Welcome New Board Members


Indianapolis, IN-The Board of Directors of Building Tomorrow, Inc. has elected three new members. They are Jean S. Blackwell, Elizabeth Schlueter, and Michael Stayton.

Jean S. Blackwell recently retired as Executive Vice President of Corporate Responsibility and Chief Executive Officer of the Cummins Foundation, positions she held since 2008. Prior to this, Ms. Blackwell served as Chief Financial Officer (2005), Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief of Staff (2003-2005), Vice President, Cummins Business Services (2001-2003) and Vice President, Human Resources (1997-2001) at Cummins, Inc. Prior to joining Cummins, she was a partner with the law firm of Bose McKinney & Evans in Indianapolis. She also previously served as Budget Director for the State of Indiana and Executive Director of the State Lottery Commission. A graduate of the College of William & Mary and the University of Michigan Law School, Ms. Blackwell is currently on the board of Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Central Indiana and the Mind Trust.

Elizabeth Schlueter currently serves as the Chief Family Office Strategist for Oxford Financial Group, Ltd. Ms. Schlueter’s career began more than 20 years ago in Fort Wayne as a trust office and legal counsel. She graduated from Indiana Purdue University at Fort Wayne and earned her Doctor of Jurisprudence from the McKinney School of Law at Indiana University. Elizabeth and her family have supported a health care initiative in rural Kenya for over 15 years and have long been long-time supporters of initiatives advancing health and education in sub-Saharan Africa.

Michael Stayton currently serves as President & CEO of the United States Infrastructure Corporation (USIC), the largest utility contract locating firm in the United States. From 2002-2007, he served alongside Building Tomorrow Honorary Board Member Jim Morris as Chief of Staff and Chief Operating Officer for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), the largest international humanitarian agency in the world. Mr. Stayton is a graduate of Wabash College and George Washington University. During his tenure at WFP, Stayton made several trips to Northern Uganda to see firsthand the work of WFP in war-stricken areas.

About Building Tomorrow
Headquartered in Indianapolis, Building Tomorrow, Inc. is a not-for-profit that envisions a world where every child with a desire to learn has a safe, permanent and local place to do so. Working towards this goal, Building Tomorrow empowers young people to invest their resources, time and talents in providing students in East Africa with access to an education. As of August 2013, Building Tomorrow has 13 completed academies in Uganda with six more currently under site planning and/or construction, each providing learning space for 325 students.

In 2011, as part of the Clinton Global Initiative, Building Tomorrow made a public commitment to increase access to quality education for thousands of children in East Africa by constructing 60 community-built, stakeholder-sustained academies, and developing the teaching capacity of 450 teachers by 2016.


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