Vision. Dedication. Passion. These are the words that define the individuals who make up the CICF team. Together, they’re working every day to support philanthropy and provide leadership to make Central Indiana a better place. To learn more about a CICF staff member, click on his or her photograph.
Executive Office & Administration
Brian Payne, President and CEO
Brian Payne is president and CEO of the $725 million Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) and president of The Indianapolis Foundation. Since he joined CICF in November 2000, the foundation’s annual grantmaking has doubled to over $50 million. Under his direction, the foundation has a major focus on equity in opportunity and developing, attracting and retaining highly-educated, creative, entrepreneurial and community-minded people. This focus is supported by three major initiatives: Family Success, College Readiness and Success and Inspiring Places.
Brian is the founder of the Indianapolis Cultural Trail: A Legacy of Gene & Marilyn Glick. The Cultural Trail is a $63 million dollar, eight-mile, beautifully designed and landscaped bicycle and pedestrian pathway that connects every significant arts, cultural, heritage, sports and entertainment venue in Indianapolis’ dynamic downtown. It was created by taking a lane of traffic away from cars and dedicating it to people on foot, bikes, Segways and wheelchairs. The national consulting firm, Project for Public Spaces chose the Indianapolis Cultural Trail as the best North American example of a big, bold, transformative project that is changing the way we think of cities and city life. The US Department of Transportation awarded the Cultural Trail a $20.5 million stimulus grant, one of only 51 grants awarded out of 1,400 proposals submitted in a merit-based competitive process.
Brian is a much sought after speaker in Indiana, nationally and internationally. His themes include inspiring places, multimodel transportation, livability, connectivity, and talent attraction and retention. He has been the keynote speaker for the Centre City Congress in Calgary, the Texas Trails and Active Transportation Conference, Trailnet in St. Louis, Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action and numerous leadership conferences. He has spoken at national conferences of the American Planning Association, CEOs for Cities, Larger Community Foundations Annual Conference, Council of Foundations and United Way.
Brian is the recipient of the Indianapolis Business Journal’s Michael A. Carroll Leadership Award, Visit Indy’s prestigious Bill McGowan Leadership Award, Downtown Indy’s Downtown Champion Award and the Indiana University Public Policy Institute’s John Krauss Award for innovation in public policy. He has also been honored as the Indiana Citizen Planner of the Year, and has been recognized as one of the world’s most powerful Hoosiers. In 2016, Brian was recognized as an Indiana Living Legend by the Indiana Historical Society.
Brian currently serves as the vice chair of the national organization CEOs for Cities and on the boards of Indy Chamber, Downtown Indy, Visit Indy, TeenWorks and Indiana Repertory Theatre.
Prior to his CICF appointment, Brian was managing director of two highly-regarded professional theatre companies: Indiana Repertory Theatre and Shakespeare Santa Cruz, and worked for various theatre producing organizations in Southern California including the La Jolla Playhouse and the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Arts Festival. He received both his Master of Fine Arts degree and Bachelor of Arts from UCLA.
Jeanie Andes, Director of Human Resources, SPHR
Jeanie manages all human resource functions for CICF, including recruitment and candidate selection, employee relations, staff training and development, and performance management. She also directs compliance with human resource policies and procedures, and is responsible for the administration of benefits. Prior to joining CICF in 2000, she worked in the Indianapolis Mayor’s Office with the Deputy Mayor of Public Safety. She earned her Senior Professional in Human Resources designation from the Human Resources Certification Institute, and is a graduate of the Lacy Leadership Association Leadership and Education Development (LEAD) program. “I am honored to recruit and hire the highly-engaged people who make CICF such a powerful force for good in our community,” Jeanie says.
Haley Logan, Receptionist
Haley works in the front office at CICF. She greets each guest and helps them get to where they need to be. She also answers incoming calls to the foundation, books all meetings held in the English Foundation Building/37 Place and takes on additional tasks to help out other departments. She says, “It is a privilege working for a place that is so dedicated to making a difference in our community.”
