Office Staff

Laura Clement

Office Manager

P: 242-8412 | E:

Nevenka Francic




Biography: I was born, raised and went to school in former Yugoslavia. On May, 1994 my family landed in Iowa. Started to work for DMPS at ELL Department and after three years moved to SUCCESS Program. Since day one I love working with our students and families, love diversity at Hillis, love Hillis positive school climate. I have two sons and husband. I like to read and travel.

Colleges Attended: Mostar University – Bosnia and Herzegovina

Highest Degree Earned: Bachelor of Science

Years of Experience: 20 years

Years at Hillis: 16 years

Original Hometown: Mostar – Bosnia and Herzegovina

High School Attended: Travnik High School – Bosnia and Herzegovina

Cynthia Hernandez-Seifer

Community Liaison

P: 242-7893 | E:

Anna Nicolai




My name is Anna Nicolai, I am the Hillis Media Associate. I enjoy helping the students discover the wonders of books and reading. My family includes my husband Gene, our two grown daughters and our family dog Grace. In my spare time I like to read, take long walks and travel.

College- Graduated from Des Moines Area Community College
Years at Hillis- 11 years
Hometown- Born in Chicago, lived the majority of my life in Des Moines
High School- Hoover High School

Jim Perlowski

Social Worker



Colleges Attended: DMACC, St. Anslem College, University of Iowa

Highest Degree Earned: Masters degree in Social Work

Endorsements: LMSW

Years of Experience: 13 years with Juvenile Court, 7 years with DMPS

Years at Hillis: Second year

Original Hometown: Des Moines

High School Attended: Dowling High

Laura Pfaltzgraff

Speech and Language Pathologist

P: 242-2160 | E:


Colleges Attended: UNI

Highest Degree Earned: Masters Degree

Endorsements: Education

Years of Experience: 16

Years at Hillis: 4

Original Hometown: Vinton, Iowa

High School Attended: Vinton-Shellsburg High School

Michele Seda


P: 242-8412 | E:


RN;BSN Nursing

Marycrest College Davenport, Ia

36 years of nursing – University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics / Dubuque Internal Medicine / Des Moines Public Schools

21 years at Hillis as school nurse

Hometown: Annawan, Il / Annawan High School