About Us :
The Indiana Charter School Board has a seven-member Board appointed in the following manner: two members, who may not be from the same political party, are appointed by the Governor; one member, who has previous experience with or on behalf of charter schools, is appointed by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction; and four additional members, who may not be legislators, appointed as follows: (a) one member appointed by the president pro tempore of the senate; (b) one member appointed by the minority leader of the senate; (c) one member appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives; and (d) one member appointed by the minority leader of the house of representatives.
Board members, who are appointed to serve four-year terms, are ultimately responsible for the ICSB’s authorizing activities, including decisions to grant, renew and/or revoke a charter.
M. Karega Rausch, Chair
Vice President of Research and Evaluation, National Association of Charter School Authorizers
Dr. Rausch leads and manages NACSA’s work to increase knowledge of quality authorizing practices and policies by shaping and managing a research agenda that further defines effective authorizing. He previously served on the leadership team of Indiana University's Equity Project at the Center for Evaluation and Education Policy, and also oversaw Indianapolis operations at Stand for Children. Prior to joining Stand, he served as the education director on the senior staff of two Indianapolis Mayors – Mayor Bart Peterson and Mayor Greg Ballard. He was responsible for executing each Mayor’s education initiatives, particularly the development, oversight, quality expansion, and enhancement of the Mayor-sponsored charter schools initiative. Dr. Rausch has authored or co-authored more than 20 professional publications on special education and school discipline systems reform, serves on a number of national and local boards, and has taught as a high school social studies teacher. He earned his Ph.D. (educational psychology) and master’s degree from Indiana University. He was appointed to the Indiana Charter School Board by House Speaker Brian Bosma and to the Chairmanship by Governor Mike Pence.
Science Department Chair, Lincoln High School, Vincennes, Indiana
Mr. Battles has served the State and his community as a teacher for over 30 years, teaching both high school math and chemistry. He is currently the Chair of the Science Department at Lincoln High School in Vincennes, Indiana. From 2006 – 2014, he was State Representative for the 64th and 45th Districts, where he served as chairman of the House Committee on Elections and Apportionment Committee and Vice Chair of the House Standing Committee on Commerce, Energy, Technology, and Utilities. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Math Education and a Masters in Secondary Education from Indiana State University. He has been married to his wife Susan for 37 years and has two children and five grandchildren. Mr. Battles was appointed to the Indiana Charter School Board by House Minority Leader Scott Pelath.
Owner & #EdTech Educator, eLeader Academy
Ms. Beard is the founder and owner of eLeader Academy of Evansville, a non-profit organization that serves to empower youth in the digital age. The eLeader Academy of Evansville provides various technology and leadership classes during the after-school and weekend hours, a time when juvenile crime rates increase. Ms. Beard also serves as an eLearning Coach in the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation in Evansville, Indiana—supporting K-12 teachers in the district by providing professional development opportunities in instructional technology. Prior to founding eLeader Academy, she taught elementary and middle level grades in both general education and special education settings for 17 years. In 2012, as a fourth grade teacher, she was the first teacher at Oak Hill School to be nominated for the Outstanding Teacher Award by the Evansville Area Council PTA. She also was the first teacher at Oak Hill School to be asked to serve as the Teacher Representative for the Oak Hill Parent Teacher Association. She earned a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership, a Masters of Science in Special Education, and her Bachelors of Science in Education from Indiana State University.
Virginia Calvin, Ed.D.
Former Chancellor, Ivy Tech Community College-North Central
Dr. Virginia Calvin has served the community as an educator and community leader for over 30 years. In 1993 she was named superintendent of the South Bend Community School Corporation – the first woman and the first African American to hold that position. While serving as superintendent, Dr. Calvin moved the corporation out of a deficit, initiated various programs for at-risk students and increased school campus security. In 2000, Dr. Calvin became chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College-North Central which has campuses in South Bend, Elkhart and Warsaw. As chancellor, she helped expand the college’s mission from a career/technical institution to a fullservice community college. Calvin’s region was the first to offer the associate of arts degree which benefited students who wanted to complete the first two years of a bachelor’s degree at Ivy Tech and then transfer to a four-year institution. Dr. Calvin was appointed to the Indiana Charter School Board by Governor Mike Pence.
Director of State Operations, Office of U.S. Senator Dan Coats
Mr. Lopez is responsible for overseeing all day-to-day operations of the Indiana office and five regional offices of U.S. Senator Dan Coats. Prior to this, he served as a Special Assistant to Governor Mike Pence, engaging with both the Communications and Policy teams to craft positions and messaging on education, immigration, Hispanic Affairs, and other topics. Mr. Lopez has also served as the Deputy Director for Educational Initiatives, Partnership, and Legislation at the State of Indiana Commission on Civil Rights and the Executive Director at the Indiana Commission on Hispanic Affairs. He moved to Indiana in 2008 from his hometown in Miami, where he co-founded and ran a political consulting and media relations firm. Mr. Lopez was appointed to the ICSB by Senate President Pro Tempore David Long.
Instructor of MIS & Economics, Butler University, Indianapolis, Indiana
Josh Owens is an instructor of economics and statistics in the Butler University College of Business and has led the successful development of multiple online courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Prior to joining the Butler University faculty, he helped grow two local technology start-ups as the Budgets and Analytics Manager at Angie’s List and Director of Business Development for One Click Ventures. In addition, he also worked on economic, education, and health policy issues in the U.S. House of Representatives for Congressman Luke Messer (IN-06). Josh was the 2015 Excellence in Teaching award winner for the Butler College of Business and earned his MSc in Economic History at the London School of Economics and BA in Economics at Wabash College.
Senior Project Consultant, Thomas P. Miller & Associates
As a Sr. Project Consultant on TPMA’s Research and Evaluation team, Ms. Reed currently manages evaluation projects focused on workforce and education strategies across the country. Prior to her work at TPMA, she served as Policy and Research Coordinator for the Indiana Department of Education. Through her experience at the Department, and her employment with the Indiana General Assembly and the Office of Mayor Bart Peterson, Ms. Reed has interacted with agencies at all levels of government. She holds a B.A. from Purdue University and an M.P.A. in Policy Analysis and Public Management from Indiana University. Ms. Reed was appointed to the ICSB by Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz.