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Chamber Ambassador

Scott Andrews | Andrews Construction
Matt Brauer | Browning
Matt Buchmeier | MCM CPAs
Hannah Collantes | Conrad Indianapolis
Austin Davis | Reagan Outdoor Advertising
Chris Elliott | ONiT Painting
Azia Ellis-Singleton | The Moments Between Us
Marissa Farmer | CBRE
Sheri Hottle | Bosma Enterprises
Lauren Larson | TCU
Thomas Lyons | Barnes & Thornburg
Kyle McCord | First Merchants Bank
Chandler Anderson | The Residence Inn-Carmel
Becca Meshberger | Level Up Development
Jody Meyer | Lake City Bank
Scott O’Neil | OfficeWorks
Ryan Beck | Predictive Partner
Viola Bray | Trine University
Jon Burman | AssuredPartners of Indiana
Kimberly Parnell | AppleOne Employment Services
Kortni Fennig | Indianapolis Zoo
Dwight “D” Hall | D. Hall & Associates/Sagamore Health
Brent Johnson | iLab
Sarah Reuter | Elevate Travel
Zane Roelen | Salesforce
Jasmin Snyder | Pete The Planner
Leslie Steinert | LandWorx Engineering
Jackie Lewis | Indiana State Fairgrounds
Adam Stephenson | Avision Young
Leslie Swathwood | PGA Tour Superstore
Courtney Madden | ESI Electronic Strategies, Inc.
Chris Thomson | AxiaTP
Matt Voynovich | H and M Cleaning Solutions
Kyle Masengale | ASAP Payroll
Marlon Webb | Veridus
Daniel Williams | EquiTeam, LLC
Brian Wilsey | Tinker House Events
Sue Pfohl | F.C. Tucker
Lisa Piercefield | Apprisen
Robin Rushton | Indy Fuel
Creighton Shook | Shook Realty
Andrew Steffel | BMO Harris
Shad Tidler | Lushin - Sandler Training
Andrew Wahl | Planes Companies/TOPSHOT
Andrew Everhart | American Structurepoint

Indy Chamber Team

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Laura Zeedik | Executive Assistant & Office Manager
Laura Zeedik is the Executive Assistant and Office Manager of the Indy Chamber, charged with keeping Michael Huber, Julie Grice, and our entire office in-line. Laura enjoys cooking, traveling and working out. She also enjoys spending time with her family Durke and Edward, alongside their dog Clyde and cat Miss Kitty.
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Tonya Varvel | Receptionist & Administrative Assistant

Tonya Varvel is the receptionist and administrative assistant at the Indy Chamber's front desk, greeting visitors, staff, assisting members with applications, new member orientation sessions, and more.

Tonya is a fan of college basketball and the NFL. She is married to her husband Terry, and is the mother of her two children Alec and Alivia.

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Eric Christy | Accounts Receivable Coordinator

Eric Christy serves as Accounts Receivable on the Indy Chamber's finance team, handling all incoming cash receipts and month-end reporting for the organization. Eric also coordinates all invoices for dues and non-dues revenue.

Eric is a sports fan, with special emphasis on Indiana University basketball and Indianapolis Colts football. Eric is the father of two boys, two girls, and a dog named Sammy.

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Nene Anyanwu | Controller
Nene serves as the Chamber’s Assistant Controller. In this role Nene works alongside the CFO to ensure the Chamber’s goals are achieved through managing the financial transactions and ensuring they are accurate and complete. Her responsibilities include making sure all revenues, grants and expenses are appropriately recorded in accordance with GAAP. She is also responsible for maintaining a positive relationship with all employees and ensuring all compensation and payroll related information are timely processed and kept confidential. Nene is married to Chuks and they have two awesome kids. Originally from Nigeria, nene enjoys spending time with family, traveling, and watching movies.
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Kathy Berry | Member Relations Specialist
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Mike Hylton | Senior Member Relations Manager
Mike Hylton is an award-winning member of the Indy Chamber Sales and Membership Team, regularly meeting with the business community to evaluate opportunities to partner with the Indy Chamber. Mike loves hanging out with his family and friends, and enjoying a game of pool, tennis, or ping-pong.
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Toni Neely | Director of Membership Relations
Toni Neely assists our members in leveraging all the great benefits to help their businesses grow in the Indianapolis region. She loves to travel, hike, spend quality time with family and friends, and try new restaurants and breweries (not necessarily in that order). Toni and her partner Chris live in Carmel with one daughter in college and another currently auditioning for ballet companies. They have two labradoodles, Olive T. and Frankie.
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Crystal Rightor | Corporate Account Manager
Crystal Rightor's role at the Indy Chamber is to meet with local businesses and make them aware of all of the Indy Chamber's resources. She helps companies connect to businesses of all sizes in the Indy region. Crystal loves to spend her time making memories with family and friends. She enjoys being outdoors, going on weekend trips to the lake, working out and reading.
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Pam Shreve | Member Sales & Service Coordinator

Pam Shreve is a longstanding Indy Chamber staff member, working with staff and members to keep data as clean as possible through activating new members and maintaining the Indy Chamber's database information. Pam also coordinates the Anthem ChamberCare program for the organization.

When she's not in the office, Pam enjoys reading, gardening, and catching up (binge-watching) her favorite TV shows. She enjoys family time with her children and grandchildren (fur babies included).

