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Last year, despite challenges from the pandemic we still served over 700 children. We need your help to continue our critical work to make a difference in the lives of children with vision loss!

We need our VIPS supporters help more than ever during this uniquely challenging time with the gift of a new donation or pledge, or continuing your existing your support. If you are not a monthly donor--now would be a great time to initiate a monthly gift. The families we serve depend on our teachers and we depend on you to help us in our critical mission to provide early intervention to every child with blindness or low vision.

Learn more about how VIPS is moving forward with our services in spite of COVID-19.

VIPS Indiana

Board of Directors

Meet the people who are helping make a difference in Indiana.

Our Indiana Board of Directors come from a wide-range of backgrounds to enable us to access a broad knowledge base.



Emily Krauser
Board President

Emily Krauser is the Director of Community Programs for the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority. In her position she oversees the state’s poverty alleviation funding, working with a network of Community Action Agencies and others to provide community services, energy assistance, individual development accounts, and home weatherization. She holds a Master’s Degree from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.


Virren Malhotra
Vice President

Virren Malhotra has spent the majority of his career working within the international arena for two fortune 100 companies. The first was with General Mills where he ran their Global Business Services India operations as an expatriate in Mumbai, India. He currently is an Advisor at Eli Lilly in Indianapolis, Indiana. Mr. Malhotra is an MBA graduate from Thunderbird School of Management with a degree emphasis in International Management and Supply-Chain. He is married with two sons (Krishna and Ryun) and lives in Zionsville, Indiana. Krishna is a graduate of VIPS Indiana. Mr. Malhotra is a long distance runner and coach. 



Dr. T. Rowan Candy
Board Member

Dr. T. Rowan Candy is a Professor of Optometry and Vision Science at Indiana University. Her research lab has been funded by the National Institutes of Health for the past 15 years to deepen our understanding of the development of the visual system during infancy and early childhood. Her work is at the intersection of optics, neuroscience and clinical care. She also teaches optometry students to work with pediatric patients. Dr. Candy received her degree in Optometry from the University of Wales and her Ph.D. in Vision Science from the University of California, Berkeley. She has been serving on the VIPS Board since 2011.


Julia Doffin
Board Member

Julia Doffin is an Assurance Manager for MCM CPAs & Advisors LLP. She provides assurance services to
the multi-family housing real estate industry including HUD and Rural Development programs. She also
provides services to various types of not-for-profit entities including membership and religious
organizations. She is a CPA, member of the Indiana CPA Society and AICPA. She holds a Bachelor’s
Degree from Ball State University. She is married with two sons (Liam and Zander) and lives in Carmel,


Jena Fahlbush
Board Member

Jena Fahlbush is the Data & Outreach Specialist for the PATINS Project (Promoting Achievement through Technology INstruction for All Students). Ms. Fahlbush is a passionate advocate for creating accessibility. In her current role, she is charged with spreading awareness about Universal Design for Learning and student access to the curriculum throughout the state of Indiana. Ms. Fahlbush has a degree in Elementary Education from Indiana University. 


Arvetta Jideonwo
Board Member


Arvetta L. Jideonwo has a distinguished history of leading and organizing high-performing teams to develop relationships and secure individual gifts and grants to support and advance organizational growth. Jideonwo has worked with nationally recognized organizations and has extensive executive-level experience in non-profit management, fundraising, and grant development. In recent years, she has secured more than $40 million dollars in individual and corporate gifts and public/private grant funds while presenting and publishing on the topics of fundraising, grant development, and non-profit and business management on a statewide, regional, and national level.


Brian Madison
Board Member

Brian Madison is the Director for the Department of Business & Neighborhood Services at the City of Indianapolis. Mr. Madison is a community and economic development professional. His background is in real estate development, economic development, and real estate law. Mr. Madison has successfully used public and private funds to redevelop neighborhoods, attract new businesses and create jobs in some of the most challenged neighborhoods in Indianapolis. He was previously the Director of Development for the Indianapolis Housing Agency. He also served as the Director of Real Estate for Near East Area Renewal during the redevelopment of St. Clair Place as part of the Super Bowl Legacy Project.

Mr. Madison has a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Indiana University’s Robert H. McKinney School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts from DePauw University.


Laurie Roselle
Board Member

Laurie Roselle is the past president of Delta Gamma Fraternity and is an experienced fundraiser. She is the past Director of Legal Services for Clifford Chance in NYC and served as the president of Liniger Corp. She works with the Indianapolis Delta Gamma alumnae chapter to provide support and volunteers for VIPS Indiana events as they model the DG motto to “Do Good” and assist with the visually impaired. 


Brad Sugarman
Board Member

Brad Sugarman is Partner and Chair of Environmental Law at Bose, McKinney and Evans Law Firm. Mr. Sugarman is an experienced litigator in both state and federal court. He received his Doctor of Law Degree from the Vermont Law School. 


Robin Thoma
Board Member

Robin Thoma is a Project Coordinator for the PASS Project at Indiana State University. The Promoting Achievement for Students with Sensory Loss (PASS) program provides statewide technical assistance and professional development for educators that will improve outcomes for students with sensory loss. Mrs. Thoma has a Master’s Degree in Education from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and is currently working on her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction at Indiana State University. 


John Wykes
Board Member

John Wykes is an Account Manager for Republic National Distribution Company. He works with Kroger to implement pricing and programming throughout the State of Indiana. Mr. Wykes is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and a graduate of the Kelley School of Business IUPUI with a Bachelors in Finance.

Honorary Board Members

Rebecca Davis, co-founder of VIPS Indiana, with her daughter, Eliza

Rebecca Davis

Rebecca Davis is one of the founders of VIPS Indiana. Her passion stems from driving her daughter from Bloomington, IN to Louisville, KY every day for critical vision impairment services. Realizing this gap in early intervention for Hoosier children, Ms. Davis successfully advocated for Visually Impaired Preschool Services to expand beyond Kentucky. She now lobbies on behalf of children in Washington, D.C. 

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