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The Serve Indiana Commission consists of up to twenty-five (25) Commissioners who are appointed by the Governor to advocate, review, and adjust the state's position on issues related to the community service and the volunteer sectors. It is comprised of community leaders with expertise in areas such as education, public safety, human services, volunteer activities, business/labor and government. They work closely with Serve Indiana to advance service and volunteerism and to appropriately distribute funding to support Serve Indiana's programs.
All meetings are scheduled from 10 am – 2 pm.
Next Meeting: November 5, 2015 | Indiana Government Center South, Conference Room 17
Alan Witchey, Chair, Executive Director, CHIP
Alan Witchey is the Executive Director for the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention (CHIP) of Greater Indianapolis. He has been in management roles in the nonprofit sector for 15 years. Prior to CHIP, Alan worked for the United Way of Central Indiana, the Orange County AIDS Services Foundation, and The Damien Center.
Alan has strong experience in coalition and collaboration building, executive leadership, strategic planning, curriculum development, training and presenting, grant making, and fundraising. He is an active volunteer in the community and serves on the Indiana Commission on Community Service and Volunteerism, which awards Indiana AmeriCorps grants. He has presented at many national and statewide conferences, including the National Conference for Volunteerism and Service, the Governor’s Conference on Nonprofit Capacity Building, and through the Central Indiana Nonprofit Training Center and the Leadership United Board Training Series.
He earned his Master Degree in Fine Arts from Antioch University Los Angeles and a Bachelor Degree in English and Speech Communications from Indiana University Bloomington.
Thomas Leedy, Vice Chair, Dekko Foundation, Kendallville
Tom Leedy is the president of the Dekko Foundation, a private foundation. The foundation’s mission is, “To foster economic freedom through education.” The foundation focuses on developmentally appropriate learning opportunities for young people. Tom joined the Foundation in 2001 after working for Group Dekko Services as Performance Improvement Manager for eight years. Tom has served his community through board membership on the local chamber of commerce, library foundation, YMCA and economic development corporation.
He has served on the board of directors of Indiana Grantmakers Alliance and Northeast Indiana Corporate Council. He currently serves on the board of directors of Freedom Academy, Kendallville Heritage Association, and Noble County Convention and Visitors Bureau. He is on the advisory committee for Northeast Indiana’s Vision 2020 initiative, serves on the Indiana Achievement Awards steering committee. Tom has also worked as a consultant with nonprofit organizations, assisting with board and organizational development and strategic planning. Tom is a graduate of Indiana Tech and earned his MBA from the University of Notre Dame in May of 2000. Tom and his wife Kerri live in Kendallville with their daughter Emma and son Jackson.
Rick Bentley, Ivy Tech Community College, Indianapolis
Rick Bentley, Ph.D., is Director of Academic Assessment for Ivy Tech Community College. He works on the Indianapolis campus which serves more than 34 thousand students annually and recently became the third largest undergraduate serving institution in Indiana. Before coming to Ivy Tech, Rick worked at Health and Hospital Corporation and the IU Center on Philanthropy where he worked on a Lilly initiative to promote philanthropy in youth. Dr. Bentley is an active volunteer serving on the boards of Congregation B'nai Torah and the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis. He is married with two children. His daughter lives in New York and his son lives in Jerusalem.
Wayne Black, Brigadier General, Indiana National Guard, Crawfordsville
Wayne L. Black is a Brigadier General in the Indiana National Guard and serves as Assistant Adjutant General – Army. He is a principle advisor to the Adjutant General and is responsible for assisting in formulating, developing and coordinating programs, policies and plans affecting the Indiana Army National Guard and its more than 14,500 citizen Soldiers and Airmen. Wayne has served in the military for more than 31 years since receiving an ROTC commission from The Citadel. He has served in command and staff positions from battery to division and state level. In his civilian career, Wayne is a manufacturing supervisor for RR Donnelley located in Crawfordsville, Indiana; he manages over 130 employees and equipment valued at more than $12 million. He has worked for RR Donnelley in Crawfordsville, Indiana, for the past 20 years in a number of supervisory positions. Wayne has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from The Citadel, a Master of Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University, and a master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. He is involved in a number of local volunteer activities.
Kathryn Clayton, Director, Labor Institute for Training, Inc., Indianapolis
Kathryn M. Clayton currently serves as Director of the Labor Institute for Training, Inc. (LIFT) located in Indianapolis, Indiana. In this role, Ms. Clayton leads a team of employment specialists and program coordinators that cultivate strong relationships with organized labor, employers, government agencies, foundations, education and training providers, community-based organizations and other stakeholders to support the organization’s strategic alliances and partnerships in support of workforce talent development. Kathryn has eighteen years of experience in Non-profit 501(c)(3) business management and program development where she has worked to develop and administer training and educational programs with the goal of helping individuals increase and improve their employment opportunities. Ms. Clayton has enjoyed several years of service as a volunteer for Girl Scouts of America.
