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Chamber Ambassador

Andrew Everhart | American Structurepoint
Andrew Steffel | BMO Harris
Andrew Wahl | Top Shot Aerial Photography
Angelique Quakenbush | Edward Rose
Austin Davis | Reagan Outdoor Advertising
Azia Ellis-Singleton | The Moments Between Us
Azure Harding | Insperity
Brad Farrar | IU Health
Brian Willsey | Tinker House Events
Chandler Anderson | The Residence Inn-Carmel
Chris Elliott | ONiT Painting
Courtney Madden | ESI Electronic Strategies, Inc.
Daniel Williams | EquiTeam, LLC
Darcy Lee | AIS
Dwight “D” Hall | D. Hall & Associates/Sagamore Health
Jackie Lewis | Indiana State Fairgrounds
Jasmin Snyder | Pete The Planner
Jessica Mosley | Deborah's Place, Inc.
Jon Burman | AssuredPartners of Indiana
Kelly Cropp | Edward Jones
Kevin Harmon | Le Meridien
Kimberly Parnell | AppleOne Employment Services
Kyle McCord | First Merchants Bank
Lauren Larson | TCU
Leslie Steinert | LandWorx Engineering
Lexi Taylor | Brightworks Group LLC
Lisa Piercefield | Apprisen
Logan Cooper | OfficeWorks
Marissa Farmer | CBRE
Marlon Webb | Veridus
Matt Buchmeier | MCM CPAs
Matt Koehling | Raymond James
Matt Voynovich | H and M Cleaning Solutions
Monica Whitehead | Halo Concierge
Nathan Taylor | Hyatt Place Indianapolis Keystone
Robin Rushton | Indy Fuel
Sarah Reuter | Elevate Travel
Scott Andrews | Andrews Construction
Shad Tidler | Lushin - Sandler Training
Stephanie Ewing | JPMorgan Chase
Sue Pfohl | F.C. Tucker
Viola Bray | Trine University

Indy Chamber Team

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Adam Burtner | Manager of Policy, Permitting, and Regulatory Affairs
Adam Burtner serves as the Manager of Policy, Permitting, and Regulatory Affairs for Develop Indy, the economic development organization for the City of Indianapolis. Adam’s role within Develop Indy, includes leading its permitting and zoning operations and assisting its community outreach, project development, and site selection efforts. He also focuses on local government, tax, and economic development incentive policy for the Chamber at the city and state levels. Prior to joining the Develop Indy team, Adam served on the Chamber’s Advocacy team as Manager of Policy & Political Affairs leading the Chamber’s political action committee and electoral strategies, as well as advocating for the Chamber’s legislative agenda at the Statehouse. Prior to the Indy Chamber, he served as the Executive Director of hunger relief nonprofit HATCH for Hunger, and previously held positions in Former Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard's Office of Constituent Services, Hathaway Strategies and Huntbridge Inc. Adam holds a Bachelor of Arts in Rhetoric and Political Science from Wabash College and is a lifelong Hoosier currently living in the Central State neighborhood on Downtown’s Westside.
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Ama Amzat | Project Manager
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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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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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Casey Cawthon | Vice President, Marketing and Communications
Fishers native, Casey Cawthon, followed her curious spirit on her career path to finding work she loves. Casey completed her bachelor's and master's in applied communication at IUPUI and has taught at the university for the last nine years. 
 
