Richmond, Ind. - Five women from emergency dispatch, law enforcement, and education were recognized for their heroism during the sixth annual ATHENA Leadership Award® for Wayne County celebration on June 27.
The ATHENA dinner celebrates the finalists and award recipient of the ATHENA Leadership Award® and the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award recipient.
During this year's dinner, City of Richmond Mayor Dave Snow recognized the group of women which was instrumental in keeping our community safe on the morning of December 13 when a shooting incident occurred at Dennis Middle School in Richmond.
The women honored for their service were:
- 9-1-1 Dispatcher Ghea Chamberlain
- Dennis Middle School fifth grade teacher Maria Schmidt
- Richmond Police SWAT Officer Renee Ware
- Dennis Middle School Principal Nicole VanDervort
- Richmond Police Officer Ami Miller
"Tonight we are gathered to celebrate the strong, powerful women of our community, who embody the spirit of the goddess Athena, who was characterized by her strength, her wisdom, and her courage," Snow said.
He added that courage could be defined in many ways.
"Some would challenge that courage is a decision," Snow said. "It's a decision that overcoming the challenge before you, is more important than the fear or instinct that would otherwise hold you back. It is in that split second decision that the bravest among us will rise and protect us."
The morning of the incident at Dennis, each of the women played a vital role.
Snow shared that in the days and weeks following that morning, the facts of what occurred that on December 13 emerged.
"Although we had seen the loss of a single life, several 100 had escaped physical injury, and a much worse tragedy had been avoided," Snow said. "As the information was sorted, a team of women emerged. A team of women that are the embodiment of courage."
Dennis fifth-grade teacher Maria Schmidt made the initial call to Principal Nicole VanDervort that an assailant had entered the building. VanDervort immediately took action to put the building on lockdown, allowing her staff to follow their training and to secure their classrooms.
It was Richmond Police Officer Ami Miller who made a courageous, split-second decision that would be pivotal to the day's events, Snow said. Officer Miller pursued the assailant under gunfire into the school's stairwell, effectively cornering him and blocking his ability to move through the hallways, he added.
RPD SWAT Officer Renee Ware provided immediate backup. Snow said Ware had the situational awareness to not only help in subduing the movement of the assailant, but also protecting her colleague by pulling her out of gunfire and harm's way.
Snow described how VanDervort worked with the emergency dispatch to communicate vital information to law enforcement. With additional law enforcement officers arriving on scene, VanDervort established a line of communication with 9-1-1 dispatcher, Ghea Chamberlain. Chamberlain took the initial emergency call but a team of three dispatchers - Pamela Leffel, Nancie Ruhl, Indie Pierce - were also there that morning.
VanDervort watched a live video surveillance of what was going on in the building and relayed the information to Chamberlain, who then relayed the assailant's actions to law enforcement. The exchange provided immediate, crucial information providing safety to the officers, students, teachers and staff in the building, Snow said.
"I've had the opportunity to talk with these tremendous women one-on-one, and hear their thoughts on that day's events," Snow said. "What is most remarkable, is that each of them has said in their own way, I was just doing my job."
To recognize these five women at the dinner is to celebrate, honor and thank the Athenas of the community, Snow said. "The amazing women who teach us, embolden us to be more, and protect us," he added.
Wayne Bank and Indiana University East partner to bring the ATHENA Leadership Award® to Wayne County.
The ATHENA Leadership Award® is presented to an exemplary leader who has achieved excellence in their business or profession, served the community in a meaningful way and, most importantly, actively assisted women to achieve their full leadership potential. The event recognizes women leaders who motivate, inspire and create positive change in the community.
Melissa Vance was recognized as this year's recipient of the 2019 ATHENA Leadership Award®. Vance is from Centerville, Indiana. The finalists for this year's ATHENA Leadership Award® also included Richmond residents Rhonda Duning, Jennifer Feaster.
