Currently Confirmed Speakers
Barbara J. Alder
Barbara J. Alder, Director of Purdue’s Office of Engagement for Indianapolis since April 2012, is the former Location Director for the Purdue University College of Technology in Anderson and Richmond, IN. Prior to joining Purdue, Alder’s career spanned 26 years with Verizon Communications (formerly GTE), where she held positions of increasing responsibility in internal audit, customer and network operations, launching new ventures, and regulatory compliance. Prior to joining GTE, she served in Admissions and Financial Aid at Hanover College.
Alder is active in community service, currently serving on the Madison County Education Coalition steering committee, where she formerly chaired the College Readiness Committee; was a former member of the Boards of Directors for the Anderson Education Foundation and the Anderson Impact Center, Inc. She currently serves on the boards of the Hancock Community Education Alliance/LINK, the Madison County Chamber of Commerce, the Flagship Enterprise Center, Women & Hi Tech and the Paramount Heritage Foundation, serving as that organization’s Vice President. Beginning in 2015 she will serve on the Board of Directors of the TechPoint Foundation for Youth, currently serving on that organization’s Program Committee. She is also a member of the Indianapolis downtown Rotary Club and the Venture Club of Indiana. Through the University, she maintains active memberships with the Indianapolis, Fishers, and Greenfield Chambers of Commerce.
Alder recently completed six years on the Hanover College Alumni Association Board of Directors, where she served one year as the organization’s President and one year as the alumni representative on the College’s Board of Trustees. Prior to 2011, she served as a SCORE small business counselor with the Anderson Chapter #519 and on the Grant Committee for the Hancock County Community Foundation’s Women’s Fund. In 2008, Alder was the Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Madison County. She also served as a math tutor at Alexandria Middle School during the 2007-2008 academic year. Over the course of her career, Alder has volunteered with many organizations including United Way, Junior Achievement, Broad Ripple Arts Fair, Indiana Repertory Theatre, and she served as President of Keystone Crossing Kiwanis Club in Indianapolis.
A native of Henry County, Alder graduated from Tri High School. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration from Hanover College and a Master of Science degree in business administration from Indiana University at Fort Wayne.
Christina Dunbar is a User Experience (UX) Designer at Healthx where she helps to make effective cloud-based Health IT services & solutions for healthcare payers. She has also worked as a user researcher at Pearson and an IT project manager leading health informatics usability projects at the Department of Veterans Affairs. She completed her master’s degree in Informatics focusing in human-computer interaction from the IU School of Informatics & Computing at IUPUI. She has researched how patients interact with hospitals on social media and how to leverage a patient-centered model of care using a usability analytics platform. Her research has been published in the Journal of Medical Marketing: Device, Diagnostic and Pharmaceutical Marketing and presented at the HIMSS Government Health IT Conference.
Christina is actively involved in the local Indianapolis tech community serving as an executive member of the User Experience Professionals Association (Indianapolis Chapter), planning the World Usability Day 2014 Indiana conference, attending local tech meetups regularly and helping at-risk youth as a technology volunteer for The Lamb Network, Inc. She is also a founder of the first women in technology organization for students at IUPUI and serves on the board of Women & Hi Tech.
Angela B. Freeman
Angela B. Freeman is a registered Patent Attorney working as an associate in the Indianapolis office of Barnes & Thornburg LLP. Ms. Freeman is a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Department and Life Sciences Practice Group where she first began her practice as a law clerk. With a background of over 15 years as a biologist, Ms. Freeman assists clients in intellectual property matters involving highly technical subject matter including patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. In addition, Ms. Freeman develops and implements strategies and policies to protect her client’s intellectual property rights.
Prior to her legal career, Ms. Freeman was a biologist at global pharmaceutical company, Eli Lilly & Company (Lilly). In 2007, she received the Lilly Chairman’s Ovation Award for Global Leadership in Diversity, and in 2010 she was awarded the Eli Lilly Law Alumni Scholarship. She has additional research experience in the molecular, cellular, and craniofacial biology department at a Louisville area birth defects center. In her time as a biologist, Ms. Freeman was a regular contributor to publications and presentations on topics related to genetic and biological research.
In 2012, Ms. Freeman earned her law degree and was one of the first recipients of a concentration in Intellectual Property from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law where she was recently honored with an Alumni Spotlight. In 2011, Ms. Freeman was also a recipient of the Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO)-Microsoft Intellectual Property Scholarship. In 2000, she earned her master’s degree in molecular biology from the University of Louisville in Kentucky where her graduate thesis research examined the phylogenetic relationship among fungal strains and their plant hosts. She also earned her undergraduate degree in biology and chemistry from the University of Louisville in 1996.
