Staff and Committees

Staff
Weilin Long - MA, MPA, Director, Asian Learning Center of Indiana
Weilin Long joined The International Center in October of 2010 as the director of the Asian Learning Center of Indiana. She is responsible for leading and developing the Center's ALCI project, a newly initiated effort that aims to educate, connect, and engage Hoosiers about the history and cultures of Asia, as well as the currently emerging business opportunities.
Weilin is the former administrator of the Minority and Women Business Development Department in the Office of the Mayor, City of Indianapolis. While holding this position, her responsibilities included building and fostering collaboration among private, public, business, and community partners in order to increase capacity of minority, women, and veteran businesses' operations and participations. She developed strategies and programs to increase business opportunities for MBE/WBE/VBE development, sustainability, and growth. Weilin also took a lead in developing strategies and programs to promote cultural diversity and global business opportunities through global networks, cultural and business development consultations, and training sessions. She chairs the IBE Doing Business Globally Committee (2009 & 2010). She has introduced and facilitated the logic model, socio-ecological model, and root cause analysis to the program planning, development, and evaluation in the department to ensure program effectiveness and efficiency.
Weilin has over 16 years of directorial experience in health, business, community outreach, college teaching, and administration programs. The positions she held include the State Community Nutrition Division Director, the State Newborn Screening Director for Genetics, Hearing, Drug Testing and Sickle Cell, the Executive Director of a non-profit organization, the City Director of Council on Aging, a Publisher Company Human Resource Coordinator, a professional fundraiser, a training specialist, and a college instructor. She is an experienced leader of international, national, state, city, business, and community partnership relations. She is also a successful leader and facilitator of citywide and statewide diversity management, global network, community economic development, and educational programs.
Weilin originally came from China, where she received her bachelor's degree in English language and literature. She also holds two master's degrees, one in adult and continuing education and another in public administration from Kansas State University. As a volunteer, she is the vice president of the Asian American Times. She teaches American Chinese at Sunday schools. She serves on CICOA Advisory Council. She also serves as a strategy partner for America China Society of Indiana, Indiana Asian Chamber of Commerce, Global Indiana, Indiana Black Expo-Global Business Conference, and Asian Service of Indiana.
Lijun He - 2011/2012 Graduate Assistant, Asian Learning Center of Indiana
Lijun He is the ALCI graduate assistant for 2011-2012. Lijun is currently a second year doctoral student in Philanthropic Studies with minor in Nonprofit Management at the Center on Philanthropy of Indiana University. Lijun also held a MA degree in Philanthropic Studies from the Center on Philanthropy and a MA degree in English Literature from Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China. While pursuing her degree in the United States, Lijun completed her graduate assistantships and internships at various nonprofit organizations, including the Department of Planned Giving and Major Gift at American Red Cross of Greater Indianapolis, Grants Program Department at Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust Indianapolis Office, and the Global Philanthropy Department at Council on Foundations in Arlington, Virginia.
Lijun is currently managing the Burmese project. The Burmese project is a short-term pilot project that helps the broader Indianapolis community understand the Burmese community and strengthen effective collaboration among service providers. Lijun's tasks for the Burmese project mainly include the following: design logic model and strategy, lead and organize online resource fair for Burmese services, interview and analyze service gaps, challenges, and opportunities for Burmese community, organize Burmese service providers retreat and map the collaboration models, represent the organization to outreach the Burmese community, and conduct ethnographic research on the philanthropic culture in supporting Burmese community organizations.
Chrissy Grubbs - Spring 2012 Intern, Asian Learning Center of Indiana  
 
Chrissy is currently a senior at Butler University.  She is studying International Business and Spanish and hopes to gain a minor in Chinese.
 
Erika Nad - Spring 2012 Intern, Asian Learning Center of Indiana  
 
Erika is originally from Hungary, but spent her undergraduate years in Ukraine where she received her Bachelor's Degree in English.
 
