The enduring mission of the Tobias Center is inspiring leadership excellence on a national scale. Special access to the Center’s work will be furnished to Indiana citizens for the distinct purpose of enhancing leadership within the state.
Dennis Bland was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. He received his primary and secondary education from Indianapolis Public Schools and is a graduate DePauw University. After being employed for two years at American States Insurance as a commercial underwriter, Dennis attended the Indiana University School of Law -- Indianapolis, and earned his juris doctorate degree. Following law school, Dennis returned to IPS where he served two years as a substitute teacher after which he began a solo practice concentrating in business law. In 1994, he accepted a position as staff attorney with the Indiana Department of Insurance where he specialized in insurance regulatory law and medical malpractice litigation. In 1987, Dennis began serving as a volunteer program facilitator at the Center for Leadership Development, an Indianapolis based non-profit corporation dedicated to empowering African American youth for excellence. In 1989, Dennis was asked to join the CLD board of directors, and in May, 2000, the CLD board appointed him president.
A Fort Wayne native, Kelly Braverman received her Master’s in Health Administration from Indiana University and completed an administrative fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic. She began her healthcare career as a certified therapeutic recreation specialist, working on an inpatient stroke unit and in an outpatient rehabilitation center. Since coming to IU Health in 2003, Kelly has worked as the special assistant to the president and CEO, where she has completed a number of system-wide projects. She also worked from 2006 to 2007 as the director of program development and operations in IU Medical Group Specialty Care, where she was instrumental in creating the Premier Amenities program and coordinating efforts between Clarian Health and IUMG-SC. Kelly also worked in the CEO’s office as the director of health system relations, where she was involved with numerous strategic projects to help develop IU Health’s statewide system. Kelly is a member of the Hoosier Fellows Class of 2009.
Cynthia Carrasco, a Hoosier Fellows Class of 2009 alumna, was the first in her family to graduate from college. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Political Science from the University of Texas at El Paso in 2001. She is also a graduate of the Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis. She has served as a staff attorney for the Indiana Office of Inspector General, and the Director of the Indiana State Ethics Commission. Cynthia is a member of the Indiana State Bar Association’s Latino Affairs Committee and has participated in organizations such as the Hispanic Law Society and volunteered in organizing community service events for Equal Justice Works. In 2015, Governor Mike Pence named Cynthia Inspector General for the State of Indiana.
Lee H. Hamilton, is one of the nation’s foremost experts on Congress and representative democracy. Hamilton founded the Center on Congress at Indiana University in 1999 and served as its Director until 2015; after serving in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he represented Indiana from 1965-1999. He also served as President and Director of the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., from 1999-2010. He is a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom (2015). Hamilton currently serves as a Distinguished Scholar in the School of Global and International Studies and as a Professor of Practice in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University. A leading figure on foreign policy, intelligence, and national security, Hamilton served as Vice Chairman of the 9/11 Commission and Co-Chairman of the bipartisan Iraq Study Group. Until recently, he served as Co-Chair of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future with General Brent Scowcroft and as a member of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board. Continuing to play a leading role in public affairs, he has been at the center of efforts to address some of our nation’s highest profile homeland security and foreign policy challenges. He is currently a member of the President’s Homeland Security Advisory Council.
Frances Hesselbein is currently the President and CEO of the Frances Hesselbein Institute, formerly known as the Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management. She previously served as its founding President and CEO from 1990-2000. Mrs. Hesselbein, because of her role as the CEO of the Girl Scouts of America, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Former President George H.W. Bush commended her service by appointing her to two Presidential Commissions on national and community service. During her career, Mrs. Hesselbein has served on numerous boards in the public and private sector such as the Board of Mutual of America Life Insurance Company and the Chairman of the Board of Volunteers of America. Mrs. Hesselbein has served in an editorial role for publications such as Leader to Leader and various volumes from the Drucker Foundation. Among her many honors include the Henry A. Rosso Medal for lifetime achievement in ethical fund raising from the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University.
Michael Hulka attended Indiana University, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and History. He also earned his J.D. from the IU School of Law in Bloomington. He has worked for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and as a litigation associate for Barnes and Thornburg. He joined Eli Lilly in 2007 as an Attorney in their Corporate Litigation department. In 2010, Hulka was promoted to Assistant General Counsel and became the General Counsel for our wholly-owned subsidiary, ImClone Systems. In 2011, he assumed additional responsibilities as the General Counsel for the Company's Oncology Business Unit while retaining his ImClone responsibilities. In his current role, Michael manages a small legal team, sits on the leadership teams for Lilly Oncology and ImClone, and is responsible for providing all non-IP related legal support for the business unit. Michael is a member of the Hoosier Fellows 2013 class.
John Hutton earned his Bachelor’s degree in Math at Ball State University, his Master’s in Math from Purdue University, his Education Specialist degree in Administration from Ball State University, and his PhD in Educational Leadership from Indiana State University. He taught math in Portage, Indiana, and then served as assistant superintendent and building administrator in Valparaiso, Indiana. He led Valparaiso High School when it was recognized as one of 30 Model High Schools in the U.S. and a National Service Learning High School. He’s been involved in policy writing and revising, instruction, assessment, budgets, HR, teacher evaluation, data analysis, extensive teaching and coaching, standards-based lesson design, and redrawing school boundaries. He is currently the Superintendent of Gurnee School District 56 in Illinois. John is an alumni of the Hoosier Fellows class of 2006.
Keith Konkoli earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business at Baldwin-Wall ace College. Keith has worked with Duke Realty since 2000. He has been the Vice President of Property Management, the Vice President Regional Asset Manager, the Senior Vice President of Real Estate Operations, Senior Vice President, Midwest, and Senior Vice President of Healthcare. Keith has led numerous ground up development projects, developed and nurtured strategic business relationships and improved business unit profitability. He has served as a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Keith is a member of the Hoosier Fellows class of 2011.
