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Chad Walker

President

Partner, Bose McKinney & Evans LLP

As partner at Bose McKinney & Evans LLP, Chad concentrates his practice in real estate, insurance regulations and market conduct examinations, business transactions, not-for-profit, and state and federal commercial litigation. He has represented clients in a range of matters, including general counsel, business entity formation, asset purchase and sales, lease negotiations, MBE/WBE certifications, real estate closings, low income housing tax credits, bankruptcy matters, estate planning, estate administration, employment disputes, and department of insurance market conduct examinations.

A graduate of the University of Evansville and the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, where he received his Juris Doctorate, Chad has a strong passion for nonprofit organizations, both professionally and personally, and was formally introduced to The Damien Center through the United Way Ardath Burkhart Leadership Series. According to Chad, The Damien Center serves a vital role in the public health of Central Indiana, and he is honored to be a part of a leading AIDS Service Organization committed to decreasing the client viral load through comprehensive services. In his role as Board Vice President, Chad serves on the Finance, Executive, Development, and Governance Committees.

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Garry Elder

Vice-President

Vice President, Industrial Electric, Inc.

Garry currently serves as Vice President of Industrial Electric, Inc, where his team of eight project managers and 120 electricians/technicians provide maintenance and project construction to the pharmaceutical industry. In this role, he is responsible for the overall quality, safety, cost control, and schedule adverance for the projects delivered by his group as well as for maintaining customer relations within a competitive market. Garry brings to The Damien Center Board of Directors an understanding of budget maintenance and the need to deliver service while containing costs. Garry is also responsible for recruiting top talent for his organization and setting clear objectives for his team members, skills that he also brings to his board interactions. A graduate of Indiana State University, Garry serves on the Governance Committee of the Center's Board of Directors.

As a Board Member, Garry believes strongly in the mission of The Damien Center, to empower people in Central Indiana affected by HIV/AIDS to move forward each day with dignity and to lead the fight to prevent the spread of HIV. He believes that The Damien Center's one-stop-shop approach for those living with HIV allows our clients to live more fully and be productive members of our community. Garry personally had friends who were early clients of the Center and values this opportunity to give to the organization that allowed his own friends to live with dignity.

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Jenice Myers

Secretary

Director of Development Services, Herman & Kittle Properties, Inc.

Currently, Ms. Myers is the Director of Development Services for Herman & Kittle Properties, Inc. Jenice has been with Herman & Kittle Properties since 2006. She brings a broad base of knowledge and expertise to the company and is versed in multiple facets of affordable housing development. She is responsible for forming and maintaining relationships with qualified 501(c)(3) Organizations, Federal and State Housing Agencies, Public Housing Authority’s, and various service providers.In her role Jenice leads HKP’s Not-for-Profit Partners and their board members through the entire Rental Housing Tax Credit application process. Additionally Jenice provides training and ongoing education to 501(c)(3)organizations and their respective Board of Directors on the Section 42; Rental Housing Tax Credit Program.

Jenice directs all aspects of negotiating services agreements with organizations like The Damien Center to ensure onsite supportive services are provided for residents in the HKP portfolio. She has been passionately devoted to linking service providers and low-to-moderate income citizens for over a decade. Jenice is a graduate of Ball State University and holds an M.S. in Management from Indiana Wesleyan University.

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Nathan Knies

Treasurer

Lead Auditor, Eli Lilly & Co.

As an audit leader within Eli Lilly and Co., Nathan leads domestic and international internal audits focusing on ethics and compliance, finance, IT, privacy and information protection. Additionally, he contributes to his organization through developing deeper audit and risk management connections with Lilly's research and development functions. As a graduate of Marquette University, an MBA graduate of Indiana University, and a Certified Public Accountant in Indiana, Nathan utilizes his finance and business controls knowledge and experience to better serve The Damien Center board and community.

Having come out in 2001 at as a gay youth with little support, Nathan experienced the care of the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin, a sister organization. The education and resources provided by the ARCW during those formative years was impactful, and Nathan wishes to support a local Indiana organization that provides excellence in care and education to all clients.

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David Amick

Past President

Executive Director, Premier Capital Corporation

David Amick is the Executive Director of Premier Capital Corporation serving in that capacity since 1994. A graduate of Ball State University, he has been in the financial services industry for the past 34 years, serving in various capacities at commercial banking institutions. Premier Capital Corporation provides fixed asset financing to enable Indiana small business to expand, grow and create jobs at the same time enabling Indiana banks the ability to offer options when financing long term fixed assets. Premier Capital Corporation is a leading Certified Development Company, serving the state of Indiana.

