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Building Long-Term, Life-Changing Relationships with Urban Youth; Equipping Students in Indianapolis Public Schools with a Plan for the Future

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Board Of Directors

Steve Cosler, Chairman

  • Indianapolis Business Executive
  • Operating Partner, Water Street Healthcare Partners, LLC -- www.waterstreet.com
  • Former President & CEO, Priority Healthcare, LLC
  • Former Executive, CoreSource, Inc. & IBM Corporation
  • Co-Founder & Former Board Chairman, Elevate Orlando
  • Purdue University Graduate

Marcia Barnes

  • Founder & CEO, Valve+Meter Performance Marketing -- www.valveandmeter.com
  • Former President & Chief Marketing Officer, Sells Group
  • Former Co-Owner & Chief Executive Officer, Ryno Strategic Solutions
  • Former President & CEO, Defender Direct
  • Indianapolis Business Journal "Woman of Influence," 2012
  • Attended Indiana University

Erika Davis

  • Special Investigations Unit Program Manager at Fuzion Analytics -- fuzionanalytics.com
  • Team Manager, Global Contracts, Covance, Inc.
  • Former Business Consultant & Contract Analyst, Roche Diagnostics Corporation
  • Former Associate General Counsel & Legal/Business Analyst, Indianapolis Airport Authority
  • Bar Admittance to Indiana Supreme Court & U. S. District Court, Northern & Southern Districts
  • Tennessee State University Graduate; Juris Doctorate, Indiana University, Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Jay Hein, Vice Chairman

  • President, Sagamore Institute -- www.sagamoreinstitute.org
  • Indiana, Regional & National Public Policy Expert
  • Former Deputy Advisor to President George W. Bush
  • Former Director, White House Office of Community & Faith-Based Initiatives
  • Distinguished Senior Fellow, Baylor University; Author, The Quiet Revolution
  • Eureka College Graduate; Honorary Doctor of Laws, Indiana Wesleyan University

Michael McCulloch

  • Vice President of Indianapolis Corporate Banking, Old National Bank -- www.oldnational.com
  • Commercial banking career has served three banks for over 18 years
  • Community volunteer and board member for myriad nonprofit organizations
  • Board member, Indianapolis Aquatic Masters, competitive swimmer and coach
  • University of Evansville graduate (swimming Academic All-America, All-Conference & Team Captain)
  • MBA in Accounting, Indiana Wesleyan University

Tom Morales

  • Founder & CEO, Morales Group -- www.moralesgroup.net
  • Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Business & Top 100 Hispanic-Owned Business in U.S.
  • Formerly with Proctor & Gamble, Union Carbide & Donaldson Corporation
  • Serves on Numerous Community, Hispanic & Latino Organization Boards
  • Immigration Lecturer Throughout United States; Advocate for Hispanic Community
  • Purdue University Graduate

Tim Norton

  • Indianapolis Business Executive & Community Leader
  • Executive Vice President | Office & Healthcare Services, Colliers International - www.colliers.com
  • Lead for firm's Indianapolis Office Team & Healthcare Practice Group
  • Clients include hospital systems, private physician groups, healthcare REITs, and MOB owners and users
  • Lead advisor for firm’s Human Resources & Culture initiatives; expert in commitment to ethics and positive corporate culture
  • University of Cincinnati Graduate; International Marketing Accreditation, Oxford University, England

Don Palmer

  • Indianapolis Business Executive & Community Leader
  • Founder & Managing Partner, Honey Creek Capital, LLC -- www.honeycreekcapital.com
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Indianapolis & Indiana Wesleyan University
  • Former COO, Heartland Film Festival & President, Palmer Automotive Group
  • Purdue University Graduate; MBA, Xavier University
  • Honorary Doctorate Degree, Indiana Wesleyan University​

Bob Whitacre

  • Indianapolis Business Executive
  • Founder & CEO, Cornerstone Companies, Inc. -- www.cornerstonecompaniesinc.com
  • Medical Facilities & Property Management Developer
  • Community, Charitable & Education Advisor/Supporter
  • Indiana University Graduate; MBA, Indiana University
  • Veteran & Officer, United States Army

Frank Wilson, M.D.

  • Orthopedic Surgeon & Sports Medicine Specialist
  • Director of Sports Medicine, Community Health Network -- www.ecommunity.com
  • Founder & Former President of Sports Medicine Institute of Indiana for Over 20 Years
  • Certified Consultant, NFL Players Association & United States Olympic Committee
  • Big Ten Conference Basketball All-Star & Academic All-American; Played for Coach Bob Knight
  • Indiana University Graduate; Indiana University School of Medicine Graduate

Community Collaborators

Elevate proactively seeks and welcomes collaboration with other community organizations who align with and enhance after-school, summer, post-secondary, internship and community service opportunities for the urban youth and next generation of leaders we all serve. We are thankful for the interest and collaboration of these outstanding organizations.

