The Community Council fosters closer ties between IPFW, its alumni, the community, region, and state. The council assists IPFW to achieve its mission by providing the guidance and assistance that the members of the council are best qualified to provide. Among the ways the council facilitates IPFW’s achievement of its mission and goals are:
Mark Becker, Community Development Consultant, Becker Consulting
Mark Becker currently serves as Community Development Consultant with Becker Consulting, primarily serving Parkview Health. Prior to this, Becker served as President/CEO of Greater Fort Wayne Inc. from 2013-2015. Becker also served as Deputy Mayor for two Fort Wayne Mayors: from 2005-2008, during which time he served as Mayor Graham Richard's point person for the Harrison Square/Parkview Field project, and; from 2012-2013 for Mayor Tom Henry. Between 2008 and 2012, Becker served as Executive Director of the Northeast Indiana Fund, the charitable support foundation to the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership.
Becker's previous experience including serving as Director of Fort Wayne's Division of Community Development; Executive Vice President for Strategic and Economic Development for the Greater Greenville Chamber of Commerce in Greenville, South Carolina; Vice President of Economic Development for the Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce; Manager of Community Development/East and Principal, Business Development for the City of Fort Wayne; President of the Logansport Economic Development Foundation, and; Executive Director of the Logansport/Cass County Planning Department.
Mark holds a bachelor's degree in Urban Planning from the University of Cincinnati and has been served on the board of directors of numerous community organizations.
Mike Berghoff, President and CEO, Lenex Steel Company
Michael Berghoff was appointed to the Board of Trustees on July 1, 2009 and is currently chairman of the board. He is founder and president of the Lenex Steel Company, the largest steel fabricator in the region, which is headquartered in Indianapolis. He is a 1985 graduate of Purdue with a bachelor's degree in industrial management.
Before starting Lenex, Berghoff worked in management positions at Haden Construction in Detroit; Broad, Vogt & Conant, a steel fabrication company in Detroit; and Ferguson Steel in Indianapolis. As a student, Berghoff served as chairman of the Purdue Student Publishing Foundation and president of Theta Chi fraternity.
Berghoff has held many leadership positions in community and professional organizations, having served as president of the Purdue Theta Chi alumni corporation, president of the St. Simon the Apostle Parish, a member of the Cathedral High School Board of Directors, and chairman of the board of directors of Young President's Organization. He is currently a member of the board of directors for the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) Board of Advisors.
Vince Buchanan, Executive Director, Regional Chamber of Northeast Indiana
Vince serves the Regional Chamber of Northeast Indiana as its Executive Director. He works closely with both legislators and northeast Indiana businesses to develop and execute policies that will foster economic growth and prosperity. He also served as the liaison between the Chamber's members and partners in the region. Vince served as president of the New Haven Chamber prior to joining the Regional Chamber in July 2013. He has been closely engaged in regional activities over the past several years with board the Regional Chamber and the Northeast Indiana Chamber Coalition. Vince has served in leadership positions for a number of organizations including the New Allen Alliance, Northeast Indiana Chamber Coalition, Restaurant and Hospitality Association of Indiana, and the Mancino's Licensees Association.
Keith Busse, Chairman, Steel Dynamics, Inc.
Keith is the Chairman and former Chief Executive Officer of Steel Dynamics, Inc., a company he founded with two colleagues in 1993. From Steel Dynamics beginning as an entrepreneurial venture, SDI has grown to become one of the nation's major steel and metals recycling companies, employing 7,000 people and having an annual steep production capacity approaching 8 million tons.
Keith is also a shareholder in the Kelley Automotive Group and serves as the board Chairman. Prior to 1993, and for a period of 21 years, he worked for Nucor Corporation, where he served as a Vice President. He was a founder of, and the Chairman of Tower Bank from January 2010, until its sale to Old National Bank in 2014. He has also served as a Director of Accuride Corporation since 2010. Keith is involved in dozens of other business endeavors in the community. He has served as the Chairman of the Steel Manufactures Association and the American Iron and Steel Institute. He is also a trustee at the University of St. Francis and Trine University. He has twice been awarded the Sagamore of the Wabash and is involved in many civic and charitable organizations. He holds a B.S. in Accounting from International Business College, a B.A. with a major in Business Finance and an Honorary Doctor Degree in Business from St. Francis University, an MBA from Indiana University, and an Honorary of Doctor of Engineering degree from Purdue and Trine Universities.