In addition to his position as Executive Director, David serves as a board member of various community organizations, currently serving as an at-Large director of The National Association of Development Companies, the SBA 504 Industry trade group headquartered in Washington, DC. In his role as President of The Damien Center's Board of Directors, David serves on the Finance, Executive, Development, Governance, Program and Outreach, and Program Compliance Committees.

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Elaine Cox

Professor of Pediatrics, Riley Hospital for Children/Indiana University School of Medicine

Currently, Dr. Elaine Cox is the Medical Director of Infection Prevention and a clinical patient safety officer for pediatrics at IU Health. A graduate of Indiana University and Indiana University School of Medicine, she is also a medical staff officer and part of system quality and safety for IU Health. She has practiced pediatric infectious disease as a professor of pediatrics on the IU School of Medicine faculty since 1993 and practices at the Ryan White Center for Pediatric Infectious Disease at Riley Hospital, where she ran the pediatric HIV clinic for 16 years. She is an advocate for children in Indiana living with HIV, leading the One Test Two Lives Initiative for which she received the IBJ Healthcare Hero Award in 2014.

Dr. Cox was previously has served previously on The Damien Center's Board of Directors and was fortunate to maintain relationships with the Center and work on several community issues with leaders during her hiatus. According to Dr. Cox, "With the opening of clinical services at the Center, I feel that my experience in running a clinic for 20 years will allow me to contribute to the Center in a way that will serve as a foundational aspect of success of the new services."

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Douglas Fuller

Real Estate Broker, FC Tucker Company

Currently Doug is a Real Estate Broker with the FC Tucker Company and has been in the business of real estate sales and marketing since 1974. Formerly Vice President Sales and Marketing of several large building companies and National Sales and Operations Manager for Redirections (a marketing and signage company specializing in the Real Estate Industry), Doug has extensive skills in people management, budgeting, strategy, and operations. A member of the Metropolitan Board of Realtors, Doug is an IBJ Five Star Professional and FC Tucker Executive Sales Club Member and was honored as Sales and Marketing Council Sales Manager of the Year Award. Doug is a graduate of Anderson University and holds an MBA from University of Indianapolis.

As a member of Christ Church Cathedral, Doug has been aware of the good work of The Damien Center since its founding. "The Damien Center represents what Christ Church Cathedral hopes that every supported organization evolves into...a self sustaining organization that is client-centered and meets the client where they are and assists in their daily walk through life." Watching the growth and expansion of services at The Damien Center without overlapping existing services is one thing that drives Doug to stay involved in the organization.

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Clinton Gruettert

Financial Advisor, WestPoint Financial Group

Clinton has a Financial Planning practice with WestPoint Financial Group where he helps individuals and businesses with insurance, investments, retirement, and financial planning. For more than five years, Clinton has built his practice around excellent customer service and high quality financial products and services. Clinton has been recognized as a leader in his firm and has built a diversified financial services practice.

A graduate of Ball State University, Clinton serves on the Development Committee in his role as a member of The Damien Center's Board of Directors. Clinton personally had many friends and family affected by HIV/AIDS and believes we can eliminate the disease through education and staying involved. According to Clinton, The Damien Center is a top-notch facility dedicated to this mission.

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Phillip Guthrie

Retired - Former Mortgage Banker

In his career as a mortgage banker, Phil was able to help people assume homeownership, which ties closely with his current role as a Damien Center volunteer. At The Damien Center, Phil is able to do much the same thing both directly and indirectly by helping individuals live healthy, dignified lives while carrying the HIV virus.

A graduate of Purdue University, Phil joined The Damien Center's board in 2015 but has served as a volunteer and supporter for many years. According to Phil, Zig Zieglar said it best: "If you want to get everything in life you want, you just have to help enough others get what they want"

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Gurinder Hohl

Consultant, Parker Grant Solutions

Gurinder is an accomplished grant professional with more than 10 years of experience in public health, program development and implementation, and grants management. As an independent consultant, she has worked with nonprofits and agencies in health care, social services, and public safety. Through in-depth analysis of their current funding streams, capacity, and core services, she has been successful in securing grants and funding for these agencies. Gurinder studied physical therapy at the Institute for the Physically Handicapped, and she holds an MS in Physical Therapy from University of Indianapolis and a Master of Public Health from Indiana University.

