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CABELLO (continued) Her mom is of Mexican American heritage and her dad is from Mexico. “They have been my biggest influences,” Cabello said. “I’ve seen them work very hard and encourage us — my sister and my brother — to be the best we can, to keep striving. They gave me the confidence to just keep pushing. “Even as a young girl, my mom would ask me to tutor young people. ...They were instilling in me that even as a young girl, I can still serve. And that taught me to give back.” In 2019, Cabello and her husband pledged $25,000 to create ISU’s first private scholarship to support students of Latino/Hispanic descent, The Eddy and Kathy G. Cabello Annual Scholarship. They wanted to do their part in helping students overcome financial barriers to higher education. Cabello also serves as a consultant and speaker on talent and leadership development, executive coaching, business startups, and the importance of diversity in the workforce. She has served on the board of several organizations, including Fifth Third Bank, the Indianapolis chapters of the National Association of Women Business Owners, and the National Society of Hispanic MBAs. She has earned several recognitions, including the 2021 Courage Award presented by the ​​Girl Scouts of Central Indiana and Indiana Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch; 2010 Indiana Fortune’s Most Powerful Women nominee; the 2010 Indianapolis Business Journal Women of Influence for Indiana; and the 2012 Mayor’s Latino Woman-Owned Business of the Year. But for all her accomplishments, she’s most proud of her daughters and her partnership with her husband of 35 years. “I’m proud of how we’ve built our life together to give back to our community,” she said.

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NEW TRUSTEES John Pratt, Rockville Pratt is a descendant of multiple generations of Parke County citizen leaders. He currently serves as President of the Parke County Council and has been greatly involved with economic development initiatives to position the county as an important place of destination in West-Central Indiana. Pratt was instrumental in helping guide Parke County to join the Wabash River Regional Development Authority and has been supportive of county efforts to attract investment in qualityof-place enhancements for Rockville and surrounding communities. He has demonstrated strong support for education, including K-12 and higher education, recognizing the high percentage of Parke County children who attend and graduate from Indiana State University. Pratt is a leader in agri-business and rural-based issues, including the importance of reversing the cycle of rural poverty through higher education. He is the treasurer of the Parke County Republican Party.

Troy Woodruff, Fishers Woodruff is a 1998 graduate of Indiana State University with a degree in Communication Studies and a Minor in Marketing. He served in the Indiana House of Representative (District 64 in Southwest Indiana) from 2004-06 during which time he was a member of the House Ways and Means Committee. With his ISU background, he became a strong ally when the university was looking at what to do with the outdated and costly twin towers on campus. Following his service in the House, Woodruff was a leader at the Indiana Department of Transportation. After leaving INDOT in 2014, he started his own consulting business and went on to purchase RQAW in August 2015. At RQAW, he currently serves as President/CEO. In 2017, Woodruff started another successful company, BW Construction, which supplies construction management services across Indiana. In his spare time, he serves on the board of the Youth Mentoring Initiative, which is affiliated with Fishers High School. He also serves as a varsity basketball assistant coach for Pendleton Heights High School.

Kimberly Collins, Terre Haute Collins, the new student trustee, is a junior majoring in Marketing with a concentration in Sales Management and a minor in Entrepreneurship. She is a President’s Scholar and a Networks Scholar and is part of the Honors College where she serves as a peer mentor. Collins has served as president and vice president of Indiana State’s Student Philanthropy Organization, which assists with the annual Give to Blue Day. She is also involved in the Indiana State Dance Marathon, which annually raises money for Riley Children’s Hospital. As a freshman, she was a member of the Sycamore Leadership Coalition, a branch of student government designed for first-year students. She also holds on-campus jobs in the University Marketing Office and in the ISU Foundation.


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