meet OUR TEAM
Mrs. Karen Bush is currently the Associate Director of the College Board for the Midwest Region. Prior to this, she worked as the College and Career Resource Center Director and the District Graduation Coach for the Metropolitan School District of Pike Township for 9 years. With over 20+ years of experience in higher education, college access, and business marketing Karen has brought her talents and strengths to the College Board to promote a strong college-going culture throughout the state of Indiana. Karen holds a Masters in Higher Education and Administration, and another Master’s in General Management with a minor in Education/Training. She also has her Bachelor’s in Marketing and Business Communication. Karen is a dedicated wife and mother of two young boys ages 16 and 14. She is also an active member of the New Horizons Church and a 34-year member of her sorority Delta Sigma Theta, Zeta Chapter.
Lisa Finn resides in Fishers with her husband , 2 teenage daughters, and very spoiled dog Bella. She is committed to the Fishers community not only as a resident and mom, but also as an educator. Lisa is a proud Ball State graduate and has spent the past sixteen years as a music teacher for Hamilton Southeastern Schools. Lisa has been part of the equity work in HSE schools since the first ever equity committee formed fifteen years ago. She currently serves as an equity coach and teacher for Riverside Intermediate and was honored to be named the “Riverside Teacher of the Year” in 2018. Lisa enjoys sharing what she has learned with others and using her knowledge and skills to disrupt inequities and create safe spaces for all people. In her spare time, you might find Lisa spending time with family and friends, teaching piano or clarinet lessons to her private students, or teaching summer theatre camps!
Renee Isom is a wife, mother to two teenagers, and a teacher and librarian at Fishers High School. She is also an Equity Coach and a Racial Dialogue Facilitator. Renee has been in education for over 26 years, and in Hamilton Southeastern Schools for the last 16. She has passion for equity and providing safe spaces for students, colleagues, and parents to learn and grow.
Brice Willey lives in Fishers, IN with his wife and two young daughters. He has been an educator for Hamilton Southeastern Schools for 8 years (5 as a teacher and 3 as an administrator). In addition to being an assistant principal, Brice is a proud member of the district’s equity team and also the district’s SEL steering committee. He is passionate about creating identity-affirming spaces for students and community members alike.
Alex Morales is originally from New York City and is of Puerto Rican descent, speaks fluent Spanish, and is a father of two students in Hamilton Southeastern Schools. He is passionate about the lived experiences of people of color in Fishers, IN, and has 20+ years of experience in non-profit operations management. He also holds a masters degree in adult and community education.
Dr. Erica Buchanan-Rivera
Dr. Erica Buchanan-Rivera has served in education as a teacher, principal, diversity trainer, director of curriculum and adjunct professor. During her time as a principal in Lawrence Township, she was recognized as an Administrator of the Year award recipient and her international school was nationally recognized as a Magnet School of Excellence under her leadership. Dr. Buchanan-Rivera was formerly the Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer in Hamilton Southeastern Schools, the first DEI (diversity, equity and inclusion) role in a Hamilton county school district. She is currently the Director of Equity and Inclusion at Washington Township Schools. Further, she teaches undergraduate courses that focus on educational equity and critical race theory. Dr. Buchanan-Rivera believes that all students deserve a classroom environment that values their authenticity.
Uday Murthy has been a resident of Fishers, Indiana, for the past 29 years. An avid member of Indian cultural organizations, he is currently the Director of the Fishers chapter of Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh(HSS), a non-profit organization that strives to bring cultural awareness about Hinduism to mainstream American society. By profession, he is a software engineer at Eli Lilly and has been an active member of DEI efforts at his work. He enjoys gardening and volunteers to maintain the community veggie garden through Boy Scouts Troop 199, which is an initiative that helps guide young scouts with gardening. Apart from the DEI efforts, he enjoys traveling with his wife and two kids and loves photography.
Henry Brown comes from the United States Army after serving 24 years to his country.
He is the Director of Coaching and Leadership Development for One Heart Indiana at Sagamore Institute focusing on at risk youth and incarcerated youth to help reduce violence & recidivism.
Henry Brown is in his 11th season at Marian University as a part time Running Backs Coach and special teams Kick Returners and Punters Returners. He is a member of the Race and Culture Relations Leadership Network of the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee and a member of the Racial Dialogue Committee Fishers, Indiana.
Henry is married to Tabatha Brown they have 3 daughters and 4 grandchildren
Kate Young is a resident of Fishers, a high school English teacher of 20 years, and a wife and mother of two young boys. She attended Wittenberg University for her undergraduate English degree and Northwestern University for her Master of Science in Education. Kate has been involved in equity work in and around Fishers for years, but the work truly came alive for her when she participated in a Racial Dialogue Circle three years ago. RECN was born from an action step of that RDC and she can't wait to see where else this work will lead Fishers.