HIM BY HER FOUNDATION BOARD MEMBERS
Harry C. Dunn, III
Harry C. Dunn, III is a third generation homicide detective with Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD), and, along with his wife Michelle, is the catalyst behind the HIM By HER Foundation, Inc. Dunn felt a calling to leave his then successful corporate career to enter the “family business”—being a detective—believing that he could make a difference. A native of Indianapolis, Indiana, Dunn is committed to serving the community and improving the life paths of others. Interesting trivia: Dunn has a great interest in Egyptology.
Michelle D. Dunn
Michelle D. Dunn has worked in law enforcement for 18 years investigating fatal accidents for the State of Indiana. She is an Indianapolis, Indiana native, raised in a single family home in the 46218 zip code area—one of the prominent areas HIM By HER Foundation will serve in its mission—where she faced some of the challenges that many youth face today. Dunn earned her AAS in Accounting, and is currently working on her Bachelor’s degree at Indiana Wesleyan University. Her need for giving back, and making a difference has been her passion for many years. She is married, with two teenaged sons. When not working, Michelle enjoys spending time with family, reading, traveling, and watching football. With her deep faith and positive spirit, Michelle Dunn is dedicated to empowering our youth and adults through education and jobs. Interesting trivia: Dunn loves reading detective novels.
David “Dave” Calabro
David “Dave” Calabro often brings comparisons with the mythical “Energizer® Bunny” with his dizzying work as the Sports Director and an on-air personality for WTHR 13, a major Indianapolis, Indiana television station, and his numerous other pursuits, including prolific behind-the-scenes charitable work. Calabro graduated from Indianapolis’ Ben Davis High School, and Butler University, where he met his wife and best friend, Lisa. The Calabros have two sons. Dave has received numerous awards for his sports casting, including four regional Emmy® Awards, and “Best Sportscaster” by Indianapolis Monthly Magazine readers. He covers all levels of amateur and professional sports, and nearly all-manner of sports, including football, basketball, baseball, auto racing, and many others. In his earlier career Calabro was a sports anchor in Dayton, Ohio, covering the likes of the Cincinnati Bengals NFL team and the Cincinnati Reds Major League Baseball team. Interesting trivia: Dave’s older brother is the legendary national sports broadcaster, Kevin Calabro, of “Good golly, Miss Molly!” fame.
Gregory P. Gadson
Gregory P. Gadson is a long-time attorney who has worked for major corporations and in private practice, with experience in such areas as intellectual property law, contracts, corporate law, litigation, and strategic planning. He was born in Savannah, Georgia, and reared in different parts of the country. Gadson received a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering degree from Georgia Institute of Technology (“Georgia Tech”) in Atlanta, GA and a Juris Doctor degree from Howard University in Washington, DC. He has a passion for education, history, science, reading, sports, and many other eclectic pursuits involving self-improvement and the collective improvement of others. His wife Marcella, an attorney, has inspired him to participate in community and charitable activities. They have two young adult children, Marcus and Laura. Interesting trivia: Mr. Gadson once wrote and helped distribute a coloring book to teach children about the contributions of African-American inventors, and has written a screenplay that he hopes will be a feature film someday.
Tasha Phelps is the award-winning owner of Phelco Technologies, Inc., an information technology (IT) firm. She has expertise in cyber security, and many other areas, such as IT project management and web development, to name a few. A frequent business and technology speaker, Phelps has received awards too numerous to list in limited space, but highlights include a Distinguished Woman in Economic Award (2014), and the 2010 Leading Light Award winner for Distinguished Use of Technology in Non-profit or Government Agency (Women in HiTech). Her previous government appointments include: Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) Efficiency Team; Indianapolis Division of Public Safety, Cyber Security Efficiency Team; and Commissioner, Indianapolis Metropolitan Development Commission. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from the Indiana University (I.U.) Kelley School of Business and a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice & Public Safety from the I.U. School of Public & Environmental Affairs. Tasha Phelps also has a long history of charitable, volunteer and civic participation in the Community. Interesting trivia: Ms. Phelps is currently a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, which is responsible for the Grammy® Awards.