Special Thank You

Sagamore Institute provides pro bono office space and administrative support to keep overhead costs low and focus funds on programs to serve urban youth

Research shows that the key for success for a young person is having at least one caring adult that is a good role model for them and they will succeed. If our kids don’t have that they will lose hope and fall off the path to success.

Sam Odle, Former Board Member, Indianapolis Public Schools

Our Staff

Aaron Story, President & CEO

  • Hoosier born and raised and lover of all things Indianapolis.
  • Former Lead Pastor, Indy Metro Church.
  • Co-founder and board member, Love Guatemala.
  • Coach, Purdue Poly High School Boys Basketball.
  • 4 children and married for 20 years, have four children of their own from ages 17-8, as well as being a licensed foster home in Marion County.
  • Aaron holds an undergraduate degree in Business Management from Indiana Wesleyan
  • University and a Masters Degree from Moody Seminary.
  • Member, IPS Legacy Preservation Council
  • They reside in the Little Flower neighborhood in the near east side.

317.201.1120 (mobile)


Bridget Johnson, Development Manager

  • Former Marketing Manager, ICC Floors/Benjamin Moore Paints, Indianapolis IN
  • Former Pharmaceutical Sales Representative, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, Indianapolis, IN
  • Former Midwest District Marketing Manager, Merrill Lynch, Indianapolis, IN
  • Former Committee Chair, Heroes Foundation; Member, National Honor Society & Chi Omega Sorority
  • University of Dayton Graduate (Bachelor of Arts, Public Relations; Management Minor)

317.697.1925 (mobile)


Tia Swain, Education Curriculum Coordinator & Teacher/Mentor

  • Former Advisor Marketing/Senior Client Services Representative, The Capital Group, Carmel, IN
  • Former Curriculum Coordinator & Teacher/Mentor, Elevate Orlando
  • Former English Second Language Instructor, UCEDA International, Orlando, FL
  • Former Staff Member, The Impact Movement, Inc., Orlando, FL & Cape Town, South Africa
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Graduate (Bachelor of Arts, International Studies; French Minor)

Candace Jones, ​Teacher/Mentor

  • Former Teacher, English Language Arts, Indiana Math & Science Academy, Indianapolis, IN
  • Former Tour Manager & Vocalist, 6 Way Street (formerly ​Level 3:16), Indianapolis, IN
  • Former Substitute Teacher & Instructional Assistant, Blue Ribbon Educational Services, Indianapolis, IN
  • Former Impact Music Fellow, The Impact Movement, Inc., Indianapolis, IN
  • University of Alabama Graduate (Bachelor of Arts, English Literature)

Ryan London, ​Teacher/Mentor

  • Ultimate Frisbee Head Coach, Warren Central High School, Indianapolis, IN
  • Former Indianapolis Act Six Director, Shepherd Community Center, Indianapolis, IN
  • Former Child Sponsorship Coordinator, Shepherd Community Center, Indianapolis, IN
  • Former Camp Counselor, Fox Valley Christian Action, St. Charles, IL
  • Olivet Nazarene University Graduate (Bachelor of Science, Sports Management & Recreation Leisure)

Nathan McCalla, Teacher/Mentor

  • Former Youth Mentor, Boys & Girls Clubs, Ft. Wayne, IN
  • Juvenile Probation Internship, Allen County Juvenile Center, Ft. Wayne, IN
  • Former Resident Assistant, University of Saint Francis, Ft. Wayne, IN
  • Former Scholarship Football Student-Athlete, University of Saint Francis
  • University of Saint Francis Graduate (Bachelor of Science, Social Work)

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Three Ways to Help Elevate Indianapolis!!!

Elevate is not about education reform or just another mentoring organization. We invest in the lives of our urban kids everyday -- in the classroom ... after school ... in the summer ... holistically ... year-round. Through a highly effective model in four other major cities, Elevate is unique, unlike any other model in our city.

Is there any commodity more important than investing in urban kids who are fighting to overcome circumstances in which they did not choose to change generational poverty and learn they can achieve a positive future? Elevate believes not.

Please join our efforts to help transform the state's largest school district ... our urban core ... our city.


It costs approx. $1,200 per Elevate kid annually to change their life forever. Support us today...every dollar counts!

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