Brown County Schools
357 East Main Street P.O. Box 38     Nashville, Indiana 47448     (812) 988.6601

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Brown County School Board Members 

Stephanie Kritzer - President
Phone: (812) 606.0115
My name is Stephanie Porter Kritzer. I am a 1974 graduate of Brown County High School. After college my husband and I returned to start our family where we were raised. As my children were growing up, I spent time on the 4-H Fair Board and 4-H Council as well as helping with their 4-H Club. I enjoyed 17 years as a paraprofessional in Brown County Schools before being elected to the School Board in 2012. I am always eager to hear the concerns and suggestions of students, parents, and staff.

Judy Hardwick - Vice President

Phone: (812) 597.5178
My name is Judith K.Hardwick. I grew up in Indianapolis, and graduated in 1959 from Howe High School. After Shorty and I were married in 1961 we would come down to Brown County as we loved riding horses in the park and water skiing at Lake Lemon with our long time friends Eddie and Shirley Brown. We had looked for a home to buy here but Shorty got drafted during the Vietnam War so that stopped our relocating plans for several years. We moved to Brown County October 1971 to the home I still live in.

I started working at Helmsburg Elementary in 1982, after volunteering in 1981 to help move and staff the library. I started teaching as a paraprofessional in the Title One program where I taught for 14 Years. Ten years at Helmsburg, two years at Sprunica and two years at Nashville Elementary. I then became the Asministrative Assistant to the Title One Director for six years. We were people who wanted to be involved in tryng to help children in anyway we could so Shorty and I put together the "Taxpayers for Quality Education" movement in 1988 when the High School was trying to get the auditorium and gymnasium built. I spoke before the State Committee that was sent here to listen to both sides, and as you know we now enjoy both facilities. I was appointed to the Park and Recreation Board in 1989 and continued until 2001, and I am a retired Tri Kappa member.

Shorty, myself and Linda Hobbs then started the Brown County High School Booster Club in 1989, as there was a need to equip and run an empty concessin stand, as well as buy slickers, basketball uniforms etc. for our students who participated in Brown County athletics. I vacated the Presidency of the booster Club when our son Sam graduated in 1993.

When I retired in 2002 from the school coroporation I missed our involvement with the children, so in 2006 I ran for the "Brown County School Board." That was the start of a wonderful post--reitrement position. I do not get to interact a lot with the students but I get to be a part of working for their ability to have a quality education, with highly effective teachers, teachers who truly care for their students, quality facilities, and I believe the best administrative team there is:from the Principals, Vice Principals/Athletic Directors, to those who work in the Administration Building. Then we have those who man the school offices, nurses room, our custodians who keep our schools clean and shinning, those working in our maintenance building, and in our bus transportation building. I am truly proud to be a part of of "Brown County School Corporation" team. Thank you for having faith in me and electing for a third term.

 Carol Bowden - Secretary
Phone: (812) 988.7043
I was born in Philadelphia and spent my childhood growing up in southern New Jersey. I was born with moderate hearing loss requiring the use of hearing aids and attended public schools before the advent of the Federal Disabilities Act of 1975. I graduated in the top 5% of my high school class and went on to earn a Bachelor Degree in Science with a Physical Therapy Certificate from Sargents College of Allied Health Professions at Boston University.

I have been practicing as a Physical Therapist since graduation. I am the widow of Richard A. Bowden, a 1967 graduate of Brown County High School and mother of Jessica, who is a 2009 graduate.

I have a passion for education from my parents who both felt that education was necessary for success in life, wherever it may take you. I also have the belief that everyone deserves the opportunity to get the lifelong skills for educating oneself so that they may be able to reach for their dreams and more.

 Steve Miller, Jr. - Member
Phone: (812) 343.8356

I grew up in Brown County playing basketball and baseball against the Columbus schools. Not liking them very much either, but as it turned out married Denise Hall in 1992 who was a Columbus North Bulldog and we graduated high school the same year in 1986. We have two daughters we are very proud of in Paige and Sydney. Both girls like to fish and hunt with me, which has kept us close even as they get older. We attend the Parkview Nazarene Church where I have taught Senior High Sunday School class for about 15 years and I enjoy helping in the kitchen every Wednesday night with Mark and Chisato Daugherty preparing a home cooked meals for the youth group and leaders.

I have been blessed to live my whole life in Brown County and be a part of the huge Miller family with 35 first cousins! My dad served 16 years as an elected member of the school board in the 80's and 90's. We both share the same concerns for the kids of Brown County in trying to give them the best in educational opportunities.


• 1992 - Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN - B.S.
   degree, School of Technology

• 1988 - Vincennes University, Vincennes, IN - Cum Laude
   graduate, A.S. degree, Aviation Maintenance Technology

• 1988 - Federal Aviation Administration: F.A.A. Certified
   Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic

• 1986 - Brown County High School


I have worked for Toyota Material Handling, USA in Columbus for 22 years. I work in the Warranty Department and alongside our IT group to test and resolve any issues pertaining to our website, which dealers order new forklifts, parts and submit Warranty claims. I also train our dealers in how to use the website for all Warranty concerns.

 Marlene Barnett - Member
Phone: (812) 988.1087
Hi, my name is Marlene Barnett. My childhood was spent growing up on a farm in Knox Country. I graduated from high school in 1960 and then attended Vincennes University taking secretarial courses. Worked for three years, then decided I did not want to be a secretary for the rest of my life. I enrolled at Oakland City College seeking a teaching degree. During the course of the year I met a blue-eyed young man. We were married in 1966 and moved to Whiteland where he taught 6th graders. We had two sons which later in life gave us grandchildren and a great grandchild. We celebrated our 50th Wedding Anniversary in 2016.

In 1975 I worked in the Title 1 program helping first, second, and third to become better readers. During this time I returned to college and earned my B.A and later my M.S. degree in teaching. I also have earned a lifetime teaching license. In 1990 I joined the Central Nine Career Center teaching staff and began working with adult students in attaining their GED. In 1992, I was hired to also teach GED at the Johnson County Juvenile Detention Center. I stayed at that facility for thirteen years until I retired. In 2016 I resigned as a HSE teacher after 26 years.

We moved to Brown County in 2006 and presently living once again in a beautiful rural area.

Our children are our most precious resource for county, state, country, and the future. When teaching the lessons of life, we need to teach our students holistically, the whole child, not just a part.

I want to thank everyone for electing me to this office. If at any time there are concerns, please let me hear from you. Leave your name and a number that I may return your call.