Lisa Murphy
Early Childhood Specialist, Founder and CEO of Ooey Gooey, Inc.

Lisa Murphy has been involved in early childhood education for over 20 years. This includes teaching and working in child care centers, group homes, private preschools, kindergarten, and much more. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Education degree in early childhood.

Lisa is the founder and CEO of Ooey Gooey, Inc. and is transforming how young children are being taught everywhere. She is known for her ability to link hands-on activities with educational standards. Play is an important part of her child-centered environments. She presents at hundreds of workshops each year on various early childhood education topics. Lisa Murphy has been featured in various publications and written four books, so far.

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Carrie Bale & Patricia Clark

Dr. Patricia Clark is Professor and Chair of the Department of Elementary Education at Ball State University.  Dr. Clark’s area of specialization is early childhood education and she has been involved as a volunteer with the Muncie BY5 project since its inception.  Dr. Clark chaired the BY5 task force on metrics and measurement, during which time she worked with kindergarten and early childhood teachers to create the Muncie/Delaware County Essential Skills Assessment to measure kindergarten readiness.  Dr. Clark currently serves on the BY5 Board of Directors.

Carrie Bale currently works at Ivy Tech Community College in the Early Childhood Education Department and is also the Executive Director of Delaware County’s Muncie BY5 Early Childhood Initiative. Previously, Ms. Bale was a board member of United Way of Delaware County as well as the Executive Director of Huffer Memorial Children’s Center. Carrie received her Bachelor’s degree in Child Development and Family Studies from Purdue University and her Master’s degree from Anderson University.


Katie Maddox, RN
Owner of On-Site Health & Safety Training Service

Kay Maddox, RN is a graduate of Indiana University – Purdue University School of Nursing. She has been a registered nurse for forty-five years. She is an owner of On-Site Health and Safety Training Service. She also conducts OSHA Compliance seminars throughout the state of Indiana. Kay is a childcare health consultant for numerous childcare centers in Indiana. She serves as a National Safety Council and American Heart Association Training Site for CPR, First Aid, and Bloodborne Pathogens. The National Safety Council awarded Kay Best Training Performance and Instruction of the Year in the past.


George Buss
Director of Experience & Education at Minnetrista Cultural Center

George Buss is currently the Director of Experience and Education at Minnetrista Cultural Center. From 1995 to 1999, he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts in Theater, Acting, and Directing at Messiah College. Additionally, he received a minor in technical theater, while attending Messiah College. Then, in 2007-2009, he went back to school for his Associate’s Degree in Museum Education at Bank Street of Education.

During his college years, he was a camp counselor crew leader, an actor, as well as an educator. Before he became the Director of Experience and Education at Minnetrista, he was a playwright, a team member at the Muncie Arts and Council, and a Representative of the International Museum Theater Alliance. In addition to this, he also served as an advisor to the chair of the Edcom board.

Currently, he serves on an executive leadership team which oversees an institutional budget of 4.2 billion dollars. He aids with staff training, builds relationships with community organizations, and is a mentor and a lead staff member at Minnetrista Cultural Center.