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Garry Elder

President

Term: 2016-2019

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

Vice President

Term: 2018-2021

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

Term: 2018-2021

As a finance leader within Eli Lilly and Co., Nathan contributes to his organization through developing deeper audit and risk third party risk management connections with Lilly's business 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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Joey Fox

Secretary

Term: 2017-2020

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Chad Walker

Past President

Term: 2015-2018

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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Darrell Fishel

Term: 2018-2021

A semi-retired Business Management and Human Resources professional, Darrell received his Bachelor’s in Accounting from Indiana University, and an MBA from Butler University.

His career began in finance at Indiana University and later moved to Butler University. After spending several years in the for-profit world, in 2005 he took a position with the City of Indianapolis in the Department of Public Works. There he was responsible for contract administration, revenue management and enhancement, and project management. Currently Darrell is an adjunct faculty member with IUPUI’s Organizational Leadership program.

Having volunteered for a number of social and not-for-profit organizations, Darrell currently donates his time at the Damien Center’s Food Pantry. He is also a board member of his neighborhood’s HOA, serving as Treasurer. Both Darrell and his husband, Phil, were directly impacted by the AIDS epidemic in the early years, and they feel strongly about supporting the efforts to minimize the future impact of HIV in Central Indiana.

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David Amick

Term: 2016-2019

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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Dori Cain

Term: 2017-2020

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Jonathon Scott

Term: 2019-2022

Jonathan Scott is digital strategy manager in corporate affairs at Eli Lilly and Company. He also serves as chair of Lilly’s Pride employee resource group. Previously, Jon originated the role of digital media manager at Indianapolis Monthly magazine. He has a decade of professional social media leadership.

In 2012 and 2013, Jon served as tournament director and president of IndyTennis, the city’s nonprofit LGBTQ tennis organization, founded in 2004. During his tenure, the group donated $7,500 to charity partner Indiana AIDS Fund, raising funds for HIV prevention and education. He actively participated on the IndyTennis board of directors from 2009 to 2015.

Jon is a Ball State University journalism graduate with backgrounds in sociology, political science and communication studies. He also serves on the Ball State Alumni Council and on the boards of EntouRaj for Kids and the Indianapolis Press Club Foundation.

In light of ongoing needs for innovative health care, prevention and education, and with many loved ones affected by HIV, Jon is grateful to help Damien Center succeed in its mission.

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Juan Carlos Venis

Term: 2018-2021

Dr. Venis is a board-certified family physician with a dedication to education and a broad scope of evidence-based practice for diverse populations. Trained in public health, Dr. Venis is passionate about social justice and reducing health disparities. He has clinical interests in reproductive and sexual health as well as care of LGBTQ+ patients and those impacted by HIV. Upon completing his training in 2017, Dr. Venis joined the faculty at the Indiana University School of Medicine where he spends the bulk of his time seeing patients in both a traditional FQHC and in an innovative gender-affirming clinical program. He has been instrumental to educating peers and students on care of the LGBTQ+ population and strives to implement new strategies to improve clinical training in the care of these patients.  

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Logan Harrison

Term: 2018-2021

Logan Harrison is the Senior Public Affairs Director at Anthem, Inc. where he is responsible for developing and implementing strategies to advocate enterprise and state specific legislative and regulatory positions to support business goals and objectives. He consults and advises with Anthem's strategic business units and corporate enterprise executives for business planning, development and achieving financial goals.  Logan is actively engaged in implementing strategies to lower the cost of care but improve quality and outcomes for Anthem members and their employers.  Previously, he was vice president and general counsel at the Insurance Institute of Indiana.   Prior to that, Logan served in former Indiana Governors Daniels’ and Pence’s Administrations as the Chief Deputy at the Indiana Department of Insurance and primarily focused on health insurance, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and was the lead insurance policy director for the two former governors’ health care reform task force.  Logan is also a Major in the United States Army Reserve Judge Advocate General’s Corps where he served as a Brigade Staff Judge Advocate, Senior Defense Counsel and is now with the 16th Legal Operations Detachment at Fort Hamilton, NY.  Logan also serves on the board of directors for the Marion County Public Defender Agency and Christel House Indianapolis.  Logan received his juris doctor from the Indiana University McKinney School of Law and earned his bachelor’s degree from Indiana University Bloomington.

