Sagamore Leadership

Jay F. Hein

Jay F. Hein

President and Ex-Officio

Jay Hein is the president of Sagamore Institute, a think tank he co-founded in 2004 with U.S. Senator Dan Coats.  As part of his Sagamore duties, Jay also serves as managing director of an impact investing vehicle called Sagamore Renewal Fund, as director of ISOKO (an African think tank dedicated to enterprise solutions to poverty), and as a fellow at Baylor University’s Institute for the Studies of Religion.

Previously, Jay served as Deputy Assistant to President Bush and Director, White House Office of Faith-Based Initiatives.  In this capacity, he advised the President and oversaw the implementation of a “determined attack on need” with staff at a dozen cabinet agencies.  He formerly directed Civil Society Programs at Hudson Institute and he served as a welfare policy advisor to then-Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson.

Jay is the author of The Quiet Revolution: An Active Faith That Transforms Lives and Communities which was commissioned by Amazon to help launch its new faith-based division. He received an undergraduate degree at Eureka College and an honorary Doctor of Laws from Indiana Wesleyan University.

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Sarah Archer

Sarah Archer

Associate Fellow

With a DrPH. in Public Health from University of California, Berkeley, Dr. Sarah Archer serves as a consultant for the U.S. military through the Mission Command Training Program (MCTP) providing guidance in dealing with International and Non-Governmental organizations and civilians in humanitarian and combat missions. She is also member of the Marion County Medical Reserve Corps under the auspices of the Department of Homeland Security/FEMA and Marion County Public Health Department. She is available to assist in planning for pandemics, natural disasters, and terrorists’ biological attacks.

Pierre Atlas

Pierre Atlas

Associate Fellow

Pierre M. Atlas, Ph.D., associate professor of political science, is the director of The Richard G. Lugar Franciscan Center for Global Studies and writes a monthly opinion column for The Indianapolis Star (second Thursday of the month). He obtained his Ph.D. in political science from Rutgers University in 2000 and holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in political science from the University of Arizona and the University of Toronto, respectively. He teaches a variety of classes including Introduction to American politics, United States Foreign Policy, Middle East politics, Politics of the Global Economy, Civil Wars and Ethnic Conflicts, and GLS 101 Global Perspectives. He leads the annual Lugar Fellow Global Studies spring break trip to Washington, DC.

Dr. Atlas’ most recent publications include “US Foreign Policy and the Arab Spring: Balancing Values and Interests,” in Digest of Middle East Studies (Fall 2012) and a three-book book review on Palestinian citizens of Israel for the APSA journal Perspectives on Politics (December 2012). He has presented conference papers, written articles and book reviews, and co-authored a book chapter on Israeli politics and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and has authored entries for the Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East and North Africa and the Encyclopedia of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. He is also co-author of an article in the Journal of Peace Research on civil war in Sudan, Zimbabwe, Chad, and Lebanon.

A native of Texas, Atlas grew up in California. His current research project examines the legacy of the North American frontier and differences between the United States and Canada.

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.

 
Andrew Brill

Andrew Brill

Director, Sagamore Renewal Fund

Andrew is an Indiana native currently residing in Denver Colorado. After graduating from Taylor University he started his career transforming the Senior Care industry through organizing high impact, community focused investments with Mainstreet Investments. After Mainstreet he started his own consulting company focused on improving the quality of finance and accounting for early and growth stage companies. He is working with Sagamore Renewal Fund.
JoAnna Brown, Ph.D.

JoAnna Brown, Ph.D.

Senior Fellow

Dr. JoAnna M. Brown is a Senior Research Fellow with Sagamore Institute for Policy Research. Dr. Brown earned her Bachelor of Urban Planning, 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.

For over fifteen years, she has worked for both non-profit organizations and local and regional governments in housing, community development and planning, and transportation planning. 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 focuses are housing, social capital, community development, and public policy.

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Kasey Burns

Kasey Burns

Director of Communications

Kasey holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Southern Indiana. While serving for five years with a nonprofit campus ministry in Indianapolis, she grew to love the city and became burdened to see a lasting impact on its growth and development. In March of 2018, Kasey was introduced to Sagamore Institute and joined our team. She now serves as Director of Communications for Sagamore Institute.

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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Wesley Cate

Wesley Cate

Associate Fellow

Wesley is the co-founder of Collaborosity, an initiative advancing leaders toward higher levels of capability and contribution. Previously, Wesley was a research fellow at Sagamore Institute in Indianapolis where he studied the role of private and official aid flows in international development. He was also the managing editor of American Outlook, Sagamore Institute's policy journal.  During his time at the institute, he conducted field research in India and Cambodia for a national foundation supporting international development initiatives. In tandem with his role at the think tank, Wesley was an adjunct professor at the University of Indianapolis where he taught world geography. Wesley graduated with an MA in International Relations from the University of Indianapolis and received a BA in music from Anderson University in 2009.

