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Keri Rupp, MBA, Board President

Keri is the owner of Rupp Consulting, a management consulting and advisory services firm focused on strategic planning and large-scale business transformation. She earned her MBA from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Wisconsin. Keri is a Women’s Fund OPTIONS program participant and Grants Committee member. She has previously served on the Indiana University Women’s MBA Advisory Board and has held prior executive team and committee leadership roles for Project Home Indy.

Gregg Keele, Board Vice-President

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.

Jo Nahod-Carlin, Board Secretary

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.

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. 

Jennifer K. Bartenbach, MBA

Jennifer K. Bartenbach works as Chief Financial Officer at Central Indiana Community Foundation. Jennifer holds her MBA from Ball State University and B.S. in Accounting from the University of Evansville.  She has oversight for the financial operations of CICF.  Jennifer brings over 13 years of non-profit financial management and expertise.  She started her career with the public accounting firm BKD, LLP with a focus on non-profit and governmental clients.  She spent 8 years at the Indianapolis Museum of Art where she started as Controller and was promoted to CFO and Corporate Secretary.  She also served as Museum Administrator during the CEO transition and provided the museum a true sense of stability.  She collaborates with CFO’s of other foundations and endowments, meets with investment managers and investors to keep abreast of trends and generates ways to improve stewardship of CICF’s assets.

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.

Lenisha Taylor

Resident Advisor

Caitlin Schroeder, JD

Caitlin Schroeder is an attorney in the Indianapolis office of Barnes & Thornburg and a member of the firm’s Litigation Department. She represents attorneys in disciplinary proceedings brought by the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission and assists bar applicants before the Indiana Board of Law Examiners. As a member of the litigation department, she also practices in government and business litigation. She is active in the Indiana State Bar Association and co-authors a monthly attorney ethics column in the Indiana State Bar Association magazine. Caitlin previously served on PHI's Events Committee, where she helped plan the Speakeasy Speakout, PHI's annual spring fundraiser.

Cathy Southerland

Prior to coming to The Children's Museum of Indianapolis as the Director of School Programs and Early Childhood Education, Cathy taught kindergarten for fifteen years and was a principal for four years in Lawrence Township. She has been at the museum for seven years where she oversees all of the school programs, teacher professional development, exhibits for young children, and The Children's Museum Preschool.

Cathy has a Bachelor of Science degree from DePauw University and two Master's degrees in Early Childhood Education and Educational Administration. She holds a current teacher's license and principal's license and serves as an advisor at Butler University for Early Childhood Preparation for School Principals. Over the years, Cathy has written articles published in various early childhood publications.

Norm Sowatzke

Norm Sowatzke recently retired as a Vice President from Anthem Insurance Company, completing a 25 year career which included numerous executive positions in Underwriting, Finance, and General Management of specific business segments.  Norm has served, and is currently serving, on non-profit boards, including as Chairman of the Board.  He spends his retirement time with children and grandchildren, and serving as a math tutor in the public schools.

Sharissa Ulrey

Sharissa Ulrey is First Vice President, Director of Talent Development at First Merchants Bank. Sharissa is a tenured Senior Manager who has led and developed teams for more than 25 years in both the Banking and Retail Industries.  She currently directs all training and development efforts across the company at First Merchants.  She has been with First Merchants Bank since July 2017, following a 22 year career with PNC Bank.  Sharissa has also worked in a variety of positions in the banking industry including Branch Manager, Retail Branch Regional Manager, and Business Banking Sales Manager

Sharissa holds 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 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 25 years; and they live in Cloverdale Indiana along with their three children, ages 12, 19, and 23.