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Student Life Management Team

Matt Krueger • Student Life Director

Born and raised in Michigan City, Indiana, Matt Krueger came to Indiana School for the Deaf (ISD)as a residential student in the fall of 1982, and graduated in 1989.  After graduation, Matt attended Gallaudet University where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1993. In 1998, he graduated from Ball State University with a Master of Arts in Deaf Education. In 2006, after making a career change, Matt earned a degree in culinary arts from Ivy Tech Community College.   Matt has over twenty years of experience in residential programming, student development and food services.  Most recently he worked as the Dining Services Director at Traders Point Christian Academy.   Before returning to ISD as the Student Life Director, Matt worked as an Educational Planner and Dean of Boys within ISD’s Student Life department. Prior to that, he worked as an academic advisor at Ivy Tech Community College and as a line cook with Marsh Supermarkets. While at Gallaudet University, he worked as a student residential advisor, judicial board member, student restaurant worker, Social Activities Director and judicial program staff assistant at Gallaudet. Matt also owned and operated a personal chef & catering business for over ten years.  He is married to his former ISD classmate, Brandi (’89), and has three sons:  Austin, Evan and Nick.  

 

Paul Wood  Athletic Director

Paul was born in Oakland, California and grew up in San Ramon. He spent his whole life (residential student) in California School for the Deaf at Berkeley/Fremont where he later graduated. Growing up he participated in all sports (football, basketball and track &field). He fell in love with bike racing when he was 17 years old. He participated in the World Deaf Cycling Championship in Belgium. He continued racing when he attended Gallaudet University. He is a 7 time Deaflymican and won 5 Gold, and 4 Silver and Bronze medals. He also won the World Deaf Cycling Championship twice (in Lille, France and San Francisco, California). He competed at the professional level for two years. His most prestigious victories include the Master National Championship (2000) and the Maryland/Delaware State Championship. He is also currently the US Deaf Cycling Coach for the Deaflympics. Paul moved to the Hoosier State in 2000 and began working at ISD as an Accounting Supervisor. He later transferred to the Athletic Department as Athletic Director. Paul’s wife, Christine, works at ISD as a High School ASL teacher. Their three sons, Lance, Luke and Levi are students at ISD.  


Ronnie Burklew • Dean of Boys

Ronnie hails from rural Easton, Maryland, and began his education at the age of two with the Maryland School for the Deaf. When Ronnie was in 2nd grade, he transferred to the Delaware School for the Deaf. While growing up at DSD, he participated in a variety of extracurricular activities including football, basketball, drama club, yearbook and Jr. NAD. In 2003, Ronnie graduated from DSD and went to Gallaudet University for a few years. In 2011, Ronnie moved to Indianapolis, is happily married to an ISD graduate, Laura (’03), has a step son, Nicholas, as well as a cat and dog. Also, Ronnie is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in social work at Ball State University. Over the span of last five years, he has worked as a Residential Mentor with elementary, middle school and high school boys in Fair Hall.

 

 

 

 

 

Samantha “Sam” Gonzales • Dean of Girls

A native of Chicago, Sam began her academic career at Kinzie School in the western suburbs of Chicago and the Illinois School for the Deaf. In 2005, when her family moved to Griffith, IN, she transferred to the Indiana School for the Deaf, graduating in 2007. Upon graduation, she went to Purdue University – Calumet to study Visual Communication & Graphic Arts. During her tenure at Purdue, she worked as layout designer /production manager for the school’s newspaper & website (HTML Coder). Sam plans to continue her studies and obtain her degree in the near future. Sam has been very active in the Northwest Indiana Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community and has designed flyers and a logo within that community. In the fall of 2015, Sam returned to ISD as a Residential Mentor with middle school girls in Koob Hall.

 

 


 

 

Laura Adams  Overnight Dean 

Laura is a born and raised Hoosier. She has been married to her husband Paul for 17 years. Laura has 2 children. Laura has a daughter Kristy, who is an Army wife, and a son, Seth, who has served in the military for 17 years. She has 2 granddaughters and 1 grandson. She also has 3 step daughters and 9 step grandchildren. Laura has worked at ISD for 12 years. She graduated from Vincennes University, with a degree in ASL. Laura's goal was to graduate college before she turned 50. She reached her goal by graduating in May before she had her 50th birthday in August. Laura says, “You are never too old to learn.”

 

 

 

 

 

 


Deb RobargeHealth Center Director 

Deb Robarge has been the Health Center Director since October of 1997.  Deb along with husband Al are the parents of 3 boys.  Their youngest son Drew is a proud 2003 graduate of ISD.  After graduation he went on to get his BA from Gallaudet University, his MA from George Washington University in Museum Studies and currently works at the National Museum of American History (Smithsonian) at Washington DC. Deb is an active member of both the Indiana and National Associations of School Nurses and the National Association of Deaf School Nurses.  She is nationally certified in school nursing through the national association. Deb enjoys walking, reading and dinner out with friends in her leisure time. 

 

 

 

 
 
 

Susie Burris Food Service Director

Susie Burris is a graduate of Ben Davis High School, a grandmother of 6, and is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in psychology through Liberty University. Susie also studied ASL at Vincennes University. Susie has over 10 years of management experience in the food industry under her belt. Susie for Bob Evans Restaurants for 10 years and worked for Country Pride Restaurant for over a year. In addition to the food industry, Susie also worked part-time with a Deaf lawn service owner for 10 years and for some time, she worked at the Tri County corporate office (now Aspire) as a secretary.