Mitch Isaacs, Executive Director
Mitch Isaacs was named Shafer Leadership Academy’s Executive Director in May 2015. In this role, he works closely with the organization’s board of directors to fulfill the mission of the organization. He is responsible for creating vision, connecting with stakeholders, administering program offerings and leading the organization in meaningful ways.
Mitch has 16 years of college leadership experience spanning three campuses. He graduated from Ball State University in 2002 with a double major in History and Political Science and a minor in Counseling Psychology. Mitch completed his Master’s degree in Student Affairs and Higher Education at Indiana State University, where he worked as an Assistant Residence Hall Director.
Mitch returned to Ball State in 2005 and served as a Residence Hall Director for three years. In 2008, he became the Associate Director of Student Life, working with the Excellence in Leadership program, Civic Engagement, and the Leadership Studies Minor. In August 2013, Mitch took a new position at Ball State as the Retention and Graduation Specialist for First Time Freshmen. He is committed to enhancing the leadership skills of the community and dedicated to Shafer Leadership Academy’s mission to ensure that individuals who have the desire to demonstrate leadership have access to world class leadership training close to home.
Tisha Gierhart, Program Director
Tisha Gierhart was hired as Shafer Leadership Academy’s first Program Director in January 2014. She is primarily responsible for all activities related to the development, delivery, and assessment of leadership programs presented by Shafer Leadership Academy. Her responsibilities also include assisting the organization with financial sustainability primarily through attracting participants to various class offerings and through the delivery of custom programming.
Gierhart, a Geneva, Indiana native, holds a degree in Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University. She has worked in the healthcare field for fourteen years, developing her skills in leadership, customer service, and project management. For the last eight years, she was employed at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital as the Manager of Guest Relations. She served as the internal coach for IU- BMH leadership devolvement as a facilitator for developing awareness understanding to support the brand promise of assurance for IU-BMH associates.
Gierhart is an alumnus of Shafer Leadership Academy’s Emergence program and has completed Advanced Facilitator Training. She also serves as a board member for the Jay County Cancer Society. Her work has demonstrated her passion for making a difference, building relationships, and motivating others. She believes in leading by example and developing purposeful connections.