Administration and Office Staff

Holly Barcus

Dean of Students

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My teaching career began as a 5th grade teacher in a small town in Washington state.  Since then I have taught English Language Learners in several schools throughout Des Moines and in the Intensive English Language Center.  I completed my Master’s degree at Viterbo University in Educational Leadership.  My  husband is also a teacher and we have a son in kindergarten and a two-year-old daughter.  I strive to create a learning environment that will tap into the potential of each and every student.

Madison Jackson

Mental Health Therapist


Hi there and welcome to South Union! I’m Madison Jackson and this is my first year as South Union’s Mental Health Therapist. In 2013, I graduated from Iowa State University with by Bachelor of Science degree in Adult, Family, and Child Services and went on to receive my Master of Social Work from the University of Northern Iowa in 2015. Go Cyclones and Panthers! I currently live in Norwalk with my fiancé, and our dog, Ava!  Outside of school, I enjoy attending football and baseball games, crafting, and spending time with my friends and family. I am so excited to be a part of South Union and I am looking forward to a fun and exciting year!

Anel Melendrez

Office Manager

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Rose Richmond


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Rita Rogers

Office Assistant

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Bill Szakacs


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I was born and raised in Kalamazoo/Battle Creek Michigan.  I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management/Marketing from Western Michigan University; Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership/Management from University of Houston - Clearlake; and Doctorate Degree (PhD) in Leadership, Learning, and Service from Cardinal Stritch University.  In addition, I maintain my elementary/secondary teaching certifications; principal and superintendent licenses.