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.

Roland Cole, JD, Ph.D.

Roland Cole, JD, Ph.D.

Senior Fellow

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.

 
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.

Brittany Vessely

Brittany Vessely

Senior Fellow

Brittany Vessely is executive director of Catholic Education Partners, a national nonprofit that partners with state and national Catholic groups to promote school choice policy as a mechanism to empower a child’s first teacher (their parent) with education decision-making authority. Prior to launching Catholic Education Partners in 2017, Brittany served as director of state policy for EdChoice (formerly Friedman Foundation). She also previously conducted domestic policy research at The Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. Brittany is an alumna of The John Jay Institute fellowship and Claremont Institute Publius fellowship. She also serves as Senior Fellow at Sagamore Institute in Indianapolis, Fellow in Education Reform at Centennial Institute in Denver, and American Enterprise Institute Values and Capitalism Ideas Council in Washington, D.C. She is a graduate of Colorado Christian University, with degrees in Political Science and Social Science.

CE Crouse

CE Crouse

Chief Financial Officer

C.E. Crouse joined Sagamore as Chief Financial Officer in 2012 upon his retirement from the accounting and audit firm he co-founded in 1972, Capin & Crouse. From its original headquarters in Greenwood, Indiana, Capin & Crouse has opened offices in Los Angeles, Colorado Springs, Atlanta, New York and multiple other cities, making it one of the nation’s leading firms serving the nonprofit community. Prior to his work at Capin & Crouse, C.E. served in the United States Army, making his leadership at Sagamore a return to public service. He also served as chairman of the Asbury University Board of Trustees located in his native home of Wilmore, Kentucky. He received his degree in Accounting from the University of Kentucky. “C.E. has served at the top of his profession for decades,” said Jay Hein. “His expertise in board governance combined with his accounting strengths have been invaluable tools in designing a new financial operations system at Sagamore. We’ll be building on the foundation C.E established for years to come.”

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Alan Dowd

Alan Dowd

Senior Fellow

Senior Fellow Alan W. Dowd heads the Center for America’s Purpose (CAP) at Sagamore Institute. CAP was launched in 2014 to promote America’s leadership role in the world through published work and policy speeches. Dowd also manages and authors Sagamore’s Project Fortress blog, which explores the intersection of faith, liberty and national security. Focusing on U.S. foreign policy, national defense and international security, Dowd’s award-winning writing appears in a number leading publications, including: American Outlook, Military Officer, American Legion Magazine, Providence, World Politics Review, Claremont Review of BooksPolicy ReviewParameters, Journal of Diplomacy and International RelationsThe American, CurrentWashington TimesBaltimore Sun, Washington Examiner, Detroit News, Sacramento Bee, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Indianapolis Star, Wall Street Journal Europe, Jerusalem Post, Financial Times Deutschland, National Post, and the online editions of American Interest, Weekly Standard and National Review. Dowd is a contributing editor with the journal Providence; serves as a contributing editor and columnist with the American Legion Magazine, where he writes the Landing Zone column; and has served as an adjunct professor at Butler University and Anderson University. Dowd also holds senior fellow posts with the Fraser Institute and the American Security Council Foundation. A founding member of Sagamore’s leadership team, Dowd shouldered a number of day-to-day management and research roles during Sagamore’s early years, before focusing his professional energies on his own writing in 2007. Dowd has been a guest on Fox News Channel’s “Fox and Friends” and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s “Counterpoint.” In addition, he has been interviewed by The Washington TimesThe National Post (Canada), CBN, CFAX Radio (Vancouver), Cox News Service, WISH-TV (CBS affiliate, Indianapolis), WXIN-TV (Fox affiliate, Indianapolis), KPLS Radio (Los Angeles), WTIC Radio (Connecticut) and WIBC Radio (Indianapolis).

Lenore Ealy

Lenore Ealy

Senior Fellow

Dr. Ealy earned her B.S. in education from Auburn University, her M.A. in history from the University of Alabama, and her Ph.D. in the history of moral and political thought from Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Ealy currently serves as president of Thinkitecture Inc., a consultancy that promotes the transformative work of philanthropy and the volunteer sector. She is also the founding chairman and acting C.E.O. of Project K.I.D. Inc., a public charity that provided disaster child care services in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Dr. Ealy is also a Senior Fellow of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, a trustee of The Philadelphia Society, and a founding director of Sagamore. At Sagamore, she worked with Scott Truex to evaluate disaster relief efforts, specifically the Volunteer Florida Foundation.

