Mission & Vision

Questa Education Foundation assists individuals in further education beyond high school, graduating with less debt, and become contributing members of Northeast Indiana’s workforce.

Transform the business landscape in the region by preparing the workforce for the economy of the 21st century.

The main way Questa accomplishes this mission is through its forgivable loan programs. It also administers several scholarships

Leadership & Staff

Marc R. Levy Executive Director

Raised in Southern California, Marc earned a bachelors degree at the University of Oregon and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Maryland. His professional career has spanned university teaching, state government, consulting, non-profit management and over 25 years with the United Way.

His passion for social justice and economic equality focused much of his work into the areas of positive youth development, education, diversity and inclusion. He and his wife chose to return to northeast Indiana where he now continues that work as executive director of the Questa Education Foundation. 

When not at work you can find Marc cooking up a variety of soups or exotic meals. He also enjoys golfing, biking, walking, reading and music.


Ryan Shepherd | Business Manager


Ryan is a business graduate from the University of Illinois. He began his career at Cellular One and ultimately became chief operating officer. More recently, he was operations manager for the Indiana Construction Association in Indianapolis. He brings over 20 years of operational leadership and customer service experience to the Questa team.

Ryan enjoys spending time with his wife and two children. His spare time finds him running, biking, and learning about Fort Wayne.


Jana Grothaus | Program Officer

Jana has lived and worked in the Allen county area all her life. She has a business administration degree from Indiana Wesleyan University, and 22 years experience in banking and lending operations management.

Jana manages all of Questa's forgivable loan programs and scholarships. She works with each Questa Scholar to handle questions and concerns, and is also responsible for promoting Questa programs throughout NE Indiana.

Jana enjoys spending time with her husband and three daughters. She loves to cook and do home improvement projects. 


Hillary Troup | Scholar & Marketing Specialist

Hillary is a graduate of the University of Saint Francis with a degree in Studio Art and a concentration in Photography. Her previous experience in admissions counseling and social media have grown her passion to creatively help students pursue their education and career goals.

Hillary works with Questa Scholars throughout all steps in the process. She also shares Questa’s great stories and opportunities on Questa’s social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

When not at work, you can find Hillary creating & selling artwork, and spending time with her husband and her dog, Baloo.




Stephanie Smith | Scholar & Office Specialist

Stephanie has worked at Annie’s Publishing, the University of Saint Francis, and Ash Brokerage. She enjoys living and working in Fort Wayne and having the opportunity to help students while also cultivating a better Northeast Indiana region.

When not at work, Stephanie spends her free time with her husband and daughter reading, watching documentaries, and cheering on the Chicago Cubs.

Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Saint Francis in Communications, with a concentration in Public Relations and a minor in Business.