OUR TEAM

Our dedicated team of experienced professionals are always utilizing their skills and passion to move the vision of our organization forward. Always pushing themselves to stay ahead of the curve and striving to perfect the Lugar Center's programs. Meet some of our incredible leaders below.

THE BOSS
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Project Manager

Before joining the Lugar Center, Sarah spent five years IDOH leveraging partnerships and promoting evidence-based programs to improve birth outcomes and reduce maternal morbidity and mortality. Sarah is an ISU graduate and is currently pursuing a Master of Public Health degree from IU Bloomington.

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Sarah Briley

Associate Director

Dan joined the Lugar Center in 2017 after completing his MPA from ISU. A former IRHA fellow, Dan believes solutions to rural problems are best solved through collaborative and innovative strategies that incorporate local institutions. He draws his passion for rural communities from his upbringing in Parke, Co. Indiana.

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Dan Hardesty

Healthy Start Manager

A rural Hoosier, Matt has a passion for serving foster families and improving community health. Prior to joining the Lugar Center, he served as the Sullivan County Health Dept Health Administrator and Environmental Health Specialist. He is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Healthcare Administration. 

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Dr. Matt Herrick

Executive Director

From growing up in Africa to his experiences across the Midwest, Hicham is dedicated to leading initiatives aimed at addressing barriers that inordinately affect rural communities, with a particular emphasis on sustainable and replicable solutions that improve outcomes.

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Medical Director

A "Country Doctor" for 33 years, Jim Turner, D.O., is Board Certified in Family and Addiction Medicine. A UHFMR graduate, he holds faculty appointments at the Univ. of Illinois College of Medicine, Indiana Univ. School of Medicine, and Marian University. Since 2013 he has served on the Vigo County Board of Health.

Dr. Jim Turner

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Project Manager

Casey is a Registered Dietitian with prior experiences as a WIC Nutritionist and dietetics educator in western Pennsylvania and Indiana State University. She is passionate about nutrition education and advocacy for underserved populations, particularly regarding food insecurity.

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Dr. Cassondra Strawser