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Published by Junior Achievement of Central Indiana, 2022-03-08 08:38:30

2022 Best & Brightest Program Book

Best and Brightest Program 2022

AGENDA

5:00PM VIP RECEPTION

MAESTRO GALLERY

Generously Sponsored by Community Health Network

SPEAKERS
Eric Sutphin
KPMG Indianapolis Managing Partner

Lori Stonecipher
VP Clinical Informatics,Community Health Network

Sophie Seifert
JA Student Ambassador

5:30PM ` TASTE OF ACHIEVEMENT RECEPTION

FOYER AND OVAL PROMENADE

7:10PM RECOGNITION CEREMONY AND
ANNOUNCEMENT OF CATEGORY WINNERS

HILBERT CIRCLE THEATRE

EVENT EMCEE
Rafael Sanchez
Morning News Anchor/Investigative Reporter, WRTV

EVENT CO - EMCEE
Shaneice Brown
JA Student Ambassador

SPEAKERS
Jennifer Burk
Chief Executive Officer, Junior Achievement of Central Indiana

KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Marshawn Wolley, CDE, CFRE
President and CEO, Black Onyx Management, Inc.

Dear Friends,
Junior Achievement welcomes you to the 18th Annual Indy’s Best & Brightest
Awards Program! We have the distinct pleasure of honoring 100 of our city’s
thought leaders and changemakers. The men and women honored this year are
being recognized for not only their professional accomplishments, character, and
leadership qualities, but for the impact they have on our community. These
honorees are making a difference every day in our city, helping to build a better
world.
At Junior Achievement, we empower young people to own their future success
through experiential programs that foster career exploration, work readiness,
entrepreneurship, and financial literacy. JA programs and volunteer mentors
impact nearly 40,000 students annually and inspire young people to believe in
their potential and pursue their dreams for the future. This is not possible without
the support and dedication of our volunteers, sponsors and JA friends and family.
We are grateful for all of you.
Thank you for inspiring today’s young people to pursue their own paths to
success, and to build a better world for all of us. And thank you for allowing us to
celebrate you during this special moment in history.

Jennifer Burk
Chief Executive Officer
Junior Achievement of Central Indiana

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THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS

PRESENTING SPONSOR
VIP RECEPTION SPONSOR
SHINING STAR SPONSORS
CANDY BUFFET SPONSOR
RISING STAR SPONSORS
SEATING PACKAGE SPONSORS

TASTE OF ACHIEVEMENT SPONSORS

Exceptional
care for all.

Our health system was founded by the community with
the goal of delivering exceptional care to the people of
Central Indiana. Care that extends beyond the hospital
walls and into the streets and neighborhoods where we live.
At Community Health Network, we understand there are
barriers between you and your health that can’t be treated
with a prescription. And we’re doing everything we can to
break those barriers and deliver care to anyone who needs it.
Learn more about Community Health Network
at eCommunity.com

EXCEPTIONAL CARE. SIMPLY DELIVERED.

ACCOUNTING ZeNai Brooks, CPA
Controller, Corporate
Claire Baker Responsibility and
Audit Principal Foundation
Dauby O’Connor & Cummins
Zaleski, LLC
Christie Hornberger
Jeffrey A. Garfield Senior Operations
Principal and Midwest Financial Analyst
Forensic Leader Tempur Sealy
KPMG LLP
David Rabb
Bernice Osei Partner
Senior Regulatory BKD LLP
Reporting Accountant
Anthem JoAnna Simek
Assistant Managing
Alvaro Ramirez Partner
Davila BKD LLP
Senior Financial
Consultant Mike Wipper
Republic Airways Director
Katz, Sapper & Miller
Kevin Umberger
Senior Manager 5
Blue & Co., LLC

INDY’S BEST AND BRIGHTEST 2022 | BUILDING A BETTER WORLD

Joy Targgart Chief of Staff, BCforward

Congratulations

to all of the Indy’s
Best and Brightest
award finalists.

