Leadership

Administration

Erin Lewis, Interim Director of the Center for Innovation and Change

Mrs. Erin Lewis

Interim Director of the Center for Innovation and Change

Schroeder School of Business Building, Room 265
812-488-5002
el131@evansville.edu

Erin Lewis joined the Center for Innovation and Change as its associate director in June 2015. 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 summer program in England, which studied climate change from an interdisciplinary lens. 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 serves as UE's Ballroom Club Advisor, and is a proud UE alumna - having received her B.S. in Political Science and Psychology from the University of Evansville in 2001.
Geoff Edwards, Associate Dean of Student Engagement and Innovation / Interim Title IX Deputy Coordinator

Dr. Geoff Edwards

Associate Dean of Student Engagement and Innovation / Interim Title IX Deputy Coordinator

ge21@evansville.edu

Geoff Edwards serves at the Associate Dean of Student Engagement and Innovation. He has been at the University of Evansville since 2010. Geoff earned his BA from Monmouth College in Illinois in Communication/Theatre Arts and Public Relations. He earned his MA in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University. In 2018, Edwards completed his doctorate Higher Education and Organizational Change from Benedictine University in Lisle, IL. His dissertation entitled, The Socially Responsible Activities of Private Colleges and Universities: Lessons in Recruiting an Incoming Class, focuses on how changemaking and social responsibility resonates with Generation Z college students and offers suggestions for how to engage the generation when recruiting new students.
In his role, Geoff coordinates and oversees student organizations, community service initiatives, leadership programs, Greek Life, Student Government Association, and community engagement. He also serves as one of the UE’s Campus Change Leaders.
Johnna Denning-Smith, Design Thinking Specialist

Ms. Johnna Denning-Smith

Design Thinking Specialist

Olmsted Hall, Room 205
812-488-2551
jd184@evansville.edu

Johnna Denning-Smith serves as a Visiting Assistant Professor, Design Thinking Specialist, and Director of the MS in Leadership Program at UE. She has been at the University of Evansville since 2016. Johnna is currently completing her doctorate in Educational Leadership, specializing in Organizational Leadership at Western Kentucky University. Her dissertation is titled, Design Thinking as a Common Language between Higher Education and Industry. She is certified in Design Thinking by IDEO and IBM. She also holds a BSW from the University of Southern Indiana, and a MPSA from University of Evansville. In her role with the Center, Johnna has sought to create innovative ways for students and community members to learn new skills that will be applicable for their future careers.
Brooksie Smith, Program Coordinator for the Center for Innovation and Change

Mrs. Brooksie Smith

Program Coordinator for the Center for Innovation and Change

Schroeder School of Business Building, Room 264
812-488-3781
bs267@evansville.edu

Brooksie joined the University of Evansville in July 2016. She will receive both the Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership (May 2020), and Master of Science in Leadership (May 2021) from the University of Evansville. Brooksie simultaneously serves the UE Board of Trustee Spouses as Liaison, UE Friends of Art Board of Directors, UE Parents Council, UE Welcome Committee, UE Social Committee, UE Secret Ace Originator, and UE Book Club Originator, UE Gives Back Day, UE United Way Gives Back Day. She also supports 10 of our new and transfer students through the 'Connect An Ace' retention program. In 2010, Brooksie received the Life Time 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 20 years of service to family, school and community partnerships.

Staff

Cindy Kelley, Senior Administrative Assistant for the Center for Innovation and Change

Mrs. Cindy Kelley

Senior Administrative Assistant for the Center for Innovation and Change

Schroeder School of Business Building, Room 260
812-488-2455
ck116@evansville.edu

Cindy graduated from Indiana State University of Evansville in 1982 with a B.S. in Psychology and Marketing. She came to the University of Evansville in 2007 after 19 years at St. Vincent’s Evansville. Cindy enjoyed working at UE’s multi-faceted Institute for Global Enterprise for 10 years and was pleased to transition into the Center for Innovation and Change in 2018. She is most excited to work at the epicenter of the ChangeLab Program where students are taught the skills of critical thinking and problem solving while consulting with civic, profit, and non-profit organizations. Cindy is a member of the Change Team and assisted in UE being named as the first Ashoka Changemaker Campus in Indiana. She volunteers with the Southern Indiana Regional Coalition Against Trafficking (SIRCAT) and is looking for ways the university can partner with them to fight human trafficking in our region.
Cindy Kelley, Senior Administrative Assistant for the Center for Innovation and Change

Robert Lopez

Innovation and Change Intern for the Center for Innovation and Change

Schroeder School of Business Building, Room 260
rl138@evansville.edu

Office Phone:
812-488-2455

Office Email:
centerforinnovation@evansville.edu

Office Location:
Room 260, Schroeder School of Business