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Ingrid Schwarz Wolf
Board Member Since 2017


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Melissa Higgason
Vice President
Board Member Since 2014





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Ron Ostojic
Board Member Since 2015


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John Castro
Board Member Since 2017


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John Doherty

Board Member Since 2017


Ingrid Schwarz Wolf

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. I practice dentistry in Chicago at The Magnificent Smile. We have four children who have attended or are currently in the Munster schools - Henry ’17, Frank ’19, Hazel ’20, and Louie ’22. Before I joined the board, I spent 12 years volunteering in various school organizations - PTO, scouts, science club, WWMS Tennis, Teacher of Merit Award, and the broad-based planning committee that helped create our district's strategic plan.  As a board member, I continue to give my time and energy to our schools and our children. I represent our board at the monthly PTO President's Meetings and I sit on the strategic planning committee. I am truly honored to serve my community.  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. 





Melissa Higgason

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


Occupation: 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

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 that is a Munster High School graduate of 2020.  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.        







John Castro

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 - one at Frank H. Hammond Elementary School and one at Wilbur Wright Middle School. I was a member of the Munster Community Financial Advisory Committee, or CFAC in 2015, and I am a past president of the Security Traders Association of Chicago. My wife, Renee, taught Spanish at Wilbur Wright Middle School from 2002 – 2005, and more recently served on the FHH PTO board before returning to teaching full time in 2017.  As a board member, I am excited to be part of an energetic group working with an administration dedicated to continued success while embracing the strong sense of community that is so prevalent here. Together, we will continue our pursuit of strong leadership and responsibility for the future of our schools.  





John Doherty

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.