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Erin Lewis, Executive Director for Center for Innovation and Change

Erin Lewis

Executive Director for Center for Innovation and Change

IBM Enterprise Design Thinking Practitioner

Ridgway University Center, Room 273
812-488-5002
el131@evansville.edu

Design Thinking Certifications: Henry Ford Learning Institute, IBM Practitioner

Erin Lewis joined the Center for Innovation & Change in June 2015 as a program director, became interim director in 2019, and was appointed executive director in 2021. Prior to joining the Center, she served as former United States Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's Director of Outreach at iCivics, directing its national field networks, communications and partnerships. She also served as a Research Assistant at the Indiana University Public Policy Institute, Indiana's Director of Civic Education for six years, and is a former United States Marine, having completed Officer Candidate School in Quantico. She obtained her Masters of Public Affairs in Policy Analysis with Honors from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IUPUI. While there, she helped create the Center for Civic Literacy, and completed IU's rigorous Oxford University comparative climate change summer program in England. In 2013, she was one of only three graduate students to receive the William M. Plater Civic Engagement Medallion for service to the community. She also serves as advisor to UE's Dance Company and the Alpha Phi Omega co-ed service fraternity, and is a proud UE alumna - having received her B.S. in Political Science and Psychology from the University of Evansville in 2001. In 2018-2019, she was named UE's Administrator of the Year, and is a member of UE's Coronavirus Task Force, which collectively received the President's Distinguished Service Award for excellence in leadership and guidance during the pandemic.

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Brooksie Smith, Associate Director for the Center for Innovation and Change

Brooksie Smith

Associate Director for the Center for Innovation and Change

IBM Enterprise Design Thinking Practitioner

University Center, Room 274
812-488-3781
bs267@evansville.edu

Design Thinking Certifications: IBM Practitioner

Brooksie began her service at the University of Evansville in July 2016 and joined the Center for Innovation & Change as the Program Coordinator in 2019. She was promoted to Associate Director in 2021. She is a proud UE Alumna having received both her Master of Science in Leadership and Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership from the University of Evansville. Brooksie serves the UE Friends of Art Board of Directors, UE Board of Trustee Spouses as Liaison, and UE Parents’ Council. She also serves as advisor to the Changemaker Ambassadors, and as Adjunct Faculty. She received the 2019-2020 UE Employee of the Year Award, and the UE Employee Excellence Award for February 2020. Brooksie was elected by her colleagues as the 2021-2022 UE Staff and Administrators Assembly President. In 2010, Brooksie received the Lifetime Achievement Award, Indiana Congress of Parents and Teachers, Inc. This award is given in recognition of devoted and distinguished service to children and youth. Brooksie Smith has over 25 years of servant leadership in local family, school, and community partnerships. Brooksie is also a member of UE’s Coronavirus Task Force, which collectively received the President's Distinguished Service Award for exceptional leadership and guidance during the pandemic.
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Derek Jones, Director, Cognitive Science Program and Faculty Director, Center for Innovation & Change

Derek Jones, PhD

Director, Cognitive Science Program and Faculty Director, Center for Innovation & Change

IBM Enterprise Design Thinking Practitioner

Ridgway University Center, Room 270
812-488-1045
dj4@evansville.edu

Design Thinking Certifications: IBM Practitioner

Dr. Jones joined the Center for Innovation and Change as Faculty Director in June 2021. He is Associate Professor of Cognitive Science and has directed the Cognitive Science program at UE since 2013. He also currently directs the First Year Seminar program. Dr. Jones has held many of faculty leadership positions during his time at UE, including Vice Chair of the Faculty Senate and co-chair of the UE Mission and Core Values Workgroup. He received the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Teaching Award in 2019.

Dr. Jones graduated from the University of Evansville with a BA and a BFA in 2003. He served as an officer in the Army after graduating, and then went on to earn an MA from the University of Houston in 2007 and a Ph.D in Philosophy from Indiana University in 2013. His current research interests include the psychology of creativity, expertise, skill acquisition, technology, and embodied cognition, and he has published a book and several articles on related topics. His broader educational interests, which guide his work as Faculty Director, concern the modern university's potential as a catalyst for social good and the cognitive needs of the 21st century student.
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Jacklyn Ady,  Adjunct/Master of Science in Leadership

Jacklyn Ady

Adjunct/Master of Science in Leadership

IBM Enterprise Design Thinking Practitioner

812-488-2155
ja263@evansville.edu

Design Kit: Human-Centered Design (+Acumen and IDEO.org)
Facilitator's Guide: Human-Centered Design (+Acumen and IDEO.org through NovoEd)

Jacklyn Ady is a design and business leader passionate about product development, trend research, human-centered design, design thinking, brand identity, business, and marketing strategy.

Ady is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design (Product Design) from the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP) and holds a master's degree in Business Administration in the Global Leader Program from the Nagoya University of Commerce and Business (NUCB). Her career includes designing commercial and residential furniture, sporting goods, children's toys, design research, and managing product development cycles.

She teaches as an adjunct at the University of Evansville in ChangeLab, Master of Science in Leadership, and Organizational Leadership programs. She instructs classes on innovation, strategic decision-making, and social entrepreneurship. She also serves as the Chief Innovation Coach for the Center for Innovation & Change to support students and faculty.

Ady is currently the Product Manager for the billiards division at Escalade Sports which includes American Heritage Billiards and Cue & Case. She is responsible for identifying and applying product design trends to create and develop innovation across the billiards category.

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Dina Willming, Senior Administrative Assistant / Center for Innovation and Change

Dina Willming

Senior Administrative Assistant / Center for Innovation and Change

812-488-2455
dw285@evansville.edu

Dina Willming is a lifelong resident of Evansville, IN. She graduated from Memorial High School and the University of Evansville in 1994. After graduation she worked in the field of Human Resources for 5 years before becoming a stay-at-home mom. During those years Dina volunteered at her children's schools and her family's church. She reentered the work force as the Office Administrator for Ziemer Funeral Home in 2014. She joined the Center for Innovation and Change as the Administrative Assistant in November of 2021.

She and her husband Greg and have 5 children. They are a busy family that loves to spend time outdoors and travel. Dina is absolutely thrilled to be back at the University of Evansville working in the Center for Innovation and Change.
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Robert Lopez, ChangeLab Student Executive for the Center for Innovation and Change

Robert Lopez

ChangeLab Student Executive for the Center for Innovation and Change

University Center, CFIC
rl138@evansville.edu

Robert Lopez (ethics and social change major), came to the University of Evansville by way of Bosse High School, where he competed twice in UE’s High School Changemaker Challenge (placing 3rd and 2nd). His idea – to create a city-block sized wetland education park in downtown Evansville that will filter water and increase economic development – has been the topic of his ChangeLab projects since his first semester as a Freshman at UE. He is the very embodiment of what a UE Changemaker is, and will likely see his idea created before he graduates.
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Ryan Pietruszkiewicz, Center for Innovation and Change Intern

Ryan Pietruszkiewicz

Center for Innovation and Change Intern

rp3@evansville.edu

Ryan Pietruszkiewicz served as an intern for the Center for Innovation and Change. He completed his freshman year at Reitz Memorial High School in May 2021. Ryan loves math, Spanish, science and engineering. He also loves playing baseball for Memorial and his travel team. Ryan is looking forward to helping with innovative projects that have a positive impact on the Evansville community.
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Office Phone
812-488-2455

Office Email
centerforinnovation@evansville.edu

Office Location
Rooms 270-274, Ridgway University Center