Speaker Date Topic
Gavin Ferlic Feb 18, 2019 12:00 PM
Elevate Ventures’ Entrepreneur-in-Residence for the South Bend – Elkhart Region
Elevate Ventures’ Entrepreneur-in-Residence for the South Bend – Elkhart Region

Gavin Ferlic, JD/MBA, was born and raised in South Bend, Indiana, and is recognized as one of the city’s most promising and dedicated young leaders. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame in 2004. In May 2010, Ferlic was awarded an MBA from Indiana University’s Kelley School of business and a JD from Indiana University’s Maurer School of Law, with a special concentration in Entrepreneurship and Business Law. As an undergraduate at the University of Notre Dame, Ferlic served as president of the Student-Athlete Advisory committee and captain of the golf team. Following graduation, he played professional golf for two years on various professional tours, including the Canadian PGA tour and the NGA Tour. Ferlic then joined the marketing team at the South Bend Silver Hawks in 2006, where he worked as an account executive and helped to increase game attendance and facility rental for private events.

Looking to build upon his experience in business, Ferlic enrolled at Indiana University to pursue a JD/MBA in 2007 and graduated in just 3 years, the second person ever to do so in the program’s history. During the summer of 2008, he worked in business development for the algae biofuel start-up Phylein, Inc. During the summer of 2009, he joined the team at Innovation Park at Notre Dame as a legal intern. Following graduation from Indiana University’s JD/MBA program, Ferlic passed the Indiana State Bar Exam and is presently licensed to practice law in Indiana. He currently works as the Vice-President of Corporate Affairs at Burkhart Advertising, Inc.

As an active member of the South Bend Community, Gavin volunteers his time with various organizations, serving as a big brother with Big Brothers Big Sisters of St. Joseph County, a mentor with the South Bend Community School Corporation’s Mentor Program, and a committee member and volunteer with Young Professionals Against Poverty’s Center of the Homeless Youth Gym Program.

Chief Chris Snyder, Elkhart Police Department Feb 25, 2019 12:00 PM
Elkhart Police Department's New Chief of Police
Elkhart Police Department's New Chief of Police

Elkhart Mayor Tim Neese appointed Chris Snyder as the new chief of the Elkhart Police Department. Snyder has been with the department for 21 years and began his duties as Chief on January 7, 2019.

Snyder was with the Elkhart County Homicide Unit and had served as the Public Information Officer for several years.

“Chris is well-known and respected throughout the community for his professionalism and transparency,” Neese said in a press release. “During his years of service to the Department, he has also earned the trust of his colleagues and other City staff.”

Snyder will oversee a Department of 160 employees, including 134 sworn officers, and an annual budget of over $20.5 million.

“I am confident that Chris has the experience and leadership to see this department forward and believe that under his guidance, we will see increased training within the Department, leading to higher morale amongst officers, as well as improved relationships with the community they serve,” Neese added.

Dr. Steve Thalheimer Mar 04, 2019 12:00 PM
Superintendent of Elkhart Community Schools
Superintendent of Elkhart Community Schools

Dr. Steve Thalheimer began as the superintendent of Elkhart Community Schools on January 1, 2019.

Thalheimer has 24 years of experience in public education. He has served as a high school teacher, curriculum coordinator, assistant superintendent, and, for the last five years, superintendent at Fairfield Community Schools.

“The core of my leadership practice is stakeholder engagement, listening to students and staff, and being respectful of the people who make up our school community,” said Thalheimer. “I want students to feel safe and loved while also challenged; I want parents to feel we work in partnership as we strive for excellence and success for every child; I want teacher evaluation to be transparent and fair; I want all staff to know how important of a role they play in the growth of our students and community.”

In addition to his extensive experience, Thalheimer has also served as a presenter, advisor, consultant, and trainer at panels, institutes, and events hosted by organizations such as the Indiana Department of Education, Smithsonian International, Indiana School Boards Association, and Indiana Public School Superintendents Association.

Thalheimer currently serves on the Board of Directors for ETHOS Innovation Center and Horizon Education Alliance. He is a member of the New Paris Lion’s Club, Elkhart County Special Education Cooperative Governing Council, Indiana School Boards Association, Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents, Indiana Association of School Business Officials, National Association of Secondary School Principals, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, and Pi Lambda Theta & Phi Beta Phi Societies. In 2005, Thalheimer was recognized by the Indianapolis Star as an Academic All-Star Teacher; in 2001, Thalheimer won the Dearborn County (Indiana) Foundation President’s Philanthropy Award; in 1998, 2000, and 2005, Thalheimer was recognized as the Lawrenceburg Teacher of the Year; in 1995 and 2001, Thalheimer was the recipient of the Jack Anderson Outstanding Teacher Award. Thalheimer earned a Doctor of Philosophy (Educational Leadership) degree from Indiana State University, a Masters of Arts (English) degree from University of Rochester, and a Bachelors of Arts (History and English) degree from Indiana University.

Tami Silverman Mar 11, 2019 12:00 PM
President and CEO Indiana Youth Institute
President and CEO Indiana Youth Institute

Indiana Youth Institute provides critical data, capacity-building resources and innovative training for people and organizations that impact the healthy development of Indiana’s children and youth. They facilitate collaboration and promote problem-solving and collective advocacy on a statewide scale.

Tami Silverman leads the Institute’s vision, constructing and implementing strategies to fulfill our mission of statewide child success.

