Board of Directors

Julianne Robinson : President

Julianne Robinson

President

Julianne received her BS in Public Health with a Health Care Administration concentration from IU. She enjoyed 17 years as a licensed Health Care Administrator, specializing in starts-ups and expansions. She has served on the Board of the Indiana Homes and Services for Aging and has volunteered as an advocate for Outreach, Inc., and homeless youth since 2012 (Outreach was the 2009 Impact 100 Change-Maker). Julianne owns Nicky Blaine’s Cocktail Lounge with her husband.

 

Kristin Hyde : Vice President and Fundraising Chair

Kristin Hyde

Vice President and Fundraising Chair

Kristin is currently serving as Secretary on Impact 100’s Board of Directors. She also works as the Manager of Communications and Grants Administration for Eskenazi Health Foundation. Prior to that position, Kristin worked as a Grant Writer and Strategy Analyst for Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County, was a Founding Partner in an education consulting firm, and a Project Manager and Trainer for the state’s education agency. Kristin received her Bachelor of Science degree from Emory University and her Masters of Public Health degree from Drexel University. She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degree.

 

Emily Tursi : Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair

Emily Tursi

Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair

Emily Balbach Tursi, Co- Treasurer, is CPA Manager at BKD, LLP (Indianapolis). Emily's focuses her attention on education of the youth and helping them navigate through their schooling starting in pre-K through high school. She also have a strong passion for organizations that support youth with disabilities either through schooling or mentoring to help them develop skills that they can carry into the real world.

 

Joli Heavin : Secretary

Joli Heavin

Secretary

Joli Heavin has been a member of Impact 100 for three years. By day, she serves as the Director of Development for Children's Bureau, a past finalist and social services nonprofit. She has more than 15 years of experience in the nonprofit realm, primarily in arts education. Joli earned a Bachelor's degree in vocal performance and theater and a Master's degree in Arts Administration from Indiana University. She has a strong passion for child and animal welfare, the arts, and education.

 

Cecily Johnson Cruz : DEI Committee Member

Cecily Johnson Cruz

DEI Committee Member

Cecily Johnson Cruz serves as a consultant with Taylor Advising, where the organization focuses on strategic planning and community wide planning, board development and training, and guiding organizations through times of transformational change. She has spent her career primarily focused on domestic violence prevention and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) work. She currently serves on the Kid’s Voice of Central Indiana Youth Professional Board, [Solidcore] DEI Client Advisory Board, and the Raymer Strength Foundation. Cecily thoroughly enjoys the collaborative process and believes that as a collective, we (Impact 100 Indy) can make positive change and move the DEI needle forward together. Cecily will serve as a member at large focusing on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

 

Andrea Fonseca : At Large Board Member

Andrea Fonseca

At Large Board Member

Andrea Fonseca is a Private Bank Relationship Manager with Key Bank. She has over 15 years of experience in the banking industry. Andrea earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida, MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University and is a Certified Treasury Professional (CTP). Andrea is passionate about the impact we can have in our communities when we work together; she is a grant committee member for Zionsville Education Foundation, a member of the Indiana Latino Institute Leadership Circle, the Sage Society as well as the Jim Morris Leadership Series.

 

Claire Jagla : Marketing and Communications Chair

Claire Jagla

Marketing and Communications Chair

Claire Jagla is the Assistant Director for Philanthropy at the Fulbright Association, where she connects Fulbright Program alumni from around the world. She currently serves on the StART Young Professional Board (Arts for Learning Indiana) and is a passionate supporter of arts education. Claire holds an MA in Arts Management and an MBA. Her areas of interest include social media strategy and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at nonprofit organizations.

 

Paula Katz : Focus Area Committee Chair, Grants Committee

Paula Katz

Focus Area Committee Chair, Grants Committee

Paula Katz holds a BA in Art History from Tulane University, a MPhil in Modern and Contemporary Art and Design from the University of Glasgow and a MBA and Certificate in Social Entrepreneurship from the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University. She is a board member of the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (iMOCA), where she previously served as the executive director. Prior to that she worked as the director and curator of the Herron Galleries at the Herron School of Art and Design. She currently works as studio manager to artist Samuel Levi Jones.

