Meet the team at the Community-Engaged Alliance. This organization has experience that embodies our collective commitment to creating positive change. From seasoned veterans to fresh faces brimming with passion, our diverse team is united by a shared dedication to community engagement and social impact. As you get to know us, you'll discover a dynamic blend of expertise, creativity, and unwavering enthusiasm for our mission. Whether collaborating on projects, brainstorming innovative ideas, or simply sharing stories over coffee, each interaction with our team leaves a lasting impression of warmth, collaboration, and a shared sense of purpose. Together, we're not just colleagues—we're a community-driven force for meaningful change.
Dr. Elijah Howe joined CEA as the executive director in 2022, where he works closely with the Board of Directors to oversee the organization and its success. He has worked at the intersection of philanthropy and higher education as a researcher and fundraiser, and his areas of research include faculty and student civic engagement, student philanthropy, and the history of philanthropy.
Elijah is a proud husband, father, and native Hoosier. He spends his free time with family, watching and playing sports, and reading.
- Ph.D. in Higher Education, Indiana University
- M.A. in Philanthropic Studies, Indiana University
- B.A. in History, Hanover College
Director of Programming and Strategic Initiatives
Mark joined CEA in Fall 2023 as the Program Manager where he oversees all of CEA's grant and professional development programs. He is currently a Ph.D. student in American Studies researching strategies to increase equitable outcomes in higher education and interrogating the role of higher education in a democratic society. In the last year, Mark was appointed to Ivy Tech’s Visionary Board for Emerging Leaders and his research has been highlighted by the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy and Student Success Summit.
- Ph.D. in American Studies, Indiana University (in progress)
- M.A. in History, Cleveland St. University
- B.S. in Arts Marketing, Indiana University
Olivia joined CEA as the Graduate Assistant in Fall 2023. She has worked in higher education fundraising as a student caller, frontline fundraiser, and stewardship coordinator. Her areas of interest are grant writing, community outreach, and social impact.
Olivia is a Richmond, Virginia native. She enjoys relaxing in nature, practicing yoga, and traveling in her free time.
- M.A. in Philanthropic Studies, Indiana University (in progress)
- B.S. in Human Services, Old Dominion University
Marketing and Communication Specialist
Holly Smith joined the Community-Engaged Alliance as the marketing and communication specialist in 2024, where she provides strategic marketing and communications support for the organization. She has worked in corporate and agency roles for over 25 years in healthcare, banking and higher education with an emphasis in marketing, communications and strategic planning. Holly also is an adjunct instructor in Marketing at the University of Evansville.
Holly serves on the board of directors for the Evansville Police Foundation, A Network of Evansville Women, the Women’s Fund of Vanderburgh County and the Advisory Committee at the Southern Indiana Career and Technical Center for the Media Communications and Broadcasting (Radio Station WPSR 90.7).
Holly is a proud wife, mother, marketing professional, community volunteer and IU Alum. She spends her free time with family and friends camping and boating.
- M.B.A., University of Evansville
- B.S. in Marketing, University of Southern Indiana
- B.S. in Kinesiology, Indiana University