Nicole Baker-Fulgham

Nicole Baker-Fulgham

Senior Fellow

Nicole Baker Fulgham is the founder and president of The Expectations Project, a non-profit organization that develops & mobilizes faith-motivated advocates who help close the academic achievement gap in public schools. She is the author of Educating All God’s Children: What Christians Can – and Should – Do to Improve Public Education for Low-Income Kids (Brazos Press, April 2013). A native of Detroit, Nicole graduated from the University of Michigan and joined Teach For America where she taught fifth grade in Compton, California. Nicole received her doctorate in education from UCLA with a focus on urban education policy and teacher preparation. She joined the national staff of Teach For America, where she held several key leadership roles, including Vice President of New Site Development, Vice President of Teacher Training and Support and Vice President of Faith Community Relations. Nicole is a Mind Trust Education Entrepreneur Fellow and a Pahara-Aspen Institute Education Fellow. She speaks at national faith-based and education conferences, has appeared on CNN and ABC News and authored several articles about educational equity. Christianity Today Magazine featured Nicole as One to Watch and also named her one of the 50 Women Leaders Influencing the Church and Culture. Nicole serves on the board of several non-profit organizations and lives in the Washington, DC area with her husband and their three children.

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Rex Bolinger

Rex Bolinger

Senior Fellow

Rex Bolinger received his B.S. from Ball State University, his M.S from Purdue University, and his Ph.D from Ball State University. Rex served as the program manager for the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation in Princeton, New Jersey, helping in cooperation with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to create early-college high schools at universities in five states. Currently Dr. Bolinger chairs the Indiana Association of Public Charter Schools and is executive director for Team HOPE (History Opens Eyes); the group of Milken Educators works to advancing Dr. William J. Bennett’s American history books, “America: The Last Best Hope”, and revolutionize the way American history is taught in schools and colleges across the nation.He has also served as a teacher, High School Principal, and Central Office Administrator in Indiana.

 
Laurel Christensen

Laurel Christensen

Senior Fellow and Director, Scholarships for Education Choice

Laurel joins Sagamore as a Research Fellow working in operations and assisting StreetSchool Network™ schools on their improvement processes and accreditation. After graduating from Trinity Western University with a degree in History, Laurel went to work in the corporate world in human resources and then started a family. She went on to complete her teacher certification at Calvin College and taught high school for 10 years in a school devoted to serving the needs of diverse students. While teaching she went on to earn her master’s in education from Grand Valley State University. She continued her work in education by serving as the Director of School Development for the StreetSchool Network™ and worked on the team that developed and coached schools using the Infusionomics program.

Jamie Goodwin

Jamie Goodwin

Senior Fellow

Jamie Goodwin currently serves as the Director of Global Indiana at Sagamore Institute, where her primary responsibility is to foster and support international exchange between Indiana schools and those abroad, and encourage global learning at all levels.   Mrs. Goodwin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Education, Spanish, and Journalism, and a Master of Arts degree in Philanthropic Studies.   She will begin her PhD studies in Philanthropy and Anthropology in the fall of 2016 at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, with a research focus on the emerging civil society in Cuba.  Mrs. Goodwin has more than 15 years of experience in teaching and educational exchange in Indiana schools.  In collaboration with Global Indiana, she is an adjunct faculty member teaching Spanish at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), a consultant with the Language Training Center, and an Assistant Responsible Officer for the Visiting Teacher Program at Central Indiana Educational Service Center.

In addition, Jamie Goodwin participates in the Indianapolis Sister Cities’ Student and Teacher Outreach committee.  She is a member of the International Society for Third Sector Research and the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Community Renewal.  

She is a volunteer trip leader for both her local church, Chapel Rock, and Lifeline Christian Ministries, most recently developing partnerships in Alamar, Cuba.

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Brian Hudson

Brian Hudson

Senior Fellow

Brian Hudson is founder and CEO of The Clapham Group, partnering with Christian Schools and non-profit organizations, providing services to enhance an organization’s visibility, influence and impact. Brian also serves as President of Mina Business Solutions as part of the logistics industry. For sixteen years he served as administrator and CEO at Covenant Christian High School in Indianapolis, IN. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Taylor University Ft. Wayne, a Master of Arts in Religion degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and a Masters in Education Administration from Columbia International University.  In the past Brian has served as a conference speaker, pastor, and adjunct professor. He presently serves as board president of Hope Health Care Center and a Senior Fellow at the Sagamore Institute. Previous board leadership includes, The Institute for Christian Thought, The Indiana Non-Public Education Association, Anchors Away INC. and TUFW Alumni Council. He also served two terms as the Indiana State representative for the Association of Christian Schools International. Brian’s has expertise in strategic planning, leadership mentoring and recruitment, public speaking, fundraising, board governance and training, Christian worldview and development of vibrant Christian cultures.

Chip Weiant

Chip Weiant

Senior Fellow

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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