Also, the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award was awarded to Ashley Sieb of Richmond, Indiana. Additionally, Wayne Bank and IU East presented a posthumous award to Stacey Steele, the Elysium Award, which is a special recognition designated by the selection committee this year. According to Greek mythology, those who led righteous lives or performed great deeds spent their eternal afterlife in the beautiful realm of Elysium.
Local sponsorship is provided by Wayne Bank and Indiana University East. Event proceeds equally benefit the Women's Fund of Wayne County and Girls, Inc.
Trilogy Chief Operating Officer Leigh Ann Barney to Move into President & CEO Position
Louisville, Kentucky, June 28, 2019 (Newswire.com) - ????Randall Bufford, President & CEO of Trilogy Health Services, announced yesterday his transition to the role of Chairman of the Board, effective October 1, 2019. Leigh Ann Barney, Trilogy’s Chief Operating Officer, will be assuming the position of President & CEO at Trilogy.
The transition comes at an ideal time for Trilogy, who has record customer and employee satisfaction scores as well as record employee retention rates. Trilogy’s culture, whose first building blocks were laid by Randy and a handful of others over 20 years ago, is stronger than it’s ever been. Compassion radiates outwards from every one of Trilogy’s over 100 communities throughout Midwest, as do stories of both seniors and employees finding joy and fulfillment thanks to the provider’s commitment to service. One only has to scroll through the social media feed of any Trilogy Senior Living Community to see the company’s culture of compassion in action: a 94-year-old resident laughing as she experiences her first ever slip ’n slide; a single mother posing with her children outside of a home they never thought they could afford; CNAs holding up certifications they received for free; senior veterans debarking a plane in D.C., surrounded by citizens waving flags and striking salutes. The moments number in the millions, and according to Bufford, they are sure to continue after this transition.
“I’ve been planning for this transition for over 10 years,” commented Bufford. “Now is the perfect time for me to take a step back from day-to-day operations at Trilogy. We’re checking off all the boxes – outstanding customer satisfaction, record employee engagement and retention rates, and our financial position has never been stronger. This is a good thing for Trilogy. I have absolute confidence not only in Leigh Ann and the rest of our leadership team, but in the people who work at every one of our communities. Trilogy’s success lies in our culture, and our culture is thriving within the hearts of the 15,000 employees who make up our family. We have built a company that cares for those who care for others (#C4U) and that cycle has led to an enormous amount of success, not only for Trilogy, but for our employees and our residents. I know that Leigh Ann will nurture this culture and carry on our tradition of continuous improvement. We’ve reached record highs, but we’re nowhere close to being satisfied. In my new role as Chairman of the Board, I look forward to mentoring Leigh Ann, and to helping Trilogy grow in the coming years. I know that under her leadership, our employees will continue to say what I am saying today: Trilogy is the Best Place I Ever Worked.”
“I am truly humbled to be walking in the footsteps of such an incredible servant leader,” commented Leigh Ann Barney, Trilogy’s Chief Operating Officer. “His example has, and will continue to inspire the entire senior leadership team here at Trilogy to keep striving for excellence, to keep investing in our employees, and to keep pursuing our goal of being the Best Healthcare Company in the Midwest (#BHCM). I have learned so much in my 19 years at Trilogy, and I continue to learn every time I round at our campuses. And although every lesson is different, they all drive home the same message: at Trilogy, we’re family. We love each other, we look out for each other, and we do what is right for one another, every day. It is the utmost honor to serve such an inspiring group of employees, and I promise to lead by the example Randy has set since day one. Our future is bright, and I look forward to celebrating our successes in the years to come.”
Through his position as Chairman of the Board, Bufford will continue to be involved in strategic decisions regarding Trilogy. He will also be focusing much of his time on mentoring his successor to ensure that the transition goes smoothly for Trilogy’s employees, constituents, and partners. In a recent video to employees, Bufford emphasized that he is not going away, and that he will always be part of the fabric of Trilogy.
