2022 Guiding Circle Members


Susan Findlay
Warsaw Campus


Susan S. Findlay is a graduate of The University of Illinois where she earned a B.S. in Advertising. Susan is a retired Advertising executive who has focused on volunteering in the communities of Warsaw & Winona Lake since 2001.  She has held many leadership positions within Warsaw Community Schools including serving President of the Warsaw Education Foundation. Susan is an original member of the Warsaw Riley Philanthropy Council a fundraising arm to the Riley Children’s Foundation. She has served many years as an active member of the Alpha Lambda chapter of Tri Kappa.  Susan helped establish the Warsaw Chapter of Circle of Ivy and looks forward to serving on the Guiding Circle.


Vicky Decker
Warsaw Campus


Vicky is a 30+ year Warsaw/Winona Lake resident. She has been an active Realtor in Kosciusko County over 10 years and recently earned the SRES Senior Real Estate Specialist designation receiving special training in the needs of clients 50 and over. Vicky also works with many first time buyers, lake buyers and serves many past clients. She is very proud of her involvement in the community including church, sorority, non-profits boards including Circle of Ivy at Ivy Tech, Habitat for Humanity and the Feed My Starving Children Warsaw Mobile Pack (ask her – she’ll get you involved!).  Vicky lives with her husband (Vice Chancellor at Ivy Tech/Warsaw), college-age daughter and her Springer Spaniel on Winona Lake.


Alicia Hazelwood
Marion Campus


Alicia Hazelwood serves as Executive Director of Ivy+Career Link at the Marion Ivy Tech campus. A graduate of Marion High School, Alicia received her bachelor’s degree in political science from Manchester University and later completed a Master’s of Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University. She also holds certificates in Nonprofit Executive Leadership and Fundraising Management, from the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. She worked as the Executive Director of the United Way of Grant County from 2012-2022. Prior to accepting her role at UWGC, Alicia was a senior staff member for the U.S. House of Representatives from 2003-2012 in Indiana’s 5th Congressional District. Alicia has chosen to serve as a volunteer with Ivy Tech Community College because her mother is an alumni of the institution and believe everyone should have access to education. “I can remember sitting with my mom at the kitchen table. She was doing her homework while I was doing mine. I was so proud of her as an adult going back to school for a degree. I was proud of my dad for encouraging and supporting her dreams. Through her, Ivy Tech gave our family so much more than just an certified education.”


Allison Risch
Columbus Campus


Allison Risch lives with her husband James and daughter Chelsea on a farm, south of Franklin, IN. Allison graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts in English and subsequently from Ivy Tech (Lafayette) with an Associate of Science in Nursing. Allison works for Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, managing a team of 26 Nurse Case Managers who support education and advocacy for members. She has been a member of Circle of Ivy Columbus for 3 years and was an inaugural recipient of the Ivy Tech Distinguished Alumnae award. She very much believes that the education she received at Ivy Tech changed the trajectory of her life and is a supporter of the mission of making higher education attainable for all.



Andrea Schwartz
Lafayette Campus


Andrea Schwartz is the Dean of the School of Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering & Applied Science and Associate Professor of Agriculture at Ivy Tech Community College-Lafayette. She holds a Master of Science in Agriculture and Extension Education and a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Education, both from Purdue University. As Dean, Andrea’s goals focus on supporting a successful team of faculty and staff while leveraging industry relationships to build a stronger workforce in the greater Lafayette area.  Before being named Dean, she served Ivy Tech as Chair and Assistant Professor of the Agriculture Program. As Program Chair, Andrea fostered relationships for over 150 internship experiences across the country, increased participation in the Pathway to Purdue Agriculture Program by approximately 250%, and enhanced the College’s ties to the Indiana FFA Association by co-hosting the Annual State Convention with Purdue.  Ivy Tech-Lafayette hosts one day of Career Development Events and Leadership Development Events, as well as Chapter Fun Night. Andrea resides in Carroll County with her husband and two children on a small cattle and crop farm.


