Fight for Life holds the following core values above all else:

  1. Humility:
    We must always remain humble in the face of success and adversity. We must stay balanced in order to remain focused on our goal of directing children’s lives down the right path.
  2. Creativity:
    We must strive to be creative in our thoughts and approach towards creating ways to help those less fortunate.
  3. Perspective:
    We must always be able to step outside of ourselves and look inside in order to see how others may view the world around us. We need to always remain open to understand and consider the view of others.
  4. Passion:
    We must feel with our hearts and souls the passion that lies within us to help those less fortunate.  We must be able to absorb and understand the circumstances that exist for those we are trying to help.


  • 2016 Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Community Health Champion
  • 2014 Indy’s Best and Brightest Education and Nonprofit Winner
  • 2013 Indy’s Best and Brightest Finalist
  • 2013 Phalen Leadership Academies’ Indiana Heroes Award Winner
  • 2009 JB Award Winner (NFL)
  • 2009 Ed Block Courage Award Winner (NFL)

Board of Directors & Officers

Heather Mesalam


Heather Mesalam has over nine years of experience in marketing, operations management, event planning, and personnel management with professional athletes and NCAA Division 1 men’s…

Travis Stegemoller

Vice President

Travis Stegemoller is a trademark attorney for Adidas Group where he provides support to its Sports Licensing Division.  Prior to joining Adidas, Travis practiced intellectual property…

Jordan Shady


Jordan Shady is a licensed CPA and Senior Accountant in the Assurance Services Group at Somerset CPAs, P.C. Jordan specializes in providing financial statement audit,…

Linda M. Carroll


Linda M. Carroll is a M.S., System Director, Mission Integration at St. Vincent Health. She is a Lifelong resident of Indianapolis growing up on northeast side…

Denesa Webber

BOD- Business Development

Denesa Webber is an energetic sales professional with over 15 years of experience increasing market share through fostering strategic business relationships, was 2012 National Rookie…

Veronica Watkins

BOD- Events, and Relations

Veronica Watkins is a native of Jackson, Mississippi. A daughter of a preacher caused her to move from Mississippi, to Texas, to Indiana her sophomore…

Christopher M. Browning

BOD- Web analytics and Research

Browning is a Medical Logistics Officer in the US Army Indiana National Guard (INNG) and an Assistant Project Manager at the IU School of Medicine…

Todd Saxton

BOD- Business Development and Marketing

Todd Saxton is an Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business, and is the Indiana Venture Faculty Fellow. Todd…

Legal Counsel

Andrew Morton, Esq.

Foundation Legal Counsel

Andrew Morton is a Partner and Chair of the Sports and Entertainment Law Practice at Handler Thayer LLP, where he serves as philanthropy and public…


Marlin Jackson

Founder & CEO

Marlin Jackson is a graduate of the University of Michigan, an entrepreneur and a life-long-learner. He sees every experience and encounter as an opportunity for…

Lisa Mitchell

Director of Operations

Lisa Mitchell is founder of Power Body Language, a communications consulting agency, and co-founder of selfless.ly, a SaaS platform that makes it easy for organizations and…