Casey's desire to learn and love work has provided Casey with vast experiences in government relations, healthcare marketing, higher education, nonprofits, telecommunications, and even professional sports. When not working, Casey is exploring outdoor murals, reading, hanging out with her 15-year-old son, or walking her rescue dog, Einstein.
As an active member in her community, Casey is on the advisory board for the Indiana Fashion Foundation, the 2021 PRSA Hoosier Chapter's Pinnacle Awards Chair, a mentor for Pass the Torch for women, and a frequent volunteer for Dress for Success Indianapolis.
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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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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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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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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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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.
James McCoy | Membership Relations Manager
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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.
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Joe Pellman | Executive Director of Regional Image Marketing
If you ask Joe Pellman about his love of all things Indy, be prepared for a lengthy conversation. As the leader of the Project Amplify talent attraction and image marketing initiative, Joe is tasked with managing the strategy and development of the upcoming LifeInIndy.com lifestyle blog, as well as creating and maintaining a public marketing asset library to help showcase unique stories and perspectives across the Indianapolis region. Prior to his current role, Joe led the award-winning marketing and communications team of the Indy Chamber. His career background includes previous experience in business and politics, serving in marketing and management roles in Indianapolis and his native state of Ohio. Joe lives with his wife Jessica and son Finn in Zone 2 of Meridian Kessler, a wonderful midtown neighborhood just north of downtown Indy.
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Julianne Carson | Director, Central Indiana Women's Business Center
Julianne (Julie) Carson is the Director of Central Indiana Women’s Business Center, a cooperative program in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Her responsibilities include managing financial education, technical assistance, and micro-lending programs to support women entrepreneurs in the nine-county central Indiana region. Earlier in her professional career, she was a small business owner for six years and subsequently began her banking career as a Small Business Specialist to help other business owners navigate the world of entrepreneurship. Julie has been in finance for over 13 years, most recently as Vice President Small Business Banking Business Development at Busey Bank. She has worked in multiple segments throughout her career, including Retail and Commercial banking, at JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America, with experience in branch management, treasury, and business lending. Julie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Marketing and Management with a Business minor from Indiana University. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Girl Scouts of Central Indiana, serving on the Finance committee. Julie lives in Fishers with her husband, Michael, and their daughter, Avery.
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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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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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Karina Platacis | Membership Relations Specialist
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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Kate Pangallo | Director of Talent Partnership
Kate Pangallo has most recently served as Talent Business Partner at Indiana University Foundation. In that role, she oversaw all talent acquisition activity and team, career counseling and development at the Foundation while providing consult and partnership to internal and external stakeholders and teams regarding all things talent. Her role managed the full cycle hiring process for all positions at IU Foundation, provided vision and oversight in the creation of the employer brand for her organization, implemented organization wide diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives and assisted in training and professional development specific to the advancement profession. The IU Foundation recently revealed their Strategic Long- Range plan and appointed Kate to lead 6 of the 9 initiatives underway. Kate has co-lead and developed the Collaborative for Respectful Workplaces in Higher Education that comprises of 23 institutions world-wide that have come together to tackle harassment and misconduct in Higher Ed fundraising. She also sits on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Group at the IU Foundation. Before her role at Indiana University Foundation, Kate was the HR Manager at Monarch Beverage, Co. based in Indianapolis. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Family and Consumer Sciences and Marketing from Ball State University (chirp chirp) and her SHRM-CP. Kate is actively involved with the Lung Force Leadership Cabinet in Central Indiana through the American Lung Association and was previously the Chair of the Monarch Charitable Foundation. Kate was recently awarded the Evergreen Leadership Community Builder Award for her continuous drive to build up others around her and create a strong sense of belonging and community both in her profession and personal life. Kate resides in Greenwood, Indiana with her husband Brett, daughters Emerson (5) and Brynlee (almost 4), and golden retriever Andie.
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Kathy Berry | Member Relations Specialist
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Keia Walker | Director of Lending
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Kelli Baumgarn | Grants Manager
Kelli is the Indy Chamber's Grants Manager and is responsible for managing the application and reporting activities for grants and contracts within the Indy Chamber, Indy Chamber Foundation, and Business Ownership Initiative, Inc. Before joining the Indy Chamber team, Kelli most recently served as Vice President of Development for the Indianapolis Art Center. Prior to that, she spent eight years at the Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) as a Philanthropic Advisor for more than 100 Donor Advised Funds and one private family foundation. Kelli has also worked in the admissions office at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School and has been a fundraiser for her alma mater, Valparaiso University. She is on the board of the Washington Township Parent Council Network and when she's not on the sidelines of a sporting event or spending time with family, she is exploring her passion for music. Kelli and her boyfriend, Chris, live on the north side of Indy with Kelli’s two teenage sons.
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Kinli Ramsay | Operations Coordinator
Kinli serves as the Operations Coordinator at the Indy Chamber.  In her role she serves as a human resources liaison, manages various projects for the leadership team, and provides support to the Indy Chamber’s cross-functional teams to ensure the success of their key strategic initiatives. She has a passion for identifying strategies that foster cultural innovation and improve organizational engagement.  In addition to her work at the Chamber, Kinli also serves as a volunteer and advocate for the Children’s Heart Foundation and serves on the parental board for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.  In her free time, she enjoys attending local events with her family, sweating it out barre style, and exploring the outdoors with her daughter.
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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 Edward and Julia, alongside their dog Clyde and cat Miss Kitty.
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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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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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Mady Riegler | Event Marketing Manager
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Marcela Montero | Membership Relations Manager
Marcela Montero is a bilingual sales professional focusing on providing membership value to small business with an emphasis on the Hispanic business community.  Marcela is passionate about making a difference and committed to small business success. Marcela has over 10 years of experience in different areas in the hospitality industry primarily in customer service and operations management. She and her husband have two kids and a dog. Marcela enjoys traveling, Latin music, and dancing.
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Michael Huber | President & CEO

Michael Huber has served as the President & CEO of the Indy Chamber since the fall of 2013. In this role, he leads a business organization of over 2,000 member businesses from the Indianapolis region. The Indy Chamber serves to unite the Indianapolis business community, to grow an inclusive regional economy, and to tell the Indianapolis story across the nation and world.

Under Michael’s leadership, the Indy Chamber has led Indianapolis’ regional economic development strategy, led the coalition supporting mass transit expansion including the successful November 2016 referendum, and in response to the coronavirus recently led a new $22M small business lending and grants program in 2020.

Michael’s past roles include Senior Director of Commercial Enterprise at the Indianapolis Airport Authority, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development for Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, and he worked in the Indiana Office of Management & Budget for Governor Mitch Daniels. He has appeared as a featured guest on national news programs including NPR Marketplace and MSNBC Squawk Box.

