Senior Fellows

  • David E. Sexauer

    David E. Sexauer

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    David E. Sexauer

    David E. Sexauer is a Senior Fellow with Sagamore Institute focusing on the formation of new center that will coordinate the efforts of multiple organizations to more effectively impact communities through venture philanthropy. As President of DAST Foundation, David has been involved in multiple philanthropic ventures that have produced significant returns for nonprofit organizations.

    David is the Founder and Owner of DAST Enterprises. DAST is currently investing in real estate ventures and small business startups in the Central Indiana region. David received a BA in History and Religion from Azusa Pacific University. After an additional year of graduate work in theology, he served his country in the U.S. Army for four years.

    After a decade of pursuing sports evangelism and Christian education opportunities, David felt called to leave traditional nonprofit work to be able to provide funding for the work others were doing. He started a successful technology consulting company and used some of the profits to start a real estate investment group and DAST Foundation.

    Mr. Sexauer has a long history of involvement in helping non-profits improve their level of organizational excellence and development efforts. He has been involved in the formation of multiple charitable organizations and enjoys making his business experience and skills available to organizations that help others. 

    David is actively involved in community development by serving on several nonprofit boards and providing funding to groups who are active in urban Indianapolis.

  • Phil Boley

    Phil Boley

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    Phil Boley

    Senior Fellow, Phil Boley, is the executive director of the nonprofit, Global Indiana: A Consortium for International Exchange.  Global Indiana matches Indiana schools, public and private, with schools overseas in order to enhance the international awareness of faculty and students.  Most of the partner schools are in the People’s Republic of China, and the total number of schools introduced to a foreign partner recently reached 100.   

    Phil holds three degrees from Indiana University and has spent his professional career as a public school educator, much of it as a high school principal.  He retired as a superintendent in 2010.  More recently, he was the director of International Education at the Central Indiana Educational Service Center but left that position in the spring of 2012 to devote full time to Global Indiana.

    Phil is on the executive committee of the board of directors for the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel, based in Alexandria, Virginia, a standards setting body for organizations which sponsor international exchange students.   He has since served as president of the Sister Cities of Greenfield organization and for the past year has been a member of the Lt. Governor’s working group on China.

    Phil and Dr. Paula Boley, a dean with Ivy Tech, are the parents of a grown daughter and are members of the Cross of Grace Lutheran Church in New Palestine.

  • JoAnna M. Brown

    JoAnna M. Brown

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    JoAnna M. Brown

    Senior Fellow, JoAnna L. Mitchell-Brown, Ph.D., earned her Master of Community Planning and doctoral degree in Regional Development Planning at the University of Cincinnati. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and Policy from Northern Kentucky University’s Department of Political Science.  

    Dr. Brown has over twelve years working for both non-profit organizations and local and regional governments in housing, community development and planning and transportation planning.  Most recently she was employed with Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME) and Hamilton County Regional Planning Commission (HCRPC) (in Ohio) under a grant funded by the United Way as a Senior Housing Planner. As a Senior Housing Planner, she collaborated with local jurisdictions, community stakeholders, and non-profit and private housing developers on development workforce housing plans for inner-ring suburban communities in Hamilton County, Ohio.  Dr. Brown also has experience in community development serving as the Community Development Director for the City of Silverton, Ohio.  Prior to her employment with HOME/HCRPC and the City of Silverton, she was employed for approximately eight years with the City of Cincinnati’s Department of Transportation and Engineering, four of which were as a Senior Transportation Planner.  

    Dr. Brown’s research focus is housing, social capital, community development, and public policy.   Her dissertation research entitled “The Role of Social Capital and Community Development in Addressing Suburban Decline within First-Ring Suburbs: A Case of the Greater Cincinnati Metropolitan Region” investigates the role of social capital and community development within the first-suburbs, with an emphasis on community-based organizations and non-profit housing Community Development Corporations (CDCs) in addressing issues of suburban decline.  Her recent publications include, “First Suburbs and Non-profit Housing: How Do Urban CDCs Develop Affordable Housing in Suburban Communities?” with Christopher Niedt, editor, in The Diverse Suburb: History, Politics, and Prospects with Temple University Press (in preparation) and “Revitalizing the First-Suburbs: The Role of Social Capital and Community Development in Suburban Neighborhood Revitalization, forthcoming in Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship.