The team at BCforward would like to recognize all of this year’s
Best and Brightest nominees, including our own Joy Targgart, for
their commitment to our community and to Junior Achievement
of Central Indiana. Thank you for using your talents to inspire
young people and build a better tomorrow.

BCforward is a global IT consulting and workforce fulfillment firm that provides services and resourcing for
leading businesses and government organizations. We firmly believe that our continued success includes
being a good corporate citizen through giving back to the communities where our employees work and live.

Learn more at bcforward.com

BANKING & FINANCIAL SERVICES

Zainab Bass Nicholas Candis

Director Vice President – Treasury
Periculum Capital Management Officer

JPMorgan Chase

Anthony Hornbach Kelley Maguire,
Vice President, Business CRPC®, APMA®
Development Officer Financial Advisor –
PNC Business Credit Managing Director
Impact Financial Group
Josh McKenney
Vice President, Shaneka Pedersen
Commercial Banking
First Merchants Bank Mortgage Loan Originator
Elements Financial

Amanda Rubeck Julie Sharp
Executive Vice President
Vice President, Senior Merchants Capital
Retail Sales Officer

STAR Financial Bank

Will Turner Nate Young
Wealth Management Client Services Manager
Advisor Capital Group
Merrill –
Bank of America 7

INDY’S BEST AND BRIGHTEST 2022 | BUILDING A BETTER WORLD



EDUCATION & NONPROFIT UnoBlessed Coons
Executive Director
Samirah Indiana State AFL-CIO
Bongiovanni

Manager of Programs

Center for Leadership
Development

Emily Hitchcock Matt Impink

Director of Community Vice President,
Engagement Postsecondary and Indy
Achieves
TeenWorks
EmployIndy

Laura Merrifield Wilson Daniel Poynter
Associate Professor of Founder, Neutral Indiana
Political Science and Co-founder, CarbonStar
Co-director of the Gender
Center Mee Hee Smith
University of Indianapolis Executive Director of
Career Coaching and
Dolly Serrant Ayes Employer Connections
Indy Chamber’s Hispanic Ivy Tech Community
Business Council Director College-Hamilton County
and BOI Business Coach
Fabio Yataco
Indy Chamber Community Leadership
Officer
Keeanna Warren Central Indiana
Associate Executive Community Foundation
Director
Purdue Polytechnic High 9
Schools (PPHS)

INDY’S BEST AND BRIGHTEST 2022 | BUILDING A BETTER WORLD

APPLY NOW !

WE ARE AN “EARN AND LEARN” COLLEGE, WHERE STUDENTS ARE ABLE TO OBTAIN THEIR ASSOCIATES DEGREE, WHILE BEING
PLACED IN A STRUCTURED AND PROFESSIONAL WORK EXPERIENCE AT SOME OF THE LEADING COMPANIES IN CENTRAL INDIANA

CREDITS AND CLASSES https://www.marian.edu/saint-joseph's-college-of-marian-university
A NEW COHORT BEGINS CLASSES TOGETHER EACH FALL AND IS ON THE FAST TRACK TO GRADUATE IN
JUST TWO YEARS. YOU WILL EARN AN ASSOCIATE DEGREE BY COMPLETING 64 CREDITS: 34 GENERAL
EDUCATION CREDITS AND 30 CORE FOCUSED CREDITS.

EARN AND LEARN
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO EARN AND LEARN? IT MEANS YOU NO LONGER HAVE TO CHOOSE BETWEEN
WORK AND COLLEGE AFTER GRADUATING FROM HIGH SCHOOL. YOU NO LONGER HAVE TO GUESS—OR
HOPE—IF YOUR CLASSES IN COLLEGE ARE RELEVANT TO THE WORKFORCE. WE WILL GUIDE YOU THROUGH A
CLEARLY OUTLINED CURRICULUM, TEACHING YOU SKILLS THAT EMPLOYERS VALUE, AS WELL AS RELEVANT
INDUSTRY-SPECIFIC SKILLS THAT WILL PREPARE YOU FOR YOUR DESIRED CAREER.
HOW DOES IT WORK? YOUR CLASS SCHEDULE WILL ALLOW YOU TO WORK WHILE EARNING YOUR ASSOCIATE
DEGREE, AND WE CONNECT YOU WITH LOCAL EMPLOYERS FOR PAID WORK EXPERIENCE THAT IS RELEVANT
TO YOUR COURSEWORK.