Michael has composed and produced music for over 30 years, and regularly plays in Indianapolis with his seven-piece pop and R&B band, Chamber Music. He and his wife Helen are parents of three young children and live in Fall Creek Place in Indianapolis.

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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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Molly Carlino | Director of Communications
Molly Carlino is the Director Communications of the Indy Chamber. Her responsibilities include providing strategic direction for entrepreneur services, supporting strategic planning, and fostering strong external relationships with the business community. Molly is an Indiana native and currently lives in Windsor Park with her dogs. If she’s not traveling, Molly is trying a new restaurant and exploring everything Indianapolis has to offer.
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Natalie Engledow | Director of Partnerships
Natalie Engledow brings more than 20 years of experience in growth strategy, business development, information technology and operational excellence. She has managed local and global clients from multiple industries including healthcare, finance and manufacturing. In her role as Director of Partnerships, Natalie will focus on cultivating community relationships and helping Chamber members thrive in Indy’s business environment. She’ll oversee sponsorships and the Indy Chamber’s events team who host nearly 150 events during a calendar-year. Prior to joining the Indy Chamber, Engledow worked at Indy businesses Engledow Group and Lessonly and has served as an advisor and strategic growth partner to executives and decision makers. Engledow graduated from Indiana University with a B.A. in Telecommunications and spent more than a decade driving transformational growth initiatives and commercial excellence at Xerox Global Services. She is currently a volunteer with St. Elizabeth Seton and Carmel Dad’s Club. Natalie lives on the north side of Indy with her three kids and golden retriever. When she's not working, find her enjoying the Monon Trail, being a legitimate soccer mom managing her daughter’s travel soccer team, and hosting neighborhood gatherings.
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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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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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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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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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Portia Bailey-Bernard | Vice President, Local Economic Development
Portia Bailey-Bernard, a summa cum laude graduate of IU McKinney in 2017, is the Vice President of Indianapolis Economic Development. Bailey-Bernard most recently served as an attorney at Kroger Gardis & Regis and had previously worked at Barnes & Thornburg. She advised businesses and local government entities with respect to state and local government incentives for economic development projects. Additionally, she assists counties, cities, towns, redevelopment commissions, and other special taxing districts to finance public buildings, infrastructure, and other local public improvements by issuing tax-exempt and taxable bonds. Prior to practicing law, Bailey-Bernard worked for the City of Fishers, Indiana, as a project manager in downtown redevelopment. In that role, she participated in the negotiations and execution of major downtown redevelopment projects in the Nickel Plate District. Additionally, she assisted in the city’s efforts in the expansion of entrepreneurial activities. While an undergraduate at Indiana University, she was a varsity letter winner on the women’s track and field team.
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Rick Proctor | Executive Director, Business Ownership Initiative
Rick Proctor serves as the Executive Director of Business Ownership Initiative (BOI), powered by the Indy Chamber. The BOI team provides education and financial services to entrepreneurs through training, capital, and coaching. They help over 1,200 small businesses and entrepreneurs in the Indy Region every year. Proctor has overseen his team transform to provide immediate pandemic support to the small business community in the last two years. He has led the strategic planning process in transitioning resources to a finance lead Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI). Operating as a CDFI will allow the BOI team to provide more support in greater depth to the small business community. Proctor has demonstrated extensive leadership skills through his community development efforts on Indianapolis’ west side, most notably, founding the West Side Chamber of Commerce in 2010 and serving as the organization’s president until 2018.
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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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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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Sarah MacInnis | Director of Business Coaching Services
Sarah serves as the Director of Business Coaching Services for Business Ownership Initiative (BOI).  Housed within the Chamber’s Entrepreneur Services department, BOI provides Indy entrepreneurs free one-on-one business coaching, workshops, and access to capital.  With a team of expert coaches, Sarah oversees the delivery of quality technical assistance and small business training opportunities for Indy entrepreneurs.  In addition to oversight and coaching responsibilities, Sarah leads various specialty projects with community partners and supports BOI’s grant opportunities.  Sarah and has over 20 years of experience working for national and local non-profit organizations and has a passion for helping businesses succeed.  Her expertise in financial planning, marketing strategy, resource procurement, stakeholder consensus building, strategic planning and executive coaching have established Sarah as strategic thinker focused on interdisciplinary solutions that support our entrepreneurial community.
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Stacia Murphy | Director of Equity, Outreach, and Strategic Partnerships
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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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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Susanna Taft | Deputy Director, Indianapolis Economic Development
Susanna Taft serves as the Deputy Director for Develop Indy, the economic development organization for the City of Indianapolis. In this role she works directly with companies and partners to drive inclusive growth in Marion County through business attraction, retention and expansion. In 2020, Susanna was responsible for the management of grant & loan programs that totaled $21M in small business assistance as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 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.
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Taylor Hughes | Director of Strategy, Policy, & Special Projects
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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Tierra Sims | Program Coordinator
Tierra Sims is the Program Coordinator for Business Equity for Indy at the Indy Chamber. Tierra is the Secretary and Communications Chair for The Exchange at the Indianapolis Urban League, a young professionals chapter of the National Urban League. She graduated with honors from Ball State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations. After graduation, Tierra worked at Defense Finance and Accounting Service. When not working, Tierra enjoys traveling and learning about different cultures. She likes to stay active and performs on a Latin Dance team and attends dance events.
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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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Toni Neely | Senior 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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Tonya Varvel | Receptionist & Member Relations 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.
Tristan Liechty | Financial Accountant
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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.

