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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.

Officers

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Emily Krauser
Board President

Biography
Emily Krauser is the Assistant Director of Research for Thomas P. Miller and Associates, a consulting firm with a focus on nonprofit and community impact. In her position, Ms. Krauser designs and leads community needs assessments, program evaluations for capacity building and organization coaching, and cost-benefit analyses. She has her Master's Degree from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. 

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Virren Malhotra
Vice President

Biography
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. 

Members

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Dr. Scott Allison
Board Member

Biography
Dr. Scott Allison is the Chief Operating Officer for Ossip Optometry + Ophthalmology. In addition to being an Optometrist, Dr. Allison has his MBA from Anderson University. He has an established career in both clinical practice and retail and medical operations management. 

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Gabby Brock
Board Member

Biography
Gabby Brock is the Communications Director for the Indiana Senate Democrats and has done communications work for the caucus since 2016. Gabby graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor's degree in Journalism in 2016 and is currently pursuing a Master's in Public Relations at IUPUI. Gabby is passionate about providing Hoosiers with equal access to quality education, among other public services. She is married to Devin Brock and lives in Franklin, Indiana, with her German Shepherd, Roscoe.

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Dr. T. Rowan Candy
Board Member

Biography
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.

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Elizabeth Darby
Board Member

Biography
Elizabeth serves Youth Services Division Director at the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute. Prior to joining the Institute, Elizabeth worked as an independent consultant focused on nonprofit sustainability and capacity building. She previously held numerous youth service roles within the nonprofit sector and state government, including at the Department of Child Services, Indiana Youth Institute and Department of Workforce Development. Elizabeth is a nationally experienced trainer, who has presented on corporate engagement, outcome management, program design and sustainability. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Knox College and both a Master of Public Affairs and a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Indiana University-IUPUI. In her free time, Elizabeth is an avid gardener, baker, all-round foodie, and avid fan of the Indiana Pacers.

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Jena Fahlbush
Board Member

Biography
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. 

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Arvetta Jideonwo
Board Member

Biography

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.

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Brian Madison
Board Member

Biography
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.

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Laurie Roselle
Board Member

Biography
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. 

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Brad Sugarman
Board Member

Biography
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. 

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Robin Thoma
Board Member

Biography
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. 

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John Wykes
Board Member

Biography
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

Biography
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.