Executive Director, KIPP Indy Public Schools
As KIPP Indy’s Executive Director, Andy leads the day-to-day work of the network. Andy spearheads organizational growth strategy and manages teams that oversee academics, operations, finance, talent, and external partnerships. Prior to serving in this role, Andy served as KIPP Indy’s Chief of Staff and Director of Strategic Initiatives. Andy also worked previously at Teach For America – Indianapolis where he led the organization’s efforts in development, school and district partnerships, community engagement, and alumni affairs. He started his career in education teaching 8th grade English Language Arts in the Indianapolis Public Schools district and at KIPP Indy College Prep Middle School. Andy received a B.A. in Political Science and Communication Studies from Butler University and an M.A.T. in Secondary English from Marian University.
Emily Pelino Burton
Supertintendent and School Leader, KIPP Indy Unite Elementary
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 Superintendent of KIPP Indy Public Schools where she is responsible for leading the network’s growth from one middle school to a K-12 school network education approximately 1,400 students in the Matindale-Brightwood neighborhood as well as leading KIPP Indy Unite Elementary.
School Leader, KIPP Indy College Prep Middle
Casey currently serves as the school leader at KIPP Indy College Prep Middle where she leads the instructional and cultural vision for the school. After graduating from Purdue University with a bachelor’s in chemisty, Casey began her career at DOW Chemical Company before joining the Indianapolis Teaching Fellows program. Prior to stepping into the school leader role, Casey taught literacy at KIPP Indy College Prep Middle for four years and served as the assistant school leader for two years. In addition to her bachelor’s degree, Casey holds a master’s degree in teaching from Marian University as well as a master’s in public and social policy from the University of Pennsylvania.
School Leader, KIPP Indy Legacy High
David is the founding school leader at KIPP Indy Legacy High. In the last year, David has set the vision and goals of the high school through the prestigious Fisher Fellowship and the Innovation Schools Fellowship through The Mind Trust. David began his teaching career with Teach For America in Houston, TX and was most recently an Assistant School Leader at Moving Everest Charter Schools in Chicago. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Texas Christian University in political science and journalism, a master’s degree in youth and young adult ministry from Andrews University, and a master’s in educational leadership from Columbia University. As school leader, David leads the creation of the instructional and cultural vision for our first high school in Indianapolis.
Board of Directors
Partner, Faegre Baker Daniels
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.
Board Chair, 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.
CEO and President, Edna Martin Christian Center
Barato Britt currently serves as the CEO and President 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.
President, Midwest Concrete Contractor, (MCC)
AT currently serves as the President of Midwest Concrete Contractor (MCC). MCC specializes in excavation, underground utilities, and site concrete. AT has coordinated and implemented all external communication (including business development and marketing strategies), implemented strategic objectives that have led to business relationships with nationally and locally represented firms. AT attended Purdue University where he earned a B.S. in Business and a minor in Organizational Leadership. Notably, he earned a full football scholarship and helped lead the team to 4 consecutive bowl games including the Rose Bowl (2001).
Chandra Orr is an administrative professional and community leader with more than 20 years of high-level administrative and customer service experience. She worked most recently as the Community Partnership Manager for the Alliance for Northeast Unification (ANU), a community development organization in the Northeast community of Avondale Meadows. Prior to ANU, she was the Administrative Coordinator/Regional Customer Service Representative for the regional headquarters of McDonald’s Corporation and also started a travel company with her husband. Chandra is active in the community as Founder of the Galore Women’s Goal Attainment group, as an Advisor for the Charles A. Tindley Accelerated High School Parent Teacher Organization, as a committee member with Indiana Black Expo, Indianapolis Public Library (E38 Branch), the Northeast Corridor Quality of Life Plan, and Youth Empowerment Summit. She currently serves as Secretary of the Oxford Neighborhood Association and is past Co-President of the Avondale Meadows Academy. She lives in the Oxford neighborhood in the Northeast Corridor, where her husband grew up. Their family moved to Indianapolis in 2011 from Atlanta, Georgia. They have three children, one of whom is a KIPP Indy alumnus, and three grandkids.
With over a decade of executive experience, Jimmy Rayford has distinguished himself as a culture architect, commercial value creator and manufacturing expert. Jimmy currently serves as CEO of Dealers Wholesale, a leading Indianapolis-based provider of doors, fireplaces, and other building product solutions. Jimmy holds a BS in industrial engineering from Clemson University and an MBA from Notre Dame University, where he earned the John R. Malone Academic Achievement Award. In addition to currently serving as Vice Chair of the Black Alumni of Notre Dame Board, Jimmy also serves on the Boards for The Center for Performing Arts, TCC Gives and Now Courier, Inc. He is a member of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO). Jimmy’s life mission is to maximize his actions to create results that leave a meaningful legacy for his family, friends, and greater community. His family is the driving force behind his life’s mission. He, his wife Bailey, their daughter Reese and son Logan live in Westfield, Indiana.
