Meet Our Board

The Board desires open dialogue with the community. Every Board of Education regular meeting agenda includes an opportunity for public comment. If you wish to address the School Board, please attend the next scheduled board meeting and file a public comment request card or submit your questions and comments in writing to the Board's attention.

If you choose to contact us via email, please note the following guidelines:

  • If you email the Board of Education, all Board members will receive your email. You will receive one response from the Superintendent on behalf of the Board. The Board president or designee may respond on behalf of the Board.
  • If your email concerns a daily or operational issue, it will be forwarded on to the appropriate administrator for a response.
  • Unless an email addresses an individual student matter or is otherwise statutorily protected from disclosure, emails to the Board or its individual members are considered to be a form of public comment and may be shared with others as the Board deems appropriate or as otherwise required.
  • If you choose to email a specific Board member, please include your phone number for a response. If the Board member chooses to respond in email format (though not obligated to do so), it may be copied to all members of the Board and the superintendent.

We welcome and value your input. Thank you for contacting the HPS Board of Education.

Mark Perry, President

Mr. Mark PerryMr. Mark Perry

President
Email:  mark.perry@hpsk12.net
Phone: (517) 242-7805

Mark Perry is a graduate of Adrian High School.  After graduating from high school, Mark obtained a degree in Business Administration majoring in Accountancy from Central Michigan University.  Mark and his wife, Jackie live in Dimondale.  Their three children have all graduated from Holt Public and are attending, or have recently graduated, from college.  Outside of serving our learning community, Mark is the Managing Principal of the Lansing office of Yeo & Yeo, PC a CPA firm.  He enjoys marathon cycling and truly believes that the Holt/Dimondale community has provided his family the best place to live, learn, and serve! 

Term Expires:  December 31, 2020

Julie Bureau, Secretary

Mrs. Julie Bureau

Secretary
Email: julie.bureau@hpsk12.net
Phone:  (517) 709-3365

Julie Bureau is a graduate of Mio AuSable High School.  After graduating from high school, Julie attended Kirtland Community College and Michigan State University. Julie and her husband John live in Holt and have five children. Two of Julie’s children have graduated and have or are currently pursuing a college degree, while the remaining three continue to attend Holt Public Schools.  Julie volunteers across the district, leads several service groups, enjoys gardening, crafting, sewing, and serving as an assistant youth minister and Boy Scout volunteer.

Term Expires:  December 31, 2018

Doug Needham, Trustee

Mr. Doug Needham

Trustee
Email: doug.needham@hpsk12.net
Phone: (517) 896-6186

Doug Needham is a graduate of Traverse City High School.  After graduating from high school, Doug earned an engineering degree from Michigan Technological University.  Doug and his wife Jenni live in Dimondale and have two children; the oldest has graduated from Holt Public and their youngest will be a part of the 2018 graduating class.  Outside of serving our learning community, Doug serves as the President of the Michigan Aggregates Association.  Doug enjoys running, golf, and watching sports.

Term Expires:  December 31, 2020

Robert Halgren, Trustee

Dr. Robert Halgren

Trustee
Email:  robert.halgren@hpsk12.net
Phone: (517) 256-5693

Dr. Robert Halgren graduated from Berrien Springs High School.  Following graduation from high school, Dr. Halgren earned a Biochemistry degree from Michigan State University and a Doctoral degree from Northwestern University.  Dr. Halgren and his wife Michelle live in Lansing with their two children.  Both of their children attend Holt Public Schools.  In addition to serving our learning community, Dr. Halgren is an Adjunct Associate Professor (Biology) at Lansing Community College, Science Olympiad Site Coordinator and the owner of Littlefrog Farm.  Dr. Halgren also enjoys growing orchids and other tropical plants, woodworking, building/making, and cooking.

Term Expires: December 31, 2018

Laura Colligan, Vice President

Mrs. Laura Colligan

Vice President
Email:  laura.colligan@hpsk12.net
Phone:  (517) 402-2244

Laura Colligan is a graduate of Onsted High School.  After graduating from high school, Laura obtained a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and a specialist in education degree from Michigan State University.  Laura and her husband Craig live in Holt and have three children; two have graduated and are currently pursuing college degrees.  Their youngest child is currently attending Holt High School.  Outside of serving our learning community, Laura is the Director of Instructional Services at the Ingham Intermediate School District (IISD).  She enjoys coaching basketball and watching her children participate in sports.  Before joining the IISD, Laura was employed by Holt Public as a special education teacher, general education teacher, instructional coach, athletic coach, and elementary principal.

Term Expires:  December 31, 2022

Ben Bakken, Treasurer

Mr. Ben Bakken

Treasurer
Email:  benjamin.bakken@hpsk12.net
Phone: (517) 505-5151

Ben Bakken is a proud graduate of Holt High School.  After graduating from high school, Ben attended Kent State University, before graduating from Wayne State University.  Ben participated as a student-athlete on the basketball team while attending both universities.  He and his wife Rachel live in Dimondale and have three young children.  Their oldest child attends Holt Public Schools.  Outside of serving our learning community, Ben is the Vice President of Commercial Banking at Mercantile Bank of Michigan.  Ben enjoys supporting Holt Ram athletics, inspiring and supporting innovative business solutions, supporting Michigan State athletics and serving on various other Boards and committees in Holt and across our region.

Term Expires:  December 31, 2022

Amy Dalton, Trustee

Mrs. Amy Dalton

Trustee
Email: amy.dalton@hpsk12.net
Phone: (517) 694-7459

Amy Dalton graduated from Jackson High School.  After graduating from high school, Amy attended Central Michigan University and earned a degree in mathematics. She served as a classroom teacher before returning to earn a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan-Flint.  Amy has also taught at the college level as an adjunct instructor.  Amy and her husband Andrew live in Holt and have four children.  Their oldest child is a recent graduate of Holt High and their other children all attend Holt Public Schools.  In addition to serving our learning community, Amy enjoys studying genealogy, art, and baking. 

Term Expires:  November 2018