Mentors of the Year Inspire 2019

Inspire Awards Mentors of the Year

Congratulations to the 2019 Mentors of the Year! These individuals have changed the lives of many people and are excellent examples of the power of mentoring.

Erik Long: Accounting, Legal & Finance

Partner, Ice Miller LLP

“The mentoring relationship that Erik has with me and with others is consistent, unconditional, and extending far beyond the explicit mentoring that occurs over the course of one project or one school year and into the inevitable gratefulness that creates a mentoring spirit in a mentee.” -Mentee

Kyle DeFur: Business, Retail & Hospitality

President, trueU

“Kyle’s commitment to no longer climb ladders but build ladders has made a big difference in the lives of his mentees.” – Mentee

Lee Jackson: Communications, Entertainment & Athletics

Head basketball coach, Indianapolis Metropolitan High School

“In all my time in athletics I do not know if there is a coach who embodies helping kids through education, life skills and work ethic as much as Coach Jackson does.” – Mentee

Becky Hammons: Construction, Engineering & Technology

Senior Director, Ontario Systems & Associate Professor, Ball State University

“Becky isn’t driven by power or by acknowledgement, she measures her success by the success of the people who report to her, the students who she teaches, and the people she mentors.” – Mentee

Dennis Goins: Education, Government & Nonprofit

Performing Arts Department Chair, Ben Davis High School

“In his classroom, each student is valued and is cared about. He has the gift of
understanding what each student needs from him.” – Mentee

Amy Carter: Health & Science

Director of Outpatient Nutrition, Eskenazi Health

“Amy has an amazing intuition to recognize abilities you might not see or believe within yourself. Her coaching can be described as providing direction to find your own tools for a job you didn’t even know you could do or wanted to do before the encouragement to explore.” – Mentee

Kizito D. Kalima: Youth Mentoring

Founder and Director, Peace Center for Forgiveness and Reconciliation

“He took care of us, guided us and made sure we were safe. He put us back in school and helped us to succeed regardless of our background.” – Mentee