BigWigs & New Gigs: Nonprofit
Hawthorne Names Executive Director
Hawthorne Community Center in Indianapolis has named Caleb Sutton executive director. He has more then 15 years of experience working in the local nonprofit sector. Most recently, Sutton served as deputy director at the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention (CHIP). Prior to that, he spent 13 years at Hawthorne and served as senior director of programs and services and youth programs director.
Stutz Announces Resident Artist
The Stutz Artists Association has named Kassie Woodworth its 2019-20 resident artist. She is a visual artist with areas of focus including sculpture, printmaking and mixed media. Woodworth graduated from Herron School of Art and Design in 2019 with a B.F.A. in sculpture. The majority of her work investigates patterns, habits, movement and growth of nature.
SPJ Names Executive Director
The Society of Professional Journalists has named John Shertzer executive director. He most recently served as founding executive director of the Mayor’s Youth Leadership Council in Indianapolis. Prior to that, Shertzer spent seven years as the chief programs officer at Kiwanis International and executive director of Kiwanis Youth Programs.
Domestic Violence Network Hires Analyst
The Domestic Violence Network has hired Amanda Keating as Research Analyst. She will collect, evaluate, and disseminate all community and program-level data related to domestic violence, sexual assault, and teen dating violence in Central Indiana. Keating is currently in her last semester at the Paul O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IUPUI where she is earning a master's degree in public affairs.
Noble County Nonprofit Names Director
The Community Foundation of Noble County has named Brad Graden executive director. He currently serves as a loan officer at Campbell & Fetter Bank. Before that, he coordinated professional development for the Huntington County Community School Corporation, served as director of quality programs & assessment at Central Noble and spent a short time as executive director of the Cole Center Family YMCA.
CEDIA Announces Promotions
Fishers-based CEDIA has promoted Samantha Ventura (pictured) to vice president of education and training. She has been with the organization since 2018. Prior to that, Ventura served as director of learning initiatives for the DevOps Library. Also, Ian Bryant has been promoted to vice president of technology application and workforce initiatives. He most recently ran the Indianapolis office of Detroit-based ZenArray.
Neely to Become COO at Eleven Fifty Academy
The top technology boss for the state of Indiana has announced he is stepping down from his post to take a new position with a Fishers-based technology outlet. Chief Information Officer Dewand Neely is leaving November 22 to become chief operating officer of Eleven Fifty Academy, a nonprofit group that trains people in computer coding.
NAMIC CEO Stepping Down
The National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies in Indianapolis has announced Charles Chamness will step down in the fall of 2020. He has served as president and chief executive officer since 2003. Chamness will serve in an advisory role during the transition process after a successor is named. Before joining the organization, he served for 10 years in Washington, D.C. as deputy assistant secretary of public affairs under HUD Secretary Jack Kemp.
Lilly Endowment Names Directors
Lilly Endowment Inc. has named Tysha Hardy-Sellers (pictured) program director in education and Anne Laker (pictured) program director in community development. Since 2008, Hardy-Sellers has served as president and chief executive officer of Edna Martin Christian Center in Indianapolis.
United Way Chapter Chooses President
The United Way of Whitewater Valley in Richmond has named Centerville resident Tamara Brinkman as its president. Brinkman formerly worked for SONY Pictures where she led teams managing television series for global distribution. She also served as a volunteer assistant for the Lincoln High school girl's tennis team.
United Way Names VP
United Way of Central Indiana has chosen Anne Penny Valentine as vice president of government relations. She most recently served as assistant vice president of workforce partnerships for Ivy Tech Community College. Penny Valentine has held numerous positions in the nonprofit and public sector, including former vice president of the Arts Council of Indianapolis and legislative director for the Office of Governor Mitch Daniels.
AgriNovus Adds Manager
AgriNovus Indiana has named Tami Neighbors field atlas, a career exploration website for students to discover innovative careers in the agbiosciences. She previously served as executive director of FFA programs for Indiana. Neighbors graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor of science in agricultural education.
CICP Names Board Chair
The Central Indiana Corporate Partnership has named Connie Bond Stuart chair of its board of directors. She has served as PNC regional president of Central and Southern Indiana since 2011. Bond Stuart is past chair and current executive committee member of the board of the United Way of Central Indiana. She is also immediate past chair and current member of the executive committee and the board of the Indy Chamber of Commerce.
United Way Names Officer
United Way of Central Indiana has named MeChelle Callen chief talent and culture officer. She most recently served as vice president of organizational development at FORUM Credit Union. Callen was recently selected to serve on the University of Indianapolis’s advisory board for its human resource development & administration program. She is also a past board member of the Diversity Roundtable of Central Indiana.
Levy Steps Down at Questa Foundation
Fort Wayne-based Questa Education Foundation is seeking a new executive director. Marc Levy, who currently holds the position, has announced his retirement, effective June 2020. The Questa Education works to increase access to post-secondary education alternatives, completion with less debt and retention of talent in northeast Indiana.
Pathfinder Services Adds to Staff
Huntington-based nonprofit Pathfinder Services has hired Robert Maina as desk top administrator in IT services and Bret Seslar (pictured) as staff and production manager in outsource manufacturing. Maina has a decade of experience in IT and previously worked as a direct service provider at Benchmark Human Services. He will focus on proactive management and monitoring of end user devices.
Foster Success Promotes CEO
Indianapolis-based nonprofit Foster Success has promoted Maggie Stevens to President and Chief Executive Officer. Stevens previously served as the organization’s Chief Operating Officer. She holds degrees from the University of Cincinnati, University of Charleston and Saint Louis University.
Bloomington Nonprofit Names Executive Director
Newly-formed CDFI Friendly Bloomington has hired its inaugural executive director. Brian Payne previously served as assistant director of the Economic and Sustainable Development Department for the city of Bloomington. Following a nationwide search, CDFI Friendly Bloomington’s hiring committee interviewed several candidates and selected Payne in July. I
Fairbanks Foundation Hires Director
The Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation in Indianapolis has hired Emilyn Whitesell as director of learning and evaluation. She previously worked at Mathematica, where she directed projects and led research and evaluation tasks for federal, nonprofit and foundation clients. Whitesell is also a former Indianapolis Public Schools teacher and Teach For America corps member.
CHAMP Camp Hires Assistant Director
CHAMP Camp in Indianapolis has hired Brittany Sichting as assistant director. She has over 12 years of experience, including working for the Damien Center, Step Up Inc., AmeriCorps and the Indiana State Department of Health. Sichting also works as an adjunct faculty member in the University of Indianapolis’ Sociology Department.
Red Cross Names Executive Director
The American Red Cross has named Britt Sutton executive director for the central Indiana chapter. She most recently served as associate director of the Hall Center for Law and Health at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. She has also worked as an applied behavioral analysis therapist for children with autism spectrum disorders.
Mapleton Fall Creek CEO Stepping Down
Indianapolis-based Mapleton Fall Creek Development Corp.Chief Executive Officer Leigh Riley Evans has announced she is stepping down from the organization. She will remain in her current role and continue in a project management capacity through the end of November to ensure a smooth transition. Evans has served as CEO since 2011.
Eskenazi Health Foundation Names VP
The Eskenazi Health Foundation has named William Farkas vice president of major gifts. He most recently served as chief operating officer of Lambda Chi Alpha International Fraternity. Prior to that, Farkas served in various executive fundraising positions at Butler University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Western Washington University. He is a graduate of Butler University.
ISC Names COO, Manager
The Indiana Sports Corp has named Patrick Talty (pictured) chief operating officer and Heather O'Brien (pictured) ticket sales and event coordinator. Talty has more than 20 years of experience in the event and venue management industry and most recently served as general manager of U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. O'Brien previously served at adidas as a brand support specialist.
Chamber Names Executive Director
The Indy Chamber has hired strategic planning expert and community leader Stacy Payne Miller as the Executive Director of Anchor Institution Strategies. She most recently served as chief operating officer at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Indiana. Prior to that, she served as chief operations officer at Reach For Youth, Inc.
The Mind Trust Hires Manager
The Mind Trust in Indianapolis has hired Paula Glover as manager of school support. In her previous roles, she worked across the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions to deliver technical training and development programs related to communication, team building and management skills. Glover also manages the Youth and Family Resources ministry of The Way Church.
Miles Selected to Lead Boys and Girls Club
The Terre Haute Boys and Girls Club Board of Directors has named Trent Miles chief executive officer. He has a longstanding football coaching career at the collegiate and professional levels. Most recently Miles served as an assistant offensive coach for the Philadelphia Eagles and was a part of the Super Bowl LII Championship staff. He also served as the head coach for the Georgia State University and Indiana State University football programs.
Foundation Announces Promotions
The Community Health Network Foundation has promoted Rob Baker to vice president of foundation operations. He most recently served as executive director of finance. Baker joined the organization in 2016 and received his bachelor of arts degree from Purdue University and law degree from Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis. Also, Ryan Chelli has been promoted to vice president of donor relations.
Interim Director Named for Retail Association
The Shipshewana Retail Merchants Association has appointed David Traylor as interim director until a permanent replacement for the position can be made. He replaces Laurie Sherck who is stepping down. Traylor is co-owner of the Ole Tin Rooster and the INN Shipshewana.
IU Ventures Hires VP
IU Ventures has named Katherine Moynihan associate vice president to attract and provide financial investments for university-related startups and technologies. She previously served as senior technology manager and acting director at the Indiana University innovation and commercialization office.
Milk Bank Executive Director to Retire
The Milk Bank in Indianapolis has announced executive director Janice O’Rourke will retire in December after 12 years of service. Before joining The Milk Bank, she served more than 11 years in public service at Arkansas Department of Health and Indiana State Department of Health. She received her Bachelor of Science in dietetics from Bowling Green State University and Master of Public Affairs from IUPUI.
Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra Promotes Bredemeier
The Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra has promoted Kimberly Bredemeier to executive director. She has served as acting executive director since December of 2018. Prior to that, Bredemeier served as director of operations for 15 seasons. She received her bachelor of science in music management from the University of Evansville.
Children's Museum Appoints CIO
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis has named Katherine Mathena chief information officer. She most recently oversaw several IT divisions of Indiana University Health. Mathena has more than 35 years of managerial and executive experience in clinical information systems and in acute and ambulatory operations.
IHA Announces Promotion, New Team Member
The Indiana Hospital Association has promoted Laura McCaffrey (pictured) senior director of government relations and advocacy. She previously served as director of legislative relations. Also, Trent Fox (pictured) has been hired as senior director of public policy and legislative relations. He most recently served as chief of staff for the Indiana State Department of Health commissioner.
Downtown Indy Hires Two
Downtown Indy, Inc. has named Benjamim Eduardo research manager. Eduardo completed his master's degree in applied economics in May from IUPUI. He moved to Indy from Luanda, Angola, Africa in 2013. Also, Allison Troutner has been named executive assistant. She most recently served at Orchard School as an assistant to the Early Childhood and Elementary School.
The Mind Trust Names Senior Director
The Mind Trust in Indianapolis has hired Lauren Peterson as senior director of community engagement. She most recently served three years as manager of community outreach and engagement with Enroll Indy. Prior to that, Peterson worked in community outreach roles at the GEO Foundation, Education Plus Services and the George and Veronica Phalen Leadership Academies. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in business administration from Marian University.
Music for All Appoints VP, CFO
Music for All in Indianapolis has appointed Robin Clendening as the vice president and chief financial officer. She most recently served as manager of financial operations and system lab services at IU Health. Clendening holds a degree in business and accounting from Indiana University.
Damien Center Hires New Officer
The Damien Center has hired Stephen McCoy as Chief Donor Relations Officer. McCoy will lead the planning and implementation of fundraising and communications efforts. He previously worked for the Indianapolis Children's Choir as senior director of marketing, development and alumni relations. McCoy holds degrees from IU and IUPUI.
Youth Opportunity Center Hires Controller
The Youth Opportunity Center in Muncie has hired Melissa Stayton as controller. She spent the past fourteen years working in various roles and director positions for Aspire Indiana in Noblesville. Stayton holds a B.S. in graphic arts management from Ball State University and a MBA with accounting specialization from Indiana Wesleyan University.
The Mind Trust Names Board Members
The Mind Trust in Indianapolis has announced Steven Jones and Leigh Ann Pusey have joined its board of directors. Jones currently serves as dean for professional development and director of the Malcolm X Institute for Black Studies at Wabash College. Prior to that, he worked for Indiana University Health for more than 20 years in various leadership roles.
CICF Makes Staff Changes
Central Indiana Community Foundation has named Leroy Robinson (pictured) the foundation's first director of major gifts and Robin Elmerick as not-for-profit sustainability officer. He previously served as the director of family and community engagement for the Indiana Department of Education.
KIB Appoints President & CEO
Keep Indianapolis Beautiful has appointed Jeremy Kranowitz as president and chief operating officer. He previously founded and managed FurtherwithFood.org, where he built a public-private partnership among government agencies, major trade associations and environmental and hunger-relief nonprofits to collaborate and share their resources to combat food loss and waste.
Gary Mayor to Lead Chicago Urban League
When Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson leaves office at the end of the year, she’ll be starting her next career in Chicago as head of the Chicago Urban League. Freeman-Wilson will assume the role of president and chief executive officer for the organization in January.
Syracuse-Wawasee Chamber Names Director
The Syracuse-Wawasee Chamber of Commerce has named Renea Salyer executive director. She most recently served as project coordinator for Kosciusko Cares Youth Services. Salyer has also worked for the Kosciusko Chamber of Commerce as vice president of member relations.
PLTW Names Senior VP
Project Lead The Way in Indianapolis has named Brandi Davis-Handy senior vice president and chief marketing and communications officer. She most recently served as vice president overseeing enterprise communications at OneAmerica Financial Partners. Davis-Handy has also led communications teams at AES United States, Indianapolis Power & Light Company and the American Cancer Society.
ICFW Names Executive Director
The Indiana Conference for Women has named Pamela Dyar executive director. She previously served as advancement director of the Phoenix Theatre Cultural Centre in Indianapolis. Prior to that, Dyar she spent six seasons serving as director of development at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre in Jupiter, Florida.
Wayne County Foundation Leader to Step Down
The Wayne County Foundation has announced that current Executive Director Steve Borchers will step down at the end of the year. He has served the organization since 2005. Board Chair Amy Noe Dudas is set to lead a search committee for his successor. The foundation says information about the search process and the requirements of the position will be posted on its website in the coming weeks.
Conexus Promotes Carpenter
Conexus Indiana has promoted Bryce Carpenter to vice president of industry engagement. He joined the company three years ago as director of industry engagement. Prior to that, Carpenter spent over 10 years in business development, fundraising, marketing and communications. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky where he majored in government.
