Celina Weatherwax currently serves as President of the McMillan Family Foundation. Prior to joining the McMillan Family Foundation, Celina served as founder of her own government and public relations company. Celina has dedicated her life to serving others through various roles. She served as Regional Director for U.S. Senator Richard Lugar for nearly 10 years and later served Congressman Peter Visclosky as his Director of Communications.
“Celina has been an integral part of my team, lending her passion and talents to Hispanic outreach efforts between our office and communities across Indiana and assisting hundreds of Hoosiers,” Sen. Lugar remarked during the National League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) conference in Washington, D.C. Celina earned her B.A. in 2004 and her M.B.A. in 2011, both from Purdue University North Central.. The Times BusINess magazine named her to its 20 under 40 Class of 2011. In 2014, Celina curated TEDxCountyLineRoad, the first TEDx talk of Northwest Indiana and in 2015, she became a Good Life Awards recipient.
Celina was born in Granada, Nicaragua. In 1987 her family moved to Hobart when she was seven years old to escape the country’s political unrest. Celina learned English through classroom integration and was the first in her family to attend college. Celina currently lives in Chesterton with her husband, Derek.
Ward Barnett currently serves as Academy Director at the Multi Agency Academic Cooperative (MAAC) Foundation. Prior to joining the MAAC Foundation,
Ward served in the USCG after graduating high school and was based at Air Station New Orleans as a Flight Mechanic / EMT. Upon completing his enlistment in 1982 he work with both a private ambulance and hospital based ambulance service while joining the Terrytown Volunteer Fire Department. He became a career firefighter with the New Orleans Fire Department and upon obtaining his associates degree in Fire Science from Delgado Community College in 1988 moved to Stillwater Oklahoma to work on his Bachelor’s Degree. He has spent the majority of his career working in various fire protection roles in industry for a Department of Energy Contractor a Semiconductor Facility before moving to Denver. He spent 15 years at the Denver Refinery in safety and fire protection roles while serving as the Refinery Fire Chief. He was also able to return to the municipal fire service as a member of the South Adams County Volunteer Fire Department that also covered the Refinery and served for 14 years retiring as an Assistant Chief. He moved to Indiana to work at the Refinery in Whiting Indiana in an expanded role before joining the MAAC.
Every role Ward has held has had training as a major component of his responsibility and he has assisted or worked on building various training facilities during his career. He believes a training center is never complete and should always be in a state of construction or improvement to meet the ever changing demands of its mission.
“We are fortunate to have Ward leading the efforts on the MAAC campus. His knowledge and expertise will ensure that this project comes to full fruition,” Founder Stewart McMillan said.
Ward earned his B.S. in 1992 from Oklahoma State University in Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Technology.
Ward currently lives in Portage with his wife, Janet and has two daughters Jennifer and Patrice.