Kendra Patrick, Executive Administrative Assistant
Kendra manages the daily interactions and developments for Brian Payne and the executive office of CICF. She also works directly with the CICF and The Indianapolis Foundation boards. Kendra says, “I am so proud of what CICF represents and the way we make our community a better place to live and work.”
Development & Philanthropic Services
Rob MacPherson, Vice President for Development & Philanthropic Services, CAP®
As Vice President for Development & Philanthropic Services, Rob directs asset development strategies and donor services activities for CICF. In addition to working with prospective donors to promote the advantages of partnering with CICF to fulfill charitable wishes, Rob works closely with current donors to keep them engaged with our work in the community and informed on current charitable trends in Central Indiana. “I feel privileged to help people organize and feel the impact of their charitable giving,” Rob says.
Prior to joining CICF, Rob was on staff at the Arts Council of Indianapolis as Director of Special Projects. He led a citywide arts education study, as well as the agency’s strategic planning efforts and development activities. From 1994 to 2001, Rob served the Indiana Repertory Theatre (IRT) as Director of Development. He was responsible for managing the annual operating fundraising strategies and directing a $16.5 million capital and endowment campaign, which successfully exceeded its goal. He also has previous career experience at WFYI, the Indiana Arts Commission, and the Oakland Museum of California.
Rob serves or has served as a board member of the Lacy Leadership Association, Indiana Civil Liberties Union Foundation, VSA Arts of Indiana, Eastside Community Investments, and Dance Kaleidoscope. He is also one of the founders of and the executive producer for Spotlight, an annual citywide performing arts benefit for the Indiana AIDS Fund that has raised more $3 million in 15 years.
Rob earned his Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP®) designation from The American College in 2010 and has completed ongoing education at Indiana University’s Center on Philanthropy in Indianapolis. Rob was a proud member of Class XXIV of the Stanley K. Lacy Leadership Series and continues on the SKL Advisory Committee.
Mary Stanley, Director of Gift Planning & Legal Affairs, JD, CAP®
Mary is Director of Charitable Gift Planning and Legal Affairs Counsel for Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF). In her role, Mary provides charitable gift planning strategies and advice to individuals, families, businesses, private foundations, and charitable organizations, together with their respective professional advisors. Mary helps charitably-minded people figure out the most effective methods of making meaningful charitable gifts in support of their favorite charities or philanthropic causes. Mary also assists charitable organizations with planned giving issues and opportunities.
Mary is an active member of the Indianapolis community and her church. She has served on the IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law Board of Visitors and as president of Indianapolis Garden Club, vice-president of the Dramatic Club, Inc., and secretary of the Park Tudor School Board of Directors. At St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Mary has served as Senior Warden, chairman of the recent capital campaign and co-chairman of the recent rector search committee.
Mary is currently serving as a member of the Executive Committee of the Estate Planning and Administration Section of the Indianapolis Bar Association, and as immediate past president of the board of the Planned Giving Group of Indiana. She also is a member of the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning, the Council on Foundations Advancement Network, the Estate Planning Council of Indianapolis and the Central Indiana Chapter of the Exit Planning Institute.
Mary recently earned the designation of Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP®) from The American College, is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Arizona and graduated magna cum laude from IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law. Prior to joining CICF, she was partner at Baker & Daniels law firm (now Faegre Baker Daniels), where she practiced law from 1982-1998.
Ruth Purcell-Jones, Director of Philanthropic Services
As Director of Philanthropic Services, Ruth works to ensure that CICF is doing its utmost to help the individuals, families, and organizations that partner with the organization. In short, her charge is to help them make the biggest difference possible with their philanthropic dollars. For families that have personal foundations at CICF, that means connecting their interests and passions with needs and organizations in the community. For organizations with CICF endowments, that means supporting their growth by providing planned giving or endowment development assistance.
