First Merchants Insurance Group
Amy has 25 years of experience in the employee benefits industry. During her career she has worked internally in the area of administration and account management for group life and disability programs and more recently, in the area of sales and marketing. Her expertise and enjoyment lies in the medical arena and includes traditional medical programs, Flexible Spending Accounts, Health Reimbursement Arrangements and Health Savings Accounts. She specializes in Consumer Driven Health plans for both fully-insured and self-funded clients. Amy also volunteers at the Julian Center.
Retired, Deputy Commissioner of Labor
Jeff spent the last seven years leading enforcement programs within the Labor Department. He served for four years on several federal law enforcement and anti-terrorism commissions. Previously he spent nearly 20 years managing environmental, health, and safety programs. Jeff served as President of one of Habitat for Humanity’s largest affiliates and currently works with Girls Inc. and Carmel United Methodist Church. He holds a Sagamore of the Wabash for humanitarian service, the McGinnes award for his impact on construction safety in Indiana, and several awards from Homeland Security for disaster preparedness leadership.
Kirsten is a healthcare professional with experience in both bedside nursing and healthcare management. She has a background in healthcare management systems including human resource processes, computer based charting, charging and budgeting. Recently Kristen moved to the medical device industry side of healthcare by joining Hill-Rom as director of clinical innovation. She is a board member of Batesville’s shelter and crisis center for domestic abuse and sexual assault, Albion Fellows Bacon Center, served on the planning committee for the March of Dimes Annual Chef’s Auction, is a yearly participant in the March of Dimes Walk and the Susan B. Komen Race for the Cure.
Rus Ervin Funk
Rus has been working to combat sexual and domestic violence since 1983. He is the co-founder and Exectutive Director of MensWork: eliminating violence against women, which focuses on developing male leadership to prevent all forms of sexual and domestic violence. Rus is the 2006 recipient of the Helene Bartlett Award from ICADV, co-recipient of the 2005 PreVent Award of Excellence, and recipient of the 2000 Frederick Douglass Award from Men Can Stop Rape, Inc. Rus also serves on the Steering Committee of the North American Men Engage Network, on the global advisory committee of Mobilizing Men for Violence Prevention and on the Advisory Board of the Healthy Masculinity Action Project.
Mary Jo Lee
Mary Jo has been the chief executive officer of Alternatives, the domestic violence shelter in Anderson, since February 1993. She also serves as an instructor for Anderson University, teaching grant writing in the School of Adult Learning. Mary Jo’s work in the not-for-profit sector began in 1984 when she left a successful career in corporate accounting to open a consulting company dedicated to assisting social service organizations in maintaining their fiscal accountability. Mary Jo has a unique gift of being a management person who respects fiscal accountability and yet never loses sight of the mission of human services.
Amesha McDonald, Vice President
Porter County PACT
Amesha has been with PACT, a nonprofit criminal justice agency, since 1996. She has worked with batterers and trained numerous victim advocates, law enforcement officers, judges, prosecutors, probation officers, community corrections agencies, and various batterers intervention program staff both locally and statewide. Amesha is co-author of the Batterers Intervention Standards for Indiana. She has also participated on the Mayor’s Commission against Domestic Violence and the Portage and Valparaiso Justice Committees.
Phillip Olsson, Secretary
Riley, Bennett & Egloff, LLP
Phillip is an associate attorney at Riley Bennett & Egloff where he practices business and civil litigation. Prior to attending law school, Phillip worked as a legal advocate helping victims of domestic violence. In his position as a legal advocate, Phillip’s duties ranged from helping victims of domestic violence obtain orders of protection, to speaking at high schools about the warning signs of abusive relationships and the prevention of domestic violence.
Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Bill is a partner in the Litigation Department of Barnes & Thornburg LLP. He represents clients in product liability and toxic torts, premises liability, insurance coverage and procurement claims, and a variety of commercial claims. More recently, his practice has included complex litigation involving the defense of toxic tort personal injury lawsuits and commercial cases involving claims of product defects or non-performance. Bill received his B.A. magna cum laude from Wabash College and J.D. cum laude from Indiana University – Bloomington. He is a long-time member of the board of directors for the Julian Center and handles pro bono family law cases for battered women.
Julianna Plawecki, President
Ice Miller LLP
Juli is a trial and appellate attorney and represents clients in a wide variety of business and commercial matters. Before private practice, Juli served as a judicial clerk to Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard. She is involved in several bar and other professional associations, is a graduate of the United Way of Central Indiana’s Executive Women’s Leadership Program and was a Special Assignment Ambassador with the 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl XLVI Host Committee. Juli earned her juris doctorate from Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis and her bachelor of arts in Political Science and Journalistic Communications from Purdue University.
Mark Reichel, Treasurer
Reichel IP LLP
Mark is an attorney focusing on patent and trademark prosecution, intellectual property litigation and technology licensing. Before forming his own firm he was with Ice Miller and prior to that served as a business development manager at the Indiana University Research & Technology Corporation where he focused on intellectual property generated at the school. Mark holds a B.S. in Biochemistry from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and is a JD and MBA graduate from Indiana University. He is also involved with the Indianapolis Bar Association and the American Intellectual Property Law Association.
Ice Miller LLP
Elizabeth is a litigation associate and her practice focuses primarily on representing businesses in litigation involving contract disputes, breach of fiduciary duty claims, negligence, and allegations of statutory violations. She received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Illinois College of Law in 2010 and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Illinois Wesleyan University in 2006, where she majored in History and Hispanic Studies. In addition to her role on the ICADV Board, Elizabeth also serves on the Executive Committee for the Women and Law Division of the Indianapolis Bar Association.
Clifton Larson Allen LLP
E.J. is a Senior Manager with CliftonLarsonAllen LLP, a national public accounting firm. He has over 14 years of experience providing assurance and consulting services for financial institutions, service related organizations, employee benefit plans, and not-for-profits. E.J. holds a B.S. in Accounting from Indiana University and is a Certified Public Accountant. E.J. also volunteers at Westfield Youth Sports and Grace Community Church.
Executive Director, Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence