Shafer Leadership Academy Welcomes Program Director

December 20, 2013, Muncie, IN – Shafer Leadership Academy, East Central Indiana’s premiere leadership development institute, recently announced the hiring of Tisha Gierhart for the newly created position of Program Director. 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.

“With the continued growth in program delivery over the last several years, it became clear that we needed a role dedicated exclusively to program development, delivery, and assessment,” stated Executive Director, Richard Crist. “Tisha emerged as a tremendous candidate for this position and we are thrilled to have her join the Shafer Leadership Academy team.”

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. She and her husband reside in Portland, Indiana where they care for their five daughters.