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Emily Hawk | REDi Business Coach
Emily Hawk serves as the Business Coach for the ReEntry Entrepreneurship Development Initiative (REDi), which assists currently and formerly incarcerated individuals in their entrepreneurial endeavors. She works directly with micro entrepreneurs to build capacity and connect them to the tools necessary to start and grow their business. His responsibilities include course facilitation and one-on-one business coaching. Emily received a Bachelor of Art in Sociology from DePauw University and her Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Akron. Prior to her role at the Indy Chamber, Emily was a defense attorney with the Public Defender of Indiana and in private practice. Emily was also the original hire of a start-up business in Broad Ripple, which took assignments of civil judgments and worked to collect them on behalf of creditor plaintiffs.
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Tim Brown | Director of Policy & Legislative Affairs and General Counsel
Tim Brown serves as the General Counsel, Director of Policy & Legislative Affairs for the Indy Chamber.  In this role, he is responsible for negotiating, writing, reviewing, summarizing, researching and executing a wide variety of agreements for companies and clients, including marketing agreements, entertainment, licensing, real estate leases, confidentiality agreements, and other general business contracts both domestically and internationally. Tim also works on Chamber policies, directs the Chamber’s legislative strategies, builds coalitions with different community leaders and chamber members to advance Chamber positions along with the Business Advocacy Team.  Tim holds a Juris Doctorate degree from the Indiana University McKinney School of Law and a Masters in Public Affairs from the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs (J.D./M.P.A.). He was a double major in Business Administration/Political Science earning a Bachelor of Science degree from Fisk University in Nashville, TN.
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Brooks Carey | Event Manager
Brooks Carey is an Event Manager with the Indy Chamber, tackling the logistics, strategy and marketing of events that seek to connect our members and investors for growth and opportunity. Brooks is a proud graduate of Butler University and lives in downtown Indy.
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Lisa Roper | Business Advocacy Manager
As the Business Advocacy and In-Kind Sponsorship Manager, Lisa Roper organizes the day-to-day activities of our advocacy efforts, as well as secures venues and donations for Indy Chamber events. Beyond her role at the Indy Chamber, Lisa loves concerts, wine tastings, movies and enjoying time with her family and friends. Lisa and her husband Stephen live in Zionsville. Lisa has 6 children: Eryn, Cameron, Stephanie, Breck, Lindsey, and Whitney. She is the proud grandmother of Skyler, Peyton, Ella, Vincent, Benjamin, and Ashleyn. She is also head over heels for her fluffy pets Peaches and Keisha.
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Emily Krawzak | Marketing Lead, Creative & Digital
Emily serves as the Marketing Lead for Creative & Digital at the Indy Chamber. She works closely with the sales and membership team to identify strategies and tactics to attract, retain, and engage members. In her free time, you can catch Emily hiking in the mountains, sipping on local brews, doing headstands in her favorite yoga studio, and grooving to live music.
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Courtney Smallwood | Assistant Director of Marketing
Courtney serves as the Assistant Director of Marketing for the Indy Chamber, overseeing media relations and communications for advocacy and regional economic development. Over the course of her time with the Indy Chamber, Courtney has worked on several large initiatives including expanding mass transit in Marion County which recently resulted in the opening of IndyGo’s Red Line BRT.  In addition to her work with the Chamber, Courtney leads the marketing committee for Junior Achievement of Central Indiana’s JA JobSpark, an initiative which is centered on helping local 8th graders connect their passions with potential careers through hands on experiences. Courtney also serves on the YMCA of Central Indiana's Youth Development Program board.
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Lee Smith | Salesforce CRM Manager
As Indy Chamber’s Salesforce CRM Manager Lee will be ensuring our members and teams continue to operate at a very high standard and efficiently to most effectively serve our community. Lee’s professional background has allowed him to serve fellow Hoosiers through two different state agencies. Joining the Indy Chamber team allows him to continue to passionately serve his community. If not hanging out with family or friends, Lee enjoys volunteering at church, traveling, being outdoors, and going to see a new movie.
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Stacy Payne Miller | Executive Director, Anchor Institution Strategies
As Executive Director of Anchor Institution Strategies, Miller heads up the Indy Chamber’s work with Indy’s major community-based employers in ‘Live,’ ‘Hire’ and ‘Buy’ initiatives to spur homeownership, create nearby employment and homegrown business opportunities, and strengthen urban neighborhoods across Marion County. Stacy Payne Miller joins the Indy Chamber after serving as Chief Operating Officer at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Indiana. Prior to her role at Ronald McDonald House Charities, Miller served as Chief Operations Officer at Reach for Youth, Inc. where she worked for five years.
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Stacia Murphy | Project Manager
Stacia Murphy is a community-centered advocate who gained her experience in project and client management and communications in business and nonprofits for over a decade. Stacia began her career as an evaluation consultant, using qualitative research methods and data analysis as a primary tool for improving capacity and sustainability of organizational programming. As an equity fellow at the Kheprw Institute, a nonprofit with a mission of fostering community agency, Stacia developed and implemented an engagement plan for equity within public transit. She also served as project coordinator for the Indy Community Innovation Lab which crafted new solutions towards economic stability for previously incarcerated individuals and youth aging out of foster care. This collaborative Lab was operated by New York-based EmcArts and three local conveners, Spirit & Place of Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis; Groundwork Indy, and the Kheprw Institute with national funding from the MetLife Foundation. Stacia worked with community partners to organize the Equitable Development Assembly, tackling equitable transit-oriented development and gentrification in Indianapolis, along with serving on the Indy Moves Transportation Taskforce for the City of Indianapolis. Currently, Stacia is a PhD candidate in American Studies at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis with a focus on equity in economic and community development. A musician, she often volunteers with arts organizations to bring her extensive network of leaders, artists, community relationships and creativity to the table. Her energetic, inquisitive son is a driving force of her advocacy.
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Susanna Taft | Manager of Strategic Initiatives
Susanna Taft serves as the Manager of Strategic Initiatives for Develop Indy, the economic development organization for the City of Indianapolis. In this role, Susanna manages initiatives related to arts & culture, retail, small business development, and minority, veteran, and women-owned business engagement. Before joining the Develop Indy team full-time, Susanna managed the marketing and communications for the Indy Chamber's Entrepreneur Services division as well as for Develop Indy. Susanna also serves as the Lead Organizer for 1 Million Cups, a monthly event for local entrepreneurs. In her spare time Susanna pursues creative adventures, whether it's designing unique jewelry, renovating her 105 year old house, hosting house concerts, or enjoying the car-free life as a self-proclaimed urbanist. Once or twice a year, you can usually find her exploring a country halfway across the world.
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Mary Callahan | Director of Partnerships & Grants
Mary Azar Callahan is the Director of Partnerships and Grants.  Mary contributes to Indy Chamber goals through sponsorships for Chamber events and programs, with a focus on meeting stakeholder needs, managing renewals, overseeing communication with sponsors, aligning business and market needs, and overseeing sponsorship strategy and leverage planning. In June 2020, she was promoted with expanded responsibilities to include grants management.  Mary is tasked with planning and implementing grant programs, preparing budgets, researching funding opportunities, monitoring expenditure, tracking results, and analyzing financial data. Before joining the team at the Chamber, she was responsible for communications, marketing, event management and sales strategy operations at JPMorgan Chase. Mary currently serves on the board of directors of the Girl Scouts of Central Indiana, Fight for Life Foundation, and is also a Rotarian.  A proud graduate of Purdue University, Mary lives in Central Indiana with her husband and their two children.  
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Jeannie Hurley | Operations Coordinator
Jeannie Hurley joined BOI as the Operations Coordinator in January 2017.  She has held a variety of customer service and operational support roles in both corporate and nonprofit settings.  She worked for 8 years as an Operations Associate for Charles Schwab and Co. Inc., where she assisted clients with complex retirement and estate issues.  In late 2014, she transitioned her career to the nonprofit sector by becoming the Administrative Coordinator for Advancement and Donor Relations at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.   Due to her lifelong love of literature and writing, she has also held several positions at the Indianapolis Public Library and worked as a freelance writer. She enjoys working at BOI because she’s part of a team that helps clients achieve their goals.  She enjoys talking with clients about their business aspirations and connecting them to coaches and resources that will guide them along the way. As a passionate advocate for volunteerism, she spends her free time being active in the Indianapolis community.  She has served on the Board of Giving Sum, a giving circle of business professionals working to make a difference in Indianapolis, and she has volunteered with several local nonprofit organizations including Indy Urban Acres, Gleaners Food Bank, Indy Reads, and Habitat for Humanity.
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Sarah MacInnis | Director of Business Coaching Services
Sarah serves as the Director of Business Coaching Services for Business Ownership Initiative (BOI).  Through the Indy Chamber’s Entrepreneur Services department, BOI provides potential and current entrepreneurs free one-on-one business coaching, workshops, and access to capital.  With a team of expert coaches, Sarah ensures BOI’s business coaching services are of the highest quality. In addition to oversight and coaching responsibilities, Sarah leads various specialty projects such as the United Way Quality Improvement Project, which provides business development coaching and training to child care centers and homes.  Sarah works to assess clients’ financial stability and strategize a plan for growth, supporting the UWCI and Indy Chamber’s commitment to expanding quality child care options in Indiana. Sarah has over 18 years of experience working for national and local non-profit organizations.  Her expertise in professional and personal coaching, financial planning, marketing strategy, resource procurement, stakeholder consensus building, and strategic planning have established Sarah as strategic thinker focused on interdisciplinary solutions.  She has assisted clients with securing over $228,000 in capital in the last four years.
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Neil Metzger | ReEntry Entrepreneurship Development Initiative (REDi) Program Manager
Program Manager, Neil Metzger, manages the day-to-day operations of our REDi program, including program development, partnership retention, data collection and program implementation. Neil’s background includes business development, market research, and financial planning. He received a Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship and a Bachelor and Master of Art in Political Science from Saint Louis University.  He has conducted research on community entrepreneurial ecosystems, economic and fiscal impact analysis, target industry and labor market analysis. Prior to his role with BOI, Neil served as a Research Project Consultant for Thomas P. Miller and Associates. He has 11 years’ experience in research analysis, economic development consulting, banking and higher education.
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Jeff Barnett | Research Director
Jeff Barnett supports the work of the Indy Chamber by providing research services for Chamber staff, local economic development organizations (LEDOs) and other regional partners, site selection consultants, companies exploring relocation to the Indianapolis region, and other customers needing insight into the Indy region. A native of the Indy Region, Jeff received his undergraduate degree from Indiana State University and his Masters of Library and Information Science from Indiana University.  In addition to being a liaison to the U.S. Census Bureau and managing the State Data Center at the Indiana State Library, Jeff has served as Research Director for the Cincinnati USA Regional Partnership. Jeff is a long-standing member of C2ER, the Council for Community and Economic Research. Jeff's interests include classic country music, travel, history, architecture and historic preservation. He is a 32-year resident of The Old Northside Historic District in downtown Indianapolis. His husband of 37 years is Doug Meagher, who currently serves as a judge for the Indiana Workers Compensation Board.
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Paula VanDeVanter | Director of Client Services
Paula VanDeVanter serves as Director of Client Services, directing regional  investment and expansion inquiries and projects through engagement with prospective companies and relevant community partners. She previously served as Manager of Business Development Services, working with state and local officials in the nine-county region to communicate strengths and resources to companies and consultants seeking investment locations, as well as with existing companies and community partners to demonstrate real-life examples of doing business in the Indy region for prospective new companies. Previously, Paula worked nearly two decades for the State of Indiana’s then Department of Commerce – International Trade Division, managing a grant program to assist companies in exporting and educating Hoosier companies on the importance of exporting, across the forty-three-county Central region. She also worked for the Indiana Department of Administration, certifying minority and women-owned businesses. Paula completed the Ball State Indiana Basic Economic Development Course and is a graduate of Oklahoma University’s Economic Development Institute. She is an active member of Indiana Economic Development Association and the International Economic Development Council, and has served on local economic development event planning committees.
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Luisa Macer | Events Marketing Lead
Luisa Macer serves as the Events Marketing Lead for the Indy Chamber. In this role, Macer oversees all event promotion and design, creates sponsorship fulfillment marketing deliverables, and event-related messaging. She graduated from IUPUI with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies and minor in Latino Studies. In addition to her work with the Chamber, Luisa is member of the 2020 AXIS Leadership Program, Director of Community Partnerships for Prospanica, and sits on the Paramount Health Data Project Board of Directors. Luisa was born in Mexico City and currently lives in Zionsville with her husband, Cole, and their playful little Yorkie, Coco.
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Tom Hellmich | Business Retention Program Manager
Tom Hellmich is responsible for assisting businesses in Marion County to remain and prosper in the area through outreach activities that encourage job growth and provide technical assistance. He likes to spend time with my family in the great outdoors on foot, horse, or in a Jeep.
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Sarah Iglehart | Vice President, Regional Economic Development
Sarah Iglehart serves as the Vice President of Regional Economic Development at the Indy Chamber. In her role, Sarah leads the Indy Partnership, a business unit of the Indy Chamber, which serves as the regional economic development organization for the Indianapolis Region. The Indy Partnership focuses its efforts in corporate attraction in the following industries: Life Sciences; Motorsports; Distribution and Logistics; Advanced Manufacturing; Technology; and Agribusiness. Prior to her current role, Sarah served as the Director of Indianapolis Economic Development at the Indy Chamber, Senior Project Manager for the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, and as a Senior Government Consultant at Crowe Horwath LLP. She currently serves on the boards of the The International Center, the Speak Easy, and the YMCA at the Athenaeum. Sarah is a graduate of Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs where she received Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs. She and her husband, Kent, reside in Fall Creek Place with their son and labradoodle.
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Dolly Serrant | Hispanic Business Council Director/BOI Business Coach
Dolly Serrant Ayes is the Hispanic Business Council Director and BOI Business Coach of the Indy Chamber. Her responsibilities include analyzing and supporting the Hispanic business community through the resources of the Indy Chamber and Business Ownership Initiative. Dolly previously served as the Director from the Indiana Commission for Hispanic and Latino Affairs (ICHLA) and holds an MBA in International Business and Strategic Leadership as well as a Masters in Communications. Dolly is also a Salsa Instructor, enjoys traveling and learn from different cultures. Her native language is Spanish, love the coconut water, and enjoys spending time with her husband and her two dogs, “Luna” and “Sol” (Moon and Sun in Spanish).
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Blake Roebuck | Director of Investor Relations
Blake Roebuck serves as the Director of Investor Relations for the Indy Chamber. In his role, he is responsible for securing, maintaining, and growing investment for the Indy Regional Economic Development strategy. Prior to the Chamber, Blake worked with the Indiana Economic Development Corporation and USA Track & Field. He currently serves the Indianapolis community with the 100 Black Men of Indianapolis – Financial Literacy Program, Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site, 2021 NBA All-Star Game Host Committee, Indiana Sports Corp. Speakers Bureau, and Stanley K. Lacy Advisory Council. In his personal time, he enjoys traveling, visiting our mountainous National Parks, and learning more about mountaineering. He and his wife, Olivia, reside in Cottage Home Neighborhood with their Lab Terrier mix, Pearl.
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Ross Raifsnider | Vice President, Membership Sales
Ross Raifsnider has over 33 years of experience in the technology, communication, and printing industry leading operational excellence and results in managed services for two global companies. He began his career with Xerox in 1985 as a sales executive. After 7 years in a direct selling position, he held various sales and operations leadership positions. Specifically, he held positions as General Manager, Sales Manager, Region Management, and Operations Management.   Raifsnider completed 30 years of service with Xerox Corporation. Most recently, Ross Raifsnider was President and General Manager for Sharp Business Systems in Indiana, Chicago, and Cincinnati. Raifsnider is active in the Indianapolis region community as a Board of Governor’s member at The Skyline Club in Indianapolis, VP of Quaker Ridge HOA, and active member serving at Northview Church.
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Vincent Ash | Senior Project Manager
As a Project Manager for Develop Indy, Vincent Ash manages incoming site searches, corporate expansions, relocations and attractions projects. A native to Indianapolis, Vincent is passionate about the city and economic development. Vincent graduated from IU Kelley School of Business with a bachelor’s in Finance. Before working at the Indy Chamber, Vincent worked as an analyst for Simon Property Group. Vincent loves staying involved with the community and serves on the board of Reconnecting to our Waterways and as President for Speedway Parks & Recreation Board. In his free time Vincent loves attending concerts, sporting events and games nights with his family. Vincent lives in Speedway with his two kids, daughter Noelle and son Grayson.
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Michael Huber | President & CEO

Michael Huber serves as Indy Chamber President and CEO. In this role, Michael leads the organization’s efforts to serve their near 2,000 member business, providing tools and resources vital to business growth and success. During this time, the Indy Chamber has worked to spearhead the Indianapolis region’s economic development strategy, a comprehensive plan to unite and strengthen the metro economy through collaborative partnerships aimed at boosting innovation and entrepreneurship, developing and attracting top talent, building quality connected places, and promoting Indy’s vibrant and inviting image worldwide.

Michael has previously served as Senior Director of Commercial Enterprise at the Indianapolis Airport Authority, Deputy Mayor of Economic Development for the City of Indianapolis, Deputy Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Administration under former Governor Mitch Daniels, and as a member of the Associate Faculty of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis. Michael received his MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University-Bloomington and a BS in Social Policy from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. Michael serves on the boards of the Arts Council of Indianapolis and Stopover Inc., and is a musician at St. Mary Catholic Church. He and his wife Helen have three children; they live in downtown Indianapolis.

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Vandana Kapur | Chief Financial Officer

Vandana Mathur Kapur is the Chief Financial Officer for the Indy Chamber. In this role, Kapur works with the leadership team in setting the strategy for the Indy Chamber and has responsibility of the financials of all business units including economic development and small business lending. She oversees treasury, purchasing, IT, budgeting and forecasting, and general office management.

One of Kapur’s areas of responsibility is directed toward ensuring financial strength and operating efficiency through appropriate financial strategies, controls, reporting policies and procedures, and management of the Indy Chamber. Kapur provides direct support to the Finance Committee of the Indy Chamber Board as well as serves as the Treasurer of the Indy Chamber Foundation.

Prior to joining the Indy Chamber, Kapur worked in public accounting with PricewaterhouseCoopers, Andersen, and KPMG and was the corporate account manager for a $500 million public company. She is a Board Member of the Girl Scouts of Central Indiana and a member of FEI, Central Indiana. Kapur is a Certified Chartered Accountant from India.

