United Way of Central Indiana Recaps Successful Centennial Year Celebration at Annual Meeting

Bryan Mills (Community Health Network) elected chair of the board of directors; Michael O’Connor (Eli Lilly and Company) and Deborah Daniels (Krieg DeVault) named 2018-2019 Community Engagement co-chairs; impact, individual and Spirit United winners unveiled


INDIANAPOLIS — Today, United Way of Central Indiana held its annual meeting at the Indiana Roof Ballroom and recapped its 100th anniversary celebration, highlighted its community impact results, and honored the considerable work of the United Way 100th Anniversary Committee, led by co-chairs Allison Melangton and Mark Miles from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.


“Thanks to Allison and Mark’s leadership, our centennial celebration will go down in history as the significant moment when we rallied our entire community to raise their hands for thousands of people in need in Central Indiana,” said Ann D. Murtlow, president and CEO of United Way. “This year, we celebrated our storied past and united our volunteers, heroes and supporters around our cause – fighting for the education, financial stability, health and basic needs of every person in our community.”


Highlights and outcomes of United Way’s impact include:

  • The implementation of Great Families 2020 — the innovative initiative that integrates services in education, financial stability and health to help put high-need families on the path to self-sufficiency in five Indianapolis neighborhoods.
  • The formation of long-term strategic partnerships between United Way and Citizens Energy Group, Enterprise Holdings, St. Vincent and Duke Energy, which amplify employee engagement programs and ensure a commitment to improving communities together.
  • 1,755 children receiving scholarships to attend high-quality early childhood education programs.
  • 4,151 individuals served by United Way’s Centers for Working Families, the network of 12 neighborhood sites where low-income families can access services and achieve long-term stability.
  • 24,136 individuals participating in nutrition improvement programs.
  • 20,109 individuals receiving emergency utility assistance.


“It’s been an honor to lead United Way’s board of directors these past two years,” said Connie Bond Stuart, board chair. “As I pass the gavel to my esteemed colleague Bryan Mills, I’m confident United Way is well positioned to take a hard look at the root causes of poverty in our community, involve the right partners in finding solutions and bridge the passions of our donors directly to the needs of our neighbors, our children and our families.”



A complete version of United Way’s Community Impact Report for 2017-2018 is available on its website.


Individual and Company Awards

United Way recognized individuals, volunteers and companies that made a significant impact on the community.


Four companies earned the top prize – the Spirit United award – for exceptional volunteer and financial support of United Way. Spirit United is the most prestigious company award. It celebrates companies that have consistently supported and generously donated to United Way of Central Indiana. A Spirit United award winner knows it takes more than giving to improve our community, it takes volunteering and advocating too! The 2018 Spirit United Award Winners include: Hachette Book Group, HomebankSB, Hulman & Company and The National Bank of Indianapolis.


IMPACT awards were given to companies for the volunteer efforts tied to United Way priorities. For impact in education, three companies were recognized: RJE Business Interiors, Cummins Inc. and Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP. For impact in financial stability, two companies were recognized: Noble and Huntington National Bank. For impact in health and basic needs, three companies were recognized: Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Indiana, Cripe Architects and Engineers and State Auto Insurance.


The Exceptional Employee Coordinator award was given to Brianna Saunders, Indianapolis Power & Light Company; and Kirsten Casteel, Eli Lilly and Company, earned the Exceptional Executive award.


United Way also recognized top 20 companies as leading investors:


Eli Lilly and Company

Lilly Endowment Inc.

Ruth Lilly Philanthropic Foundation


Cummins, Inc.

Allison Transmission, Inc., and UAW Local #933


Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Indiana

Indiana University Health

The Indianapolis Foundation

Citizens Energy Group

Indianapolis Power & Light Company

Corteva Agriscience

CNO Financial Group

Community Health Network


Gene B. Glick Company, Inc.

Barnes & Thornburg LLP

Duke Energy

Faegre Baker Daniels


Board Election

United Way of Central Indiana elected the following officers at the annual meeting: Bryan A. Mills, Chair; Claire J. Fiddian-Green, Secretary; Mary Boelke, Treasurer.


New Class of 2021 board members elected were: Thomas C. Dawson, Strada Education Network; Natalie Y. Guzman, Fifth Third Bank; Raymond Hill, UPS; Kelley A. Karn, Duke Energy; Nicole Lorch, First Internet Bank; Mike North, Katz, Sapper & Miller, LLP; Darrin L. Orr, MASTER ENTERPRISES; Tobin Richer, KAR Auction Services; and Susanne Wasson, Corteva Agriscience.