Ms. Freeman is a member of the American Bar Association; Indiana Bar Association, Young Lawyer’s Division; Marion County Bar Association, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, and the Indianapolis Bar Association, Women and the Law Division Section. Ms. Freeman is also a board member of Women & Hi Tech and Culture Care, Inc., and is a proud member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
Ms. Freeman is admitted to practice in the state of Indiana, before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Tisha Gierhart was named Shafer Leadership Academy’s first Program Director in December 2013. In this role, she works closely with the Executive Director and the Board of Directors to achieve the goals of the organization. She is primarily responsible for all activities related to the development, delivery, and assessment of leadership programs presented by Shafer Leadership Academy. Her responsibilities also include assisting the organization with financial sustainability primarily through attracting participants to various class offerings and through the delivery of custom programming.
Gierhart has demonstrated exceptional leadership skills while working in the healthcare field for over fourteen years, developing her talents in effective communication, customer service, and project management. Most recently, she was employed with IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital as the Manager of Guest Relations. She served as the internal coach for IU-BMH leadership devolvement as a facilitator for developing awareness understanding to support the brand promise of assurance for IU-BMH associates.
Tisha is a Geneva, Indiana native and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University. She is an alumnus of Shafer Leadership Academy’s Emergence program and has completed Advanced Facilitator Training. She also serves as a board member for the Jay County Cancer Society. She believes in leading by example, motivating and inspiring others, and developing purposeful connections. She and her husband reside in Portland, Indiana where they care for their five daughters.
Tonya Hanshew is the President and Owner of Write 4 the Win, and manages the full lifecycle of Capture and Proposal Management. Her background includes extensive experience with both public and private sector clients with a focus on developing major account pursuit and proposal development strategies. She is a certified Solution Selling executive and a member of the Association of Proposal Management Professionals. Tonya has held key roles in business and technology consulting firms including Capgemini, World Wide Technology, Haverstick, A Kratos Company, Knowledge Services and CSpring. She has led business development and proposal management for individual opportunities that resulted in contracts ranging from $10,000 to over $50,000,000 in both the public and private sector.
Tonya is a Board Member and the current President for Women & Hi Tech, a non-profit organization that serves to engage, educate and energize women who are interested in technology through mentoring, networking and professional development. She has been a member of the Indiana Digital Government Summit Advisory Board and actively participates in TechPoint and Techmakers. She also supports several local charities including Wheeler Mission and the Alliance for Responsible Pet Ownership, and is a commissioned Stephen Leader in her congregation at New Hope Presbyterian Church.
Tonya attended the University of Cincinnati where she majored in Business Management. She currently lives in Fishers with her husband and their three rescue dogs.
Jane Richardson is currently IT Strategy and Optimization Leader at Cummins Inc. She joined Cummins in 1997 and has led the implementation of multiple global initiatives in the areas of Finance, Human Resources, Purchasing, Expense Management, Customer Care, and Identity Management. Prior to joining Cummins, Jane worked for the NCR Corporation for 16 years, 8 of which she spent working in Europe. At NCR, she held various positions in Project Management, Internal Audit, and IT Management. Jane has a B.S. in Mathematics & Computer Science from the University of Kentucky, an MBA from Wright State University, and a Master’s Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University. She is also a certified Six Sigma Green Belt. She received the 2010 Leading Light Award for “Outstanding Contribution to the Manufacturing, Transportation, or Logistics Industry” presented by Women and Hi Tech and
She currently serves as Vice President on the Board for Women and Hi Tech. Jane and her husband live in downtown Indianapolis. She enjoys travel, reading, bicycling, shopping, and rooting for her University of Kentucky Wildcats basketball team.
Andrea received her master’s in Information and Communication Sciences in 1999 from Ball State University. She started her career at OnePoint Communications which was later bought by Verizon and then Frontier (Indiana). During this time she performed numerous roles including Help Desk Analyst, Billing Analyst, Systems Analyst, Data Analyst, Business Analyst and Contract Manager. Finally for Frontier she served as the Manager of Vendor Support. Following a lay off from Frontier she found herself looking for a new position. She came to Cisco communications in 2014 where she serves as a Data/Business analyst on her team and is the Alteryx (ETL Tool) expert. She also serves as a regional ambassador for the People and Culture initiative within her group. She has also helped to plan the Women Working in Technology Conference since it began. She is married to Randy Shaver and has 2 beautiful girls (Laylah and Lyric) who keep her busy when she is not at work. They moved to North Carolina from Indiana in January 2014 and are enjoying the weather, beaches, camping and area activities.