Meet the Board
Get to know the Building Tomorrow Board of Directors.
Chairwoman of the Board
Jean Blackwell, board member since 2014 and current Chairwoman, retired as Executive Vice President of Corporate Responsibility and Chief Executive Officer of the Cummins Foundation, where she had served in various positions since 2001. Prior to joining Cummins, she was a partner with Bose McKinney & Evans and served as Budget Director for the State of Indiana and Executive Director of the State Lottery Commission.
Vice Chairman of the Board
Kenneth Kobe, Building Tomorrow’s Vice Chairman and former Peace Corps volunteer, retired as Executive Director of Barnes & Thornburg LLP in 2014. He previously served as Indiana State Budget Director and has held numerous board positions and governmental appointments. He currently serves as Chairperson of the Easterseals Crossroads Board of Directors. Ken has served on Building Tomorrow’s Board since April of 2015.
Secretary of the Board
Randy Kaltenmark joined Barnes & Thornburg LLP in 1997 and is currently a partner in the Tax Department. In addition to serving on the Building Tomorrow Board, Kaltenmark also serves on the board of Centerpoint Counseling, and is a member of the Alumni Board of the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. Kaltenmark is also a former chair and active member of the Taxation Sections of the Indiana State Bar Association and the Indianapolis Bar Association. Kaltenmark has served on Building Tomorrow’s Board since 2011.
Anselmo Canfora joined the faculty at the University of Virginia, School of Architecture in fall 2004. Previously, he taught for seven years at the University of Michigan, where he was the 2002 and 2004 recipient of the Donna M. Salzer Award of Teaching Excellence. In 2007, Anselmo founded Initiative reCOVER, a research project established to assist disaster recovery efforts and underserved populations through partnerships with humanitarian, community-based organizations, professional firms and manufacturers. In 2009, Anselmo and reCOVER collaborated on the construction of Building Tomorrow’s 7th school, the primary school of Gita, for which Anselmo received an AIA Education Honor Award and an ACSA Collaborative Practice Award. Anselmo has served on the Building Tomorrow Board since August 2017.
Emily Johnson is currently the General Manager at Cummins Singapore. Emily joined Cummins in 2010, initially as a Director of Corporate Responsibility Strategic Investments and Corporate Counsel. In 2012, she relocated to the United Arab Emirates with Cummins and assumed the role of Director of Global Corporate Responsibility, Distribution. Prior to joining Cummins, Emily spent time as a legal assistant at Shearman & Sterling before completing a stint in the Peace Corps in Niger, West Africa. She has also worked as an Associate in Capital Markets, Equity and Debt at Linklaters and in-house legal counsel at Tatweer. Emily is a graduate of The College of William & Mary and The George Washington University Law School.
Paul Knapp currently serves as the CEO of Young & Laramore, directing all business aspects of the advertising agency. Prior to joining Y&L in 1996, Paul spent 14 years as a litigator in a major Indianapolis law firm. Knapp’s past civic involvements include serving on the boards of directors or advisors to the Community Organizations Legal Assistance Project, the Carmelite Monastery, Fatima Retreat House, and Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory High School. Knapp has served on Building Tomorrow’s Board since the organization’s founding.
Jimmy Kolker held a 30-year diplomatic career with the US Department of State where he served as the US Ambassador to Burkina Faso (1999-2002) and to Uganda (2002-2005). From 2005-2007, he was Deputy Global AIDS Coordinator in the Office of the US Global AIDS Coordinator, leading the implementation of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). Following this role, he served as Chief of HIV and AIDS for UNICEF. In January 2017, Kolker retired from his role as Assistant Secretary for Global Affairs at the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and now serves on the boards or advisory committees of the ABInBev Foundation, Firelight Foundation, Catholic Relief Services, Texas Children’s Hospital, in addition to Building Tomorrow.
Nadira currently oversees Precis Management Services' UK hotel group. Precis Management Services is a privately-owned real estate investment and development company with large mixed portfolio of U.K.-based real estate assets including self-storage centres (Access Self Storage), owned and operated hotels (under the Montcalm, Park Grand and Shaftesbury Premier brands) and a pipeline of mixed-use multi-unit residential developments in Greater London. In addition to overseeing the UK hotel group, Nadira is also creating a new lifestyle and wellness hotel brand, initially based in London, centred around mindfulness and healthy living for travellers. The first hotel is due to open in December 2018 in Paddington.
Nadira graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College in 2009 and was a John Eliot Scholar at Jesus College, Cambridge University in 2010. She previously worked for Monitor Group in New York and London and Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts in Toronto. She received her MBA from Harvard Business School in 2015.
Nadira lives in London and is married to Jay Verjee. They were married in April 2016. Nadira has numerous personal and philanthropic interests, centred around women and education. She enjoys yoga and is a karate black belt.
Jerry Langley is Executive in Residence at the University of Notre Dame, teaching courses in the undergraduate, MBA, and executive MBA programs at the Mendoza College of Business. Prior to joining the faculty at Notre Dame, Langley was Vice President – Global System Finance for McDonald’s Corporation. Before McDonald’s, he was Senior Vice President, International Banking Department at American National Bank and Trust Company of Chicago. Langley is a national board member of the Arthritis Foundation and the Volunteers of America. He also serves on the Supervisory Committee of Notre Dame Federal Credit Union and the boards of the South Bend Civic Theatre and Musical Arts Indiana, in addition to Building Tomorrow.
Jim McClelland, serves as the President and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana and has been active in the international development efforts of Goodwill Industries International. He currently serves on the Dean’s Council of the Indiana University Kelley School of Business – Indianapolis, the Georgia Tech Grand Challenges Advisory Board, the Board of Governors of the Economic Club of Indiana, the Executive Committee of the Central Indiana Education Alliance, and the Urban Areas Commission of the Indiana University Public Policy Institute. McClelland joined Building Tomorrow’s Board in April 2015.
Fouder & Chief Dreamer, Building Tomorrow, Inc.
George Srour is the Founder and Chief Dreamer of Building Tomorrow. Srour attended the College of William & Mary where he graduated in 2005 with a major in Government and International Relations. Upon graduation, Srour was awarded the James Monroe Prize for Civic Leadership and the inaugural William E. Simon Fellowship for Noble Purpose, which he used to start Building Tomorrow. Srour has been recognized in the field of social entrepreneurship, being named an Echoing Green Fellow (‘07), a member of the GOOD 100 (‘13) and added to the Forbes Magazine 30 Under 30 list for social entrepreneurs (‘13).
Immediate Past Chair
Michael Stayton formerly served as President & CEO of the United States Infrastructure Corporation, the largest utility contract-locating firm in the United States. From 2002-2007, he served alongside 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. Stayton is a graduate of Wabash College and George Washington University. Michael Stayton joined Building Tomorrow’s Board in 2013.