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IPA Announces Mutz Philanthropic Leadership Institute 2022 Class

Thursday, January 13, 2022
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Indiana Philanthropy Alliance is proud to announce the 2022 cohort of the John M. Mutz Philanthropic Leadership Institute. Set to convene virtually January 21, 2022, Mutz Institute aims to skill-up professionals serving in board and executive roles at foundations, corporations and social impact organizations across Indiana. 

“We are living through one of the most taxing times in our history, and Indiana must have a new wave of sharp minds prepared to make substantial impact—ranging from education to economic development,” said Claudia Cummings, President and CEO of Indiana Philanthropy Alliance. “This program allows us to honor John Mutz, who was integral in the founding of IPA, while developing a talent pipeline of diverse philanthropic leaders.”

Classes meet once a month until October 2022. The twenty-three class members hail from seven Indiana counties. 

The following have been chosen for acceptance into the class of 2022 Mutz Philanthropic Leadership Institute

  • Whitney Amuchastegui, Executive Director of Su Casa from Bartholomew County
  • Abbie Bush, Director of Grant Programs of Indiana Bar Foundation from Hamilton County
  • Abigail Coleman, Senior Writing Associate of Johnson, Grossnickle and Associates (JGA) from Marion County
  • Lucy Dold, Executive Assistant of Community Foundation of White County from White County
  • Michele Dole, Senior Fiduciary Strategist of Key Bank and Adjunct Faculty of Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy from Hamilton County
  • Johnnie Edwards, President of NAACP from Bartholomew County
  • Juan Galeano, Program Officer of The Clowes Fund from Marion County
  • Alison Gerardot, Vice President of Philanthropic Services and Women's Fund Coordinator of Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne from Allen County
  • Hannah Giere, Development Manager of Community Health Network Foundation from Marion County
  • De'Niece Harris-Hudson, Community Affairs Director of OneAmerica from Marion County
  • Charlotte Hawthorne, Director, Social Impact of Eli Lilly and Company and Vice President of Lilly Foundation from Marion County
  • Steve Holwerda, Vice President of Development of EdChoice from Marion County
  • Karissa Hulse, Program Manager of IU Health Foundation from Marion County
  • Danka Klein, Executive Director of Union County Foundation from Union County
  • Amber Ewing Kostoff, Chief Philanthropy Officer of School on Wheels from Hamilton County
  • Catherine Lockhart, Community Relations Manager of AES Indiana from Marion County
  • Jonathon Maple, Executive Director of Margaret Mary Health Foundation from Ripley County
  • Kami Nielsen, Senior Program Officer of Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation from Marion County
  • Dani Rich, Program Officer of Don Wood Foundation from Allen County
  • Lauren Rochester, Director of Grant Development of Ivy Tech Foundation from Marion County
  • Larry Smith, Director of Development of Hamilton County Community Foundation from Hamilton County
  • Ruth Stone, President and Founder of CDO Consulting Group from Allen County
  • Amy Streator, Executive Director of Ripley County Community Foundation from Ripley County

The Mutz Institute is named for former Indiana Lieutenant Governor, past Lilly Endowment Inc. president, corporate CEO and Indiana visionary John M. Mutz.

“For emerging and aspiring leaders in philanthropy, as I was more than a decade ago, the wisdom, practical advice, and example that John offered gave me the skills I needed to succeed,” said Jamie Merisotis, CEO of Lumina Foundation and program supporter.


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