NON-VOTING BOARD MEMBERS
VOTING BOARD MEMBERS
Mrs. Diana Daniels has worked more than 45 years in public education. She holds a B.S. degree in Social Sciences and Psychology from Ball State University, M.S. degree in Elementary Education from Butler University, and 45 plus hours toward a doctorate in Reading, Special Education and School Administration. Mrs. Daniels teaching assignments have covered Kg -12 grades, Her elementary experiences cover several IPS schools teaching Kindergarten, first grade and Title 1 remedial reading classes grades 3-6. While working with the Indianapolis Public Schools she supervised and managed one of the countries largest staff development projects for literacy with the National Urban Alliance. After Mrs. Daniels’ retirement from the Indianapolis Public Schools in 2001, she served three years as Midwest Regional Director for Ventures Education Systems Corporation. In 2004 she began a partnership with Quality Leadership Resources, Inc. as Vice President of Sales/Staff Development. The focus was on restructuring schools through leadership and the alignment of structure, function and processes of a school and school district. She has delivered and participated in the staff development training of school boards, district leadership teams, and school teams. Mrs. Daniels has been an active National Council on Educating Black Children board member for 15 years. She re-introduced NCEBC to the Midwest Region in 1991 and chaired its resurrection as Regional Director for 2 years until she was elected to a national office. She served as National Conference Chair , President, first and second Vice -President, Treasurer, and is now their Executive Director. Under her leadership in 2009 a movement began in Indiana in 16 cities to focused on the plight of public education and Black boys. The startling data ignited these 16 cities to submit a action plans to the NCEBC office. Significant progress has been made within the cities to date. Mrs. Daniels says " Our children are in the perfect storm, the thousands of high school dropouts are waiting for the tsunami., the millions of young Black males in prison are the result of the tsunami...washed away by conditions that many had no control over", Whether are not our young Black boys survive the perfect storms brewing in Indiana schools depends on the communities in which they live actively, participating in their future." Mrs. Daniels compassion for educating African American children, and her community involvement is reflective in her membership in many organizations, including the National Alliance of Black School Educators, NAACP, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, She has a passion for educating Black Boys, and urgently wants to change the conditions under which a high percentage of them are currently being educated.
Former director of multicultural education, Indianapolis Public Schools. Indianapolis native Patricia Payne completed more than 50 years of service with Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS), beginning with 25 years as a second-grade teacher. During her time with IPS, Payne helped design and direct the district’s Office of Multicultural Education. She later became the director of the Crispus Attucks Museum of African/African-American History when the facility opened on the high school’s campus. Throughout her career, the 1984 IPS Teacher of the Year has traveled to study in Nigeria, Egypt, Israel and Palestine. Payne has been selected for numerous honors, including the Sagamore of the Wabash from the State of Indiana, the Senator Julia Carson Community Service Award, the Trailblazer Award from the Kennedy King Memorial Initiative, Living Legend Award from Community Action of Greater Indianapolis, the Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Award for Leadership in Education from the Indianapolis Education Association and more.
Is a manager with the largest investment firm in the country, Charles Schwab & Co. Inc. Prior to joining Schwab, he worked in different industries as a leader, most notably, four years in the Youth Residential Treatment industry where he served as a Residential Director. He is a graduate of Arsenal Technical High School, gained his BA in Business Management and Leadership from Earlham College then went on to earn a MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University. Terrance is born and raised in Indianapolis, in area code 46226 by a single mother, along with two brothers. He is the first in his family to finish college and ever to go to graduate school. Terrance always has a very strong will to push past the boundaries placed on him from his surroundings and pressure from family, teachers, and others that said he could not and would not be successful but has always looked back to see how he can help the next child in that avoid the pressure altogether. He is a very proud husband and father of three wonderful boys. He spends all of his spare time coaching the boys in various sports, mostly through the YMCA, so that he can continuously be involved with youth of different ages and backgrounds.