  • Rex Bolinger

    Rex Bolinger

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    Rex Bolinger

    Dr. Rex Bolinger is currently a Senior Vice President – Chief Development Officer at Project Lead The Way (PLTW). He is responsible for directing PLTW initiatives in development, government relations, and strategic partnerships. He brings a wealth of experience working within schools and philanthropic organizations and creating high value-added partnerships.

    Prior to joining PLTW, Bolinger was the Vice President of Educational Services at Edison Learning, Inc. Before that, he was the Executive Director of Team HOPE (History Opens Eyes) and worked directly with former U.S. Secretary of Education William J. Bennett in developing online teacher and student supplements to Bennett's American history books. As project director for the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, Bolinger teamed with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to create early college high schools in five states. He continues to serve as a Senior Fellow at the Sagamore Institute for Policy Research with a focus on education reform policies.

    Bolinger received an EdD in Educational Leadership from Ball State University, an MS in Education from Purdue University, and a BS in Education from Ball State University. He received the Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award and Indiana High School Principal of the Year Award. Bolinger is the founding CEO of Herron High School, an urban charter school in Indianapolis that was named the 27th best high school in America by Newsweek in 2010.

  • Donald Cassell

    Donald Cassell

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    Donald Cassell

    Donald Cassell directs Sagamore's Africa portfolio. He recently published a case study on the newly established Philanthropy Secretariat in Liberia. The case study is being published in the Liberian Studies Journal, a journal of scholarship and research on Liberia. Mr. Cassell also oversaw the development of the Indiana-Africa Connections Project, a database of over 250 Hoosier organizations with ties to Africa. Additionally, he serves as the host of Sagamore’s Fellows Program.

    Previous to his role at Sagamore, Mr. Cassell spent 20 years working as an architect in Indianapolis. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and Construction Specification Institute (CSI).

    A native of Liberia, Mr. Cassell graduated from Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, Massachusetts.  Mr. Cassell also studied at Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he received his Master of Divinity.

    Selected Works

    Marketplace Liberia: Volume 1 and 2

    The Liberian Philanthropy Secretariat: A Case Study

    Is Africa Rising?

    China in Africa: A New Model of International Development

    Liberia Initiative Gallery

  • Roland Cole

    Roland Cole

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    Roland Cole

    Roland Cole earned his B.A. in Economics, Masters and Ph.D. in Public Policy, and a J.D. from Harvard University. Dr. Cole assists in developing SIPR programs and projects related to technology policy; identifies ways in which technology policy impacts existing SIPR research projects; assists SIPR in effectively leveraging; and authored a paper for his research on Measuring the Impact of State-Level College-Cost Initiatives. Since 1992, Cole has served as executive director of the Software Patent Institute (SPI), an Indianapolis-based nonprofit that operates an online database of key documents and offers courses to clients such as the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He has also served as an attorney at Shughart Thomson & Kilroy in Kansas City, Missouri, and at Barnes & Thornburg in Indianapolis. He is a co-founder of the international Association of Personal Computer User Groups (APCUG). In addition, Cole has co-authored a number of books and has taught at the University of Michigan, Indiana University (Indianapolis) and the University of Washington.

  • Harlan Day

    Harlan Day

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    Harlan Day

    Dr. Day directs the Sagamore Institute’s economic education programs.  He began his career in education as a 5th grade teacher in Brownsburg, Indiana, and then went on to work for over 13 years as an Economics Education Consultant for the Indiana Department of Education.  His next position was as Executive Director of the Indiana Council for Economic Education, located at Purdue University, for 14 years.  He currently teaches an economics course at Purdue. 

     

    Dr. Day received an A.B. degree (History) from Davidson College and Masters degrees from Indiana University (Education) and Purdue University (Economic Education).  He received his Ph.D. from Purdue University in Instructional Research and Development. 

     

    He has authored many K-12 curriculum materials, including The Classroom Mini-Economy; Economics and Entrepreneurship; Playful Economics; Herschel’s World of Economics; KidsEcon Posters; Trading Around the World; and Energy, Economics, and the Environment.  He attends Covenant Presbyterian Church in West Lafayette, Indiana.