Leadership Team

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Casey Cawthon | Vice President, Marketing and Communications
Fishers native, Casey Cawthon, followed her curious spirit on her career path to finding work she loves. Casey completed her bachelor's and master's in applied communication at IUPUI and has taught at the university for the last nine years. 
 
Casey's desire to learn and love work has provided Casey with vast experiences in government relations, healthcare marketing, higher education, nonprofits, telecommunications, and even professional sports. When not working, Casey is exploring outdoor murals, reading, hanging out with her 15-year-old son, or walking her rescue dog, Einstein.
As an active member in her community, Casey is on the advisory board for the Indiana Fashion Foundation, the 2021 PRSA Hoosier Chapter's Pinnacle Awards Chair, a mentor for Pass the Torch for women, and a frequent volunteer for Dress for Success Indianapolis.
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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 | Executive Director of Regional Image Marketing
If you ask Joe Pellman about his love of all things Indy, be prepared for a lengthy conversation. As the leader of the Project Amplify talent attraction and image marketing initiative, Joe is tasked with managing the strategy and development of the upcoming LifeInIndy.com lifestyle blog, as well as creating and maintaining a public marketing asset library to help showcase unique stories and perspectives across the Indianapolis region. Prior to his current role, Joe led the award-winning marketing and communications team of the Indy Chamber. His career background includes previous experience in business and politics, serving in marketing and management roles in Indianapolis and his native state of Ohio. Joe lives with his wife Jessica and son Finn in Zone 2 of Meridian Kessler, a wonderful midtown neighborhood just north of downtown Indy.
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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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Michael Huber | President & CEO

Michael Huber has served as the President & CEO of the Indy Chamber since the fall of 2013. In this role, he leads a business organization of over 2,000 member businesses from the Indianapolis region. The Indy Chamber serves to unite the Indianapolis business community, to grow an inclusive regional economy, and to tell the Indianapolis story across the nation and world.

Under Michael’s leadership, the Indy Chamber has led Indianapolis’ regional economic development strategy, led the coalition supporting mass transit expansion including the successful November 2016 referendum, and in response to the coronavirus recently led a new $22M small business lending and grants program in 2020.

Michael’s past roles include Senior Director of Commercial Enterprise at the Indianapolis Airport Authority, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development for Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, and he worked in the Indiana Office of Management & Budget for Governor Mitch Daniels. He has appeared as a featured guest on national news programs including NPR Marketplace and MSNBC Squawk Box.

Michael has composed and produced music for over 30 years, and regularly plays in Indianapolis with his seven-piece pop and R&B band, Chamber Music. He and his wife Helen are parents of three young children and live in Fall Creek Place in Indianapolis.

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Portia Bailey-Bernard | Vice President, Local Economic Development
Portia Bailey-Bernard, a summa cum laude graduate of IU McKinney in 2017, is the Vice President of Indianapolis Economic Development. Bailey-Bernard most recently served as an attorney at Kroger Gardis & Regis and had previously worked at Barnes & Thornburg. She advised businesses and local government entities with respect to state and local government incentives for economic development projects. Additionally, she assists counties, cities, towns, redevelopment commissions, and other special taxing districts to finance public buildings, infrastructure, and other local public improvements by issuing tax-exempt and taxable bonds. Prior to practicing law, Bailey-Bernard worked for the City of Fishers, Indiana, as a project manager in downtown redevelopment. In that role, she participated in the negotiations and execution of major downtown redevelopment projects in the Nickel Plate District. Additionally, she assisted in the city’s efforts in the expansion of entrepreneurial activities. While an undergraduate at Indiana University, she was a varsity letter winner on the women’s track and field team.
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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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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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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.

Anchor Institution Strategies

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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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Adam Burtner | Manager of Policy, Permitting, and Regulatory Affairs
Adam Burtner serves as the Manager of Policy, Permitting, and Regulatory Affairs for Develop Indy, the economic development organization for the City of Indianapolis. Adam’s role within Develop Indy, includes leading its permitting and zoning operations and assisting its community outreach, project development, and site selection efforts. He also focuses on local government, tax, and economic development incentive policy for the Chamber at the city and state levels. Prior to joining the Develop Indy team, Adam served on the Chamber’s Advocacy team as Manager of Policy & Political Affairs leading the Chamber’s political action committee and electoral strategies, as well as advocating for the Chamber’s legislative agenda at the Statehouse. Prior to the Indy Chamber, he served as the Executive Director of hunger relief nonprofit HATCH for Hunger, and previously held positions in Former Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard's Office of Constituent Services, Hathaway Strategies and Huntbridge Inc. Adam holds a Bachelor of Arts in Rhetoric and Political Science from Wabash College and is a lifelong Hoosier currently living in the Central State neighborhood on Downtown’s Westside.
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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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Taylor Hughes | Director of Strategy, Policy, & Special Projects
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.