PATHS AFTER GRADUATION
UPON COMPLETION OF THE TWO-YEAR ASSOCIATE DEGREE, YOU CAN EITHER MOVE DIRECTLY
INTO THE WORKFORCE OR COMPLETE YOUR BACHELOR’S DEGREE AT MARIAN UNIVERSITY OR
ANOTHER INSTITUTION. GRADUATES OF MARIAN UNIVERSITY SAINT JOSEPH’S COLLEGE WILL BE
GUARANTEED ADMISSION TO MARIAN UNIVERSITY FOR A BACHELOR’S DEGREE AT A SPECIAL
TUITION RATE.

INDIANAPOLIS

CONGRATULATESAIRPORT AUTHORITY

TONY McMICHAEL

INDY’S BEST AND BRIGHTEST
FINALIST
We are proud to recognize Tony McMichael,
A.A.E., selected as a finalist in Real Estate,
Development & Construction for 2022.

Want to work with our award-winning team?
Apply at IND.com/Careers

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GOVERNMENT Luke Bosso
Managing Director,
Portia Bailey-Bernard Government Advisory
Vice President Katz, Sapper & Miller
Indianapolis Economic
Development Rachel Johnson-Yates,
MA, LMHC, LAC
Indy Chamber Deputy Director and Chief
of Staff, Division of Mental
Alexis Gonzalez Health and Addiction
Director of the Indiana Indiana Family and Social
Commission on Hispanic/ Services Administration
Latino Affairs
State of Indiana Andrew Merkley
Administrator of
Elise Locke Homelessness Policy and
Assistant Director of Eviction Prevention
Student Pathways City of Indianapolis Office
Indiana Department of of Public Health and
Education Safety

RaeVen Ridgell Brad Schelle, CPA
Executive Director Partner
Indiana Black Legislative Crowe LLP
Caucus (State of Indiana)

Hannah Thomas André Zhang Sonera
Public Information Project Manager for
Officer Neighborhood Engagement
City of Indianapolis City of Indianapolis,
Department of Mayor’s Office
Metropolitan Development
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INDY’S BEST AND BRIGHTEST 2022 | BUILDING A BETTER WORLD

Congratulations!

Crowe congratulates Brad Schelle for
being honored as a finalist for Junior
Achievement of Central Indiana’s
Best and Brightest award in the
Government category.

Visit www.crowe.com/disclosure for more information about Audit2299-001AR
Crowe LLP, its subsidiaries, and Crowe Global. © 2022 Crowe LLP.

HEALTH & LIFE SCIENCES Pilar Cuadra

Chris Beaman, CAE Practice Leader

Corporate Relations August Mack
Advisor Environmental, Inc.

Sigma Foundation for
Nursing

Victoria Garcia Wilburn, Katie Kennedy, MSN,
DHSc, OTR, FAOTA APRN, NP-C, CCRN,
PCCN
Assistant Professor of Nurse Practitioner Cardiology/
Occupational Therapy School Provider Informaticist
of Health and Human Sciences
Community Health
Indianapolis University- Network, Community
Purdue University Heart and Vascular East
Indianapolis
Jason Mazeika
Danielle Lawson
Vice President, Patient
Designer I Experience

Medxcel Zotec Partners, LLC

Natraj Reddy Kristen Sherman
Ammakkanavar, MD Supplier Manager-
Learning & Development
Medical Oncolgist/Hematologist with Eli Lilly & Company
Community Hospitals Oncology
Physicians, Medical Director Ninad Thanawala
Community Health Network Precision Sr. Consultant @ Deloitte
Genomics Program, MD Anderson Roche
Certified Medical
Oncologist/Hematologist 13

