Elaine Fisher

Ms. Fisher retired from Ball State as Special Projects Director, Building Better Communities, in June 2010. Prior to that, she served as the first Director of Ball State University's Office of Building Better Communities (BBC). BBC conducts the Indiana Economic Development Course (EDC), accredited by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and also delivers customized, local and regional education programs and consulting services. Elaine has designed and administered strategic planning processes in over 30 Indiana communities.

She has served on the Boards of Directors of the American Economic Development Council (AEDC), the Mid-America Economic Development Council (MAEDC), and the Indiana Economic Development Association (IEDA).   In 2009 Ms. Fisher received the Distinguished Hoosier Award and also received the inaugural Excellence in Leadership Award from the Indiana Economic Development Association in 1999. 

Ms. Fisher is a frequent speaker at community and economic development workshops and conferences and as a private consultant provides customized community economic development services to Indiana communities and development related organizations.      

Nancy M. Knapke

Nancy Meiring Knapke is the director/manager of the Fort Recovery State Museum.  She not only oversees the seasonal  operations of the museum, reconstructed fort  and associated battlegrounds and other visitor attractions, she also organizes a yearly speaker series and outreach program.  Nancy is a retired school administrator.  Presently,in addition to her museum responsibilities, she supervises student teachers for Wright State University, and she evaluates teachers for Administrator Assistance of Brookston, IN.  She holds a B.S. from the University of Dayton and a M.A from Ball State University.  She is the mother of four, and grandmother of 11.                                                                                                              

Jarrod Burks

Dr. Jarrod Burks is a professional archaeologist who works for Ohio Valley Archaeology, Inc., a private archaeology firm in Columbus, Ohio. Jarrod received his PhD and MA degrees in anthropology (archaeology) from The Ohio State University and his BA degree in anthropology from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign. One of his great passions is relocating ancient earthwork sites through geophysical survey.  To that end he has surveyed several dozen of these earthwork sites in Ohio, making numerous unique discoveries, including finding previously unknown sites.  Jarrod is a trustee of the Ohio Archaeological Council, a nonprofit organization of professional and avocational archaeologists, the President and a founder of the Heartland Earthworks Conservancy (www.earthworksconservancy.org), and the Treasurer of the Midwest Archaeological Conference. During his day job, Jarrod spends a lot of time trying to find things of archaeological importance for others to dig up. He is also often in cemeteries attempting to locate unmarked graves and has participated in several forensics cases and taught geophysics at forensics workshops. Looking for unmarked graves has taken him to several interesting corners of the planet, including Guadalcanal, Poland, and numerous states in the U.S. Jarrod’s most recent publications include:  (with Robert Cook) 2011, “Beyond Squier and Davis: Rediscovering Ohio’s Earthworks Using Geophysical Remote Sensing” in the journal American Antiquity 76(4):667-689; 2010, “Recording Earthworks in Ohio-Historic Aerial Photography, Old Maps and Magnetic Survey.” In Landscapes through the Lens: Aerial Photographs and the Historic Environment, edited by D. C. Cowley, R. A. Standring, and M. J. Abicht, pp. 77-87. Oxbow Books, Oxford; and 2014 “Geophysical Survey at Ohio Earthworks: Updating Nineteenth Century Maps and Filling the ‘Empty’ Spaces” in the journal Archaeological Prospection 21:5-13.