Dr. William R. Cast, President, Reduxx LLC
Dr. William R. Cast also known as Bill, is a Board Director at MIE, Inc. in Fort Wayne, Indiana as their Medical Director. Dr. Cast has been active in the American Board of Otolaryngology, the American Council of Otolaryngology and the American Academy of Otolaryngology. He served as President of the Fort Wayne Medical Surety Company. Dr. Cast was founding chairman of DuPoint Hospital in Fort Wayne and the founding president of Canterbury School, a pre-kindergarten through 12th grade school in Fort Wayne. Dr. Cast has been the Chairman of Board Trustee at Indiana University, Bloomington ending 2013 and was a Trustee since 2005. He was also a Director of Indiana University Health, Inc., and a board member at Indiana Health Information Exchange, Inc.
Dr. Cast earned his M.D. from Indiana University in 1962, specializing in head and neck surgery.
Julie Inskeep, President & Publisher, The Journal Gazette
Julie joined the Journal Gazette in 1984, was named the newspaper's publisher in 1997, and the JG Company's president in 2014. She also serves as the Chairman of the Board of Fort Wayne Newspapers. Julie has both her bachelor's and master's degree from Indiana University. She also participated in executive training with the Newspaper Management Center at Northwestern University. Julie has been active in the newspaper industry. Julie has served on the Associated Press Board, the Newspaper Association of America Board and the NAA Foundation Board. Julie is a past president of the Hoosier State Press Association and of both the Inland Press Association and the Inland Foundation. In 2008, Julie was inducted into The Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame.
Before joining the newspaper, Julie spent a decade of her career in hospital social work, serving as the Director of Social Services at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. She has continued her involvement in health and human services with not-for-profit volunteer work, including serving as the president of the following organizations: The Allen County United Way, the Fort Wayne Community Foundation, the Neighborhood Health Clinics, and Community Partnerships. In addition, Julie serves on the boards of The Indiana University Foundation, the Vera Bradley Foundation and the Downtown Development Trust, among others. Julie is married to Bobby Simpson and has two children, Laura and Kirk.
Larry Lee, CEO, Leepoxy Plastics, Inc.
Larry currently serves as the President of Leepoxy Plastics, Inc. He received his B.A. from Indiana University in Bloomington and J.D. from Harvard Law School. He is very active in his community, serving as the member of the President's Advisory Council at Indiana University, as a director of the IPFW Foundation Board of Directors, member of IPFW's Community Council, and Trine University's Board of Directors. He is a recipient of the Ralph E. Broyles Medal at IPFW for outstanding service to the university. Larry is a charter member of the IPFW Athletics Hall of Fame.
Larry has run competitively since the age of 14. He has been active as a runner with the Fort Wayne Track Club since its inception. Larry competed for the USA in the 2005 Maccabi World Games in Israel (Grand Masters half-marathon). He has served as the Director of the USA Track & Field Foundation Board.
Larry is married to wife Linda and has two daughters, Jenni and Samantha.
Dr. Michael Mirro, SVP: Chief Academic/Research Officer, Parkview Health System
Dr. Michael J. Mirro is a physician, clinical professor, and researcher. He earned an M.D. from the Indiana University School of Medicine. He is a Certified Cardiac Device Specialist (IBHRE).
He is currently a SVP and Chief Academic Research Officer at Parkview Health and the Director of the Mirro Center for Research and Innovation at Parkview, where he specializes in clinical research in cardiac electrophysiology and health informatics. He is a trustee of Indiana University and currently is the chair of the Academic Affairs Committee. Recently, Dr. Mirro was appointed to IU-Health System Board (2016) and serves on the Quality, Research and Ethics Committees.
Dr. Mirro is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, the American Heart Association, the American College of Chest Physicians and the American College of Cardiology (ACC) where he has been a member of the Board of Trustees and is currently a member of the National Cardiovascular Data Registry-Informatics, an organization focused on institutional quality improvement. Dr. Mirro continues to be actively engaged with the ACC as well as the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) on numerous work groups focused on quality improvement, physician performance and informatics. Dr. Mirro received the Sagamore of the Wabash and the Distinguished Hoosier Awards from the State of Indiana and a doctor of science honorary degree from Indiana University–Purdue University Ft. Wayne.
David P. Molfenter, IPFW Foundation Board Member
Retired since August 2000, formerly Vice President Command, Control, Communication and Information Systems Segment, Raytheon Systems Company, a high technology company specializing in defense electronics, Fort Wayne, Indiana. Molfenter has a Master’s of Business Administration from Indiana University and a M.S. Electrical Engineering from Purdue University. Prior to employment with Raytheon Systems Company, Mr. Molfenter served as Chief Executive Officer of Magnavox Electronics Systems, Co. from 1993 to 1995, and as President of Hughes Defense Communications from 1995 to 1997. Mr. Molfenter has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Sparton Corporation (NYSE: SPA) since 2000. Since March 2010, Mr. Molfenter has served as a member of the board of directors of Bowmar, LLC, a privately held company in Fort Wayne, IN.