Alexandra Simonton
Director of Strategy
IU Health Foundation

INDY’S BEST AND BRIGHTEST 2022 | BUILDING A BETTER WORLD

CONGRATULATIONS

ON YOUR INDY’S BEST & BRIGHTEST NOMINATION

Kevin Umberger, CPA
Senior Tax Manager in Carmel, IN
e. [email protected]
p. 317-428-6844

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LAW

Neal Brackett Kayla Britton
Partner Partner
Barnes & Thornburg LLP Faegre Drinker Biddle &
Reath LLP
Andrea Ciobanu, MPA,
JD Reginald D. Cloyd III
Managing Attorney Associate Attorney
Ciobanu Law, P.C. Dinsmore & Shohl LLP

Dominique N. Barath S. Raman
Nelson Attorney
Associate Attorney Lewis Wagner, LLP
Kopka Pinkus Dolin, PC
Carly J. Tebelman
Aaron Snellenbarger Senior Associate
Partner Frost Brown Todd LLC
Taft

Jonathon Wright Annie Xie
General Counsel & Associate
Company Secretary Ice Miller LLP
Hurco Companies, Inc.
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INDY’S BEST AND BRIGHTEST 2022 | BUILDING A BETTER WORLD

Innovation keeps us in the air. In order to become America’s regional airline of
But it starts on the ground. choice, our view of the horizon needed to be different
than our competitors. That’s why we encourage and
rjet.com empower our Associates to share their bold and gutsy
“what if?” ideas: ideas like addressing the pilot
shortage by creating our own flight training school,
LIFT Academy, which is creating opportunity and jobs
no matter your background.

It’s that kind of agile, forward-thinking, can-do attitude
that makes Republic Airways different. It’s not just our
technology that’s innovative. It’s the creativity and
belief in the possibilities that allows our people and
our company to soar.

We are Opportunity Elevated.

flywithlift.com

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MANUFACTURING, RETAIL & SERVICES

Treveon Alexander Nick Carter

Senior Marketing Co-founder and CEO
Specialist Market Wagon

TrendyMinds

Grant Church Megan Custodio
President Senior Vice President and
DairyChem Partner
Dittoe Public Relations
Kary Gonzalez
Rodriguez Allison Marchesani
Product Engineer Ackerman
Honda Development & Founder
Manufacturing of America Cortland Consulting
LLC
Eric Odmark
Dave Neff President
Chief Growth Officer IMH Products
Prolific

Kate Onuska Paul Smith, MA
Culinarian Owner
Let Kate Cook Just 4resh Dezigns LLC

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MEDIA, ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS

Leslie Bailey Meaghan Banks
Co-founder, CEO
Indy Maven Associate Director of
Premium Experience

Pacers Sports &
Entertainment

Arianna Cruz Morgan Lucas
Founder, MORE Magazine President
Lucas Oil Products
Director of Marketing +
Outreach Rasheda Randle
President
Big Brothers Big Sisters Circle City Film Festival
of Central Indiana

Mel McMahon
Stone
Co-founder

Indiana Owned and
Indiana.Gifts

Cheyne Reiter Paul M. Swartz

Director of Founder/ CEO
Communications
Indianapolis Indians Hoosier Shooting
Academy

Jeremy Thorpe Andrew Wahl
Group Sales Account President
Manager TopShot Aerial
Indianapolis Colts Photography, LLC

INDY’S BEST AND BRIGHTEST 2022 | BUILDING A BETTER WORLD 19

REAL ESTATE, DEVELOPMENT & CONSTRUCTION

Bonnie Alexander Emily Bowman

Civil Engineer Associate Broker

A&F Engineering Berkshire Hathaway
Home Services Indiana
Realty

Kaitlyn Currie Mitch Doner

Team Leader Vice President, Director
of Asset Resolutions, and
American Structurepoint, Managing Broker
Inc.
Bradley Company

Hannah Fleck Stephen Lindley

Civil Design and Vice President of
Sustainability Lead Development, Market
JQOL – Quality of Life Officer

Ambrose Property Group

Tony McMichael, A.A.E Benjamin Ross
Safety Manager
Director, Airside Pepper Construction
Development