Working with the board of directors, Tami determines the overall direction of IYI. She also serves as the organization’s primary spokesperson, advocating for programs, innovations, and policies that benefit children and youth. Tami draws upon her 25 years of experience managing teams to set the stage for dedicated, curious and focused individuals to create positive impact and lasting change.

Since being appointed president and chief executive officer in 2016, Tami has spearheaded efforts to update IYI’s response to the needs of children and the field of youth service. A new strategic plan was introduced in 2017, followed by an organizational re-design, an update of internal technology, and a revamp of the organization’s approach to outreach and engagement. Throughout each of these efforts, Tami has relentlessly infused feedback from youth workers, community leaders and everyone working to help kids.

She currently serves on the Indiana Department of Workforce Development’s Cabinet Youth Committee, the Indiana Criminal Justice Authority’s Juvenile Justice State Advisory Group and Indiana University’s Society of Aeons.

Tami brings to IYI a clear understanding of the challenges faced by many children and families through her experience in family violence prevention and youth leadership and service. It was while working with thousands of homeless, often traumatized children that she confronted first-hand how some children face seemingly insurmountable challenges while others are born with immense resources and support. This has sparked her passion for ensuring that all children can reach their full potential.

Tami was raised in Bloomington, Indiana by a family of educators. Including her parents and spouse, Tami’s family includes 16 Indiana teachers, counselors, and school administrators. She received a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Illinois at Springfield. After an early career in retail and banking, she shifted to the nonprofit sector in 1997, where she continues her family’s tradition of serving children and families.

Tami spent her high school and college summers participating in international exchange programs, living and learning with families around the world. These formative experiences have sparked a lifelong curiosity about diverse people, places, and cultures. Today one of her greatest joys is traveling, both across the country and around the globe, with her beloved and supportive husband, Ross, and their two teenage children.

Oaklawn Mar 18, 2019 12:00 PM
Services and Community of Oaklawn
Services and Community of Oaklawn

Oaklawn is the leading provider of mental health and addiction services in Elkhart and St. Joseph counties. Their services span the continuum of care, including inpatient treatment, psychiatric services, therapy, care facilitation, skills training and more. They also offer specialized services to meet the unique needs of our community. Join us at our March 18 meeting to learn more!

Jann Joseph Mar 25, 2019 12:00 PM
Chancellor, Indiana University South Bend
Chancellor, Indiana University South Bend

Jann Joseph, executive vice chancellor for academic affairs at Indiana University South Bend, has been named interim chancellor of IU’s largest regional campus. Joseph’s appointment, announced by Executive Vice President for University Academic Affairs, John Applegate, is effective  July 2.

“Dr. Joseph is a dynamic leader and an ideal person to advance IU South Bend’s ambitious agenda,” said Applegate. “Her academic background and leadership experience will serve the campus well as we move toward IU’s bicentennial.”

Joseph’s appointment follows the campus’s successful 2017 reaffirmation of accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission.

“It is truly a privilege to extend my commitment to the university and campus mission in this new role,” said Joseph. “I look forward to continuing to support the integral role IU South Bend plays in our region, and I want to thank IU President Michael A. McRobbie as well as Executive Vice President Applegate for the opportunity to serve the campus as we focus on student success and community engagement.”

Joseph holds a doctorate in the field of curriculum and instruction (science education) from the University of Wisconsin. Her master’s degree is in plant science and her bachelor’s degree is in agriculture – both from the University of the West Indies at St. Augustine in Trinidad and Tobago.

She served as associate dean for professional development and administration in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. Before serving as associate dean, she was program coordinator for an integrated science education program and a faculty member in the Department of Biology.

The IU South Bend chancellor is responsible for the leadership and operation of the campus. Joseph will also work closely with the other regional campus chancellors to advance the goals of Blueprint 2.0, the bicentennial strategic plan for IU regional campus collaboration.

Joseph’s appointment follows the resignation of Terry L. Allison, who served as chancellor since 2013. A search for a permanent chancellor will begin this summer.

Elkhart Rotary Marketing Committee Apr 01, 2019 12:00 PM
More fun than a cat dressed in a hula skirt!
More fun than a cat dressed in a hula skirt!

What's up with our club's Marketing Committee? Attend this meeting for a fun, engaging, and entertaining look at our club's efforts to NOT be the 'best kept secret' in Elkhart!

Lisa Koop Apr 08, 2019 12:00 PM
Associate Director of Legal Services, National Immigrant Justice Center
Associate Director of Legal Services, National Immigrant Justice Center

Lisa Koop, associate director of legal services, directs NIJC's asylum project, handles federal litigation, and provides representation and supervision in deportation defense matters.  Lisa specializes in litigation, policy, and direct services advocacy on behalf of immigrant survivors of gender-based violence. Lisa heads NIJC’s Indiana office and is an adjunct professor at Notre Dame Law School. Lisa graduated magna cum laude from Indiana University McKinney School of Law in 2004.

Mayoral Primary Forum Apr 15, 2019 12:00 PM
Contested Mayoral Candidates Forum
Contested Mayoral Candidates Forum

This moderated forum will feature Democratic Elkhart Mayoral candidates Ashley Boling Molyneaux and Rod Roberson as they vie for Democratic nomination in the upcoming primary election.

Magistrate Deborah Domine Apr 22, 2019 12:00 PM
Child Abuse Prevention Month – CAPS and Elkhart County
Child Abuse Prevention Month – CAPS and Elkhart County