ALCI Committee Members
Albert Chen
Telamon Corporation - President & CEO 
Albert Chen is the founder, chairman, and CEO of the Indianapolis based Telamon Corporation, founded in 1985.  Telamon, named after the Greek word for "support", has grown to a $468 million telecommunications company with over 500 employees in nine locations across the U.S. and in Asia.  Mr. Chen credits the company's growth to the dedication of his employees in keeping the same strategic vision and principles though H2S2 -- honesty, harmony, speed and simplicity. 
Winnie Ballard
First Lady - City of Indianapolis 
Since Mrs. Ballard became the First Lady of Indianapolis, she has been working hard to improve financial literacy in our city by making sure families have access to the tools and resources they need to be more financially fit.  With 8 years of banking experience and as a former owner of a bookkeeping business, she understands the importance of financial literacy. 
 
Mrs. Ballard currently volunteers as the chair and spokesperson for Indy's Campaign for Financial Fitness (ICFF), an initiative that provides comprehensive financial fitness services such as Free Tax Preparation, Bank on Indy and Financial Education. These programs help low- and moderate-income Indianapolis residents connect with financial resources and make the most of their hard-earned money.
 
As founder of ICFF, Mrs. Ballard is hands-on with all aspects of the program - from recruiting volunteers, to marketing, fundraising, curriculum development and tax preparation. Her full-time commitment to the City's unbanked residents has opened doors and created opportunities for thousands in Indianapolis. In just four years, ICFF has helped nearly 17,000 Indy residents open their first checking and savings accounts and provided free tax-preparation services to over 14,000 people.
 
Mrs. Ballard also actively volunteers her time to other causes within Indianapolis as well, including arthritis, ovarian and breast cancer awareness and minority- and women-owned business and diversity initiatives. She is also a physical fitness advocate, and can often be seen leading walks in parks and trails throughout the City as a part of the "Walk with Winnie Series" in partnership with Indy Parks.
 
Mrs. Ballard and Mayor Ballard - her husband of 29 years - reside in Pike Township. They have two adult children, both of whom graduated from Indiana University.
 
Philip M. Boley 
Executive Director, Global Indiana: A Consortium for International Exchange
Phil Boley has been an Indiana educator since 1972 as an English teacher, high school principal, and superintendent of schools. His interest in international exchange has extended to his family, which has hosted a series of short term and one long-term exchange student. While a high school principal, he encouraged exchange and traveled to Germany and Japan as part of a sister school arrangement. During his tenure, that school also began sister school relationships in Costa Rica. Phil served as president of the local Sister Cities organization until he left to become a superintendent. Now that he has retired, he has become a part of that board again. From time to time he writes academic papers for Write My Essay paper writing company. In 2006, he and a colleague founded Global Indiana: A Consortium for International Exchange. The organization creates school-to-school partnerships and already has created nearly 100 partner school relationships between Indiana schools and schools in the People's Republic of China, Thailand, and Germany.Phil is married to Dr. Paula Boley, who is dean with Ivy Tech. He is the proud grandfather of Ellie Henley, now 20 months old.

C. Montgomery Broaded 
Butler University, Center for Global Education - Director 
 
Monte Broaded is a comparative sociologist with an area specialization in contemporary Chinese societies. His teaching and research interests are in the areas of educational stratification and social change and modernization. He is the author (or co-author) of numerous research articles published in refereed journals and is co-editor and co-author (with members of the University of Pittsburgh China Studies faculty) of Contemporary Chinese Societies: Continuity and Change, an award-winning 'textbook' in interactive CD-ROM format (Columbia University Press, 2001). As Director of the Center for Global Education at Butler University, he provides leadership and coordination for the university's comprehensive internationalization agenda.
Rajan Gajaria
Dow AgroSciences - Vice President, Latin America and Pacific
Rajan Gajaria received a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Bombay in India and Master of Business Administration degree from the Indian Institute of Management, in Lucknow , India. He also has been certified as a Six Sigma Black belt and successfully completed the Executive Development program at Babson College, Wellesley, Massachusetts.
 Mr. Gajaria joined the Indian Joint Venture partner for Dow AgroSciences in 1993. He was the Human Resources leader for the business in India and was instrumental in putting together the Joint venture Organization Structure, policies and people management work processes.
Mr. Gajaria moved to the Global Headquarters in Indianapolis in 1999. He has had various leadership roles in Corporate Strategy, Marketing, e-Business and Six Sigma. Prior to his current role he was leading the Global Supply Chain for Dow AgroSciences and was the Marketing Director for the US Agchem business.
He resides in Carmel, Indiana with his wife, two daughters and one son.
 