Jane Crady, Coordinator of Disaster Preparedness & Response, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis
Jane is Coordinator of Disaster Preparedness & Response for Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Indianapolis. Jane oversees all aspects of disaster recovery work for Catholic Charities across the state of Indiana, from preparedness to early response to the end of long term recovery, to meet the needs of Indiana’s most vulnerable populations affected by disasters. Jane is currently vice chair and board member of Indiana VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) and a member of the Long Term Recovery Committee of National VOAD. She is one of a three person Indiana VOAD team helping to set up COADs (Community Organizations Active in Disaster) throughout Indiana. Jane is chair of Jennings County EFSP, a member of Shelby County LEPC, and a presenter since 2011 for AIDE (Applied Institute for Disaster Excellence). She began coordinating disaster volunteers during a three year commitment in Waveland, MS following Hurricane Katrina. In 2008 she returned to Indiana due to the major flooding, and has since been devoted full time to Indiana disasters. Jane has recruited, coordinated, supervised and worked with over 15,000 volunteers in disaster recovery. Jane lives in Shelby County.
Patty Dreiman, Knox County RSVP, Vincennes
Patty is the Director of Knox County RSVP (Senior Corps) and the President of Indiana Senior Corps Directors Association. She has been married for 45 years to a farmer and has two children, two grandsons and six great grandchildren. Jim and Patty received the Extraordinary Grandparents award from Age of Excellence. Patty is a member of Community United Methodist Church and has been the church camp director for 20 years. She received a 25 year acknowledgement for working with Girl Scouts, received the Peer Recognition award from Vincennes University and Valiant Woman of the Year from Church Women United. Patty enjoys traveling – especially to beaches and mountains and is a Purdue basketball fan.
Mark Eutsler, Principal, The Edge
Mark Eutsler, PhD, is a seasoned facilitator, consultant, and coach with advanced degrees in curriculum and instruction. He is Principal of The Edge, a practice equipping organizations to maximize capacity through leadership governance, strategic thinking, and stakeholder communication. He is an Indiana Wesleyan University Adjunct Professor of Business and has facilitated leadership and communication courses for working adults since 2001. A Certified Lay Servant with extensive pulpit service and workshop facilitation throughout Indiana, he has also facilitated strategic agenda summits for IFYE (International Foreign Youth Exchange), Independent Residential Living of Central Indiana, INDYCAR Ministry, Marion County Fair Board, Metropolitan Ministries of West Ohio, Metro Ministries, Mid-Land Meals, Operation Classroom, and Youth Connections.
President Clinton appointed him to the U.S. Selective Service board in 1993 and President Obama appointed him to the agency’s District Appeals Board in 2011. Governor Joe Kernan appointed him to the Indiana Occupational Safety Standards Commission and was elected its chair twice. He co-founded the Indiana Racing Memorial Association and Friends of the Association of Retired Members of the Indiana General Assembly. He has co-chaired the IPL 500 Festival Parade since 1996. He received the Sagamore of the Wabash from Governor Kernan and Governor Mike Pence.
Zachary Huffman, Student at Ball State University, Indianapolis
Zachary Huffman is a student at Ball State University majoring in Telecommunications: News Track, Journalism: News Track, and Business Administration. Zach serves as the youth commissioner for the ICCSV and was appointed in July of 2013 by Governor Mike Pence. He is currently employed as a news reporter for Indiana Public Radio, the Indiana affiliate of NPR. He oversees 200 individuals and all station operations of WCRD 91.3 FM, Ball State University’s student run radio station. He also maintains a summer position as a Camp Counselor, at YMCA Camp Tecumseh. Zach has been named an Abe Lincoln Scholar, Ronald Regan Presidential Foundation top 140 honorees, and a Richard Lugar Leadership Symposium member. He has received scholarships from the Kiwanis Club of Perry Township, Sertoma Club of Greenwood, Perry Meridian High School Alumni Association, and many others for his continued service to the community. He graduated from Perry Meridian High School in 2012, and is a member of St. Barnabas Catholic Church.
Aleeah Livengood, LM Financial Group LP, Mulberry
Aleeah Livengood is currently serving as the Chief Operating Officer for three family businesses located in Central Indiana. She was the Executive Director of the Native American Indian Affairs Commission for the State of Indiana. She has acted as a liaison on behalf of Purdue University to reservation-based Native American communities, to increase educational opportunities and indigenous scientific research on Native American lands. Within that role she was also instrumental in soliciting funding from Purdue University to support an on-campus Native American Educational & Cultural Center, setting the bar for other Indiana universities. She has managed two National Science Foundation grants based on indigenous lands within the Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Department at Purdue University. While in that position, she trained Purdue faculty and staff on post-secondary recruitment strategies and retention supports for Native American students, and protocol development when doing research on Native American lands. She is interested in programs and activities that make college more accessible for disadvantaged populations. Aleeah graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor’s in Speech Pathology and a Masters in Education. She’s married and the mother of six sons.
