Friday, April 6, 2018

Better Together: Promoting Peace on Campus and the Community

President Mearns

Geoffrey S. Mearns, J.D.

President, Ball State University

Muncie, Indiana


Mayor Dennis Tyler

Mayor Dennis Tyler

Muncie, Indiana


Saturday, April 7, 2018

Practicing Peace: Challenging Steps to Dialogue

Sister Norma Rocklage

Sister Norma Rocklage, OSF, Ph.D.

Executive Director for Education Formation Outreach

Marian University

Indianapolis, Indiana


The Role of Social Capital in Attenuating Addictions: Recovered Lives, Recovered Communities

Professional Headshot of Dr. Linda Daniel

Linda Daniel, Ph.D.

Clinical Director, Inpatient Behavioral Health

Graduate Medical Education Department

Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital

Muncie Indiana



Biographies of Keynote Speakers

Linda Daniel, PhD, HSPP

Clinical Director, Inpatient Behavioral Health

Graduate Medical Education Department

IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital, Muncie Indiana

Dr. Daniel has lived and worked in Muncie for over 30 years. After earning her MA in Clinical Psychology from Ball State University in 1986, she practiced in inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings. In 1995, she completed her pre-doctoral training at Riley Children’s Hospital and Indianapolis Public Schools and received her PhD in School Psychology from BSU. Dr. Daniel completed post-doctoral training in the Neuropsychology Lab at Ball Memorial Hospital and was hired as the Coordinator of the Lab in 1996.

Since 2001, Dr. Daniel has served on the faculty of the IU Health BMH Family Medicine Residency. In her role as Director of Behavioral Science, she developed a training curriculum based on relationship-centered primary care. Her teaching focuses on the impact of psychosocial complexity on health outcomes, trauma-informed care, addictions treatment using a mind-body-spirit framework, and physician wellness. In her current role as Clinical Director of Inpatient Behavioral Health she provides consultation and treatment services to patients of the Family Medicine Residency and Palliative Care Teams.

Dr. Daniel is the chairperson of the Graduate Medical Education Wellness Committee, section chair of the BMH Medical Associates – Clinical Psychologists, and Supervising Psychologist for the Health Service Psychology Doctoral Internship at the Family Medicine Residency. She provides clinical supervision of doctoral and masters students from the BSU Counseling Psychology Department currently placed in the Internal Medicine Residency and the Chaplain’s Department.

Dr. Daniel is active in the local Quaker meeting and Minnetrista Central Neighborhood Association. She facilitates Neighbors for Public Justice, a post-election group formed in December 2016 to promote peaceful dialogue. She is the IU Health East Central Indiana recipient of the 2016 Values Leadership Award – Professional Staff and the 2017 President’s Values Leadership Award – Professional Staff.

Geoffrey S. Mearns, JD

President, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana

Geoffrey S. Mearns became the 17th president of Ball State University in May 2017. He came from Northern Kentucky University, where he had served as president for five years. During his tenure at NKU, President Mearns led the development of a new five-year strategic plan, which led to substantial increases in retention rates. Among his other accomplishments, President Mearns secured $97 million from the state to build a modern health innovation center, as well as an $8 million private gift to support simulation facilities in the center.

Before leading NKU, President Mearns served as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Cleveland State University, where he led the most successful accreditation process in the institution’s history, and led a strong effort to improve retention rates. Before he became provost, President Mearns was dean and professor of law at the university’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.

President Mearns also practiced law for more than 15 years, including serving as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Department of Justice. He earned his undergraduate degree in English from Yale University. He earned a JD from the University of Virginia.

President Mearns and his wife, Jennifer, have five children.

Sister Norma Rocklage,OSF, PhD

Executive Director, Education Formation Outreach, Marian University, Indianapolis, Indiana

Sr. Norma Rocklage, OSF is the Executive Director for Education Formation Outreach at Marian University. Previously she served as Classical Language Teacher, Dean for Academic Affairs, Acting President and Vice President for Mission Effectiveness and Student Life at Marian University. She is a Sister of St. Francis of Oldenburg, Indiana and holds a M.A. and Ph.D. from St. Louis University in Classical Languages. Sr. Norma has experience as an educator, administrator, lecturer, and retreat and spiritual director. She served as a member of the General Council of her congregation for eight years.

Over the past 40 years she has been involved in several dioceses with adult education and conducted workshops in religious education. Sr. Norma has done postgraduate work in theology at the Weston School of Theology, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Sr. Norma has served on numerous boards in the past and currently serves on the Center for Interfaith Collaboration board, the West Deanery Unified Catholic School board, and the steering committee for Spirit and Place. She has also been the Directory of the Indiana Catholic Principals Institute for 27 years. Another significant focus of her ministry at Marian University since 1989 has been the endeavor to recruit and retain Latino students while also celebrating their heritage.

Dennis Tyler

Mayor, Muncie, Indiana

Chairman, Labor and Industry Board, NAACP

Dennis Tyler grew up on the South-side of Muncie, Indiana and is a graduate of Muncie Central High School. He served as a Line Captain for the Muncie Fire Department before retiring after 42 years of service. On January 4, 2006, he was sworn into office as an Indiana State Legislator, where he served District 34 for six years. At the Statehouse, Tyler served on committees that focused on veteran's affairs, public safety, employment labor, pensions, roads and transportation, autism and government reform.

During his tenure in the general assembly, Tyler was an advocate for victims of violent crimes, introducing legislation on intestate succession, which states that a parent may not receive an intestate share of the estate of the parent's minor or adult child if the parent was convicted of causing the death of the child's other parent. Tyler resigned from the Legislature in December 2011 to assume the duties of Mayor of Muncie, Indiana effective January 1, 2012.

Since that time, Mayor Tyler and his administration have re-opened two fire stations, consolidated animal control, re-initiated summer programming in the parks, graded more than 30 lane miles of roads and 70 alleys, presented more than 50 proclamations, received almost $8 million in grants, and announced nearly 100 new jobs and over $3.2 million in new payroll, representing over $30 million in new capital investment. Mayor Tyler has been active in many community organizations, including United Way of Delaware County, the Knights of Pythias Lodge #37, and the Fraternal Order of Eagles #231 in Muncie. He is the Chairman of Labor and Industry Board of the NAACP since 2010.