(born November 14, 1980) is an American retired professional basketball player and current coach of IUPUI.Gardner is a native of Indianapolis, Indiana, playing his high school ball at North Central. He was honored at Indiana Mr. Basketball in 1999. The 5 ft 10 in point guard then starred at the University of Arizona from 1999 to 2003. His team finished second place in the 2001 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, losing to Duke University. As a senior in 2003, Gardner was named an Associated Press Second Team All-American after averaging 14.8 points and 4.9 assists per game. His college jersey number was retired by the University of Arizona in 2005.Gardner was not drafted by the NBA, but found success overseas. He played in Slovenia, Belgium, and Israel, and with EWE Baskets Oldenburg in Germany. He was a 2x All-Star in Germany, appearing in the Basketball Bundesliga All-Star Game in 2007 and starting for the Northern All-Star Team in the Basketball Bundesliga All-Star Game 2009. He was also named 2008/2009 regular season MVP of the German Basketball Bundesliga. For the season he averaged 13.7 points 4.0 assists and 3.0 rebounds on shooting 40.8% from the field 37.5% from three point range and 82.9% from the line. He recorded a season high of 25 points against the Telekom Baskets Bonn. Gardner led his team to a 25–9 record finishing third in the regular season.
After just one season with Memphis, Gardner was named the head coach at IUPUI
The Honorable William “Bill” Crawford served for 40 years as an elected Representative in the Indiana State Legislature before retiring in 2012. Crawford’s legislative career saw him rise to the powerful position of Chairman of the Indiana House Ways and Means Committee for six of those years. He and his committee were instrumental in establishing the state’s biennial budget during his leadership. During his stint in the legislature, Crawford managed the delicate balancing act of being a strong advocate for the betterment of Marion County while maintaining a statewide outlook. Mr. Crawford has supported numerous charitable and community outreach causes over the years. He was previously the Director of Outreach with Ivy Tech Community College. Mr. Crawford continues to serve the public in his current position of Chief Deputy Treasurer of Marion County (Indiana).
ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS
Tammy Butler Robinson
Is a Managing Principal and leads the Fund Development sector of Engaging Solutions, LLC and co-manages the Planning and Community Outreach sector. Tammy has worked in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors for over a decade reforming programs thru strategic cost containment initiatives, leading the design and outreach of Indiana's healthcare system, formulating property tax policies and other State legislative initiatives, developing and monitoring budgets for more than a third of State government, assisting not-for-profits in fund development, and leading the development of technology solutions. Tammy formerly served as a fiscal analyst for the Indiana General Assembly House Ways and Means Committee, the Assistant Director for the Indiana State Budget Agency, and Data Director for the Office of Medicaid Policy and Planning. Ms. Robinson is a proven leader, with a strong background in public policy and data collection and analysis, expertise in public finance and management, and a deep commitment to improving communities. She has extensive knowledge in engaging stakeholders in the community planning process and a reputation as a problem-solver. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Carolina and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree from Ball State University as a fellow of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Tammy is the recipient of the I.D. Quincy Newman Leadership Award awarded by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), 2006 Women of the Year awarded by the House of God Church, Inc. Ft. Wayne, IN, the Distinguished Hoosier Award awarded by the State of Indiana, and the 2009 Ball State University Black Alumni Award of Achievement . She previously served as the Assistant Director for the State Budget Agency, Fiscal Analyst for the Indiana General Assembly Ways and Means Committee, Data Director for the Office of Medicaid Policy and Planning, and the Director of Claims Management for the Family and Social Services Administration. Tammy is also a Certified Grant Writer, Training Consultant, Pastor and featured writer for the Indianapolis Minority Business Magazine.
William J. Benjamin
William J. Benjamin was born in Indianapolis in the late 50’s. He moved to Los Angeles, Ca. in the late 70’s as a teen and upon high school graduation received a full football scholarship to San Jose State University. William J. Benjamin graduated in 1981 from San Jose State as an All P.C.A.A. linebacker receiving a Bachelor’s of Arts in Radio and Television and a pro football contract with the New York Jets.
