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22 Hoosiers Selected for Mutz Philanthropic Leadership Institute 2024 Class

Friday, January 19, 2024
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IPA is delighted to announce the selection of 22 exceptional individuals for the 2024 class of the John M. Mutz Philanthropic Leadership Institute. 

This initiative, now in its fourth successful year, is dedicated to enhancing the skills of professionals in leadership roles within Indiana's philanthropic sector. The selected cohort, representing 13 counties across the state, showcases the diverse and dynamic nature of Indiana's philanthropic community.

IPA President and CEO Claudia Cummings highlighted the critical need for developing the next generation of visionary leaders in Indiana. The program not only celebrates the significant contributions of John M. Mutz in the establishment of IPA but also aims to instill wisdom and knowledge in its participants, igniting a passion for philanthropy and community improvement.

“We want to imbue the individuals who graduate from our program with a lot of knowledge and wisdom,” shared John Mutz. “But more importantly, what we want to do is build a fire under philanthropy, and under government, and under business in this state so we can be better than we are.”

This year's class comprises a mix of professionals from various sectors, including foundations, corporations, and social impact organizations, all united in their commitment to driving positive change in Indiana. 

The following have been chosen for acceptance into the class of 2024 Mutz Philanthropic Leadership Institute: 

  1. Alex Hall, Vice President of Programs, Kosciusko County Community Foundation
  2. Angela Brito de Rodriguez, Manager of Grantee Partner Support, Arthur Dean Family Foundation
  3. Bret Syrek, Corporate and Foundation Relations Officer, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
  4. Cassie Beer, Women's Fund Director, Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne
  5. Clarice Patterson, Executive Director of Genesis - Pathways to Success, Ripley County Community Foundation
  6. Dora Anim, President & CEO, Bethany Legacy Foundation
  7. Freedom Kolb, CEO, The Milk Bank
  8. Jacque Ryan, Director of Development, Northern Indiana Community Foundation (Starke County)
  9. Jacqueline Kronk, CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Joseph County
  10. Jazmin Herrera, Program Director, Community Foundation of Noble County
  11. Jen Andres, Director of Community Impact Investment and Policy, IU Health
  12. Julie Reagan, CEO, Community Foundation of Boone County
  13. Katie Ottinger, Community Investment & Grants Officer, Community Foundation of Hancock County
  14. Lindsey Nell Rabinowitch, Director, Faith & Action Project, Christian Theological Seminary
  15. Marisol Gouveia, Director of Engagement, Indiana Humanities
  16. Michelle Hummel, Institutional Strategist, Assistant Director of the Compelling Preaching Initiative, Christian Theological Seminary
  17. Rachel Weaver, Grants Administration Associate, Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust
  18. Randy Rogers, President & CEO, United Way of South Central Indiana
  19. Shira Amos, Community Affairs Manager, OneAmerica
  20. Stacy Helmuth, Senior Director of Development, The Mind Trust
  21. Tanya Young, Executive Director, Community Foundation of DeKalb County
  22. Veronica Onofrey, Vice President of Development, HATCH, Inc

The Institute's sessions, scheduled to run monthly until October 2024, promise to offer these leaders a transformative experience, equipping them with the tools to make a significant impact in their communities and beyond.

For more detailed information about the 2024 class and the Institute, please visit www.inphilanthropy.org/mutz.

About John M. Mutz
Born in Indianapolis, John M. Mutz is a graduate of Northwestern University, where he earned both a bachelor's degree and master's degree in advertising and business management. He had a long career in business, including managing a chain of restaurants and serving as president of PSI Energy (now Duke Energy). Elected to the Indiana House of Representatives in 1967 and to the state Senate in 1970, Mutz was instrumental in introducing the set of legislative reforms that came to be known as Unigov, the creation of IUPUI and the White River Park Commission, among others. From 1980-1988, he served as the 45th Lieutenant Governor under Governor Robert D. Orr. Mutz later served as president of Lilly Endowment Inc. and as chairman of the Lumina Foundation board of directors. 

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