Felege Hiywot Board

Meet The Board Members

Tommy Reddicks

CEO of Paramount School of Excellence

President and Chairman of the Board

Meet Tommy

As a graduate of the University of Wyoming, Tommy taught music in public, private, and charter schools between 1995 and 2009. In 2002, Tommy began writing educational units for the National Core Knowledge Foundation. Since that time, he has presented in numerous National Conferences on unit writing and curriculum design. In 2009, Tommy moved to school administration at Knowledge Quest Academy in Milliken, CO. Soon after, he accepted a position as school director of Paramount School of Excellence in Indianapolis, where he resides as CEO over a network of charter schools. Tommy Reddicks has worked in four K-8 Charter Schools in two US states. He has also been part of three separate Charter School Start-ups, growing a vast array of experience in the field of school operations.

As a strong believer in data-driven solutions for health and education, he began partnering his school efforts with Community Health Network in 2011. This has sparked ongoing research and pilot programs in Indiana for school-based health center models that leverage correlations between academic performance and social determinants of health.

Tommy published The Insane Book of Riddles Codes, and Secret Math with Dogear Publishing in 2014 and a guide for new school leaders called, Lead From the Start, which released in December 2019. He has composed and released two CD’s, Time & Space in 2012 and A New Dimension in 2015.

Tommy has overseen the creation of the Paramount Peace Park adjacent to Paramount School of Excellence on the Near Eastside of Indianapolis. The park features two of his art installations and countless other local artist installations all within a model of accessibility. Tommy is also an avid cheesemaker. He specializes in French washed rind and aged goat cheeses. His most famous goat cheese, “Gnarly Val”, is now being produced at his schools and is for sale in the Indianapolis community. Tommy has worked in collaboration with the Felege Hiywot Center since 2011.

Ryder Harman

Sales + Marketing at ALmix

Vice President

Meet Ryder

Ryder Harman is a salesman and marketer who currently oversees marketing for his family’s manufacturing business, ALmix. Ryder began his career in account management and sales at an ad agency in Indianapolis where he developed a diverse marketing skill set and a knack for business development in the B2B space. Ryder is a Philadelphia, PA native who came to Indiana in 2010 to study at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. Ryder also has an M.B.A from the Kelley School of Business in Indianapolis. He lives in Noblesville, IN with his wife Madison Harman.

Shellye A. Suttles, PhD

Assistant Professor, O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University, Bloomington

Treasurer

Meet Shellye

Shellye Suttles is an agricultural economist with a focus on local and regional food systems, municipal food policy, and food system impacts on climate change. Shellye was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She served as a sustainable agriculture and livestock volunteer for Peace Corps in Santa María Visitación, Guatemala. She currently lives in Indianapolis with her family.

Nicole Chase

Corporate Responsibility Eli Lilly and Company Global Headquarters Corporate Center Indianapolis, IN

Secretary

Meet Nicole

Nicole Chase works on global health and corporate responsibility initiatives at Eli Lilly and Company. Nicole is from Wabash, Indiana and received her communications degree from DePauw University before joining Lilly in 2001. She has experience in sales, marketing, Six Sigma process improvement, and most recently in corporate affairs on the social impact team. Nicole and her husband, Kip, reside in Indianapolis with their three sons.

Alex Pettigrew

Urban Agriculture Educator, Purdue Extension Marion County Discovery Hall

Director

Meet Alex

Alex Pettigrew is an Urban Agriculture Educator for Purdue Extension – Marion County were her focus is on youth gardening/urban agriculture and urban livestock, including bees, poultry, and goats. Alex was born and raised in Indianapolis, IN. She received her bachelor’s degree in Animal Sciences and her masters in Youth Development and Agricultural Education from Purdue University. Alex has a passion for urban agriculture and hopes to help more people see the different ways agriculture is used daily.

 Emiko L. Kreklau, PhD, DABT

Sr. Director, R&D Operations Lilly Research Laboratories Operations

Director

Meet Emiko

Emiko (Emi) Kreklau is currently a Senior Director of R&D Operations at Eli Lilly and Company, supporting drug discovery research and development for Lilly Research Laboratories through internal research operations and external partnerships. She joined the FHC Board of Directors in 2019, and is proud to work together with Aster and the Board to support FHC’s mission of inspiring youth and serving the Indianapolis community through science education and urban farming.

Emi attended Northwestern University in the Integrated Science program for her undergraduate studies, then received her Ph.D. in Pharmacology & Toxicology from the University of Louisville.

She pursued her passion for cancer research as an NIH Research Fellow at the Indiana University School of Medicine Cancer Research Institute, where she conducted cancer gene therapy research. She then joined Lilly as a Toxicologist and has had the opportunity to support numerous oncology projects from early discovery research through clinical trials and regulatory approval.

Emi is also the mother of two children, Keiko (18 years of age) and Curtis (16 years of age), and their family dog Scottie. She has lived in Japan for several years, and in her free time enjoys travelling, reading, and taking nature hikes.

 Chris Lee Rothenberger

Environmental Health Director Retired from Major Tool and Machine Inc.

Director

 Chris Larson

Director of Environmental Education Paramount School of Excellence PSOE Farms

Director

Meet Chris

Chris Larson is the Farms Manager for Paramount Schools of Excellence; a K-8 Charter School organization in Indianapolis. Chris oversees farming operations at the two Near-Eastside campus farms as well as maintaining the relationship with the academic environment. Chris has a background in elementary education, teaching for almost 10 years in Asheville, North Carolina before moving to Indianapolis with his family in 2015.

 Aster Bekele

Founder and Executive Director of The Felege Hiywot Center

Non Voting Member

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