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Maury Plambeck

Term: 2017-2020

Maury Plambeck is the Director of Neighborhood Development at the Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center. Maury organizes many training programs, including the Indianapolis Community Building Institute and Neighbor Power Indy. Maury was formerly a planner with the City of Indianapolis, Department of Metropolitan Development.

Maury and his spouse, Sam McHenry, have lived in Herron-Morton Place since 1990. Maury runs with the Back on My Feet Wheeler Mission team and he volunteers with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Indianapolis on a regular basis. Sam is a volunteer in the Damien Center’s Food Pantry.

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Term: 2019-2022

Megan Robertson

Term: 2018-2021

Megan Robertson is the President of FrontRunner Strategies, an issue advocacy and political consulting firm based in Indianapolis.  

Prior to founding FrontRunner Strategies, Robertson served as the Campaign Manager for Freedom Indiana, a statewide bipartisan coalition that derailed a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage and civil unions as its supporters sought to pass it through the state legislature to send it to a ballot referendum.

In 2014, Megan was named to the Indianapolis Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 and ranked 7th in the Howey Political Report’s Top 50 Most Influential People in Indiana Politics.

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Phillip (Phil) Guthrie

Term: 2018-2021

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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Ruben Hernan Hernandez Mondragon

Term: 2018-2021

Dr. Hernandez is originally from Honduras and has been part of Indianapolis Community since 2005, he is a board-certified family physician with dedication to Care underrepresented communities. Areas of special interest include Health Disparities, Global Medicine, LGBTQ Health care, Lifestyle Medicine and Fitness

He currently serves as Vice Chair of Education for the Department of Family Medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine and advisor for Global Health and LGBTQ health medical track for Family Medicine Residents. 
He has implemented multiple curricula changes on medical education and IU-Family Medicine residency programs to improve current and future generations of Health care providers.  

He is an active member and leader at National and International Medical Organizations such as the Society of Teacher of Family Medicine, American Academy of Family Physicians and WONCA (The world organization of Family Doctors).   

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Sim Nabors

Term: 2019-2022

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Bill Pritt

Term: 2017-2020

Bill Pritt was born with an entrepreneurial spirit.  He broke into the hospitality business with Blu Martini, a popular restaurant and nightclub on Indianapolis’ North side in October of 2005 at the age of 27. After great success with this first venture, Mr.  Pritt opened Forty-Five Degrees (named for its location at the odd angle of Massachusetts Avenue and College Avenue) in June of 2008. Forty-Five Degrees quickly became an anchor on Mass Ave and one of Indy’s most popular destinations resulting in consistent sales growth since its opening. To protect the significant investment, he made in Forty-Five Degrees Mr. Pritt purchased all its property and the adjoining retail space in October of 2009.  Looking to fill the 3 adjoining retail spaces that were unoccupied and unfinished, Mr. Pritt began to consider opening additional businesses. In June of 2010, Bill opened YogüLatte, a unique frozen yogurt and coffee shop concept. Once again, Mr. Pritt created another hit.  These adjacent businesses began to attract thousands of customers every week which has aided significantly to community revitalization efforts. YogüLatte has had additional franchise locations and Bill continues to offer the concept as a franchise to prospective operators. Mr. Pritt feels very strongly about giving back to and being involved in the community. In addition to  being  an  active  member  and  sponsor  of Indy  Pride  Inc.,  the Chatham  Arch Neighborhood Association, the Indianapolis Restaurant  and  Lodging  Association,  and  the Massachusetts Avenue  Merchants  Association, he’s  served on  the Board  of  Directors for  the Massachusetts Avenue  Community  Development  Corporation and  as Treasurer for  the 757  Massachusetts Avenue  Condominium  Association.  While offering support for countless non-profit and charity organizations, Mr. Pritt is a long-term, noteworthy financial contributor to the Damien Center and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  Bill and his companies have been a loyal supporter of the Indianapolis LGBT Film Festival, the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis, the IndyFringe Theatre, in addition to several political candidates and elected representatives. Among his most cherished contributions is his annual participation in Dining Out For Life (an event benefiting those affected by HIV and AIDS). This legacy and company culture of giving began the first year he was in business (over 15years ago) and it continues today. Despite   the   demands   of   his   businesses,   his   volunteerism,   and   community   work, Bill enjoys balancing his life by entertaining friends at his home, his regular workouts, motorcycle rides, skiing, traveling, and consuming a broad range of material relating to current events.