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Robert Enlow

Robert Enlow

Associate Fellow

Mr. Enlow earned a B.A. from Seattle Pacific University and worked on a graduate studies in theology at the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies, which was then affiliated with Oxford University. Mr. Enlow lived and worked in England as a Social Worker and Volunteer Coordinator for St. Botolph's Project, an organization that provides rehabilitative care and services to homeless men, women and families. He also served on the School Board of two inner city schools in London. After returning to the U.S, Mr. Enlow took the position of acting President and CEO of the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, an organization dedicated to promoting universal school choice. For Sagamore, Mr. Enlow has circulated volumes of research articles and publications on school choice and has championed Milton and Rose Friedman's School Voucher Initiatives.

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.

Jean Geran

Jean Geran

Senior Fellow

Jean has worked on international child protection and related policy issues in many capacities. She currently is a Senior Fellow at Sagamore Institute and has had several speaking engagements about the importance of data and technology for child protection. She has chaired a working group on Kinship, Guardianship and Adoption in 6 African countries for the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute. While working at Legatum Institute in London, she designed and launched a global advocacy effort called the EACH Campaign to ensure that each child grows up in a safe family. She has been a Member of the Policy Planning Staff at the US Department of State responsible for issues including human rights, trafficking in persons, child protection, refugee policy, and governance. She served as the Director for Democracy and Human Rights on the National Security Council, as Advisor on UN Reform and as an Abuse Prevention Officer for USAID in Iraq. She has conducted research and program evaluations for NGOs, universities and international organizations and received her BSBA in business administration from Georgetown University, her MS in rural development from Michigan State University, and her Ph.D. in development studies from the University of Wisconsin‐Madison. Over 15 years, she has developed important relationships with policymakers, corporate leaders, international organizations and philanthropists who will be the base of support for Each inc. She currently lives in Oshkosh, WI with her husband and four children.

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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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Eugene B. Habecker

Eugene B. Habecker

Senior Fellow

Eugene B. Habecker, served as president of Taylor University from 2005-2016. Prior to coming to Taylor, he served in presidencies at the American Bible Society (1991-2005) and Huntington University (1981-1991).  
 
He holds degrees from Taylor University (BA), Ball State University (MA), and the University of Michigan (PhD). He's also a graduate of Temple University School of Law (JD) and is an inactive member of the Pennsylvania Bar. He's also a graduate of the Institutional Educational Management (IEM) program at Harvard University. He is the recipient of nine honorary degrees and has traveled in more than 90 countries.  He and his wife Marylou have three married children and seven grandchildren.
 
Dr. Habecker has authored numerous professional articles and five books: Affirmative Action in the Independent College (1977); The Other Side of Leadership (1987); Leading with a Follower's Heart (1990); Rediscovering the Soul of Leadership (1996) also published in Spanish, Portuguese, and Mandarin; and The Softer Side of Leadership (forthcoming, 2018). He is also the editor of two other books - Fresh Perspectives: A One-Year Devotional Book (2006) and Fresh Perspectives: A One Year Devotional Book, Volume Two (2015).
 
Dr. Habecker's focus at Sagamore includes Capacity Building and Leadership Development.
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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Norm Heikens

Norm Heikens

Senior Fellow

Norm Heikens, a Senior Fellow, launched the Third Century Project at Sagamore Institute.  Prior to joining Sagamore he served as Project Manager and Editor of the Indiana Bicentennial Report, which gathered more than 100 forward-thinking individuals to set goals for the state to achieve within fifty years. Heikens has held reporting and editing positions at newspapers in Illinois and at Indianapolis Business Journal and The Indianapolis Star, with the majority of his 30-year newspaper career concentrated on coverage of business and economics. A native of Iowa, he holds a bachelor's degree from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He and his wife, Alice, live near Franklin, Indiana, and have a son, Ethan, who is in college. They are active in a variety of community activities.

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Curtis Hill

Curtis Hill

Senior Fellow

Curtis Hill is the 43rd Attorney General of Indiana.

As Indiana’s chief legal officer, Hill oversees a staff of more than 400 employees spread across multiple divisions. Hill has focused his agenda on four priorities: rolling back federal overreach; protecting families from drugs and violent crime; safeguarding consumers from fraud and scams; and inspiring youth to pursue meaningful lives.

Hill was serving his fourth term as Elkhart County prosecutor when he was elected to his current role on Nov. 8, 2016. By casting 1,643,689 votes for Hill, Hoosiers made him the top vote-getter of any elected official in Indiana history. He took office on Jan. 9, 2017.