Louis Lopez, State Program Director, Corporation for National and Community Service, Indianapolis
Louis has devoted his career to public service. His professional experience spans three decades in executive positions in state and federal government, higher education and the nonprofit sectors focusing on public policy, education, economic and workforce development. As State Program Director, Louis is responsible for the administration of Senior Corps and VISTA national service programs statewide. Prior to joining the Corporation, he was a Clinical Professor for Public Policy and Trustee Lecturer at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IUPUI where he continues to teach part time as Senior Associate Faculty. His professional experience includes serving in the administrations of two Indiana Governors and on the staff of three Indiana U.S. Senators on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. and in Indiana. His nonprofit experience includes Director of Public Policy at United Way of Central Indiana where he directed legislative and lobbying efforts.
A former National Urban Fellow, Louis received his undergraduate degree at Indiana University and earned the Master Degree in Public Administration from the City University of New York. His professional training includes the Institute for Legislative Staff, U.S. Senate in Washington, D.C., certification in civil and domestic mediation at the Indiana University School of Law. His professional affiliations include the American Society for Public Administration, the National Academy of Public Administration Standing Panel on Social Equity in Governance and the National Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration. A lifelong volunteer, Louis is a recipient of the Jefferson Award, Indiana’s highest honor for volunteerism and community service.
Jonathan M. Perez, Chief of Staff, City of Marion
Jonathan currently serves as Chief of Staff to Marion Mayor Wayne W. Seybold. As Chief of Staff Jonathan is responsible in overseeing the day to day operations of city government in accordance with the policies and wishes set forth by Mayor Seybold. Prior to his appointment as Chief of Staff in 2009, Jonathan served as Director of Community Relations for United States Congressman Dan Burton. Jonathan’s primary duties included serving as the point of contact for the Congressman within the district as well as serving as the liaison for the office with state and local government officials. Jonathan attended Ball State University majoring in Political Science. Since attending Ball State University, he has volunteered and worked for numerous campaigns. Jonathan’s most recent appointment was serving as Campaign Chairman for recently elected District 31 State Representative Kevin A. Mahan. In addition to serving as a Commissioner for ICCSV, Jonathan currently serves on and is a part of many local organizations, including the Board of Directors for the YMCA of Marion and the Boys & Girls Club of Marion.
Rebecca Reeves, Indiana Department of Education
Rebecca is the Outreach Coordinator in Region 2 servicing all schools in southeastern Indiana. She earned a BS in Early Childhood Education and a MS in Administrative Leadership and Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Wisconsin. She was a classroom teacher for nine years in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she facilitated the implementation of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Program (PYP) in her school. In Indianapolis, she was the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program Coordinator and Media Specialist in MSD Washington Township where she led the staff and students through the IB PYP authorization. As an Outreach Coordinator, Rebecca mainly works with Focus and Priority schools, supporting their turnaround efforts by providing resources and guidance.
David Reingold, Purdue University, West Lafayette
Dr. Reingold earned his B.A. in Sociology and Social Welfare at University of Wisconsin and his M.A and Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Chicago. Professor Reingold is the Justin S. Morrill Dean for the College of Liberal Arts on the West Lafayette campus and the chairman of the Indiana Commission on Community Service & Volunteerism. His primary teaching and acclaimed research focuses on urban poverty, social policy, low-income housing policy, civil society, and government performance. He was also the Director of the Office of Research & Policy Development and U.S. Corporation for National & Community Service.
Stefonie Sebastian, National FFA Organization, Indianapolis
Stefonie Sebastian is an Education Specialist with the National FFA Organization. She serves as the grant administrator for the Rural Youth Development Program that is federally funded through the United States Department of Agriculture. The goal of the program is to engage rural youth in service-learning projects that have long-term community impacts. Ms. Sebastian works with schools and communities, across the country, providing service-learning training and technical assistance. Prior to her work at National FFA, Ms. Sebastian was the Director of Learn and Serve Indiana, through the Indiana Department of Education. Ms. Sebastian worked with K-12 schools across Indiana to create high quality service-learning programs. Before joining the Indiana Department of Education, she served as an AmeriCorps*VISTA member for two and half years. Ms. Sebastian received her Bachelor of Arts degree, in Anthropology-Linguistics, from Brown University in 2003.
Maggie Stevens, University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis
Dr. Maggie Stevens joined the University of Indianapolis as the Director of Program Development and Undergraduate Studies in August 2014. Prior to joining the University of Indianapolis, she served as the Executive Director of Indiana Campus Compact (ICC), and held administrative positions in both student and academic affairs at University of Charleston (WV), the University of Cincinnati (OH) and Northern Kentucky University. In addition to her administrative posts, Maggie currently teaches classes in Organizational Leadership and Strategic Leadership and Design at the University of Indianapolis and previously has taught classes ranging from first year seminars to senior capstone courses. Maggie has presented about and trained faculty in volunteer engagement, service-learning and other active learning pedagogies regionally, nationally, and internationally.