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Jay Cordova | Director of Sales, Director de Ventas
Jay is an Indy Chamber Evangelizer. He serves as Director of Sales/Director de Ventas to help generate and propel [Hispanic] business revenue to the next level. Jay’s primary responsibilities include development and execution of plans and strategies for growing Hispanic business membership and achieving the Indy Chamber sales goals. Jay is focused on selling to new markets, strategizing next steps, negotiating complex deals and generating pipeline opportunities. Jay builds processes and sales funnels for manual and automatic, top-down, reach-out, onboarding, activation, and expansion of memberships with a focus on Hispanic-owned businesses. Jay plays a big part in establishing and fostering partnerships and relationships with key businesses both externally and internally across cultures. Jay studied Strategic Communications and Bible History at Spring Arbor University in Michigan. He is a Spanish/English bilingual with rich experiences working through the tough transformations that individuals within companies face due to industry flips, economic shifts, marketing changes, management issues, and many other internal-external obstacles.
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Mark Fisher | Chief Policy Officer
Mark Fisher serves as the Chief Policy Officer for the Indy Chamber. In this role, Mark is responsible for the overall development and implementation of Chamber’s policy and political initiatives, while focusing his efforts on Economic & Community Development, Transportation, Local Government and Fiscal Policy matters. Mark began his career at the Indy Chamber as a public policy intern and has served in various capacities, including Director of Engagement and Interim President of Develop Indy (Indianapolis Economic Development Corporation) through its merger with the Indy Chamber. A native of Bloomington, Indiana, Mark has a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, certificate in Business, a minor in Economics from Indiana University- Bloomington and a Master’s of Public Affairs from Indiana University- Indianapolis. Mark currently lives in the Butler-Tarkington neighborhood of Indianapolis with his wife and four children and stays active in a variety of community-based initiatives including Leadership Indianapolis as well as serving as a member of the board for IndyGo, Midtown Indy and the Indianapolis LISC office.
Julie Stewart | Business Loan Coach
Julie Stewart serves as a Business Loan Coach for BOI, which assist small business owners in getting capital to help grow their business.  Julie received her bachelors in Business Management at the University of Evansville.  Prior to her role at the Indy Chamber, she was in banking for 10 years, PNC Bank for 8 years and BMO Harris Bank for 2 years.
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Julie Grice | Chief Revenue Officer
Julie Grice is the Chief Revenue Officer for the Indy Chamber. In this role, Grice oversees a team of dedicated professionals who are involved in the revenue generating aspect of the Indy Chamber, including Entrepreneur Services, Sales, and Events. Grice is a member of the Indy Chamber leadership team and actively guides other Indy Chamber programs including the Membership Council, Hispanic Business Council, Business Ownership Initiative, and Central Indiana Women’s Business Council. A 1987 graduate of Ball State University, Grice received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and went on to receive a Master of Science in Sports Administration from St. Thomas University in Miami, FL, in 1989. She has worked with both for profit and non-profit organizations, and has owned two businesses: Porcelain Place Dental Lab and a sponsorship consulting business. She has two children, Spencer and Shelby.
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Lisa Juillerat | Senior Event Manager
Lisa Juillerat rejoined the Indy Chamber team in 2018 as its Senior Events Manager. Working here from 2013-2016, Lisa left to explore a newly created position as the Marketing Specialist at RTV6, where she developed clients programs such as those for the Indy 500, annual Toy Drive, STEM Education Expo, Home Expert Spotlight and Financial Literacy Ed. Prior to her current role, Lisa worked in events, promotions and sponsorship roles in radio at Cumulus Media (WFMS/WJJK) and Emmis Communications (WIBC/HANK/B105/The Fan), producing diverse brands such as the Country Music Expo, Downtown Freedom Blast,  Nurses Among Us Night, and Friends & Neighbors community programs, and was part of a team that lead WFMS to five CMA and two ACM Awards.  Her passion for Indy’s growth and development, and producing creative, informative events for key audiences has led her back to the Indy Chamber. A Butler grad, Lisa and her husband, Phil, live in Brownsburg with their twins, Grace and Christian.
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Ian Nicolini | Chief Operating Officer
Ian Nicolini has served as Chief Operating Officer for the Indy Chamber since October 2020 where he leads the Chamber’s efforts to build an inclusive culture of performance and development and oversees a strategic portfolio focused on advancing accessible economic prosperity and a strong entrepreneurial ecosystem in Central Indiana. Prior to becoming COO, Ian oversaw Develop Indy, an economic development organization dedicated to growing and attracting new Marion County businesses and led a team whose efforts helped create and retain nearly 46,000 jobs. Ian currently serves on the board of the IndyHub Foundation, Fathers and Families Center, and Indy Skate Park Advocates. Prior to joining the Chamber, Ian was the Town Manager in Speedway, Indiana and previously served as an adjunct instructor in public management at IU-Northwest and IUPUI. Ian, his wife Collette, and their daughter Evelyn live in Speedway with their two adopted pit bull terriers.
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Joe Pellman | Director, Marketing and Communications

Joe Pellman serves as the director of the award-winning Marketing and Communications team of the Indy Chamber, tasked with the management of messaging strategy, content development, public relations, web development and more. Joe has served in many marketing capacities since joining the Indy Chamber staff in 2013.

Prior to his current role, Joe served as the brand manager for Easley Winery, developing point of sale materials and digital assets to promote Easley’s core wine brands. His marketing experience began, however, in the political arena. Through the management of various local and statewide campaigns in Indiana and Ohio, Joe honed his skills for marketing candidates and causes.

Joe holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toledo in political science. He and his wife Jessica live in Indy’s Meridian Kessler neighborhood and enjoy learning something new about Indy everyday.

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Caitlyn Piccirillo | Project Assistant, Economic Development
Caitlyn serves as a project assistant to the Indy Partnership and Develop Indy economic development teams. She graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Fordham University, worked for several years in New York City for Sephora and as a private consultant, and has returned home to the Indy Region.
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Karina Platacis | Membership Relations Administrator
Karina Platacis is the Membership Relations Administrator for the Indy Chamber, focused on helping our members understand their membership benefits and how best to utilize them. When not in the office, Karina is an amazing cook and avid meal prepper. She also enjoys camping, going to the lake with family, and working out. She describes herself as very enthusiastic and passionate. So do we.
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Jeremy Baker | Staff Accountant, Accounts Payable
Before joining the Indy Chamber, Jeremy was a financial analyst with the Indiana Department of Insurance; and a staff accountant with a government accounting and finance firm. Jeremy has recently gone through many milestones in my life beginning with graduating from college in May, getting married in June, and moving to Southport soon after.  Jeremy and his wife Maggie enjoy spending time with their three nephews, working on projects around the house, and playing with their three dogs; Dexter, Gracie and Sophie and two cats, Nellie and Mr. Potuck.
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Catherine Esselman | Senior Project Manager
Catherine Esselman serves as a Senior Project Manager at Develop Indy, focusing on 1st floor commercial/retail space in key corridors in Indianapolis. Previously, she was Director of Real Estate for Downtown Indy, Inc. She also is on the board of Southeast Community Services, LISC Indianapolis and Project Purse Indianapolis. Catherine and her son spend all of their time eating and playing their way thru Downtown and Midtown.
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Adam Burtner | Manager of Policy and Political Affairs
Adam's role on the Business Advocacy team includes leading the Chamber's Business Advocacy Committee (BAC) to increase its effectiveness in political action for upcoming campaigns and elections. Prior to joining us, Adam served as the Executive Director of hunger relief nonprofit HATCH for Hunger, and has previous experience in Former Mayor Ballard's Office of Constituent Services, Hathaway Strategies and Huntbridge Inc. Beyond his role at Indy Chamber, Adam proudly serves on the Board of Directors of the Sapphire Theatre Company, Indianapolis Zoo Council, Junior Chamber International, and the Indiana chapters of the ONE Campaign and Save the Children Action Network. Adam holds a Bachelor of Arts in Rhetoric and Political Science from Wabash College. He is a lifelong Hoosier and currently lives in the St. Clair Place neighborhood. When not at work, you can find Adam playing cards with family and friends, at any and all restaurants on Mass Ave., and at Bankers Life Fieldhouse cheering on the Pacers
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Taylor Hughes | Manager of Policy and Civic Engagement
Taylor’s role at the Indy Chamber involves connecting business and community leadership for strategic civic initiatives. Primary areas of focus include public health, transportation, sustainability, and infrastructure and those issues’ relationship to inclusive growth. Before coming to the Indy Chamber, Taylor served on the Public Policy team at United Way of Central Indiana and has previous experience in research roles at international development and local policy advocacy organizations. Outside his Chamber duties, Taylor serves on the Board of Directors for Southeast Neighborhood Development, Believe Circle City High School, Reconnecting Our Waterways, and Garfield Park Neighborhood Association. Taylor holds a BA in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from Taylor University, and a Master of Science in International Relations from the University of Bristol.
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Andrew Crecelius | Director of Strategy & Global Initiatives
Andrew Crecelius serves as Director of Strategy & Global Initiatives, collaborating with various units of the organization on the development of data-driven strategies, as well as directing the foreign direct investment attraction and trade promotion initiatives within regional economic development planning. He previously served as Manager of Business Intelligence at the Indy Chamber, supporting expanded access to and analysis of data. Before joining the regional economic development team, Andrew worked as a Senior Project Consultant for a national economic development consulting firm and managed multiple research and strategic planning projects across the country. Prior to that, he managed and marketed the Foreign-Trade Zone program across forty-two counties in Central Indiana, a federal economic-incentive program providing access to import-based benefits for businesses. Andrew earned a Bachelor’s in International Studies from St. Louis University - Madrid, Spain and a Master’s in Business Administration with a concentration in International Business from Butler University. He is a member of the International Economic Development Council and working toward becoming a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD). He is also an active volunteer and has served on numerous boards and committees involved in community and economic development.
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Rick Proctor | Executive Director, Business Ownership Initiative
As Executive Director of BOI, Proctor oversees the organization’s day-to-day operations, which includes services like free one-on-one business coaching, low-cost workshops, and small business loans to over 1,200 entrepreneurs in the Indy Region annually. Proctor provides leadership, vision and strategic direction for BOI, with an emphasis on growing BOI’s small business loan program. Prior to joining the Indy Chamber team, Proctor served as Vice President at BMO Harris Bank. In his twelve years in this capacity, Proctor transformed a branch that was lagging in sales performance to one consistently ranked in the top five branches for new accounts since BMO Harris purchased M&I Bank in 2013. Proctor also served as a branch manager for American General Financial Services (formerly Springleaf Financial Services) where he worked for nearly six years. In addition to his success leading financial institutions, Proctor has demonstrated extensive leadership skills through his community development efforts on Indianapolis’ west side. Most notably, Proctor founded the West Side Chamber of Commerce in 2010 and served as the organization’s president until 2018. He also founded Indy Gateway in 2015, a 501(c)(3) dedicated to economic and community development needs on the west side of Indianapolis focused on Wayne, Pike and Decatur townships.

