Mentors of the Year Inspire 2018

Inspire Awards Mentors of the Year

Congratulations to the 2018 Mentors of the Year! These individuals have changed the lives of many people and are excellent examples of the power of mentoring.

Matt Hawkins: Accounting, Legal & Finance

Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana

“He is always forward thinking and anticipates the skills and knowledge employees will need to achieve their goals. He truly wants to see his current and former employees succeed and challenges me as well as others by always looking ahead and asking what’s next.” -Mentee

John Lamprinakos: Business, Retail & Services

President, Worthington Industries

“John will push you past what you thought were your limits. He will not coddle, but will always be behind you 100%, especially when times are tough. He does not allow you to get comfortable in your success, but is also compassionate in your failures. It makes you want to push yourself and your team further.” -Mentee

Dr. Steve Jones: Construction, Engineering & Technology

Professor, Center for Information & Communication Science at Ball State University

“He has served as a mentor and role model to thousands of students over the course of his career, going out of his way to help them personally and professionally, at any hour of the day, on any topic. A mentor who offers guidance and advice without judgment, Steve is adept at using difficult situations as an opportunity for teaching and growth.” -Mentee

Kathy Souchet-Downey: Education, Government & Nonprofit

Constituent Services Liaison, Office of Congressman Andre Carson

“Without hesitation, Kathy took me under her wing.  She was patient, caring, understanding, and very supportive through the journey […] She broke down this whole system that was completely new to me. She taught me about the many doors college could open and helped me think through my studies.” -Mentee

Jean Scallon: Health & Health Sciences

Springstone, Inc.

“In short, Jean is a humble, passionate, authentic change influencer who never loses her desire to serve others.  It’s empowering to have her rooting for you because she wants to see you win in every avenue of life.” -Mentee

Fanchon Stinger: Marketing, Media & Athletics

Anchor, Fox 59

“She doesn’t just spew out suggestions and then send you on your way. She wants to work with you, help you grow, and continue to enhance your abilities. She inspires me, and many others here at Fox59.” -Mentee

Julie Bullard: Youth Mentoring

Marketing Manager, OneAmerica

“I have never met someone with such devotion, dedication, and passion for helping economically disadvantaged and at-risk students.” -Mentee