You’ve sent in your nominations, and now it’s time to decide the Dad of the Year! The following are finalists for 2017 Zionsville Dad of the Year. Visit atzionsville.com to cast your vote for the winner. The deadline to vote is May 12, and you can vote once daily until then.
Nominated by Linda Gray, who says:
Dan is the head coach for lacrosse at Zionsville High School. He also is a personal trainer. He has a masters degree in occupational therapy from IU. Dan was raised by a single mother (author of this submission) with no role model for being a dad of a baby. He threw himself into this role at 110 percent and is determined to be the best dad ever. He maintains a work schedule that allows him to be the major caretaker for his daughter, Harper, now 13 months old. She adores him. His wife, Kathy, is a RN for the IU network and an photographer hobbyist. Dan sets a great example for the young men he coaches.
Nominated by Patsy Shultz, who says:
Jay Shultz is a devoted husband, father, son and businessman, and the father of four children, including a daughter adopted from Haiti. He cooks, cleans, does grocery shopping and helps homeschool his kids. He’s well known for his pies and yeast rolls, but what makes him most remarkable is he is paralyzed from the waist down. He was injured while working in Haiti after the earthquake. This hasn’t stopped him from being an active father and community member. He still swims, bikes, rows and is active in his church. He has a happy demeanor and does it all with a smile. He always says he’s not handicapped, he just has to sit in a chair.
Nominated by Meagan ONeill, who says:
Due to a series of difficulties in the past year, my parents recently rearranged their lives to be able to move in with me and my two young daughters. I could never adequately express what their support has meant to me, and every day I am humbled and honored to see how much they enact a parent’s unconditional love. My dad is constantly fixing things, cleaning the kitchen, loving my kids, and he still works full time. In a house full of girls, he is the quiet, steadfast glue that holds our family together.