HEA Board of Directors

Creating a Culture of Cross-Sector Collaboration

Together, we can transform our community

As a community-wide effort, HEA provides organizational leadership, supports collaboration and encourages collective action to generate results on critical community issues. The HEA board includes all seven Elkhart County public school superintendents, as well as local business CEOs, and community leaders.

Our Board


Jane Allen
Superintendent, Middlebury Community Schools

Dr. Scot Croner
Superintendent, Wa-Nee Community Schools

Dr. Robert Evans
Superintendent, Fairfield Community Schools

Dan Funston
Superintendent, Concord Community Schools

Dr. Steve Hope
Interim Superintendent, Goshen Community Schools

Byron Sanders
Superintendent, Baugo Community Schools

Dr. Steve Thalheimer
Superintendent, Elkhart Community Schools


Randy Christophel
President and CEO, Goshen Health

Gene Crusie
CEO, Surf Air Broadband

Ken Julian
VP Administration and HR, Thor Industries

Dan Oakley
Executive Director, JP Morgan Chase

Brian Smith
CEO, Heritage Financial Group

Will Weed
President, Robert Weed Corporation


Dr. David Balkin
Chancellor, Ivy Tech Community College

Vicki Becker
Elkhart County Prosecutor

Phil Jenkins
Mayor, City of Nappanee

Laurie Nafziger
President and CEO, Oaklawn

Dr. Rebecca Stoltzfus
President, Goshen College

Suzie Weirick
Elkhart County Commissioner