“We are building an enterprise that’s much bigger than Randy Bufford or Leigh Ann Barney,” Bufford continued. “It’s about all of our people. We’re investing in our future, so the great things we all know as Trilogy will continue on.”
Trilogy Health Services communities offer a full range of personalized senior living services, from independent and assisted living to skilled nursing and rehabilitative services in over 100 senior living communities throughout Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and Michigan. Trilogy’s senior living services are delivered by staff specially trained to honor and enhance the lives of our residents through compassion and a commitment to exceeding customer expectations. Trilogy Health Services is a subsidiary of Griffin-American Healthcare REIT III, Inc. To learn more about Trilogy Health Services, please visit our website at www.trilogyhs.com. You may also follow Trilogy Health Services on Facebook and Twitter.
Cloud Kelley is originally from Lansing, Michigan, but moved to Richmond in 2014 to attend Earlham College. After graduating from Earlham in May with a degree in Peace and Global Studies, she’s excited to start a new chapter working with the Center City Development Corp. Cloud is passionate about community engagement, environmental sustainability, and of course, spending time with her dog Goose. Cloud can’t wait to get to work and help the downtown business community flourish!
Cloud will help bring CCDC's Vision's to lead change for creating a vibrant downtown where people want to live, work, and play. The mission of Center City Development Corporation is to enrich Richmond’s downtown by coordination and collaborating with city government, property owners, and business owners resulting in economic prosperity, community development, and a vibrant center city.
Join us in welcoming Cloud to the team!
West End Bank employees that will or have already reached their five year anniversary this year were recently treated to lunch at Forest Hills to celebrate! Employees celebrating five years were Gabrielle Curren, Andrew Floyd, Danielle Abrams, Michael Drotleff, Diana Kamps, Michael Jordan (not pictured), and Jim Backmeyer! Congratulations, everyone!
It's our 60th Anniversary sale! Stop by to see us. Going to have the oldie but goodies picture albums out. Join us Saturday, June 15 for cake & other refreshments. Thank you all, for helping us be that dream Joan & Don started so many years ago.
ATHENA Leadership Award Finalists Announced
Richmond, Ind. - Wayne Bank and Indiana University East have partnered for the sixth year to bring the ATHENA Leadership Award to Wayne County. The ATHENA Leadership Award® is presented to an exemplary leader who has achieved excellence in their business or profession, served the community in a meaningful way and, most importantly, actively assisted women to achieve their full leadership potential.
The event recognizes women leaders who motivate, inspire and create positive change in the community. Previous award recipients include Mary Jo Clark, Jackie Carberry, Kim Poinsett, Angie Dickman, and Janice Buhl-Macy.
The award recipient will be announced at the celebration dinner on 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 27, 2019, at Forest Hills Country Club, located at 2169 South 23rd St. in Richmond, Indiana.
The request for nominations went out to the community in March. The three finalists chosen for the ATHENA Leadership Award® are:
Rhonda Duning of Richmond, Indiana, is a realtor at Coldwell Banker Lingle. She has served on Communities in Schools of Wayne County as a founding board member, former president of Richmond Realtors Association, past president of East Central Indiana Workforce Development, Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce board, Girls Inc., and she was the first woman to serve on the YMCA board. Duning is a member of PSI-Iota-XI Sorority, Vintage Wheels, First English Lutheran Church and a member of its council and a women's Bible study fellowship. Previously, she was a mentor for the Fairview reading and Study Buddy programs.
Jennifer Feaster of Richmond, Indiana, is the director of Financial Administration for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County. She is currently vice president for the Richmond Noon Kiwanis Club. She is also a board member for Safety Village of Wayne County and the IU East Alumni Association. She is a lifetime member of the Experimental Aircraft Association, a lifetime member of the IU Alumni Association, a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals - Indiana Chapter, and a member of the Academy of Model Aeronautics. Additionally, she serves as a secretary for EAA Chapter 373, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America's The Professional Association Indiana Chapter, and as secretary/treasurer of the Hagerstown Indiana RC Club.
