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.
Maureen Weber, Chair
Chief Strategy Officer, Project Lead The Way
Ms. Weber currently supports the successful growth of Project Lead The Way, helping to provide the vision, leadership, and management necessary to execute day-to-day operations and implement high-impact company growth strategies. Prior to her work at PLTW, she served as the VP of Customer Experience at IU Health and as the Chief Operating Officer for the Indiana Department of Education. Ms. Weber has held additional public offices as the Deputy Commissioner for the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles and Deputy Commissioner for the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. Prior to her work in the public sector, she was an associate at Barnes & Thornburg, LLP. Ms. Weber was appointed to the Indiana Charter School Board by Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Tony Bennett.
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 full-service 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. She was appointed to the Indiana Charter School Board by House Minority Leader B. Patrick Bauer.
High School Teacher, Edgewood High School
A graduate of Hamilton Heights High School and Indiana University, Mr. DeMoss has been teaching English at Edgewood High School for more than 25 years. He has been actively involved in school improvement and served on the Richland-Bean Blossom Community School Corporation's Strategic Planning Team in the early '90s. He is interested in improving students' engagement in their own education, especially through involvement with the school community. Mr. DeMoss was named Monroe County Educator of the Year in 2004, and competed in the first ever Jeopardy! Teachers Tournament, where he made the finals. He was appointed to the ICSB by Senator Vi Simpson.
Chief Operating Officer, Heartland Food Products Group
Mr. Kogan currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer at Heartland Food Products Group. Prior to Heartland, Mr. Kogan served as the Director of Business Development at Belden, Inc., where he managed Mergers & Acquisitions and Strategic Planning. Prior to his role at Belden, he has been responsible for the general management of several companies, including Home Products International, Oscar Winski, CMW Inc., and ASAP Automation. Due to his expertise in finance, operations, and business development, he has also overseen the successful turnaround of many of these companies. Recently, Mr. Kogan served as Board Member and Chair of the Finance Committee for KIPP Indianapolis College Preparatory, a charter school authorized by the Mayor of Indianapolis. He began his career as an Arvin Scholar at Arvin Industries, and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. He was appointed to the ICSB by Governor Mitch Daniels.
Executive Director, Gary/Chicago International Airport, and Deputy Executive Director, Chicago/Gary Regional Airport Authority
Ms. Lane serves as the Executive Director of the Gary/Chicago International Airport and the Deputy Executive Director of the Chicago/Gary Regional Airport Authority. In addition to primary strategic planning and operational oversight, she has ultimate responsibility for the Authority’s $166M runway expansion/railroad relocation project and its $100M public/private partnership transaction. Prior to joining the airport, she served as the Chief of Staff to Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson. As Chief of Staff, Ms. Lane managed all city operations and led all legislative policy initiatives at the local, state and federal level. She holds a B.A., magna cum laude, from Morgan State University, a JD from Harvard University, and an MBA magna cum laude from the Fogelman College of Business and Economics at the University of Memphis, where she was designated as a FEDEX Emerging Technology Scholar. Ms. Lane was appointed to the ICSB 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.
M. Karega Rausch
Vice President of Research and Evaluation, National Association of Charter School Authorizers
Mr. 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. Mr. 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.