Contact the Learn More Indiana team to learn more about our resources and services to help students plan, prepare and pay for college completion and career success.
Main number: 317-464-4404
Communications & Campaigns
College Success Project Manager for Learn More Indiana
Amber Audrain joined the Learn More team in November 2013. As the College Success Project Manager she provides project management services including budget management, technical writing, contract management, communications, and marketing activities for the Commission for Higher Education. Additionally, she executes the public engagement campaigns, including College GO! Week, Cash for College, Career Ready, and 15-to-Finish. She brings a background in data-driven program management and a passion for education equality and access. Amber graduated from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs with a Master’s in Public Affairs and a graduate certificate in public management.
317-464-4400 ext. 139
Independent Contractor for Learn More Indiana
Sara Hess joined Learn More Indiana in May 2011 to provide writing, communications and policy advocacy expertise. She brings her background in journalism and public relations to Learn More Indiana’s student success publications, and assists in the coordination of the three statewide campaigns. Additionally, Sara’s interest in Indiana education policy issues, particularly school choice and educational quality, informs the policy guidance and strategic planning she provides for Learn More Indiana. Sara graduated from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs with a Master’s in Public Affairs and also holds a BA from Purdue University.
Captain of Design & Digital Media Manager
Doug Lintner joined the Learn More Indiana team in 2009. As a Design & Digital Media Manager, he is actively involved in developing and maintaining design standards for Learn More Indiana. He supports the development and distribution of marketing materials, print publications, promotional displays, presentations and multimedia content, along with the production of video and other multimedia products. He manages and maintains the Learn More Indiana website to enhance Learn More Indiana’s online presence and usage. Doug also collaborates with the College Success Project Manager and other communications staff for all creative material related to statewide public relations and marketing campaigns led by Learn More Indiana. He holds a BS degree from Purdue University's College of Technology.
317-464-4400 ext. 137
Coalitions & Outreach
Grant Implementation Manager (Independent Contractor for Learn More Indiana)
Kelly Nelson planned Learn More Indiana’s College Success Mentoring initiative from start to finish, and coordinates with schools, organizations and communities to provide students with trained mentors as they complete high school and enter college. Kelly also oversees the implementation of Learn More’s College Access Challenge Grant (CACG), Core to College grant and Complete College America (CCA) grant. Her background includes teaching high school English and serving as an assessment consultant for the Indiana Department of Education. Kelly graduated from Indiana University Bloomington with a Bachelor’s of Science in secondary English teaching and K-12 special education. She also earned a master’s degree from Indiana University Bloomington in curriculum and instruction, and holds school administration licensure.
Indiana College Success Coalition Contact (American Student Achievement Institute)
The American Student Achievement Institute (ASAI) directs the Indiana College Success Coalition on behalf of Learn More Indiana. ASAI staff members have significant experience in developing local and statewide movements designed to increase academic achievement in grades K-12, college access, and college completion. ASAI helps local leaders 1) develop an organizational structure for change, 2) build a coalition of organizations around a common cause, and 3) facilitate local discussions leading to the implementation of a vision-based and data-driven strategic plan.
Contact ASAI: 812-348-4142
Postsecondary Outreach & Engagement Manager
Emily Sellers serves as the Postsecondary Outreach and Engagement Manager for the Indiana Commission for Higher Education and Learn More Indiana. Emily is responsible for coordinating the delivery of state-sponsored and campus-based services that support low-income, first-generation and other at-risk Hoosier students as they transition to education beyond high school and complete a postsecondary credential. Emily also manages the statewide ScholarCorps AmeriCorps program that aims to increase 21st Century Scholar retention and success by providing on-campus programming, direct support and connecting students to various on-campus resources, information and services needed to be successful at the postsecondary level. Prior to this role, she served as a 21st Century Scholars Regional Outreach Coordinator where she managed outreach and support services to 21st Century Scholars in the West Region. She also served as Indiana Campus Compact's Program Director for Student Development where she provided the overall leadership, oversight and implementation for all student-centered programs, leadership conferences, grant opportunities, national service programs and student success initiatives. Emily earned her BS in Movement Science from Grand Valley State University and her Master’s in Public Affairs through IUPUI’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs program. She is a proud AmeriCorps alum.
Jason Bearce has served as Associate Commissioner at the Indiana Commission for Higher Education and Director of Learn More Indiana since 2009. In his role at the Commission, Jason serves as a policy adviser to the Commissioner while overseeing communication and outreach efforts designed to increase college completion and student success. Jason previously held leadership positions at the Indiana Department of Education as Director of Communications and adviser to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Jason is a graduate of Purdue University.
317-464-4400 ext. 119
21st Century Scholars
Director of Outreach
Chris Enstrom was appointed as the Director of Outreach for the 21st Century Scholars Program in 2012. Prior to holding this position, he worked as the Student Coordinator for the program's Bloomington support site and as director of the 21st Century Scholars Program for Indiana University. In his current role, Chris supervises eight regional outreach coordinators who are charged with collaborating with K-12 schools, higher education institutions, local businesses and youth-serving organizations to create programs and services to better serve 21st Century Scholars in their regions. Under Chris' guidance, these regions are increasing their focus on college readiness and post-secondary educational attainment. Chris received his MA in English from Eastern Illinois University, and worked in publishing and career counseling before starting his career with the 21st Century Scholars Program in 2006.
