Leadership

Tarik Glenn, Founder and President Emeritus
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.

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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.

STAFF

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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.

Keon Dowdell, Site Director.  
Keon graduated from Indiana University Purdue University-Indianapolis with a degree in Communication Studies along with a minor in Theater and Performance Arts in 2015.  Keon starting serving as a DREAM Coach for DREAM Alive the summer of 2012. He started to develop a passion to for the kids so he kept volunteering throughout his college years until the year 2014 when he went on staff as an intern starting off at Harshman Magnet Middle School.  Today, he currently serves as the Site Director at John Marshall Middle School and Arlington High School.    

Board

Joining Tarik Glenn are the following:

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Charles Akinbola, Elements Financial, Board Member
CCharles Akinbola served as the Program Director for DREAM Alive for six years before making the jump to the board.  Charles graduated from Purdue University in 2012 with a degree in English Education.  He oversaw the program at all four sites: Harshman Magnet Middle School, Arsenal Technical High School,  Arlington High School, and John Marshall Middle School. Charles also helped create and manage the Expectation program, and he continues to work closely with the program. His love for the students helped shape DREAM Alive, and he hopes to continue his impactful efforts on the board.  He currently is a Universal Associate at Elements Financial.  

 

Matt Conrad, Conexus Indiana, Board President
Matt Conrad is a Executive Director at Conexus Indiana. 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 Center for Leadership Development.

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Lisa Burns, Helen Wells Agency, Board Member
Lisa Burns is Agency Director and a partner in the Helen Wells Agency, a premier talent agency serving the top marketing, film and TV firms across the upper Midwest. Lisa is also a senior partner in Keystone Growth Strategies, a boutique strategy consulting firm that led a turnaround of Dream Alive beginning in 2011. Lisa served as Executive Director of Dream Alive during its restructuring and Advancement Director through 2015. Lisa started in nonprofit fundraising with campus ministry organizations, in addition to leadership in entrepreneurial businesses. She later served as executive director with a leading Indianapolis arts organization and consulted with various nonprofit foundations and corporate boards. Lisa has a BA from Georgia Southern University.