Develop Indy

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Adam Burtner | Manager of Policy, Permitting, and Regulatory Affairs
Adam Burtner serves as the Manager of Policy, Permitting, and Regulatory Affairs for Develop Indy, the economic development organization for the City of Indianapolis. Adam’s role within Develop Indy, includes leading its permitting and zoning operations and assisting its community outreach, project development, and site selection efforts. He also focuses on local government, tax, and economic development incentive policy for the Chamber at the city and state levels. Prior to joining the Develop Indy team, Adam served on the Chamber’s Advocacy team as Manager of Policy & Political Affairs leading the Chamber’s political action committee and electoral strategies, as well as advocating for the Chamber’s legislative agenda at the Statehouse. Prior to the Indy Chamber, he served as the Executive Director of hunger relief nonprofit HATCH for Hunger, and previously held positions in Former Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard's Office of Constituent Services, Hathaway Strategies and Huntbridge Inc. Adam holds a Bachelor of Arts in Rhetoric and Political Science from Wabash College and is a lifelong Hoosier currently living in the Central State neighborhood on Downtown’s Westside.
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Ama Amzat | Project Manager
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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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Portia Bailey-Bernard | Vice President, Local Economic Development
Portia Bailey-Bernard, a summa cum laude graduate of IU McKinney in 2017, is the Vice President of Indianapolis Economic Development. Bailey-Bernard most recently served as an attorney at Kroger Gardis & Regis and had previously worked at Barnes & Thornburg. She advised businesses and local government entities with respect to state and local government incentives for economic development projects. Additionally, she assists counties, cities, towns, redevelopment commissions, and other special taxing districts to finance public buildings, infrastructure, and other local public improvements by issuing tax-exempt and taxable bonds. Prior to practicing law, Bailey-Bernard worked for the City of Fishers, Indiana, as a project manager in downtown redevelopment. In that role, she participated in the negotiations and execution of major downtown redevelopment projects in the Nickel Plate District. Additionally, she assisted in the city’s efforts in the expansion of entrepreneurial activities. While an undergraduate at Indiana University, she was a varsity letter winner on the women’s track and field team.
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Stacia Murphy | Director of Equity, Outreach, and Strategic Partnerships
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 | Deputy Director, Indianapolis Economic Development
Susanna Taft serves as the Deputy Director for Develop Indy, the economic development organization for the City of Indianapolis. In this role she works directly with companies and partners to drive inclusive growth in Marion County through business attraction, retention and expansion. In 2020, Susanna was responsible for the management of grant & loan programs that totaled $21M in small business assistance as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 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.
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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.

Entrepreneur Services Team

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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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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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Julianne Carson | Director, Central Indiana Women's Business Center
Julianne (Julie) Carson is the Director of Central Indiana Women’s Business Center, a cooperative program in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Her responsibilities include managing financial education, technical assistance, and micro-lending programs to support women entrepreneurs in the nine-county central Indiana region. Earlier in her professional career, she was a small business owner for six years and subsequently began her banking career as a Small Business Specialist to help other business owners navigate the world of entrepreneurship. Julie has been in finance for over 13 years, most recently as Vice President Small Business Banking Business Development at Busey Bank. She has worked in multiple segments throughout her career, including Retail and Commercial banking, at JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America, with experience in branch management, treasury, and business lending. Julie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Marketing and Management with a Business minor from Indiana University. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Girl Scouts of Central Indiana, serving on the Finance committee. Julie lives in Fishers with her husband, Michael, and their daughter, Avery.
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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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Keia Walker | Director of Lending
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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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Rick Proctor | Executive Director, Business Ownership Initiative
Rick Proctor serves as the Executive Director of Business Ownership Initiative (BOI), powered by the Indy Chamber. The BOI team provides education and financial services to entrepreneurs through training, capital, and coaching. They help over 1,200 small businesses and entrepreneurs in the Indy Region every year. Proctor has overseen his team transform to provide immediate pandemic support to the small business community in the last two years. He has led the strategic planning process in transitioning resources to a finance lead Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI). Operating as a CDFI will allow the BOI team to provide more support in greater depth to the small business community. Proctor has demonstrated extensive leadership skills through his community development efforts on Indianapolis’ west side, most notably, founding the West Side Chamber of Commerce in 2010 and serving as the organization’s president until 2018.
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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).  Housed within the Chamber’s Entrepreneur Services department, BOI provides Indy entrepreneurs free one-on-one business coaching, workshops, and access to capital.  With a team of expert coaches, Sarah oversees the delivery of quality technical assistance and small business training opportunities for Indy entrepreneurs.  In addition to oversight and coaching responsibilities, Sarah leads various specialty projects with community partners and supports BOI’s grant opportunities.  Sarah and has over 20 years of experience working for national and local non-profit organizations and has a passion for helping businesses succeed.  Her expertise in financial planning, marketing strategy, resource procurement, stakeholder consensus building, strategic planning and executive coaching have established Sarah as strategic thinker focused on interdisciplinary solutions that support our entrepreneurial community.