Former Vice President, Human Resources, Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies
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.
Marion County Superior Court Judge, Civil Division, Room 2
Elected in 2008 and re-elected in 2014, Judge Oakes presides over Marion County Superior Court, Civil Division 2. He currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Marion Superior Courts and as the Committee’s Presiding Judge. Judge Oakes enjoys teaching and education and currently serves on the Indiana Supreme Court’s Education Committee. He has served as the Judicial Outreach Liaison (JOL) for Indiana and taught many semesters as an Adjunct Professor at the School for Public and Environmental Affairs, IUPUI, and at the Indiana University School of Law- Indianapolis (McKinney). Tim received his undergraduate degree in 1986 from Wabash College, spending one semester abroad at Oxford University in 1985, and he received his J.D. from Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis (McKinney) in 1991. His wife, Tessa, works full time as a clinical research nurse at IU Health while simultaneously pursuing her master’s degree at the University of Indianapolis in Nursing Leadership. Their four children attend a CFI IPS elementary school and Herron High School.
Partner, SmithAmundsen LLC
Melinda started her legal practice more than 20 years ago as a government employee with the State of Indiana, and then with the City of Indianapolis, representing various units in administrative litigation and enforcement actions. Since entering private practice in 1998, Melinda has concentrated her practice on health care provider representation and defense. Melinda also regularly advises and assists clients with risk management activities and regulatory matters such as involuntary transfers and discharges, fraud and abuse claims, and survey appeals and compliance. She also represents individual health care providers before their respective licensing boards. Melinda completed her undergraduate studies at Indiana University and received her J.D. from the University of Dayton.
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.
Global Brand Director, Nasal Glucagon at Eli Lilly and Company
Silvia Luque is the Global Brand Director for Nasal Glucagon at Eli Lilly and Company, where she is responsible for driving the global launch preparation for Nasal Glucagon. Silvia joined Lilly in 2012 and has worked in sales and marketing in the Diabetes and Emerging Markets Business Unites. Prior to Lilly, Silvia spent five years in Management Consulting. Silvia received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Universidad del Pacifico (Lima, Peru), and an MBA from Harvard University. Outside of the office, Silvia enjoys every minute with her husband Blair and their two children.
Managing Principal, CLA Indiana, Valuation
Randie Dial has over 21 years of experience in the profession. In his client service role, he provides valuation, forensic accounting and financial modeling services for a variety of purposes including financial reporting, tax, merger and acquisitions, private equity investment, and capital budgeting. Randie also serves as Managing Principal for CLA’s Indiana practice helping to create opportunities for CLA clients, CLA professionals, and the overall Indianapolis community!
Randie is a graduate of Ball State University with a degree in Accounting. Randie is an Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) by the American Society of Appraisers. He is also a licensed CPA and is Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) and Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) by the AICPA.
Vice President of Investment Management Division, Goldman Sachs
Vice Board Chair, 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.
Vice President, Government Relations, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Nicole A. Elam is the Government Relations Manager for the Midwest at JPMorgan Chase & Co. In this role, Nicole is the firm’s primary liaison to state and local government officials and principal advocate on legislative and regulatory proposals in the region. Nicole brings over 14 years of experience in public policy. Before joining the firm, Nicole led the government and external affairs strategy for ITT Educational Services, worked as a senior director at the government affairs firm Ice Miller Strategies, and an attorney at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP focusing on congressional investigations, government enforcement actions, and complex litigation in Washington, DC. Before law school, Nicole worked as Communications Director at the Black Leadership Forum, and as a Legislative Assistant at the NAACP Washington Bureau. Nicole holds a B.A. from DePauw University and a J.D., cum laude, from Howard University School of Law.
Indiana Market Director at Ascension Care Management
Blair Mancini is currently the Indiana Market Director for Ascension Care Management. Prior to this, he worked in brand management and strategy at Roche Diagnostics, Eli Lilly and Co., and the Kohler Company, but started his career as a high school religion teacher at St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati, OH. He has an undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from the Kelly School of Business at Indiana University. Blair is a native of South Bend, IN and currently resides in Indianapolis with his wife Silvia and their two children. Outside of work and family time, he is an avid golfer and photographer.