District Leadership Bios

Mark Zuzek is the Superintendent of Intermediate School District 917.  Mark establishes and reviews district priorities and procedures, coordinates the work of the school board, assists with budget development and implementation, prepares reports for the school board, state, and federal governments, and evaluates and supports the district administration.  Mark has been in public education for 30 years and has been an administrator in South Saint Paul and Hastings.  For the past 20 years, Mark has been Principal of Hastings Middle School where he enjoyed working through community collaborations to improve equity, create positive school and community culture, increase mental health support, ensure academic success for all, and facilitate facilities planning and projects. Mark joined ISD 917 as Superintendent in the summer of 2018.

Melissa Schaller is the Director of Special Education for Intermediate School District 917.  Melissa is responsible for oversight of district special education programming including 18 sites, approximately 280 staff and a budget of over 20 million dollars.   Prior to joining ISD 917, Melissa was the Director of Special Education for the Austin Public School District.  She has served many state level organizations in the field of education.  Serving as president of the executive board of both the Minnesota Administrators for Special Education and the Minnesota Council for Exceptional Children.   Melissa has been with ISD 917 since 2008.

Eric Van Brocklin is the Secondary Schools Principal.    Eric is responsible for the oversight of the Alternative Learning Centers and Career and Technical Education Programs.  Prior to joining ISD 917,  Eric worked at  Centennial High School and Albert Lea Area Schools and was responsible for administration of alternative learning programs and general education programs dealing with high school aged students.  He also worked with special education, targeted services, summer school, and general school oversight for a variety of programs.  Eric has been with ISD 917 since 2013.

Nicolle Roush is the Business Manager.   Nicolle Roush is responsible for directing, planning and implementing district business and financial operations, overseeing the processing of the District’s payroll, benefits, payables, receivables, and budget, maintaining financial records and assisting with preparing of financial reports including the budget and audited financials records, provides costing models and data to assist in negotiations under the direction of the Superintendent.  Work involves setting policies, goals and supervision over business office staff.   Nicolle Roush has been with ISD 917 since 1997.

Cory Langenfeld is the Technology Coordinator.  Cory is responsible for providing leadership for the development and implementation of the District’s technology plan, and for maximizing the use of technology at all District sites. Implementation includes instructional technology, administrative applications, related staff development, and technical support.   Prior to joining ISD 917,  Cory worked at Hastings Public School and was responsible for being the Lead PC Technician.   Cory has been with ISD 917 since 2004. 

Jennifer Hetland is an Assistant Director of Special Education/Principal for Intermediate School District 917.    Jennifer is responsible for supervising Anthony Louis, Options, New Chance, Riverside, YTP and the SUN and IDEA programs at Alliance Education Center.   Prior to joining ISD 917, Jennifer worked at Jefferson Elementary School in Hawaii, as a fourth grade teacher.   Jennifer has been with ISD 917 since 1995.

Don Budach is an Assistant Director of Special Education/Principal for Intermediate School District 917. Don is responsible for the supervision of the TESA, DASH and PACES programs. Don also supervises itinerant teachers in the areas of Assistive Technology, Developmental Adapted Physical Education, Occupational Therapy and Speech Language Pathology. Don serves as District 504 Coordinator, District Human Rights Officer, and provides oversight of the special education component of DCALS.  Prior to joining ISD 917, Don worked as a Special Education Teacher in Iowa. After moving to Minnesota Don became a Special Education Teacher at Henry Sibley High School and later the Dean of Students. Don has been an Assistant Director with ISD 917 since 1999.

Dave Stoll is an Assistant Director of Special Education responsible for the TEA program as well as the SUN and IDEA programs at Cedar School. Prior to joining ISD 917, Dave worked at  Farmington Public Schools as an Assistant Director of Special Education, Due Process Coordinator, and special education teacher.  He has also worked in Massachusetts and New Hampshire as a social studies teacher, reading specialist, and special education teacher in both public and private schools. Dave has been with ISD 917 since 2011.

Dr. Brooke Peterson is an Assistant Director of Special Education responsible for the supervision and administration of the Intermediate School District 917 Deaf/Hard of Hearing Resource Program (preschool, elementary, middle, and high school locations), as well as the following ISD 917 purchase-of-service itinerant programs and services available to ISD 917-member districts:  Audiology, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Interpreter/Transliterator, Physical and Health Disabilities, Physical Therapy, and Blind/Visually Impaired. Prior to joining ISD 917,  Dr. Peterson worked as the Literacy Coordinator at Intermediate District 287. She also worked as a Deaf/Hard of Hearing Program Facilitator, Reading Specialist, and Teacher of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing at ISD 287. Dr. Peterson has taught in the Deaf Education Teacher Preparation Program at the University of Minnesota. Prior to that she worked as a Teacher of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing at Eden Prairie Schools. Dr. Peterson joined our administrative team in July, 2017.

Terri Gulbransen is an Assistant Director of Special Education/Principal at Alliance Education Center (AEC). Terri is responsible for supervision of the IDEA, SUN and CASE programs. Prior to joining the 917 team, Terri worked as a Special Education Coordinator for Hudson School District. She also worked in White Bear Lake and St. Paul Public Schools as a School Psychologist. Terri has been with Intermediate School District 917 since July 2017. 

Jamie Dalbesio is an Assistant Director of Special Education/Principal for Concord Education Center, which is the newest educational site for Intermediate School District 917. Jamie also oversees the pre-school TEA programs in Farmington and Inver Grove Heights. Prior to joining ISD 917, Jamie worked as an Assistant Director for the Goodhue County Education District and as a special education teacher for Red Wing Public Schools. Jamie joined the ISD 917 team in July, 2018.