Staff Directory

We look forward to collaborating with you to strengthen Indiana and its rural communities.

Capacity and Metrics Specialist

Email:
eables@indiana.edu

Erin Ables conducts research and analysis, collects data and metrics, and evaluates initiatives related to the mission of the Center for Rural Engagement.

Director of Campus Partnerships

Email:
toddburk@iu.edu

Todd Burkhardt serves as the director of campus partnerships, facilitating work with faculty, staff, and students that connects IU’s broad resources to improve the well-being of rural Indiana.

Director of Strategic Partnerships

Email:
jtcarley@iu.edu

Joe Carley is focused on developing partnerships with organizations in rural communities and supporting the initiatives of partner organizations.

Director of Communications

Email:
knblanke@indiana.edu

Kyla Cox Deckard leads communications for the center, working with the campus, communities, and media to share the story of rural Indiana.

Executive Administrative Assistant

Email:
bllangle@iu.edu

Brandi Langley supports the center’s administration, managing scheduling, travel, and event logistics and clerical needs.

Deputy Director

Email:
rmankows@iu.edu

Rebecca Mankowski serves as deputy director of the center, ensuring efficient operations and extending the transformative effects of IU throughout the rural communities of the state.

Sustaining Hoosier Communities Director

Email:
jrogan@indiana.edu

Jane Rogan leads the Sustaining Hoosier Communities initiative, connecting communities to IU courses, students, and faculty to address community-identified needs and opportunities.  

Director of Community Initiatives

Email:
jrummel@iu.edu

Janet Rummel cultivates relationships with stakeholders and leaders in key sectors and communities throughout rural Indiana.

Program Director for Faculty Leadership and Engagement

Email:
wreilly@indiana.edu

Whitney cultivates a faculty community at the center to implement and scale proven approaches and innovate new modes for rural engagement. 

Resilient Hoosier Communities Liaison

Email:
jacdsimp@iu.edu

Jacob Simpson supports the center’s work by building relationships with community members who collaborate with IU faculty, students, and staff to foster a more resilient Indiana.

Hoosier Quality of Place Liaison

Email:
adrostar@iu.edu

Adrian works in collaboration with community leaders, the IU Arts & Humanities Council, faculty, and students on quality of place initiatives to connect IU programs and resources with rural Indiana’s artistic and cultural opportunities.

Project Manager

Email:
rpswiatk@indiana.edu

Rafal Swiatkowski helps center staff and partners work with rural communities by implementing project management systems and improving efficiencies across the center’s work.

Executive Director

Email:
kthomso@iu.edu

Kerry Thomson leads the Center for Rural Engagement's efforts to improve the lives of Hoosiers.

Media Specialist

Email:
watersje@indiana.edu

Jeni Waters supports communication efforts by maintaining the center’s web presence and developing media assets to visually enhance the story of rural Indiana.

IU Corps Director

Email:
cmwinslo@indiana.edu

Cassi Winslow-Edmonson helps students engage in service here in Indiana and around the world through IU Corps.  

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