Indianapolis Airport
Authority

Adrian Russell Andrew Urban
Vice President - Occupier
Director of Diversity, Services
Equity, Inclusion / Colliers
Procurement
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TECHNOLOGY Ariel Crawley
Community Engagement
Samuel Campbell Manager
President and Director of Indy Women in Tech
Marketing and Community
Outreach Keegan Jiles
Code Black Indy, Inc. Career Advisor
Powderkeg
Casey Crouse
Account Manager Mike Pirtle
GadellNet Consulting Founding Partner
Services Enthrall

Kate Maxwell Joy Targgart
Chief Technology Officer, Chief of Staff
Worldwide Defense & BCforward
Intelligence
Microsoft Lujia Zhang
Senior Data Scientist
Justin Sufan Resultant
Senior Director,
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The AES Corporation.

Courtney Walsh
Senior Manager of
Marketing and
Communications for
Global Enablement
Salesforce

Congrats ! Accounting Banking & Financial Services
2004 Michael Minnis 2004 Erik Miner
Past Indy’s 2005 Diana Hoff 2005 Leslie Carter-Prall
Best and 2006 Paul Will 2006 David Mann
Brightest 2007 Troy Gilstorf 2007 Brian Cooke
Winners 2008 Scott Geans 2008 Amber Van Til
2009 Robyn Werner 2009 David Nijhawan
2010 Derek Bang 2010 Faraz Abbasi
2011 Gregory D. Rexing 2011 Juan Gonzalez
2012 Kyle A. Simmerman 2012 Natalie Guzman
2013 Gregory A. Wasiak 2013 Dax Denton
2014 Chris Belleville 2014 John D. Perry
2015 Matt Bowser 2015 Katie Smardo
2016 Brad Cornelius 2016 Kyle Sanders
2017 Jason Myers 2017 Jason Spilbeler
2018 Chad Amos 2018 Erin Dettwiler
2020 Shelly Smith 2020 Michael R. Dury
2021 Bud Graessle 2021 Molly McIver

Education & Nonprofit Government Health & Life Sciences
2004 Bob Goodrum 2004 Carl J. Brizzi 2004 Alfredo M. Lopez
2005 Laura J. Foshee 2005 Steven R. Schultz 2005 Jim Pearson
2006 Glen Kwok 2006 James A. Joven 2006 Kent Hawryluk
2007 Erin Slater 2007 Nathan Feltman 2007 Kelly Hartman
2008 Larry Smith 2008 Ryan Kitchell 2008 Erin Albert
2009 David Harris 2009 Michael Huber 2009 Nichole Wilson
2010 Michele Thomas Dole 2010 Kristen Tusing 2010 Shaun Hawkins
2011 Dr. Nikki Woodson 2011 Deron S. Kintner 2011 Jennifer M. Alvey
2012 Anthony Bridgeman 2012 Gary Coons 2012 Patrick J. Murphy
2013 Tiffany Kyser 2013 Oscar A. Gutierrez 2013 Anthony L. Javorka
2014 Marlin Jackson 2014 Andrew Miller 2014 Donetta Gee-Weiler
2015 Emily Masengale 2015 Jason Dudich 2015 Ryan Nagy
2016 Tom Hanley 2016 Ashley Marie Ulbricht 2016 Lori Stonecipher
2017 Kenith C. Britt, Ph.D. 2017 Marie Mackintosh 2017 Dr. Aashia M. Bade
2018 George Giltner 2018 Cynthia Carrasco 2018 Tiffany Fletcher
2020 Doneisha Posey 2020 Jeremy Morris 2020 Chris Leeuw
2021 Frederick Yeakey 2021 Ronnie Saunders III 2021 Terri Lee