Antonina Ries
Columbus Campus


Antonina is a team leader who delivers high-energy discussions to students challenging and leveraging their focus and paying attention to what matters most at education and in life. With over twenty years of tenure experience at three Ivy Tech campuses Evansville, Lafayette, and Columbus she knows that excellence is a journey, not simply a destination. This perspective inspired her to teach, develop, motivate, and mentor hundreds of future Indiana workforce students.

Her mission is to amplify students’ and colleagues’ self-confidence so they can make an influential impact within their community and on the world. She brings this same dedication to her work with industry partners, as they strive to empower Indiana and achieve greater success. Antonina’s honors include being recognized as one of the 2017 Idahlynn Karre Exemplary Leadership Award Recipient at the Chair Academy. Especially inspired to help people take their careers – and themselves – to unprecedented levels and maximize their potential.


Audrey Ballard
Indianapolis Campus


Audrey Ballard joined Eli Lilly November 2016 as a Consultant – Patient Tailoring and Global Strategy. Committed to serving others, Audrey has been dedicated to working in healthcare for over 20 years. Within this timeframe, Audrey has worked on an international level, held leadership positions, and most importantly, educated and developed others.

A native of Indianapolis, Indiana, and Ivy Tech Alumna of the Respiratory Care program, Audrey elevated her healthcare career while achieving a Bachelor of Science in Allied Health in 2002 from IUPUI, a Master of Arts in Executive Development for Public Services in 2007 from Ball State University, and a Master of Public Health in 2012 from IU School of Medicine.


Deb Wise
Muncie Campus


Deb is the owner of Studer Property Services, a third-party property management and leasing company, where she manages commercial, residential, student rentals and Homeowner Associations in Indiana and responsible for the leasing, maintenance, and all financial operations of each entity. She has served on multiple committees and boards over the years, including Community Enhancement Project (CEP), Urban Forestry Board, Muncie Land Bank, Nassau Swim Club, Muncie Central Alumni Association, and Muncie Civic Theater Board. She is also a member of Alpha Omicron Pi sorority. Deb holds a degree in Art Education from Ball State University and resides in Muncie. Married to her husband for 51 years, they have 3 children, 10 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren (triplets). Deb is excited to be a part of the Guiding Circle and stated “education is the highest gift one can give themselves. I look forward to helping continue this growth in our community.


Gwenn Eldridge
Kokomo Campus


Gwenn has served Ivy Tech for nearly 18 years, first as marketing director and then as department chair for the School of Arts, Sciences and Education at the Kokomo Campus. She moved to the Ivy Tech Systems Office almost two years ago where she serves as assistant vice president of academic transitions and support. She has been a member of the Circle of Ivy for several years and believes in the importance of the role of women in philanthropy. She has served on community boards that focus on creating greater opportunities for women and families in the Kokomo area, including the Literacy Coalition of Howard County, Altrusa International of Howard County, and Girl Scouts of Tribal Trails Council.


Emma Ferguson
Bloomington Campus


Emma Ferguson earned her Bachelor’s degree from Ball State University with a major in Business Administration and a minor in Marketing. During her time at Ball State, she was involved with multiple organizations, including a leadership role within her sorority focused on marketing, recruitment and retention of members. She earned her Master of Business Administration degree from Richmond University in London, England, where she wrote her dissertation on the impacts of social media on Millennials’ buying behaviors during the COVID-19 pandemic and Black Lives Matter movement.
Emma has gained experience through her volunteer work, as well. She spent time at both the Bloomington and Muncie offices of the Indiana Small Business Development Center and currently holds a seat on the City of Bloomington Commission on Sustainability. Emma brings expertise in the areas of marketing, event planning and management, organization and community outreach.


Heidi Fowler
Fort Wayne Campus


Heidi Fowler has been a practicing attorney in and around the Fort Wayne area since 2006.  Her practice area was primarily in Family Law, with a focus on cases involving Children in Need of Services.  In 2014, she became a full-time faculty at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne as the Program Chair of Paralegal Studies.  Working to create lasting local partnerships with the legal community was a focus of Heidi’s work while in that position.  In 2017, Heidi became the Dean of the School of Business and the School of Public Affairs and Social Services where she continues to work with local employers and colleges to increase opportunities for students and alumni.


