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Lisa Sablosky being honored at a gala event.

Recognizing A Thoughtful, Impactful, And Personable Leader: Lisa Sablosky, Former TFA-Indy Board Chair

A community leader, philanthropist, and former Indianapolis Public Schools special education teacher, Lisa Sablosky served as our Board Chair from 2013 to 2018. She has not only demonstrated a steadfast devotion to supporting TFA-Indy’s vision of achieving educational excellence and equity for all students, but has also played a crucial direct role in expanding impact. #OneDayINdy

September 27, 2018

Teach For America Indianapolis (TFA-Indy) is honored to have dedicated community leaders serving on our Board of Directors. Our Board includes distinguished individuals from diverse sectors of Indianapolis—including education, business, healthcare, technology, and philanthropy.

A community leader, philanthropist, and former Indianapolis Public Schools special education teacher, Lisa Sablosky served as our Board Chair from 2013 to 2018. She has not only demonstrated a steadfast devotion to supporting TFA-Indy’s vision of achieving educational excellence and equity for all students, but has also played a crucial direct role in expanding impact. During Lisa’s five years as Board Chair, TFA-Indy has:

  • Raised more than $23.5 million in total funding

  • Welcomed 512 corps members to Indy, including 74 incoming 2018 corps members

  • Grown our network of corps members and alumni from about 400 to 725 today

Lisa’s immense support is grounded in her personal connection to our work. She started her career as a special education teacher at Indianapolis Public Schools, which she cites was the hardest job she’s ever done. Because of her firsthand experience in the classroom, she fully understands how difficult teaching can be—and does everything in her power to support teachers. She knows that a quality education is foundational for children to have the opportunity to pursue lives of their choosing. Lisa has committed her life to providing educational and life opportunities for others, especially those who face a myriad of barriers in attaining them.

“Because of the character and heart that Lisa has, it was not long before she took me under her wing as well. Lisa offered us comfort and homemade meals when our families were over a thousand miles away.”

Rachel Kniager

Alumna

Indianapolis Corps Member 2015

Lisa has, and will continue to, live out her commitment to supporting the growth of expanded educational and life opportunities for students from low-income backgrounds by remaining on our Board. Alumna Rachel Kniager shares:

"I first met Lisa in 2015 when she was the sponsor for my best friend and roommate, Karen. Karen would speak endlessly about the support that Lisa provided her in her first year as an elementary teacher. Because of the character and heart that Lisa has, it was not long before she took me under her wing as well. Lisa offered us comfort and homemade meals when our families were over a thousand miles away. She frequently checked in with us over email or text and was always asking how she could support us and our students…While in the corps and even after, I know that Lisa is only a phone call away and that I can always count on her."

Lisa with Teach For America Indianapolis Executive Director, Amar Patel.
Lisa with Teach For America Indianapolis executive director, Amar Patel.

In addition, Lisa has also been an incredible mentor and thought partner to TFA-Indy leadership. Executive Director Amar Patel notes:

“I first met Lisa at TFA’s 25th Anniversary Summit in Washington D.C. in 2016. I learned immediately how committed, honest, hardworking, and funny she is. Throughout my time working closely with her as my board chair, she always gave me her point of view, unvarnished and very direct, which was so important. There are countless moments when Lisa pushed me and held me accountable to lead in alignment with our core values—to do the right thing—especially when it was hard to do. I am a stronger leader, a better person, and TFA-Indy is a stronger institution because of Lisa’s leadership. I’m forever thankful to my friend and mentor, Lisa Sablosky.”

Lisa with former TFA-Indy executive directors (L-R) Jason Kloth, Pat O'Donnell, and Rebecca Thompson Boyle, and current executive director, Amar Patel
Lisa with former TFA-Indy executive directors (L-R) Jason Kloth, Pat O'Donnell, and Rebecca Thompson Boyle, and current executive director, Amar Patel.

Former Executive Director Rebecca Thompson Boyle, who led TFA-Indy from 2013 to 2016, adds: “Lisa is both a role model of effective activism and philanthropy, as well as a true partner and advocate of female leadership.”

We are so grateful for Lisa’s long-term impact as Board Chair and are excited that she will continue to be an integral member of our Board.

Beginning with the 2018-19 school year, Aman Brar will serve as TFA-Indy’s new Board Chair. A graduate of Ben Davis High School and Wabash College, Aman has been an active and important member of our Board for several years. He is the Founder and CEO of Canvas, the first text-based interviewing platform that enables recruiters to screen more job candidates and market employers. Aman is an entrepreneur with extensive experience in leading technology companies through periods of high growth, and was the former president of IT firm Apparatus.

“We are thrilled to have Aman serve as our new Board Chair,” says Amar. “He is an innovative leader and critical thinker who is especially passionate about educational opportunity for all Indianapolis children. Aman’s magnetic personality and creative leadership are core assets that will help take our impact for children to new heights.“

Learn more about our Board of Directors.