Pastoral Leadership Schedule
Session 1: Pastoral Leadership JANAURY 8-10, 2013
Session 2: Community Well-Being March 5-6, 2013
Ellen Annala is President and CEO of United Way of Central Indiana since 1998. Born and raised in Arizona, she earned a master’s degree from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs and a bachelor’s degree in religion from Phillips University in Enid, OK. Ellen serves on the Board of Trustees of Christian Theological Seminary.
Jeremy Bird is National Deputy Director of Organizing for America. Jeremy has worked in community organizing, political and, legislative campaigns and advocacy work. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Religion from Wabash and a master’s degree from Harvard Divinity School, and currently lives in the Chicago area.
Kent Millard is Retired pastor of St. Luke’s Methodist Church, Indianapolis, one of the ten largest congregations of United Methodist Churches in the United States. In 2007 he received The Distinguished Evangelist Award given to individuals who have made extraordinary accomplishments helping people experience God’s transforming love through Jesus Christ in the Wesleyan tradition. Dr. Millard states: "We believe God has called us into being to make a positive, transforming difference in the world and that the heart of transformation is the transformation of the heart."
Clay Robbins is President of Lilly Endowment Inc. and a member of its Board of Directors. He is a graduate of Wabash College and received his J.D. degree from Vanderbilt University. He was a partner of Baker and Daniels prior to becoming President of Lilly Endowment. Clay is a member of North Methodist church in Indianapolis.
Session 3: Education in Indiana MAY 7-8, 2013
David Shane recently retired as President and CEO of Lacy Diversified Industires, Ltd. LLC, investment company. In 2005 and 2006 he served as Gov. Mitch Daniels' senior policy advisor for education and employment, working in the areas of workforce development, higher education and K-12 education.
Bill Stanczykiewiez serves as President and CEO; Indiana Youth Institute; a statewide nonprofit which has become a favorite resource for youth-service providers, government officials and the media across Indiana. Bill earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in public administration from George Mason University; and Bill is an adjunct faculty member at Purdue University in West Lafayette.
Claudia Cummings is the Vice President, Workforce and Education, Conexus Indiana. Conexus is focused on issues like workforce development, exploring new market opportunities and building research and supplier networks to help Indiana manufacturing and logistics firms succeed.
Jamie Merisotis is President and CEO of Lumina Foundation, America's largest private foundation whose goal is enrolling and graduating more students from college. Before joining Lumina Foundation, Merisotis was founding president of the Institute for Higher Education Policy. Founded in Washington, D.C., in 1993, IHEP is an independent, non-partisan organization dedicated to access and success in postsecondary education. While at IHEP, Merisotis helped establish the Alliance for Equity in Higher Education, a coalition of national associations whose members represent more than 350 minority-serving institutions, including Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities, and Hispanic-Serving Institutions.
Jay Height serves as Executive Director of Shepherd Community Center and has served the near-east side of Indianapolis since 1995. At Shepherd, Height leads the charge in breaking the cycle of poverty. In ten years, Height has accomplished a budget growth from $100,000 to the current $4.2 million and a staff growth from three to more than sixty. Prior to leading Shepherd, Height served at Common Ground Ministries in Cincinnati for three years.
Jim McClelland has been President and CEO, since 1997, of the Indianapolis-based Goodwill organization that, with 2500 employees and $100 million in revenue, is one of the largest of 160 Goodwill corporations in North America. In 2004 Goodwill founded the Indianapolis Metropolitan High School, a public charter school focused on helping increase the high school graduation rate in Indianapolis and the percent of graduates who enroll in and complete post-secondary education. In September 2010, Goodwill opened a second high school, The Excel Center, to provide a diploma option for older youth and adults who left school before graduating.
Dr. Vince Bertram is President and CEO of Project Lead The Way. Prior to joining PLTW, Vince was superintendent of the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation. He earned doctorate, specialist, master, and bachelor degrees from Ball State University, a master’s in education policy and management from Harvard University, an executive certificate in strategy and innovation from the MIT Sloan School of Management, and is an alumnus of the Chicago Management Institute at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.
Session 4: Changing Economies in Indiana JULY 30 - 31, 2013
Ron Gifford: Executive Vice President, Public Policy, for Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP), which is an alliance of the CEO’s of Central Indiana’s major employers and the presidents of its flagship universities. CICP is focused on strategic priorities such as encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship, building a world-class workforce and creating a pro-growth business climate. He is an attorney and an active member of North United Methodist Church in Indianapolis.
David Johnson: One of the original organizers and serves today as President of BioCrossroads, a market-based enterprise seeking to improve Indiana’s economic future through investments and jobs in the region’s substantial life sciences sector. Among its many activities, BioCrossroads informs and educates; raises and invests venture capital funds in promising new companies; and builds business collaborations by bridging gaps across academia and industry. Through his work at BioCrossroads, Johnson has been responsible for raising over a quarter-billion dollars in philanthropic and venture capital funding for efforts and investments to advance new companies, promote innovative research, and deliver on the promise of highly skilled 21st-Century employment opportunities for Hoosiers. A longtime business leader and lawyer, Johnson is an honors graduate of Harvard College, Harvard Law School and Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.