  • Alan W. Dowd

    Alan W. Dowd

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    Alan W. Dowd

    Alan W. Dowd is a senior fellow with the Sagamore Institute, where he heads the Center for America’s Purpose, an ongoing initiative dedicated to promoting America’s leadership role in the world. Dowd also holds senior fellow posts with the American Security Council Foundation and Fraser institute. In addition, he serves as an adjunct professor at Butler University and contributing editor with The American Legion Magazine, where he writes the Landing Zone column. In each of these roles, he researches and writes widely on U.S. foreign policy, national defense and international security. His writing appears in a number leading publications, including: American Outlook, Military Officer, The American, World Politics Review, The Claremont Review of Books, Policy Review, Parameters, The Journal of Diplomacy and International Relations, Current, Fraser Forum, The Washington Times, The Baltimore Sun, The Washington Examiner, The Detroit News, The Sacramento Bee, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, The Indianapolis Star, The Wall Street Journal Europe, The Jerusalem Post, The Financial Times Deutschland, The National Post, and the online editions of The American Interest, The Weekly Standard and The National Review, among others.

    A founding member of Sagamore’s leadership team, Mr. Dowd shouldered a number of day-to-day management and research roles during the Institute’s early years, before focusing his professional energies on his own writing in 2007. He holds a B.A. with high honors from Butler University and an M.A. from Indiana University.

  • Justin Heet

    Justin Heet

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    Justin Heet

    Justin Heet earned degrees in Economics and Political Science from Indiana University. He is a national partner and Senior Principal for Policy Research and Analysis at Thomas P. Miller and Associates. At Sagamore, Mr. Heet researches immigration and international labor markets and was a major contributor to the bestselling Hudson Institute white paper--"Workforce 2020"--which evaluated the impact of immigration on combating the effects of population aging. Mr Heet also co-authored the “Connecting Mexico and the Hoosier Heartland” study; the study identified and examined the growing economic and cultural linkages between Mexico and Indiana. Most recently, Mr. Heet authored Sagamore's part of a joint study with the Zhejiang Academy of Social Sciences (ZASS) in China.

  • Larry Ingraham

    Larry Ingraham

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    Larry Ingraham

    Senior Fellow Larry Ingraham has been a leader in Indiana’s trade outreach in Asia since the early 1980s.  As a top aide to Governor Robert Orr, he played a crucial part in Indiana’s successful efforts to build a bridge for Japanese investment, which has resulted in over 250 Japanese firms now operating in our state employing over 45,000 Hoosiers at a total investment of over $10 billion. 

    In addition, he has served in a number of capacities in the business field, including as founder and president of Ingraham & Associates, Inc., an international firm that provides consulting services to US and Asian corporations, economic development firms, and government agencies in a range of vital areas, such as site evaluations, joint ventures, marketing, procurement, public relations and global trade.  He has served as a visiting lecturer at the Indiana University School of Business, advisor of East Asian Business Affairs for the Indiana Department of Commerce and vice president of the Pacific Rim Sector of the INB Business Development Corporation.  He has also been president of the Midwest US-Japan Association in 2000 and 2001, and director of the sister-city office of Miyoshi, Japan in Columbus, Indiana from 1997-2002.  He is a key member of the Japan America Society of Indiana, which produced an Indiana guidebook for Japanese firms.  Finally, Larry is on the advisory committee for the Purdue CIBER (Center for International Business and Research), and has strong connections with the Purdue Chinese professors heading up the Purdue Chinese language studies program, the Purdue China Center, and the Purdue Confucius Institute.

     

  • Byron Johnson

    Byron Johnson

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    Byron Johnson

    Byron Johnson is a distinguished Professor of the Social Sciences, Director of the Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR) as well as director of the Program on Prosocial Behavior-all at Baylor University. Dr. Johnson is a Senior Fellow at the Witherspoon Institute (Princeton), and Senior Research Scholar at the Institute for Jewish and Community Research (San Francisco). Johnson is also the chief advisor for the Center for the Study of Religion and Chinese Society, Peking University (Beijing). He is recognized as a leading authority on the scientific study of religion, the efficacy of faith-based organizations, domestic violence, and criminal justice. Professor Johnson has directed research centers at Vanderbilt University and the University of Pennsylvania and Johnson’s research has been used in consultation with the Department of Justice, Department of Defense, Department of Labor, and the National Institutes of Health.

    Dr. Johnson recently authored More God, Less Crime, a book on the impact of faith on prisoner rehabilitation.

  • Mathew Konkler

    Mathew Konkler

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    Mathew Konkler

    Based at the Sagamore Institute in Indianapolis, Indiana, Mathew Konkler serves as the executive director for the National Center for Complex Operations (NCCO) and as a national security consultant to the Indiana Economic Development Corporation.  Prior to his service to the state, Konkler served as a program manager with Raytheon Company, a leading US defense contractor, where he was responsible for developing new international business worldwide.

