Tarik Glenn, Founder and President
Tarik Glenn spent ten memorable seasons with the Indianapolis Colts as a key part of its dominating offense. Four years into his career with the Colts, Tarik began to dream about how he could use his platform as a football star to raise up the next generation of leaders. Tarik Glenn officially became president of DREAM Alive in late 2011 and works tirelessly for DREAM Alive to provide hands-on leadership. Under Tarik’s direction, DREAM Alive’s innovative program is developing young men and women of integrity and character who will become the civic-minded leaders of the future.
Dwayne Allen, Player Executive
Dwayne Allen, tight end for the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts, is making an impact in the lives of Indianapolis at-risk youth by serving Indianapolis-based nonprofit DREAM Alive, Inc., in the role of Player Executive. In his role, Allen serves not only as the professional face of the organization but also participates in program development and implementation. Allen takes a hands-on approach with DREAM Alive by becoming an active mentor to its 7th through 12th grade scholars and by participating in activities with the after-school program. Click here to read more about Dwayne Allen.
Eric Muller, Executive Director
Eric Muller graduated from Taylor University in 2008 with a B.A. in Christian Education. While completing his degree at Taylor he spent 2 years serving as the co-director for “City-Life,” a faith-based after-school program for at-risk youth. Before he joined DREAM Alive as the Program Director in 2010, he served as a youth pastor in Indianapolis. As Executive Director for DREAM Alive, he leads the development, management, and advancement of programming and programming staff. He has a passion for the city and for leading and investing in young people.
Lisa Burns, Advancement Director
Lisa Burns has been serving as the Advancement Director for DREAM Alive since 2011. Under her leadership, the organization has reached a new level in strategic focus and community engagement. Lisa started in fundraising at the grassroots level raising support for her work with campus ministry organizations. That experience and her enthusiasm led her to development positions, and eventually to an executive directorship with a leading Indianapolis arts organization. In addition to organization consulting and fundraising, Lisa is a skilled coach, counselor, teacher and leadership consultant with numerous organizations.
Charles Akinbola, Program Director
Charles Akinbola is currently serving as the Program Director for DREAM Alive. Charles graduated from Purdue University in 2012 with a degree in English Education. Charles oversees the program at all four sites: Harshman Magnet Middle School, Arsenal Technical High School, Shortridge Magnet High School, and Shortridge Magnet Middle School. He also oversees recruiting of the DREAM Coaches who mentor the scholars and assist the site directors at each school site. Charles also serves as Site Director for Harshman Magnet Middle School and Arsenal Technical High School.
Stephen Smith, Site Director.
Stephen graduated with a B.A. in Tourism Convention and Event Management at Indianapolis University Purdue University Indianapolis in 2008. He went on to work with a college ministry for five years at his Alma Mater. During his college ministry experience, Stephen developed a heart to help counsel people that led him to get another B.A. in Biblical Counseling at Crossroads Bible College. In the years of completing his second degree, he volunteered his time with DREAM Alive at Harshman Magnet Middle School. Stephen grew a desire grew to reach middle school students and transitioned to working with DREAM Alive full time August of 2014. As a Site Director for DREAM Alive, he cultivates relationships with parents, students, and faculty, leads the after school sessions and oversees the high and middle school programming with a focus on the middle school program at Harshman Magnet Middle School and Arsenal Tech.
Amanda Callahan, Site Director.
Amanda Callahan is currently serving as a Site Director for DREAM Alive. Amanda graduated from the University of Southern Indiana with a degree in Communication Studies. Amanda currently oversees the program at Arlington High School. She started her journey with DREAM Alive by volunteering as one of the mentoring DREAM Coaches. As her passion grew for DREAM Alive’s mission so did the need for staff members. Amanda came on staff at Arlington High School in August of 2015 to lead DREAM Alive’s launch of programming at Arlington. She continues to spend her time at Arlington leading our staff, volunteers and scholars.
Joining Tarik Glenn and Dwayne Allen are the following:
Zach Gordon, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, Board Member
Zach Gordon is an associate in the Indianapolis office of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP where he is a member of the Intellectual Property and Litigation practice groups. Zach received his B.A. from Southern Methodist University in 2005 and his J.D. from the Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law in 2009. His practice focuses on all aspects of business litigation, intellectual property litigation, trademark, unfair competition, trade dress, counterfeiting, dilution, false advertising, copyright, trade secret, contract drafting and negotiation, licensing, and compliance. In addition to his litigation and prosecution practice, Zach's advisory and business/finance practice spans a variety of fields including, employment, advertising, and distributor/supplier agreements. Zach also provides consultation and assistance related to licensing matters and NAD/CARU compliance.
Matt Conrad, Krieg DeVault LLP, Treasurer
Mr. Conrad is a partner at Krieg DeVault, concentrating his practice in the areas of corporate transactions, economic development, renewable energy, corporate finance and real estate. Recognized in the Indianapolis Business Journal’s 2012 “Forty Under 40” Award, Mr. Conrad is deeply involved in the Indianapolis Community, serving as the director of the Indiana Automotive Council and on numerous boards and associations, including the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, Indiana Economic Development Association, the Urban Land Institute, Outreach, Inc., and Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Dennis Erwin, Keystone Growth Strategies, Board Member
Mr. Erwin is the founder and CEO of Keystone Growth Strategies. With deep experience as an investment banker buying and selling companies or raising capital, Mr. Erwin saw a huge need to help prepare companies prior to the transaction. This was the original vision for Keystone. Mr. Erwin’s body of work encompasses mature businesses, high growth early stage companies and turnaround situations. He presents our clients to all types of strategic and financial buyers, investors, lenders, private equity groups and venture capital. In addition to investment banking his prior experience includes hands-on operating experience in both early stage and mature companies, in roles from COO/President to CFO and head of administration. Mr. Erwin earned an MBA in Finance from Indiana University, and a BA in Economics from DePauw University.
Marlin A. Knowles Jr. (Mak), PE, HWC Engineering, Board President
Mak Knowles is Vice President of Operations for HWC Engineering. Before HWC Engineering, Mak was sales executive, vice president, and co-owner of American Structurepoint concentrating on marketing and sales responsibilities spanning municipal, private/corporate, forensics, and information technology markets. Under his leadership, the company’s annual revenue has tripled to an average of $50 million. Mr. Knowles has served on the boards of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Consulting Engineers Council (Indiana Chapter), and Triune University.
Jeremy Morton, STANLEY Security Software and Controls, Board Member
Jeremy Morton has been in the electronic security industry for 12 years in varying capacities, now serving as the Vice President and General Manager of STANLEY Security’s Software & Controls business. In his current role, Jeremy has responsibility for a fast growing Software & Controls business unit and also STANLEY’s strategic alliances and partnerships. Prior to STANLEY, Jeremy was in senior leadership roles within several successful industry startups including XceedID (now Allegion) and Integral Technologies (now Schneider Electric). He has spoke internationally on biometrics and holds both an undergraduate and Masters degree from Purdue University, both with a concentration in biometric technology. Jeremy and his wife, Leah, live and work in Indianapolis and have a daughter named Hazel.