STAFF

Board Members & Staff

Travis Stegemoller

Board Chair

Travis Stegemoller is an attorney at Barnes & Thornburg LLP.  His practice includes advising startups and emerging companies on a wide range of transaction and financing matters.  Travis maintains a presence in the Indianapolis start-up community by serving on the board of the Venture Club of Indiana.  He attended Purdue University prior to earning his J.D. from Valparaiso University.  Travis enjoys all things sports and competition as well as spending free time with his wife and two children.

Jordan Shady

Treasurer

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, review, and compilation engagements for clients in a variety of sectors, including construction, architecture & engineering, manufacturing, distribution, and nonprofit organizations. He also is a member of the Employee Benefit Plan team, where he oversees audits of 401(k), profit sharing, ESOP, and health & welfare plans. As a CPA, Jordan is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the Indiana CPA Society.

Jordan is a graduate of the University of Indianapolis, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance. In his free time, Jordan enjoys spending time with family and friends as well as exploring new restaurants around the city.

Linda M.
Carroll

Secretary

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 of the city.  Linda Earned both Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Purdue University; and has been Employed at St. Vincent since August 1979 as a Speech-Language Pathologist, Manager of Rehabilitation Services, and currently System Director of Mission Integration.  She is a widow with one daughter who is in her first year of Medical School. Linda enjoys spectator sports, volunteering and entertaining.

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 year of high school.  After high school Veronica attended Anderson University where she met her husband of twenty years, Samuel.  They have three beautiful children, Marquise 21, Da’Marcus 19, & Monica 17.   While attending Anderson University Veronica found her gift and passion for helping and serving others.

Veronica’s passion helped her obtain positions with several nonprofit organizations.  She has over 25 years of experience managing and leading others.  She has served as a Program Director of a residential facility for at risk teen girls, Program Supervisor of a residential facility for mentally retarded adult men, Program Coordinator for Behavioral Health & Psychological Services, and as a Respite Houseparent for at risk children and teens.

In 2011, Veronica started working for Centaur Gaming.  Centaur owns two casinos, Hoosier Park & Indiana Grand.  Veronica started with Hoosier Park in Marketing as a Guest Services Supervisor & Casino.  While working at Hoosier Park Veronica’s gift for leading others did not go unnoticed.  After 2 years of supervising in Guest Services she was promoted to a Senior VIP Casino Host, after 2 years of being a Senior VIP Casino Host, she was promoted to the Human Resources Training Instructor.  A year later, she was asked to transfer to Indiana Grand Racing and Casino, located in Shelbyville, Indiana.  Currently, Veronica is the Relationship Marketing Executive for Indiana Grand.

Mary Azar Callahan

BOD - Board Development and Events

Mary Azar Callahan is the Director of Partnerships and Grants.  Mary contributes to Indy Chamber goals through investments and sponsorships for Chamber programs, with a focus on meeting stakeholder needs, managing renewals, overseeing communication with sponsors, aligning business and market needs, and overseeing sponsorship strategy and leverage planning. In June 2020, she was promoted with expanded responsibilities to include grants management.  Mary is tasked with planning and implementing grant programs, preparing budgets, researching funding opportunities, monitoring expenditure, tracking results, and analyzing financial data. Before joining the team at the Chamber, she was responsible for communications, marketing, event management and sales strategy operations at JPMorgan Chase. Mary currently serves on the board of directors of the Girl Scouts of Central Indiana, Fight for Life Foundation, and is also a Rotarian.  A proud graduate of Purdue University, Mary lives in Central Indiana with her husband and their two children.

Heather Mesalam

BOD - Board Development and Events

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 and women’s basketball.  Heather earned her Bachelors in Marketing and Masters in Sport Management, both from The University of Alabama. She has over six years of experience with non-profits and public charities.

Sonya
Carrico

BOD - Program Development and Finance Management

Sonya Carrico brings almost 30 years of experience in grant development and management, community collaboration and government policy development to her position as senior program officer, focusing on Interact for Health efforts to address the opioid epidemic.

Prior to joining Interact, Sonya spent 13 years as the Director of Substance Abuse Services with the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute. In this role, she provided strategic planning assistance and guidance to 92 local substance abuse coalitions throughout the state of Indiana. Sonya also helped identify data, research and best practices in the field of substance abuse prevention, deployed state and federal grants, and served as a liaison between local coalitions and state government agencies.

Sonya previously held positions in marketing, business development and social services in Indiana and Tennessee. She has experience in local government and politics, including serving as a county commissioner in Hendricks County, Ind.

Sonya holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana, and is a graduate of the Sen. Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service program. She recently completed the public policy certificate program at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

Carolyn Gentle-Genitty, PhD

BOD - Programing

Dr. Gentle-Genitty is a passionate educator and servant leader who excels in leadership and curriculum development. She is service and student driven. She is a national truancy expert, sitting as president of International Association of Truancy and Dropout Prevention. She is the co-founder of the INSA (International Network for School Attendance). She is an award winning teacher, researcher, and service scholar. As a national book and journal author, app and model developer. She has and continues to make impact around the world for youth through her work and publications under philosophy of student bond = student success. Her model for teaching theory S.A.L.T. Theory and the copyrighted Perception of School Social Bonding (PSSB) instrument are examples. She is now focused on school absenteeism and establishing a field of study in the US and with INSA colleagues worldwide.

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 policy counsel to high-profile public figures engaged in the nonprofit sector. Prior to joining Handler Thayer, Andrew practiced with the Political Law and Government Relations groups of Latham & Watkins LLP, and Foley & Lardner LLP. In those roles, he advised the firm’s nonprofit and commercial clients in the areas of corporate governance, compliance and Board oversight, as well as legislative strategy and public policy engagement. A frequent speaker on international human rights and immigration law, Andrew has testified before the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, and appeared in national media outlets including CNN, ABC World News Tonight, National Public Radio, the New York Times and the Washington Post. Andrew earned his J.D., cum laude, from the University Of Pennsylvania Law School, where he served as a member of the Board of Editors of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review and Co-Chair of the Equal Justice Foundation. Andrew also attended the University of Maryland, earning an M.P.P. in international security and economic policy from the School of Public Affairs, and a B.A., magna cum laude, in economics and Spanish.

Lisa
Mitchell

COO

Lisa Mitchell is a passionate executive that finds her greatest fulfillment through using technology in innovative ways to solve big problems. Lisa brings her experience as a technology/SaaS founder, business consultant, and  corporate operations exec to continue to scale the operations and impact of the Building Dreams program. She has a Masters in Management and Bachelors in Business Administration and also serves as a Non Profit board member. Lisa lives in Fishers, Indiana with her daughter Kierstin and their dog Emy.

Anna
Sutter

Customer Engagement Specialist

Anna Sutter is an energetic & innovative education advocate with five years of invaluable experience as a school counselor in Indianapolis where she used a radically student-centered and data-driven approach to support Hoosier youth. Anna held the role of Director of School Counseling where she led a team of youth serving educators and mental health professionals and managed an award-winning, comprehensive student services program for over 1,800 students. Not only does she hold passion in education, but Anna also gets fired up over mental health, civil rights, and politics. She is a proud advocate for education reform & policy and has testified before the Indiana House of Representatives and Senate education committees. Anna holds a Masters in School Counseling and Bachelors in Psychology, both from Butler University. She’s been involved with various nonprofits in the Indianapolis area, including Brooke’s Place for Grieving Young People and College Mentors for Kids. Anna lives in Fountain Square with her two cats Otis and Salina.

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