The Franklin College Board of Trustees has welcomed three newly elected members into its ranks.
Jon Almeras, E. Lynn Grayson and Deana (Baker) Haworth, all alumni of the college, bring a variety of professional expertise and leadership skills to their board roles.
Almeras is a tax attorney and the managing director, taxes at Airlines for America (A4A) in Washington, D.C. A4A is the primary trade association for passenger and cargo airlines of the United States. He is responsible for advising member airlines and advocating for the industry in the areas of federal, state and international taxation of aviation.
He is a 1992 graduate of Franklin College, as well as a graduate of Indiana University School of Law and Georgetown University Law Center. His strongest philanthropic interests are education and medical research.
Upon accepting his trustee appointment, Almeras said, “Franklin College accomplished its mission with me, giving me a great education and the tools to grow and succeed. I am grateful for that and want to ensure that the college has the means and support to continue its mission for generations of students to come.”
Grayson is a partner in the environmental law firm Nijman•Franzetti LLP in Chicago. She is consistently recognized as a leading environmental attorney by Chambers USA and The Best Lawyers in America.
Grayson is a past recipient of the National Law Journal’s Energy and Environmental Trailblazer Award and previously was recognized by Best Lawyers as Environmental Lawyer of the Year in Chicago. For her work to promote diversity in the legal profession, she was the recipient of the Chicago Bar Association’s first Alta May Hulett Award, among others.
Grayson is a prolific author and frequent speaker on environmental law and policy matters, and she teaches natural-resources law as an adjunct faculty member. She also serves on the board of directors for the Environmental Law Institute in Washington D.C. In 2019, she was elected second vice president of the Chicago Bar Association.
Grayson is a 1983 graduate of Franklin College and a graduate of Indiana University School of Law. She is admitted to the Illinois State Bar Association and U.S. Supreme Court.
Grayson said, “I welcome the opportunity to work with the board to ensure the long-term success and sustainability of Franklin College. Higher education is in the midst of a significant transformation, with many challenges facing small, liberal arts institutions. Franklin College is uniquely situated to succeed in this changing environment through ongoing efforts focused on innovative thinking, corporate partnerships and community outreach.”
Haworth is the chief operating officer (COO) at Hirons, a Midwest advertising, public relations and digital agency with offices in Indianapolis and Chicago. She launched her career in communications at Hirons 19 years ago and persistently pursued an upward trajectory leading to her current role as the first female COO in the firm’s history.
She was recognized as one of Indianapolis’ 2018 Women of Influence by the Indianapolis Business Journal. She has a long history of consulting clients on key initiatives, including successfully launching INBiz, a web portal that streamlined business processes for Indiana businesses and today is used by more than 400,000 business owners across the state, and garnering support for the Wishard to Eskenazi Health referendum to improve healthcare in Indianapolis. Further, she conceived and oversees Hirons’ proprietary Rural Reach program, bringing clients unique communications strategies for reaching rural U.S. populations.
Haworth graduated from Franklin College in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She also has a master’s degree in public relations from Ball State University. She is Public Relations Society of America accredited.
Haworth said, “My first impression of Franklin College was during the Indiana High School Press Association’s annual summer camp hosted at the Pulliam School of Journalism. There I saw the emphasis on strong work ethic and, in particular, the merits of innovation and leadership. Those early impressions, paired with my experience at Franklin College as a student, have stuck with me throughout my career. I believe it’s important to impart those values in the students and young professionals who will serve as future collaborators and innovators within our workplaces and communities.”
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POSTED Jan 6, 2020