A native of Elkhart, Hill is the youngest child of Curtis T. Hill, Sr., and Eleanor M. Hill. He has four siblings. He earned both his bachelor’s and law degrees from Indiana University in Bloomington. Hill and his wife, Teresa, have five children.

Hill has testified before Congress on “Methamphetamine in the Heartland” and served as a presenter for the Northern Indiana Methamphetamine Summit, sponsored by the Office of National Drug Control Policy, Executive Office of the President of the United States. Hill has served as a member of the Board of Governors for the Indiana State Bar Association; Governor’s Council on Impaired and Dangerous Driving (past chairman); Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (past trustee); and Board of Regents for the National College of District Attorneys.

Hill also has been a member of the Association of Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Inc. (past president); Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council (IPAC) Ethics Committee; National District Attorneys Association (former vice president); FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division Advisory Policy Board and State Board of Law Examiners Character and Fitness Committee. Hill also is a trustee of The Nature Conservancy Indiana Chapter and a life member of the NAACP.

In his hometown, Hill has served as a board member for the Elkhart County Historical Society; Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce; and Boys and Girls Club of Elkhart County.

In his spare time, Hill has performed on stage in a variety of local community theater productions, including recurring roles as the king of Siam in “The King and I.” He also has been known to don a white jumpsuit to impersonate the “King of Rock and Roll.”  Among some of his other credits, Hill has been cast in “Guys and Dolls,” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat,” “The Jungle Book” and “A Christmas Carol” (in which he portrayed the ghost of Jacob Marley). He also has a passion for martial arts, having earned a 2nd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and a black belt in Hapkido.

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.

Larry Ingraham

Larry Ingraham

Senior Fellow

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.

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Byron Johnson

Byron Johnson

Senior Fellow

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.

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.

Mathew Konkler

Mathew Konkler

Deputy Director, National Center for Complex Operations

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.

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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.

Jerry Pattengale

Jerry Pattengale

Senior Fellow

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 day. Additionally, 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).

Anne Raway

Anne Raway

Operations Manager

Anne Raway serves as Operations Manager at Sagamore Institute. Prior to joining our staff, she gained experience in non-profit administration and management through work with People of Praise. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from IUPUI.

Joshua Scism, MBA, PMP

Joshua Scism, MBA, PMP

Senior Fellow

Joshua Scism possess over 20 years of professional experience designing and implementing strategic business and technology solutions to improve, modernize, and integrate diverse public and private sector operations. He holds an MBA in Healthcare Management as well as various global and nationally recognized credentials in process improvement engineering, project management, and healthcare information management. Mr. Scism’s background includes leading large scale healthcare facility design projects and supporting government health and human services policy implementation dating back to his time in Washington D.C. working alongside federal agencies and congressional committees at the inception of the Affordable Care Act.

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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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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Jeff Sparks

Jeff Sparks

Senior Fellow

Jeff Sparks became a Sagamore Institute Fellow in May, 2014. The founder of The New Harmony Project, a writers’ laboratory in New Harmony, and The Heartland Film Festival, the Midwest’s premier film festival that takes place in Indianapolis annually, Jeff has contributed to the cultural vibrancy of Indiana for decades. After retiring as President and CEO of Heartland Film Festival, Jeff has taken up a community development role in the Promise Zone Indianapolis neighborhood of Twin Aire. He graduated from University of Evansville and has a Masters in Theatre Directing from Florida State University.

Andrea Trice

Andrea Trice

Senior Fellow

After earning her doctorate from the University of Michigan, Andrea Nelson Trice worked as a research scientist at Northwestern University and as a faculty member at Purdue University. For the past ten years, she has used her research and evaluation skills as a consultant to universities, government agencies, and other non-profits. Her articles and two co-authored books reflect her interest in organizational effectiveness and cross-cultural dynamics. Andrea is currently completing a research-based book on factors that influence social enterprise effectiveness in emerging markets.

John Waters

John Waters

Senior Fellow

Founder and President of Leave It Better Than We Found It, LLC, John E. Waters has been committed to developing sustainable solutions since his early work on the world’s first (high volume) electric car, GM’s EV1. In designing and developing a safe, powerful, and economic battery, John realized a fun and affordable transportation vehicle could not only improve the lives of individuals but entire communities.

Since those early EV days, John’s interests have led him to developing additional energy solutions with the production of the first large-format lithium-ion batteries in the U.S., forming a lithium battery joint venture with Delphi, and becoming the founding CEO of Bright Automotive – a new automaker that invented 100-MPG commercial vehicles for the U.S. to reduce fuel costs, foreign energy dependency, create high-value jobs, and to clean up the nation’s polluted skies.

