Within the last few months, the Board of Directors and staff have developed a strategy to catapult ETHOS into the future and have chosen Jim Finan to lead the way. While building strategic partnerships, developing program excellence, and formulating a regional model for growth, CEO Jim Finan will lead a reorganized team of dedicated staff members committed to STEM education and innovation for our community and region. He will follow the work of John Taylor who will continue in a newly designed role, Director of STEM Education.
Jim has a rich professional track record in forging relationships between stakeholders, community partners, and investors in all positions of his Economic and Business Development career. Prior to joining ETHOS in 2019 as Chief Strategy Officer, he managed Economic Development initiatives for AEP’s Indiana Michigan Power and for organizations within the South Bend / Elkhart region comprising St. Joseph, Elkhart, and Marshal counties in Indiana and Berrien and Cass counties in Michigan. He is experienced in fundraising, budgeting, management, and public speaking. Jim earned a Bachelors in business operations and a MBA from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. He is married to Ellen and collectively they have six adult children and eight grandchildren with No. 9 coming in December.
To the friends we serve in our community,
The COVID-19 spread is unlike anything we have experienced in our lifetimes. At the ETHOS Innovation Center, we know this is a very difficult time for each of you. This event in history has caused many disruptions, affects not only students, but also families and friends everywhere. We have been watching the events of the last month, and considered the current and potential future impact.
We hope each of you, your friends and families are able to stay healthy and positive as we pass through this difficult time. Our staff is working remotely, and we appreciate your patience and apologize for any delays in our response time during this period.
We are also taking necessary steps to best support our loyal patrons. To that end, we have decided to close our doors until at least April 13th. We look forward to when we reopen and again work to meet the STEM needs of the youth in our region. Due to the closure and uncertain time due to this disease, we are also making changes in program cancellation policy.
Any programs cancelled after March 15th, due to the COVID-19 pandemic will be fully refunded, regardless of cancellation date. Please contact Shari at Shari[@]ethosinc.org for cancellation or refund questions.
ETHOS is still looking forward to an exciting summer with a full line up of summer camps. For those with cabin fever and inquisitive youth, there are many opportunities for students of all ages to experience great learning experiences in hands-on STEAM. You can check out our summer camps at: CLICK HERE
A similar cancellation policy will be in place for the summer camps as stated above. If we need to cancel camps this summer because of the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, you will receive a full refund. Contact us for more information regarding financial need.
The ETHOS Innovation Center, as a nonprofit, will be weathering this difficult time. We are as determined as ever and move through this for the sake of our children, and our passion for their STEAM futures. We will continue to monitor the situation and work to communicate the most recent information regarding the ETHOS Innovation Center.
Our wishes are for the health and wellness of each of you. Please, do not hesitate with any questions. Thank you all for your ongoing support as we work together to make the world better for our students.
John B. Taylor
CEO, ETHOS Innovation Center