As a public health professional, Gurinder is committed to supporting human and social service agencies that address the needs of the underserved members of our community. She is proud to be engaged with The Damien Center, as she believe that the Center is continually evolving to ensure that its services can effectively and meaningfully serve those whose lives have been impacted by HIV/AIDS.

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Michael Marcum

Vice President, McNamara Florist

In his role as Vice President at McNamara Florist, Mr. Marcum is primarily focused on marketing and community relations efforts on behalf of the company, which is committed to being a vital part of the communities they serve, particularly focusing on the arts as well as social and community health causes. McNamara's involvement with The Damien Center has been high on the priority list for community involvement, and Michael contributes creativity and resources to drive the Grande Masquerade event to be more and more successful each year he is involved. He also works tirelessly to broaden the network of local business leaders involved in supporting The Damien Center.

Michael has been concerned about and committed to helping those living with HIV/AIDS for more than two decades. "Being able to support and help an organization that is so involved in touching and improving lives of individuals is very fulfilling," Michael says. While research and treatment development are critical long term goals for eliminating HIV/AIDS, Michael believes The Damien Center's front line programs help a very challenged group of individuals in our community that were previously overlooked and underserved.

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Jon Marhenke

Retired - Physician

Dr. Jon Marhenke graduated from the Indiana University School of Medicine, where he earned his Doctor of Medicine and completed his residency in psychiatry. Jon went on to specialize in psychiatry and practice adult psychiatry in Indianapolis until 2011. Though he is now retired, he continues to stay involved with the Indianapolis Medical Society and the Indiana State Medical Association.

In addition to his current role as a Damien Center Board Member, Jon has been involved in caring for patients with HIV/AIDS for many years and brings that commitment to his work at The Damien Center. When he retired, he began volunteering with the Center and has since had a particular interest in the development of the medical component of the Center.

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Alan Nelson

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Paul Pickett

Vice President of Franchise Development, Wild Birds Unlimited, Inc.

As the VP of Franchise Development for Wild Birds Unlimited, Paul heads the team of professionals who help individuals attain their dream of owning their own business, a business that provides the public with the best backyard bird feeding products and advice on how to attract and enjoy nature in their own backyards. A graduate of the University of North Dakota, Paul holds an MS in Biology and Ornithology. He is responsible for all franchise development activities, including recruitment of franchisees, assisting franchise candidates through the whole development process, business plan/financing, site selection, and legal compliance. Wild Birds Unlimited is the original and largest group of retail stores in the backyard bird feeding industry.

Paul's association with The Damien Center began in the early '90's as the co-chair of the silent auction portion the Grande Masquerade. He currently serves as chair of the Development Committee.  "My personal commitment to providing compassion, understanding, and support to anyone dealing with HIV/AIDS dovetails perfectly with the mission of The Damien Center," says Paul. "It is an honor to serve on the Board of Directors."

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Sylvia Wilcox

Senior Counsel for Risk Management, Eskenazi Health

Sylvia Robertson Wilcox serves as Senior Counsel for Risk Management at Eskenazi Health, the public hospital division of Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County. Sylvia manages the defense of all professional and general liability claims for the Corporation. She also oversees the Privacy and Insurance programs at the hospital. After Sylvia received her chemistry degree from Purdue University, she began her career as a research chemist for Goodyear where she was awarded two patents for her research in anionic polymerization. She received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Akron Law School.

Her prior career includes her years as an administrative law judge for the Indiana Natural Resources Commission, Deputy Commissioner of Legal Affairs at the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, and counsel for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

She serves on several committees with the Indiana State Bar Association, including Diversity, Ethics and the Legal Education Conclave. She is also active in the Health Law Section of the Indianapolis Bar Association and the American Health Lawyers’ Association. She is certified in Professional Healthcare Risk Management and in Mediation.

Sylvia shares a passion for individual rights and equal rights for all people. Her interest in serving on The Damien Center's Board of Directors is driven by her hope to improve knowledge about HIV and to decrease its effect on vulnerable populations. Utilizing her understanding of healthcare laws can, she hopes, benefit The Damien Center. Sylvia makes Indianapolis her home with her husband and three children.