     

    In 2001, Mr. Konkler received a Presidential appointment to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, The Pentagon, where he served two Secretaries of Defense, the honorable Donald H. Rumsfeld and the honorable Robert M. Gates.  He has traveled to 119 countries in support of the U.S. armed services, including numerous visits to Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as extensive travel throughout the NATO alliance.

    Prior to the Defense Department, Konkler was employed at the corporate headquarters of the U.S. Airways group in Arlington, Virginia and in the Office of the Mayor, Washington, DC.  Konkler has served as a delegate to state party conventions and worked in local government in his home state of Indiana.

  • Jerry Pattengale

    Jerry Pattengale

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    Jerry Pattengale

    Now a prominent leader in the educational arena, Dr. Pattengale  was raised in a family of 10 near Lafayette, Indiana in the little town of Buck Creek, which prompted his popular Buck Creek newsprint series. At the age of 16 he found himself both a high school graduate and homeless. In 2006, PBS/WIPB (Ball State University affiliate) included his journey in its special film, Leading the Way out of Poverty. In 2007 and 2008 he participated in Roundtable meetings at the White House on compassion efforts through the OFBCI.

    His currently serves as  assistant provost at Indiana Wesleyan University and distinguished senior fellow at Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion, and executive director of The National Conversations series, a joint effort between Indiana Wesleyan University and Sagamore to convene events that generate productive conversations on the most controversial issues of our dayAdditionally, Dr. Pattengale directs the Green Scholars Initiative, one of the world’s largest collections of ancient texts and items related to the Judeo-Christian story.

    A prolific writer, Dr. Pattengale has authored several books: Why I Teach and The Purpose-Guided Student (McGraw-Hill, 2009, 2010), Helping Sophomores Succeed (Jossey-Bass, 2010), What Faculty Members Need To Know about Retention (Magna Publications, 2011), Taking Every Thought Captive (ACU Press, 2011), and Biblical Evidence: A Logical Approach to Objectivity (Triangle, 2011).

  • Amy Sherman

    Amy Sherman

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    Amy Sherman

    Senior Fellow Amy L. Sherman, Ph.D., directs Sagamore Institute’s Center on Faith in Communities (CFIC). CFIC provides training, technical assistance, and consulting to faith-based and community based social service providers and to religious congregations desiring to invest more effectively in their neighborhoods. The author of six books and over 80 articles and essays, Sherman is founder and former executive director of Charlottesville Abundant life Ministries, a holistic, cross-cultural, whole-family, church-based outreach in an urban neighborhood of approximately 380 lower-income, single-parent families.

    Sherman’s most recent book, Kingdom Calling: Vocational Stewardship for the Common Good, won recent honors as Christianity Today’s choice as Book of the Year in the Christian Living category. She is the author of various resource guides for community development practitioners, including The Charitable Choice Handbook for Ministry LeadersThe ABCS of Community Ministry: A Curriculum for Congregations; and Establishing a Church-based, Welfare-to-Work Mentoring Ministry: A Practical “How-to” Guide. Her articles and essays have also appeared in such magazines as The Public Interest, Policy ReviewFirst ThingsChristianity TodayPhilanthropyThe American EnterpriseReason, and Books & Culture

    Sherman has led several major Sagamore research projects including the first major study of faith-based intermediary organizations; the largest national survey of Hispanic church-based community ministries in the U.S.; evaluations of the Christian Community Development  Association and the Urban Youth Workers Institute; the largest survey ever of Christian women on their giving and volunteering patterns; and the development of FASTEN, the web’s largest clearinghouse of practical, educational materials and tools for organizations seeking the revitalization of their communities.

    Sherman earned her BA in Political Science at Messiah College and her M.A. and Ph.D. in international economic development from the University of Virginia. She volunteers as a Senior Fellow with the International Justice Mission and is a longtime member of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville, VA.

  • Jeff Sparks

    Jeff Sparks

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    Jeff Sparks

    Jeff Sparks is a senior fellow at Sagamore Institute working on Indianapolis-based community development projects. Sparks began his career as a as director of a treatment center for emotionally disturbed children. Motivated by the negative impact movies had on at-risk youth,he later founded the New Harmony Project, a writers' lab for developing new film and theatre scripts. Looking to further media's positive impact on society, Sparks founded the Heartland Film Festival (later renamed Truly Moving Pictures) which celebrates filmmaking that uplifts humanity. 

    Sparks moved Heartland’s headquarters to the Fountain Square neighborhood in Indianapolis -- where he resides -- to launch his development initiative. Since moving to Fountain Square, Sparks bought a dilapidated house there and is rebuilding both the house and other parts of Center Township.