Finance Team

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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.
Tristan Liechty | Financial Accountant
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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.

Indy Partnership

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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.
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Kate Pangallo | Director of Talent Partnership
Kate Pangallo has most recently served as Talent Business Partner at Indiana University Foundation. In that role, she oversaw all talent acquisition activity and team, career counseling and development at the Foundation while providing consult and partnership to internal and external stakeholders and teams regarding all things talent. Her role managed the full cycle hiring process for all positions at IU Foundation, provided vision and oversight in the creation of the employer brand for her organization, implemented organization wide diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives and assisted in training and professional development specific to the advancement profession. The IU Foundation recently revealed their Strategic Long- Range plan and appointed Kate to lead 6 of the 9 initiatives underway. Kate has co-lead and developed the Collaborative for Respectful Workplaces in Higher Education that comprises of 23 institutions world-wide that have come together to tackle harassment and misconduct in Higher Ed fundraising. She also sits on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Group at the IU Foundation. Before her role at Indiana University Foundation, Kate was the HR Manager at Monarch Beverage, Co. based in Indianapolis. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Family and Consumer Sciences and Marketing from Ball State University (chirp chirp) and her SHRM-CP. Kate is actively involved with the Lung Force Leadership Cabinet in Central Indiana through the American Lung Association and was previously the Chair of the Monarch Charitable Foundation. Kate was recently awarded the Evergreen Leadership Community Builder Award for her continuous drive to build up others around her and create a strong sense of belonging and community both in her profession and personal life. Kate resides in Greenwood, Indiana with her husband Brett, daughters Emerson (5) and Brynlee (almost 4), and golden retriever Andie.
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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.

Marketing & Communications Team

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Casey Cawthon | Vice President, Marketing and Communications
Fishers native, Casey Cawthon, followed her curious spirit on her career path to finding work she loves. Casey completed her bachelor's and master's in applied communication at IUPUI and has taught at the university for the last nine years. 
 
Casey's desire to learn and love work has provided Casey with vast experiences in government relations, healthcare marketing, higher education, nonprofits, telecommunications, and even professional sports. When not working, Casey is exploring outdoor murals, reading, hanging out with her 15-year-old son, or walking her rescue dog, Einstein.
As an active member in her community, Casey is on the advisory board for the Indiana Fashion Foundation, the 2021 PRSA Hoosier Chapter's Pinnacle Awards Chair, a mentor for Pass the Torch for women, and a frequent volunteer for Dress for Success Indianapolis.
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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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Joe Pellman | Executive Director of Regional Image Marketing
If you ask Joe Pellman about his love of all things Indy, be prepared for a lengthy conversation. As the leader of the Project Amplify talent attraction and image marketing initiative, Joe is tasked with managing the strategy and development of the upcoming LifeInIndy.com lifestyle blog, as well as creating and maintaining a public marketing asset library to help showcase unique stories and perspectives across the Indianapolis region. Prior to his current role, Joe led the award-winning marketing and communications team of the Indy Chamber. His career background includes previous experience in business and politics, serving in marketing and management roles in Indianapolis and his native state of Ohio. Joe lives with his wife Jessica and son Finn in Zone 2 of Meridian Kessler, a wonderful midtown neighborhood just north of downtown Indy.
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Mady Riegler | Event Marketing Manager
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Molly Carlino | Director of Communications
Molly Carlino is the Director Communications of the Indy Chamber. Her responsibilities include providing strategic direction for entrepreneur services, supporting strategic planning, and fostering strong external relationships with the business community. Molly is an Indiana native and currently lives in Windsor Park with her dogs. If she’s not traveling, Molly is trying a new restaurant and exploring everything Indianapolis has to offer.

Sales, Events, and Member Services

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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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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.
James McCoy | Membership Relations Manager
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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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Karina Platacis | Membership Relations Specialist
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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Kathy Berry | Member Relations Specialist
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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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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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Marcela Montero | Membership Relations Manager
Marcela Montero is a bilingual sales professional focusing on providing membership value to small business with an emphasis on the Hispanic business community.  Marcela is passionate about making a difference and committed to small business success. Marcela has over 10 years of experience in different areas in the hospitality industry primarily in customer service and operations management. She and her husband have two kids and a dog. Marcela enjoys traveling, Latin music, and dancing.
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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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Natalie Engledow | Director of Partnerships
Natalie Engledow brings more than 20 years of experience in growth strategy, business development, information technology and operational excellence. She has managed local and global clients from multiple industries including healthcare, finance and manufacturing. In her role as Director of Partnerships, Natalie will focus on cultivating community relationships and helping Chamber members thrive in Indy’s business environment. She’ll oversee sponsorships and the Indy Chamber’s events team who host nearly 150 events during a calendar-year. Prior to joining the Indy Chamber, Engledow worked at Indy businesses Engledow Group and Lessonly and has served as an advisor and strategic growth partner to executives and decision makers. Engledow graduated from Indiana University with a B.A. in Telecommunications and spent more than a decade driving transformational growth initiatives and commercial excellence at Xerox Global Services. She is currently a volunteer with St. Elizabeth Seton and Carmel Dad’s Club. Natalie lives on the north side of Indy with her three kids and golden retriever. When she's not working, find her enjoying the Monon Trail, being a legitimate soccer mom managing her daughter’s travel soccer team, and hosting neighborhood gatherings.
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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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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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Toni Neely | Senior 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.

