School Commission

The Saints Francis & Clare of Assisi School Commission is a consultative body to the pastor, working in collaboration with the school administration to support the mission and ministry of Ss. Francis & Clare of Assisi Catholic School.  The School Commission is a group of 11 SSFC parishioners, primarily parents with students enrolled at SSFC. During their 3-year terms, Commission members provide input regarding policy, develop and oversee a strategic plan, and advise school leadership on varied matters.

The School Commission is assisted in this effort by a larger group of parents performing work on 5 subcommittees: Monitoring, Finance, Facilities, Marketing/Development, Technology/21st Century Learning and Parent Partnership.  Each year, new Board members are selected during the spring months to begin serving terms in August.  To inquire about becoming a committee member, contact the Chairperson or email

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Improvement Plan

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Strategic Plan


  School Board Members      Length of Term  
Debi Ladyman 2021 - Chairperson
Jason Meisberger 2021- Vice Chair
Danielle Hellinga 2020- Secretary
Kelly Clark 2020
Scott Hamilton 2020
Tina Wilkerson 2020
Jeff Jansing 2021
Katie Petralia 2021
Stephanie Cheesman 2022
Travis Day 2022
Cassandra Shell 2022


Additional Board Meeting Participants
Fr. Steve Giannini, Pastor
Betty Popp, School Principal
Rebecca Stone, Assistant Principal
Diane Grahn, ECM Director 

Debi Ladyman- Chair

Jason Meisberger- Vice Chair

Term: 2015 - 2018
Spouse: Rebecca
Children: Daughters in 2nd & 4th grade
Parishioners: 2008 - present
School Family: 2011 - present
Ministry(ies): School & Usher
Employer: CBRE
Hobbies: Traveling to see the Cincinnati Reds; Home Renovation; Boating, Latin Salsa Dancing
Education: BS, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Purdue, 2001; MS, Facilities Management, Purdue, 2011

Danielle Hellinga- Secretary

Term: 2017-2020
Spouse: Adam
Children: Son (8th grade), Son (5rd grade), Son (2nd grade), Son (kindergarten)
Parishioners: 2004-Present
School Family: 2011- Present
Ministry(ies): School Ministries
Employer: Domestic Engineer
Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends, watching football, and keeping up with the activities of 4 boys
Education: BS Marketing, Ball State University, A.A.S. Business Administration, Vincennes University

Kelly Clark-2020

Scott Hamilton-2020

Term: 2017-2020
Spouse: Jessica
Children: Daughters in 2nd and 1st
Parishioners: 2012 – Present
School Family: 2013 – Present
Ministry(ies): SSFC Marriage Prep Couple, Parish Facilities and Grounds Committee
Employer: Indianapolis Power & Light Company
Hobbies: Golfing, watching baseball, high-intensity fitness programs, trying new restaurants, and spending time with family
Education: BA Psychology, Wabash College

Tina Wilkerson-2020

Term: 2017-2020
Spouse:  Kempis Wilkerson
Children: Sons (12th, 10th and 8th) daughter (5th)
Parishioners: 1998-present
School Family: 2010-present
Ministry(ies): Food Pantry, St. Gabriel, RE, 
Employer: Decatur Township
Hobbies: Reading, gardening
Education: BA Education, Indiana University
MA Curriculum and Instruction, Wesleyan University

Jeff Jansing-2021

Term: 2020-2021
Spouse: Christie Jansing
Children: 8th, 6th, 3rd at SSFC
Parishioners: 2003-present
School Family: 2011-present
Ministry(s): WELCOME
Employer: Liberty Mutual Insurance
Hobbies: Baseball coach for my 8th grader, Golf, Travel
Education: MBA, Butler University, BA, University of Indianapolis


Katie Petralia-2021

Stephanie Cheesman-2022

Travis Day- 2022

Term: 2016 - 2019
Spouse: Theresa
Children: Sons in 6th and 2nd grade and a daughter in kindergarten
Parishioners: 2002 - present
School Family: 2008 - present
Ministry(ies): Outreach ministry, RCIA
Employer: Eskenazi Health
Hobbies: Birding, Running, Swimming, Hiking, Long Walks on the Beach
Education: BS in Pharmacy and PhD in Molecular Biochemistry from Purdue University  

Cassandra Shell

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