Leadership Team

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Tim Brown | Director of Policy & Legislative Affairs and General Counsel
Tim Brown serves as the General Counsel, Director of Policy & Legislative Affairs for the Indy Chamber.  In this role, he is responsible for negotiating, writing, reviewing, summarizing, researching and executing a wide variety of agreements for companies and clients, including marketing agreements, entertainment, licensing, real estate leases, confidentiality agreements, and other general business contracts both domestically and internationally. Tim also works on Chamber policies, directs the Chamber’s legislative strategies, builds coalitions with different community leaders and chamber members to advance Chamber positions along with the Business Advocacy Team.  Tim holds a Juris Doctorate degree from the Indiana University McKinney School of Law and a Masters in Public Affairs from the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs (J.D./M.P.A.). He was a double major in Business Administration/Political Science earning a Bachelor of Science degree from Fisk University in Nashville, TN.
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Sarah Iglehart | Vice President, Regional Economic Development
Sarah Iglehart serves as the Vice President of Regional Economic Development at the Indy Chamber. In her role, Sarah leads the Indy Partnership, a business unit of the Indy Chamber, which serves as the regional economic development organization for the Indianapolis Region. The Indy Partnership focuses its efforts in corporate attraction in the following industries: Life Sciences; Motorsports; Distribution and Logistics; Advanced Manufacturing; Technology; and Agribusiness. Prior to her current role, Sarah served as the Director of Indianapolis Economic Development at the Indy Chamber, Senior Project Manager for the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, and as a Senior Government Consultant at Crowe Horwath LLP. She currently serves on the boards of the The International Center, the Speak Easy, and the YMCA at the Athenaeum. Sarah is a graduate of Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs where she received Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs. She and her husband, Kent, reside in Fall Creek Place with their son and labradoodle.
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Ross Raifsnider | Vice President, Membership Sales
Ross Raifsnider has over 33 years of experience in the technology, communication, and printing industry leading operational excellence and results in managed services for two global companies. He began his career with Xerox in 1985 as a sales executive. After 7 years in a direct selling position, he held various sales and operations leadership positions. Specifically, he held positions as General Manager, Sales Manager, Region Management, and Operations Management.   Raifsnider completed 30 years of service with Xerox Corporation. Most recently, Ross Raifsnider was President and General Manager for Sharp Business Systems in Indiana, Chicago, and Cincinnati. Raifsnider is active in the Indianapolis region community as a Board of Governor’s member at The Skyline Club in Indianapolis, VP of Quaker Ridge HOA, and active member serving at Northview Church.
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Michael Huber | President & CEO

Michael Huber serves as Indy Chamber President and CEO. In this role, Michael leads the organization’s efforts to serve their near 2,000 member business, providing tools and resources vital to business growth and success. During this time, the Indy Chamber has worked to spearhead the Indianapolis region’s economic development strategy, a comprehensive plan to unite and strengthen the metro economy through collaborative partnerships aimed at boosting innovation and entrepreneurship, developing and attracting top talent, building quality connected places, and promoting Indy’s vibrant and inviting image worldwide.

Michael has previously served as Senior Director of Commercial Enterprise at the Indianapolis Airport Authority, Deputy Mayor of Economic Development for the City of Indianapolis, Deputy Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Administration under former Governor Mitch Daniels, and as a member of the Associate Faculty of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis. Michael received his MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University-Bloomington and a BS in Social Policy from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. Michael serves on the boards of the Arts Council of Indianapolis and Stopover Inc., and is a musician at St. Mary Catholic Church. He and his wife Helen have three children; they live in downtown Indianapolis.

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Vandana Kapur | Chief Financial Officer

Vandana Mathur Kapur is the Chief Financial Officer for the Indy Chamber. In this role, Kapur works with the leadership team in setting the strategy for the Indy Chamber and has responsibility of the financials of all business units including economic development and small business lending. She oversees treasury, purchasing, IT, budgeting and forecasting, and general office management.

One of Kapur’s areas of responsibility is directed toward ensuring financial strength and operating efficiency through appropriate financial strategies, controls, reporting policies and procedures, and management of the Indy Chamber. Kapur provides direct support to the Finance Committee of the Indy Chamber Board as well as serves as the Treasurer of the Indy Chamber Foundation.

Prior to joining the Indy Chamber, Kapur worked in public accounting with PricewaterhouseCoopers, Andersen, and KPMG and was the corporate account manager for a $500 million public company. She is a Board Member of the Girl Scouts of Central Indiana and a member of FEI, Central Indiana. Kapur is a Certified Chartered Accountant from India.

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Mark Fisher | Chief Policy Officer
Mark Fisher serves as the Chief Policy Officer for the Indy Chamber. In this role, Mark is responsible for the overall development and implementation of Chamber’s policy and political initiatives, while focusing his efforts on Economic & Community Development, Transportation, Local Government and Fiscal Policy matters. Mark began his career at the Indy Chamber as a public policy intern and has served in various capacities, including Director of Engagement and Interim President of Develop Indy (Indianapolis Economic Development Corporation) through its merger with the Indy Chamber. A native of Bloomington, Indiana, Mark has a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, certificate in Business, a minor in Economics from Indiana University- Bloomington and a Master’s of Public Affairs from Indiana University- Indianapolis. Mark currently lives in the Butler-Tarkington neighborhood of Indianapolis with his wife and four children and stays active in a variety of community-based initiatives including Leadership Indianapolis as well as serving as a member of the board for IndyGo, Midtown Indy and the Indianapolis LISC office.
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Julie Grice | Chief Revenue Officer
Julie Grice is the Chief Revenue Officer for the Indy Chamber. In this role, Grice oversees a team of dedicated professionals who are involved in the revenue generating aspect of the Indy Chamber, including Entrepreneur Services, Sales, and Events. Grice is a member of the Indy Chamber leadership team and actively guides other Indy Chamber programs including the Membership Council, Hispanic Business Council, Business Ownership Initiative, and Central Indiana Women’s Business Council. A 1987 graduate of Ball State University, Grice received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and went on to receive a Master of Science in Sports Administration from St. Thomas University in Miami, FL, in 1989. She has worked with both for profit and non-profit organizations, and has owned two businesses: Porcelain Place Dental Lab and a sponsorship consulting business. She has two children, Spencer and Shelby.
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Ian Nicolini | Chief Operating Officer
Ian Nicolini has served as Chief Operating Officer for the Indy Chamber since October 2020 where he leads the Chamber’s efforts to build an inclusive culture of performance and development and oversees a strategic portfolio focused on advancing accessible economic prosperity and a strong entrepreneurial ecosystem in Central Indiana. Prior to becoming COO, Ian oversaw Develop Indy, an economic development organization dedicated to growing and attracting new Marion County businesses and led a team whose efforts helped create and retain nearly 46,000 jobs. Ian currently serves on the board of the IndyHub Foundation, Fathers and Families Center, and Indy Skate Park Advocates. Prior to joining the Chamber, Ian was the Town Manager in Speedway, Indiana and previously served as an adjunct instructor in public management at IU-Northwest and IUPUI. Ian, his wife Collette, and their daughter Evelyn live in Speedway with their two adopted pit bull terriers.
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Joe Pellman | Director, Marketing and Communications

Joe Pellman serves as the director of the award-winning Marketing and Communications team of the Indy Chamber, tasked with the management of messaging strategy, content development, public relations, web development and more. Joe has served in many marketing capacities since joining the Indy Chamber staff in 2013.

Prior to his current role, Joe served as the brand manager for Easley Winery, developing point of sale materials and digital assets to promote Easley’s core wine brands. His marketing experience began, however, in the political arena. Through the management of various local and statewide campaigns in Indiana and Ohio, Joe honed his skills for marketing candidates and causes.

Joe holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toledo in political science. He and his wife Jessica live in Indy’s Meridian Kessler neighborhood and enjoy learning something new about Indy everyday.

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Stacy Payne Miller | Executive Director, Anchor Institution Strategies
As Executive Director of Anchor Institution Strategies, Miller heads up the Indy Chamber’s work with Indy’s major community-based employers in ‘Live,’ ‘Hire’ and ‘Buy’ initiatives to spur homeownership, create nearby employment and homegrown business opportunities, and strengthen urban neighborhoods across Marion County. Stacy Payne Miller joins the Indy Chamber after serving as Chief Operating Officer at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Indiana. Prior to her role at Ronald McDonald House Charities, Miller served as Chief Operations Officer at Reach for Youth, Inc. where she worked for five years.

Advocacy Team

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Tim Brown | Director of Policy & Legislative Affairs and General Counsel
Tim Brown serves as the General Counsel, Director of Policy & Legislative Affairs for the Indy Chamber.  In this role, he is responsible for negotiating, writing, reviewing, summarizing, researching and executing a wide variety of agreements for companies and clients, including marketing agreements, entertainment, licensing, real estate leases, confidentiality agreements, and other general business contracts both domestically and internationally. Tim also works on Chamber policies, directs the Chamber’s legislative strategies, builds coalitions with different community leaders and chamber members to advance Chamber positions along with the Business Advocacy Team.  Tim holds a Juris Doctorate degree from the Indiana University McKinney School of Law and a Masters in Public Affairs from the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs (J.D./M.P.A.). He was a double major in Business Administration/Political Science earning a Bachelor of Science degree from Fisk University in Nashville, TN.
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Lisa Roper | Business Advocacy Manager
As the Business Advocacy and In-Kind Sponsorship Manager, Lisa Roper organizes the day-to-day activities of our advocacy efforts, as well as secures venues and donations for Indy Chamber events. Beyond her role at the Indy Chamber, Lisa loves concerts, wine tastings, movies and enjoying time with her family and friends. Lisa and her husband Stephen live in Zionsville. Lisa has 6 children: Eryn, Cameron, Stephanie, Breck, Lindsey, and Whitney. She is the proud grandmother of Skyler, Peyton, Ella, Vincent, Benjamin, and Ashleyn. She is also head over heels for her fluffy pets Peaches and Keisha.
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Mark Fisher | Chief Policy Officer
Mark Fisher serves as the Chief Policy Officer for the Indy Chamber. In this role, Mark is responsible for the overall development and implementation of Chamber’s policy and political initiatives, while focusing his efforts on Economic & Community Development, Transportation, Local Government and Fiscal Policy matters. Mark began his career at the Indy Chamber as a public policy intern and has served in various capacities, including Director of Engagement and Interim President of Develop Indy (Indianapolis Economic Development Corporation) through its merger with the Indy Chamber. A native of Bloomington, Indiana, Mark has a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, certificate in Business, a minor in Economics from Indiana University- Bloomington and a Master’s of Public Affairs from Indiana University- Indianapolis. Mark currently lives in the Butler-Tarkington neighborhood of Indianapolis with his wife and four children and stays active in a variety of community-based initiatives including Leadership Indianapolis as well as serving as a member of the board for IndyGo, Midtown Indy and the Indianapolis LISC office.
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Adam Burtner | Manager of Policy and Political Affairs
Adam's role on the Business Advocacy team includes leading the Chamber's Business Advocacy Committee (BAC) to increase its effectiveness in political action for upcoming campaigns and elections. Prior to joining us, Adam served as the Executive Director of hunger relief nonprofit HATCH for Hunger, and has previous experience in Former Mayor Ballard's Office of Constituent Services, Hathaway Strategies and Huntbridge Inc. Beyond his role at Indy Chamber, Adam proudly serves on the Board of Directors of the Sapphire Theatre Company, Indianapolis Zoo Council, Junior Chamber International, and the Indiana chapters of the ONE Campaign and Save the Children Action Network. Adam holds a Bachelor of Arts in Rhetoric and Political Science from Wabash College. He is a lifelong Hoosier and currently lives in the St. Clair Place neighborhood. When not at work, you can find Adam playing cards with family and friends, at any and all restaurants on Mass Ave., and at Bankers Life Fieldhouse cheering on the Pacers
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Taylor Hughes | Manager of Policy and Civic Engagement
Taylor’s role at the Indy Chamber involves connecting business and community leadership for strategic civic initiatives. Primary areas of focus include public health, transportation, sustainability, and infrastructure and those issues’ relationship to inclusive growth. Before coming to the Indy Chamber, Taylor served on the Public Policy team at United Way of Central Indiana and has previous experience in research roles at international development and local policy advocacy organizations. Outside his Chamber duties, Taylor serves on the Board of Directors for Southeast Neighborhood Development, Believe Circle City High School, Reconnecting Our Waterways, and Garfield Park Neighborhood Association. Taylor holds a BA in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from Taylor University, and a Master of Science in International Relations from the University of Bristol.

