Chuck is the founder of the Surack Family Foundation and a native of southeast Fort Wayne. As the founder of Sweetwater, the largest online retailer of music instruments and pro audio equipment in the United States, Chuck’s success has been driven by a passion and dedication to “always do the right thing” in service to others. As a leading philanthropist in Northeast Indiana, he has served in numerous volunteer roles and regularly gives to over 600 organizations annually — including music-related organizations like UPAF and Arts United, along with Fort Wayne UNITED, The Rescue Mission, Boys and Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne, and Easterseals Arc of Northeast Indiana.
Vicki is the President of The James Foundation. She, and her husband Rick, forged The James
Foundation guided by faith, love of community, and passion for education. Vicki leads her family
and friends by example through her philanthropic dedication to various organizations and her
church. She is excited by the opportunity to share her and her family’s blessings with others.
Kathy is a graduate of Indiana University (B.S. Finance) and Miami University (M.B.A.). She is retired from Old National Bank. Her past and present community leadership commitments include: Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne Park Foundation, Vera Bradley Foundation, Canterbury School Foundation, University of St. Francis, and Miss Virginia's Food Pantry.
Mike is Chief Executive Officer of Parkview Health. He is very active in the Fort Wayne community and serves on several boards throughout the region including Greater Fort Wayne, the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, the Regional Chamber of Northeast Indiana, Manchester University, Global Leadership Summit, Central Indiana Corporate Partnership and Indiana Hospital Association.
It started with a dream.
During his childhood, Bridge of Grace’s founder, Javier Mondragon, felt
that church doors were closed to him. This message was conveyed not only
by the physical position of front doors and gates of church buildings,
but also by the disposition of worshippers who would stroll silently
past him and his friends to and from worship services. These silent
congregants are the reason why, years later, Mondragon aspired to create
a ministry whose participants would “open their doors” to community
members and actively pursue opportunities to build up their neighbors
with the gospel.
Pastor Javier 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 various local and regional boards.
“I taught across the street from Bridge of Grace at Levan Scott Academy for five years and I love the people of this community. I am excited to be a part of the Bridge of Grace team and bring research-based early learning programs to the community.”
Kelli has over 15 years of experience in education as a teacher and instructional coach in Title I schools. She holds a B.A. in Elementary Education from the University of Central Oklahoma and a M.A. in Elementary Education from Ball State University.