Ernest Malone was born and raised in Indianapolis. He is the 42nd Chief of the Indianapolis Fire Department. Malone began his career at IFD in 1986 as a firefighter. During his service he has held every merit rank in the department including Battalion Chief.He has a Master’s Degree in Management from Indiana Wesleyan, an Associate Degree in FireScience from Ivy Tech, Executive Fire Officer Certification from the National Fire Academy and is the first Indianapolis Firefighter ever to receive the designation of Chief Fire Officer from the Center for Public Safety Excellence. Ernest is an alumni of the Hoosier Fellows class of 2011.
Andrea Neely is the Area Development Director and Indianapolis Regional Development Director for the United Negro College Fund. Each year the UNCF helps more than 10,000 promising African American and other students of color go to and through college with scholarships, internships and fellowships so they can be competitive job seekers in the 21st century economy. Prior to joining UNCF, Andrea led an economic development consulting firm for 10 years. She was the first African American female consultant from Indiana to submit a $4.1 million dollar HUD 202 application that was funded and developed on time and under budget on its first submission. Andrea holds a Bachelor’s degree in public affairs from Indiana University, and is a 2012 Hoosier Fellow alum. She is committed to advancing youth leadership development as a member and President of the Indianapolis Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc.
Delise O’Meally attended Morgan State University, where she received her Bachelor’s of Science in Communications, and an MBA in Business Administration. She earned her JD from Indiana University. She worked with the National Collegiate Athletics Assocation for 17 years. While at the NCAA, she worked closely with the NCAA Executive Committee, oversaw the work of Association-wide committees, and guided the implementation of several NCAA social justice policies, including policies on Native American mascots, the Confederate flag, and transgender student-athlete participation. She also managed the Youth Education through Sports program, an initiative designed to create opportunities for under-represented and under-served youth in low income communities. In 2010, she created and implemented the international affairs program at the NCAA. She is currently the Executive Director of the National Consortium for Academics and Sports, and she is a member of the Hoosier Fellows 2010 class.
Dr. Suellen Reed served as Indiana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction for sixteen years from January 1993 to January 2009. Dr. Reed was the first female to be elected to the office and was re-elected three times. As State Superintendent, Dr. Reed was the Chief Operating Officer of the Indiana Department of Education. In this capacity she ensured that the Indiana Department of Education performed its duties as required by statute; implemented policies and procedures as established by the State Board of Education; conducted research and compiled statistical information to enable the Indiana General Assembly and the citizens of the state of Indiana to have a view of educational progress through demographics, performance, needs, and accomplishments; provided technical assistance; and worked with other state agencies, and organizations on the national and international levels. Dr. Reed is a member of Phi Delta Kappa, Delta Kappa Gamma, Pi Lambda Theta, and Kappa Delta Pi honoraries. She completed her undergraduate work at Hanover College and earned her master’s and doctorate at Ball State University. Dr. Reed has done post-master’s and post-doctoral work at Indiana University, Purdue University, Ball State University, Indiana State University, the University of Southern Indiana, University of Scranton, Butler University, Earlham College, University of Alaska, Florida Atlantic University, University of Virginia, University of Virginia at University of Edinburgh in Scotland, and the Oxford Roundtable at Oxford University in the United Kingdom. Dr. Reed has served as a teacher at elementary, middle, and high school levels. She has been an assistant principal, principal, assistant superintendent, and local superintendent. Dr. Reed now works for Ross, Sinclaire and Associates as Vice President of Business Development. Ross, Sinclaire and Associates is a full-service securities brokerage firm with offices in California, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, South Carolina and Tennessee. The company is a member in good standing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).
Dan Riley earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting at Indiana State University. He has worked with Arthur Andersen & Company, PSI Energy, and the Cinergy Corporation. He is the Senior Vice President of Administration and Chief Financial Officer of Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana. Dan was named the 2008 Indianapolis Chief Financial Officer of the year by the Indianapolis Business Journal. An active volunteer, he has served with St. Luke Catholic School, Arthur Jordan YMCA, Art With a Heart, and the Indianapolis Archdiocese. Dan is an alumni of the 2013 Hoosier Fellows class.
Jeff Sperring earned his Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from Emory University and received his medical degree from the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He completed his pediatric residency at the Naval Medical Center San Diego and served as an officer in the United States Navy Medical Corps from 1995-2001. He received the Navy-Marine Corps Commendation medal in 2001. Jeff served as the director of the Pediatric Hospitalist Program for Methodist’s Children’s Pavilion as part of the Riley Children’s Health Partnership. He led the expansion of the program to IU Health North in 2005 and then both IU Health West and Riley at IU Health in 2007. Later that year, Dr. Sperring was appointed associate chief medical officer at Riley at IU Health and assumed the position of chief medical officer. He served in that position for two years before he was named president and chief executive officer of Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health. Jeff is now the chief executive officer at Seattle Children’s Hospital. He is also an alumni of the Hoosier Fellows class of 2011.
As vice president of communications at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Bob Williams advises the NCAA president and senior management on policies that support the Association’s core values, including scholarship, student-athlete well-being, diversity and the promotion of athletics participation. He leads a team of 30 individuals that advocates those policies to NCAA members, 400,000 student-athletes and their families, and the public. Williams joined the NCAA in February 2005 after more than 25 years of service with the United States Air Force, where he managed public relations activities in a number of capacities since 1980. He received his bachelor’s degree in mass communication from the State University College at Buffalo and a master’s degree in mass communication and public relations from Boston University.Bob is an alumni of the 2007 Hoosier Fellows class.