As Vice President, John also created and led Rocky Mountain Institute’s practice in sustainable transportation. It was at RMI, that John launched his passion for whole-system design in biomimicry, energy, economics, the built environment, policy, and transportation – all to improve the quality of life for the earth’s greatest treasure: people.

John is thankful for the mentoring and passionate influence of Dean Kamen, Amory Lovins, Paul MacCready, and Bill Wylam and how these men have all changed our world for the better and will “leave it better than we found it.”

He is currently developing and managing a variety of global sustainability projects in Africa, China, Europe, South America, and throughout the US.

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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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John J. Wernert, M.D., MHA

John J. Wernert, M.D., MHA

Senior Fellow

Dr. John J. Wernert joined the Sagamore Institute in January 2017 after completing a cabinet post during the gubernatorial term of U.S. Vice President Michael Pence. Dr. Wernert served as the Vice President of Sagamore while launching the Health Innovation Center. Currently, Dr. Wernert serves as a Senior Fellow under the Health Innovavtion Center and oversees the Louisville office for Sagamore. Dr. Wernert has 30 years’ experience as a psychiatrist, geriatrician and healthcare leader in Indiana. He most recently served the state of Indiana as Secretary of the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA), appointed to this cabinet position by Governor Pence in June 2014. This large multi-division state agency is responsible for the provision of social benefits and healthcare for 1.5 million Hoosiers in need. At the Sagamore Institute, Dr. Wernert plans to bring compassion, high-level leadership skills, deep policy experience and consensus building to achieve transformation in the provision of medical/psychiatric services, social welfare and education both at the state and national levels.

Dr. Wernert began the full-time medical practice of psychiatry in 1989.  Dr. Wernert is a Distinguished Alumnus of Bellarmine University and obtained his M.D. degree from the University of Louisville School of Medicine in 1985.  His postdoctoral training included an internship and residency at the Indiana University School of Medicine through the Department of Psychiatry.  Dr. Wernert has practiced medicine in central Indiana since 1989, and is licensed in Kentucky and Indiana. He is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Wernert completed a Master’s Degree in Health Administration from Indiana University in 1996. He is board certified in Adult Psychiatry, and has received added certification in Geriatric Psychiatry and Administrative Medicine.  Dr. Wernert is a Certified Physician Executive with the American College of Physician Executives, and has been awarded Distinguished Fellowship in the American Psychiatric Association.

Dr. Wernert also has a strong history of accomplishment and high-level executive leadership at the state and national levels. He has dedicated his professional career towards improved clinical care, administrative innovations and applied research, working to move ideas and theories to work in the real world. He previously served as the Medical Director of Medical Management at Eskenazi Health in Indianapolis. Dr. Wernert also has consulted as the Medical Director for Behavioral Health Integration for the Franciscan Alliance system in Indiana. He previously served as the Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of Medical Affairs for MDwise, Inc, a 300,000 member Medicaid Managed care plan covering the state of Indiana. In addition to his administrative duties, Dr. Wernert continues his clinical work performing Integrative Medicine consultations and Medical Management services for various facilities in central Indiana. Dr. Wernert is a geriatric psychiatrist, and has special interest in working in integrated settings with complicated medical patients, geriatric patients and individuals suffering from memory and behavioral disorders. He continues to provide psychiatric consultations via Tele-Health applications to Federally-Qualified Health Centers in Indiana.

Dr. Wernert has served in various leadership roles in medical professional organizations, including the AMA. John served as the past Chairman of the Drug Utilization Review Board for the Indiana Medicaid program.  Dr. Wernert has also served on the Indiana Medical Licensing Board and various state committees related to mental health and Medicaid services in Indiana. He remains active with the American Psychiatric Association as a member of the AMA Delegation, consultant to the Budget and Finance Committee and the Board of the national Political Action Committee. John is a past President of the Indianapolis Medical Society and is the Past Speaker of the House of Delegates at Indiana State Medical Association (ISMA). He was elected President of the ISMA prior to stepping down to take the cabinet post with FSSA.

Dr. Wernert has served on various charitable boards including the Healthy Hoosiers Foundation, Catholic Social Services and the Board of Overseers for the St. Meinrad School of Theology. Dr. Wernert continues to be a consultant for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, and is involved in men’s ministry programs on the north-side of Indianapolis. Dr. Wernert lives in Carmel Indiana with his wife Erin, and is the proud father of six amazing children (ages 4 - 30 years). He enjoys outdoor cooking, black powder shooting and is an avid Civil War re-enactor and historian.