William J. Benjamin was sworn in with the Indianapolis Police Department in 1984 and rose through the ranks holding several assignments as Pal Club Officer, Pal Club Supervisor, Metro Gang Task Force Commander. Homicide Supervisor. While working in the Homicide Branch he never lost a murder trial.
In 1987 William J. Benjamin was a player for the AFC Eastern Division Champion Indianapolis Colts, while also serving as an IPD Officer.
In 1996 William J. Benjamin was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and was a member of the FBI Corruption Task Force, and the Metro Homicide Task Force. In 2006 he was promoted to the rank of Major of the Southeast District. In 2007 William J. Benjamin was moved to Criminal Investigation where he was the Assistant Division Commander of Investigations. In 2009 Benjamin was promoted to the rank of Deputy Chief of Criminal Investigations where he reduced crime in the city and led the Homicide Branch for 3 years holding the honor of leading the nation in solving homicide cases with an 81% clearance rate. These efforts brought two TV shows to our city. “Crime 360” and the “Shift”, which depicted the fine work of the IMPD Homicide Branch.
Benjamin is a graduate of the National FBI Academy, a graduate of the Southern Police Institute and a graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police.
William J. Benjamin has earned many honors with the Police Department to include several Medals of Merit, the WRTV Leadership Award, the B.A.T.T. Award, the F.I.L.E. Officer of the Year, the Benjamin Thornton Investigator of the year Award and the Marion County Hard Time Investigator of the Year Award presented by the Marion County Prosecutor.
William J. Benjamin retired from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department in 2012 after 28 years of service to work with the NCAA as the first investigative Director of Division 1 Football.
Currently William J. Benjamin is serving in his 5th year as the Director of Safety and Security for Tindley Accelerated School.
Highly qualified degreed professional with extensive years of progressive experience in business-to-business/business-to-client sales, education, corporate training, corporate development, and community service. Performance driven leader with strong communication and interpersonal skills, Former Director Auntie Mame’s Child Development Center Executive leadership, manage 1.9 million dollar organization, develop/maintain corporate partnerships with United Way agencies, manage daily operations, corporate development, manage finances, budgeting, grant research/writing, recruitment, staffing, professional development, training, maintain state licensing, quality rating status, accreditation, implement and administer programs in conformance with Family Social Service and Administration, Child and Adult Care Food Program, National Association for the Education of Young Children, develop and maintain policies and guideline, regulate building compliance/codes. Strategic emergency risk management recovery.
Lead Marketing Principal
Marketing and Advertising
Strategic Planning Leadership Development
Social Media Training
Public Speaking Grant Writer
Public Relations New Business Development
Event Planning Volunteer Management
Nonprofits Business Planning
Fundraising Change Management
Marketing Marketing Communications
Community Outreach Social Networking
Team Building Customer Service
Project Management Coaching
Social Media Marketing Contract Negotiation
• Married to Yolanda, 2 adult daughter, 3 grand children
• Retired Educator, 32 years
Instrumental Music Teacher, Elementary & Middle School
High School Band Director,
Acting Dean of Students, Northwest HS
Asst. Principal, New Beginnings Alternative School
Asst. Principal, Broad Ripple HS
District Director of Fine Arts\Music
• Marian University, Music Department
• St. Vincent's Hospital, Security
• Lazarus Dept. Store, Retail Security
• BS degree, Indiana State University in Music Education
• MS degree (all but 6 hours completed) Indiana State University in Criminology
• MS degree Indiana Wesleyan University, Instruction & Curriculum
• Deacon. College Park Church
• Served on Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors
• Served on Indianapolis Philharmonic Board of Directors
• Currently a reserve Lieutenant with Marion County Sheriff's Office
Norma Lawrence Knecht
is a business professional who focuses on assisting clients on Business Development, Fundraising, and Marketing Strategy. She is currently working at the Indiana State Republican Party (Indiana GOP) and Holcomb for Indiana as the Development Coordinator. Norma also serves on the Board of Safe Families Indiana, is a Graduate from the Indiana Leadership Forum. She is an Evansville native and graduate of the University of Southern Indiana.