American Legion Elects State Commander
The American Legion has elected Allen Connelly Indiana state commander. He currently serves as post service officer as well as Hoosier Boys State and flag education chairman. Connelly is a 49-year member of LaGrange American Legion Post 215 in the fourth district where he has served in most all offices at the post level, including post commander in 1999-2000.
Dairy Association Selects Manager
American Dairy Association Indiana has named Meg Magsamen youth wellness program manager. She formerly served 14 years at the Indianapolis Zoo as special events & advertising manager. Prior to her time at the zoo, Magsamen spent several years at Walker Information as a project manager overseeing both national and international research programs. She is a graduate of Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business with a major in marketing.
Julian Center CEO Announces Retirement
The Julian Center has announced Chief Executive Officer Catherine O’Connor plans to retire at the end of this year. She has served in this role since March 2014. The organization serves survivors of domestic and sexual violence. The board of directors has formed a search committee to help find O'Connor's replacement.
IN3 Selects President and CEO
The Indiana Innovation Institute has named Stephen Kelly president and CEO. He most recently served as principal for Sugar River Technology Associates in Burlington, Vt. Kelly also spent more than 25 years in various roles at Battelle, a research and development organization in Columbus, Ohio. While there, he served as corporate vice president and president of contract research.
Girls, Inc. Names Development Officer
Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis has named Leslie Scott chief development officer. She most recently served in fund development for the Girl Scouts of Central Indiana. Scott also served as development director at the American Diabetes Association in the greater Southfield, Michigan area. She holds a Bachelor’s in Journalism from Wayne State University and a Master’s in Public Administration from the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Indiana Philanthropy Alliance Hires VP
The Indiana Philanthropy Alliance had added Holly M. Davis as its new Vice President of Public Affairs and Strategic Programs. Davis previously served as Executive Director of the Center for Women and Democracy and as Commissioner on the Marion County Alcoholic Beverage Commission. Davis holds degrees from Indiana University and Yale University.
Red Cross Promotes Montgomery
The Indiana Region of the American Red Cross has promoted Leslie Montgomery to regional disaster officer in Indiana. She has served the organization since 2014 and is currently the senior disaster program manager for the Michigan region. Montgomery is credited with developing disaster action team standards and procedures.
Purdue Research Foundation Promotes Moses
The Purdue Research Foundation has promoted Paul Moses to assistant vice president of Purdue Research Parks and Business Development. He most recently served as director of business and economic development, where he attracted multiple new companies to the state including Inari, Solinftec and Saab. In his new role, Moses will lead management of the five Purdue Research Parks across the state of Indiana.
Naidu Named Rotary District Director
Santhana Naidu has been named 2019-20 district governor for Rotary International’s Southern Indiana District 6580. Naidu is the associate vice president and chief marketing officer at Indiana State University. In his new role, he will serve as liaison between Rotary International and the 32 clubs of Rotary’s Southern Indiana District.
Craig Begins Role As Chamber President
Kristin Craig has started her role as Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce president. She is the first woman to ever lead the organization. Under Craig’s leadership as vice president, new community-wide initiatives were formed including West Central 2025 and work to establish West Central Indiana as a 21st Century Talent Region. She has been with the chamber since 2002.
The Mind Trust Selects Fellow
The Mind Trust has chosen Ashley Virden as education entrepreneur fellow. She co-founded Dubarry Determined, a neighborhood association that mobilized community members to get involved in a proactive manner. Virden also served as co-president of the Far Eastside Community Council and currently is co-chair of advocacy for the Indianapolis Urban League’s young professionals organization, The Exchange.
DVN Hires Youth Program Coordinator
The Domestic Violence Network has named Joseph Myers youth program coordinator. He most recently worked with Teach for America in both Indianapolis and on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in Todd County, S.D. Myers received his BA in English from Manchester University.
Diocese Names Communications Secretary
The Fort Wayne Catholic Diocese has appointed Jennifer Simerman as secretary for communications. She most recently served as marketing director for Commonwealth Engineers. Simerman has more than 15 years of experience in the fields of marketing, communications, multimedia and public relations for both for-profit and nonprofit organizations.
Music for All Names Manager
Music for All has announced David Schlenk as annual fund manager. He most recently worked at St. Richard's Episcopal School in a development role where he was responsible for assisting with data management, annual giving, strategic communications, technology and capital campaign strategies. Schlenk holds a degree from Butler University where he earned a Bachelor of Science, Arts Administration and Music degree.
Indiana Humanities Adds Coordinator
Indiana Humanities has hired Kristen Gandenberger as communications coordinator. Gandenberger is a former intern at Indiana Humanities and represented the organization at public events and contributed online. She will be focusing on creating communication materials related to the organization's library initiatives. She holds a degree from the University of Indianapolis.
Timmy Global Health Chooses Reich
Indianapolis-based Timmy Global Health has selected Nick Reich as executive director. Reich most recently served as vice president of strategic partnerships for RecycleForce in Indy. Timmy is a nonprofit that aims to expand access to healthcare and "empower students and volunteers to tackle today’s most pressing global health challenges," according to its website.