Kelli Baumgarn, Senior Philanthropic Advisor
Kelli works with families, corporations and individuals as they seek to find, expand upon or dig a little deeper into their charitable passions. Every day she is connecting generous people with not-for-profit organizations and the results are truly inspiring. The end goal is to make philanthropy FUN for everyone involved. “To me, my role at CICF is a vocation and it brings me great joy to engage with such amazing philanthropists and organizations.”
Prior to joining CICF, Kelli was Assistant Director of Annual Giving at Valparaiso University, Account Manager at Gilchrist & Soames, and Director of Admissions at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School.
Ryan Brady, Philanthropic Advisor to the Glick Philanthropies & Director of Stewardship
Ryan helps advance the CICF mission in the areas of philanthropic advising services, community leadership, technology, strategic planning, impact measurement, and community partnerships. He also leads donor services for The Glick Fund. “I’m passionate about helping small groups of people change the world,” Ryan says. “As Margaret Mead said, ‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.’”
In addition to his work with donors and not-for-profit organizations, Ryan is an active member of the Indianapolis community. Current volunteer activities include serving on the boards for Riley Area Development Corporation and the Salvation Army Social Service Center, volunteering as a Big Brother for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana, and working on international service projects with the Butler YMCA. Ryan is a current member of Class XXXV of the Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series. He is also co-founder of Giving Sum, a local not-for-profit organization that’s creating the next generation of philanthropic leaders working together to improve Indianapolis and Central Indiana.
Prior to joining CICF staff, Ryan worked in the private, government, and not-for-profit sections. For six years, Ryan served with the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis where he helped create youth enrichment programs that focused on preparing urban youth for college. Most recently, he served as the Executive Director of the YMCA at the Athenaeum. Previous professional experiences include volunteering as an AmeriCorps member and working as a business consultant with Crowe Horwath LLP.
Anne Carson, Development Systems Manager
Anne is an integral member of the philanthropic team that serves CICF’s major fund holders. She provides a variety of services that enhance and manage communications, analyze and organize grant-making impact and assist in all aspects of donor services.
Marissa Nielsen, Philanthropic Advisor
Marissa is passionate about local philanthropy and the power of community foundations to be a positive change agent in their communities. “I enjoy engaging with compassionate people to assist in creating positive community change. Nothing is more rewarding than helping others achieve their philanthropic goals.”
Marissa holds a M.A. in Philanthropic Studies from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and a B.S. in Advertising and Public Relations from Spring Arbor University.
Prior to joining CICF, Marissa was the Interim Director of the Smithville Charitable Foundation and interned at the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation. Before making the move to Indiana from Michigan, Marissa’s previous professional experiences include serving as the Executive Director of the Homer Area Community Foundation and working with the Community Foundation Alliance of Calhoun County.
Sarah Weaver, Senior Gift Planning Advisor
As senior gift planning advisor, Sarah works to develop and maintain relationships with financial and legal advisors and to support and advise donors on gift planning options.
Prior to CICF Sarah worked at Ice Miller LLP, where she worked as an attorney in the areas of real estate and environmental law since 2011. She also currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Brooke’s Place for Grieving Young People, a non-profit serving grieving children and families in Central Indiana.
Originally from Nashville, Tennessee, Weaver moved to Indianapolis after graduating from law school at Washington University in St. Louis, where she was the Managing Editor of the Washington University Journal of Law & Policy and a member of the Order of the Barristers. Weaver received her bachelor’s degree in sociology from Indiana University-Bloomington.
Heather Woock, Philanthropic Advisor
Heather is passionate about her personal charitable involvement, which drives her dedication to helping others explore and develop their own charitable passions and meaningful charitable giving plans. “I’m honored to have the privilege of working with individuals, families, and community organizations invested in making central Indiana a better place to live both now and in the future.”