Board of Directors

Adam Richter | Gene B. Glick Co., Inc.
Al Oak | Cripe
Al Smith | JPMorgan Chase
Aman Brar | Canvas
Amanda Williams | FedEx
Andrew Baker | Rolls Royce Corporation
Ann Merkel | The National Bank of Indianapolis
Anne Hathaway | Hathaway Strategies
Audrey Taylor | netlogx
Bill Bower | First Financial Bank
First Financial Bank/Oak Street Funding
Bill Corley
Bill Neale | Krieg DeVault LLP
Billie Dragoo-Garcia | RepuCare, Inc.
Bob McKinney
Bob Palmer
Bob Reynolds | Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Brad Kelsheimer | Lumina Foundation
Brian Sullivan | Shiel Sexton Company, Inc.
Bryan Brenner | FirstPerson
Bud Melton | Retired - First Indiana Bank
Cari Van Senus | NCAA
Carole Casto | Cummins Inc.
Cathy Langham | Langham Logistics, Inc.
Charlie Garcia | C. Garcia and Associates
Chris Molloy | University of Indianapolis
Christina Kelley | Gregory & Appel Insurance
Claire Fiddian-Green | Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation
Connie Bond Stuart | PNC Financial Services Group
Darrianna Christian | BCforward
Daryl Graham | Strada Education Network, Inc.
David Sease | Sease, Gerig & Associates
David Corbitt | Krieg DeVault, LLP
Deana Haworth | Hirons
Dennis Murphy | Indiana University Health
Don Marsh
Doran Moreland | Resultant
Doug Brown | Bose Public Affairs Group LLC / Bose McKinney & Evans LLP
Dr. Lorenzo Esters | Ivy Tech Community College
Drew Linn | Counterpart
Counterpart
Enrique Conterno
Eric Gershman | Gershman Partners
Eric Johnson | CNO Financial Group Inc.
Erica Wehrmeister | St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital
Erik Miner | Regions Bank
Ersal Ozdemir | Keystone Construction Corp.
Frank Walker | Walker Information, Inc.
Gary Brackett | Stacked Pickle
Gene Sease | Sease, Gerig & Associates
Gene Zink | Strategic Capital Partners LLC
Geoff Dillon | Asphalt Materials, Inc.
Gerry Bailey | Corvano, LLC
Gordon Brooks | Eli Lilly & Company
Greg Fennig | United Way of Central Indiana
Greg Jacoby | Browning Day Mullins & Dierdorf
Gretchen Gutman | Cook Group
Jackie Morales | Morales Group
James Danko | Butler University
Jason Leet | Salesforce
Jean Wojtowicz | Cambridge Capital Management Corp.
Jeff Harrison | Citizens Energy Group
Jeff Wilkinson | Accenture
Jennifer Dzwonar | Borshoff
Jerry Bepko | IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law
Jerry Semler | Retired - OneAmerica Financial Partners, Inc
Jethro Lloyd | iLab, LLC
Jill Rose | Rowland Design
Jim Birge | Faegre Baker Daniels
Jim Callaghan | Franciscan Health
Jim Dora, Jr. | General Hotels Corporation
Jim Schenck | Merrill Lynch
Joe Barnette
Joe Loftus | Barnes & Thornburg LLP
John Corbin | Huntington National Bank
John Hirschman | Browning
John Mutz
John Neighbours | AmeriQual Holdings Group
John Thompson | First Electric Supply Company
John McDonald | ClearObject
Joyce Irwin | Community Health Network
Juan Gonzalez | KeyBank
Karin Sarratt | OneAmerica Financial Partners
Keith Bice | Dentons Bingham Greenbaum LLP
Ken Britt | Marian University
Kevin Hunt | Shiel Sexton
Kevin O’Toole | MHS Indiana
Kim Cook | Daniel's Vineyard
Kristin Mays-Corbitt | Mays Chemical Co., Inc.
Kristina Lund | AES Indiana
Leonard Hoops | Visit Indy
Lisa Schlehuber | Elements Financial
Lusia Mar | Bank of America
Mamon Powers | Powers & Sons Construction Company, Inc.
Mario Rodriguez | Indianapolis Airport Authority
Mark Bradford | Old National Bank
Mark Kugar | BMO Harris Bank
Mary Beth Oakes | Business Furniture LLC and Choreo LLC
Mary Boelke | Deloitte LLP
Matt Mindrum | DaVita Kidney Care
Melissa Proffitt | Ice Miller, LLP
Melissa St. John | Relocation Strategies
Michael Ash | Fifth Third Bank
Michael Petrie | Merchants Bancorp
Michael Hurst | First Merchants Bank
Mike Bosway | Stifel Nicolaus & Company
Mike Canada | EnerDel, Inc.
Mike Jones | Lauth Group, Inc.
Mike Grubb | Cripe
Moira Carlstedt | Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership
Morrie Maurer | The National Bank of Indianapolis
Myles O’Neill | Eli Lilly & Company
Nasser Paydar | Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Nathan Feltman | IBJ Media & Indiana Liquor Group
Patty Prosser | The Center for Leadership Excellence
Paul Nselel | AgReliant Genetics
Paula Moan | Stock Yards Bank and Trust
Penny Schroeder, MS, MT (ASCD) | Versiti Blood Center of Indiana
Phil Kenney | F.A. Wilhelm Construction Co., Inc.
Rajan Gajaria | Corteva Agriscience
Randy Lewandowski | Indianapolis Indians
Richard Cardwell | Infosys
Rick Fuson | Pacers Sports & Entertainment
Rick Rhodes | Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Rob Hillman | Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Rob Smith | Lilly Endowment
Roger VanDerSnick | Indianapolis Colts
Ron Pearson | Pearson, Pearson and Pearson Creative Services
Russell Menyhart | Partner
Ryan Marques | Lewis Kappes, P.C.
Ryan Vaughn | Indiana Sports Corp.
Sallie Rowland | Retired - Rowland Design, Inc.
Sandy Rodriguez | Roche Diagnostics Corp.
Sarah Hempstead | Schmidt Associates
Shelly Towns | Marathon Health
Steve Corbitt | CorGroup, LLC
Steve Schenck | Merrill Lynch - The McCaw/Schenck Group
Steve Schnur | Duke Realty
Steve Stitle | SmithAmundsen LLC
Steve Walker | Walker Information, Inc.
Steve Rogers | AT&T
Tammy Butler Robinson | Engaging Solutions, LLC
Tim Michel | Cushman & Wakefield
Tobin Richer | KAR Global
Todd Pedersen | Genesys
Tom Bedsole | Frost Brown Todd LLC
Tom Dapp | Gradex, Inc.
Tom O’Neil | OfficeWorks
Troy Gilstorf | BKD, LLP
William Zink | Strategic Capital Partners, LLC
Yvonne Shaheen