Melissa Vance of Richmond, Indiana, is the president and CEO of the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce. She has served on numerous community boards including Communities in Schools of Wayne County, the Center City Development Corporation, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Eastern Indiana Regional Planning Commission, and Franklin County Chamber of Commerce. In addition, Vance has served on advisory councils for IU East, Earlham College and Purdue Polytechnic Richmond, and participated on committees for Girls Inc., Downtown Business Group, Depot District and Centerville Main Street. She also serves on the Greater Connersville Progress Committee.
The recipient for the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award is Ashley Sieb of Richmond, Indiana. She is the founder of Ashley Sieb Marketing and she is the marketing strategist and storytelling advocate for Stratavize Consulting. She is a visiting instructor and senior thesis advisor at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She is also an instructor for Richmond Social Media and is a member of the board of directors for Birth to Five.
The first ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award recipient was Jessie Pilewski in 2018.
Additionally, Wayne Bank and IU East have announced a recipient for the Elysium Award, a special recognition designated by the selection committee this year. According to Greek mythology, those who led righteous lives or performed great deeds spent their eternal afterlife in the beautiful realm of Elysium.
The posthumous recipient is Stacey Steele. Steele lived in Richmond, Indiana. She passed away on December 21, 2018. Steele was the director of the grants and outcomes for the Boys & Girls Club of Wayne County. She worked for the Boys & Girls Club for 20 years, previously as the director of education. She was the co-founder of the Richmond chapter of Brianna's Hope and she was the executive director of Drug-Free Wayne County. In 2017, she received the HYPE (Helping Young Professionals Engage) Outstanding Young Professional Community Involvement Award. She was also a member of Christ United Church.
Local sponsorship is provided by Wayne Bank and Indiana University East. Event proceeds will equally benefit the Women's Fund of Wayne County and Girls, Inc.
The cost for the dinner is $75. To RSVP, visit waynecoathena.com or contact JoAnn Spurlock, assistant vice president at Wayne Bank, at (765) 259-0209 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Paula Kay King, director of Gift Development at IU East, at (765) 973-8331 or email@example.com.
West End Bank is pleased to announce the promotion of Katie Alyea as our new Sales and Marketing Director. Congratulations, Katie!
Three Indiana University East faculty recently received approval for promotion and/or tenure by by President Michael McRobbie and the Indiana University Board of Trustees. Additionally, one faculty member who holds a clinical rank was approved for a long-term contract. All are effective beginning the 2019-2020 academic year.
Receiving promotion and/or tenure, or a long-term contract is a significant career milestone; a recognition of achievements and contributions, of which these faculty and our campus community can be proud.
Faculty Promotion and Tenure
School of Business and Economics
Susan Brudvig, associate professor of business administration and marketing, was awarded tenure. She received her Doctorate in Business Administration from Florida State University. She received her Master of Business Administration from Purdue University, her Master of Arts in Sociology from Marquette University and her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin at Parkside. Her research interests are the application of methods, including problems in clustering, multicollinearity, coarse measurement. She has published articles in Young Consumers, International Journal of Electronic Commerce and the Journal of Supply Chain Management.
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Dianne Moneypenny was awarded tenure and was promoted to associate professor of World Languages and Cultures. She received her Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies from the University of Kentucky. She received her M.A. in Spanish from the University of Louisville, her B.A. in Biology and a B.A. in Spanish from Indiana University Southeast. Her research interests include food studies in the areas of food and identity, culture and anthropology; cartography in Medieval and Colonial Latin America; Medieval Spanish literature; and teaching and learning online, study abroad and oral fluency in online language. She has had her work published in IndyWrites and Romance Quarterly.
Margaret Thomas-Evans was awarded tenure and was promoted to associate professor of English. She also serves as the chair of the English department. She earned her Ph.D. in Composition, Rhetoric and Technical Communication at Miami University. She received her Master of Arts in English from Wright State University and her Bachelor of Arts in Independent Studies from the University of Lancaster. Her research interests are online teaching pedagogy and practice, community writing and service learning, women and rhetoric, and academic leadership. She has published work about teaching online, leadership, and rural women's rhetoric.
