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Meet Your School Town of Munster Board

Ingrid Schwarz Wolf
Board Member Since 2017

Education: University of Iowa BS 1988, DDS 1994

Occupation: Dentist

Background: My husband Paul and I moved to Munster in 1998 when he joined Northwest Oral Surgeons. We have four children who are currently in the Munster schools - Henry ’17, Frank ’19, Hazel ’20, and Louie ’22. I have volunteered at our schools in many capacities. I have been active in the PTOs, led Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts, led a science club, coached, served on the District Broad Based Planning Committee and currently sit on the Teacher of Merit Award Committee. As a board member, I will continue to give my time and energy to our schools. I believe we have a strong foundation of teachers, students, parents and community members and that together, we will continue on our path of excellence. 

John Doherty
Vice President
Board Member Since 2017

Education: University of Notre Dame BA 1981, University of Indianapolis MS 1984

Occupation: Athletic Trainer and Physical Therapist; Vice President of Therapy Services, Sports Medicine, & Occupational Health at Community Foundation of Northwest Indiana, Munster, IN

Background: My wife Sue and I moved to Munster in 2004, where I had already established my physical therapy and athletic training practice in 1986.  We have three children who graduated from Munster High School - Patrick ’08, Michael ’10, and Maureen ’15. I was the head athletic trainer at Munster High School from 1985-2015, and continued as an assistant until the end of the 2016 fall season. A long time member of the Munster Rotary Club, I am also a member of the Northwest Indiana Sportsmanship Committee, serving as its chairman since 2015. During my tenure as athletic trainer I was proud to be part of the finest school district in Northwest Indiana. My goal is to work with my fellow board members, The School Town of Munster administration, its teachers, staff, parents, and -- most importantly -- students to continue that excellence.  

John Castro
Board Member Since 2017

Education: Wabash College BA 1997

Occupation: Institutional Stock Broker

Background: My wife Renee and I moved to Munster in early 2013. We have two daughters currently enrolled in Munster schools. Both attend Frank H. Hammond Elementary School: Elisa, grade 3 and Lucia, Kindergarten. I was a member of the Munster Community Financial Advisory Committee, or CFAC in 2015, and I am the current president of the Security Traders Association of Chicago. My wife, Renee, taught Spanish at Wilbur Wright Middle School from 2002 - 2005, and is the current FHH PTO Secretary.  As a board member, I am excited to be part of a newly elected and energetic group that will join with the existing board members and administration to build on success while embracing the strong sense community that is so prevalent here. Together, we will forge a new path of leadership and responsibility for the future of our schools.  

Melissa Higgason
Board Member Since 2014

Education: Butler University BS 1997, Purdue University Teacher Licensure - Chemistry & Mathematics 2001, MS Ed 2011

Occupation: Research Administration/Education

Background: My husband Jay and I moved to Munster because of the excellent reputation of the School Town of Munster.  We have two children in the district - Emma '20 and Joseph '23. As a parent, I was actively involved in numerous volunteer capacities, with leadership roles in PTO and Girl Scouts. As a Board Member, I have served in several district and community-based positions, including West Lake Special Education Cooperative Managing Board Member, ISBA Legislative Liaison, Strategic Planning Committee, PTO Liaison and Teacher of Merit Award Managing Board. I believe that our world-class staff and students, dedicated parents, and supportive community members make our district one of national distinction. 

Ron Ostojic
Board Member Since 2015

Education:  Purdue University BS in Education 1981, University of Illinois at Chicago MS 1987, WMU-Cooley JD 1989

Occupation:  Attorney 

Background:  My wife, Diane, and I have lived in the Northwest Indiana region over 50 years.  We have a daughter in Munster Schools.  I share a private law practice with my brother.  I am a member of the American Bar Association and the Indiana Bar Association.  In my role as a school board member, I have been on the Munster Park Board, Munster Redevelopment Committee, and the Indiana School Board Legislative Liaison Group.  My goal is to work with board members and the entire Munster school community to ensure the highest academic success for all students in a fiscally responsible manner.