2016-17 Board of Directors

These local community leaders are dedicated to United Way of Central Indiana’s mission of helping people learn more, earn more and lead safe and healthy lives. We thank them for their hard work and outstanding commitment to improving lives throughout Central Indiana.


R. James Alerding

Director Emeritus
Alerding Consulting, LLC

Previous: Treasurer; Operations Committee; Agency Evaluation reviewer; Executive Committee; Audit Committee, chair; Allocations Committee

Michael R. Becher

Retired - Deloitte LLP

Tocqueville Council. Previous: Strategic Planning Task Force; Review Task Force; Campaign Cabinet

Jeff Beck

Faegre Baker Daniels, LLP

Bill Benner

Pacers Sports & Entertainment

Kathryn G. Betley

Director Emeritus

Previous: Community Planning and Research Committee; 2000-2001 board chair; Board Affairs Committee, chair; Volunteer Action Center, Executive Committee; Audit Committee; Finance Committee; Governance Committee, chair; Community Issues Committee; Resource Development Committee; Successful Kids Impact Council

Melody Birmingham-Byrd

Duke Energy

Mary Boelke

Deloitte, LLP

Tocqueville Council Chair

James P. Boyce


Scott Bruns

Ernst & Young, LLP

Vincent C. Caponi

Director Emeritus
Ascension Health

Governance Committee. Previous: Spirit United Task Force; 2008-2009 board chair; Agency Evaluation reviewer; Executive Committee; Ready to Learn, Ready to Earn Committee; Leadership Giving Council; Connected People Focus Area, Executive Search Committee

Kirsten L. Casteel

Eli Lilly and Company

Molly Wilkinson Chavers

IndyHub, Inc.

Community Planning and Research Committee, vice chair. Previous: Generation Now, moderator; Financial Stability/Income Task Force

Matthew A. Cohoat

Becknell Industrial

Audit Committee, chair; Executive Committee. Previous: Agency Evaluation reviewer

Rodney D. Cotton

Roche Diagnostics

Agency Capital Projects Fund Committee; Governance Committee. Previous: Strategic Planning Task Force; Campaign Cabinet; Executive Search Committee

Deborah J. Daniels

Krieg DeVault LLP

Executive Committee. Previous: Ready to Learn, Ready to Earn Committee, chair; Community Service Council; Moving to Community Impact; Executive Search Committee

Denise K. Dank

Duke Realty Corporation

Ready to Learn, Ready to Earn Committee; Previous: Campaign Cabinet; Human Services Professional Renewal Program reviewer; Agency Evaluation reviewer

Larry Delia

WTHR - Channel 13 VideoIndiana

Marketing Committee, chair. Previous: New Orleans United Way, board member; New Orleans United Way Marketing Committee, chair; York (Pennsylvania) United Way, board member

Michael T. Dilts

Shiel Sexton Company, Inc.

Marketing Committee. Previous: Tocqueville Council, chair; Resource Development Committee; Campaign Cabinet; Executive Search Committee

Shermika N. Duerson

Eli Lilly and Company

Claudette Einhorn

Human Services Committee. Previous: Volunteer Engagement Task Force; Agency Evaluation reviewer; Leadership United, moderator; Public Policy Sub-Committee; Governance Committee; Community Service Council

Murvin S. Enders

Retired - 100 Black Men of Indianapolis, Inc.

Ready to Learn, Ready to Earn Committee; Human Services Professional Renewal Program reviewer. Previous: Governance Committee; Leadership United, moderator; Review Task Force; Executive Committee; Minority Key Club Steering Committee; Successful Kids Impact Council; Diversity Committee, chair; Agency Evaluation reviewer

Craig Fenneman

Fenneman & Associates

Claire Fiddian-Green

Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation

Stephanie C. Fuhrmann

Telamon Corporation

Resource Development Committee. Previous: Donor Choice Task Force; Early Childhood Council

Geoffrey M. Gailey

Midwest Fertilizer Corporation

Human Services Committee, chair; Executive Committee. Previous: Campaign Cabinet; Donor Choice Task Force; Professional Renewal Program reviewer; Review Task Force; IPL United Way Campaign, chair; Day of Caring participant

Brian Garrison

Faegre Baker Daniels LLP

Alfonso Gatmaitan

Indiana University Health

Karen Gentleman

Gentleman McCarty

Community Planning and Research Committee, member and former chair; Governance Committee; Resource Development Committee. Previous: Strategic Philanthropy Task Force; Review Task Force; Executive Committee; Executive Women’s Leadership Program, moderator; Women’s Committee; Thriving Families Impact Council, chair; Community Issues Committee; Agency Evaluation reviewer

Gary A. Gibson

Martin Center Sickle Cell Initiative

Agency Executives Council Representative

Joe Gilbert

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Indiana

Marianne Glick


Resource Development Committee; Central Indiana Early Childhood Business Council. Previous: 2012 Campaign co-chair; 2011 Campaign chair; Executive Committee; Campaign Cabinet; Women United Steering Committee; Meridian Society Council; Executive Women’s Leadership Program, founder and moderator; Strategic Planning Task Force; Executive Search Committee

Juan F. Gonzalez


Committee on Diversity, chair; Resource Development Committee; Diversity Committee, vice chair; Leadership United, moderator. Previous: Volunteer Engagement Task Force; Human Services Committee; Leadership Training & Development for Diversity Series, 2006 graduate; Agency Evaluation reviewer; Governance Committee

James P. Hallett

KAR Auction Services, Inc.

