saturday morning mayors panel
Tom Henry - Fort Wayne Indiana Tom is serving in his third term as Mayor of Fort Wayne. Leading Indiana’s second largest city, Mayor Henry is making government the best it can be for residents and businesses by demonstrating a commitment to engagement, innovation, and performance.
Mayor Henry has a strong record of successes in neighborhood infrastructure improvements, downtown development, job creation, business expansions, advances in public safety, and enhancements to the City’s world-class park system. Before being elected Mayor, he served from 1983-2003 on Fort Wayne City Council, representing northwest Fort Wayne.
Mayor Henry has lived in Fort Wayne almost all his life and began his career in the private sector as CEO of a group purchasing organization serving hospitals. He then went on to become a successful small business owner of a local insurance agency and healthcare consulting firm. A 1970 graduate of Fort Wayne Central Catholic High School, Mayor Henry earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology and his MBA from the University of Saint Francis. He is also an Army veteran.
One of 17 children, Mayor Henry and his wife, Cindy, have been married since 1975. They have two grown children and four grandchildren and are members of Most Precious Blood Church
David J. Berger - Lima Ohio Dave, a native of Mansfield, Ohio, moved to Lima in 1977 to become the director of a non-profit community development agency. He worked in that position until August 31, 1989 when he resigned to campaign in the General Election for the position of Mayor. Dave was sworn into office for his first term as Lima’s Mayor on December 5, 1989. On the December 1, 2017 Dave began an unprecedented eighth 4-year term. The Berger Administration has a successful track record of collaborating with others throughout the Lima and Allen County and creating positive community change, with Lima now experiencing its strongest economy in more than 40 years.
Dave is a graduate of Catholic University of America with a BA and MA in philosophy. He also holds certification in community economic development from the Development Training Institute of Baltimore, Maryland.
Dave and his wife, Linda, have 4 children and 5 grandchildren.
Karen Freeman-Wilson - Gary Indiana Karen has served as the mayor of her hometown Gary, Indiana, since 2012 when she became the first woman to lead the city of Gary and the first African-American woman mayor in the state of Indiana. Her accomplishments include extensive infrastructure improvement, including significant investment at the Gary Chicago International Airport; the creation of ArtHouse: A Social Kitchen , a work of public art, supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Knight Foundation, that doubles as a small business incubator; and the development of vital areas in the city including Indiana University, the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and Downtown Gary.
Prior to her role as mayor, Freeman-Wilson served as the Indiana Attorney General, the Director of the Indiana Civil Rights Commission and the presiding judge of the Gary City Court. She is also a leader of the national drug court movement having served as the CEO of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals and executive director of the National Drug Court Institute.
Freeman-Wilson is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. She and her husband Carmen Wilson, II, have a blended family of four children.