The Journey is pleased and honored to announce the 30 distinguished Indiana leaders in the field of youth development who have been nominated and selected to be the seventeenth class of The Executive Journey Fellowship.

(download a printable list here: 2020 Announcement of Executive Fellows)


Annette Craycraft

Executive Director, East Central Indiana CASA, Inc.


Lara Weaver

Case Coordinator, Monroe County Court Appointed Special Advocates


Kelly Backmeyer

Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bartholomew County, Foundation for Youth

Crown Point

Brandy Darling

Supervising Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, Lake County Prosecutor’s Office, Juvenile Division


Wade Lowhorn

Vice President of Operations, Youth First, Inc.

Fort Wayne

Rhashaa Price

Unit Director, Boys & Girls Club of Ft. Wayne


Marshelia Harris

Assistant Profession, IU School of Social Work, Indiana University Northwest


Jeremy Greenlee

Regional Coalition Coordinator, Indiana Youth Services Association


Rubin Nieto

Area Director, Boys & Girls Clubs of Elkhart County


Amy Healton

Director, Early Learning Indiana


Christy Berger

Assistant Director of Social, Emotional and Behavioral Wellness, Indiana Department of Education

Barbara Bowling

Assistant Deputy Director, Field Operations, Indiana Department of Child Services

Kareema Boykin

Trauma Counselor, Legacy House

Tonja Eagan

Chief Executive Officer, LifeSmart Youth

Heidi Gross

Director of Wraparound Implementation, Division of Mental Health & Addiction

Kristen Keegan

Social Worker, TPR/CHINS Division, Marion County Public Defender Agency

Jamie Scott

Youth Program Coordinator, Edna Martin Christian Center

Abby Swift

Vice President, Children’s Bureau, Inc.

Steven Takacs

Education Consultant, Indiana Department of Child Services

Bethany Thomas

Vice President of Programs & Education Engagement, Indiana State Museum & Historic Sites
Vera Vander Kooy

Executive Director, The STEM Connection


Anne Darku

Director of Programs, Leadership Southern Indiana


Miriah Anderson-Maggard
Juvenile Intake Supervisor, Tippecanoe County Juvenile Probation

Steven Flowers

Deputy Director, Tippecanoe County CASA


Brenda Morehead
Director of Impact, Project Leadership


Shannon Hunsucker
District Coordinator, Blue River Services


Dion Smith
Program Director, Regional Services Coordinator, Indiana Department of Child Services


Jason Newman
Chief Executive Officer, Boys & Girls Clubs of Muncie


Jeremy Evans

Executive Director, Dream Center


Vanessa Pataky

Director of Youth & Family Home & Community Based, Aspire Indiana