 

Melina Kennedy : Focus Area Committee Chair, Grants Committee

Melina Kennedy

Focus Area Committee Chair, Grants Committee

Melina is a General Manager at Cummins. She received her BA, MSES, and JD degrees from IU. She currently serves on the board of the Indiana Conference for Women, the Indianapolis Power and Light Advisory Board, and the Capital Improvements Board. She is a returning Board member.

 

Elizabeth Conkle Knol : Grants Committee Co-Chair

Elizabeth Conkle Knol

Grants Committee Co-Chair

Elizabeth "Lizzie" Conkle is an Assistant Director of Development at the IU Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center. She received her BA and JD from IU. She is currently serving on the Board of the IU Alumni Association of Central Indiana Chapter. Lizzie is a former Scholarship Member of Impact 100.

 

Debi Ladyman : Member at Large

Debi Ladyman

Member at Large

Debi Ladyman is recently retired after serving as the national industry partner for BKD National Not-for-Profit, Higher Education and Government Groups. She has over 40 years of experience in serving not-for-profit organizations assisting them with identifying best practices, benchmarking, budgeting and financial reporting, governance issues, operational reviews, risk assessment, internal controls, strategic planning, mergers and formation of not-for-profit entities and for-profit subsidiaries. Debi also serves on the boards of Damar Services, Inc. and The Villages of Indiana, Inc. She is also a member of the Indiana University Kelley School of Business Dean’s Council and a member of the Board of Visitors for Marian University’s School of Business.

 

Sherri Lauver : Focus Area Chair, Grants Committee

Sherri Lauver

Focus Area Chair, Grants Committee

Dr. Sherri Lauver is a senior researcher at Synergy Enterprises. Previously Dr. Lauver was an assistant professor of educational evaluation at the University of Rochester, where she taught doctoral-level courses in educational evaluation methods and supported several local and national initiatives to support children and youth. She has served as a research associate and Contracting Officer’s Representative at the U.S. Department of Education (ED).

 

Barbara Maurath : Focus Area Committee Chair, Grants Committee

Barbara Maurath

Focus Area Committee Chair, Grants Committee

Barb is an active philanthropist in Indianapolis, and was one of the founding members of Impact 100, serving on the first Impact 100 Board of Directors as secretary/treasurer. Barb earned a degree in business from the University of Norte Dame and an MBA from the Kelly School of Business at IU. Now retired, her professional career included serving as a Supervisory Agent to the Federal Home Loan Bank Board and as a financial consultant. She has served on several nonprofit boards, including Early Learning Indiana. She has returned to the Impact 100 Board to bring her experience and enthusiasm to us as we work to achieve our goals.

 

Carol McDonald : Focus Area Committee Chair, Grants Committee

Carol McDonald

Focus Area Committee Chair, Grants Committee

Carol McDonald is a graduate of Bethany College (WV) and Yale University Divinity School. After 42 years of active service as a Pastor and Church Executive, she now serves as Parish Associate for Northminster Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis. This is Carol's 4th year of membership in Impact 100 and her first as a Focus Committee Chair.

Megan McGuire : Grants Committee Co-Chair

Megan McGuire

Grants Committee Co-Chair

Megan McGuire is the CEO of Ascent 121, a local agency providing long term recovery services for teen survivors of human trafficking in Indiana. Her agency was an Impact 100 grant winner in 2016. Prior to her work with Ascent 121, Megan had a twenty-year corporate career with Herff Jones. She has an MBA from Indiana Wesleyan and a certification in combatting human trafficking from Ohio State University.

