Terry Dwyer – Board President
Terry Dwyer is a highly successful CEO and senior executive with publishing, consumer, and technology companies. He brings technology, management and strategic planning experience.
Mr. Dwyer will lead the founding board of directors through strategically planning and implementing the support structures around the school. He brings a successful business background to the operational side of the school and understands the importance of engaging strategic partners to achieve our greater mission.
Marilyn Leatherman – Board Secretary
Marilyn Leatherman is an educator with more than 30 years experience working in IPS, Washington Township and Pike Township. Throughout her career in education, she has been a Principal, curriculum specialist, turn-around School Coach, and trained mentor.
Mrs. Leatherman brings a great deal of experience working in various capacities within a school and larger district. She has led academic efforts to turn around failing schools, mentored teachers and administrators, built relationships with the broader community to enhance programming in her schools and developed and implemented positive culture and anti-bullying frameworks in schools. As a public school educator, she understands the complexities around school achievement and the importance of innovation to yield high results.
Bill West – Board Treasurer
Bill West is a former Senior VP and COO of Mays Chemical Company, one of the nation’s largest minority-owned businesses and one of the nation’s largest chemical distributors. He is also a long-time CPA, and currently the President of WestReyna LLC, a consulting practice providing management advisory services to small business.
Mr. West is involved in various community boards and brings his operational board experience as well as successful career in finance and accounting. He has additional experience working with the Latino community and has built partnerships and relationships with diverse communities throughout the city of Indianapolis.
Kim Jacobs – Board Member
Kim Jacobs has 35 years of television experience where she has worked as a documentary producer and writer. Kim’s professional awards include four Emmys for documentary programs, the prestigious Indiana Women of Achievement Perhlman Award for distinction in communication and higher education. the Robert West Nicholson Child Advocacy Award, the Indiana Women in Communications “Woman of the Year” award and a Casper Award for community service. Ms. Jacobs is a documentary film producer, writer and former news reporter at WTHR. She has a host of television experiences as well as experience in marketing and public relations.
Elizabeth Lacy – Board Member
Elizabeth Lacy is a partner with Barnes and Thornburg LLP focusing on corporate transactions and general corporate services. She has provided legal advice to various types of companies at different stages in their development for over 20 years. Additionally, she has served as a board member on, or in an advisory capacity to, several community organizations that relate to schools or children programming.
Ms. Lacy has extensive experience with start up companies both from a legal and personal position. She has served on the board of a co-op preschool and understands the challenges and legal needs involved with a start up company that serves children. Elizabeth is also an IPS parent who understands the importance of parental and community involvement to build great schools.
Dr. Azure Angelov – Board Member
Ph.D. A Chair, University of Indianapolis Visiting Professor of Research, Evaluation, and Development, MSD of Wayne Township. PhD in Special Education with a minor in Multicultural Education, 2006 Dissertation: Power, Families of Color, and Special Education: A Qualitative Examination of Discourse between Families and Professionals in an Urban Setting.
Dr. Angelov brings a wealth of experience working in higher education and districts schools in the area of Special Education.
Kevin Hampton – Board Member
Kevin Hampton is the Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager at The National Bank of Indianapolis. He is responsible for the management of equity, fixed income and balanced portfolios. Kevin has considerable experience in equity analysis and portfolio management for personal, charitable, corporate and Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) clients. Prior to joining Diamond Capital Management in 2000, Kevin spent more than 20 years in the financial services and investment industries of the Trust & Investment Management Division of Merchants Capital Management and subsequently National City Bank.
Mr. Hampton is a committed community advocate working on community center boards and mentoring children in public schools.
Julio Gonzalez – Board Member
Julio Gonzalez is an educator that has taught in Uruguay, Mexico and the United States. Julio has worked for over 30 years as an interpreter and liaison between the Hispanic and American cultures. He has been a pastor for 24 years. In Indiana, he started a Church from zero and now has a regular attendance of 70 to 80 people on the west side of Indianapolis. The membership of the Church includes people from 9 different countries (Uruguay, El Salvador, Mexico, Colombia, Republica Dominicana, Guatemala, Peru, Honduras and even United States). Julio presently works with the Supreme Court of the State of Indiana as a certified court interpreter.
Mr. Gonzalez brings experience working with the Latino community as an educator, interpreter, pastor and parent. He is deeply invested in the Northwest side of the community and understands the social and educational challenges facing the Latino community.