Faculty Long-Term Contract
School of Education
Jane Lamb, clinical faculty, was awarded a long-term contract. Lamb is also the director of field placements and a licensing advisor for the School of Education. She received her master's degree from Ball State University and her bachelor's degree from IU East. She has presented at state and national conferences including the Classroom Literacy Conference, the Indiana Reading Association Conference and the State School Board Association.
Richmond, Ind. - Indiana University East presented several faculty and staff with awards during the Faculty and Staff Recognition celebration held March 28.
Gloria Dixon, clinical assistant professor of nursing, received the Helen Lees Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Shelly Burns, clinical assistant professor, received the Lecturer or Clinical Instructor Excellence in Teaching Award. This award recognizes excellence in teaching by a lecturer or clinical faculty member.
Katie Miller Wolf, assistant professor of anthropology, received the Horizon Teaching Award. This award recognizes excellence in teaching by an untenured faculty member during some or all of their first four years at IU East.
Josh Tolbert, assistant professor of education, received the Horizon Service Award. This award recognizes excellence in service by an untenured faculty member during some or all of their first four years at IU East.
Margaret Thomas Evans, chair of the English department and assistant professor of English, received the Excellence in Service Award. This award recognizes excellence in service - campus, community or professional, either one-time or sustained (five years or more), by a full-time faculty member above and beyond the standard expectations of any compensation or release time provided for the service.
Tim Scales, senior lecturer of management and director of the Center for Entrepreneurship, received the Distinguished Service Award. This award recognizes distinguished and sustained (10 years or more) service - campus, community or professional, by a full-time faculty member above and beyond the standard expectations of any compensation or release time provided for the service.
Wazir Mohamed, associate professor of sociology, received the Faculty Special Achievement Award. This award recognizes outstanding all-around achievement, either short-term or sustained, by an IU East faculty member, and can be awarded for any combination of teaching, research and service.
Beth Trammell, associate professor of psychology, received the Community Engagement Award. This award recognizes excellent community engagement by a faculty or staff member.
Brian Brodeur, assistant professor of English, received the Horizon Research Award. This award recognizes excellence in research and/or creative work by an untenured faculty member during some or all of their first four years at IU East.
Jay Barbre, interim vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and associate professor of education, received this year's Award for Excellence in Research. This award recognizes excellence in research and/or creative work by a full-time faculty member over a sustained period of time.
Julien Simon, associate professor of World Languages and Cultures and coordinator for Study Abroad, received the Distinguished Research Award. This award recognizes distinguished research and/or creative work by a full-time faculty member over a sustained period of time (10 years or more).
Deborah Miller, assistant professor of psychology, received the Progress Award for New Faculty. This award is given to faculty to acknowledge their contributions to teaching, research and service.
Tanya Perkins, assistant professor of English, received the Teacher Scholar Award. This award recognizes faculty work with undergraduate research and/or creative activity.
Terri Hardy, adjunct instructor of sociology, received the Part Time Faculty Award. This award recognizes excellence in teaching by a part-time faculty member.
IU East also recognized four faculty members who are grant recipients for research projects and course development.
Andrea Quenette, assistant professor of communication studies, received the Erwin and Priscilla Boschmann Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Grant.
David Kim, lecturer of criminology, received the Center for Faculty Development Faculty Fellowship for 2019.
Evans and Miller received the Chancellor's Community Engagement Course Development Grant..
David Bane, mailroom specialist for the Office of Physical Facilities, received the Support Staff Council Service Award.
Nichole Mann, coordinator of advising and nursing student services for the School of Nursing and Health Sciences, received the Professional Council Service Award.
Nicole Mann and David Bane received outstanding support staff member and professional staff member awards.
