David comes to the Association with a great deal of experience and understanding of the challenges and rewards of leading a youth serving organization having been the Executive Director of a member agency, Foundation for Youth, in Columbus, Indiana for over a decade. David has a degree in Psychology from Millsaps College and Masters Degrees in Administration and Education from Indiana University.
Robin Donaldson had been the Program Development and Research Director for National Safe Place since 2008. That position was responsible for the development and implementation of new programmatic initiatives for National Safe Place and collecting, analyzing and reporting statistical data regarding all aspects of the National Safe Place program. Prior to joining National Safe Place, she was the Assistant Director at Youth Services Bureau of Monroe County in Bloomington, IN and had been at YSB of Monroe County for 12 years. She also teaches psychology classes at Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana and has done so since 2001.
Michele has been working in the youth development field for over 25 years. Recently she had been the Director of Community Affairs for Promising Futures of Central Indiana since 2000. Michele brings knowledge and experience in implementing initiatives and programs, fund development including special events, and marketing to IYSA.
Surekha has in-depth capability and experience with a broad variety of not-for-profit organizations as well as extensive experience working for major corporations in financial management, investment research, operations, and strategic planning. She currently leads the financial management and bookkeeping service areas for Mission Management, overseeing 1 staff member and 20 clients. She is also the CFO for Indiana Youth Services Association and has provided contract CFO services to various not for profit organizations in the region. Surekha possesses a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of North Carolina and an MBA in Finance and International Business from Columbia Business School.
Jamesha is very passionate about helping youth reach thier full potential. She initially joined IYSA as an intern in May of 2015 to explore different areas of youth work. Jamesha has worked with youth for several years. She worked at a daycare, specializing with children ranging in ages from two through four. She also interned at Guion Creek Elmentary School working with third graders on their academics and social skills. Jamesha recently graduated with her Bachelor's of Social Work, and will be pursing her Masters at Indiana University Purdue University - Indianapolis.
Kenneth has extensive experience working youth. He attended Indiana University Purdue University - Indianapolis and Ivy Tech State College. Kenneth previously worked as a supervisor for the Marion County Superior Courts Juvenile Division and he also served as the Director of Senior Wellness for Forest Manor Multi Service Center. Kenneth has received numerous awards both locally and nationally for his work with youth. He currently serves as the Chair for the Indiana Commission on the Social Status of Black Males. Kenneth is very passionate about youth and in particular giving a voice to the least of these.
Ian is a graduate of Ball State University. He has much experience working with youth in challenging situations. Ian has worked in case management, juvenile probation and therapeutic foster care. He has also taught fourth grade and worked at the Boys and Girls Club of St. Joseph County. Ian is very passionate about Human Trafficking because it is a rising problem that has limited resources.
Danielle is a graduate of Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky. Prior to joining IYSA, Danielle worked for National Safe Place Network (NSPN) for three years. Her time there involved work with multiple programs, including the Runaway and Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center (RHYTTAC); Human Trafficking: Recognize, Respect, Respond (HTR3); and Safe Place. She also served as an AmeriCorps VISTA at National Safe Place from 2011-2012.
Karen Maher has 20 years of public service experience advocating for disadvantaged populations and children. She has represented numerous minors in abuse and neglect proceedings over the years as both an attorney and GAL through the Cook County Public Guardian’s Office in Chicago, IL, as well as a court-appointed special advocate in East St. Louis, IL and Indianapolis, IN. She’s also managed estates and recovered assets through citation litigation on behalf of exploited disabled adults while at the Public Guardian’s Office in addition to giving immediate legal advice to low income individuals in crisis on a variety of legal issues while a hotline attorney with the Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation in East St. Louis. More recently, she acted as the Education Coordinator for Indianapolis-based anti-trafficking nonprofit, Purchased. This experience, along with her passion for social justice and extensive background working with vulnerable individuals led to her current position as a Regional Coalition Coordinator for the Indiana Trafficking Victim Assistance Program (ITVAP) through Indiana Youth Services Association. Ms. Maher provides human trafficking training to a wide variety of audiences, including: DCS, CASA, service providers, schools and law enforcement. She also works to build provider capacity in the central region of the state to meet victims’ needs. Ms. Maher is currently the Co-Chair of the Youth Working Group for IPATH, Indiana’s state human trafficking task force. She obtained a B.A. with a major in Political Science and minor in Psychology from Queens College where she graduated cum laude, (Charlotte, NC, 1993) and a J.D. from DePaul University College of Law (Chicago, IL 1996). She is a licensed attorney in both Illinois and Indiana.
Jeremy brings over a decade of experience working with youth who have experienced complex trauma. Prior to joining IYSA, Jeremy worked most recently as the Team Leader of the Skills Training Specialists and Qualified Developmental Disabilities Professionals at Oaklawn Psychiatric Center’s child & adolescent residential program. Jeremy is passionate about empowering youth and raising awareness about social justice issues. Jeremy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Anderson University and a Master’s Degree from Wheaton Graduate School.
Christina is a graduate of Ivy Tech State College and the University of Southern Indiana. She is very passionate about improving the system in place for those being trafficked, getting more education to the public and creating a community that recognizes and understands the problem. Prior to joining Indiana Youth Services Association (IYSA), Christina worked as a victim advocate with domestic violent and sexual assault victims, where she advocated for victim rights, increased community awareness, worked on the community’s collaborative efforts to end violence and educated the community, organizations, youth and law enforcement on domestic and sexual violence. She currently serves as secretary for the Warrick County Voices for Change Task Force and as co-chair for the Southwest Indiana Regional Coalition Against Trafficking.
Morgan Bow graduated with a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from EKU in 2015. She worked as a Victims Assistance Specialist with the Tippecanoe County Prosecutor’s Office in Lafayette, Indiana. Ms. Bow worked with Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking victims assisting them in understanding and navigating the criminal justice process. She ensured that victims knew their rights and were notified about upcoming court dates. She worked with victims in preparing Victim Impact Statements and accompanying them to hearings and trials. Ms. Bow also assisted victims in preparing for their testimony at trial. Ms. Bow felt her most important role was to make sure the victims were heard and were in communication with investigators and prosecutors. Ms. Bow works to keep current on case law and puts to daily use the communication skills she learned as a graduate student.
While in the criminal justice master’s program at EKU Ms. Bow was the recipient of the Distinguished Graduate Award and several national awards. She was also one of the founding members of EKU’s Southern Poverty Law Center.