As you may have noticed, there are some new faces in the IPSEF office. 2014 has marked the addition of a Development Assistant and a new Executive Director in the IPSEF offices, and we wanted you to get familiar with them!
First, our new executive director, Robert Shula, has been on the job for a little over a month. He comes to us from the Wellpoint Foundation and a wealth of community engagement experience. Shula is an Indianapolis native and excited to make an impact here in our school district with the IPS Education Foundation.
Shula is ready to address issues facing IPS students and pursue community partnerships with IPS schools to help alleviate some of the barriers to education faced by students and teachers alike. He’s passionate about getting people aligned with IPS, not just by pulling out a checkbook, but by linking together resources in our community and finding ways corporations and individuals can engage in the classroom. Through a Mind, Body and Soul approach to supporting IPS, Shula is helping to identify existing programs and resources that may not be connected to the school district, and making those connections in a mutually beneficial way for any possible partner organizations and IPS. The goal of all work at the IPS Education Foundation is to always be a benefit IPS students, teachers, administrators and the district as a whole.
As Executive Director, Shula is responsible for overseeing all foundation operations, fundraising and developing partnerships. As Shula says, “there is no more important resource than the youth of central Indiana,” and we are happy to have him join us to work with schools in IPS. Shula’s wife is an emergency room physician, and they are parents to a one-year-old son.
For more information on our staff and board members, visit this page. Have questions for Robert or Peter? Let us know, and we’ll address them on this blog!