William D. Hansen

USA Funds

Lisa E. Harris, M.D.

Wishard-Eskenazi Health

Previous: Executive Committee; Review Task Force; Strategic Planning Task Force

Jeffrey A. Harrison

Citizens Energy Group

Richard E. Hester

Indiana Business Advisors

Resource Development Committee; Human Services Committee, vice chair; Human Services Professional Renewal Program reviewer. Previous: Strategic Philanthropy Task Force, chair; Bridges to Success Council, chair; Ready to Learn, Ready to Earn Committee; Campaign Cabinet; Agency Evaluation reviewer; Leadership United 2006-2007 Ardath Burkhart Series, moderator; Community Issues Committee; Basic Needs Impact Council, chair; Volunteer Action Center; Winter Assistance Fund, chair

Bruce Hetrick

IU School of Journalism

Marketing Committee. Previous: Strategic Planning Task Force; Campaign Cabinet; Ardath Burkhart Leadership Series, moderator; Human Services Committee; Human Services Professional Renewal Program reviewer; Focus on Impact Task Force; Marketing and Communications Committee, chair

Abbe Hohmann, CCIM

Site Strategies Advisory, LLC

Agency Capital Projects Fund Committee, chair; Resource Development Committee. Previous: Donor Choice Task Force; Agency Evaluation reviewer; Tocqueville Council, chair; Campaign Cabinet

Marilou J. Idland

South Central Indiana REMC

Area South Advisory Board Representative

Rebecca Jacklin


Kalen Jackson

Indianapolis Colts

Human Services Committee. Previous: Agency Evaluation reviewer

Donald E. Knebel

Director Emeritus
Barnes & Thornburg LLP

Resource Development Committee, chair; Executive Committee; Meridian Society Council. Previous: Ardath Burkhart Leadership Series, moderator; Spirit United Task Force; Donor Choice Task Force; Campaign Cabinet; 2010 Campaign Chair; Tocqueville Council; Agency Evaluation reviewer

Jonathan E. Kroehler


Ready to Learn, Ready to Earn Committee

Mike Langellier


David C. Lewis, Sr.

AT&T Inc.

Ready to Learn, Ready to Earn Committee

Stephanie Long

Eli Lilly and Company

Scott S. Luc

Cate Brunton Luc Group | Merrill Lynch

Resource Development Committee. Previous: Strategic Planning Task Force; Emerging Leaders Steering Committee, chair; Governance Committee; Campaign Cabinet

John C. Mason


Todd J. Maurer

Newmark Knight Frank Halakar; Halakar Property Management; Halakar Construction Services

Previous: Resource Development Committee; Campaign Cabinet; 2004 United on Broadway, co-chair; Executive
Search Committee

Robert E. McElwain


Owen B. "Bud" Melton, Jr.

Director Emeritus
Retired - First Indiana Bank, N.A.

Audit Committee, member and former chair. Previous: Connected By 25 Committee; Ready to Learn, Ready to Earn Committee; 2002 Campaign chair; Leadership Giving, chair; Executive Committee; Resource Development Committee

Jamie P. Merisotis

Lumina Foundation

Ready to Learn, Ready to Earn Committee; Tocqueville Council

Mark Miles

Hulman & Company

Governance Committee; Public Policy Sub-Committee. Previous: Agency Evaluation reviewer

Bryan A. Mills

Community Health Network

Governance Committee, chair; Executive Committee. Previous: Audit Committee; Spirit United Task Force; Agency Evaluation reviewer

Andy Mohr

Andy Mohr Automotive

Executive Committee; Campaign Cabinet; Resource Development; Marketing Committee. Previous: Campaign Chair

Ann D. Murtlow

United Way of Central Indiana

United Way Worldwide National Professional Council, member; Executive Committee; United Way Process and Information Center (UPIC), board member

Jonathan S. Nalli

St. Vincent Health

John T. Neighbours

Director Emeritus
Faegre Baker Daniels LLP

Executive Committee; Ready to Learn, Ready to Earn Committee, member and former chair; Tocqueville Council. Previous: Donor Choice Task Force; Planned Giving & Endowment Strategy, co-chair; 2006-2007 board chair; Community Issues Committee, chair; Resource Development Committee; Campaign Cabinet; Executive Search Committee

Beth Nicholas

Dow AgroSciences LLC

Michael O'Connor

Eli Lilly and Company

Public Policy Sub-Committee, chair; Executive Committee; Central Indiana Early Childhood Business Council. Previous: Success By 6 Council, chair; Ready to Learn, Ready to Earn Committee; Agency Evaluation reviewer; IPS Performance Award for Excellence reviewer; Resource Development Committee; Governance Committee; Day of Caring