In addition to her work with donors and organizations for CICF, Heather currently serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors for Brooke’s Place for Grieving Young People, a nonprofit serving grieving children and families in central Indiana. Heather joins CICF from Anthem, Inc., where she worked on the Corporate Communications team as corporate editor – ensuring engaging and accurate information shared between company leaders and employees. Heather received her bachelor’s degree in English literature from Indiana University.
Liz Tate, Vice President for Community Investment
Liz oversees CICF’s annual grantmaking, with a focus on aligning the foundation’s grantmaking with its three community leadership initiatives: College Readiness and Success, Family Success, and Inspiring Places—plus the more than 300 families to whom CICF provides philanthropic advice. “I am inspired by what I do,” she says. “Every day is filled with connecting people who are passionate about making Central Indiana a better place to work, play, and live.”
Liz joined Legacy Fund, an affiliate of CICF, in 2000, and became associate vice president in 2007. Her work in Hamilton County included providing technical support to not-for-profit organizations, helping them meet the needs of their community while also serving as a resource for donors and their advisors. She is a veteran of numerous grant review panels and countywide and statewide coalitions. Liz is also involved in the Youth Philanthropy Initiative Indiana (YPII) and A Chance to Serve (ACTS) youth leadership program; additionally, she serves on the boards of Hamilton County Purdue Extension Office and the Hamilton County Leadership Academy. She is a graduate of the Hamilton County Leadership Academy, Class of 2002.
Andrew Black, Senior Community Investment Officer
Andrew works with a variety of arts, cultural, youth development, environmental and animal welfare organizations to find meaningful opportunities for community impact. Effective stewardship is at the core of Andrew’s approach to work, and he considers it “an honor to work with Central Indiana’s strong not-for-profit sector and many incredible leaders to advance the quality of life for Central Indiana’s residents.” Andrew’s background on Capitol Hill makes him especially excited to “work at the local level and see valuable resources and investments at work in the community.”
Laurie Burns, Community Impact Coordinator
Laurie ensures that the process of administering scholarships runs smoothly so that students can receive the opportunity to attend and complete college. Laurie also prepares data analysis to track the impact of our scholarship programs.
Alicia J. Collins, Community Collaborations Manager
As Community Collaborations Manager, Alicia leads the Community Crime Prevention Program for the City of Indianapolis. She also directs the community improvement projects in the Martindale-Brightwood neighborhood. Day to day, Alicia spends most of her time connecting people, ideas, resources, and opportunities to create what she calls “that ‘aha’ moment.” “It’s truly a rewarding opportunity,” she says. “I feel lucky to serve my community by bringing together passionate leaders and wonderful assets that ignite community transformation.”
Brittany Rayburn, Community Investment Officer
Brittany’s work on the Community Investment team includes support for food insecurity and nutrition issues, health care, and a focus on organizations exclusively serving Hamilton County. She also uses her background in youth philanthropy and Masters Degree in Nonprofit Management to guide her role in CICF’s scholarship program, helping donors, committee members, and students understand and navigate the process.
Pamela Ross, Community Investment Officer
Pamela serves as a liaison between not-for-profit organizations, the community, and the Foundation’s Board, advising on the grantmaking process and community issues. She also provides guidance and technical assistance to organizations applying for grants and to individuals conducting grantmaking.
Pamela recently relocated back to Indianapolis from Phoenix, Arizona where she was responsible for the oversight and success of programs serving thousands of foster children. Prior to leaving Indy, she held the position of Senior Director of Programs for the Center for Leadership Development, a long standing youth development organization for the community. Pamela has her Masters in Social work from the University of Georgia with a concentration focused on Community Development and Program Evaluation. She has over 20 years of professional experience in the social services field, managing multiple programs dedicated to elevating the awareness and improving the plight of children and families. “I believe life’s greatest reward is found in gift of giving and nothing is more satisfying than to know your life has made a difference.”
