Executive Director, KIPP Indy Public Schools
After graduating from the University of Michigan with a bachelor’s degree, Emily joined Teach For America where she taught middle school math in eastern North Carolina. After teaching for several years, Emily attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she earned a master’s in social work and public health. In 2009, Emily joined KIPP Indy College Prep Middle as the school leader and currently serves as the Executive Director of KIPP Indy Public Schools where she is responsible for leading the network’s growth from one middle school to a five school network serving approximately 2,500 students in grades K-12.
School Leader, KIPP Indy College Prep Middle
Nick currently serves as the school leader at KIPP Indy College Prep Middle where he leads the instructional and cultural vision for the school. After graduating from Butler University with a bachelor’s in organizational communication, Nick joined the KIPP Indy team through Teach For America and taught 8th grade math while leading the 8th grade team as the grade-level chair. Prior to stepping into the school leader role, Nick served as the assistant school leader for two years. In addition to his bachelor’s degree, Nick holds a master’s degree in teaching from Marian University, and is currently finishing his master’s in education from Columbia University.
School Leader, KIPP Indy Unite Elementary
Ellen is the founding school leader at KIPP Indy Unite Elementary. Prior to the school opening in the fall of 2014, Ellen spent a year learning best practices from schools all over the country and designing the school through the Fisher Fellowship program. Ellen taught 5th grade math, served as the 5th grade-level chair, and developed teachers as an instructional coach at KIPP Indy. Ellen holds a bachelor’s degree from University of Miami and a master’s degree in teaching from Marian University. As school leader, Ellen leads the instructional and cultural vision for our youngest KIPP students on their path to and through college.
Board of Directors
Partner, Faegre Baker Daniels
Board Chair Brian Garrison concentrates his practice in the counseling and representation of management in labor relations and employment matters. He has represented employers in arbitrations, contract negotiations and various types of traditional labor law matters before the National Labor Relations Board. Before joining Faegre Baker Daniels, Brian served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Michael M. Mihm in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois. He also was a member of Teach for America and taught social studies in the Chicago Public Schools. Brian holds a J.D. through the University of Illinois College of Law.
Co-founder, Finish Line, Inc.
Larry Sablosky is the co-founder of the locally-based Finish Line, Inc, which grew to be a national, public company. Larry was a senior executive vice-president responsible for day-to-day operations. He also was a founding member and past president of Finish Line Youth Foundation. Larry has served on the Board of Central Indiana Community Foundation as well as Legacy Fund of Hamilton County where he was Board Chair. Currently, Larry serves on the Board of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Central Indiana. He is a long time board member, past board chair, and past interim executive director. He also serves on the Boards of Directors of Samantha’s House and Eskenazi Health Foundation. Larry holds a bachelor’s in business from Indiana University.
Stanley Chen serves at the CEO of Telamon Corporation, an $800m diversified holding company with lines of business in the telecommunications, automotive, business process outsourcing, energy and medical industries. Previously at Telamon, Stanley served as the COO, led several acquisitions and divestitures, launched two successful, organic ventures, and held various line roles in sales and operations. Stanley also serves on the Board of Directors at Telamon. Prior to Telamon, Stanley enjoyed brief stints in marketing analytics for a professional baseball team, in corporate strategy for a Global 50 firm, and with a small venture capital fund. Stanley received his MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business, and his BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.
Executive Director of the Leadership and Legacy Academy, Edna Martin Christian Center
Barato Britt currently serves as the Executive Director of the Leadership and Legacy Academy, a project of the Edna Martin Christian Center. Based in Indianapolis, the Center is a 75 year-old institution that provides wrap around services for over 3,000 low income families. Barato is currently responsible for day-to-day management, operations and logistics, and staff and program development, with a particular focus on school-aged youth and senior programs. A member or the 100 Black Men of America and the Indianapolis Chapter, Barato also previously served the national organization as its Charter Schools Sub-Committee chair. He earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis.
