We Develop Leaders

In Bartholomew County.

Improving Our Community

Our True Passion

In everything we do, Leadership Bartholomew County (LBC) strives to develop, align, and inspire a diverse network of informed community leaders for the enhancement of Bartholomew County.

Through our annual signature program, we gather a group of new, emerging, and seasoned community leaders to discuss the most interesting and relevant topics in Bartholomew County.

It is our hope that informed citizens are engaged citizens, and that LBC is a catalyst for life-long commitment to community building in Bartholomew County.

Abbie Bush


Abbie is a graduate of the LBC class of 2013. She currently works as Grants Manager at Heritage Fund - The Community Foundation of Bartholomew County. Prior to joining Heritage Fund, Abbie worked as Treasury Manager at Cummins, Inc. and in various roles in Finance at Eli Lilly and Co. In addition to serving on the LBC Board, Abbie is member of the United Way of Bartholomew County Board of Directors and the chair of the United Way Community Impact Committee.

Anthony Blair

Vice President

Anthony is a LBC class of 2015 graduate. Anthony is an accomplished online entrepreneur—a pioneer for African-Americans in advertising and technology.

Anthony is an online marketing consultant, manages two online businesses and is a professional speaker.

In addition to serving on the LBC board, Anthony also serves as a Commissioner and Vice Chair of the Columbus Housing Authority which ensures safe and affordable housing for Columbus Indiana residents.

Kim Bennett


Barb Stamper


Barbara Stamper is the payroll/ HR administrator for Bartholomew County and currently holds the office of secretary for the Indiana Public Employee Association.

Barbara is an active member of the Columbus Rotary Club and retired after 32 years from ArvinMeritor as Worldwide Director of Procurement.

Ashley Abner

Angela Shafer

Angela Shafer is an advocate of education, leadership, and economic empowerment with 19 years' experience in higher education. Angie is the Campus President of Harrison College-Columbus and has served in that role since 2004.

Ms. Shafer has a Master's degree from Ball State in Adult & Community Education, a Bachelor's degree in Business; Human Resources from Indiana Tech, and an AAS in Accounting from Harrison College.

Ms. Shafer serves on the Board of Directors for Leadership Bartholomew County and is a volunteer on the United Way of Bartholomew County CIRT team.

Tracy Pike

Tracey Pike was born and raised in Columbus, Indiana. A graduate of Columbus East High School, Tracey continued her education and received an Associate Degree in Travel and Airlines with a minor in marketing from Sullivan College in Louisville, KY, a Bachelors Degree in General Studies from Indiana University (IUPUC) and a Certificate in Organizational Leadership from Purdue University. She received her Sexual Risk Avoidance Specialist (SRAS) designation from Ascend in 2012.

Tracey is the Director of Education for Clarity (formerly Pregnancy Care Centers) of South Central Indiana. She has aided in the writing and facilitation of a number of educational curricula. Tracey currently sits on the board of Leadership Bartholomew County and the National Advisory Board of Ascend. She speaks to thousands of people annually through Clarity’s evidence based curriculum I Decide for Me. Tracey often writes articles and blogs for Clarity and is regularly asked to speak on the topic of holistic health in a variety of venues. h a primary prevention strategy, and as a national membership and advocacy

Sandra Miles

Dr. Sandra Miles

Dr. Sandra Miles is the Dean of Students and Director of Student Affairs at Indiana University Purdue University – Columbus (IUPUC). She is also, the Chief Diversity Officer and serves on the IUPUI Diversity Cabinet and as Chair of the IUPUC Diversity Council. In addition to these responsibilities, Dr. Miles conducts diversity and inclusion trainings for campus faculty and staff and is heavily involved in strategy development to recruit and retain a more diverse workforce at IUPUC.

In addition to her career achievements Dr. Sandra Miles is a board member for the NASPA Center for Women; the Vice President for Higher Education for the Center for Student Affairs Policy and Law; a consultant and public speaker for Campus Outreach Services; serves on a host of community boards in Bartholomew County; is the Immediate Past National Director of the Black Female Development Circle, Inc; and is an active member of the Louisville (KY) Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

James Boldman

James Boldman, Associate Professor of Communications and Program Chair for Communications and Foreign Languages for Ivy Tech Community College – Columbus Campus, earned a master’s degree in Education Administration from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and bachelor’s in Communications from the University of Southern Indiana.

He is the chair of the Ivy Tech Community College statewide foreign languages committee and serves on local nonprofit boards in the Columbus community, including the Sans Souci Board of Directors and the Leadership Bartholomew County Board of Directors.