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Law Manufacturing, Retail Media, Entertainment
2004 Joseph R. Alberts & Services & Sports
2005 C. Todd Richardson 2004 D. Mark Barnhart 2004 Tysha Hardy-Sellers
2006 Holiday W. Banta 2005 Glenn Campbell 2005 Gregory A. Shaheen
2007 Jennifer Ruby 2006 Scott Hill 2006 Steven Oakley
2008 J.P. Hanlon 2007 John Merriweather 2007 Kelly Young
2009 Kostas Poulakidas 2008 Dave Lindsey 2008 Sarah Fisher
2010 Eric Scroggins 2009 Erin Smith 2009 Shannon Williams
2011 Drew Miroff 2010 Dawn R. Howard 2010 Brad Stevens
2012 Gregory M. Gotwald 2011 Laura J. Sniadecki 2011 Taja M. Graham
2013 Rafael Sanchez 2012 Matt Ewer 2012 Frank Vogel
2014 Tracy N. Betz 2013 Terina Perry 2013 Terri Steeb Granau
2015 Tavonna Harris Askew 2014 Phil Daniels 2014 Jim Walker
2016 Christina Fugate 2015 Nathan Frampton 2015 Sean Hallett
2017 Dan Lechleiter 2016 Kelly Frank 2016 Katie Gearlds
2018 Kiamesha-Sylvia 2017 Abby Langebartels 2017 Dayna Pawelak
Colom 2018 Tamara Cypress 2018 Tiffany Sauder
2020 Tiffani Taylor 2020 Stanley Chen 2020 Christina Toler
2021 Melissa Macchia 2021 Dan Abeln 2021 Duchess Adjei

Real Estate, Development Technology
& Construction 2004 Scott Dorsey
2004 Thomas A. Dickey 2005 Ron Brumbarger
2005 Tim O’Brien 2006 Pushpendu Pal
2006 John A. Crisp 2007 Phillip Miller
2007 Tadd Miller 2008 David Cain
2008 Ersal Ozdemir 2009 Henry Kurkowski
2009 Mary Beth Kohart 2010 Jeff Ready
2010 Paul Okeson 2011 Tracy E. Barnes
2011 Sarah K. Hempstead 2012 Tim Kopp
2012 Wade Achenbach 2013 Traci L. Dosssett
2013 Mike Goins 2014 Bill Soards
2014 Keith Cole 2015 Jonathan “JJ” Thompson
2015 Jenell Fairman 2016 Max Yoder
2016 Wes Podell 2017 Yaw Aning
2017 Katie Culp 2018 Blake Koriath
2018 Matt Waggoner 2020 Craig Fortner
2020 Mamon Powers III 2021 Nick Smarrelli
2021 Shane Hageman

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Eric Sutphin, KPMG
Indianapolis Managing Partner

Lifelong learning is an incredible journey where knowledge and skills make all the difference in an
individual’s growth and success. KPMG is deeply committed to lifelong learning and working with
organizations, like Junior Achievement, to enable equitable access to learning opportunities that
nurture talent and transform lives.

Literacy must begin early in life. Students who cannot read at grade level by the fourth grade are
less likely to have future success and more likely to drop out of school. And, every year, over 1.2
million students drop out of high school in our country, according to the U.S.Department of
Education.

These facts and our commitment to lifelong learning drive us to develop and
collaborate on innovative, high-impact programs and initiatives in our communities, for better. Our
collaboration with Junior Achievement and our flagship Community Impact program, KPMG’s
Family for Literacy, focused on eradicating childhood illiteracy by putting books into the hands of
children who need them most, are two great examples.

A critical component in supporting education and developing a diverse talent pool is our relation-
ship with Junior Achievement. We engage with Junior Achievement to prepare and inspire young
people to succeed in today’s world across career exploration, life skills, entrepreneurship, financial
literacy, and philanthropy. We collaborated to create JA Finance Park Advanced ® , a program
designed to help high school students better understand how to manage money by letting them
select simulated life scenarios and challenging them to successfully manage their finances.

We take great pride in our partnership with Junior Achievement that includes the many KPMG
professionals who volunteer to serve Junior Achievement in cities across the country and serve
on Junior Achievement boards, including our own Mark Shaffer, who is a Junior Achievement of
Central Indiana Board and Executive Committee member. And we are honored to have recently
received our eighth consecutive Gold U.S. President’s Volunteer Service Award for providing over
6,000 volunteer hours annually to Junior Achievement USA.

We look forward to continuing to empower young people through lifelong learning!

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