The IPSF Board of Directors is passionately committed to public safety in our community.
IPSF maintains an unpaid and fully voluntary Board of Directors representing a broad cross section of the community. The Board maintains oversight of strategic planning, program selection and review, long-range budgeting and overall operations. The strength of our Board demonstrates the importance of public safety to the business and community leaders of the city.
Nichole Wilson, Chair
VP, Community Health Network
“ I am both proud and humbled to lead IPSF's impactful board as we address issues such as violence, inequities and supporting first responders.
Mrs. Wilson is the Vice President of Retail Services at Community Health Network in Indianapolis. In this role, she is responsible for the strategic growth, business development, marketing strategies, and financial success for 14 clinics that offer physical, occupational, and speech therapy services. She also spearheads Community’s Sports Medicine program, which provides sports medicine staff and services to 14 schools in the Indianapolis area. Wilson is a graduate of the Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series (SKL), serves on the SKL advisory council, and serves on the board of College Mentors for Kids, Harrison College, and the Children’s TherAplay Foundation. She has a bachelor’s degree in sports medicine from DePauw University, master’s and doctoral degrees in physical therapy from University of Indianapolis, and an MBA from Purdue University.
Executive Director, IPSF
“ I am pleased to work under the leadership of our incredible Board of Directors with one goal: supporting those who serve our community.
Dane serves as Executive Director of the Indy Public Safety Foundation and as such, an ex-officio, non-voting member of the Board. Prior to joining the Foundation, Dane served as the Executive Director of the Indianapolis Police Foundation. Dane has spent much of his career in nonprofit and health care administration, most recently managing community benefit investments for Indiana University Health. Dane then married a police officer and thus joined the relatively small group of people who know intimately the dangerous and often unrecognized work and sacrifice our local police officers make to keep the community safe. As a supportive spouse, he quickly realized the relatively untapped resources in our local community of individuals and businesses who want to support first responders, but do not know how to best engage. Dane received a B.A. in Chemistry from Wabash College and a Master of Health Administration from the Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI.
Jeffrey Harrison, Vice Chair
CEO, Citizens Energy
“ The more we can get community members dialoguing with first responders and public safety leadership - the better off we are as a community.
Jeffrey A. Harrison is the President and Chief Executive Officer for Citizens Energy Group, responsible for, in conjunction with the Board of Directors and Officers, establishing and maintaining the vision and strategic direction for the organization; ensuring a culture which maintains a strong focus on customer needs while demonstrating high regard for employees, teamwork, continual improvement, and integrity; and ensuring a responsible commitment to the vitality and success of Central Indiana. Jeffrey has served the utility industry over 23 years. Jeffrey received his Bachelor’s of Science in electrical engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in 1989. He also received his Master’s of Business Administration degree from Indiana University in 1996. Before joining Citizens Energy Group, Jeffrey spent 13 years with Indianapolis Power & Light in various positions.
Bob Gatto, Treasurer
Partner, Texas Roadhouse
“ Texas Roadhouse is proud to support those who serve as both first responders and in the military. I am happy to lend our support to such important community servants.
Mr. Gatto is a Market Partner for the franchisee Ultra Steak, overseeing several restaurant operations, including multiple Texas Roadhouse locations. He began working in the restaurant industry nearly 40 years ago, working through the ranks, holding a wide range of positions, and ultimately becoming Vice President of Operations for Ultra Steak. Bob attended Hillsdale University and holds a real estate license in the state of Indiana. He is very active in the community and serves on numerous boards including the Indiana Restaurant and Lodging Association and the Lawrence Township Foundation.
Mike Dilts, Secretary
CEO, Shiel Sexton
“ I believe that strong business leadership includes strong community involvement. I'm proud to offer my support to the 3,200 police officers, firefighters and EMS who serve Indy.
Mike joined Shiel Sexton in 1985 after graduating from Purdue in 1981 and a five year period working with a national construction company in Boston. Mike worked through project management, account management, and business development before leading operations. As C.E.O. and President, Mike is responsible for assuring that operations will meet and exceed Shiel Sexton’s strategic goals and objectives. He understands Owners’ cost and schedule concerns, as well as, architectural design and contractor constructibility issues. Owners and architectural firms frequently seek his input and direction for their projects. Mike is responsible for a staff of over 350 individuals serving as Vice Presidents, Senior Project Managers, Project Coordinators, Field superintendents, Carpenters and Laborers.
Immediate Past Chair
“ My two years as Chair are up - call Nichole!
John S. Myrland retired as the Senior Vice President and Community Engagement Executive for the Central Indiana Region of Old National Bank. In that role, Myrland worked to enhance the bank’s relationships in the region with customers, non-customers, not-for-profits, and local government agencies in Central Indiana. Prior to joining Old National in October of 2014, Myrland worked for the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce for 25 years, the last 14 as its president, then served as pastor of McCordsville United Methodist Church from 2006 to 2014. Myrland serves on a number of other community boards, including The Oaks Academy, the University of Indianapolis, and The Indianapolis Indians. He is a graduate of Indiana University and Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary at Northwestern University.
Chief Randal Taylor
“ We can’t police our way out of these things. We have to change the minds and hearts of those who are willing to commit these crimes
Chief Randal Taylor was appointed as IMPD Chief of Police by Mayor Joe Hogsett on December 31, 2020. Chief Taylor has served since 2016 as part of IMPD’s executive leadership team, began his career in law enforcement with the Champaign (Illinois) Police Department in 1987. He joined the Marion County Sheriff’s Department in 1993. Taylor has experience in investigations for IMPD’s adult sex crimes and child abuse units and was appointed to commander of community affairs in 2012.