Moises Lopez

Term 2020-2023

Experienced banking executive servicing commercial, industrial and business clients with multi-million-dollar lending needs. Senior manager with 20 years of outstanding career in the banking industry. Currently managing the Indianapolis South Business Banking Team for PNC Bank.

Esther Carter-Day

Esther Carter-Day is a Vice-President and a Commercial Real Estate Relationship Manager at Stock Yards Bank & Trust Company since 2017.  She is responsible for financing commercial projects for developers and investors.  Starting her banking career over 19 years ago, she has held positions as a Senior Credit Analyst, Credit Coordinator, Senior Construction Loan Officer, and relationship manager for JP Morgan, BMO Harris Bank, Union Savings Bank, and Cooperative Business Services.

She is currently serving on the boards of Renew Indianapolis and Insight Development and a Board Commissioner for the Indianapolis Housing Agency. Esther is also a Past President of IndyCREW.  Esther has an MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University and a B.S. from Central State University.

 

C. Todd Fuqua

Todd Fuqua is a queer artist with his own photography studio, C Todd Creations Photography LLC. A Certified Professional Photographer (CPP), Todd has won several awards for his photography at state, regional and international levels of competition. Todd is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Michigan with a BSE, Industrial & Operations Engineering. 

Todd worked in corporate for 20+ years. When Todd lost his job in 2010, the period that followed helped shape what Todd would accomplish to date. He has a passion for asset-based community development, social justice & self-advocacy. Areas of focus include LGBTQ+ related issues, mental health, addiction & recovery, HIV/AIDS, and ex-offenders. His other board memberships include the Indianapolis Professional Photographers Guild and Chair of Indiana NOFAS, a subsidiary of Mental Health America of Indiana. Todd is the Damien Center Client Representative. 

Douglas Huntsinger

Terms 2020-2023

Douglas Huntsinger serves as Executive Director for Drug Prevention, Treatment and Enforcement.

As a Senior Adviser to Governor Eric J. Holcomb and a member of the Governor’s Cabinet, Douglas oversees the coordination of the Governor’s Next Level Recovery initiative, aligning and focusing the State of Indiana’s response to the drug crisis. He also serves as Chairman of the Indiana Commission to Combat Drug Abuse.

Prior to his appointment by Governor Holcomb to serve as Executive Director in January 2020, Douglas served for three years as Deputy Director for drug prevention, treatment, and enforcement, overseeing operational aspects of the state’s response to the drug crisis.

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Darin Ramsey

Darin completed his Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry from Western Kentucky University followed by his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Butler University. He completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at the R.L. Roudebush VA Medical Center and a PGY2 Specialty Residency at IU-Methodist Family Practice Center. For 13 years, his clinical practice site was at the Richard. L. Roudebush VA Medical Center where he served as a clinical pharmacist in primary care and served as a preceptor to students completing their ambulatory care rotation. On campus, he teaches in the Therapeutics sequence in both the Pharmacy and Physician Assistant programs and in Self-Care and Health Promotion. Areas of interest include pain management, substance use disorders, diabetes, tobacco cessation, and COPD. Dr. Ramsey is a co-director for the Indiana Pharmacy Teaching Certificate Program (IPTeC) and is an Associate Editor for the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association (JAPhA). 

Jason Dudich

Dudich provides leadership and oversight for all aspects of the University’s financial administration including development and administration of financial policies and procedures; accounting; external auditing; accounts payable and receivable; insurance programs; benefits plans; operating and capital budgets; capital projects financing; management over the University’s relationships with credit rating agencies and lenders; management of the University’s real estate portfolio, and various third-party relationships with outsourced investment managers for endowed assets.  

Dudich, previously served as the budget director for the State of Indiana, overseeing the State’s $34 billion annual operating and capital budget, collaborating with Gov. Eric Holcomb and staff, the Indiana General Assembly and state agency directors on fiscal policy, overall budget management and state policy issues. His prior experience includes overseeing the finances and administrations of the State of Illinois, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, the City of Indianapolis and the Office of the Mayor, where he served as controller and then chief of staff for former Mayor Greg Ballard. Dudich earned a Bachelor of Science in public financial management from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University, Bloomington.