Board of Directors
Founder and CEO
Rev. Mondragon is the founder of Bridge of Grace Compassionate Ministries. He holds a Master of Ministry degree from Olivet Nazarene University, is a Professor of Community Development and Urban Ministries at Indiana Wesleyan University, and serves on the boards of the Fort Wayne Rescue Mission, North East Indiana Nazarene, and Nazarene Theological Seminary Center for Pastoral Leadership Advisory.
Mr. Hays currently serves as Resident Engineer for Kimball Electronics in the Fort Wayne area. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Trine University and was previously with Advance Manufacturing Group Leader for Raytheon Corp. He is a Real Men Read and Lunch Buddy volunteer with Big Brothers/Big Sisters and leads the Education Initiatives team for Bridge of Grace.
Mr. Graves currently works for Strahm Building Solutions in construction sales, project management and operations. Matt has a bachelor's degree from Purdue University and an MBA from IPFW. Matt's volunteer activities include co-founding LivingFortWayne.com and serving with Active 20-30 Club and Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana. He currently serves the operations committee and the board of directors of SCAN. In 2016, Matt Was appointed by the Mayor to serve on the City of Fort Wayne Economic Development Commission.
Mr. Bucher is currently President of Honnegger Ringger & Co. CPA firm. Mr. Bucher holds a BA in Accounting from Purdue University. He is the treasurer of Wells County Chamber of Commerce, Wells County Food Bank, Wells County Foundation, and Apostolic Christian Church of Bluffton North. He also serves on the Advisory Board for House of Hope, the Steve Kelly Cancer Relief Foundation, Bluffton Regional Medical Center, and is a member of AICPA and Indiana CPA Society.
Mr. Hamilton is Deputy Chief of the Community Relations Division of the FWPD. Hamilton graduated from Manchester College. He formerly served as Chief of Police and also worked in the Prosecutor’s Office as Liaison Officer. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of SCAN and the Social Work Advisory Board at Manchester College.
Ms. Pope currently serves as a teacher’s assistant at Towles Intermediate School, a Montessori school within Fort Wayne Community Schools. She has over a decade of experience in various capacities in the school district. Previously she has worked in the financial field. Tamara has been involved with Bridge of Grace for several years in a volunteer capacity and, as an MVP resident and community leader, she has an inside perspective of the needs of the Mount Vernon Park neighborhood.
Ms. Starks is a partner with the law firm of Barnes & Thornburg LLP. She is a member of the Finance, Insolvency and Restructuring and Corporate departments. Lisa has a bachelor’s degree from Manchester University and a juris doctorate from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. She serves on the Allen County-Fort Wayne Capital Improvement Board of Managers, Visit Fort Wayne Board of Directors, Questa Education Foundation Board of Directors, and Manchester University President’s Leadership Council.