David Sklar: Director of Government Affairs, Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council. David graduated from Ball State University with a B.S. in Political Science and recently completed his Masters in Public Affairs from I.U.’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA). Before joining the JCRC in August of 2007 David worked at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Indianapolis as a Program Director in the Camping and Youth Services Departments. During his time lobbying at the Indiana General Assembly, David has become a leading advocate on various public policy issues including human service funding, poverty, public education and immigration. He currently serves as President of the Indiana Coalition for Human Services and as an officer or board member of numerous other statewide organizations
Susan Brouillette: Director of Healthy Families and Sustainable Communities, for Lafayette Urban Ministry. She is responsible for representing the policy concerns of at-risk children and working families before the Indiana General Assembly and provides immigration services to qualifying clients. Susan assists clients by identifying available resources, answering questions regarding immigration forms and other related applications, facilitating communication with Department of Homeland Security and Department of State, clarifying federal regulations and procedures, advocating for due process, and making referrals to other immigration providers. . Susan graduated with a Masters in Divinity from Christian Theological Seminary in 2007 and is preparing for ordination in the Presbyterian Church U.S.A.
Session 5: National Study Trip - San Diego, CA and Tijuana, Mexico AUGUST 12 - 19, 2013
Session 6: Immigration and Changing Demography OCTOBER 22- 23, 2013
Allert Brown-Gort is a faculty fellow of the Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame, and a senior research fellow at the Institute for Work and the Economy, an independent think tank. A citizen of both the United States and Mexico, he has worked at The University of Texas at Austin, the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM) and Televisa in Mexico City, and at Columbia University. At these institutions he has worked on U.S. Latino, NAFTA, and Latin American issues. His major research interests include immigration policy, particularly its political, economic and public health implications; and the role of culture in shaping values, institutions and political systems. Current research projects include a national qualitative study of the opinions of the Mexican migrant and Mexican American communities; and the effects of the U.S. immigration discourse on Latino political behavior. He has served as an advisor to the Fox administration in Mexico and to the U.S. Senate Hispanic Task Force. He has also provided testimony before the Indiana Senate on potential effects of proposed legislation aimed at controlling unauthorized immigration.
Art Farnsley is a researcher, writer, and teacher. He is a Research Professor of Religious Studies at IUPUI, Associate Director of the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture, and Executive Officer of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion. Art writes about religion's relationship to American culture, especially American politics, but he steers clear of the usual angles. He lives in Indianapolis with his wife Gail and has two daughters.
Bishop Julian Gordy is a native of Newnan, Georgia, Julian pastored various churches in Tennessee and Mississippi. In 2007 he was elected bishop of the ELCA Southeastern Synod. A long-time proponent of ministries of mercy and justice, Bishop Gordy was a founding member of the board of MATS, a unique home for homeless persons in Morristown, TN and of Samaritan Ministry of Jackson County, an ecumenical emergency relief agency on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. He is Chair of the Immigration Ready Bench for the Conference of Bishops and is a member of the Justice for Women Consulting Committee and the Board of the Journal of Lutheran Ethics. Before attending seminary, Bishop Gordy worked in university and hospital administration and in housing restoration. He is married to the Reverend Dr. P. Morgan Gordy, pastor of Christ Lutheran Church in Nashville.
Joyce Burnette is an economic historian who focuses on the role of women in the labor market. As Department Chair and Professor of Economics at Wabash College she teaches a Labor Economics and Game Theory course along with other economics courses. She has authors a book Gender, Work, and Wages in Industrial Revolution Britain.
Jessicah Duckworth is the newly appointed program director of Lilly Endowment’s religion division, Jessicah was an assistant professor of congregational and community care leadership at Luther Seminary in St. Paul. She previously served as assistant professor of Christian formation at Wesley Theological Seminary and was involved with several Lilly Endowment-funded projects as a Fund for Theological Education Ministry Fellow and a researcher for the Princeton Theological Seminary's Faithful Practices Project. Jessicah is an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Session 7: Hunger and Poverty JANUARY 7 -8, 2014 (Cancelled due to weather)
Session 8: Conflict Resolution and Mediation MARCH 18 - 19, 2014
Fred Niedner is Professor of Theology and Associate Director of the Institute of Liturgical Studies Conference and former Chair of the Theology Department at Valparaiso University. His ongoing work in biblical theology focuses on narrative portions of the scriptures, with particular attention to the wilderness tradition, stories of forgiveness and reconciliation, and the ways that oft-told and oft-heard stories create a world in which listeners find meaning, identity and vocation. He has served numerous adjunct roles at Valparaiso University's Chapel of the Resurrection, contributes regularly to publications that offer text studies and other resources for preaching in the church, and writes a fortnightly column on matters religious for the NW Indiana Post-Tribune, http://posttrib.suntimes.com/news/niedner/index.html
Dr. Scott Himsel has practiced law for over twenty years in Indianapolis at Baker & Daniels. His law practice focuses on clients that serve students including colleges, universities, sororities, fraternities, and religious organizations. He is a Wabash alumnus and Northwestern University law graduate. He teaches a course each semester at Wabash. Scott's wife Jane Ann, a fellow Northwestern University law graduate, practices employment law in Indianapolis at Littler Mendelson. Scott and Jane Ann share a strong interest in how law and religion intersect; they attend North United Methodist Church.
Dr. Mohamed Keshavjee recently retired from serving for thirty-two years in the Secretariat of the Aga Khan at Aiglemont, north of Paris. He was Barrister at Law at Gray’s Inn, London and has a law degree from Queen’s University, Canada. He recently completed a PhD in Law from the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London, with a thesis on ‘Alternative Dispute Resolution in Diasporic Muslim community in the UK. For the past ten years he served as Director of International Training Programs of the Conciliation and Mediation Boards, implementing mediation programs among Ismaili Muslims in seventeen countries.
Session 9: Administering Justice in Indiana MAY 13 -14, 2014
Session 10: Health Care and Ministry JULY 29 - 30, 2014
Session 11: International Study trip to South Africa OCTOBER 4 - 16, 2014
Session 12: YOUR Leadership DECEMBER 2-3, 2014