Hope Academy Announces New Board Members

Hope Academy Announces New Board Members

Hope Academy High School is pleased to announce two new school board members, Dr. Eric Afuseh with Indiana University Health and Indiana University School of Nursing, and Dr. Victoria Garcia Wilburn with Indiana University School of Health and Human Services. Afuseh and Garcia Wilburn began their first term on the school board on July 1, 2021 and will continue through June 30, 2024.

Colleen Kenney

In addition to the new school board members the following individuals were elected as officers of the Hope Academy School Board:

  • Board Chair: Colleen Kenney, Community Volunteer
  • Vice Chair: Amy Levander, Krieg DeVault LLP
  • Secretary: Phyllis Land Usher, Usher Funeral Home
  • Treasurer:  Janine Shopp, Urology of Indiana

“Hope Academy’s board of directors is comprised of community leaders who are committed to the livelihood of Hope Academy and the success of our students,” said Hope Academy Executive Director Rachelle Gardner. “Dr. Afuseh and Dr. Garcia Wilburn bring invaluable expertise to the board which will benefit Hope Academy greatly. We are also delighted to see Colleen Kenney in a new leadership role as chair of the board where she will provide thoughtful oversight to further Hope Academy’s mission.”

Dr. Eric Afuseh


Dr. Eric Afuseh is clinical assistant professor at Indiana University School of Nursing where he teaches core graduate level courses to students in the Master of Science in Nursing program, serves on faculty committees and has published research work on substance use disorder. He has been involved with many state level initiatives regarding substance use disorder like FIX with the Indiana State Museum and Indiana Addiction Grand Challenge lead by Dean Newhouse. Dr. Afuseh is a nurse practitioner at IU Health and earned his Doctorate of Nursing Degree from the University of Kentucky in 2013.

Dr. Victoria Garcia Wilburn


Dr. Victoria Garcia Wilburn is assistant professor of occupational therapy in the School of Health and Human Sciences at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Dr. Garcia Wilburn is a community engaged scholar practitioner specializing in implementing occupational therapy services for populations, organizations, and communities in underserved practice settings. Her most current projects focus on implementing occupation-based programming for adolescents in substance use disorder recovery. Dr. Garcia Wilburn earned her Doctorate of Health Science Degree in at University of Indianapolis in 2014.


Media Contact:

Ty Spisak, Hope Academy Communications Consultant
317.517.8867 | ty@tyspisak.com