Kaye Frataccia-Siebert
Valparaiso Campus
Lake County Campus


Kaye Frataccia-Siebert is a member of the Circle of Ivy, Valparaiso Campus, and has enjoyed working to support Ivy Tech students in recent years.  She spent over 20 years as a public-school educator teaching Spanish.  In 2012 Kaye left public education to assume the position of Program Manager for the Around the Table project as a part of Empower Porter County.  The goal of Empower Porter County’s Around the Table program was to bring families together, increase communication, and reduce at risk behaviors for children and young adults.  Kaye serves her community through volunteer efforts and by serving on a variety of boards.  Current and past leadership roles include Board Chair for United Way of Porter County, Campaign Co-Chair for United Way of Porter County, President of Tri Kappa IOTA Chapter in Valparaiso, President of the Memorial Opera House Foundation Board, President of the Hilltop Neighborhood House Childcare & Food Pantry, Don Quixote Scholarship Fund Board Chair, Co-Chair of the ValPLAYso Community Build park project and member of the Valparaiso Parks Foundation Board.  She has received multiple community leadership awards including the United Way’s Dorothy M. Porter award for service to the community, the Art & Irene Malasto Friends and Legends Award from the Valparaiso Parks Department and the Legacy of Service Award from the Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce among others.  Kaye has two adult sons and four grandchildren.  She enjoys friends, family, and being active in the community.


Lauren Salerno, J.D.
Community Philanthropist
Hamilton County Campus


Lauren Salerno is an attorney with over 20 years’ experience in the technology industry. Her position as Director of Product Management for a variety of software companies across the country include Lexis-Nexis, Thomson Reuters and Ontario Systems. Lauren focused her skills as a leader in marketing, finance, project management and a number of other cross-functional areas through her employment.  Lauren’s experience has allowed her to successfully contribute to her passion for philanthropy. She served on many Foundation Boards and committees focusing on education and healthcare such as Christamore House Guild, Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School Board, Eskenazi Health Strategic Planning Committee and an Ivy Tech Foundation Capital Campaign. Lauren currently serves on the Ivy Tech Foundation Board, St. Vincent Hospital Foundation Board and is the Co-Chair for Circle of Ivy.


Leslie Bolser
Richmond Campus


Leslie Bolser is an advocate for kids and families in the Wayne County area. She works currently as a curriculum writer and marketer, and has volunteered for many organizations since returning to the area in 2000. She currently sits on the boards of Every Child Can Read, Inc., the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, and chairs the Stage One Youth Theatre committee. She has both BA and MS degrees from Indiana University-Bloomington. She lives in Richmond with her husband, Chad, and two daughters.


Lisa B. Jones
Evansville Campus


Lisa B. Jones is a graduate of Ashland University and worked for Wendy’s international Corporate Offices for 12 years as their Director of Employee Benefits in Columbus, Ohio.  Her passion as an active community volunteer started while she stayed at home with their daughter after her family moved to Cleveland, Ohio.  Lisa has spent the past 20 years devoting her time to the arts, women’s philanthropy, and charities benefiting children.  She has held leadership and fundraising positions for the Arts Council of SWIN, University of Evansville Theatre Society, Lampion Center, Children’s Museum of Evansville and Vanderburgh County Community Foundation.  Most notably, Lisa is a founder of the Women’s Fund of Vanderburgh County and has continued this passion at Ivy Tech with her involvement as a member and Guiding Circle representative with the Evansville Circle of Ivy.