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Stacia Murphy | Project Manager
Stacia Murphy is a community-centered advocate who gained her experience in project and client management and communications in business and nonprofits for over a decade. Stacia began her career as an evaluation consultant, using qualitative research methods and data analysis as a primary tool for improving capacity and sustainability of organizational programming. As an equity fellow at the Kheprw Institute, a nonprofit with a mission of fostering community agency, Stacia developed and implemented an engagement plan for equity within public transit. She also served as project coordinator for the Indy Community Innovation Lab which crafted new solutions towards economic stability for previously incarcerated individuals and youth aging out of foster care. This collaborative Lab was operated by New York-based EmcArts and three local conveners, Spirit & Place of Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis; Groundwork Indy, and the Kheprw Institute with national funding from the MetLife Foundation. Stacia worked with community partners to organize the Equitable Development Assembly, tackling equitable transit-oriented development and gentrification in Indianapolis, along with serving on the Indy Moves Transportation Taskforce for the City of Indianapolis. Currently, Stacia is a PhD candidate in American Studies at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis with a focus on equity in economic and community development. A musician, she often volunteers with arts organizations to bring her extensive network of leaders, artists, community relationships and creativity to the table. Her energetic, inquisitive son is a driving force of her advocacy.
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Susanna Taft | Manager of Strategic Initiatives
Susanna Taft serves as the Manager of Strategic Initiatives for Develop Indy, the economic development organization for the City of Indianapolis. In this role, Susanna manages initiatives related to arts & culture, retail, small business development, and minority, veteran, and women-owned business engagement. Before joining the Develop Indy team full-time, Susanna managed the marketing and communications for the Indy Chamber's Entrepreneur Services division as well as for Develop Indy. Susanna also serves as the Lead Organizer for 1 Million Cups, a monthly event for local entrepreneurs. In her spare time Susanna pursues creative adventures, whether it's designing unique jewelry, renovating her 105 year old house, hosting house concerts, or enjoying the car-free life as a self-proclaimed urbanist. Once or twice a year, you can usually find her exploring a country halfway across the world.
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Tom Hellmich | Business Retention Program Manager
Tom Hellmich is responsible for assisting businesses in Marion County to remain and prosper in the area through outreach activities that encourage job growth and provide technical assistance. He likes to spend time with my family in the great outdoors on foot, horse, or in a Jeep.
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Vincent Ash | Senior Project Manager
As a Project Manager for Develop Indy, Vincent Ash manages incoming site searches, corporate expansions, relocations and attractions projects. A native to Indianapolis, Vincent is passionate about the city and economic development. Vincent graduated from IU Kelley School of Business with a bachelor’s in Finance. Before working at the Indy Chamber, Vincent worked as an analyst for Simon Property Group. Vincent loves staying involved with the community and serves on the board of Reconnecting to our Waterways and as President for Speedway Parks & Recreation Board. In his free time Vincent loves attending concerts, sporting events and games nights with his family. Vincent lives in Speedway with his two kids, daughter Noelle and son Grayson.
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Caitlyn Piccirillo | Project Assistant, Economic Development
Caitlyn serves as a project assistant to the Indy Partnership and Develop Indy economic development teams. She graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Fordham University, worked for several years in New York City for Sephora and as a private consultant, and has returned home to the Indy Region.
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Catherine Esselman | Senior Project Manager
Catherine Esselman serves as a Senior Project Manager at Develop Indy, focusing on 1st floor commercial/retail space in key corridors in Indianapolis. Previously, she was Director of Real Estate for Downtown Indy, Inc. She also is on the board of Southeast Community Services, LISC Indianapolis and Project Purse Indianapolis. Catherine and her son spend all of their time eating and playing their way thru Downtown and Midtown.

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Emily Hawk | REDi Business Coach
Emily Hawk serves as the Business Coach for the ReEntry Entrepreneurship Development Initiative (REDi), which assists currently and formerly incarcerated individuals in their entrepreneurial endeavors. She works directly with micro entrepreneurs to build capacity and connect them to the tools necessary to start and grow their business. His responsibilities include course facilitation and one-on-one business coaching. Emily received a Bachelor of Art in Sociology from DePauw University and her Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Akron. Prior to her role at the Indy Chamber, Emily was a defense attorney with the Public Defender of Indiana and in private practice. Emily was also the original hire of a start-up business in Broad Ripple, which took assignments of civil judgments and worked to collect them on behalf of creditor plaintiffs.
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Jeannie Hurley | Operations Coordinator
Jeannie Hurley joined BOI as the Operations Coordinator in January 2017.  She has held a variety of customer service and operational support roles in both corporate and nonprofit settings.  She worked for 8 years as an Operations Associate for Charles Schwab and Co. Inc., where she assisted clients with complex retirement and estate issues.  In late 2014, she transitioned her career to the nonprofit sector by becoming the Administrative Coordinator for Advancement and Donor Relations at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.   Due to her lifelong love of literature and writing, she has also held several positions at the Indianapolis Public Library and worked as a freelance writer. She enjoys working at BOI because she’s part of a team that helps clients achieve their goals.  She enjoys talking with clients about their business aspirations and connecting them to coaches and resources that will guide them along the way. As a passionate advocate for volunteerism, she spends her free time being active in the Indianapolis community.  She has served on the Board of Giving Sum, a giving circle of business professionals working to make a difference in Indianapolis, and she has volunteered with several local nonprofit organizations including Indy Urban Acres, Gleaners Food Bank, Indy Reads, and Habitat for Humanity.
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Sarah MacInnis | Director of Business Coaching Services
Sarah serves as the Director of Business Coaching Services for Business Ownership Initiative (BOI).  Through the Indy Chamber’s Entrepreneur Services department, BOI provides potential and current entrepreneurs free one-on-one business coaching, workshops, and access to capital.  With a team of expert coaches, Sarah ensures BOI’s business coaching services are of the highest quality. In addition to oversight and coaching responsibilities, Sarah leads various specialty projects such as the United Way Quality Improvement Project, which provides business development coaching and training to child care centers and homes.  Sarah works to assess clients’ financial stability and strategize a plan for growth, supporting the UWCI and Indy Chamber’s commitment to expanding quality child care options in Indiana. Sarah has over 18 years of experience working for national and local non-profit organizations.  Her expertise in professional and personal coaching, financial planning, marketing strategy, resource procurement, stakeholder consensus building, and strategic planning have established Sarah as strategic thinker focused on interdisciplinary solutions.  She has assisted clients with securing over $228,000 in capital in the last four years.
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Neil Metzger | ReEntry Entrepreneurship Development Initiative (REDi) Program Manager
Program Manager, Neil Metzger, manages the day-to-day operations of our REDi program, including program development, partnership retention, data collection and program implementation. Neil’s background includes business development, market research, and financial planning. He received a Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship and a Bachelor and Master of Art in Political Science from Saint Louis University.  He has conducted research on community entrepreneurial ecosystems, economic and fiscal impact analysis, target industry and labor market analysis. Prior to his role with BOI, Neil served as a Research Project Consultant for Thomas P. Miller and Associates. He has 11 years’ experience in research analysis, economic development consulting, banking and higher education.
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Dolly Serrant | Hispanic Business Council Director/BOI Business Coach
Dolly Serrant Ayes is the Hispanic Business Council Director and BOI Business Coach of the Indy Chamber. Her responsibilities include analyzing and supporting the Hispanic business community through the resources of the Indy Chamber and Business Ownership Initiative. Dolly previously served as the Director from the Indiana Commission for Hispanic and Latino Affairs (ICHLA) and holds an MBA in International Business and Strategic Leadership as well as a Masters in Communications. Dolly is also a Salsa Instructor, enjoys traveling and learn from different cultures. Her native language is Spanish, love the coconut water, and enjoys spending time with her husband and her two dogs, “Luna” and “Sol” (Moon and Sun in Spanish).
Julie Stewart | Business Loan Coach
Julie Stewart serves as a Business Loan Coach for BOI, which assist small business owners in getting capital to help grow their business.  Julie received her bachelors in Business Management at the University of Evansville.  Prior to her role at the Indy Chamber, she was in banking for 10 years, PNC Bank for 8 years and BMO Harris Bank for 2 years.
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Rick Proctor | Executive Director, Business Ownership Initiative
As Executive Director of BOI, Proctor oversees the organization’s day-to-day operations, which includes services like free one-on-one business coaching, low-cost workshops, and small business loans to over 1,200 entrepreneurs in the Indy Region annually. Proctor provides leadership, vision and strategic direction for BOI, with an emphasis on growing BOI’s small business loan program. Prior to joining the Indy Chamber team, Proctor served as Vice President at BMO Harris Bank. In his twelve years in this capacity, Proctor transformed a branch that was lagging in sales performance to one consistently ranked in the top five branches for new accounts since BMO Harris purchased M&I Bank in 2013. Proctor also served as a branch manager for American General Financial Services (formerly Springleaf Financial Services) where he worked for nearly six years. In addition to his success leading financial institutions, Proctor has demonstrated extensive leadership skills through his community development efforts on Indianapolis’ west side. Most notably, Proctor founded the West Side Chamber of Commerce in 2010 and served as the organization’s president until 2018. He also founded Indy Gateway in 2015, a 501(c)(3) dedicated to economic and community development needs on the west side of Indianapolis focused on Wayne, Pike and Decatur townships.

Finance Team

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Eric Christy | Accounts Receivable Coordinator

Eric Christy serves as Accounts Receivable on the Indy Chamber's finance team, handling all incoming cash receipts and month-end reporting for the organization. Eric also coordinates all invoices for dues and non-dues revenue.

Eric is a sports fan, with special emphasis on Indiana University basketball and Indianapolis Colts football. Eric is the father of two boys, two girls, and a dog named Sammy.

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Nene Anyanwu | Controller
Nene serves as the Chamber’s Assistant Controller. In this role Nene works alongside the CFO to ensure the Chamber’s goals are achieved through managing the financial transactions and ensuring they are accurate and complete. Her responsibilities include making sure all revenues, grants and expenses are appropriately recorded in accordance with GAAP. She is also responsible for maintaining a positive relationship with all employees and ensuring all compensation and payroll related information are timely processed and kept confidential. Nene is married to Chuks and they have two awesome kids. Originally from Nigeria, nene enjoys spending time with family, traveling, and watching movies.
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Vandana Kapur | Chief Financial Officer

Vandana Mathur Kapur is the Chief Financial Officer for the Indy Chamber. In this role, Kapur works with the leadership team in setting the strategy for the Indy Chamber and has responsibility of the financials of all business units including economic development and small business lending. She oversees treasury, purchasing, IT, budgeting and forecasting, and general office management.

One of Kapur’s areas of responsibility is directed toward ensuring financial strength and operating efficiency through appropriate financial strategies, controls, reporting policies and procedures, and management of the Indy Chamber. Kapur provides direct support to the Finance Committee of the Indy Chamber Board as well as serves as the Treasurer of the Indy Chamber Foundation.

Prior to joining the Indy Chamber, Kapur worked in public accounting with PricewaterhouseCoopers, Andersen, and KPMG and was the corporate account manager for a $500 million public company. She is a Board Member of the Girl Scouts of Central Indiana and a member of FEI, Central Indiana. Kapur is a Certified Chartered Accountant from India.

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Jeremy Baker | Staff Accountant, Accounts Payable
Before joining the Indy Chamber, Jeremy was a financial analyst with the Indiana Department of Insurance; and a staff accountant with a government accounting and finance firm. Jeremy has recently gone through many milestones in my life beginning with graduating from college in May, getting married in June, and moving to Southport soon after.  Jeremy and his wife Maggie enjoy spending time with their three nephews, working on projects around the house, and playing with their three dogs; Dexter, Gracie and Sophie and two cats, Nellie and Mr. Potuck.
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Kaden Fitzgerald | Operations & HR Coordinator, Orr Fellow
Orr Fellow Kaden Fitzgerald joins our team as our Business Operations & HR coordinator. Kaden is a graduate of University of Cincinnati with a Bachelors of Business Administration in Operations Management. During his studies at UC, he worked full-time at Rhinestahl Advanced Manufacturing Group as an Operations Co-op for two semesters.

