President and Chief Operating Officer
A Michigan native, Jud Fisher is a graduate of DePauw University and the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. He joined Ball Brothers Foundation in 2003 after working for Old National Bancorp. In addition to his duties as president and chief operating officer of BBF, he serves on the boards of several regional and statewide organizations including the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital, Edmund F. & Virginia B. Ball Foundation, Indiana Trust Wealth Management, Muncie Aviation Company, First Merchants Corporation, Owl Academic & Athletic Boosters, and the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy Board of Visitors. He is the great-grandson of Ball Brothers Foundation founder Edmund B. Ball. As president and chief operating officer, Jud leads a dedicated board and staff in carrying out the mission of the Ball Brothers Foundation.
Senior Program Officer
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, senior program officer Rich Spisak holds degrees from Miami University at Oxford, Ohio, and the University of Colorado. He joined the Ball Brothers Foundation staff in 2008 after successfully serving on the football coaching staffs at four universities and on the development staff at Ball State University. His responsibilities at BBF includes researching program areas, reviewing grant requests, conducting site visits, and tracking project results.
Jenna Wachtmann, program officer, joined the Ball Brothers Foundation staff in 2014 after working in fundraising and program development for social service agencies in St. Louis and Indianapolis. She also completed an internship with the U.S. Department of State, Office of Innovation. She is a graduate of Abilene Christian University and holds both a certificate in nonprofit management from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IUPUI and an executive master of arts degree in philanthropic studies from the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Her responsibilities at BBF include researching funding requests, reviewing grant proposals, conducting site visits, and managing special projects.
Program Officer/Grants Manager
A native of Muncie, Donna Munchel began working for Ball Brothers Foundation in 2005. Before joining the BBF staff, Donna Munchel worked for 11 years at her alma mater, Ball State University. Donna holds dual roles at Ball Brothers Foundation. As a program officer, she researches funding requests, reviews grant proposals, and conducts site visits. In her role as grants manager, Donna coordinates all logistical aspects of the grantmaking process including managing our on-line grants submission system, due diligence procedures and grant award paperwork, final report tracking, and reports for our board of directors.
Executive Assistant/Communications Coordinator
Michelle Stephenson, Executive Assistant and Communications Coordinator, joined the Ball Brothers Foundation staff in 2018. Prior to assuming her role with Ball Brothers Foundation, Michelle spent over a decade working in various capacities at the Ball State University Foundation and Ball State University. She also previously served as a loan officer and branch manager for Pacesetter Bank. Michelle provides administrative support to the Ball Brothers Foundation staff, supervises the daily office functions, assists with social media/communications, and provides back-up assistance to the grants manager. Michelle serves as the initial point of contact for all inquiries. Please contact Michelle directly to request a meeting with a member of the staff or with general questions.