Julie Wright, Community Investment Coordinator
Julie ensures that CICF’s application processes runs smoothly for grantseekers, scholarship applicants, and staff. She is always happy to provide technical assistance on the online grant system and to answer questions about payments and reports. She appreciates the opportunity to use her background in education and business training to foster an efficient and user-friendly application system that, ultimately, makes Central Indiana a better place to live.
Marketing & Communications
Tamara Winfrey-Harris, Vice President of Marketing and Communications
Tamara Winfrey-Harris leads the communications and marketing function at Central Indiana Community Foundation. She comes to the organization with more than 20 years of experience providing counsel for cultural organizations, such as Indianapolis’ Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art and the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago; and consumer companies, including Quaker Oats Company, Georgia-Pacific, the Sara Lee Foundation, the Milk Mustache Campaign, McDonald’s Corporation and others.
Tamara is also a nationally-renowned writer and speaker, focusing on issues of race and gender and their intersection with politics, pop culture and current events. Her work has been published in The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, Ms. magazine and other media. She is the author of the award-winning book, The Sisters Are Alright: Changing the Broken Narrative of Black Women in America (Berrett-Koehler 2015) and has been invited to speak on issues of race and diversity at universities across the country, including The Ohio State University, Northern Arizona University and Princeton University.
Sarah Howard, Communications Associate
As Communications Associate Sarah Howard tells the story, often via the written word, of all of the ways CICF is making a positive impact on the Central Indiana community. She sums up her role this way: “Whether you are a grant seeker, professional advisor, or donor, you’re working with CICF to make a positive difference in the world. I’m here to tell the story of how you are changing the world so that together, we can inspire others to do the same.”
Ben Snyder, Online Communications Coordinator
Ben helps connect CICF’s work to the digital world. Through email, social media and our website, he helps get the stories out of how CICF is making this community a better place.
Ben studied theatre design and performance at Indiana State University. After spending a few years working onstage and backstage, Ben shifted gears into not-for-profit marketing and communications. Prior to CICF, Ben worked in marketing with the Indiana Repertory Theatre and the Phoenix Theatre.
Finance & Operations
Jennifer Bartenbach, Chief Financial Officer
As CFO, Jennifer is responsible for the fiscal oversight, regulatory compliance, and operational effectiveness of CICF’s $700 million in assets. She manages three departments within the organization: operations, IT, and Human Resources. Jennifer has a history of working with not-for-profits; prior to CICF, she worked at the Indianapolis Museum of Art for eight years—four of which she served as the museum’s CFO. “I believe there is no greater satisfaction than giving back to your community,” she says. “I help our donors and agencies feel confident in their investment at the Foundation, and I help represent the Foundation and its values and brand experience.”
Jennifer Schrier, Director of Finance & Systems
Jennifer oversees the day-to-day administration of CICF’s investments and information technology systems. Her main goal is to ensure that the investment information reported is accurate, and that all employees of CICF have functional and cost-effective IT systems. A licensed CPA, Jennifer has a wealth of experience working with not-for-profits. She was an auditor of not-for-profit organizations with BKD, LLP for nine years and a controller for the Indianapolis Museum of Art for 2.5 years prior to arriving at CICF.
Tom Kilian Jr, Legacy Fund President
With his diverse background in both profit and not-for-profit organizations, and almost 18 years of experience in philanthropy and fundraising, Tom Kilian has noteworthy expertise in campaign planning and execution, major and planned gift programs, annual giving, special events, strategic planning, foundation infrastructure and policies, and volunteer board management as he leads innovative resource development initiatives.
Mr. Kilian’s career has largely been focused on higher education, where he has spent the last 10 years playing leadership roles in the development and execution of several philanthropic campaigns across various campus landscapes. Most recently, as Executive Director of the Ivy Tech Community College Foundation in Central Indiana, he has successfully launched the largest regional campaign in college history, and has secured the largest individual gift commitment in Ivy Tech history ($5 million). Prior to joining Ivy Tech, Kilian had extensive experience raising money in support of large four-year public institutions, as well as a small four-year private institution.
