Sally Bindley, MSW
Founder & CEO
Sally Bindley, Founder & CEO, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University and a Master of Social Work from Indiana University. In addition, Sally is a graduate of the Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series. She holds many awards for her work, including the Sagamore of the Wabash and the Jefferson Award for Public Service. Sally currently serves on the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy board of visitors, was a founding board member of The Patachou Foundation, and is a past board president for the Family Advocacy Center.
Chief Operating Officer
Kate Hussey, Chief Operating Officer, has more than 20 years of experience in program and organizational management. As COO for School on Wheels, Kate’s passion for education is matched with a focus on organizational effectiveness. She works closely with the CEO to develop and implement the strategic plan and organizational objectives. Her leadership has been instrumental in expanding programs and partnerships to better impact the students and families being served by School on Wheels. Kate received a Bachelor of Arts from Indiana University.
Vice President of Programs
Kelly Coker, Vice President of Programs, is responsible for collaborating and engaging with community partners to support the mission and programs of School on Wheels. Kelly will drive educational and programmatic initiatives to achieve strategic goals. A graduate of DePauw University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a member of Management Fellows, Kelly has spent her entire career in the non-profit sector focused on youth and poverty, both in development and programming.
Amber Ewing Kostoff
Vice President of Development
Amber Ewing Kostoff, Vice President of Development, develops annual fundraising goals and connects corporate partners with opportunities to become involved with School on Wheels. Previously, she was Associate Director of Donor Relations for United Way of Central Indiana. Amber holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications from DePauw University and remains active on the Indianapolis Regional Alumni Chapter. She has served as a member of the Alumni Council to retain global talent in the system. She is also a graduate of Leadership United Generation Now through United Way of Central Indiana and continues to be active in their alumni group.
Brittany Bayles, Education Manager, earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana State University in Marketing with a minor in public relations and a Masters of Public Affairs with a focus in Nonprofit Management from IUPUI. Before joining the School on Wheels team she completed an AmeriCorps Education term with the John Boner Neighborhood Centers working with K-2nd grade on math and literacy skills. She has also been active in the community in previous years volunteering with organizations like Girls Inc, Patachou Foundation, Indianapolis Zoo & Gleaners Food Bank. As Education Manager, Brittany provides daily management of the tutoring hour at several sites and provides academic support for the families of the children we serve.
Grants and Communications Director
Claire Brosman, Grants and Communications Director, graduated from Indiana University Bloomington with a dual degree in English and Business through the Liberal Arts and Management Program. At first she wanted to write the next great American novel, but soon found herself contributing to the successful communications of organizations. With more than 15 years experience managing grants programs and developing communications for non-profits and corporations, she has a particular heart for projects that engage individuals in thoughtful discussion. As Grants and Communications Director, Claire is responsible for School on Wheels’ grants program and creating communications that equip others to advocate for children impacted by homelessness.
Education Director of Shelter-based Services
Erin Brown, Education Director of Shelter-based Services, holds a Bachelor of the Arts in Political Science and Telecommunications from Indiana University and a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning with a focus on Community Development from Ball State University. Before joining the School on Wheels team she completed the T2T program at IUPUI and taught Social Studies at Indianapolis Public Schools. Erin was previously a Program Coordinator at Dayspring and the Julian Center before her transition to Education Manager then Education Director. As Education Director of Shelter-based Services she provides daily oversight of the tutoring programs at shelters and serves as a liaison between School on Wheels and its program partners.
Tara Brugh, Communications Coordinator, earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Vermont in Public Communication with a double minor in Food Systems and Community & International Development. Before joining the School on Wheels team, she honed in on her passion for the nonprofit sector through several communications-based internships. Most recently, Tara helped share the stories of Central American families who are farming sustainably at Sustainable Harvest International. As Communications Coordinator, Tara is responsible for sharing our impact through social media storytelling, email communications, and marketing materials.