Executive Committee at-large members elected were: Rodney D. Cotton, Roche Diagnostics; Jeffrey A. Harrison, Citizens Energy Group; Samuel L. Odle, FACHE; N. Clay Robbins, Lilly Endowment Inc.; and Rafael Sanchez.


Appointments for Directors Emeritus include: Jamie P. Merisotis, Lumina Foundation; David Resnick, Katz, Sapper & Miller, LLP; and Steven F. Walker, Walker.


Directors continuing their service with United Way are: Bernice Anthony, Eli Lilly and Company; Jeb Banner, Smallbox; Michael R. Becher, Retired – Deloitte LLP; Jeffrey S. Beck, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP; Scott Beier, Cummins, Inc.; Mary Boelke, Deloitte LLP; Scott E. Bruns, Ernst & Young LLP; Tory Callaghan Castor, Indiana University Health; Matt Cohoat, Becknell Industrial; Rodney D. Cotton, Roche Diagnostics; Deborah J. Daniels, Krieg DeVault LLP; Michael T. Dilts, Shiel Sexton Company, Inc.; Claudette Einhorn; Murvin S. Enders, Retired – 100 Black Men of Indianapolis, Inc.; Craig Fenneman, Fenneman & Associates; Claire J. Fiddian-Green, Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation, Inc.; Stephanie C. Fuhmann, Telamon Corporation; Geoffrey M. Gailey, Miller Pipeline; Brian R. Garrison, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP; Alfonso W. Gatmaitan, Indiana University Health; Joe Gilbert, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Indiana; Marianne Glick, GlickArt.com; Lisa E. Harris, M.D., Eskenazi Health; Jeffrey A. Harrison, Citizens Energy Group; Richard E. Hester, Indiana Business Advisors; Bruce Hetrick, IU School of Journalism; Abbe Hohmann, Site Strategies Advisory, LLC; Rebecca Jacklin, PNC; Kalen Jackson, Indianapolis Colts; Marina Keers, Hendricks County Senior Services; Philip G. Kenney, Wilhelm Construction Co., Inc.; Mike Langellier, Techpoint; Mark A. Lemieux, Citizens Bank; Scott S. Luc, Cate Brunton Luc Group | Merrill Lynch; John C. Mason, OneAmerica; Ann M. Merkel, The National Bank of Indianapolis; Mark Miles, Hulman & Company; Amanda Miller; Bryan A. Mills, Community Health Network; Doran Moreland, Ivy Tech Community College – Central Office & Central Region; Ann D. Murtlow, United Way of Central Indiana; Michael O’Connor, Eli Lilly and Company;  Samuel L. Odle, FACHE, Bose McKinney & Evans LLP; Judith S. Okenfuss, Ice Miller LLP; Nasser H. Paydar, IUPUI; Gregory L. Pemberton, Retired – Ice Miller LLP; Mamon Powers, III, Powers & Sons Construction, Inc.; Mark A. Ratekin; Georgiana Reynal, St. Vincent; N. Clay Robbins, Lilly Endowment Inc.; Rafael Sanchez; Dennis Sponsel, RJE business interiors; Kristin A. Steinman, Eli Lilly and Company; Connie Bond Stuart, PNC;  Shelly Towns, OurHealth; Patzetta M. Trice, Trice Strategic Consulting; Donaldson Twyman, FedEx; Heather Willey, Barnes & Thornburg LLP; Jean Wojtowicz, Cambridge Capital Management Corp.; Terence T. Yen, Ph.D., Indiana University Medical Center; and Darell E. Zink, Strategic Capital Partners.


Director Emeritus Continuing Their Service with United Way are: R. James Alerding, Alerding Consulting, LLC; Kathryn G. Betley; Vincent C. Caponi, Retired – Ascension Health; Karen Gentleman, Gentleman McCarty; Donald E. Knebel, Barnes & Thornburg LLP; Owen B. (Bud) Melton, Retired – First Indiana Bank, N.A.; Andy Mohr, Andy Mohr Automotive; John T. Neighbours, Retired – Faegre Baker Daniels LLP; Dr. Dennis Sasso, Congregation Beth-El Zedeck; Zachary Scott, Retired – UPS; Jerry D. Semler, Retired – OneAmerica; Yvonne Shaheen; Maribeth Smith, Maribeth Smith & Associates, Inc.; Timothy Smith, Perfect Impressions Printing; and Donald W. Tanselle, Sease, Gerig & Associates.


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About United Way of Central Indiana: United Way of Central Indiana fights for the education, financial stability, health and basic needs of all people in Central Indiana by creating, managing and investing resources in sustainable solutions to our communities’ most stubborn barriers to self-sufficiency. United Way invites all members of our community to LIVE UNITED by giving, advocating and volunteering to improve lives in Central Indiana. Visit uwci.org to learn more.






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