attendees.  In his spare time he loves camping and playing golf.

Debbie Ungar
Secretary

Debbie Ungar has been an active volunteer for the Zionsville Community Schools for the past 10 years.  She has served as PTO President and Fundraising Chair at both Eagle Elementary and Zionsville West Middle School. She also served the Zionsville Education Foundation (ZEF) Board as the community relations chairperson and a member of the In Style fundraising committee and grants committee. Debbie is a proud graduate of Indiana University with a B.A. in Journalism and a minor in Business.  She has served as a fundraising and communications professional for the American Cancer Society, Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, Governor’s Council on Impaired and Dangerous Driving and the Commission for a Drug-Free Indiana and has owned Debbie Ungar Photography Co. for 17 years.  She currently serves as an editor and Team Leader for Kiva, an international micro lending organization.  
 
Debbie and her husband Ken have lived in Zionsville since 2002 and their two sons have attended Zionsville Community Schools from Kindergarten through high school. 

Shari Alexander Richey
Member

Shari Alexander Richey is a native Hoosier, growing up in Carthage, Indiana. She graduated from Butler University in 1988 with a B.S. in Accounting. Mrs. Richey is a CPA with 21+ years of experience in public accounting. She was a tax partner at Ernst & Young LLP for 10 years, and is now a full-time mother and civic volunteer. Shari currently volunteers for Impact 100, and has previously served on a number of boards including the Butler University Board of Trustees, the Indiana Repertory Theatre, United Way of Central Indiana, and Women United.
She and her husband, Rich, have two children both of whom attend Zionsville Community Schools. In her free time, Shari enjoys reading, exercise, travel and photography.  

Jim Longest
Member

Mr. Longest has many years of experience in the Civil Engineering industry, with projects including planning, surveying, engineering and construction supervision. His areas of expertise include estimation and cost control, project management, contract management, executive management and marketing.
 
Mr. Longest is currently the president of Beam, Longest and Neff, L.L.C. Education: Diploma 1986 Zionsville High School BSCE 1990 Purdue University MSCE 1993 Purdue University.