Mrs. Katie Ciccarelli
Executive Director/Institute Global Enterprise in Indiana
Katie Ciccarelli was appointed executive director of the Institute for Global Enterprise in Indiana in 2013. She joined the institute in May 2012 as the director of program development. Prior to that appointment, Ms. Ciccarelli served as the associate director of the Ahlers Center for International Business and as adjunct professor of international business at the University of San Diego.|
Ms. Ciccarelli provided leadership and strategic planning to ensure the Ahlers Center was reaching its goal of providing valuable international business programing for students, faculty and the business community. Her roles included managing the International MBA and Dual Degree programs, developing and managing an annual conference for business executives entitled Peace and Prosperity through Trade and Commerce, and creating and managing numerous graduate business study abroad programs. Ms. Ciccarelli has lived, studied, and worked abroad in Brazil, Italy, France, Portugal, Belgium, and Thailand. She is fluent in Italian. Ms. Ciccarelli holds a BA in art history and a BA in Italian from the University of California at Davis, and an International MBA from the University of San Diego.
Dr. Jill Griffin
Director/Global Assistance Program
Schroeder Family Bldg. 143
Jill Griffin joined the Institute for Global Enterprise in Indiana as the director of the Global Assistance Program in August 2012. She brings practical experience as a management consultant at Deloitte Consulting as well as experience in brand management and business development at Dell Computer Corporation.| Griffin’s academic training includes a PhD in Marketing from the University of Texas at Austin, an MBA and MS in Industrial and operations engineering from the University of Michigan, a MA in economics from Indiana University, and a BA in mathematics and Russian from Trinity University. She has spent more than seven years living and working abroad in such countries as Germany, Austria, Russia, and Bulgaria. Her research on consumer behavior is published in the Journal of Marketing Research and the Journal of Consumer Psychology. In addition to directing GAP and coaching students on projects with industry partners, Griffin has taught courses in brand management, consumer behavior, marketing strategy, marketing research, microeconomics and macroeconomics. She is passionate about providing transformative educational experiences to students.
Mr. Rick Deer
Director, Global Enterprise Innovation
Richard Deer has founded and operated a number of small businesses over the past 25 years, working primarily with start-up companies funded by investment banks, venture capitalists, and angel investors. Before serving the University of Evansville, he led a group of technology infrastructure companies funded by angel investors that operated across four states with six southwestern US locations.| As CEO of this company, he partnered in innovative product development with a number of international companies. He has collaborated in product design and development with partners in the US, Qatar, Czech Republic, Madagascar, India, and South Korea.
Rick has a BS degree in engineering management and an Executive MBA. His areas of specialization include engineering economy; entrepreneurship; entrepreneurial education; business development; new product/process development; venture capital finance; audio, video, and security-system design/product development; biometric triggering systems; telecommunications interface systems; computer information systems; and automotive electronics and diagnostic systems.
Mr. Zephyr Wilkins
Zephyr Wilkins joins the Institute for Global Enterprise in Indiana staff after living and working for nearly 5 years in China. During his time there, he served as a consultant for businesses and universities in understanding cross-cultural business and communication practices and served on the board of a local education charity.| He also wrote various curricula dedicated to critical thinking, cross-cultural communication, and leadership for top high schools in China. He is a graduate of the University of Central Florida where he was awarded the first annual President’s Student Diversity Leadership Award as well as the institution’s highest honor, the Order of Pegasus, which is awarded to individuals who demonstrate achievement in academics, leadership, and civic engagement.
Mr. Dan Miller
Dan Miller became the institute’s first Global Executive-in-Residence upon his retirement from the position of executive director after serving in that capacity for nearly two years. From 2000 to 2010, Miller served as the executive vice president of Kimball International and president of Kimball Furniture Group in Jasper, Indiana.|
There, he led development of the $1.2 billion NASDAQ company's Asian supply chain for furniture. He also grew market share and retained profitability during 40 percent industry revenue declines and expanded the company's hospitality furniture business to a world leader in hotel furniture. Miller has also served as executive vice president for Latin America, based in Sao Paulo, Brazil, with Whirlpool Corporation. There, as a member of Whirlpool's eight-person executive committee, he played a key role in refining and implementing the company's globalization strategy. Miller's career has also included roles as president and CEO of International Knife and Saw in Cincinnati, Ohio, and president and COO of Overhead Door Corporation in Dallas, Texas. Miller graduated from the University of Evansville in 1970 with a Bachelor of Science in business administration. He also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University. Miller previously served on the University of Evansville's Board of Visitors and Board of Trustees.
Mrs. Cynthia Kelley
Senior Administrative Assistant/Global Enterprise
Schroeder Family Bldg. 260