Jenny Massey
Bingham Economics Development Advisors - Director of Operations 
Jenny is the Director of Operations for Bingham Economic. She directs business development efforts and coordinates negotiations with federal, state and local government officials for corporate projects nationwide. Jenny's international experience helps create an appropriate and comfortable business atmosphere for transactions with foreign companies. Of note, she does retain the ability to converse in Japanese and she is currently learning Mandarin Chinese in support of new Chinese and Taiwanese corporate clientele.

Jenny is a Committee Member of the Indianapolis Kiwanis Club Business Circle and is the Vice-President of the America China Society of Indiana. She currently resides in Fishers, Indiana with her daughter.
Jonathan Tempel
Wellpoint - Associate General Counsel
Diane Thomas
The International Center - President & CEO
 
 
Heidi Ross
Director, Indiana University East Asian Studies Center & Professor,   Educational Policy Studies; Co-direction, Australian National University-Indiana University Pan Asia Institute
 
Research Interests: Comparative and International Education; Chinese education; Gender, Schooling and Social Stratification; Student Engagement; Narrative and Relational Research Theories.
Heidi Ross is Director of the East Asian Studies Center and Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Indiana University. She is also Co-director of the Australian National University-Indiana University Pan Asia Institute. Dr. Ross earned her B.A. in Chinese Language and Literature at Oberlin College, an M.A. in Education and Applied Linguistics at the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. in Educational Foundations, Policy, and Administration at the University of Michigan. Dr. Ross has taught and consulted at numerous institutions in East Asia and has served as president of the Comparative and International Education Society, co-editor of Comparative Education Review, and Chair of Educational Studies and Director of Asian Studies at Colgate University. Ross has published widely on Chinese education, gender and schooling, and qualitative research methodology, and her books include China Learns English (Yale), The Ethnographic Eye (Garland), and Taking Teaching Seriously (Paradigm). She is currently leading two field-based projects in the PRC on student engagement in Chinese higher education and girls' educational access and attainment in rural Shaanxi. In 2011 Ross received Indiana University's prestigious Presidential Award for excellence in teaching. She is also a 2012 recipient of Indiana University's John W. Ryan Award for Distinguished Contributions to International Programs and Studies.
Joe Xu
Confucius Institute - Director
The Confucius Institute in Indianapolis was established at IUPUI in 2007 through an agreement between The Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban) and IUPUI in partnership with Sun Yat-Sen University (SYSU) in China. The Confucius Institute in Indianapolis is led by an Executive Director with input and guidance from an Advisory Board. A Program Committee composed of representatives from local organizations is involved in the planning and executing the specific programs and projects.
 
Young Hee Yedinak
WTHR TV - Senior Community Affairs Producer
Young-Hee Yedinak is an award-winning television producer at WTHR-TV Channel 13, an NBC station in Indianapolis.  As Community Affairs Senior Producer, she helps educate the public about critical issues facing Central Indiana by creating public service announcements, programs and outreach events.  She won a number of awards for her work, including the Emmy Awards from the National Association of Television Arts & Sciences/Lower Great Lakes Chapter; the Spectrum Awards from the Indiana Broadcasters Association; and the Community Impact Awards from the Indiana Associated Press.   She is actively engaged in the community, donating her time and talent to such organizations as Asian American Alliance, Inc., United Way of Central Indiana Diversity Volunteer Recognition Committee, Asian Learning Center Advisory Committee, and the Castleton Toastmasters.   She holds a Bachelors degree in Telecommunications from Indiana University, and a Masters degree in Instructional Systems Technology(School of Education), also from IU.  Young-Hee was born in Seoul, South Korea, and has lived in Indonesia and Vietnam before immigrating to the United States. She resides in Indianapolis with her husband Jim.
 
Xishun Zhang
The Heritage Group - President, China Market