Mr. Kilian earned a B.S. from Indiana State University, an M.S. from Indiana University, and an executive certificate from the University of Notre Dame. Kilian has continued his love of life-long learning through his involvement with Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and American Society for Quality (ASQ). Outside the office, Kilian volunteers with several organizations, including sitting on the board of directors for the YMCA of greater Indianapolis.
Both professionally and personally Mr. Kilian strives to make a difference in the lives he touches. He is a results driven leader, eager to help individuals and organizations pursue their mission, create their vision and strategically achieve their goals. When he isn’t working or volunteering, Kilian enjoys spending time with his wife Jennifer and their daughters, Samantha and Ellison. He loves the culinary scene, and tries to spend as much time as possible outdoors.
Shanna Young, Legacy Fund Coordinator
Shanna joined CICF in 2017.
Jennifer Pope Baker, Executive Director of Women's Fund of Central Indiana
Jennifer Pope Baker, Executive Director of Women’s Fund of Central Indiana since 1998, has dedicated her career to creating transformative and sustainable change for women and girls. As a philanthropic leader, Jennifer is respected for her innovation, passion and strategic approach to increasing impact and influence. Under her leadership Women’s Fund has become the expert resource for issues impacting women and girls in central Indiana and a leader in seeking solutions in helping emerging adult women move from economic instability to economic security.
Jennifer is recognized nationally for the innovative and transformational initiative called NEXT – an incubator created to attract the most talented, visionary leaders to Indianapolis to develop solutions to measurably improve the lives of emerging adult women. As a strategic leader who effectively mobilizes action and resources, Jennifer helped guide the Women’s Fund launch of NEXT in 2014, which led to an invitation for Women’s Fund to join the prestigious Clinton Global Initiative. Jennifer was selected to be one of fifteen members of LEAD, a program of the Clinton Global Initiative, bringing together accomplished professionals who are committed to inspiring the next generation of leaders to address our world’s most urgent problems.
Jennifer is directly influencing and fostering the next generation of philanthropists and community leaders through the development of three unique philanthropic educational programs. GO: Give Back, OPTIONS and Perspectives are recognized as premier models for engaging people of all ages in thoughtful community leadership and philanthropy.
Jennifer is a sought after speaker and is a regular guest on Inside Indiana Business and has been a featured speaker at Women’s Funding Network’s International Conferences, MCON14, National Association of Commissions for Women Conference, and many local and regional conferences and meetings.
She has led the Fund’s endowment growth from $3 million to its current total of nearly $15 million and has implemented a “best-practices” grant-making process with a focus on research that has resulted in distributions of over $5 million to 109 effective women and girl serving organizations. Jennifer is responsible for all aspects of Board and volunteer management and has guided the creation of administrative, governance, and strategic planning for the Fund. She leads the Fund’s development efforts, working closely with donors and volunteers who have created significant giving levels within Women’s Fund.
Jennifer’s community knowledge and efforts to increase economic self-sufficiency opportunities for women and girls led to her participation as a founding board member and immediate past chair of Grameen America Indianapolis Advisory Board and member of Grameen America National Advisory Board.
Jennifer is active in many volunteer activities, including: P&G Gymnastics Championships, Local Organizing Committee, 2015; NCAA Women’s Final Four Local Organizing Committee 2016 & 2011; DePauw University, Board of Visitors 2012-2015; Children’s Museum Guild, past Treasurer & Board of Directors; Super Bowl XLVI, Indy’s Super Cure Committee & NFL Team Liaison; United Way of Central Indiana, and Executive Women’s Leadership Series Moderator, 2011-2012.