Donor Relations and Events Manager
Shannon Cochran, Donor Relations and Events Manager, has more than 20 years of experience in development, events, and program management. Her heart for improving the lives of children has led her to roles with Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis, United Way of Central Indiana, ServLife International, and Concord Neighborhood Center. As Donor Relations and Events Manager, she works closely with volunteers and staff to plan and execute events for School on Wheels, including the annual Education Celebration, as well as to cultivate new donors and steward existing partnerships. Shannon holds a Bachelor of Science in Management and Marketing from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University Indianapolis.
Education Support Coordinator
Tiffany Dow, Education Support Coordinator, holds a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology and Afro-American Studies from Indiana University and a Masters of Arts in Executive Development for Public Service, concentrating in Adult and Community Education and Business from Ball State University. Tiffany has spent the majority of her career in the nonprofit field, managing programs and events. Tiffany is the Education Support Coordinator at Wheeler Mission – Center for Women and Children.
Education Support Coordinator & Curriculum Specialist
Amy Gardner, Education Support Coordinator & Curriculum Specialist, earned a degree in Elementary Education with a Kindergarten Endorsement from Illinois State University. Amy has been an Elementary Classroom Teacher, Tutor, Developmental Therapist, and Pre-K Teacher. Currently, her dual role offers her the opportunity to use her gifts and grow. Amy builds relationships with students & their families, volunteer tutors, and school staff as the Program Coordinator at Cold Spring School. As the Curriculum Specialist, she evaluates curriculum and develops new academic resources to strengthen and support tutoring and other educational programs.
Arielle Hirt, Volunteer Coordinator, earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from DePauw University in English Writing with a minor in theatre. She’s spent many of her summers shaping young leaders at Camp Tecumseh, YMCA. She developed curriculum and led workshops for the Greencastle Summer Enrichment Program, focused on empowering at-risk youth through the practice of theatre. As the Volunteer Coordinator, Arielle onboards, schedules, and communicates with 400+ awesome volunteers who make our tutoring programs possible.
Education Support Coordinator
Claire Humphrey, Education Support Coordinator, graduated from Holy Cross College with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies then continued her education and earned a Master of Arts in Teaching from Marian University. Claire has been serving in education for over 11 years. She has a wide range of experience including being a classroom teacher, a director of admission in higher education, and currently serves as the Lead Family Empowerment Coach at Indianapolis Metropolitan High School. Claire is passionate about education and closing the achievement gap in Indianapolis, the city she is proud to call home. Claire serves as Education Support Coordinator at Salvation Army Ruth Lilly Women and Children’s Center.
Volunteer and Community Engagement Manager
Fatima Johnson, Volunteer and Community Engagement Manager, holds a Masters of Science in Human Resource Development and a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration, both from Indiana State University. She also has experience in a number of fields, including, but not limited to, education, healthcare, communications and customer service. Fatima’s most recent experience was with KIPP Indy Public Schools, where she was the Manager of Operations and Community Engagement. During her time with KIPP, she managed student recruitment and enrollment, parent and community engagement, school communications, after school programming and more. Fatima also served as the McKinney-Vento Liaison for the region as well. Fatima volunteers regularly by feeding the hungry in downtown Indianapolis, weekly.
Education Support Coordinator
Amy Kellams, Program Coordinator, graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Elementary Education. She has over 20 years teaching experience. She has taught at Sycamore School, Traders Point Christian Academy, and for the last 11 years at Shepherd Community Center of Indianapolis. Amy is also an Associate Teaching Director for Community Bible Study, and a community based interdenominational women’s bible study. Amy and her husband have four children. Amy is the Education Support Coordinator for Fox Hill, Greenbrier, and Nora Elementary Schools.
Rebecca Kopka, Accounting Manager, graduated from Indiana University Bloomington with a dual degree in Accounting and Finance through the Kelly School of Business. After graduation, Rebecca worked in the public sector for a short time before transitioning into the nonprofit world. For the last 14 years, she has enjoyed using her skills to support causes she believes in. As the Accounting Manager at School on Wheels, she ensures that money is counted correctly and debtors are paid.