WFAN Names Executive Director
Women, Food and Agriculture Network has named Sherri Dugger executive director. She has worked extensively with family farmers as a journalist, fundraiser, advocate and strategic planner. Dugger founded the first women’s farmer chapter under the Indiana Farmers Union umbrella, a first in National Farmers Union history.
Kokomo Chamber Names Director
The Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance has hired Elizabeth Kerns as manager of the Greater Kokomo Chamber of Commerce. She previously acted as director of local chamber relations and events for the Illinois Chamber of Commerce and as president of the Illinois Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.
AgriNovus Adds Director of Talent
AgriNovus has hired Melissa Rekeweg as senior director of talent. She has previously served in multiple roles with the IN Department of Education as the Indiana FFA executive director and the director of secondary career and technical education. Melissa was also the deputy director of the IN Department of Agriculture.
The Nature Conservancy Promotes Clemens
The Nature Conservancy's Indiana Chapter has promoted Larry Clemens to director. He joined the organization more than 26 years ago, playing a key role in developing and expanding its freshwater program that began along Fish Creek in Steuben and DeKalb Counties. For the past five years, Clemens has been TNC's director of its North America agriculture program, overseeing its groundbreaking soil health and nutrient strategies.
Hoosier Women Forward Appoints Executive Director
Amy Levander has been named executive director of Hoosier Women Forward. She is executive director of governmental affairs and chair of Krieg DeVault’s governmental affairs and public advocacy practice. Formed in January 2018, Hoosier Women Forward is a political and civic leadership training program designed to empower Democratic women to become more active participants in politics and leaders in their communities.
United Way Hires Marketing VP
United Way of Central Indiana has named Peter Hanscom vice president of marketing. He is currently president of Left Done Right Consulting and previously served as campaign manager for U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly. Hanscom will work to expand and strengthen the United Way presence in Marion, Morgan, Hamilton, Boone, Hendricks and Hancock counties.
International Center Makes Staff Changes
The International Center has hired Leslie Erlenbaugh (pictured) as international visitors program manager. She most recently served as the organization's academic advisor. The Center also added Carola Thomas (pictured) and Rosa Agatino as relocation specialists. Thomas has experience as a realtor and property manager. Agatino most recently worked with the International School of Indiana.
Strada Names Executives
Strada Education Network has named Amy Dunham senior vice president of marketing and communications and Danny Lopez senior vice president and chief of staff. Dunham is currently serving as managing director of strategic communications for the NCAA. Lopez has spent the last two years serving as deputy chief of staff to Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb.
Evansville Goodwill Industries Names President
Evansville Goodwill Industries, Inc. has promoted Connie Ralph to serve as president and chief executive officer. Ralph has worked for the organization for 27 years in various positions. She holds a master's degree from Southern Illinois University and completed the Executive Development Program through Goodwill Industries International.
Indiana Sports Corp Announces Staff Hire
Indiana Sports Corp has added Sarah Myer as director of marketing and public relations. She has spent the last eight years at the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Myer will be one of the leaders responsible for marketing, communications and brand management for Indiana Sports Corp. She most recently served as the vice president of marketing at the ISO.
Bosma Enterprises Hires Chief Strategy Officer
Bosma Enterprises has added Jay Geshay as its new Chief Strategy Officer. Geshay will be an active participant in making strategic decisions for Bosma Enterprises and the Bosma Visionary Opportunities Foundation, and will be responsible for developing and executing strategic initiatives for our company. He previously was director of Impact Indiana and was also a Senior Vice President at United Way of Central Indiana.
TeenWorks Names CEO
TeenWorks has chosen Nick Duvall as its incoming chief executive officer. Duvall brings more than 11 years of experience in program and campaign management, fundraising and strategic communications to the organization, which empowers teens in Indianapolis and Muncie to achieve excellence in college, career and community. He most recently served Little Red Door Cancer Agency as chief advancement officer overseeing annual fundraising efforts.
Lumina Foundation Selects Pambianchi for Board of Directors
Lumina Foundation has chosen Corning, Inc. Executive Vice President Christine M. Pambianchi to serve on its board of directors. Pambianchi joined Corning in 2000 as division human resources manager. She was promoted to her current role in 2018.
Beyond Monumental Promotes Collins
Beyond Monumental, the 501(c)3 non-profit responsible for the CNO Financial Indianapolis Monumental Marathon, has promoted Casey Collins to Director of Operations & Community Outreach. Collins has worked for the organization since 2012, when he began as community outreach coordinator, before being promoted to community outreach manager.
CHAMP Camp Adds Board Members
CHAMP Camp, a local non-profit dedicated to providing a traditional summer camp experience for children with tracheostomies and those requiring respiratory assistance, has added a new lead physician and pair of board members ahead of this summer’s “Out of This World” CHAMP Camp 2019. Amanda Parker is re-joining the Board of Directors. She is owner and president of Collective Alternative. Francisco Angulo-Parker is a new lead physician.
Kiwanis International Hires Director of Operations
Kiwanis International has hired Ginger Fontan as director of operations. Fontan has over 30 years experience in human resources management for the international volunteer service organization headquartered in Indianapolis. She most recently served as regional director of operations for the Center for Vein Restoration in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and Michigan. Fontan also served as human resources director for Decatur Vein Clinic.