Faculty were recognized for excellence in teaching during the Faculty and Staff Recognition celebration. Front row (left to right): Brian Brodeur, Chancellor Kathy Cruz-Uribe, Margaret Thomas Evans, Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs Michelle Malott, Deborah Miller and David Kim. Back Row (left to right): Gloria Dixon, Shelly Burns, Josh Tolbert, Jay Barbre, Julien Simon, Wazir Mohamed, Beth Trammell and Terri Hardy.
Student Research Day featured the work of students at Indiana University East on March 29.
The presentations included an independent scholarship from courses, independent studies, summer research programs, Honors Program projects, and creative endeavors.
Award winners received $100 for first place, $75 for second and $50 for third. Winners this year were:
- Savannah Lynch, Somerville, Ohio, "Phototropic Response in Arabidopsis Thaliana"
- MacKenzie Philpot, Richmond, Indiana, "Puerto Rico"
- Abigail Weber, Richmond, Indiana, "Abuse of a Corpse"
- Kassy Smith, Liberty, Indiana, "La Muerte Mexicana: Como Agua Para Chocolate"
- Carla Carey, Bloomington, Indiana, "Transformative Learning in Worldschooling Blogs"
- Heidi Klein, New Paris, Ohio, "A Place for the Canon"
- Breanna Nowak, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, "Changes in Gene Expression in Drosophila Melanogaster upon Exposure to Lindane"
- Alicia Thompson, Richmond, Indiana, "Molecular Dynamics Simulation Methods & Nuclear Quantum Effects"
- Garrett Hadler, Carthage, Indiana, "What Defines Friendship in Middle Earth"
IU East to present honorary degrees to Craig Kinyon, Charlie Nelms
For Immediate Release
April 1, 2019
Richmond, Ind. - Indiana University East will present Indiana University Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters to Craig Kinyon and Charlie Nelms during its 48th Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 10.
Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie will confer the honorary degrees at the ceremony.
The honorary degree, the highest academic recognition Indiana University can bestow, is awarded to individuals who demonstrate the highest standards of personal integrity and sincere concern for the public good. In addition, candidates for the honorary degree generally have significant ties to the state of Indiana or to Indiana University. Through this high honor, IU seeks to recognize individuals who may serve as role models for students, faculty, alumni and the people of the state of Indiana.
IU East Chancellor Kathy Cruz-Uribe said it will be an honor to present Kinyon and Nelms with the honorary degrees.
"IU East is fortunate to have both Craig and Charlie contribute their expertise and leadership to the campus and region," Cruz-Uribe said. "Both of these men are deserving of the highest honor we can bestow for their individual efforts to improve the quality of life for residents in the region and for students pursuing their academic degrees at IU East."
Kinyon is the president/CEO of Reid Health, the region's largest employer. The hospital provides clinical experiences for IU East nursing students, internship opportunities, is a partner in providing education rotations for IU School of Medicine third- and fourth-year clerkship students. Under Kinyon's leadership, Reid Health has supported numerous campus projects such as the completion of the Student Events and Activities Center as well as the purchase of simulation for the nursing program.
He is an active member of the IU East Board of Advisors. Kinyon serves on the Preble County Development Partnership board as treasurer, Vizient Central board as chair, and he is vice president of the Crossroads Health Services Reciprocal board. He is a board member of the Earlham College Community Partnership, West End Bank, Indiana Chamber of Commerce, the Tecumseh Health Reciprocal Risk Retention Group. He is also a member of Richmond's Alliance for Strategic Growth, Forward Wayne County, American Hospital Association, Indiana Hospital Association, Indiana Rural Health Association, American Institute of CPAs and Indiana CPA Society.
Kinyon has received honors for his leadership role at Reid Health, including an American Hospital Association's Grassroots Champion Award, which recognizes hospital leaders who most effectively educate elected officials on how major issues affect the hospital's vital role in the community. He also received the Indiana Hospital Association's Distinguished Service Award.
Kinyon received his B.A. in Accounting from Grove City College, Grove City, Pennsylvania.