Lucy “Whitehead” Keller
Hamilton County Campus 


Lucy “Whitehead” Keller grew up on a grain and hog farm in Muncie, Indiana.  She graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Communication and a minor in Entomology.  She started her professional career as Purdue University’s College of Ag, Stewardship Coordinator.  In this position, she was able to build relationships with major donors and implement donor wishes once gifts were received.  After two years working for Purdue, she worked for Colorado State University’s Department of Animal Sciences doing Student and Alumni Relations.  Next she worked for the National FFA Alumni Association and managed several programs including a nationwide barn renovation program, speaking at state FFA Alumni conferences, coordinating the National FFA Alumni convention, and building a recruiting campaign to grow membership.  Afterward, Riley Children’s Foundation hired Lucy as their Director of Volunteer Outreach and Leadership Engagement.  In this role, she managed seven regional committees and ninety-two county leaders as well as creating strategic volunteer development and engagement opportunities.  While working for Riley, Lucy made connections with IU Health leadership and again was recruited to join the IU Health team as a Physician Liaison.  She has served in this role since January, 2016.  Lucy is a founding member of Ivy Tech’s Circle of Ivy Guiding Circle.


Nancy Rhodes
Kokomo Campus


Nancy L. Rhodes is a retired registered nurse with 38 years of experience.  She has an Associate’s Degree in Nursing from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana.  Before retiring, Nancy was a Perioperative Nurse in the Logansport Memorial Hospital Surgery Department, Logansport, IN.  She stays involved in the community by giving back and volunteering where needed.  In 2017, Nancy was named Logansport Citizen of the Week by Mayor Dave Kitchel for volunteer work at Ivy Tech’s For the Love of Education.  Nancy has volunteered and participated in numerous community activities.  A few of those activities include being a member of Alpha Phi Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Philanthropy Sorority; Mary Dykeman Guild associated thru Logansport Memorial Hospital; a member of The Circle of Ivy since its establishment in 2015 (a woman’s philanthropy group that raises funds for much needed projects at Ivy Tech); Cass County Community Foundation–serving on the Lily Scholarship selection committee and the regular scholarship committee; the Cass County Purdue Club; and is a lifetime member of the Purdue Alumni Association and a member of the John Purdue Club.


Stephanie Varble
Sellersburg Campus


Stephanie Varble is Facility Coordinator for the Corporate Real Estate Property Management and PIMO Center of Excellence with CBRE Group for the JPMorgan Chase Bank Account.  She has a Bachelor of Art in Speech Communication, Indiana University Southeast.  Stephanie is a highly qualified administrator, collaborator, and organizer.  She supports regional managers, facility managers, and technicians with all administrative tasks and is a part of the PIMO Center of Excellence Processes Team where she develops and implements processes and procedures for the account which creates better work quality and unification.  She manages multiple projects of different orientations and scope.  Stephanie is affiliated with Indiana University Southeast Alumni Association as a board member and participates in Circle of Ivy philanthropy through Sellersburg.  Her volunteer work includes Forget Me Not Ministries – a not for profit organization based in Romania.  




Vickie Wallace
Terre Haute Campus


Vickie Wallace lives in Marshall, Illinois, and is married to Jeffrey Wallace. They have two adult daughters who both live in Indianapolis. She received her degree in Business Administration from Indiana State University. Upon graduating, she moved to Champaign/Urbana for several years before moving back to Marshall to raise her family. Vickie has been employed by Old National Bank for the past 20 years, serving as Private Banking officer for the past seven years.

Vickie became involved in the Ivy Tech community approximately three years ago when she visited the grand opening of the Precision Ag program on the Terre Haute Ivy Tech campus. This energized her on what is happening on the campus, right in her back yard that she had overlooked all these years.

Vickie joined Circle of Ivy shortly thereafter. Vickie has hosted a Circle of Ivy recruitment event, participates in the Foundation Campaign Committee as well. Vickie has dedicated her time to serving those in her community including City Alderman for Marshall, Illinois, City Council just winning her 3rd term, serving on the board of the Marshall Municipal Library District, serves on the Board of the Terre Haute Noon Rotary chapter, participates in Marshall 100 Women Who Care along with volunteering at the Clark County Illinois Fair for over 26 years.

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