Ahmed earned his B.S. in secondary education from Indiana University in 2001, and his J.D. from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in 2011. Young went on to teach for seven years in Indianapolis and New York City Schools. Upon returning to Indianapolis and completing law school, he served as deputy prosecutor for the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office, where he represented the State of Indiana in bench and jury trials, while managing large caseloads, drafting motions and briefs as well as conducting depositions. Additionally, Mr. Young was a private practitioner specializing in litigation and education issues. Ahmed is a member of the Stanley K. Lacey Leadership Series Class XL (2015-2016) and was recently appointed Commissioner of the Indiana Civil Rights Commission.
Brian Dickey, Assistant Director of Financial Performance
Brian graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business from Virginia Tech where he studied Marketing and was a member of the largest student-run fixed income portfolio in the country. As a 2013 Teach for America corps member, he taught Middle School Humanities and helped create school-wide systems at an Indianapolis charter school. After leading his 6th and 7th grade students to approximately one and a half years’ worth of growth in reading, he was recognized by his peers as Teacher of the Year. Brian previously served as the Assistant Director of Charter Schools - Finance, monitoring and evaluating the financial health of each Mayor-sponsored charter school.
Kevin Pattison, Assistant Director of Academic Performance
Kevin graduated with BA in English from Kenyon College and an MA in Educational Leadership from UC Berkeley. He served as a City Year Boston '96 corps member and as a Teach for America Bay Area '97 corps member. He then taught math and science core, reading and served as an assistant principal in Oakland, CA for eleven years, while also serving as the Instructional Facilitator for middle school math and as the Coordinator for Integrated Services in Schools initiative at five middle schools. Kevin has also served as a manager of Teacher Leadership Development with TFA Oklahoma. Most recently Kevin served as a consultant supporting Tulsa Public Schools with equity initiatives and student and family support services. He currently serves OEI as the Assistant Director of Academic Performance, monitoring and evaluating the academic performance of Mayor-sponsored charter schools.
Hugo Menendez, Financial Performance Analyst
Hugo earned his Master of Public Affairs from the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs. During his graduate studies, he worked as a Junior Research Fellow at the IU Institute for Development Strategies (IDS), where he collaborated and co-authored numerous academic publications with the IDS Director, in addition to serving as a teaching assistant. A native of Spain, Hugo brings significant international financial experience, having previously worked for Liberbank. He currently serves OEI as the Financial Performance Analyst, monitoring and evaluating the financial performance of Mayor-sponsored charter schools.
Monica Hingst, Academic Performance Analyst
Monica graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences. As a 2011 Teach For America corps member in Denver, Colorado, she taught secondary math for three years. While in the classroom, Monica led her students to achieve exemplary math growth, contributing to her school’s district and statewide recognition for overall achievement. She then moved back to Indianapolis to serve as Manager, Teacher Leadership Development with Teach For America – Indianapolis where she specialized in the development of Linguistically Diverse Education and STEM. Most recently she served as a project manager working to build educational programming around Type 2 Diabetes for health care professionals worldwide. She currently serves OEI as an Academic Performance Analyst, monitoring and evaluating the academic performance of Mayor-sponsored charter schools.
Karen Hensley, Communications and Operations Manager
Karen earned her Master of Public Affairs from the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, where she received the opportunity to serve OEI as an AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Fellow for the Indianapolis GreatSchools initiative. She returned to OEI in 2015 and now manages communications, internal operations, human assets functions, and project management for the charter team.
Jasmine Burditt, Strategy and Engagement Manager
Jasmine earned her Master of Public Affairs from the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs. In the course of her studies she worked in education policy as a Sustainable Development intern at Masaka Primary School in Uganda, where she facilitated the implementation of programs to bolster student learning and teacher pay. Jasmine was also a 2015 Urban Leaders Fellow in Indianapolis where she developed a comprehensive performance framework to capture Indianapolis stakeholder values. She presently serves OEI as the Strategy & Engagement Manager, managing strategic projects and community engagement.