About

Leadership

Diane Borgmann

Head of School
(317) 202-2517
borgmann.diane@sycamoreschool.org

As Sycamore’s Head of School, Diane Borgmann returned to a community she had been an integral part of for eleven years. Diane was the first Head of Lower School at Sycamore School, beginning in July of 1994. She continued in that role until June of 2005, adding the additional responsibilities of Associate Head of School in 2001. Prior to her appointment as Sycamore’s Head of School, Diane was the Lower School Director at Greensboro Day School in Greensboro (NC). She has been actively involved in the teaching or administration of gifted students since 1980. Diane earned a B.A. degree in elementary education from DePauw University in 1975, her M.S. in elementary education from Butler University in 1978, and her Gifted and Talented Endorsement from Purdue University in 1988. Diane is married and the mother of three children, all of whom graduated from Sycamore.

Duane Emery

Director of Enrollment Management
(317) 202-2510
emery.duane@sycamoreschool.org

Duane Emery heads the Enrollment Management office at Sycamore, working with prospective and current Sycamore families. He was previously the Vice President for Enrollment Management at Cathedral High School in Indianapolis for 15 years, was the Vice President for Advancement for two years, and served two years as Director of College Advising. At Cathedral, Duane oversaw all aspects of recruitment of more than 300 new students annually, retention of students at a school of over 1,100, and a tuition assistance program with an annual budget of nearly $3 million, serving over 500 students per year. He also served on The President’s Cabinet for the school. Emery began his new role at Sycamore in July, 2020 as the Director of Enrollment Management, a revamped and retitled position created following the retirement of long-time Sycamore Director of Admissions, Susan Karpicke.

Holly Lee

Director of Advancement
(317) 202-2504
lee.holly@sycamoreschool.org

Holly Lee is the Director of Advancement at Sycamore School. She earned her B.S. degree in Psychology from Southern Methodist University and her M.A. from Dallas Theological Seminary. Holly completed her Certificate in Fundraising Management at The Fundraising School at Indiana University’s Center on Philanthropy and is a Certified Fundraising Executive. She was previously a successful Director of Development at The Oaks Academy in Indianapolis. Holly returns to Sycamore community, having had a past affiliation with Sycamore as a parent and trustee.

Patrick Juday

Chief Financial Officer
(317) 202-2509
juday.patrick@sycamoreschool.org

Patrick Juday, CPA, is the Chief Financial Officer at Sycamore. Patrick graduated summa cum laude from The Ohio State University in 1993 with a degree in accounting. Prior to arriving at Sycamore, Patrick served over a ten year period as Controller at The Orchard School and Director of Finance and Operations at Trader’s Point Christian Academy. Continuing education toward maintaining his CPA designation has been focused on non-profit finances. He is a member of the Indiana CPA Society and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Patrick is married and has one child.

Trent Tormoehlen and Katie Baker

Head of Middle School (interim)
Trent Tormoehlen and Katie Baker

Trent Tormoehlen and Katie Baker share the responsibilities of as interim leadership for the Middle School while a search is done in 2020-21 for a fulltime Head of Middle School. Trent will serve as the primary contact and will also primarily be responsible for these areas: admissions; 7th/8th grade students; parent communications; and teams and clubs (as a liaison with Melissa Branigan, Director of Extended Programs). Trent will continue to teach his assigned classes, run the Middle School math team, continue with his advisory, and continue in his role as the Sycamore Academy Coordinator.
 
Katie will be responsible for: 5th/6th grade students; MS faculty meetings and MS communications; class coverage/faculty absences; athletics (with Melissa Branigan); portal monitoring; and professional development. Katie will continue to teach some of her Media classes and will continue with her advisory.

Glenna Lykens

Head of Lower School
(317) 202-2513
lykens.glenna@sycamoreschool.org

Glenna Lykens is the Head of the Lower School at Sycamore. She came to Sycamore as a 4th grade assistant in 1999 and was a lead teacher in 1st grade at Sycamore from 2001 to 2005. She also taught in elementary schools in Ohio and North Carolina. Glenna received her B.A. degree in Education from The Ohio State University in 1978, her Gifted and Talented Endorsement from Ball State University in 2004, and her M.S. degree in Educational Psychology from Ball State in 2006. She is a member of the National Association for Gifted Children and the Indiana Association for the Gifted. Glenna is married and has two grown daughters.

Jennifer Williams

Head of Early Childhood
(317) 202-2511
williams.jennifer@sycamoreschool.org

Jennifer Williams is the Head of Early Childhood at Sycamore. She earned her B.A. and Kindergarten Endorsement from Ball State University,  Gifted and Talented Endorsement from Indiana University, and taught kindergarten in Plainfield Community Schools before coming to teach kindergarten at Sycamore in 1993. In addition to teaching at Sycamore, Jennifer has been an active participant in curriculum development as well as the early childhood admissions and screening processes for many years. She is a member National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC), the Indiana Association for the Gifted (IAG), the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and the Indiana Association for the Education of Young Children (IAEYC). She is married and has two children who attend Sycamore.

PATRICK CAULEY

Director of Technology
(317) 202-2512
cauley.patrick@sycamoreschool.org

Patrick Cauley is the Director of Technology at Sycamore. He received his B.A. from Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tennessee and his masters degree from Nova Southeastern University. Patrick has taught in Arkansas, Ohio, Dubai, Kuwait and China. Patrick is a member of the International Society for Technology in Education, is married and has two children.
 

Melissa Branigan

Director of Extended Programs
(317) 202-2541
branigan.melissa@sycamoreschool.org

Melissa Branigan is the Director of Extended Programs at Sycamore, which encompasses anything that occurs outside of the school day. Examples of extended programs include: middle school athletics, after-school activities, Quest (Sycamore’s before and after-school care), Quest summer camps, the Sycamore Academy, and middle school clubs and competition teams, like Vex Robotics and Destination Imagination. Prior to taking this role, Melissa was a classroom teacher at Sycamore, teaching 4th grade for five years and 1st grade for ten years. She is married with two children who attend Sycamore.