Indy Chamber Adds Raifsnider
The Indy Chamber has hired veteran sales executive Ross Raifsnider to bolster its efforts in membership growth and engagement as the vice president of Membership Sales for the organization. Raifsnider will lead a team dedicated to connecting employers of the Indianapolis Region to the resources they need to be successful through a network of nearly 2,000 member businesses and organizations.
CICOA Chief Executive Announces Departure
Indianapolis-based CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions has announced Chief Executive Officer Orion Bell will resign effective April 12. Bell has accepted the position of president and CEO of the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging in Cleveland. Bell's tenure has seen the annual budget double, and he says that serving as CEO of CICOA has been a high point in his career.
Trinity Haven Hires First Employee
Trinity Haven has named Jenni White executive director. She most recently served as vice president of mission impact at Coburn Place. White has also worked in various capacities with the Damien Center and Leadership Evansville. She is active with the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Indianapolis Continuum of Care.
Fairbanks Foundation Adds Spicklemire
The Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation, Inc. has hired Kami Spicklemire to its staff to help support the work of the Foundation across its three focus areas: Education, Health and the Vitality of Indianapolis. Spicklemire will work as director of communications and will implement comprehensive communications and outreach strategy. She previously worked at the The Education Trust and the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C.
IndyHumane Adds Three Staff Members
IndyHumane has added three staff members to its development team. Amy Tobias is the first-ever chief development officer. Tobias has 20 years experience in nonprofit development, fundraising and staff management. She most recently served as vice president of development for Planned Parenthood.
The Mind Trust Hires Senior Director
The Mind Trust has hired Sara Marshall as Senior Director of Talent. Marshall will ensure Indianapolis schools have access to implement strategies to recruit and retain teachers and leaders. She will also oversee work with Relay Graduate School of Education, and the development of Relay's Teaching Residency program.
Terre Haute Chamber Names First Female President
The Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce has named Kristin Craig the new Chamber of Commerce President, effective July 1. Craig will become the first woman to be named president in the organization's 106-year history. She had previously served as the organization's vice president. Craig has worked win various capacities for the Chamber since 2002. She holds a bachelor's and a master's degree from Saint-Mary-of-the-Woods College.
Nine13sports Promotes Strategy Officer
Nine13sports has promoted current Business Development Director Nathan Smurdon, to chief partnership and strategy officer. He has been with the company for two years in his current role. Smurdon will continue to focus on business development and will also work with the board of directors in his new role. Smurdon previously worked for Visit Indy in various capacities.
United Way of Central Indiana Names Chief Marketing Officer
United Way of Central Indiana has named Greg Fennig chief marketing, communications and community relations officer. He is no stranger to community impact, as he brings more than 25 years of experience in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. Fennig most recently served as vice president of public affairs for Indianapolis Power & Light Co. and prior to that, president and chief executive officer of Keep Indianapolis Beautiful.
Vincennes University Foundation Adds Data Analyst
The Vincennes University Foundation has added Robert Seabrook as a data analyst. He previously served as office manager for Weston’s Lawn Equipment, as a help desk specialist with the AME Group, as IS technician/help desk coordinator for Beaufort Memorial Hospital, and as a software technician with Hilton Head High School.
USA Gymnastics Appoints CEO
USA Gymnastics has appointed Li Li Leung president and chief executive officer. She most recently served as a vice president at the National Basketball Association, where she was responsible for managing partnerships across the globe. Leung also worked with USA Basketball, which is the sport's governing body.
Evansville Goodwill CEO to Retire
The president and chief executive officer of Evansville Goodwill Industries Inc. has announced his retirement. Our partners at WEHT-TV report Walter Koch will step down March 15 and be succeeded by Connie Ralph, who currently serves as vice president of human services for the organization. Koch is just the fifth president of Evansville Goodwill since its inception in 1935, according to the station.
Arts Council Names CEO
The Arts Council of Indianapolis has appointed Julie Goodman president and chief executive officer. She most recently served as senior vice president of marketing communications for the Indianapolis-based national nonprofit Strada Education Network. Goodman brings more than two decades of nonprofit, arts management, philanthropic, and corporate leadership experience to ACI.
Health Foundation Names Program Manager
James Powell Budden has joined The Health Foundation of Greater Indianapolis as program manager and compliance coordinator. In his new role, he will work closely with grantees to ensure they meet goals and objectives related to the foundation’s funding support. Budden has worked with aging populations, special needs individuals, and people living with HIV and AIDS.
Eleven Fifty Academy Adds CFO, Director
Eleven Fifty Academy has added Megan Bearry chief financial officer. She has more than 10 years experience in accounting and finance. Bearry previously served as director of finance for ClearObject. Also, Kelly Karrmann has been named director of marketing. She has worked for Delta Faucet Co. as a digital experience designer and is founder of Throwback Threads Clothing Co.