Nelms is Chancellor Emeritus of IU East and has provided years of extensive service to Indiana University. He served IU East as its third chancellor and a professor of education from 1987-1994.
In addition, Nelms served IU for more than 20 years in numerous capacities, including associate dean for academic affairs and chief student affairs officer at IU Northwest, vice president for institutional development and student affairs at IU Bloomington, and professor of higher education.
From 2007 to 2012, he served as the chancellor of North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina. Currently, Nelms is a higher education consultant who provides expertise in leadership, intuitional effectiveness, strategic planning and diversity and inclusion.
He has also provided tremendous volunteer leadership to local, state and national organizations. He currently serves as a Trustee for the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and as a member of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute STEM Advisory Committee.
Nelms has previously received honorary degrees from Earlham College in 1993 and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff in 2001. He has also received the Distinguished Alumni Award from both Indiana University and the IU School of Education, the State of Indiana Sagamore of the Wabash and the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education Delaney Distinguished Leadership Award. In 2012, President Obama honored Nelms with the MLK Drum Major for Service Award for helping to address the most pressing needs of our communities and nation.
Nelms received his Master of Science in Higher Education and Student Affairs and his Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration from IU. He received his bachelor's degree in agronomy and chemistry from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.
Jennifer Feaster, a 15 year member of the management team at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County (BGCWC), has been selected by Boys & Girls Clubs of America Professional Association as the national Professional of the Year.
Feaster has developed significantly over the course of her time with the organization, creating impact along the way. Feaster began as the administrative assistant, taking over financial operations, and adding more responsibilities over time including supervising the marketing and technology departments.
Currently with these and additional responsibilities, she is the Director of Financial Administration. This is a crucial position that ensures fiscal responsibility to donors and grantors. Feaster also serves a direct liaison to the 40+ member board of directors and chairs or serves as the staff member for the organization's marketing, resource development, and special events committees. She is the “go-to” for most employees needing direction on fiscal, human resource, and marketing guidance.
Feaster's drive to get things done effectively at a high quality level permeates into the management team and among the Boys & Girls Club board of directors, driving others to maintain a standard of excellence. Her dynamic energy and strong community connections aid in acquiring new donors and resources to support the growing budget that once supported the two Clubs when she began her career in the Movement and now sustains five Clubs in the organization.
ATHENA Leadership Award®, Young Professional Leadership Award nominations accepted through April 26
Richmond, Ind. - The deadline to submit nominations for this year's ATHENA Leadership Award® and the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award is 5 p.m. on Friday, April 26.
The ATHENA Leadership Award® will be presented to an exemplary leader who has achieved excellence in their business or profession, served the community in a meaningful way and, most importantly, actively assisted women to achieve their full leadership potential. The event recognizes women leaders who motivate, inspire and create positive change in the community. Previous award recipients include Mary Jo Clark, Jackie Carberry, Kim Poinsett, Angie Dickman and Janice Buhl-Macy.
The ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award actively supports and celebrates the ATHENA mission of supporting, developing and honoring women leaders, inspiring women to achieve their full potential-creating balance in leadership worldwide. ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Nominees are 18-35 years age. Nominees are emerging women leaders who demonstrate excellence, creativity and initiative in their business or profession. Provides valuable service to improve the quality of life for others in their community. Clearly serves as a role model for young women both personally and professionally. The first recipient of the award was Jessie Pilewski.
Nomination forms are available at waynecoathena.com.
The awards will be presented at the annual dinner at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 27, 2019, at Forest Hills Country Club, located at 2169 South 23rd St. in Richmond, Ind.
Founded in 1982, ATHENA International is a women's leadership organization that supports, develops and honors women leaders through the programs it administers. ATHENA's flagship program, the ATHENA Leadership Award® Program, has honored over 6,250 women leaders from hundreds of cities and eight countries since its inception. The program is facilitated locally by Wayne Bank and Indiana University East, licensed ATHENA host organizations. Nominations are sought throughout the community and recipients are selected by a diverse group of community leaders based on the criteria above.
