Team Members

Suzanne Fehsenfeld

Founder - Board Member

Suzanne Fehsenfeld founded ESCAPE Foundation, Inc., now Sidekick Foundation, in 2011 from her passion for wildlife conservation with a global vision. Her frequent African travels to the Maasai Mara inspired Sidekick’s first boots on the ground initiative, Mara Elephant Project, which she founded to protect the region’s African elephants. Suzanne possesses both a global and local lens. Her commitment to wildlife conservation prevails globally through her work with Space for Giants and Stop Ivory and in Indiana as a founder member of the Indianapolis Zoo.

Philip Bayt

Chairman

Phillip Bayt, former chief managing partner for Ice Miller, practices in the Firm’s Real Estate Group. In addition to working with clients in virtually all aspects of commercial real estate, he assists clients in the areas of gaming, finance, development, joint ventures, real estate funds, real estate taxes, workouts and foreclosures, construction law, and leasing. Phil has represented both for-profit and not-for-profit clients in numerous significant commercial transactions over the years, including the development, sale or refinancing of major hotels, office buildings, gaming projects, sports facilities and retail centers.

He writes and speaks regularly at Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum seminars on a variety of topics, including development, finance and other sophisticated real estate issues. Phil is a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, as well as a member of the Indianapolis Bar Association and Indiana State Bar Association. Phil was born in Indianapolis and graduated summa cum laude from Macalester College at St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1974 where he received his Bachelor of Arts in psychology. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and was selected as a National Merit Scholar. He graduated from Indiana University at Bloomington, Ind., where he earned his Master of Business Administration in 1980 and was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma. He holds a juris doctor from Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind., where he graduated cum laude, Order of the Coif, in 1980. Phil joined Ice Miller in 1980. He is admitted to practice law in the state of Indiana.

Xishun Zhang

Board Member

Dr. Xishun Zhang has been with The Heritage Group since 1994. Today, as President of China Operations, he manages The Heritage Group’s operations in China.

Xishun is also involved in community services. He works hard to promote Sino-American exchange in culture, arts, business, and wildlife conservation. He is active in many professional, civic and charitable organizations.

Brian Kearney-Grieve

Executive Director

Brian brings a wealth of experience to Sidekick,his previous positions include Program Executive for Reconciliation and Human Rights Program at Atlantic Philanthropies in the Republic of Ireland for over a decade where he led their highly impactful grants programs in the areas of higher education, human rights, migration, disability and sexual orientation. He continues to serve as Advisory Board member of Ariadne, the European Network of Social Change and Human Rights funders, was a founding steering committee member of the European Consortium of Foundations on Human Rights and Disability, and chair of the European Program on Integration and Migration from 2012 to 2014. He is the vice -chair and Non-Executive Director of Sevis Finansye Fonkoze, the largest micro finance institution in Haiti. Brian holds a B.Comm and an Honors degree in Economics from the University of KwaZulu, Natal, South Africa and an MBA from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.

Trey Fehsenfeld

Director of Strategic Initiatives

Trey serves as the liaison between ground operations in the Mara and our U.S. backers as well as MEP’s outreach initiatives. Trey has overseen the development of MEP’s headquarters in the Mara and his experience includes the research and development of sustainable agriculture systems. In 2015, Trey co-founded ROOTS Coconut Oil, a social enterprise that uses commerce to improve the lives, land and coconut trees of Pate Island, Kenya.

Claire Bolles

Communications Director

Claire studied journalism at Purdue University and pursues that passion through her work with Mara Elephant Project and the Sidekick Foundation. She previously owned her own consulting company that provided marketing and social media management for small businesses in Indianapolis, IN. Email her, claire@sidekickfoundation.org.