Engineering Advisory Board
Charles (Chuck) Staley serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Flagship Enterprise Center (FEC). Mr. Staley heads the area of engagement at Anderson University. He has built numerous residential, commercial and industrial facilities and has successfully launched several new businesses in central Indiana. He has a wealth of experience in asset and property management as well as local and regional economic development expertise to the Board. Member Community Health Network board of directors.
James (Jim) Ault is currently serving as Subsidiary Chairman of the Board and Director at First Merchants and as Chairman on the Flagship Enterprise Center Board of Directors. Jim comes from a strong background in Engineering as he served in various companies with positions including: Director of Engineering, Division General Manager, Executive-in-Charge of the European Components, all with General Motors, and many other positions. Community service has been a priority to Jim as he organized and started the Boys & Girls club in Saginaw, MI, served on the Madison County Community Foundation Board, chaired the restoration fundraising committee for the Paramount Heritage Foundation Board, Co-chaired the Anderson Fine Arts Center, and served on the board for the Wilson’s Boys and Girls club.
Katherine (Kathy) L. Davis serves as the owner of Davis Design Group, where she assists her clients in developing tools for designing public systems and change strategies. She is actively involved as a board member with the following not-for-profit organizations: Noble of Indiana; the Indiana Museum of African American History; the University of Evansville Institute of Global Enterprise; and the Purdue University College of Science Dean's Leadership Council. A graduate of MIT (Mechanical Engineering) and Harvard Business School, Kathy moved to Indiana in 1982 when she was hired by Cummins Engine Company. Kathy served as Controller of the City of Indianapolis, managing the finances of the nation's 12th largest city. Soon after, Gov. Joe Kernan appointed Kathy to fill his term as Lieutenant Governor following the death of Gov. Frank O'Bannon. Her appointment as the first female Lieutenant Governor was unanimously approved by both the Indiana House of Representatives and Senate.
Jim Luckman is currently a Partner with Lean Transformations Group LLC. Jim has worked in the auto industry for 34 years employed at Delphi Automotive (formerly part of General Motors). He has had significant experience in Strategic Planning, Engineering and Manufacturing. In his most recent position at Delphi, he was Site Manager at the Technical Center of Rochester, NY, and Chief Engineer for Fuel Systems. He led a transformation at the Technical Center by adopting lean manufacturing principles and applying Toyota product development principles. Jim is a recognized leader in Lean Implementation in the U.S. and abroad, and is an associate with the Lean Enterprise Group founded by Jim Womack of MIT. Jim engages with companies in several areas including Managing Value Stream Improvement Projects, Value Stream Mapping for Office and Services, Lean Product Development, and Transformational Leadership. He also is a faculty member of the Gestalt International Study Center.
State Representative Terri Austin has served in the Indiana General Assembly since 2002. During her time in the House, she has championed legislation to help improve the lives of Hoosiers and to advance the state’s economic climate through transportation, technology, education, small business, and workforce development. She has been recognized as Legislator of the Year by state and national associations and organizations. She received her B.S. and M.A.E. from Ball State University and her Educational Administration and Supervision Certificate from Butler University. In addition to her legislative responsibilities, Terri served as an Adjunct Professor of Education at Anderson University from 2003-2011. Prior to joining Anderson University, she served as a classroom teacher and administrator for Anderson Community Schools for twenty years. She is also a past member of the Region 5 Workforce Development Board for the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. Terri is active in several clubs and initiatives throughout Madison County, including Anderson Rotary Club, American Association of University Women, Madison Co. Educational Coalition. She is married to Michael Austin and they are the parents of two grown sons. Terri is a member of Park Place Church of God.
Pete Bitar is the founder of Xtreme Alternative Defense Systems – now Anderson Innovation Center. The Anderson Innovation Center is an innovation park, housing some of the most bleeding edge Aerospace, Defense, Energy, and Advanced Transportation technologies anywhere. Pete’s twitter account introduces him as Innovator, Entrepreneur, Husband, Father, Christian, Patriot, Pilot, Fighting for a better world. Pete moved from the west coast to Anderson and answers the question “Why Madison County”, “First of all, it is home. Secondly, we have a great legacy here of entrepreneurship, innovation, and electrical engineering technology development. We are in a perfect position to cast a vision that is achievable for our company here in Madison County that inspires our community to give up the last remnants of the old entitlement mentality, and that inspires fresh thinkers to work hard to do hard things that make the world a better place. We will not cede the fact that we can succeed with new ideas that are invented and made here in Anderson, and we hope that our example proves to others that are looking, that it can be done here, now.”
Rob Sparks is Executive Director of the Madison County/Anderson Corporation for Economic Development. Rob Sparks is a life long area resident of Anderson, Indiana. Rob worked for a local supermarket chain for 20 years, retiring as an Assistant Store Manager in 1996. Following his retirement, Rob sought to use his small business background in the rental real-estate and rehab field. During the next 8 years, Rob owned 70 units and rehabilitated four buildings in the Historic District in Anderson. In 2003 Rob began assisting in a political campaign for the office of mayor in Anderson. Once Mayor Smith was elected, Rob was asked to serve as Chairman of the Board of Works and Deputy Mayor. During these four years he worked with CED on numerous projects, including the Nestlé project. In July of 2007 the CED board of directors requested that Rob serve as interim director and four months later they offered him the job as executive Director, which he accepted. During his tenure at CED, Rob has had the opportunity to travel extensively and network with his international business contacts. He has visited China, Japan, Korea, Canada, Germany, and India. Rob has been married for 26 years to his wife Shelly and they have two kids, Jon and Kristin, both whom recently graduated from Anderson University.