 

Chris Paulsen : DEI Co-Chair

Chris Paulsen

DEI Co-Chair

Chris Paulsen (she/her/hers) is the CEO of Indiana Youth Group (IYG). Indiana Youth Group serves LGBTQ+ youth and their straight allies, ages 12-24. IYG provides housing, case management, tutoring, clothing, food, education, suicide prevention programming and a safe space for youth and young adults. IYG also runs the Gender Sexuality Alliance in Indiana for youth in over 80 schools statewide.

Chris has a been an active member of the LGBTQ+ movement as a board member and President of Indiana Equality Action, a founding board member of Freedom Indiana during the marriage amendment fight, the campaign manager and lobbyist for LGBTQ+ statewide equality, and as a member of the capital campaign committee of Indiana Youth Group. Chris also serves on the Board of Directors for Women 4 Change.

Chris has an undergraduate degree from Hanover College and a MBA from IU-Southeast. She has lived on the south side of Indianapolis with her wife, Deanna Medsker, for 25 years.

 

Pat Ritz : At Large Board Member

Pat Ritz

At Large Board Member

Pat Ritz is retired after working in public relations, communications, marketing management. and adult education. The skills she learned in these endeavors, and her many other volunteer activities, have been crucial as she helped make our 2017 and 2018 Annual Awards Celebrations successful. Her special interests include writing and graphic design, decorative arts, program and event planning, volunteering, Door County Wisconsin and golden retrievers.

 

Lindsay Faulkenberg Scott : Member at Large

Lindsay Faulkenberg Scott

Member at Large

Lindsay Faulkenberg Scott, Marketing & Communications Chair, is an attorney and the President/CEO of Kids' Voice of Indiana. She also serves on the Indianapolis Bar Association Board of Directors and has previously served on the Board of Directors of the Children's Policy and Law Initiative. Lindsay is interested in every Impact 100 focus area, but especially any project dealing with kids and families.

 

Maureen Shiel : Assistant Treasurer

Maureen Shiel

Assistant Treasurer

Maureen is a curatorial associate at iMOCA. Her particular interests include arts, family support, education, and filling the basic needs of Indianapolis youth. She is also an artist and yoga teacher.

 

Mary Slenski : Member at Large

Mary Slenski

Member at Large

Mary Slenski enjoys bringing disparate elements together in new ways to reveal truth and beauty, most often in working with congregations, spreadsheets, or quilts. An Impact 100 Indy member since 2015, Impact 100 fits in perfectly. Mary is an Episcopal priest, serving congregations from Monument Circle in Indianapolis to Indiana’s edges on the Ohio and the Wabash, when they are in between calls of ordained leadership. She has earned a BSE (Engineering Science), an MBA (Finance), and a Master of Divinity. More recently, she has completed graduate work in Philanthropic Studies at the IUPUI Lilly School of Philanthropy. Mary is also a retired Air Force Reserve officer, wife, mother of two adult daughters, and grandmother to one gray tuxedo cat. During the pandemic she became a regular volunteer at Second Helpings.

 

Freedom Smith : Member at Large

Freedom Smith

Member at Large

Freedom Smith is a partner at Ice Miller in the Environmental group works on regulatory compliance and risk management, environmental law, natural resources and sustainability law, agricultural law, environmental and toxic tort litigation, procurement, and general litigation. She currently serves on the Science Advisory Board for DePauw University, Executive Committee and Member of the DePauw University Board of Directors, the AYS, Inc., Early Learning Indiana, and Foster Success Board of Directors.

 

Marla Taylor : Membership Chair

Marla Taylor

Membership Chair

Marla Taylor currently serves as the President of Taylor Advising where her organization focuses on strategic planning and community wide planning, board development and training, and guiding organizations through times of transformational change. She has served as a strategist and advisor for over a decade. She previously served on Brooke’s Place for Grieving Children and currently serves on the Horizon House board. She is most passionate about creating equity and ensuring access for those who are often marginalized in our community.