Samuel L. Odle, FACHE

Executive Committee. Previous: 2012-2014 Board Chair, Strategic Planning Task Force; Resource Development Committee; 2008 Campaign chair; Campaign Cabinet; Diversity Leadership Circle, chair; Executive Search Committee

Judy Okenfuss

Ice Miller LLP

Jill Parris

Nasser Paydar


Gregory L. Pemberton

Ice Miller LLP

Investment & Endowment Committee, member and former chair. Previous: Executive Committee; Finance Committee; Human Services Professional Renewal Program reviewer; Community Service Council, chair; Public Policy Committee, chair; Leadership United Ardath Burkhart Series, moderator 

Mamon Powers III

Power & Sons Construction, Inc.

Mark A. Ratekin


Agency Evaluation reviewer. Previous: Hamilton County Advisory Board, chair; Financial Stability/Income Task Force; Program Review Task Force; Executive Search Committee

David Resnick

Katz, Sapper & Miller, LLP

Executive Committee. Previous: Leadership United moderator; Planned Giving & Endowment Strategy, co-chair; Executive Search Committee; 2010-2012 board chair; Resource Development Committee; Strategic Planning Task Force; board treasurer; Finance Committee; Audit Committee

Lou Rivieccio


N. Clay Robbins

Lilly Endowment Inc.

Executive Committee. Previous: Donor Choice Task Force; Strategic Planning Task Force; Governance Committee, chair; Strategic Planning Committee, chair; Executive Search Committee

Rafael Sanchez

Indianapolis Power & Light Company

Governance Committee; Leadership United moderator

Dr. Dennis Sasso

Congregation Beth-El Zedeck

Previous: Public Policy Sub-Committee; Connected By 25 Committee; Winter Assistance Fund, co-chair; Community Issues Committee; Thriving Families Impact Council

Zachary Scott

Director Emeritus
Retired – UPS

2014 Campaign Chair; Executive Committee; Ready to Learn, Ready to Earn Committee; Campaign Cabinet.

Jerry D. Semler

Director Emeritus
Retired - OneAmerica

Investment and Endowment Committee. Previous: Finance Committee; Campaign Cabinet; Tocqueville Society, co-chair

Yvonne Shaheen

Director Emeritus

Audit Committee. Previous: Agency Capital Projects Fund Committee; Review Task Force

Maribeth Smith

Director Emeritus
Maribeth Smith & Associates, Inc.

Previous: Resource Development Committee; 2004-2005 board chair; Executive Committee; 2002 Community Leaders’ Conference, event coordinator; Marketing Committee; 1998 Campaign chair; Leadership Giving Council; Spirit United Task Force

Timothy Smith

Director Emeritus
Perfect Impressions Printing

Finance Committee. Previous: Agency Evaluation reviewer; Diversity Leadership Circle, co-chair; Governance Committee

Dennis Sponsel

RJE business interiors

Spirit United Task Force. Previous: Tocqueville Council, chair; Resource Development Committee; Executive Committee; 2007 Campaign co-chair; Campaign Cabinet

Colleen Springate

UAW Region 2B

Catherine F. Stoll

Indiana University Health West Hospital

Hendricks County Advisory Board Representative

Connie Bond Stuart


Ready to Learn, Ready to Earn Committee, chair; Executive Committee; Central Indiana Early Childhood Business Council, chair. Previous: Success by 6 Leadership Council

Mary Ann Sullivan

Ready to Learn, Ready to Earn Committee. Previous: Financial Stability/Income Task Force

Donald W. Tanselle

Director Emeritus
Sease, Gerig & Associates

Previous: Finance Committee; Allocations Committee

Shelly Towns

Angie’s List

Patzetta M. Trice

Trice Strategic Consulting

Diversity Leadership Circle Representative; Executive Committee; Marketing Committee. Previous: Committee on Diversity, chair; Campaign Cabinets; Board Secretary; Governance Committee; Leadership United Moderator; Ready to Learn, Ready to Earn Committee; IMPACT Council, chair; Minority Recognition Breakfast Committee; Allocations Committee; Executive Search Committee

Donaldson Twyman


Campaign Cabinet; Human Service Professional Renewal Program, reviewer

Steven F. Walker


2014-16 Board Chair; Executive Committee; Governance Committee; Tocqueville Council; Spirit United Task Force. Previous: Donor Choice Task Force; Strategic Planning Task Force, chair; Resource Development Committee, chair; 2005 & 2006 campaign chair; Campaign Cabinet, co-chair; Executive Search Committee

Heather Willey

Barnes & Thornburg, LLP

Jean L. Wojtowicz

Cambridge Capital Management Corp.

Investment & Endowment Committee, chair; Executive Committee

Terence T. Yen, Ph.D.

Indiana University Medical Center

Governance Committee; Community Planning and Research Committee; Agency Evaluation, reviewer. Previous: Campaign Cabinet; Diversity Leadership Circle Committee