Donald Cassell

Donald Cassell

Senior Fellow and Director Liberian Initiatives

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.

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Andrew Falk

Andrew Falk

Senior Fellow

Andrew Falk is a Senior Fellow with the Sagamore Institute, with a research focus on criminal justice reform and international environmental and energy law. Andrew's initial project upon joining the Sagamore Institute was to lead a team working to research and draft reports analyzing Indiana’s criminal justice reforms (HEA 1006). Andrew and the team provided annual reports to then-Governor Mike Pence, the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, and the General Assembly. To gather the needed information, Andrew met with numerous elected officials, key stakeholders, non-profit leaders, and media to discuss research and findings.

In the process of his research on the effect of 1006, Andrew visited the Indiana Women's Prison to learn more about the volunteer higher education program at the prison. He soon began teaching a public policy class at the prison on the collateral consequences of a felony conviction. Informed both by his 1006 research and the evident need for more effective reentry practices, Andrew began working with a group of women who proposed an innovative approach to reentry. Andrew continues to teach the public policy class at the prison, but his primary focus is serving as the Executive Director of the reentry project, now known as Constructing Our Future. In this role, Andrew collaborates with state officials, non-profit organizations, churches, businesses, and volunteers to develop this unique program to facilitate reentry of formerly incarcerated individuals and to reduce recidivism.

In his limited spare time, Andrew continues his research and writing on environmental and energy issues, such as the promise of solar energy in Africa and the benefits of secure property rights to protect the environment.

Andrew was born and raised in the Midwest, living in Iowa and Kansas before moving to Indiana. He now lives in Indianapolis with his wife and four children. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, reading, and managing his fantasy football teams.

Carole Kariuki

Carole Kariuki

Senior Fellow

Kariuki joins ISOKO as the CEO of Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA), a business consortium seeking to create an enabling business environment in Kenya and East Africa. Kariuki brings her expertise in economic development as well as access to the Kenyan and regional business communities to ISOKO Institute. Before coming to ISOKO, Kariuki spent time in banking and then went on to receive a Masters in Public Administration and International Affairs from Bowling Green University in Ohio. After school, she worked for Sagamore Institute in Indianapolis where she helped to link HIV/AIDS organizations in Indianapolis to AMPATH, the largest AIDS prevention and treatment program in sub-Saharan Africa. Upon returning to Kenya, Carole brokered a partnership between Sagamore Institute and KEPSA where she was employed as Program Officer. After leaving KEPSA, for a short time, she went on to consult for African Development Assistance. In 2009, she rejoined KEPSA as Program Manager, and in 2010 she became CEO. Kariuki’s experience at the apex of Kenya’s private sector will add great value to ISOKO’s mission to build Africa’s private sector through entrepreneurship, investment, and leadership.

Noah Manyika

Noah Manyika

Senior Fellow

Dr. Noah Manyika is the convener of the Build Zimbabwe Alliance, a Zimbabwean political party driven by accountable leadership which engages with citizens for them to be active, solution focused participants in the country’s renewal and restoration, positioning Zimbabwe for rapid socio-economic development.

He has vision for a new Zimbabwe in which leaders will be accountable to the citizens and the citizens will actively join the leaders in building Zimbabwe. He is a foreign policy, international business diplomacy, communications and community development expert.

Dr. Manyika has pioneered several social and community initiatives in the past 20 years in Zimbabwe and in the United States of America. He designed national healing programs for the Zimbabwe Government of National Unity (2009-2013). He has served on the Affordable Housing Cabinet of Mecklenburg County and on the Board of Visitors of Queens University in Charlotte, North Carolina, and the boards of United World Missions and Harvests of Hope which between them, have projects and workers in over 30 countries. He was also the principal visionary behind the founding of the Charlotte Children’s Scholarship Fund and Brookstone Schools of Mecklenburg County.

Dr. Manyika is a Fulbright Scholar and graduate of the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington DC and of the Stefan Gheorghiu Academy in Bucharest, Romania.

Gina and Travis Sheets

Gina and Travis Sheets

Senior Fellows

Senior Fellows, Travis and Gina Sheets are born Hoosiers, living on a small farm in Clinton County Indiana.  Travis and Gina Sheets are a part of the founding team of Hope in the Harvest Missions International and through this mission they spent five years living as volunteers in Liberia, West Africa.  Prior to living in Liberia on their farm in Indiana they built a diversified farm operation from row crop farming to raising all natural pasture poultry, free range laying hens, pasture beef, rainbow trout and a variety of fruit and produce, all for retail sale.  This experience prepared them for their work in Liberia, where they built a School of Agriculture and an Agriculture Research Center (ARC), the only one of its kind in Liberia, on a small college campus in northern Liberia.  Gina served as Vice President of the college and focused on administrative duties and classroom teaching.  Travis served as the Dean of Agriculture, built the ARC and demonstration farm and spent time in the villages of Liberia teaching the poorest of poor viable agriculture production.

Now back in the USA, the farm the Sheets built at the ARC continues to grow as a model of successful agriculture production opportunities for West Africa and other African countries. The ARC has the country’s only milk goat herd, tilapia farm, Pekin ducks, turkeys, and dual purpose poultry along with a strong year round row crop, fruit and vegetable production.  With this experience and their own farm and small business experience the Sheets serve the Sagamore specializing in tropical agriculture and business development.

Travis was asked to serve the community of Frankfort as Director of Parks and Recreation, a position he held in the early 90’s. He held the at large position of County Council for two terms, while building churches around the world for a small not for profit.  Prior to that he served as Director of Facility Services for continuing care community.

Gina has spent the past 20 plus years working in the field of economic development (local, state, and international). In January of 2013 Gina was appointed by Governor Pence to serve as the Director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture. She was selected by USDA Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, as the first Chief Innovation Officer for newly created Innovation Center in Rural Development.

Travis and Gina own and have owned several small businesses. They have been host parents to seven exchange students from around the world and they have hosted many international visitors at their farm. Travis and Gina are very active in their community, recognized as Clinton County’s Citizens of the Year in 2006. They are both Paul Harris Fellows and Gina is a past president of Frankfort Rotary. They have literally traveled and ran all over the world; Travis is a 2011 “Iron Man” finisher and Gina an “ultra-runner”.


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