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Circle City Prep’s Team consists of stakeholders with diverse professional expertise and multiple ties to the Indianapolis community. All members are united by Circle City Prep’s mission to provide K-8 students a rigorous and joyful college prep education.

Board Chair & Founding Board Member, Chad Miller

is an Insurance Broker at Miller Insurance Group and served the youth of Indianapolis as an educator at Indianapolis Metropolitan High School for six years prior to moving to Miller Insurance Group. As a teacher, he was voted by students and staff as “Teacher of the Year” in 2010. As Assistant Principal, he helped guide Indianapolis Met to raising its school accountability grade by two letter grades; as Principal, he created an innovative character development system, the Career Readiness Grade, which reduced expulsions by 85% and suspensions by 40%. He has served on the Butler University Young Alumni Board and Teach For America – Indianapolis Alumni Board. Mr. Miller brings educational leadership, strategic planning, teacher development, data analysis, and school governance to the Board. chad@millerinsurancegrp.com

Vice Board Chair, Leslie Tarble

is co-owner and President of 3 Sisters Logistics, a crushed stone and aggregate material wholesaler and trucking company based in Central Illinois. She previously served as the Chief Administrative Officer of LDI, Ltd., an Indianapolis based family office and investment firm. Prior to her role with LDI, she was Senior Vice President of Commercial Operations for 19th Capital, one of the largest Class-8 leasing portfolios in the U.S, held various finance roles at Quality Companies, Celadon Trucking, and Triton Value Partners, an Atlanta based private equity and consulting firm. Ms. Tarble serves as the Vice President of the Butler University Alumni Association Board, is a Women’s Fund of Central Indiana OPTIONS alumnae, and previously served on the Butler University Young Alumni Board and the Kappa Alpha Theta Indianapolis Alumnae Board. Ms. Tarble brings expertise in strategic planning, finance, operations, and governance to the Board. leslie@3sisterslogistics.com

Board Treasurer, Alexis Sowder

is a project manager with KSM Location Advisors, part of the Katz, Sapper + Miller Network. As a project manager, Alexis works closely with companies and economic development officials across the country to maximize state and local incentive packages, assisting clients to make fully informed, data-driven location decisions. Prior to joining KSM Location Advisors, Alexis worked at Cushman + Wakefield, most recently as a manager where she supported the advancement of their national brokerage practice groups. Alexis has a strong commitment to support youth in living up to their potential, recognizes educational privilege and is honored to be a small part of CCP's efforts to close the educational privilege gap for our scholars. Outside of CCP, Alexis is a member of the 2020 Leadership United Class, a board development program of United Way. Through Leadership United, Alexis is currently serving as a board fellow for St. Mary's Child Center. Alexis brings expertise in economic development, commercial real estate, negotiation and project management to the Board. ASowder@ksmlocationadvisors.com

Board Secretary, Robert ("Bobby") Grimm

is an Engagement Manager at Resultant, where he serves as a trusted advisor to clients and is ultimately responsible for ensuring that they thrive. He is also the owner/operator of Outside Counsel & Consulting, which he founded during the pandemic to provide legal and consulting services to clients primarily in the education community. Previously, Bobby held several roles and served on the leadership team at another regional nonprofit network of college-prep public charter schools, and before that he was a partner at an Indy-based law firm. Bobby is passionate about his family, sports, and anything that brings vitality to the City of Indianapolis. When Indy hosted the 2021 NCAA Men's Final Four, he was a volunteer member of the Read to the Final Four committee, sponsored by Indiana Sports Corp. rgrimm@resultant.com

