Institute Staff

Eva Allen

Assistant Director

Allen oversees administration and operations for the Institute, working closely with the Office of the Vice President for Research at Indiana University and her fellow members of the Institute's leadership.

Mariana Cains

Resilience Analyst

Cains supports the development of the Hoosier Resilience Index by researching existing tools, collecting relevant literature and data and more. Cains is also a Ph.D. candidate in Environmental Science at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, with a focus on integrating resilience into the risk analysis framework.

Orion Day

Media Developer

Day supports the Institute's communication efforts by maintaining an informative website and publishing relevant content through social media channels. Day has several years' experience in marketing and communications for nonprofits and uses those insights to help promote resilience in the state.

Leann Sears

Finance Manager

Sears manages the financial operations of the Institute, offering reporting, analysis, and budgetary guidance to the leadership for decision support. Sears is also the point of contact for researchers needing assistance with Institute-related external funding proposal preparation and submissions.

Savannah Sullivan

Resource Development Assistant

Sullivan generates resources for counties and municipalities, and supports the development and maintenance of the Environmental Resilience Institute Toolkit.

Andrea Webster

Implementation Manager

A former public servant in Louisville Metro Government’s Office of Sustainability, Webster works with Institute faculty and staff to manage projects and facilitate engagement with community partners.

Vanessa Worthy

Administrative and Project Coordinator

Worthy oversees the coordination of business operations at the Institute and organizes meetings, events, travel and support materials. She serves as a primary point of contact for the Institute. Worthy is also pursuing a master’s degree in environmental science and biotechnology.