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Jeff Barnett | Research Director
Jeff Barnett supports the work of the Indy Chamber by providing research services for Chamber staff, local economic development organizations (LEDOs) and other regional partners, site selection consultants, companies exploring relocation to the Indianapolis region, and other customers needing insight into the Indy region. A native of the Indy Region, Jeff received his undergraduate degree from Indiana State University and his Masters of Library and Information Science from Indiana University.  In addition to being a liaison to the U.S. Census Bureau and managing the State Data Center at the Indiana State Library, Jeff has served as Research Director for the Cincinnati USA Regional Partnership. Jeff is a long-standing member of C2ER, the Council for Community and Economic Research. Jeff's interests include classic country music, travel, history, architecture and historic preservation. He is a 32-year resident of The Old Northside Historic District in downtown Indianapolis. His husband of 37 years is Doug Meagher, who currently serves as a judge for the Indiana Workers Compensation Board.
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Paula VanDeVanter | Director of Client Services
Paula VanDeVanter serves as Director of Client Services, directing regional  investment and expansion inquiries and projects through engagement with prospective companies and relevant community partners. She previously served as Manager of Business Development Services, working with state and local officials in the nine-county region to communicate strengths and resources to companies and consultants seeking investment locations, as well as with existing companies and community partners to demonstrate real-life examples of doing business in the Indy region for prospective new companies. Previously, Paula worked nearly two decades for the State of Indiana’s then Department of Commerce – International Trade Division, managing a grant program to assist companies in exporting and educating Hoosier companies on the importance of exporting, across the forty-three-county Central region. She also worked for the Indiana Department of Administration, certifying minority and women-owned businesses. Paula completed the Ball State Indiana Basic Economic Development Course and is a graduate of Oklahoma University’s Economic Development Institute. She is an active member of Indiana Economic Development Association and the International Economic Development Council, and has served on local economic development event planning committees.
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Sarah Iglehart | Vice President, Regional Economic Development
Sarah Iglehart serves as the Vice President of Regional Economic Development at the Indy Chamber. In her role, Sarah leads the Indy Partnership, a business unit of the Indy Chamber, which serves as the regional economic development organization for the Indianapolis Region. The Indy Partnership focuses its efforts in corporate attraction in the following industries: Life Sciences; Motorsports; Distribution and Logistics; Advanced Manufacturing; Technology; and Agribusiness. Prior to her current role, Sarah served as the Director of Indianapolis Economic Development at the Indy Chamber, Senior Project Manager for the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, and as a Senior Government Consultant at Crowe Horwath LLP. She currently serves on the boards of the The International Center, the Speak Easy, and the YMCA at the Athenaeum. Sarah is a graduate of Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs where she received Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs. She and her husband, Kent, reside in Fall Creek Place with their son and labradoodle.
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Caitlyn Piccirillo | Project Assistant, Economic Development
Caitlyn serves as a project assistant to the Indy Partnership and Develop Indy economic development teams. She graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Fordham University, worked for several years in New York City for Sephora and as a private consultant, and has returned home to the Indy Region.
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Andrew Crecelius | Director of Strategy & Global Initiatives
Andrew Crecelius serves as Director of Strategy & Global Initiatives, collaborating with various units of the organization on the development of data-driven strategies, as well as directing the foreign direct investment attraction and trade promotion initiatives within regional economic development planning. He previously served as Manager of Business Intelligence at the Indy Chamber, supporting expanded access to and analysis of data. Before joining the regional economic development team, Andrew worked as a Senior Project Consultant for a national economic development consulting firm and managed multiple research and strategic planning projects across the country. Prior to that, he managed and marketed the Foreign-Trade Zone program across forty-two counties in Central Indiana, a federal economic-incentive program providing access to import-based benefits for businesses. Andrew earned a Bachelor’s in International Studies from St. Louis University - Madrid, Spain and a Master’s in Business Administration with a concentration in International Business from Butler University. He is a member of the International Economic Development Council and working toward becoming a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD). He is also an active volunteer and has served on numerous boards and committees involved in community and economic development.

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Emily Krawzak | Marketing Lead, Creative & Digital
Emily serves as the Marketing Lead for Creative & Digital at the Indy Chamber. She works closely with the sales and membership team to identify strategies and tactics to attract, retain, and engage members. In her free time, you can catch Emily hiking in the mountains, sipping on local brews, doing headstands in her favorite yoga studio, and grooving to live music.
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Courtney Smallwood | Assistant Director of Marketing
Courtney serves as the Assistant Director of Marketing for the Indy Chamber, overseeing media relations and communications for advocacy and regional economic development. Over the course of her time with the Indy Chamber, Courtney has worked on several large initiatives including expanding mass transit in Marion County which recently resulted in the opening of IndyGo’s Red Line BRT.  In addition to her work with the Chamber, Courtney leads the marketing committee for Junior Achievement of Central Indiana’s JA JobSpark, an initiative which is centered on helping local 8th graders connect their passions with potential careers through hands on experiences. Courtney also serves on the YMCA of Central Indiana's Youth Development Program board.
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Lee Smith | Salesforce CRM Manager
As Indy Chamber’s Salesforce CRM Manager Lee will be ensuring our members and teams continue to operate at a very high standard and efficiently to most effectively serve our community. Lee’s professional background has allowed him to serve fellow Hoosiers through two different state agencies. Joining the Indy Chamber team allows him to continue to passionately serve his community. If not hanging out with family or friends, Lee enjoys volunteering at church, traveling, being outdoors, and going to see a new movie.
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Luisa Macer | Events Marketing Lead
Luisa Macer serves as the Events Marketing Lead for the Indy Chamber. In this role, Macer oversees all event promotion and design, creates sponsorship fulfillment marketing deliverables, and event-related messaging. She graduated from IUPUI with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies and minor in Latino Studies. In addition to her work with the Chamber, Luisa is member of the 2020 AXIS Leadership Program, Director of Community Partnerships for Prospanica, and sits on the Paramount Health Data Project Board of Directors. Luisa was born in Mexico City and currently lives in Zionsville with her husband, Cole, and their playful little Yorkie, Coco.
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Joe Pellman | Director, Marketing and Communications

Joe Pellman serves as the director of the award-winning Marketing and Communications team of the Indy Chamber, tasked with the management of messaging strategy, content development, public relations, web development and more. Joe has served in many marketing capacities since joining the Indy Chamber staff in 2013.

Prior to his current role, Joe served as the brand manager for Easley Winery, developing point of sale materials and digital assets to promote Easley’s core wine brands. His marketing experience began, however, in the political arena. Through the management of various local and statewide campaigns in Indiana and Ohio, Joe honed his skills for marketing candidates and causes.

Joe holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toledo in political science. He and his wife Jessica live in Indy’s Meridian Kessler neighborhood and enjoy learning something new about Indy everyday.

Sales, Events, and Member Services

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Kathy Berry | Member Relations Specialist
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Mike Hylton | Senior Member Relations Manager
Mike Hylton is an award-winning member of the Indy Chamber Sales and Membership Team, regularly meeting with the business community to evaluate opportunities to partner with the Indy Chamber. Mike loves hanging out with his family and friends, and enjoying a game of pool, tennis, or ping-pong.
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Toni Neely | Director of Membership Relations
Toni Neely assists our members in leveraging all the great benefits to help their businesses grow in the Indianapolis region. She loves to travel, hike, spend quality time with family and friends, and try new restaurants and breweries (not necessarily in that order). Toni and her partner Chris live in Carmel with one daughter in college and another currently auditioning for ballet companies. They have two labradoodles, Olive T. and Frankie.
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Crystal Rightor | Corporate Account Manager
Crystal Rightor's role at the Indy Chamber is to meet with local businesses and make them aware of all of the Indy Chamber's resources. She helps companies connect to businesses of all sizes in the Indy region. Crystal loves to spend her time making memories with family and friends. She enjoys being outdoors, going on weekend trips to the lake, working out and reading.
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Pam Shreve | Member Sales & Service Coordinator

Pam Shreve is a longstanding Indy Chamber staff member, working with staff and members to keep data as clean as possible through activating new members and maintaining the Indy Chamber's database information. Pam also coordinates the Anthem ChamberCare program for the organization.

When she's not in the office, Pam enjoys reading, gardening, and catching up (binge-watching) her favorite TV shows. She enjoys family time with her children and grandchildren (fur babies included).

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Brooks Carey | Event Manager
Brooks Carey is an Event Manager with the Indy Chamber, tackling the logistics, strategy and marketing of events that seek to connect our members and investors for growth and opportunity. Brooks is a proud graduate of Butler University and lives in downtown Indy.
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Lisa Roper | Business Advocacy Manager
As the Business Advocacy and In-Kind Sponsorship Manager, Lisa Roper organizes the day-to-day activities of our advocacy efforts, as well as secures venues and donations for Indy Chamber events. Beyond her role at the Indy Chamber, Lisa loves concerts, wine tastings, movies and enjoying time with her family and friends. Lisa and her husband Stephen live in Zionsville. Lisa has 6 children: Eryn, Cameron, Stephanie, Breck, Lindsey, and Whitney. She is the proud grandmother of Skyler, Peyton, Ella, Vincent, Benjamin, and Ashleyn. She is also head over heels for her fluffy pets Peaches and Keisha.
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Mary Callahan | Director of Partnerships & Grants
Mary Azar Callahan is the Director of Partnerships and Grants.  Mary contributes to Indy Chamber goals through sponsorships for Chamber events and programs, with a focus on meeting stakeholder needs, managing renewals, overseeing communication with sponsors, aligning business and market needs, and overseeing sponsorship strategy and leverage planning. In June 2020, she was promoted with expanded responsibilities to include grants management.  Mary is tasked with planning and implementing grant programs, preparing budgets, researching funding opportunities, monitoring expenditure, tracking results, and analyzing financial data. Before joining the team at the Chamber, she was responsible for communications, marketing, event management and sales strategy operations at JPMorgan Chase. Mary currently serves on the board of directors of the Girl Scouts of Central Indiana, Fight for Life Foundation, and is also a Rotarian.  A proud graduate of Purdue University, Mary lives in Central Indiana with her husband and their two children.  
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Blake Roebuck | Director of Investor Relations
Blake Roebuck serves as the Director of Investor Relations for the Indy Chamber. In his role, he is responsible for securing, maintaining, and growing investment for the Indy Regional Economic Development strategy. Prior to the Chamber, Blake worked with the Indiana Economic Development Corporation and USA Track & Field. He currently serves the Indianapolis community with the 100 Black Men of Indianapolis – Financial Literacy Program, Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site, 2021 NBA All-Star Game Host Committee, Indiana Sports Corp. Speakers Bureau, and Stanley K. Lacy Advisory Council. In his personal time, he enjoys traveling, visiting our mountainous National Parks, and learning more about mountaineering. He and his wife, Olivia, reside in Cottage Home Neighborhood with their Lab Terrier mix, Pearl.
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Ross Raifsnider | Vice President, Membership Sales
Ross Raifsnider has over 33 years of experience in the technology, communication, and printing industry leading operational excellence and results in managed services for two global companies. He began his career with Xerox in 1985 as a sales executive. After 7 years in a direct selling position, he held various sales and operations leadership positions. Specifically, he held positions as General Manager, Sales Manager, Region Management, and Operations Management.   Raifsnider completed 30 years of service with Xerox Corporation. Most recently, Ross Raifsnider was President and General Manager for Sharp Business Systems in Indiana, Chicago, and Cincinnati. Raifsnider is active in the Indianapolis region community as a Board of Governor’s member at The Skyline Club in Indianapolis, VP of Quaker Ridge HOA, and active member serving at Northview Church.
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Jay Cordova | Director of Sales, Director de Ventas
Jay is an Indy Chamber Evangelizer. He serves as Director of Sales/Director de Ventas to help generate and propel [Hispanic] business revenue to the next level. Jay’s primary responsibilities include development and execution of plans and strategies for growing Hispanic business membership and achieving the Indy Chamber sales goals. Jay is focused on selling to new markets, strategizing next steps, negotiating complex deals and generating pipeline opportunities. Jay builds processes and sales funnels for manual and automatic, top-down, reach-out, onboarding, activation, and expansion of memberships with a focus on Hispanic-owned businesses. Jay plays a big part in establishing and fostering partnerships and relationships with key businesses both externally and internally across cultures. Jay studied Strategic Communications and Bible History at Spring Arbor University in Michigan. He is a Spanish/English bilingual with rich experiences working through the tough transformations that individuals within companies face due to industry flips, economic shifts, marketing changes, management issues, and many other internal-external obstacles.
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Julie Grice | Chief Revenue Officer
Julie Grice is the Chief Revenue Officer for the Indy Chamber. In this role, Grice oversees a team of dedicated professionals who are involved in the revenue generating aspect of the Indy Chamber, including Entrepreneur Services, Sales, and Events. Grice is a member of the Indy Chamber leadership team and actively guides other Indy Chamber programs including the Membership Council, Hispanic Business Council, Business Ownership Initiative, and Central Indiana Women’s Business Council. A 1987 graduate of Ball State University, Grice received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and went on to receive a Master of Science in Sports Administration from St. Thomas University in Miami, FL, in 1989. She has worked with both for profit and non-profit organizations, and has owned two businesses: Porcelain Place Dental Lab and a sponsorship consulting business. She has two children, Spencer and Shelby.
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Lisa Juillerat | Senior Event Manager
Lisa Juillerat rejoined the Indy Chamber team in 2018 as its Senior Events Manager. Working here from 2013-2016, Lisa left to explore a newly created position as the Marketing Specialist at RTV6, where she developed clients programs such as those for the Indy 500, annual Toy Drive, STEM Education Expo, Home Expert Spotlight and Financial Literacy Ed. Prior to her current role, Lisa worked in events, promotions and sponsorship roles in radio at Cumulus Media (WFMS/WJJK) and Emmis Communications (WIBC/HANK/B105/The Fan), producing diverse brands such as the Country Music Expo, Downtown Freedom Blast,  Nurses Among Us Night, and Friends & Neighbors community programs, and was part of a team that lead WFMS to five CMA and two ACM Awards.  Her passion for Indy’s growth and development, and producing creative, informative events for key audiences has led her back to the Indy Chamber. A Butler grad, Lisa and her husband, Phil, live in Brownsburg with their twins, Grace and Christian.
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Karina Platacis | Membership Relations Administrator
Karina Platacis is the Membership Relations Administrator for the Indy Chamber, focused on helping our members understand their membership benefits and how best to utilize them. When not in the office, Karina is an amazing cook and avid meal prepper. She also enjoys camping, going to the lake with family, and working out. She describes herself as very enthusiastic and passionate. So do we.