Boys & Girls Clubs Hires Director
Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis has hired Avachino Reeves as director of development and marketing. He most recently served as public relations account supervisor at Brandy Carroll Hellige, where he oversaw public relations, media relations, social media and brand management for McDonald’s. Reeves also previously worked at Front Street: Advertising, Branding and Consulting.
Kiwanis International Promotes Martz to Director
Chris Martz has been promoted to director of membership and education at Kiwanis International. He has worked for the organization for 10 years in various roles supporting communications, membership, innovation and collegiate programming. For the past 19 years, Martz has worked in the nonprofit world, predominately in the areas of communication and management. He joined the Kiwanis staff in January 2010.
Bosma Enterprises Names New CEO
Indianapolis-based Bosma Enterprises has selected Master Sgt. (Ret.) Jeffrey Mittman as its next chief executive officer. Mittman, who currently serves as chief operating officer of the organization, will begin his new role in August and become the first CEO in the organization's 100-year history who is blind. Mittman lost his vision while on active military duty for the U.S. Army in Iraq.
CIFI Appoints Development Officer
The Community Investment Fund of Indiana has appointed Philip McCandies regional business development officer in Lake County. He is a PhD. candidate at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. McCandies is a graduate of the College of Charleston, South Carolina and is a former professional basketball player in Europe.
The International Center Adds Director
The International Center has added Glennda McGann as development and engagement director. She previously served as assistant dean for development and external affairs at Herron School of Art and Design, IUPUI. McGann also has experience in not-for-profit hospital system philanthropy.
Damar Adds to Leadership Team, Makes Promotions
Damar Services has promoted Erin Crick to chief administrator of children’s residential services; Paul Dennison to finance director and Donnie McCoy to director of facilities and assets. Also, Britt Griffin (pictured) has been hired as vice president of human resources and Adrienne Reed as director of community-based services.
Greater Fort Wayne Appoints VP
Greater Fort Wayne Inc. has appointed Brenda Gerber Vincent vice president of community and corporate impact. In this new role, she will manage investor services, signature programs like Leadership Fort Wayne, advocacy efforts and communications. Gerber Vincent most recently served as chief development officer for Lasting Change, a Fort Wayne nonprofit.
Browning Promoted to Dairy Association CEO
Jenni Browning has been named chief executive officer of American Dairy Association Indiana Inc. A 10-year ADAI veteran, she previously served as senior director of communications and wellness and director of communications. She succeeds Deb Evans Osza, who retired at the end of 2018, after more than 40 years with the dairy association.
New Leader For Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute
The Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute has selected Chris Watts as its next president. Watts, a public affairs veteran in Indianapolis, succeeds John Ketzenberger, who stepped down from the position in June. Watts is a former vice president of research and communications for the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership. He also served as a special assistant to former Indianapolis Mayor Stephen Goldsmith in the late 1990s.
YMCA of Kokomo Names New CEO
The YMCA of Kokomo has named its first-ever female chief executive officer. Kokomo native Trish Severns will be the first woman to serve in the position in the 140-year history of the Kokomo YMCA. She will oversee all operations, including membership, fundraising and strategic planning. Severns previously served as chief operating officer and youth and family program director.
Literacy Center Makes Appointments
The Literacy Center has appointed Regina Hamman executive director. She will be responsible for expanding the center's services and oversight of all operations. Also, Stacy Waters has been promoted to director of education services. She previously served as education coordinator.
Indiana Hospital Association Names VPs
The Indiana Hospital Association has named Matt Browning vice president of data and member solutions. He previously served as executive director of strategic programming at Hendricks Regional Health in Danville. Also, Dixie Platt joined the association as vice president of communications and federal relations.
Elba and Gene Portteus Foundation Appoints Treasurer
The Elba L. and Gene Portteus Branigin Foundation Inc. has filled its last open post on its board of directors. Alison Betts has been named Treasurer. Betts currently serves as treasury operations manager for Anthem, Inc. She holds a bachelor of science degree from Ball State University.
AWS Foundation Hires Chief Program Officer
Fort Wayne-based AWS Foundation has hired Joni Schmalzried as chief program officer. She will oversee all grant making activities and programs that advance the organization's mission. Schmalzried most recently worked with the Center on Community Living and Careers at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community and has spent more than 30 years in the field of special education.
Tangram Names New CEO
Indianapolis-based Tangram has named Onias Taruwinga Muza president and chief executive officer. He has spent his nearly 20-year career in the field of business management, serving as president and CEO of several nonprofit and for-profit organizations. Muza most recently served as CEO of the Ubuntu Factor.
Beaman Home Names Executive Director
The Beaman Home has named Jennifer Hayes executive director. She has a strong nonprofit background and has lived in Kosciusko County for more than 20 years. Hayes recently completed her doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership at Indiana Wesleyan University. She holds a Master of Management degree and an undergraduate degree in Human Resources.
IndyHumane Names Horth CEO
The Humane Society of Indianapolis has named David Horth chief executive officer. He has served in various volunteer capacities for IndyHumane for almost 17 years, including interim CEO and chairman of the board. Horth has held volunteer leadership positions in numerous other civic organizations, including serving as president of The Penrod Society, board chair and advisory board member for Indianapolis Animal Care Services and board member for the Indiana Repertory Theatre.
