School Board Information
Pioneer Regional School Corporation is served by a five-member board of trustees. One member represents each of our five townships: Boone, Harrison, Jefferson, and Noble Townships in Cass County and Cass Township which is located in White County.
Mike Englert is in his third term on the Pioneer School Board representing Jefferson Township and currently serving as Board President. Mike is a graduate of Shenandoah High School in Middletown, IN and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. He is the Director of Facilities and Environmental Compliance for HTI in Logansport. He and his wife, Sally, a Pioneer graduate, have three children that have graduated from Pioneer, Andrew and Shelby and Parker.
Brad Swartzell is a 1988 Pioneer graduate who earned his Bachelor’s Degree in marketing from Ball State University in 1992. Brad has been a Board member since 2006. He currently is an Energy Sales/Marketing Manager at CountryMark. He and his wife, Tricia, a Pioneer graduate, have two children: Chandler 2014 Pioneer graduate and currently attending Butler University and Courtney, Pioneer class of 2019. Brad has served on the Royal Center Town Council for 12 years and has served on the Pioneer Youth League Board from 2000 to 2014. Brad and his family attend Baptist Christian Church in Royal Center.
Dennis Herd, a 1978 graduate of Pioneer, is a self-employed grain and cattle farmer. A lifelong resident of Harrison Township, he is married to Lori Herd. Their family includes daughter & son-in-law, Tara (2006 PHS graduate) and Brock Shidler and granddaughter Madelyn. Denny currently serves as a Board member for the Farm Service Agency and is on the Finance Committee for the Baptist Christian Church, where he and his wife are members. He has served in volunteer positions with the Cass County 4-H Association and was also an IHSAA basketball official for 25 years.
Lisa Kesling is on her first term as a member of Pioneer School Board. She is married to Robert Kesling, a Pioneer alumni. they have two children, Robert, Pioneer class of 2016 and Anna, Pioneer class of 2018. Lisa earned her pharmacy degree from Purdue University in 1994. She is the director of pharmacy for Genoa Healthcare, a pharmacy located within Four County Counseling Center. She is also a mentor to pharmacy students approaching graduation as an Affiliate instructor of Pharmacy Practice for Purdue University.
Sam Cosgray is on his first term as a member of the Pioneer School Board, representing Cass Township. Sam is a 1980 graduate of Pioneer and earned a technical degree from Nashville Auto Diesel College in 1982. He and his wife Laura, have four children and two grandchildren. Sam is employed at Caterpillar in Lafayette and has taught Auto Diesel Mechanics at IvyTech. He enjoys spending time with his family and singing. He and his family attend Buffalo Christian Church.