Operations and Database Manager
Laura Long, Operations and Database Manager, is a graduate of Westminster College in Fulton, MO. Before joining School on Wheels, she worked for 20 years in the sales, marketing, and fundraising fields. Laura began her journey at School on Wheels, as a tutor and office volunteer. When the opportunity to work for her favorite nonprofit opened up, she quickly jumped on the opportunity! As the Operations & Database Manager, Laura has the ability to wear many hats in the office and utilize all her strengths. She is responsible for managing the administrative functions of the office as well as all office technology, providing support to Operations and Development, and managing all aspects of the Salesforce fundraising database and the integrity of the imported and exported data.
Jennifer Meeks, Education Manager, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education with a focus in Early Childhood Education and a Master of Arts degree in Education with a focus in Reading. Before joining School on Wheels, she worked for 15 years as an elementary school teacher in Ohio. While teaching full-time, she spent two of those years working as the Site Administrator for a YMCA School-Age Child Care program. While living in Ohio, Jennifer taught Zumba classes and was responsible for bringing the Soaringwords + Zumba program to Nationwide Children’s Hospital. As Lead Volunteer, Jennifer coordinated local Zumba instructors to visit the children at Nationwide Children’s Hospital once a month – this program is still in place and making a difference today! Jennifer supports the students and families we serve accross our school partners in her role as Education Manager, School-based Services.
Education Support Coordinator
Alyssa Newell, Education Support Coordinator, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work from Indiana Wesleyan University and a Master of Social Work degree from IUPUI. She has experience working with K-8 youth in after school and summer programming on the Near Eastside of Indianapolis. Prior to her work at School on Wheels, Alyssa worked in Bloomington, IN with adults with substance use disorders in the county jail, as well as in transitional residential programming. After moving back to Indianapolis, she chose to work with at-risk youth to ensure that all children have the chance to succeed. Alyssa serves as the Education Support Coordinator at Matchbook Learning School, Family Promise, and Colonial Park.
Education Director of School-based Services
Karen Routt, Education Director of School-based Services, holds a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Master of Education in Curriculum and Assessment. Karen joined the School on Wheels team as the Program Coordinator of three shelter sites. In her current role at School on Wheels, she establishes goals and outcomes for our school-based programs and implements the plans to carry out these goals. Additionally, Karen oversees our K-12 curriculum resources used by tutors at all of our sites. Karen works to meet the educational needs of School on Wheels’ students and parents so that they receive the necessary tools for academic success.
Education Support Coordinator
Kathy Sahm, Education Support Coordinator, earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education at Ball State University and her Master of Arts degree in Elementary and Special Education at Butler University. After retiring in 2018 from Indianapolis Public Schools with 38 years as an educator and instructional coach, Kathy volunteered with School on Wheels as a tutor at URBAN ACT Academy. With a positive experience volunteering, she then decided to join the School on Wheels team. Kathy also tutors at Center for Inquiry #2 and volunteers at God’s Bounty, a small and local food pantry. Kathy serves as Education Support Coordinator at Dayspring Center.
Board of Directors
CIBC Bank USA
Partner, Ice Miller LLP
Tax Director, Katz, Sapper & Miller
VP, Client Success,
ML Talent Strategies
Partner, Krieg DeVault LLP
BMO Harris Bank
Director of Accounting & Controller,
Advisor, Oncology Customer Support Programs, Eli Lilly and Company
CEO, The Indiana Afterschool Network
McKinney-Vento Education Liaison, MSDWT
Steve Johnson, Jr.
Director IT Application Development,
Ice Miller LLP
President, Individual Life and Financial Partners, OneAmerica Financial Partners, Inc.
State & Local Tax Director, Katz, Sapper & Miller Location Advisors
VP, Brand Strategy,
Z Marketing Partners
Head of Regulatory Policy and Intelligence, Hologic, Inc.
Former Executive VP & CFO,
Chairman, Bindley Capital Partners
Howard J. Lacy IV
Merrill Lynch Financial Services
Cindy Simon Skjodt