 

Roberta Ziccarelli : Scholarship Chair

Roberta Ziccarelli

Scholarship Chair

Roberta is a Pharmacist and Clinical Content Specialist for Wolters Kluwer. She received her BS in Pharmacy from Purdue, her MS in Health Education from Whitworth University, and her Post-Master's Certification in Health Informatics from the University of Illinois-Chicago. She volunteers with Horizon House (Impact 100 2008 Change-Maker) and Come-To-Me Food Pantry (Fishers). She is a mentor with the Purdue Polytechnic HS and is working on the Central Planning Committee for the Purdue Women's Leadership Series.

 

Karen Holly : Past President

Karen Holly

Past President

Karen is a senior level executive with over 15 years of experience providing strategic, financial, and operational leadership in corporate and municipal government settings. She currently oversees the day-to-day operations of the Marion County Public Health Department in Indianapolis, Indiana. As a member of Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis, Karen has a passion for membership and has held multiple positions in that area, including Membership Chair. She first served as President of Impact 100 of Greater Indianapolis from 2013-15. She has also been a member of the Women’s Collective Giving Grantmakers Network (WCGN) Membership Committee since 2016 and currently serves on the Board of Directors. Karen’s other community involvement includes being a member of the Presidents Roundtable of Indianapolis as well as a troop leader in Girl Scouts of Central Indiana since 2011. She has also been the treasurer of the Indiana Minority Health Coalition and a member of NFL Fitness and Football Committee for the 2012 Super Bowl. Karen has an MBA from the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN and a BS in electrical engineering from GMI Engineering and Management Institute in Flint, MI.

 

Terry Mumford : Board Member Emerita

Terry Mumford

Board Member Emerita

Terry Mumford retired from the practice of law at the end of 2014. Her legal career included work at the Indiana University Counsel’s office, the Indiana Legislative Services Agency, Governor O’Bannon’s office, and Ice Miller LLP. She received the Sagamore of the Wabash for her service to Governor O’Bannon as his legislative director. She has been a member of Impact 100 for 11 years.

 

Donna Oklak : Board Member Emerita

Donna Oklak

Board Member Emerita

Donna Oklak, co-founded Impact 100 in Indianapolis in 2006 after returning to graduate school to earn her M.A. in Philanthropic Studies at Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy-Indianapolis.  She  served as the Executive Director of the Sycamore Foundation and managed their former nonprofit recognition program called the Indiana Achievement Awards from 2000 through 2005.  As a board member for Impact, she set up the original grant process, served as president, led the board nominating committee, marketing and fundraising committees. She has been recognized by the Indianapolis Business Journal, Girls, Inc and the Beech Grove Sisters of St. Benedict for her charitable work.  On the 10th anniversary celebration of Impact 100 in 2016, she encouraged founding members of our giving circle to create an Impact 100 scholarship program for young women to participate as Impact 100 members.  She is creating a similar program for young talent to serve on local nonprofit boards through The Emily Fund.

 

Jenna Spurrier : Board Member Emerita

Jenna Spurrier

Board Member Emerita

Jenna Spurrier has been a licensed investment advisor representative since 2000 and was one of the founding members of Impact 100 in Indianapolis in 2005. She has worked in the financial industry since graduating from Indiana State University in 1997. She is fluent in Spanish and a member of the American Translators Association. She has a passion for improving retirement plans, working with the Spanish-speaking community, and developing customized financial strategies for women. Jenna is a Financial Advisor and Chartered Retirement Plan Specialist with Thurston Springer, Miller, Herd & Titak.

 

Beth Thomas : IT Chair

Beth Thomas

IT Chair

Beth Thomas retired from Eli Lilly and Company, where she was a quality analyst on the Corporate Computer Systems Quality Assurance team. Always active as a community volunteer for organizations such as the Heartland Film Festival, her main focus was on adult literacy. She served on the Indy Reads Board of Directors for 12 years, two terms as President. She is the recipient of a Jefferson Award and a Governor’s Voluntary Action Award for her work in adult literacy. She joined Impact 100 after Indy Reads won the 2007 grant, and she just knew she had to be a part of a group that could work those kinds of miracles.

 

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