317-464-4400 ext. 143
Regional Outreach Coordinator - Southeast Region
Laurie Dickerson is the 21st Century Scholars Outreach Coordinator for the Southeast Region, including Bartholomew, Clark, Dearborn, Decatur, Floyd, Harrison, Jackson, and Jefferson, Ohio, Ripley, Scott, Switzerland and Washington counties. Laurie has strong school and community ties in the Southeast Region, which she is using to develop dynamic school and community partnerships to support 21st Century Scholars from enrollment in middle school to college graduation. Laurie has over a decade of experience with the 21st Century Scholars Program, serving as a site coordinator from 2000 to 2012. She has also worked as a consultant for the Indiana Youth Institute and the National Center for College Costs, where she ran workshops helping Indiana residents complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), compare college costs and search for grants and scholarships. Laurie earned a BS degree in Business from Ball State University.
Regional Outreach Coordinator - Northeast Region
Glenda Ervins is the Regional Outreach Coordinator for 13 northeast Indiana counties which include over 16,000 21st Century Scholar families in Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Elkhart, Grant, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells and Whitely counties. Glenda is responsible for recruiting Scholars and providing early college awareness through workshops and college visits. She works with community youth-serving organizations, local schools and colleges to promote messages about planning, preparing and paying for college completion. Glenda earned her BA from Indiana University and has been involved in providing youth support services for the past several years. Her career with the 21st Century Scholars program began in 2005, when she served as Student Coordinator, and she was later promoted to Site Coordinator in 2008.
Regional Outreach Coordinator - West Region
Joshua Garrison serves as the Regional Outreach Coordinator for the West Region, including Benton, Clay, Fountain, Hendricks, Montgomery, Morgan, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Tippecanoe, Vermillion, Vigo, and Warren counties. He is responsible for managing outreach and support services to 21st Century Scholars in these counties, including recruitment and outreach efforts, college readiness programming, and student success initiatives. Prior to joining the 21st Century Scholars team, Joshua worked as an Enrollment Services Advisor with Iowa State University’s Office of Student Financial Aid where he specialized in reducing student debt. Additionally, he served as an Eligibility Specialist with the Michigan Department of Human Services where he assisted low income families in reaching self-sufficiency. Joshua earned his BS in Politics and Government from Illinois State University and his JD from Southern Illinois University School of Law.
Regional Outreach Coordinator - Northwest Region
Verleaish Jones is the 21st Century Scholars Coordinator for the Northwest Region, including Fulton, Jasper, Lake, LaPorte, Marshall, Newton, Porter, Pulaski, St. Joseph and Starke counties. Verleaish is responsible for coordinating college success programming for Scholars and developing collaborations between schools, youth-serving organizations and college campuses.
Regional Outreach Coordinator - Southwest Region
Barbara Martin is the 21st Century Scholars Regional Outreach Coordinator for the Southwest Region, including Brown, Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Greene, Knox, Lawrence, Martin, Monroe, Owen, Perry, Pike, Posey, Orange, Spencer, Vanderburgh and Warrick counties. She coordinates outreach support services for Scholars in these counties, including recruitment efforts and college success programming. She also develops and maintains collaborative partnerships with local youth-serving organizations, college campuses, school districts and other community-based organizations. Barbara earned her BS in English from Indiana State University and taught high school English for 13 years before making the transition to student support services at the university level. She also earned her MS in Public Service Administration from the University of Evansville before joining Learn More in August 2012.
Regional Outreach Coordinator - North Central Region
Amy Parraga is the 21st Century Scholars North Central Regional Coordinator, serving Boone, Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Hamilton, Howard, Miami, Tipton, and White counties. Her work includes partnering with area community agencies, schools and College Success Coalitions to provide services for Scholars and their families. Amy began working with the 21st Century Scholars Program in 1997 in the Kokomo area, and continues to be driven by the satisfaction of showing students that they can both go to college and succeed. A graduate of Indiana University Kokomo, Amy holds a BA in English and an MS in Secondary Education. She is also a licensed English teacher for grades 5-12.
Regional Outreach Coordinator - East Region
Miranda Scully is the 21st Century Scholars Regional Outreach Coordinator for the East Region, serving Blackford, Delaware, Fayette, Franklin, Hancock, Henry, Jay, Johnson, Madison, Randolph, Rush, Shelby, Union and Wayne counties. Miranda brings with her over 10 years of experience in assisting students as they prepare, pursue and excel in their educational goals. Prior to joining the 21st Century Scholars Program in September 2012, she worked with the University of Kentucky as an Academic Counselor and Bluegrass Community & Technical College's Upward Bound Program as a Student Development Specialist. In her current position, Miranda is responsible for bringing various schools, community partners, resources and agencies together in order to best serve the East Region's Scholars. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Health Promotion with an emphasis on student wellness. Additionally, Miranda is a graduate of the University of Kentucky, where she received her BA in Social Work and Sociology as well as her MA in Social Work.
Regional Outreach Coordinator - Central Region
DiAnna Washington is the 21st Century Scholars Outreach Coordinator for the Central Region, serving Marion County. DiAnna has spent the past 14 years working with college readiness programs and secondary and post-secondary students, staff and faculty to generate conversations and collaborations to support student success, educational reform and civic engagement. She is currently working on her doctorate in Educational Psychology at Indiana University. DiAnna holds an MBA, an MA in Community Counseling and a BA in Psychology.