Executive Committee

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

Business Advocacy Committee

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

Governance Committee

Billie Dragoo-Garcia | RepuCare, Inc.
Brian Sullivan | Shiel Sexton Company, Inc.
Connie Bond Stuart | PNC Financial Services Group
Doran Moreland | Resultant
Enrique Conterno
Joyce Irwin | Community Health Network
Lisa Schlehuber | Elements Financial
Rafael Sanchez | Old National Bank
Susan Matthews | Borshoff

Business Ownership Initiative Board

Altaf Hussein | Tridot, LLC
Beatrice Cork | Corus International
Bill Bower | First Financial Bank
First Financial Bank/Oak Street Funding
Drew Linn | Counterpart
Counterpart
Erica Williams | BMO Harris Bank
James Aucremanne | Huntington Bank
Lori Ball | BioIVT – Long Island, NY
Mathew Foley
Michele Lorbieski | Hewitt Law & Mediation
Michelle Jackson
Patty Prosser | The Center for Leadership Excellence
Stacie Porter Bilger | Proof Digital LLC

Hispanic Business Council

Art Vasquez | Indiana University Health
Charles Kennedy | Cambridge Capital Management Corp.
Deputy consul, Daniel Aguado-Ornelas | On behalf of Luis Franco | Consul Titular / Head Consul of Consulado de Mexico en Indianapolis
Dolly Serrant | Hispanic Business Council Director/BOI Business Coach
Elias Maqueda | Indianapolis Airport Authority
Fiorella Gambetta-Gibson | Allison Transmission
Jackie Morales | Morales Group
Janmarie Connor | Connor Fine Painting
Jesse Camacho | Camacho Equipment & Janitorial Supply Inc.
Juan Gonzalez | KeyBank
Kai Johnson | Salesforce/Boldforce Indy
Kiamesha-Sylvia G. Colom | Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP
Luis Aju | Chase Business Banking
Marina Savelli | Cummins
Marlene Dotson | Indiana Latino Institute
Michele Howell | Aon Risk Solutions
Mike Kirks | Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Mike Kirsch | Cummins
Miles Nelson | AOI
Philip Powell | Indiana University Kelley School of Business
Ryan Marques | Lewis Kappes, P.C.
Shirley Tang-Audritsh | Eli Lilly
Tom O’Neil | OfficeWorks
Yaima Israel

Education Workforce Committee

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

Central Indiana Women's Business Center Council

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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.
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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.
Julia Polston | Indiana Constructor's Inc.
Melanie Raney | AES Corporation
Patty Prosser | The Center for Leadership Excellence
Rebekah Payne | MCM CPAs & Advisors
Stacie Porter Bilger | Proof Digital LLC

Local Government Fiscal Policy Committee

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

Membership Council

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

Regional Leadership Council

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

Regional Strategy Council

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

Transportation, Infrastructure and Environmental Council

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