Mike Packnett, President & CEO, Parkview Health System
Mike Packnett joined Parkview Health as President and CEO in June 2006. Prior to joining Parkview Health, Packnett served for fifteen years in several roles with the Sisters of Mercy Health System – St. Louis. Packnett serves on several boards throughout the region including the Indiana Hospital Association, the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, the Regional Chamber of NE Indiana, the Indiana State Chamber, Greater Fort Wayne, Inc., and the Allen County Capital Improvement Board. He has a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Central Oklahoma and a master’s degree in hospital administration from the University of Minnesota.
Kathleen Randolph, President and CEO, Northeast Indiana Works
Ms. Randolph is the President and CEO of Partners for Workforce Solutions, Inc., where she is responsible for oversight and management of the publically funded 11-county workforce system of northeast Indiana. During her tenure at Partners for Workforce Solutions, Ms. Randolph has implemented federal demonstration projects such as Life Long Learning Accounts and Career Advancement Accounts. In 2009, she received the Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce ATHENA Award for her leadership in Northeast Indiana in transforming its workforce system into a state and national model. Prior to her employment at Partners for Workforce Solutions, Ms. Randolph was an independent consultant providing strategic planning and program development services to private foundations. She is also a founding member of the Vera Bradley Foundation for Cancer Research and serves with Crossroads Home for Children. She holds a B.S. in human resource development and is a certified Youth Development Professional.
John Sampson, President & CEO, Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership
John, as President and CEO, strategically leads the Partnership's mission to generate business investment in Northeast Indiana through supporting collaborative relations with stakeholders, facilitating regional communications and expanding all channels of business development. Prior to joining the Partnership, John served as the Vice President for External Affairs for Indiana Michigan Power and AEP President-Indiana. He has also previously served as site vice president and plant manager of the Donald C. Cook Nuclear Plant, in Bridgman, Michigan and as maintenance production manager at the Washington Nuclear Project No. 2. John holds a B.S. in aerospace engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy. He is married to Pam and has two children, a grandson and a granddaughter, all calling Indiana “home”.
Ron Turpin, Market President and CFO, Gibson
Ron is a principal, Chief Financial Officer, and Fort Wayne Market President for Gibson. He is responsible for providing executive leadership as a sales, culture, service, and brand champion to establish Gibson in the marketplace as the dominant commercial insurance, employee benefits, risk management, and trusted business advisor. Additionally, he oversees the ESOP and 401k plans, forecasting and budgeting, developing key stakeholder relationships, and serves as a member of Gibson’s Executive Leadership Team.
Prior to joining Gibson in 2015, Ron was Vice President of Finance at Lincoln Financial Group where he worked for 14 years in a variety of leadership positions in the Retail Sales division. Throughout his career at Lincoln he was recognized for his results-oriented, team-focused leadership and willingness to solve the unsolvable problem while never losing sight of a serve first philosophy.
An attorney (I.U. ’96) and a CPA, Ron started his career working for Purdue as an Extension Educator with responsibility for the 4-H Program in Elkhart County. Ron currently provides leadership to a variety of community and business organizations. He is the current Board Chair of Greater Fort Wayne, Inc., incoming Chair of the Indiana Association of United Ways as well as serves on several other boards such as Turnstone, the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, University of St. Francis, Nazarene Theological Seminary, United Way of Allen County and the Indiana CPA Society Leadership Cabinet. Ron also chairs the City of Fort Wayne Legacy committee and serves on the City Fiscal Policy task force.
Tom Wyss, Retired State Senator
Senator Thomas Wyss was a Republican member of the Indiana State Senate. He represented the 15th district for nearly 30 years until his retirement in 2014. Senator Wyss is a Fort Wayne Native and a proud graduate from South Side High School. He earned his associate’s degree in Industrial Supervision from IPFW. His professional experience includes working as a Program Development Specialist for General Electric Corporation Industrial Systems, retiring in 2000. Senator Wyss also retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Indiana Air National Guard serving from 1966 until 1997. He has two children, Tammy and Angie, and five grandchildren.
Wyss currently also serves on multiple Boards, including: FBI JTTF Executive Board, Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness Trust, Indiana State Police, Indiana Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission, Hoosier Burn Camp, NE Indiana Burn Center, and The Indiana CPA Society.