Board of Directors

Lynne Churchill | Miles Printing Corporation
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John Corbin | Huntington National Bank
Steve Corbitt | CorGroup, LLC
Bill Corley
Carol D’Amico | Strada Education Network
Tom Dapp | Gradex, Inc.
Jim Dora, Jr. | General Hotels Corporation
Billie Dragoo-Garcia | RepuCare, Inc.
Ben Evans | OurHealth
Rick Fuson | Pacers Sports & Entertainment
Charlie Garcia | C. Garcia and Associates
Troy Gilstorf | BKD, LLP
Dave Griffiths
Gretchen Gutman | Cook Group
Jeff Harrison | Citizens Energy Group
Anne Hathaway | Hathaway Strategies
Jonathan Hess | Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf Architects
Rob Hillman | Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
John Hirschman | Browning
Leonard Hoops | Visit Indy
Carlie Irsay-Gordon | The Indianapolis Colts
Joyce Irwin | Community Health Network
Phil Kenney | F.A. Wilhelm Construction Co., Inc.
Mark Kugar | BMO Harris Bank
Cathy Langham | Langham Logistics, Inc.
Kathy Lee | Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana
Jason Leet | Salesforce
Joe Loftus | Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Don Marsh
Morrie Maurer | The National Bank of Indianapolis
Kristin Mays-Corbitt | Mays Chemical Co., Inc.
Toby McClamroch | Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP
Bob McKinney
Boris Meditch
Deana Haworth | Hirons
Allison Melangton | Hulman Mortorsports Corp
Bud Melton | Retired - First Indiana Bank
Russell Menyhart | Partner
Charlie Miraglia | Indiana Blood Center
Chris Molloy | University of Indianapolis
Jackie Morales | Morales Group
Doran Moreland | Ivy Tech Community College
Dennis Murphy | Indiana University Health
John Mutz
Bill Neale | Krieg DeVault LLP
John Neighbours | AmeriQual Holdings Group
Jackie Nytes | Indianapolis Public Library
Al Oak | Cripe
Mary Beth Oakes | Business Furniture LLC and Choreo LL
Tom O’Neil | OfficeWorks
Myles O’Neill | Eli Lilly & Company
Ersal Ozdemir | Keystone Construction Corp.
Kevin Hipskind | Fifth Third Bank, Greater Indiana
Bob Palmer
Jennifer Dzwonar | Borshoff
Nasser Paydar | Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Eric Gershman | Gershman Partners
Brian Payne | Central Indiana Community Foundation
Adam Richter | Gene B. Glick Co., Inc.
Ron Pearson | Pearson, Pearson and Pearson Creative Services
Greg Jacoby | Browning Day Mullins & Dierdorf
Todd Pedersen | Genesys
Kevin Hunt | Shiel Sexton
Mamon Powers | Powers & Sons Construction Company, Inc.
Mike Jones | Lauth Group, Inc.
Melissa Proffitt | Ice Miller, LLP
Jethro Lloyd | iLab, LLC
Patty Prosser | The Center for Leadership Excellence
David Resnick | Katz, Sapper & Miller
Joel Reuter | Rolls-Royce
Bob Reynolds | Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Rick Rhodes | Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Mario Rodriguez | Indianapolis Airport Authority
Paul Rothwell | Onebridge
Sallie Rowland | Retired - Rowland Design, Inc.
Steve Schenck | Merrill Lynch - The McCaw/Schenck Group
Lisa Schlehuber | Elements Financial
Gene Sease | Sease, Gerig & Associates
David Sease | Sease, Gerig & Associates
Jerry Semler | Retired - OneAmerica Financial Partners, Inc
Yvonne Shaheen
Al Smith | JPMorgan Chase
Melissa St. John | Relocation Strategies
Steve Standifird | Butler University
Steve Stitle | SmithAmundsen LLC
Don Tanselle | Sease, Gerig & Associates
Phil Terry | Monarch Beverage Co., Inc.
John Thompson | First Electric Supply Company
Ryan Vaughn | Indiana Sports Corp.
Frank Walker | Walker Information, Inc.
Steve Walker | Walker Information, Inc.
Erica Wehrmeister | St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital
Penny Schroeder, MS, MT (ASCD) | Versiti Blood Center of Indiana
Bob Whitt | Sun King Brewery
Jill Rose | Rowland Design
Amanda Williams | FedEx
Steve Schnur | Duke Realty
Jean Wojtowicz | Cambridge Capital Management Corp.
Andrew Baker | Rolls Royce Corporation
Jeff Wilkinson | Accenture
Raul Zavaleta | Cogent Scientific
Gene Zink | Strategic Capital Partners LLC
Aman Brar | Canvas
Kim Cook | Daniel's Vineyard
David Corbitt | Krieg DeVault, LLP
Geoff Dillon | Asphalt Materials, Inc.
Nathan Feltman | IBJ Media & Indiana Liquor Group
Claire Fiddian-Green | Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation
Rajan Gajaria | Corteva Agriscience
Juan Gonzalez | KeyBank
Mike Grubb | Cripe
Michael Hurst | First Merchants Bank
Christina Kelley | Gregory & Appel Insurance
Brad Kelsheimer | Lumina Foundation
John McDonald | ClearObject
Tim Michel | Cushman & Wakefield
Erik Miner | Regions Bank
Sarah Hempstead | Schmidt Associates
Kevin O’Toole | MHS Indiana
Ryan Marques | Lewis Kappes, P.C.
Michael Petrie | Merchants Bancorp
Steve Rogers | AT&T
Rob Smith | Lilly Endowment
Audrey Taylor | netlogx
Cari Van Senus | NCAA
Connie Bond Stuart | PNC Financial Services Group
Brian Sullivan | Shiel Sexton Company, Inc.
Vincent Wong J.D., MBA | Roche Diagnostics Corporation
William Zink | Strategic Capital Partners, LLC
Greg Fennig | United Way of Central Indiana
Gerry Bailey | Corvano, LLC
Joe Barnette
Tom Bedsole | Frost Brown Todd LLC
Jerry Bepko | IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law
Jim Birge | Faegre Baker Daniels
Mary Boelke | Deloitte LLP
Mike Bosway | Stifel Nicolaus & Company
Gary Brackett | Stacked Pickle
Mark Bradford | Old National Bank
Bryan Brenner | FirstPerson
Ken Britt | Marian University
Doug Brown | Bose Public Affairs Group LLC / Bose McKinney & Evans LLP
Cal Burleson | Indianapolis Indians Baseball Club
Jim Callaghan | Franciscan Health
Mike Canada | EnerDel, Inc.
Moira Carlstedt | Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership
Carole Casto | Cummins Inc.
Kevin Church | UPS

Executive Committee

Jeff Harrison | Citizens Energy Group
John Hirschman | Browning
Joyce Irwin | Community Health Network
Kevin Hipskind | Fifth Third Bank, Greater Indiana
Patty Prosser | The Center for Leadership Excellence
Lisa Schlehuber | Elements Financial
David Corbitt | Krieg DeVault, LLP
Claire Fiddian-Green | Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation
Juan Gonzalez | KeyBank
Jim Birge | Faegre Baker Daniels
Doug Brown | Bose Public Affairs Group LLC / Bose McKinney & Evans LLP
Carole Casto | Cummins Inc.
Gretchen Gutman | Cook Group
Sarah Hempstead | Schmidt Associates
Kathy Lee | Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana
Joe Loftus | Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Dennis Murphy | Indiana University Health
Myles O’Neill | Eli Lilly & Company
Ersal Ozdemir | Keystone Construction Corporation
Brian Payne | Central Indiana Community Foundation
Melissa Proffitt | Ice Miller, LLP
Rick Rhodes | Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Al Smith | JPMorgan Chase
Connie Bond Stuart | PNC Financial Services Group

Business Advocacy Committee

Adam Burtner | Indy Chamber
Logan Harrison | Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Tammy Butler Robinson | Engaging Solutions, LLC
Joseph Sutherland | Citizens Energy Group
Michael Solari | Short Strategy Group, Inc.
Doug Brown | Bose Public Affairs Group LLC / Bose McKinney & Evans LLP
Rick Cockrum | Capitol Assets LLC
Jim Dora | General Hotels Corporation
Robert Enlow | Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice
Chip Garver | Co-Chair | Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
Fred Mills | Indianapolis Power and Light Company
Paul Okeson | Garmong
Chris Pryor | MIBOR
Edward Sagebiel | Eli Lilly & Company
Wayne Schmidt | Schmidt Architects
Patrick Tamm | Indiana Restaurant and Lodging Association
John Willey | 19th Star State Solutions, LLC
Heather Willey | Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Gretchen Gutman | Co-Chair | Cook Medical Group
Mark Fisher | Treasurer (Non-Voting)
Michael Huber | IndyChamber
Lisa Roper | Business Advocacy Manager
Tim Brown | Indy Chamber