In her free time Norma is an avid knitter, it is her Yoga!
Her husband Liam Knecht and their three rescue dogs and two cats reside in Irvington.
Lastly is you think you are seeing double Norma has an identical twin sister, Elizabeth Lawrence Childers who resides in Zionsville.
John L. Bartlett
The Honorable John L. Bartlett has served as a State Representative in the Indiana State Legislature since 2007. A lifelong Indianapolis, Indiana resident, Bartlett’s ties with the City include graduating from Arsenal Technical High School and attending Martin University and Ivy Tech. Prior to his political career, Bartlett retired after 42 years as a tool–and–die maker for the Rolls–Royce Corporation. He began his political career as a member of the Mayor's Neighborhood Advisory Council, then served on the Judicial Nominations Commission under Gov. Frank O'Bannon, and was then appointed to the Public Compensation Advisory Commission. Rep. Bartlett currently serves on the Indiana House Elections & Apportionment Committee. He is also a member of the following standing committees of the Indiana House of Representatives: Employment, Labor & Pensions; Family, Children, & Human Affairs; and Government & Regulatory Reform. He is also a member of the Indiana Code Revision Commission. Outside of his legislative responsibilities, Rep. Bartlett is now Chair of the Board of Trustees of Martin University. He also serves as president of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists and until recently was president of the Devington Community Development Corporation. He was a founding member of the Sheridan Heights Associations for Neighborhood Enhancement (SHANE), serves on the NAACP Executive Committee, and is past Chairman of the Civil Rights Council for United Auto Workers Region Three. Mr. Bartlett and his wife, Lillie, have four sons: Javern, Kenneth, Carlos and Jacque.
Lacy M. Johnson
is a partner at the prestigous law firm of Ice Miller, LLP. Mr. Johnson’s primary areas of practice focus on public affairs services where he serves as co-chair to the Public Affairs and Gaming Group.
Before joining Ice Miller, Lacy served as attorney, Government Relations Services, Sagamore-Bainbridge, Inc.; Director of security for the Indiana State Lottery; Liaison with the Indiana General Assembly and Lt. Colonel and Deputy Superintendent for Support Services for the Indiana State Police. Lacy is a former Lt. Commander of the United States Naval Intelligence Reserves. A life-long resident of Indianapolis, Indiana, Lacy received his Bachelor of Arts from Purdue University. He holds a juris doctorate from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. He is admitted to practice in the state of Indiana.
His awards, recognitions and memberships include: The Best Lawyers® in America, Gaming Law, 2009, 2016; Who's Who in Black Indianapolis; Indiana Super Lawyer; Sagamore of the Wabash; Responsible for the development of the 1.3 billion dollar new Indianapolis International airport – the first post-September 11 aviation facility in the United States; Minority participation increased from 1.5 percent MBE and .002 percent WBE to 27.3 percent MBE and 7.3 percent WBE which resulted in $354,900,000 and $94,900,000 for MBE and WBE businesses; AV-Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell, Peer Review Ratings; Member, Indiana State Bar Association; and Member, Federal Southern District, Indiana Federal Court.
Mr. Johnson’s community involvement includes or has included: Past President, Indianapolis Airport Authority Board; Board Member, IUPUI Advisory Board; Board Member, Indiana University Foundation; Board Member, Congressional Black Caucus Political Education and Leadership Institute; Member, Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County Board of Trustees; Board Member, Skyline Club; Board Member, Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.; Board Member, Oaks Academy; Board Member, American Pianists Association; Member, American Red Cross National Diversity Advisory Council; Member, United States Democratic Black Caucus PAC Board; Member, Lawyers Council of the Indianapolis Civil Liberties Union; Member, International Association of Chiefs of Police; Member, Dean's Advisory Council of the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University; Member, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity; Member, Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity; Member, 33rd Degree Scottish Rite Mason; and At-large Member, Democratic National Committee.