We’re connecting youth services across the state of Indiana.
Megan is originally from the Land of Lincoln but has called the Indy area home for ten-plus years. A “retired” law enforcement officer, she has experience in multiple areas and is often referred to as a “Jill of all trades.”
With a great passion for Human Trafficking Awareness/Education Megan is excited to be the IYSA Board President and is committed to helping her community end this cycle of trauma & abuse.
Megan lives in Hamilton County with her husband and two very active kiddos. She works for a local restaurant and is an avid volunteer. When not working or donating her time, you can find her exploring the city, grocery shopping, socializing, or returning an overdue book to the library.
Rebecca Rice joined Ball State University in January 2018 as vice president for Governmental Relations. In this role, she represents the University to government officials and develops legislative and policy strategies that align with the institution's goals and interests. Before coming to Ball State, Becca was director for government relations and compliance in the Office of the Vice President for Government Relations at Indiana University, where she worked for 12 years in various roles. She served as an advocate for public higher education, informing members of the Indiana General Assembly and the Indiana Commission for Higher Education about the complexities of the state's higher education system. Becca has a long-standing commitment to the local community. She grew up in Muncie and graduated from Burris Laboratory School. She earned her bachelor of science from IU Bloomington and her juris doctor from the IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis.
DuJuanna is an Indianapolis native who attended Pike High School and graduated from Ball State University with a degree in design and architecture. She later transitioned into finance, working for Chase Bank and for the last six years as an Assistant Branch Manager for Regions Bank. DuJuanna has a passion for the art of dance. During her 4 years at Ball State she was a member of the Code Red Dance Team - that experience catapulted her love of dance into teaching primary and secondary students. Her hope is that she will give them an outlet and life skills that will transcend into their adulthood just like it did for her. DuJuanna lives on the west side of Indy with her husband and their new baby girl Brooklyn Rose. She joined the IYSA Board because she believes all children deserve the best we can give.
Steve Bernth is the Executive Director for the Youth Service Bureau of LaPorte County. The YSB is home to the Teen Court Program, School Buddies Mentoring, and Kids on the Block. Steve attended Valparaiso University and received his B.A., Magna Cum Laude, in 1992. He spent time in the private sector in sales and management, and also had a stint working in regional government, before landing at YSB in 2001 to serve as Director of Development and then Executive Director in 2011. Steve is also a Director for the Matthew Frank Moore Foundation, a member of the LaPorte City Park Foundation, and LaPorte Kiwanis Club. He and his wife, Amy, live in LaPorte with their 3 children.
Kendee began her service to youth and families over 30 years ago and spent 26 years with the YMCA. She began her work as the CEO of Reach For Youth, Inc. in 2015 and is passionate about helping youth who need extra help to succeed or in need of a second chance. She has previous experience in both annual and capital fundraising, operations, developing board and staff teams and programming. Kendee is a graduate of Purdue University and the proud mother of 3 children and 3 border collie rescue dogs!
Keith Mason is the Director, Advocacy and Engagement at UnitedHealthcare Community & State. In this position, Keith engages and collaborates with internal and external stakeholders to design and implement strategies to support the growth initiatives of the organization. This includes identifying those community-based organizations that could serve as strategic on-the-ground, local partners to help inform, guide and support our policy priorities and thought-leadership initiatives. Before joining UnitedHealthcare, Keith held a leadership position at the American Heart Association. He also brings experience working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as within the pharmaceutical industry at Lilly. Keith has a Masters in Secondary Education from Indiana University – Bloomington and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Wabash College. He and his family live in Crawfordsville, Indiana where he enjoys taking Spanish, playing Ultimate Frisbee, and parenting his three sons and foster sibling group of four.
Jennie was born in New Jersey and raised in the Midwest. She attended Purdue University receiving a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. Since 2007, she has worked as the Sales Forecasting and Planning Manager at TVF, Inc., an industry leading commercial textile distributor headquartered in Carmel, IN. Over the years at TVF, she has been committed to increasing employee engagement and culture and recently was appointed to lead the Social Impact Pillar created to improve the quality of life where we work and live by serving and supporting our communities and environment. In 2020, Jennie received the distinction of “Certified Professional Forecaster” from the Institute of Business Forecasting & Planning. A few years ago, she began volunteering with the Blind Pig Committee for the June Speakeasy events benefitting Make Good Decisions. Jennie was the 2021 Make Good Decisions Community Education Award winner. She’s become extremely passionate about IYSA and looks forward to serving as a member on its board. Outside of work and volunteering, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, especially her Godchildren, Emma and Joshua.
Cassie Wade is the Chief Operating Officer with Bauer Family Resources. She is a certified Child and Youth Care Professional and obtained her Master of Public Administration at Ball State University. Cassie has over 15 years of experience in the human service field, specializing in child welfare, prevention, grant writing, leadership, and working with individuals who have experienced trauma. She is a wife, mother to a spunky 5 year old, and enjoys hiking and camping.
Jan has been married 42 years in September. She has three grown children, 2 daughters and a son. She also has a daughter in-law, a son in-law, and three grandchildren, 8, 5 and 11 months. She loves to read, spend time with family and travel. Jan is a RN by education but has been at YSB for the past 25 1/2 years.