Garrett Cooper

Garrett Cooper

Senior Fellow

Garrett (Gary) Cooper is a founding partner of the Pinnacle Consulting Group. Pinnacle works with investors to deploy resources in solving systemic community problems. Gary has served as Chief Operating Office and Chief Strategist for Ambassador Enterprises, a for profit philanthropic private equity company. Prior to Ambassador, Gary served as a faculty member in Taylor University’s business program and directed its Institute for Organizational Effectiveness, a program designed to increase the capacity of leaders in the nonprofit sector. Gary earned his MBA from Arizona State University and his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and led a team responsible for the investment and risk management of portfolios exceeding $40 billion for the Lincoln Financial Group. Gary currently serves on several nonprofit boards including the Cell Therapy Foundation (chairman), A Hope Center (crisis pregnancy), and Junior Achievement of Northeast Indiana. He also serves on the board of Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company (investment committee chair). Gary and his wife, Jennifer, have been married for 39 years; they have three grown children and five grandchildren.

Douglas Hairston

Douglas Hairston

Director of Social Enterprises

Minister Douglas Hairston led the Indianapolis Mayor’s Faith Based and Community Initiatives as the Director of the Front Porch Alliance. Douglas Hairston has taken leadership roles in the community while serving the Mount Zion Baptist Church as an Associate Minister. In the position of President and Executive Director of Jobs Partnership of Greater Indianapolis, Minister Hairston developed collaborations across cultures, denominations, community groups and services agencies.

Douglas Hairston will use his experiences to bring Sagamore Institutes’ research into communities where practical models can help support sustainable initiatives. This Social Enterprise work will impact several areas of the Sagamore Institute portfolio.

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Amy Sherman

Amy Sherman

Senior Fellow and Director, Center on Faith in Communities

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 Leaders, The 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 Review, First Things, Christianity Today, Philanthropy, The American Enterprise, Reason, 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.

Krista Sisterhen

Krista Sisterhen

Senior Fellow

Krista Sisterhen has held a number of non-profit and public sector leadership positions most recently serving as the President of the National Christian Foundation - Ohio. Sisterhen has extensive experience developing and implementing faith-based and community initiatives at the municipal, state and national level. She served as Social Policy Advisor to Indianapolis Mayor Stephen Goldsmith, the Director of the Ohio Governor’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives for Governor Bob Taft, and as a liaison to the White Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives for President George W. Bush with the Corporation for National and Community Service. Sisterhen is currently developing faith and generosity initiatives to more fully engage women and marketplace leaders in Biblical generosity, whole-life stewardship and high-impact cross-sector collaborations. Krista serves two national ministries that focus on faith, generosity and whole-life stewardship, Generous Giving and Primemovers. She is co-founder and member of Kaleo Columbus is an active member of Xenos Christian Fellowship where she co-leads a home church for young adults. Sisterhen has a BA in Political Science from the University of Kansas (1982) and a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Washington (1993). She resides in Columbus, Ohio.

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