Governance Committee

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Billie Dragoo-Garcia | RepuCare, Inc.
Joyce Irwin | Community Health Network
Susan Matthews | Borshoff
Doran Moreland | Ivy Tech Community College
Lisa Schlehuber | Elements Financial
Rafael Sanchez | Old National Bank
Connie Bond Stuart | PNC Financial Services Group
Brian Sullivan | Shiel Sexton Company, Inc.
Cal Burleson | Indianapolis Indians Baseball Club

Business Ownership Initiative Board

Lori Ball
President and CEO, LAB Strategies LLC
Mathew Foley
Vice President, Credit Administration, First Internet Bank
Altaf Hussein
Owner, Tridot, LLC
Drew Linn
Chief Strategy Officer, Counterpart
Erica Williams
Vice President, BMO Private Bank, Private Wealth Advisor, BMO Harris Bank
Patty Prosser | The Center for Leadership Excellence
Garrett Doan | First Merchants Bank
Michele Lorbieski | Frost Brown Todd
Stacie Porter Bilger
President, Proof Digital LLC
Michell Jackson
Director of Sales, The Institutes
BJ Brinkerhoff
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Carrie Hanni | Chair
Partner, Kemper CPA Group, LLP
Bill Bower | Treasurer and Vice Chair
Market President, First Financial Bank/Oak Street Funding
Beatrice Cork
Director of Estates and Gift Planning, American Cancer Society

Hispanic Business Council

Jackie Morales | Morales Group
Tom O’Neil | OfficeWorks
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Dolly Serrant | Hispanic Business Council Director/BOI Business Coach
Dolly Serrant Ayes is the Hispanic Business Council Director and BOI Business Coach of the Indy Chamber. Her responsibilities include analyzing and supporting the Hispanic business community through the resources of the Indy Chamber and Business Ownership Initiative. Dolly previously served as the Director from the Indiana Commission for Hispanic and Latino Affairs (ICHLA) and holds an MBA in International Business and Strategic Leadership as well as a Masters in Communications. Dolly is also a Salsa Instructor, enjoys traveling and learn from different cultures. Her native language is Spanish, love the coconut water, and enjoys spending time with her husband and her two dogs, “Luna” and “Sol” (Moon and Sun in Spanish).
Andy Nino | Shalom Health Center
Art Vasquez | Indiana University Health
Ryan Marques | Lewis Kappes, P.C.
Luis Aju | Chase Business Banking
Marina Savelli | Cummins
Moises Lopez | PNC Bank
Tom O’Neill | Office Works
Fiorella Gambetta-Gibson | Allison Transmission
Kiamesha-Sylvia G. Colom | Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP
Philip Powell | Indiana University Kelley School of Business
Charles Kennedy | Cambridge Capital Management Corp.
Mike Kirks | Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Michele Howell | Aon Risk Solutions
Matt Brewer | Old National Bank
Luis Franco | Consul Titular / Head Consul of Consulado de Mexico en Indianapolis
Marlene Dotson | Indiana Latino Institute
Kai Johnson | Salesforce/Boldforce Indy
Miles Nelson | AOI
Shirley Tang-Audritsh | Eli Lilly

Education Workforce Committee

Joyce Irwin | Community Health Network
Valerie Berry | CVS/Caremark
Robert Kobek | CustomerCount
Kimberly Ransom | Viable Educational Solutions, LLC
Ann Murtlow | United Way of Central Indiana
Howard Bates | Work Here
Michele Boyd | M2 Strategies
Kenith Brit | Marian University
Angie Carr Klitzsch | Employ Indy
Dan Corsaro | Ernst & Young
Claudia Cummings | Indiana Philanthropy Alliance
Carol D’Amico | USA Funds
Marty Delezan | Arthur J. Gallagher
David Dimmett | PLTW Curriculum
Kevin Eikenberry | The Kevin Eikenberry Group
Marlin Jackson | Fight for Life Foundation
Gregg Keesling | Recycle Force
Kathy Lee | Ivy Tech
Holly McKiernan | Lumina Foundation
Marie Mackintosh | Employ Indy
Tony Mason | Indianapolis Urban League, Inc.
Jon Nolan | Nolan Security
Mary Beth Oaks | Business Furniture
Stacie Porter-Bilger | Proof Digital
Terry Quinn | Aon Coorporation
Stephanie Stockett | IU Health
Mark Fisher
Lisa Roper
Michael Huber
Steve Alonso | Fifth Third Bank
Gerry Bailey | Corvano, LLC
Mike Canada | EnerDel, Inc.

Central Indiana Women's Business Center Council

Patty Prosser | The Center for Leadership Excellence
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Denise Herd | CIWBC Chair | Herd Strategies
Utilizing decades of experience in marketing, public relations and strategic communication, Herd launched Herd Strategies, a full-service public relations firm, in 2011. Since entering the market, Herd Strategies has developed a reputation for creating innovative marketing, public relations, creative design and community engagement strategies that yield a strong return on investment. Outside of the business, Herd is a sought-after public speaker and workshop facilitator. Herd is passionate about developing businesses, and is a certified facilitator of the Kauffman Foundation FastTrac New Venture program guiding startup business owners through all phases of ownership. She currently serves on the board of directors of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), Shalom Healthcare Center and the Villages.  Herd is also vice-chair of the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce Women’s Business Advisory Council, a graduate of the Stanley K. Lacey Executive Leadership Series, and an adjunct professor with the IUPUI Department of Journalism. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Public Relations Society of America East Central District Diamond Award, the Public Relations Society of America Hoosier Chapter Pinnacle Award, the Entrepreneur of the Year award from the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, and the International Association of Business Communicators Gold Quill Award. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Clark-Atlanta University and a Master of Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University.
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Althea Cooper | CIWBC Vice Chair | Chase
Althea is Vice President and Senior Relationship Manager for Chase Business Banking. She brings over 15 years of experience helping her clients meet their financial goals. She specializes in helping businesses under $20 million in annual revenue manage their lending, deposit and daily operating needs. She currently serves as Vice Chair for the CIWBC where she enjoys expanding her wonderful network of successful women. Althea is dedicated to mentoring employees through corporate Business Resource Groups (BRG). In her experience, she has established both Young Professionals and Women in Business groups and is a member of the Chase Bank BRG, Women on The Move. Her greatest passion is supporting Second Helpings as a volunteer and member of their annual Corks and Forks Event planning committee. Althea completed her undergraduate studies with a BS in Social Sciences from California State University, but is a lifelong resident of Indianapolis where she lives proudly with her 3 beautiful children.
Lynne Churchill | Miles Printing
Garrett Doan | First Merchants Bank
Michele Lorbieski | Frost Brown Todd
Stacie Porter Bilger
President, Proof Digital LLC
Pamela C. Torzewski | fIRST Financial Bank
Julia Polston | Indiana Constructor's Inc.

Local Government Fiscal Policy Committee

Deana Haworth | Hirons
Jennifer Gartner | Barnes & Thornburg
David Holt | Ameripex/Holladay Properties
David Lewis
Bruce Molter | Hagerman Inc.
Steve Sorrel | Cherry Tree Dental, LLC
Steve Rogers | AT&T
Thomas Bedsole | Frost Brown Todd LLC
Francesca Brady | VOX Global
Doug Brown | Bose McKinney & Evans LLP
Cal Burleson | Indianapolis Indians Baseball Club
Timothy Cook | JumpStart Point of Arrival, LLC
Brent Crum | MSKTD & Associates
Ben Evans | OurHealth
Bob Gallant | Browning Investments
Chip Garver | Faegre Baker Daniels
Mike Grubb | Cripe Architects + Engineers
Gretchen Gutman | Cook Group Incorporated
George Hughes | Mays Chemical Co., Inc.
Tom John | Ice Miller
Debra Kunce | CORE Planning Strategies
Jeffrey Line | Denison Parking, Inc.
Joseph Loftus | Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Toby McClamroch | Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP
Fred Mills | Indianapolis Power & Light Co
Carl Mills | Fifth Third Bank
Jon Owens | Cushman & Wakefield
Steve Schenck | Mr. Steven J Schenck
Jeremiah Shirk | Showpiece Solutions LLC
Michael Solari | Short Strategy Group, Inc.
Angie Steeno | Crowe Horwath LLP

Membership Council

Bob Birge | Indiana Department of Workforce Development
Kevin Mandrell
Jean Renk | Schmidt Associates
Troy Gilstorf | BKD, LLP
Rob Schein | Krieg DeVault
Elizabeth Stahl | Fairbanks Hospital
Audrey Taylor | Netlogx
Chris Watts | CW Strategies
Aaron Reitz | KeyBank
Joel Reuter | Rolls-Royce
Bryan Brenner | FirstPerson

Regional Leadership Council

Jamie Merisotis | Lumina Foundation
Vincent Parisi* | Indianapolis Power & Light
Kevin Hipskind | Fifth Third Bank, Greater Indiana
Rajan Gajaria | Corteva Agriscience
Dennis Murphy | Indiana University Health
Myles O’Neill | Eli Lilly & Company
Rick Rhodes | Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Al Smith | JPMorgan Chase
Mayor Scott Fadness | City of Fishers
Bryan Mills | Community Health
Jim Hallett | KAR Holdings II, LLC
Jonathan Nalli | St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital
David Barrett | Gene B. Glick Co., Inc.

Regional Strategy Council

Jim MacDonald | Chase Bank
David McNeely | PNC Bank
Jim Birge | Faegre Baker Daniels
Mayor Scott Fadness | City of Fishers
Mario Rodriguez | Indianapolis Airport Authority
Sonny Beck | Beck's Hybrids
Mayor Tom DeBaun | City of Shelbyville
Rob Sparks | Corporation for Economic Development Anderson
Erin Schneider | Duke Energy
David Lewis
Angela Smith Jones | City of Indianapolis
Marisol Sanchez | Endress+Hauser, Inc.
Robin Brandgard | Town Of Plainfield
Larry Gigerich | Ginovus
Mayor John Ditslear | City of Noblesville
Aaron Dixon | Ice Miller
Haley Glover | Lumina Foundation
Bob Lewis | MIBOR
Jadira Hoptry | Fifth Third Bank
Mike Dellinger | Morgan County Economic Development
Liz Huldin | Heritage Group
Andrew Klinger | Town Of Plainfield
Julia Saltsgaver | Quality Connection
Brian Gildea | Vectren
Jeff Pipkin | Hendricks County Economic Development Partnership
Brian Anderson | Wabash Valley Power Association

Transportation, Infrastructure and Environmental Council

Sarah Hempstead | Schmidt Associates
Melanie Barnes | Crawford, Murphy & Tilly, Incorporated
Zach Churney | Metropolitan Indianapolis Board of Realtors
Michael Cline | Beam Longest & Neff, LLC
Thomas Dapp | Gradex, Inc.
Hal Darring | Global Parking System, Inc.
Greg Fennig | United Way of Central Indiana
Chris Gale | HNTB Indiana, Inc.
Pamela Griesemer | Keramida
Tom Hanley | Nine13sports
Brian Henning | Old National Bank
Dan King | Frost Brown Todd LLC
Richard Kraft | Patriot Engineering and Environmental, Inc.
Luke Leising | Guidon Design Inc.
Joel Markland | BCA Environmental Consultants, LLC
Ambre Marr | AARP Indiana
Russell Menyhart | Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP
John Neighbours | Faegre Baker Daniels
Al Oak | Cripe
Curtis Popp | Citizens Energy Group
Jennifer Pyrz | HNTB Indiana, Inc.
Dawn Replogle | CHA Companies
Jason Richmond | Irving Materials Group, Inc. Group of Companies
Elsie Rivera Palabrica | Eli Lilly and Company
Mario Rodriguez | Indianapolis Airport Authority
Tom Schneider | Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity
Travis Severson | First Merchants Bank/PRMIC
Meg Storrow | Storrow Kinsella Associates
Shelby Swangos | WSP USA
Michael Terry | IndyGo
Jeffery Watkins | Environmental Service Associates, LLC
Debbie Wilson | Engaging Solutions, LLC