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Leadership

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RACHEL NELSON

Executive Director

Rachel was first introduced to NeighborLink in Fort Wayne, IN and was excited when a version was started in Indianapolis. She joined the Indianapolis team first as a volunteer for communications, then as a board member, next as a staff member and finally into her current role of Executive Director.

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JONATHAN GROVES

Director, Operations

Jonathan came on board as the Director of Operations in early 2021. He's the one organizing the who, what, when, where that helps take down that to-do list of projects. In addition to working with NeighborLink Indianapolis, you'll also find him at New Circle Church as their Pastor of Community Groups.

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LISA COLE

Director, Community & Partner Engagement

Lisa joined NeighborLink in June 2020. With a background in healthcare and community engagement, her focus is on strengthening our volunteer engagement efforts while developing strategic partnerships to support our mission.

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TOM MILLER

Director, Client Relations

Tom comes to us after spending years with IndyReads helping their program grow. He is working to ensure our homeowners feel comfortable and knowledgeable about our process and the help we can provide.

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HAILEY ZUERCHER

Admin & Development Coordinator

Hailey is a recent graduate of Marian University with a degree in finance and a minor in accounting and communications. She is a ready advocate for those in need and is great a jumping in and lending a helping hand. When she's not volunteering or working, she's usually found outdoors or petting a dog.

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TOM HAWKINS

Board Member, VP Officer

Tom was recruited in 2014 after retiring from a career in the Defense Electronics field.  As an avid DIY-er, Tom was able to apply the skills he had learned over the years to help those served. Tom used his management experience to help establish our operational approach as well as working on individual projects. In his spare time, Tom likes to stay active on his bike in good weather and on the slopes in the snowy months.

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JEANETTE JEFFERIS

Citations Manager, Founder, Advisor

Jeanette was recruited in 2014 and was able to bring her skills as a retired nurse and social worker who had worked with seniors. Jeanette found her niche with the home repair projects, leading teams of regular volunteers to help clear citation cases involving exterior paint. In addition to helping NeighborLink, Jeanette enjoys gardening, traveling and reading. She encourages volunteering with any opportunity that grabs you.

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DAVE WITHEY

Founder, Board Member, Advisor

Dave saw a need and worked to fill a need. After retiring from a career in Information Technology at Eli Lilly, Dave started NeighborLink Indianapolis and being the sole handyman, volunteer and supporter to building the organization as it stands today serving hundreds of senior homeowners in Indianapolis. 

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BOARD

2022 Board of Directors

Phil Kirk, President of the Board of Directors

Kirk Realty & @ Properties

 

Terrence White, Treasurer of the Board of Directors

Executive Director of Community Action of Greater Indianapolis (CAGI)

 

Tom Hawkins, Vice President of the Board of Directors

Retired, Aerospace Industry

 

Dave Withey, Founder & Secretary of the Board

Retired, Eli Lilly and Company

 

Dr. Trelles Evans, Board Member

Regional Director of Re-Entry, Goodwill of Central & Southern Indiana

 

Ellen Whitt, Board Member

Vice President of Leadership Integration, Marian University

 

Liza Oates, Board Member

Realtor, @ Properties

 

Kayla Goodfellow, Esq., CPCU, Board Member

Law Office of the Cincinnati Insurance Companies

 

Jake Engle, Board Member

Marketing & Communications

 

Michelle Meer, MSW

Chair of the Department of Applied Social Sciences

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