OUR LEADERSHIP STAFF
Communities In Schools is led by a caring and invested team of individuals who work to strengthen CIS’ services and structure across the State of Indiana.
Hadley Moore Vlahogeorge (She/Hers)
Hadley Moore Vlahogeorge has 14 years of experience serving as a teacher and a school administrator prior to accepting the Executive Director role at Communities in Schools of Indiana. After graduating from Purdue University with a BA in English and Classical Studies, she began her educational career as a 2007 Teach for America corps member in the Baltimore City Public Schools. She received her Masters from the Johns Hopkins School of Education where she has since worked as an adjunct instructor. Upon returning to Indianapolis, she taught high school English at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School before earning a Woodrow Wilson MBA Fellowship and completing that coursework at the University of Indianapolis. She was an assistant principal in the Indianapolis Public Schools prior to accepting her most recent position as the Dean of Students at Hamilton Southeastern High School. As a school leader, Hadley knows firsthand how the life of a child can be impacted by the assistance and encouragement of active and engaged community members and resources- like those provided by CIS of Indiana.
Helena Drumm (She/Hers)
Director of Data and Evaluation
Helena Drumm has been with CIS of Indiana for five years. She has over 13 years of experience in the nonprofit and public education sector. Helena is passionate about empowering youth and meeting the community’s needs through philanthropy. She is inspired by the power of relationships and their ability to create lasting change. Helena holds an MSW from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis.
Finda Fallah (She/Hers)
Director of Community Partnerships and Volunteers
Finda Fallah knows that a successful student becomes a successful adult. Finda holds a Master of Science degree in Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and she is a proud alum of Lawrence Township. With over 15 years in education, her work experience has also provided extensive knowledge of case management, community partnerships, strategic implementation, and company collaboration. Ms. Fallah has been a part of Communities in Schools organization for four years- first as a CIS Liaison with Lawrence Township Schools. She is a firm believer that education is an investment in oneself. Finda’s professional experiences have also provided extensive knowledge of management and academic advising, processes, and the challenges of student life. Finda possesses excellent interpersonal and communication skills, enabling students to trust in the guidance and information that she and the rest of the CIS team provides.
Matt Ernst (He/His)
Director of Student Supports
Matt Ernst has been with CIS of Indiana for five years, previously serving as a Site Coordinator in Decatur Township before moving into his role as Director of Student Supports. Matt has experience building strong interpersonal relationships with students and families as well as assessing community strengths and needs. Matt holds a Master of Social Work degree from Indiana University and is a Licensed Social Worker (LSW). He believes that schools provide an amazing opportunity for people to come together as a community to have a positive impact on childrens’ lives.
Kiersti Binette (She/Hers)
Associate Director of Data and Evaluation
Kiersti Binette has been with Communities in Schools of Indiana for five years. She worked previously as a site coordinator for Valley Mills Elementary in Decatur Township before transitioning to her role as Associate Director of Data and Evaluation. She holds a bachelor’s degree from IUPUI. Kiersti has experience in working with a team to problem-solve and work through obstacles that may be present in students’ lives. She uses data to drive her work and is confident that any challenge can be overcome with collaboration and creativity. Kiersti is excited to continue to make a difference in the lives of students in Indiana.