Former Vice President, Human Resources, Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies
Vice Board Chair Andra Liepa has expertise in leadership coaching and development, organizational development, talent management, and employee engagement. Over 22 years, she held roles of increasing responsibility with Bristol-Myers Squibb, Eli Lilly & Company and Ingersoll Rand, culminating in her leadership of the spin off of Allegion, PLC as an independent, publicly traded company. Prior to starting her career in human resources, she worked in manufacturing management for General Electric Company. Andra holds an MBA from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana.
Managing Partner, Honey Creek Capital
Don Palmer is responsible for strategic planning, management training, and advisory role activities. He is also the Founder and Managing Partner of Activate Healthcare, an on-site healthcare company. In addition, he is a partner in Equipment Technologies, a middle market agricultural equipment. Previously, Don served as Interim Chief Operating Officer for the Heartland Film Festival – Truly Moving Pictures based in Indianapolis, and he was active for 30 years with Palmer Automotive Group, where he served as President & Chairman of the automotive division. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Management through Purdue University, an MBA from Xavier University, and an Honorary Doctorate from Indiana Wesleyan University.
Wendy Yerkes is an active member of the Indianapolis community. She has served on several community boards including, The Women’s Fund of Central Indiana, Progress House, Caleman Adoption Services, and United Way’s Governance and Management Review board. In addition, Yerkes was a corporate mentor for the Governor’s Task Force Symposium on Child Care Financing and chaired the United Way’s Executive Women’s Leadership Program. She graduated from Wellesley College, in Boston, and earned her J.D. from Loyola University of Chicago School of Law. She has practiced private law, served as labor counsel and a corporate officer for Indianapolis Power and Light Company, and worked as a Truancy Magistrate for the Juvenile Division of the Marion County Superior Court.
Partner at Keller & Keller
Jim Keller is a Partner at Keller & Keller and has practiced there since 1989. His practice has a strong focus towards helping victims of serious automobile and semi-truck accidents. After receiving his undergraduate degree from Indiana University, Mr. Keller then obtained his J.D. from the Thomas M.Cooley Law School in the state of Michigan. He is honored to bear the title of Super Lawyer, as well as included in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. In addition to his work with his firm, Jim is the founder and President of the Samantha House Foundation, a local non-profit that supports individuals with disabilities. Jim has a wife and three daughters.
Vice President of Investment Management Division, Goldman Sachs
Regina Cross joined Goldman Sachs Private Wealth Management business in 2010. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, she was the Brand CFO for the US Affiliate Neuroscience Business Unit of Eli Lilly and Company, which had revenues over $4 billion, and worked internationally leading project teams in Shanghai, Lima, and Vienna. As a Private Wealth Advisor, Regina works closely with families, foundations, and endowments to provide customized financial advisory solutions to a select group of clients. Regina has an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, a master’s in education from the Stanford Graduate School of Education, as well as a certificate in public policy, and holds a bachelor’s in finance from Indiana University.
President, Indiana Sports Corporation
Ryan Vaughn was elected Indiana Sports Corp President in September of 2014. Prior to leading the Indiana Sports Corp staff, Vaughn served as Chief of Staff for Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard. In this role, Vaughn oversaw development and implementation of strategic planning initiatives, public policy development, financial security and management of the agency directors and Deputy Mayors. Prior to joining Mayor Ballard’s administration, Vaughn was a lawyer with Barnes and Thornburg, LLP. Vaughn’s practice focused on government relations and finance at the local, state and federal level. Vaughn has served on the boards of Visit Indy, Downtown Indy, Super Bowl XLVI Host Committee, Super Bowl LII Bid Committee, and the Indiana Host Committee for the 2015 NCAA Final Four. Vaughn is a graduate of Wabash College and received his law degree from the Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis.
Vice President of Corporate Development, LDI, Ltd.
John Martin joined LDI in 2013 as Manager of Corporate Development to lead acquisition and development activities. He is responsible for initiating platform investment opportunities, structuring and negotiating transactions, supervising due diligence and supporting the strategic acquisition efforts of LDI operating companies. John previously worked at Mason Wells, where he supported the firm’s investment activities and worked with portfolio company management teams to achieve value creation objectives. He began his career in the investment banking group of Robert W. Baird & Co. focusing on buy-side and sell-side M&A advisory assignments. John earned his MBA from Indiana University and a B.S. in finance from the University of Illinois.