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LISA FORD

A native of Wabash, IN, Lisa Ford holds a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary English Education from Taylor University and a Master’s degree in Curriculum & Instruction from Ball State University. Having grown up between Wabash, IN and Ramallah, Palestine where Lisa attended the Friends Girls School, and where her parents served as educators, Lisa’s desire to teach cross culturally took her to the American School of Kuwait and Damascus Community School, both with US Embassy affiliations.

Lisa founded the KFSAC (Kuwait Foreign Schools Activities Conference) Speech & Debate Association and the EMAC (Eastern Mediterranean Activities Conference) Speech & Debate Association, and also coached students through like tournaments in Athens & Thessaloniki for the Pan-Hellenic Forensics League. Additionally, she directed the schools’ theatre programs and led student groups throughout the Middle East for Fine Arts Festivals and youth sporting events.

In the United States, Lisa taught at the East End Alternative School in Woodbridge, Virginia, White’s High School & Southwood High School in Wabash, IN and Peru Jr. High School in Peru, IN. She also served as PTO President for Wabash City Elementary Schools. She served on the board of the Wabash Area Community Theatre, and as a member of Tri-Kappa Sorority, Wabash Musicale, and the Wabash Chapter of the ISO (Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra).

Currently, Lisa serves in children’s ministry at Wabash Friends Church, on the advisory committee of Heartland Career Center, as a trustee of Manchester University in North Manchester, IN, and as Cultural Attache for the City of Wabash.

DAVID LEPERE

David has 30 years of experience working with teens and young adults in therapeutic schools and wilderness-based settings. He has “grown up” in the field, holding positions as a teacher, direct care staff, wilderness guide, as well as Program Director and Executive Director. In the late 1980’s David helped start a wilderness program sponsored by his alma mater, Houghton College, which still serves at-risk teens in western NY. He also developed and facilitated a leadership camp program through Perm State University in Perm, Russia. Prior to joining Cherokee Creek Boys School as Executive Director in 2007, he led Middle and High School therapeutic programs in California and Utah.

David is an active member of National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP) and currently serves as the Vice President on the Board of Directors. He’s been a presenter at national conferences for NATSAP, IECA (Independent Educational Consultant Association), and the YMCA.

LISA GILMAN

A Wabash resident since 2010, Lisa Gilman established Redemption Development which has invested in the downtown by historically restoring seven severely deteriorated buildings. This investment has provided luxury apartments and retail and office spaces which after having become occupied have helped the downtown area to thrive. Lisa brings 25+ years of development experience to the Boards on which she serves. These include Honeywell Foundation, Grow Wabash County, Historic Preservation Commission, and previously with Wabash Marketplace, and Kosciusko County Shelter for Abuse.

When not managing and developing real estate, Lisa is operating Wabash Woollen Works, and Fiber Arts Center in downtown Wabash. This facility is multi-faceted by providing event space for private groups, fiber arts classes, and the manufacturing of fiber textiles. For the last six years, Lisa has also participated in Kids Hope USA where she mentors at-risk students at Metro North and Sharp Creek Elementary.