United Way of Central Indiana Announces Leadership United Class of 2020

INDIANAPOLIS – Leadership United kicked off its 34th year of programming and welcomed 35 participants to the Class of 2020 with its opening retreat last Friday at Ivy Tech Community College’s downtown campus.


Leadership United is United Way’s community leadership and board development program, which combines learning and practical experiences to help individuals develop leadership skills, increase their knowledge of the community and acquire the skills needed to serve as board members and community leaders.


“The depth of experience in this year’s class shows us how hungry professionals are to engage in the community in meaningful ways. This is a critical time for us to leverage the talent of passionate, civic-minded leaders to be involved in their communities,” said Maggie Phelps, Leadership Initiatives and Corporate Volunteerism Senior Manager. “Leadership United takes the strengths and interests of these individuals and builds the skills they need to be successful board members while building a pipeline for strong leadership in our Central Indiana community.”


During the program’s nine-month term, participants commit to 75 hours of leadership and board development training to explore the community’s most pressing human services needs and prepare them to serve their community as decision-makers. This year’s cohort will participate in powerful learning experiences throughout the program, ranging from an immersive poverty simulation, an experimental board fellowship placement and volunteer activities that support United Way’s community partners.


After a competitive application process, the individuals listed below were selected to join the program.


Sandy An, Kiwanis International, Kiwanis Children’s Fund Development Officer
Robyn Baker, AYS Inc., Northern Regional Program Manager
Jessica Barrett, Eli Lilly and Company, Associate Brand Manager
Jake Bates, Fifth Third Bank, Associate Relationship Manager
Nicole Bohannon, Community Health Network, Network Director, Risk and Regulatory
Jami Burdine, Gregory Appel Insurance, Vice President and Manager of Human Resources
Benjamin Cox, Fifth Third Private Bank, Vice President – Wealth Management Advisor
Erika Cuadrado, Gregory and Appel Insurance, Director of Marketing
Erin Drake, Browning Investments, Director of Marketing
Joseph Duran, JP Morgan Chase & Co., Vice President
Katie Ellis, RJE Business Interiors, Marketing Director
Whitney Fields, United Way of Central Indiana, Program Officer
Tristan Fretwell, Taft, Stettinius, & Hollister, Associate Attorney
Nokwakhe Fuyana, Department of Child Services, Family Case Manager
Erin Gasway, Eli Lilly and Company, Associate Consultant – US Public Policy
Jennifer Hashem, United Way of Central Indiana, Public Relations Manager
Katy Jenkins, KSM Consulting, Senior Consultant
Maris Kancs, First Internet Bank, FVP – Director of STL Financing
Joel Kaul, The Capital Group, Retirement Plan Services Manager
Jennifer Knotts, Aqua Indiana, Inc., Executive Assistant
Traycee Lane, Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Master’s in Philanthropic Studies and Nonprofit Management Certificate Student
Steven Latterell, Ice Miller LLP, Attorney at Law
Jesse Luke, Fusion Alliance, Solution Director – Measurement and SEO (Technology Consultant)
Benjamin Malott, Eli Lilly and Company, Manager – IT, Digital Trial & Digital Biomarkers
Kaity McGuire, The National Bank of Indianapolis, Research and Development Analyst
John Meehan, Citizens Energy Group, Manager of User Experience
Stephanie Nader, Community Health Network, Director of Behavioral Education
Jessica Parks, Managed Health Services, Community Relations Representative II
Kasey Polk, Lewis Kappes, Associate Attorney
Heather Rudicil, Community Health Network, Practice Administrator
Alexis Sowder, KSM Location Advisors, Multistate Project Manager
Samuel Swafford, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, Associate Attorney
Terencia Turner, Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center, Community School Coordinator
Chelsea VanHoecke, Indiana Business Advisors, Marketing Director
Laura Merrifield Wilson, University of Indianapolis, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Director of the Gender Center


Jennifer Hashem | Public Relations Manager
office: 317-921-1313 | cell: 563-271-4385