Board Member, David Fischer

is known for propelling enterprise value through ethical leadership, innovation, and action. David's specialty is transforming organizations into market leaders that deliver sustained growth and profitability. Fusing a high-energy sales, business development, change management and operations background with life-long work ethic and leadership built within the US Marine Corps. David has ignited multimillion-dollar growth across a range of industries and settings, including startups, Fortune 500, and PE/VC-backed ventures. David is an innovator and natural leader that attracts and develops new business, expands market opportunities and builds trust across the entire business eco-system. After serving eight years as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corp, David spent twelve years in the high-tech public sector with an emphasis on international sales providing manufacturing software solutions to the Fortune 100. He then moved into the private sector where he led innovative startups from launch to acquisition, including. Currently David is the Chief Revenue Officer at Gregory and Appel Insurance where, he leads the organization’s sales development and goto-market strategies. David earned his degree in Economics and Marketing at University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1987. David has been married to his wife, Shawn, for 33 years, and together they have five children and three grandchildren. In his free time you can catch David enjoying the great outdoors. He is an avid mountain biker, downhill skier and technical mountain climber. A life-long, multi-sport, endurance athlete and racer who is currently training for the Leadville Trail 100 Mile Mountain Bike Race for a third time. dfischer@gregoryappel.com

Board Member, Drew Rosenbarger

is a Developer at The Annex Group and brings experience in commercial real estate, affordable housing, and community development from one of the fastest growing affordable housing developers in the country. As a Developer, he creates projects across the country that contribute to neighborhood revitalization and enhance social and economic opportunity for residents. He also serves on the Regional Product Council of the Indiana Chapter of the Urban Land Institute, a nonprofit that provides leadership in responsible land use and community development around the world. Mr. Rosenbarger brings a passion for public education and expertise in real estate, community development, asset management, and grant writing to the board. drosenbarger@theannexgrp.com

Board Member, Nigel Riggins

currently serves as Senior Counsel for SILAC Insurance Company. Mr. Riggins is an attorney with over 17 years of experience in private practice and advising insurance companies as in-house counsel. Prior to joining SILAC Insurance Company, Mr. Riggins served as a VP Assistant General Counsel and a VP Compliance for another Indiana domiciled insurance company. In his current role, Mr. Riggins directs and supervises legal and regulatory compliance matters for SILAC Insurance Company, including annuity agent appointment and oversight and annuity compliance and litigation. Mr. Riggins graduated from Robert McKinney School of Law. He earned his undergraduate degree from DePauw University with a B.A. in Political Science. He also serves on the Board of Directors for several Indianapolis-based non-profits including Circle City Relief and Circle City Prep. Nigel.Riggins@silacins.com

Board Member, Darrow Neves

Darrow Neves Ph.D. retired in 2015 from the position of Chief Information Officer at the Community College of Baltimore County. Member of the College leadership team and responsible for technology across six campuses of the 70,000 student institution. Previously served as Vice President, General Manager, and Chief Technology Officer of CampusWorks, one of the leading consulting firms in the higher education marketplace. Previously served as the Director of University Applications at Miami University and in director roles at Indiana Purdue University Indianapolis in both the technology department and university library. In retirement enjoys reading, contract bridge, and an active role in the arts organizations of the city.

Board Member, Darius Sawyers

Darius Sawyers is the Senior Managing Director of Alumni and Talent at Teach for America Indianapolis, where he spearheads planning and execution for their 10 year goal. This goal focuses on increasing the number of teachers matriculating into Indy classrooms, 21st Century Scholar applications, FAFSA applications, and ILEARN outcomes. Previously, he served as the founding principal of a high performing middle school on the near east side of Indianapolis. Also, Darius leads Ocetotl Mino, which is a group of dynamic school leaders focused on ILEARN best practices. Darius believes building the right village around all students will ensure their long-term success.

Board Member, Kevin Lennon

Kevin Lennon brings over 38 years of experience in intercollegiate athletics and higher education- 35 at the NCAA- and currently serves as the NCAA Vice President of Division I. In this role, Kevin serves as the chief liaison to the Division I governance bodies and membership, working with university presidents and chancellors, Division I commissioners, directors of athletics and student-athletes on advancing the collegiate model of sport. A 1984 Harvard graduate, Kevin went on to complete a Masters degree from Ohio University. Before joining the NCAA, Kevin served as an assistant commissioner at the Southwestern Athletic Conference and worked at the University of Notre Dame.

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