School Board Information
Cold Spring School Board will hold an executive session on Wednesday, September 21, at 5:30 PM. The regularly scheduled Board meeting will start at 6:00 PM.
Cold Spring School
School Board Members
Director of Transition
JR Renbarger is Director of Capital Management at Shiel Sexton. Prior to this role, JR spent the past 7 years in various leadership positions at IU Health. In addition to his service on the Cold Spring School Board, he is active in the Penrod Society, and Horizon League Basketball Championship Local Organizing Committee. JR and his family reside in the Butler-Tarkington neighborhood of Indianapolis.
“I’m proud of the innovative model that Cold Spring has deployed to serve the students of central Indiana with a quality STEM education. Through our partnership with IPS, we are able to extend a great education to students regardless of where they live. In this board position, I’m excited to help guide the leadership team at Cold Spring as they continue to build a great environment for the students and families that we serve”
Christine Wise is a parent to a current Cold Spring student and a Cold Spring grad. When she’s not shuttling her children to and from school and the activities they offer you’ll find her working for Wise Building Solutions managing the books and coordinating small projects. Additionally, Christine is the Director of Meridian Hills Cooperative Preschool and Kindergarten where she guides the operation of the school alongside the parent-run board and staff members. Prior to serving on the Cold Spring board Christine was the president of the Indiana Council of Preschool Cooperatives, volunteered with School on Wheels at Cold Spring, and has given her time to the Cold Spring Robotics program and other school activities. Christine and her family reside in the northwest area of Indianapolis.
“There is truly no other school like Cold Spring and I am honored to be a part of the board. I love sending my children to a school that is always looking at what works best for the students and staff. Cold Spring is family.”
Katie Castro Jackson
Dr. Binh Tran
Dr. Binh Tran is founding Dean of the E. S. Witchger School of Engineering at Marian University. He is recognized for his research in telehealth/telemedicine and biomedical engineering with over 100+ publications and presentations nationally and internationally. Dr. Tran has a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Iowa. In addition to over 20 years in academia, he has also worked in industry and as a member of the U.S. Naval Reserves.
Moving from Washington D.C., Dr. Tran, his wife, and 3 high school boys reside in Zionsville. “I am honored to serve on the board. I have been impressed by the quality of education, the faculty, and the leadership at Cold Spring School. I am passionate about engineering and STEM education and, as such, I am intrigued at how our new engineering school can further CSS’ mission.”
Gill is a STEM education advocate and has spent the last decade working with non-profit organizations to improve engagement for youth in STEM. Poonam holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master’s in Education in Learning Design and Technology from Purdue. She works as an Instructional Designer at an energy company where she develops and evaluates training for engineers.
In his role at Eli Lilly and Company within Corporate Affairs, Tony focuses his attention on advocacy and professional relations to support global policy initiatives for the Lilly Diabetes Business Unit. Prior to his current role, Tony supported Lilly Research Labs as a Senior Manager, providing clinical trial operations leadership for research site initiation activities.
Prior to joining Eli Lilly, Tony worked at IU Health in a variety of capacities including, Manager of Government Affairs, Associate General Counsel, and Gastroenterology/Hepatology Service Line Administrator. He also served as the Director of Government Affairs and Vice President of Corporate Affairs at HealthNet, Inc., a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that provides primary care and support services to uninsured and underinsured residents of Marion County. In addition to his civilian career, Tony is a Health Care Administrator in the United States Navy Reserves and a Veteran. Tony and his wife, Allison, are proud parents to three Cold Spring School children.
“As a Cold Spring School parent, I am thankful for the community and love for learning that has been created by the faculty and staff. There is no better example of excellence with caring within IPS.”