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July 8, 2020

6/17/2020 1:06:00 PM
Homegrown talents take leading roles at JC School Corp.
Philip Marsh
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Philip Marsh
Tonya Feider
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Tonya Feider
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Having said farewell to two beloved Jennings County School Corporation employees, Amber Fields and Susan Harding, two local community members will be stepping in to fill their roles.

Amber and Susan have been working with their chosen hires, Philip Marsh and Tonya Feider respectively, to help them transition into their new positions at JCSC as smoothly as possible. Both jobs have many complex details and processes required to learn and understand Superinten-dent Teresa Brown said, and she is grateful both individual teams have had time to work together one-on-one.

Philip Marsh is succeeding Amber Fields as the new Business Manager. Philip grew up in North Vernon and resides here with his wife of 29 years, Tonja (Lamb). He has four children: Ali Henderson who lives with her husband in Chatta-nooga, Tenn.; Tucker, a senior at Hanover College; Sadie, a senior at JCHS; and Levi, JCHS sophomore.

Philip earned his bachelor's degree in accounting at IUPUI in 1999 and went on to earn his Masters of Business Administration degree from IUPUC in 2016. He also teaches at IUPUC in the MBA program and has been doing so for four years.

"Accounting came naturally to me," Marsh explained. "I just gravitated towards math and business."

After earning his bachelor's degree, he got his first accounting job at Golden Casting in Colum-bus. Philip worked different accounting jobs in Columbus and Seymour before being offered the Business Manager position for JCSC.

"After spending years working out-of-county, I now get to come back and serve my community," Marsh said.

According to Philip, Amber Fields is a great instructor and did everything within her capabilities to help him succeed at his new job. "I couldn't ask for someone better," he confirmed.

Fields' coworker, Susan Harding, also retired in May. After 18 years as the JCSC Food Service Director, Susan is happy to hand over the figurative keys to the cafeteria to the capable Tonya Feider.

Tonya also grew up in North Vernon and currently lives here with her husband, Erik. Tonya's parents are Mike and Peggy Maschino.

Tonya graduated from Jennings County High School in 2007 and went to IU Bloomington for her undergraduate. She graduated in 2011 with a bachelor's degree in dietetics before earning her masters at Ball State in 2013. That same year, she became a registered dietician.

"I've always had a passion for nutrition and wellness - and food!" Feider laughed, explaining her choice in degree. Like Marsh, Tonya is very excited to be in a position to help her community. She said she has always wanted to work in the school system and that feeding the kids is what excites her most about her job. "I love children, children are where my heart is. We are feeding the future."

"She's going to do great," said now retired Food Service Director Susan Harding. Acting as Tonya's counselor, Harding was instrumental in helping the new hiree acquire her new role.

"Susan mentored me while I was the acting Food Service Director at Madison Consolidated Schools," Tonya said. After keeping in contact with Tonya during her three and a half years in Madison, it seemed obvious to Susan as to who would be replacing her when she decided to retire.

"Susan has been so helpful and organized," Tonya continued. "Getting adjusted to the new position has been smooth sailing."

Philip and Tonya have done a remarkable job getting up to speed, Superintendent Brown said, considering they both began their new positions during the challenging times elicited by the preventative measures created to help hinder the spread of COVID-19.

"I look forward to working with Philip and Tonya," Brown added "They are both highly qualified and will provide the leadership needed in our finance and food service departments."

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