  • J.C. Steger

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    J.C. Steger

    J.C. Steger joins Sagamore as the Director of The Indiana Institutional Stock Exchange.  Steger has 30 years of experience as an entrepreneur and a lifelong interest in the study of free enterprise and public policy.

    Steger has worked for over 25 years in the investment business.  Steger has a BS in political science from Hanover College and an MBA in Finance from Butler University.

  • Ryan Streeter

    Ryan Streeter

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    Ryan Streeter

    Ryan Streeter joins Sagamore as Distinguished Visiting Fellow and Director of Fiscal Studies. Streeter also serves as Editor of ConservativeHome, a political web site focused on the future of conservatism in America. Previously a senior fellow at Legatum Institute, Streeter has written on a range of topics such as the nature of prosperity globally and locally, entrepreneurship, and the private sector’s role in solving public problems.  He was co-director of The Legatum Prosperity Index, a global assessment of economic growth and well-being and has conducted surveys of entrepreneurs in emerging economies.  Prior to joining Legatum, Streeter was vice president of Civic Enterprises, a public policy development firm in Washington, D.C., where he provided a wide range of research, analysis, and public communication services to a diverse group of clients, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, The Heritage Foundation, and the Urban Land Institute. Streeter also served as Special Assistant to President George W. Bush for domestic policy, in which capacity he managed the development of policy on a range of issues such as poverty, civil society, global health, housing, human services, and health care.  He was also a research fellow at the Hudson Institute and top aide to former Indianapolis mayor Stephen Goldsmith.  He holds a Ph.D. in political philosophy from Emory University.

  • John E. Waters

    John E. Waters

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    John E. Waters

    President of Waters & Associates, John Waters is an entrepreneurial and business development professional with over 25 years in energy, enterprise solutions, sustainability, strategic planning, and transportation.

    He is currently developing a variety of global sustainability projects in Africa, China, and across the US. Mr. Waters is a Senior Fellow at the Sagamore Institute, and previously a member of Duke Energy’s “Thought Leaders Council”. He is also serving as part-time CTO for Echo Automotive.

    In 2007, Mr. Waters led and co-developed a $2B business plan for the energy supply and transportation sectors and was founding CEO of Bright Automotive, Inc. 

    Previously, Mr. Waters was Vice President of Transportation at Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) where he established the practice and provided energy efficiency solutions for Fortune 100 companies. Prior to RMI, he was the Vice President of Business Development for EnerDel, Inc., where he led the JV and was responsible for developing commercial sales.

    As Manager of Product Engineering at Delphi Corporation (2001–2004), Mr. Waters initiated and launched a new lithium battery business for Delphi. He was responsible for the design, testing, and production of multiple lithium battery products, including certified solutions for the iBot® and Segway®

    Prior to Delphi, Mr. Waters worked for GM where he led numerous projects, including the invention of battery pack systems for GM’s first electric vehicles, GM’s EV1, and Electric S-10. Mr. Waters has six U.S. patents, two international patents, holds two defensive papers in battery pack designs, and has received numerous industry awards.

  • Chip Weiant

    Chip Weiant

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    Chip Weiant

    Chip Weiant earned his B.A. in Public Policy Analysis at Miami University and did graduate work in public policy at the University of Rhode Island focusing on the moral implications of public policy on free enterprise, individual liberty and human flourishing. Today Mr. Weiant directs the Better Business Bureau's National Center for Character Ethics in Washington DC and conducts related SIPR work at it's Center for Civic Character.  Weiant strives to renew cultures of trust by leveraging leadership character and organizational ethics assessment, training and best practice advocacy within existing networks of American institutions. Chip's portfolio of work includes the publishing and dissemination of UncommonSense,  the EthicalEnterprising Framework and The Civil Society Tutorial series which earned the Sir John Templeton Freedom Award in Ethics in 2008. In an effort to further advance the fusion of ethics and enterprise, Weiant served as the grant strategy chair for the Geo. Edward Durell Foundation from 1998-2013 building a portfolio of ethics and enterprise projects including SIPR's national INFUSIONOMICS project for K-12 educators, the national Free Market Forum for higher education, the national Sound Money Project for state policy tanks and the Cato Institute's emerging Global Gold Project. Chip disseminates faith-friendly thought leadership in his home state of Ohio as a co-founding board member of both the Ohio Governor's Office of Faith-Based & Community Initiatives and MissionColumbus which provides character-based collaboration training to over a hundred faith-based non-profits.

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