CICF Staff Restructuring Aims to 'Increase Effectiveness'
The Central Indiana Community Foundation says it has restructured its staff in an effort to better execute its mission. The Indianapolis-based organization says the transition will set the stage for its new five-year strategic plan, the full details will be announced in April. Among the changes is a new department of community leadership and effective philanthropy. The organization says the department, which will be led by Vice President Tamara Winfrey-Harris (pictured).
Strada Names Senior VP
Indianapolis-based Strada Education Network has named Ben Wildavsky senior vice president for national engagement. He brings three decades of experience as an award-winning writer and respected researcher. Wildavsky previously served as senior fellow and executive director of The College Board Policy Center.
Indy YMCA Names CEO
The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis has named Derrick Stewart president and chief executive officer, effective February 4. He will succeed Eric Ellsworth who will step down on February 1, after serving in the position for 13 years. Stewart has served as CEO at the YMCA of Southwestern Indiana for 10 years.
United Way Promotes VanSlambrook
United Way of Central Indiana has promoted Sara VanSlambrook to chief impact officer. She joined the organization in 2016 as director of Great Families 2020, the initiative aimed at integrating education and employment services to help stabilize and improve the lives of struggling families in five Indianapolis neighborhoods.
JFGI Hires Holocaust Education Coordinator
Amber Maze has been hired as Holocaust education and program coordinator for the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis. This full-time position is shared in equal partnership with the CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center. Maze is responsible for overseeing Holocaust education for the Indianapolis Jewish community and providing Holocaust education resources and programming to students, teachers and the general community in central Indiana.
Greater Fort Wayne Inc. Names CEO
The board of directors for Greater Fort Wayne Inc. has selected John Urbahns as the organization's next chief executive officer. Urbahns, who has served as executive vice president of economic development for GFW Inc., will begin his new role at the beginning of the year. Urbahns succeeds Eric Doden, who announced in May he was leaving the organization to focus on his ventures in the private sector.
Music For All Hires VP
Music for All has hired Paul St. Angelo as vice president of advancement. He previously held positions with the Children’s Home Foundation, the International School of Indiana, Ivy Tech Community College, Culver Educational Foundation, the Indiana University School of Dentistry, Marian University and began his career in the nationwide United Way system.
HBA of Fort Wayne Appoints Services Director
The Home Builders Association of Fort Wayne Inc. has appointed Lyndsi Isajczuk services director. She will be responsible for coordinating the association’s financial management system, providing administrative support for the association, assisting to execute programs and events, and preparing and distributing membership publications.
Give A Note Foundation Makes Appointments
The Give A Note Foundation, which is now independent after seven years under the direction of the National Association for Music Education, has announced two new leadership appointments. Music industry executive Beth Slusher has been appointed chief executive officer. Also, Juliana Lee has been named strategic development director to further grow the organization and expand its financial reach.
MISO's Stephen Kozey to Retire
Stephen Kozey, MISO’s senior vice president and corporate secretary, has announced his retirement, effective at the end of the year. He leaves a nearly 19-year mark at MISO, retiring as the RTO’s sixth most-tenured employee. In addition to corporate secretary, Kozey most recently served as chief compliance officer for the organization. Kozey previously served as chief legal officer until 2016, after founding the MISO Legal Department in 2000.
Holly’s House Hires Executive Director
Evansville-based Holly’s House, a child and adult victim non-residential advocacy center, has hired Holly Edmond as executive director. Before coming to Holly’s House, Edmond was employed as a project manager at BWX Technologies where she was responsible for maintaining multi-million dollar budgets, managing a cross-functional team while working with the U.S. Navy during a U.S. Department of Defense highest priority program.
NFHS Promotes Meriweather to Chief Talent Officer
The National Federation of State High School Associations has promoted Mautrice Meriweather to chief talent officer. She has been with the organization for 18 years. Meriweather most recently served as manager of executive affairs and staff relations. She has been responsible for the onboarding process for all new employees, directing professional development opportunities for staff members and assisting the legal department staff.
CHIP Names New Executive Director
Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention has named Chelsea Haring-Cozzi executive director. She will officially assume her duties on November 26 and will succeed Alan Witchey. Haring-Cozzi most recently served as senior manager of strategic initiatives at United Way of Central Indiana.
Fettig Named IU Kelley Poling Chair
Indiana University's Kelley School of Business has named Jeff Fettig its Poling Chair of Business and Government. Fettig is chairman of the board of Whirlpool Corp. and non-employee executive chairman of DowDuPont Inc. He will serve as a leader-in-residence and visit the Kelley School in Bloomington and Indianapolis during the fall and spring semesters to work with students and faculty members.
Councilor Tapped to Lead IndyHub
The board of directors for IndyHub has selected Blake Johnson as its new president. Johnson, a member of the Indianapolis City-County Council, succeeds Molly Chavers, who announced she was leaving IndyHub in June. Johnson previously served as vice president of strategy for advocacy and communications at Complete College America, a national nonprofit.