Leadership

Chief Executive Officer—Tim Mulherin

Tim Mulherin has more than 25 years of management and executive leadership experience in a variety of fields, including emergency management, insurance, healthcare, the hospitality industry, and the nonprofit sector. He has been an ICS employee since 2007. In March 2011, he was named Chief Operating Officer of Irvington Community School, Inc. On July 1, 2016, he was named CEO.

 Mr. Mulherin has 10 years of college teaching experience at IUPUI and the University of Indianapolis, having taught remedial writing, composition, argumentative research writing, professional writing, and business communication courses. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English (major in nonfiction writing) from Indiana University, a master’s degree in journalism from Indiana University, and a Master of Science in Management Degree in Leadership and Organizational Development from Indiana Wesleyan University.


Director of Finance and Operations—Harold T Allen, Jr.

Harold Allen started with Irvington Community Schools in July 2016 as Director of Finance and Operations. Previously, he worked for 25 years in finance and management roles in the media industry. Most recently he served as Publisher of The Hendricks County Flyer and Financial Officer of the Indiana Shared Services Finance Center for Community Newspaper Holdings, Incorporated (CNHI).

Mr. Allen began his career in the media industry in February 1991, working part-time in circulation for McCarthy Media, Inc. In February 1997 he was promoted to Associate Publisher/Business Manager of McCarthy Media. In September 1999, McCarthy Media was sold to Thompson Newspapers, where he served as a Financial Analyst. In October 2001 Thompson Newspapers was sold to CNHI, where Mr. Allen served as regional business manager for the Midwest division through 2005. In 2005 he became assistant controller for the Midwest division. In 2007 he took on the role of Publisher for The Hendricks County Flyer, Westside Flyer, The Lebanon Reporter and Hamilton County Highflyer, and in 2012 The Washington Times Herald was added to his portfolio. Under his leadership, The Hendricks County Flyer was awarded the Hoosier State Press Association’s highest honor as the non-daily Blue Ribbon award winner.

Mr. Allen completed his undergraduate at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business and is enrolled in the University of Southern Indiana’s MBA program.

ICES (K-5) Principal—Deanna Dehner

In July 2015, Deanna Dehner returned to her roots as an ICS employee, resuming her role at Irvington Community Elementary School as Director of Operations and Instruction. She became Irvington Preparatory Academy’s Director of Operations in July 2011. Mrs. Dehner assumed this leadership role at IPA after leading our elementary school from 2007-2011 as Director of Operations and Instruction. At ICES, Ms. Dehner focuses on the administrative oversight of academic matters, such as curriculum development and implementation; she also provides support to classroom teachers, working closely with them to improve instructional quality. Additionally, she oversees the general daily operations of our elementary school campus.

Ms. Dehner is licensed in Indiana to teach Kindergarten through 6th grade and middle school History. She holds a master’s degree from Walden University in elementary reading and literacy. She joined Irvington Community School (then a K-8 facility) as a faculty member in 2005, teaching 5th grade. She later became a Writing and Literacy Coach at ICS, and in April 2007 was promoted to Lead Teacher (later titled Director of Operations and Instruction). She recently was awarded her second master’s degree through Ball State University in Educational Administration and Supervision.

ICMS Principal—Loryn Venekamp

Loryn Venekamp began her career at Irvington Community Schools in 2008, teaching 7th and 8th grade English Language Arts at the then-K-8 building. In 2010, Mrs. Venekamp was just one of the many founding staff members of Irvington Community Middle School, bringing the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade teams together and building a culture that supports young adolescents. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from Minot State University and a Master of Science in Education, Curriculum, and Instruction K-12 from the University of Central Missouri.

IPA Principal —Jana Goebel

Jana Goebel began her career at Irvington Community Schools in the spring of 2011 as a Special Education teacher at Irvington Preparatory Academy. In 2012 she took on the additional role of Special Education Coordinator, helping to systematize and support special education services in grades K-12. In 2014, Mrs. Goebel was named Director of College and Academic Services at IPA.  She has served in these dual roles since that time. Mrs. Goebel holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary and Special Education from Manchester College. She is currently enrolled in the Urban Principalship Program through Indiana University — Indianapolis and will receive her Masters of Educational Leadership in July 2019.