Project Home Indy

strong mothers, strong children – for generations

Project Home Indy

strong mothers, strong children – for generations


Staff Members

Board Members

Rachel Boon, Ph.D., Board President

Rachel Boon is the Executive Director of Retention and Completion at Ivy Tech Community College. Prior to joining Ivy Tech she worked at the Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium based at Wabash College; at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa; and in the Office of the Chancellor at Indiana University-Bloomington. Boon earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Drake University and a Ph.D. in education policy from Indiana University.

Melissa Gindling, Board Vice-President

Melissa Gindling is a Strategic Sales Director at New York based persuasion automation company, Persado. Previously, she spent nine years at ExactTarget/Salesforce where she played a key advisory role on client senior leadership teams for top financial institutions, retail brands and restaurant chains since 2006. Melissa spent her first year after college working and traveling throughout New Zealand. She also co-chaired ExactTarget’s women’s professional group and participated in Women’s Fund Options Class 14.

Elyse Fenneman, Board Secretary

Elyse Fenneman is the Human Resources Representative at American Structurepoint, Inc.  Prior to joining American Structurepoint, she worked for the Indiana State Personnel Department providing human resource services for several state agencies, including the Lieutenant Governor’s Office, Indiana State Department of Health, and Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority.  Fenneman is a graduate of DePauw University.

Sara VanSlambrook, Board Treasurer

Sara VanSlambrook is a Senior Program Officer with Local Initiatives Support Corporation.  She has more than 15 years experience in the nonprofit sector with expertise in program development, grant writing, evaluation, financial management, and communications.  

VanSlambrook earned her bachelor's in Social Justice and Psychology from Saint Mary's College, her MBA with a concentration in Finance from Case Western Reserve University, and her MSSA (equivalent to MSW) also from Case Western Reserve University.  Additionally, she earned a Certificate in Fundraising Management from Indiana University's Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. 

Claudia Martinez

Resident Advisor

Bradley S. Hartz, PE, MBA

Brad is currently the Managing Principal Engineer with CQM, Inc. He has over 35 years of domestic and international experience with a number of Fortune 500 companies; focusing on acquisitions, budgeting, financial analysis, capital projects, contract administration, sustainability, regulatory compliance, and governmental affairs. He is a licensed professional engineer, a published technical author, and former state lobbyist. In addition, he is serving, and has served, on a number of not-for-profit organizations and trade associations, including as Chairman of the Board.

Gregg Keele

Gregg is a Financial Advisor and Managing Partner with Acuitas Financial Group, a Private Wealth Advisory Practice with Ameriprise Financial.  Gregg has bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Political Science, and has earned the Certified Financial Planner (CFP®), Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC®), and Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA™) designations.  Gregg‘s firm specializes in helping people recover from the trauma of divorce through compassionate, sustainable financial planning and litigation support.

Jan Kempf, MS, Director

Jan Kempf is a dedicated community volunteer. She retired after 46 years of serving as a teacher and a counselor to ninth grade students. Kempf currently acts as the liaison between Project Home Indy and Trinity Episcopal Church, with a focus on event planning and fundraising. She spends her retirement time visiting her children and grandchildren, working for Herff Jones and has created her own Decor and Design consulting company.

Monique Morris

Resident Advisor

Lenisha Taylor

Resident Advisor

Jo Nahod-Carlin

Jo Nahod-Carlin is the Vice President of Customer Experience for MHS & Ambetter from MHS. She has served as a volunteer with Project Home Indy since 2010, serving on both the Communications and Events Committees. Jo joined the board of directors in September 2015.

Sharissa Ulrey

Sharissa Ulrey is Senior Vice President, Business Banking Sales Manager, PNC Bank. Sharissa is a tenured Sales Manager who leads a team of 7 Business Bankers in the Indianapolis area and surrounding counties.  She has been with PNC Bank for 21 years and has worked in a variety of positions within the bank including Branch Manager, Retail Branch Regional Manager, and Business Banking Sales Manager.  Prior to joining PNC Bank, Sharissa worked in Retail Management for several years. 

Sharissa hold her BS in Sociology from Indiana State University, and her Master’s in Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University.  She received the Gallup Great Workplace Award in May 2015 and has a proven record for building and leading highly engaged and productive teams.  Sharissa is on the Board of Directors for Project Home Indy, and also holds an Advisory Board position with the Indiana Small Business Development Corporation in Indianapolis.  She has been married to her High School sweet heart, Mike, for 24 years; and they live in Cloverdale Indiana along with their three children, ages 11, 18, and 21.