In 2010, Jennifer was named a “Woman of Influence” by Indianapolis Business Journal; she is a 2007 Hoosier Fellow, a member of Class XXIV of Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series, and a member of the FBI Citizen’s Academy in 2005, and was named by Indianapolis Business Journal as a member of the 2002 class of “40 Under Forty.”
Jennifer received a degree in Communication from DePauw University. She is married to Christopher Baker and has two children, Catherine and Charlie.
Jennifer has been involved on a national level with planning and presentation for the Women’s Funding Network, their conference activities, and as a member of the Women Moving Millions program. She is active in many volunteer activities, including The Children’s Museum Guild, International School of Indiana (Development Committee), the NCAA, and Orchard Park Presbyterian Church (Strategic Planning Chair and youth education).
Deanna Gonzales, Women’s Fund Development & Marketing Officer
Deanna Gonzales is the Development and Marketing Officer for Women’s Fund of Central Indiana, managing the business operations of the Women’s Fund office, assisting Women’s Fund Director with board and donor relations. Deanna’s interests are focused on educating women and girls on how to help others and better themselves.
Deanna’s previous not-for-profit work includes acting as a development assistant for San Diego State University Athletics and a planned giving associate for Fresno State University. Deanna’s previous volunteer activities include volunteering with the San Diego Humane Society and San Diego City Schools After-School-Programs.
Deanna received a bachelor’s degree in history, with a minor in secondary education from the University of San Diego in 1996. Deanna has one daughter, Anna.
Gerri Pagach, Women's Fund Executive Assistant
Gerri got her start in not-for-profit work through volunteering at Little Red Door Cancer Agency. She did everything from serve as Table Captain at their annual breakfast to plan and coordinate their community garden. Her volunteer work led to six years of full time employment at Little Red Door holding positions including Business Operations Coordinator, Volunteer Coordinator and Executive Assistant.
Previous work experience includes two years at Crystal Flash Petroleum as Price Book administrator & merchandising assistant and eight years at Marsh Supermarkets as store office manager and then corporate retail accounting assistant.
Gerri’s other volunteer activities include Jaguar Aquatics, parent committee and Tanya Isaac Foundation, founding board member. Her past involvement has included volunteering her time at her daughter’s school.
Gerri was born and raised on Indianapolis’ Westside. She now resides in Speedway with her husband Douglas Pagach and daughter, Kristin.
Kamala Spencer, Women's Fund Development Director
Kamala is the Development Director for Women’s Fund of Central Indiana, and joined CICF in 2016. Kamala works closely with Women’s Fund board and staff to ensure continued and successful development, fundraising, donation and community giving efforts. She shares in the excitement and mission of Women’s Fund, and believes that the “door of opportunity should be open to every women and child. The investment of time, resources and energy to take aim at the critical issues that affect the heart and soul of our community is necessary, and leads to a stronger, more viable community for all.”
Kamala received her bachelors’ degree in business administration from Howard University in Washington, D.C. She is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, the International Honor Society for Business and Management Education.
Prior to joining Women’s Fund, Kamala was a territory and district manager for General Motors Corporation and Automotive Distributors where she served as a sales manager engaging in training, customer retention, loyalty, and consultative market and profit growth strategies. Kamala lives in Carmel with her husband Roscoe, and their two daughters, Jordan and Brooke.
Facilities & Maintenance
Corey Pringle, Maintenance Manager
Corey has been with CICF since 2016.
Wendy McNamar, Central Indiana Community Foundation & Women's Fund
Wendy provides assistance with recruiting and retaining Angel Investor donors whose contributions support the personnel and infrastructure for CICF to continue the relationship building, convening, connecting and funding of community transformation projects. My goal is to keep accurate and updated records on our Angel Investors and support our team in providing these donors with regular written updates and bi-annual events. Wendy is a graduate of Michigan State University Eli Broad School of Business with a degree in marketing. Prior to joining CICF, Wendy worked in sales and marketing with both Steelcase, Inc. and Abbott Laboratories.