Ms. Replogle currently serves as the Sub-Region Manager of the URS Indianapolis, Cincinnati and Louisville offices with over 250 employees with backgrounds including transportation, water resources, facilities and environmental. She brings over 20 years of engineering experience, primarily serving the needs of transportation and infrastructure clients. She has extensive overall project management experience including fast track design with traditional construction procurements as well as design build and public private partnerships for large transportation projects. Ms. Replogle is a graduate of Purdue University with a degree in Civil Engineering. She is actively involved in the community including participation in education foundations and advisory boards.
- Conexus Indiana, Logistics Executive Committee (2010 to Present)
- Indy Chamber, Transportation Infrastructure and Environmental Committee (2013 to present)
- WTS International – Greater Indianapolis Chapter
- American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Indiana
- IUPUI POWER (Preparing Outstanding Women for Engineering Roles) Camp Volunteer (2007)
- Riley Children’s Hospital Volunteer (2003 to 2004)
- Indianapolis Public Schools Education Foundation Board of Directors (2005 to 2008)
- IUPUI School of Engineering & Technology Advisory Board (2007 to 2009)
- ACE Academy Board (2009 -2010)
John D. Ritchison is a Registered Patent Attorney starting his practice in 1993, as well as a Registered Professional Engineer since 1975. His education includes Doctor of Jurisprudence Indiana University School of Law (1985), M.S. Mechanical Engineering Rose Hulman Institute of Technology (1972), as well as a B.S. Mathematics degree from Rose Polytechnic Institute (1971). John has obtained much of his experience in the business world throughout his career while working for Delphi and General Motors for over 30 years. During that time he was Staff and Chief Engineer as well as Plant Manager in Anderson Operations and General Director overseas in Portugal for 4 years. After retiring from Delphi and GM, John started practicing law specializing in Intellectual Property and Business Law. John is a member of the State Bar of Indiana, Northern and Southern Federal District Court and the U.S. Supreme Court.
John has extensive experience in the business world serving as a principal organization leader with multiple companies, executing planning, developing, establishing policies and objectives of organization with the board directives, and corporation charter. As well as developing financial planning, budgeting and full responsibility of P&L’s and Balance Sheets.
John resides in Anderson Indiana, with his wife Patty.
Robert L. (Bob) Nist is currently Vice President and Information Officer, Medicines Development, Manufacturing, and Quality at Eli Lilly and Company Bob has been with Eli Lilly and Company for 31 years. He started in 1983 as a Staff Organic Chemist and has held various positions, including Chemical Engineer, Process Engineer, Dept Head, IT Manager and Director of IT and Manufacturing. Bob has a BS in Chemical Engineering and Chemistry from Purdue University and a Masters in Computer Science from Purdue University.
Chad Gooding is currently Vice President of DEEM Electrical and Mechanical and has been since 2008. Duties include overseeing 300 people in Estimating, Project Management, Engineering and Operations. Previous to DEEM, Chad served as East Coast Operations for development company Greenfield Builders, based in New Jersey. He is a 1998 graduate of Purdue University’s Building Construction Management Program. Some current interests include Standardbred Horse racing, which includes owning a 143 stall, 58 acre farm in Anderson, IN called Pacesetter Farm. Additional activities include being on the Board of Directors of Boys and Girls Club of Indianapolis and Indiana Standardbred Association.
Terry Pahls currently serves as Senior Engineering Consultant and Adjunct Professor of Engineering at Anderson University. Most recently he was President and C.O.O. of I Power Energy Systems. He also served as Director of Supply Chain for DTE Energy Technologies, Inc. Detroit, Michigan Mr. Pahls is one of the management "founders" of Remy International, a spin-off from General Motors, and participated in the formation and the eventual sale of I Power Technologies, Inc. to DTE Energy Technologies. His assignments with Remy included Executive Director of Manufacturing Engineering and World Wide Vice President of Quality and Customer Satisfaction. During his assignments, he participated in rationalizing and re-shaping the manufacturing operations at Remy into "focused factories" and subsequently expanding the manufacturing operations to Mexico, Hungary, Poland, Korea, India and Brazil. In previous professional experiences, Mr. Pahls has directed staffs in manufacturing, and product and manufacturing, engineering. He was also responsible as Program Manager for several new product introductions of original equipment automotive components. He received his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the former General Motors Institute (now Kettering University) and received a General Motors Fellowship to attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, receiving a graduate degree in Chemical Engineering. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Indiana. In civic work, Mr. Pahls serves on the board of several United Way organizations and was President of the Madison County Redevelopment Commission. He also serves on the Industrial Advisory Board at the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology, Indiana University- Purdue University Indianapolis.
During his tenure at Anderson University, Dr. Scott Kennedy has taught a broad range of courses in chemistry and physics and maintains an active research program studying the antimicrobial properties of polymer solutions and polymeric coatings.
In 2009 Dr. Kennedy began consulting for a start-up company that formulates and distributes unique antimicrobial products to a wide variety of markets. In 2010, Dr. Kennedy partnered with his colleagues in the Department of Physical Sciences and Engineering to form Aurum Consulting, a scientific consulting firm that provides services to small businesses and educators in central Indiana. In addition to meeting the needs of its clients, Aurum Consulting also provides exciting internship and research opportunities to Anderson University students.
While on sabbatical during the 2011-2012 academic year, Dr. Kennedy earned his M.B.A. His primary motivation for pursuing this degree was to better understand the demands that are being placed on young, professional scientists and engineers as they enter a work environment that is very different from the environment encountered by previous generations.
Dr. Kennedy is married to his wonderful wife Melinda, with whom he has three daughters: Cassandra, Jadyn, and Amber. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family, teaching and playing tennis at the local racquet club, and playing intramural sports.
Scott has served at Anderson University since 2005.