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Elizabeth Lynn

Founding Director

Elizabeth Lynn began the Center for Civic Reflection at Valparaiso University in 1998, with generous support from Lilly Endowment, Inc. She currently directs Valpo's Institute for Leadership and Service as well as CCR, teaches in the field of philanthropic leadership and service, and conducts research on the role of the humanities in American civic life. Active in her own community and state, Elizabeth serves on the Valparaiso Board of Zoning Appeals, the governing board of Indiana Humanities, and the advisory board for the Lake Family Institute on Faith and Giving at Indiana University. She holds a PhD in Religion and Literature from the University of Chicago. Co-editor with Adam Davis of The Civically Engaged Reader,  she is the author most recently of An Ongoing Experiment: State Councils, the Humanities, and the American Public (Kettering Foundation, 2013). 

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Debbie Garbukas

Administrative Assistant

Debbie Garbukas joined CCR in January 2007.  She also works with the Institute for Leadership and Service at Valparaiso University and the Valparaiso Project on the Education and Formation of People in Faith, a Lilly Endowment-funded grant.  Debbie is currently enrolled at Valparaiso University, working part-time towards a business degree. Her work experience also includes fifteen years at the accounting firm Deloitte & Touche, where she assisted senior audit partners and served as Recruiting Coordinator for the Milwaukee office.