ATHENA Leadership Award® recipients hail from all professional sectors. The award's rich history, international scope and emphasis on mentorship make this award unique and amongst the most prestigious leadership awards, one can receive.
Wayne Bank and IU East are honored to bring this award to Wayne County. ATHENA Leadership Award® recipients are presented a hand-cast, bronze and crystal sculpture that symbolizes the strength, courage and wisdom of ATHENA recipients.
Local sponsorship is provided by Wayne Bank and Indiana University East. Event proceeds will equally benefit the Women's Fund of Wayne County and Girls, Inc.
To RSVP, visit waynecoathena.com or contact JoAnn Spurlock, assistant vice president at Wayne Bank, at (765) 259-0209 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Paula Kay King, director of Gift Development at IU East, at (765) 973-8331 or email@example.com.
The Model T Museum is excited to announce that Noah Bevington joined our staff as a Museum Docent, which is a fancy name for Tour Guide. The Museum is Trip Advisors #1 Things to Do in Richmond for two years straight, so if you haven’t been there yet, you need to! Our great Docents provide fun and interesting tour experiences for one person or 50. In addition to leading tours, Noah will also be handling the Museum’s social media including coverage this summer of an event called the Ocean to Ocean tour that will follow a local Model T member on the recreation of a 1909 event called the Great Race. More on that to come! Plan to visit the Model T Museum and visit with Noah.
ATHENA Leadership Award® recipients are presented a hand-cast, bronzed and crystal sculpture that symbolizes the strength, courage, and wisdom of Athena recipients. The Wayne County recipient will be invited to join the ATHENA Leadership Award® Recipients and other leaders at a national ATHENA International Women’s Leadership Conference.
The award’s rich history, international scope, and emphasis on mentorship make this award unique and amongst the most prestigious leadership awards, one can receive.
ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award
The ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award actively supports and celebrates the ATHENA mission of supporting, developing and honoring women leaders, inspiring women to achieve their full potential—creating balance in leadership worldwide.
Recipients are deemed to be exemplary leaders who have achieved excellence in their business or profession, served the community in a meaningful way and, most importantly, actively assisted women to achieve their full leadership potential.
Nominations are sought throughout the community and recipients are selected by a diverse group of community leaders.
Disney's Approach to Business Excellence is coming to Richmond, Friday, April 26, at Indiana University East.
"Disney's Approach to Business Excellence" is a professional development course, sponsored by Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce, presented by Disney Institute.
Visit WCAreaChamber.org to register with the Chamber and discover Disney's Approach to Business Excellence.
This course has given leaders in finance, health care, transportation, retail, and many more business sectors, a competitive edge. Explore the time-tested business philosophies that have positioned Disney as a world leader in customer experience, leadership, culture, brand, and innovation.
This month, we'd like to recognize Andrea Stuckey, as featured Board Member of the Month!
Andrea has been on the EIHRA Board since December 2016 serving as the Certification Director. She has been a SHRM Member and a Chapter Member since 2014. She has also served on the Western Wayne Dollars for Scholars board as the Secretary since 2010, and previously served as the Treasurer on Western Wayne Elementary School PTO for five years.
Andrea works for Johns Manville, as HR Manager, supporting two locations, Richmond, IN and Richmond, VA. Prior to working for Johns Manville, she was the Family Pride Manager/Human Resources Manager for Richmond Baking Company. She received the SHRM-CP certification in 2016.
Andrea is marreid to Michael and they have two amazing children, Olivia and Evan. She enjoys traveling, cooking, working out, supporting the kids with their activities, and spending time with loved ones.
Andrea says "I’ve really enjoyed serving on the EIHRA board and developing friendships with the other officers. I appreciate being a part of an organization that brings quality speakers to Richmond and provides continuing education credits."
We want to thank Andrea for her participation on the EIHRA Board and we look forward to continuing to work with her in the future!