Chief Ernest V. Malone
“ IFD has been serving the Indianapolis community since 1859. Our firefighters and civilian personnel truly believe in our motto: Our family serving your family.
Since 2014, Ernest Malone has been serving as the 42nd Chief of the Indianapolis Fire Department. Ernest Malone 51 was born and raised in Indianapolis. Chief Malone has a Master’s Degree in Management from Indiana Wesleyan, an Associate Degree in Fire Science from Ivy Tech, Executive Fire Officer Certification from the National Fire Academy and is the 1st Indianapolis Firefighter ever to receive the designation of Chief Fire Officer from the Center for Public Safety Excellence Chief Malone guides the more than 1,200 sworn and civilian employees of IFD with the following vision: “Serve our Customers, Run the Business, Manage Resources and Develop Employees.”
Dr. Dan O'Donnell, Chief
“ I am proud to serve alongside IPSF board and staff to support the 200+ amazing paramedics, EMTs and others who serve our city at Indianapolis EMS.
Dr. Dan O'Donnell was appointed Chief of Indianapolis EMS on June 3, 2019. Dr. O’Donnell has served as IEMS chief medical director since 2014 and deputy medical director from 2007 to 2014. He is an associate clinical professor of emergency medicine at the IU School of Medicine and the division chief of EMS for the school’s Department of Emergency Medicine. He is also the medical director of pre-hospital care at Eskenazi Health. In addition to his work with IEMS, Dr. O’Donnell also serves as medical director for Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department as well as a medical specialist for Indiana Task Force 1, and previously served as medical director for Indianapolis Fire Department. Dr. O’Donnell’s work has already had a strong impact in the community beyond EMS. He has been a champion in the fight against the opioid epidemic in Central Indiana through his work with Project POINT, which intervenes to connect overdose patients with addiction and recovery services, and also helps provide and train police officers on Naloxone administration. For these efforts Dr. O’Donnell received the Hulman Health Achievement Award in Medicine and Public Health in 2015. In 2016, Dr. O’Donnell led an effort that placed more than 70 automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) throughout the city of Indianapolis and delivered training to the public on how to operate them. The effort is aimed at helping to increase the survival rate of people suffering cardiac arrest. In 2018, Dr. O’Donnell was recognized as one of the Indianapolis Business Journal’s Forty under 40.
Melissa Proffitt, Founding Chair & Emeritus Member
Partner, Ice Miller LLP
“ I am honored to have served as the founding chair of IPSF and helped convene business and community leaders to meet the needs of those who serve.
Melissa Proffitt is the Office Managing Partner of the Indianapolis Office of Ice Miller LLP, former Managing Partner of the Firm, co-chairs the Employee Benefits Practice Group, chairs the Agribusiness Group, chairs the Energy Group, and is responsible for business development initiatives for the Firm. Melissa concentrates her practice in employee benefits, on both regional and international levels, with a focus on welfare benefit plans and qualified plans, including plan formation and design. Her practice as chair of the Agribusiness Group and Energy Group involve representation of numerous agriculture and energy related clients with regard to all legal needs.
Dayton Molendorp, Emeritus Member
“ IPSF has made incredible impact - investing over $2 million in first responders and public safety solutions. I'm proud to have been a part of IPSF's establishment and growth.
Mr. Molendorp is former chairman of the board and CEO of American United Mutual Insurance Holding Company (AUMIHC), the parent of OneAmerica Financial Partners, Inc. He led OneAmerica’s nationwide network of companies and affiliates. Molendorp has more than 37 years of experience in the insurance and financial services industry. Dayton has a Bachelor of Science degree in math and business administration from Westmar College in LeMars, Iowa and served four years in the U.S. Air Force.
Dayton was one of the founding board members of IPSF and was recently honored with Emeritus status as a lifetime member of the Board of Directors.
Indianapolis EMS (ret.)
“ Having served as an IEMS paramedic, I know firsthand the incredible work Indy's first responders do daily. IPSF is the perfect vehicle to support their work and impact.
Mr. Ball is the retired Chief of Strategic Initiatives for Indianapolis EMS and is a Tactical Medic with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department’s SWAT and EOD teams. He previously was a paramedic with the Telluride, Colorado Fire Protection District and a member of the San Miguel County Sheriff’s Department Search & Rescue team. Nick practiced as a CPA for three years, spent over nine years in commercial banking, was the CFO of a technology company and then a co-founder and CFO of a high-tech start-up. Mr. Ball received his B.S. in business from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business, completed the Executive Education Program in Corporate Financial Management from Harvard Graduate School of Business, and received his A.S. degree in Paramedic Science from the Indiana University School of Medicine. He is a member of the Indiana CPA Society and a registered paramedic with the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians.
“ IMS is proud to host IPSF's signature fundraising event - The Frontline Experience - highlighting first responders and the apparatus they use to keep our city safe.
Doug Boles serves at the President of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, now a member of the Penske Corporation. Boles started his career in politics, working in the Statehouse and for former Indianapolis Mayor Stephen Goldsmith, who put him on a motor sports task force. This ignited his passion for motor sports and from 1997 to 2006, he became part of the Panther Racing team as chief operating officer and part owner.
After serving time as a drivers’ agent, Boles, who earned his law school degree in 2000, joined IMS as vice president of communications in 2010. He added the title of chief operating officer in 2013 before becoming president a few months later.
The entire IMS team - including Allison Melangton, Mark Miles and more - have been incredibly support of IPSF and the first responders they serve. IMS hosts IPSF's annual signature fundraising event - The Frontline Experience - which highlights, recognizes and honors Indy's incredible police officers, firefighters, paramedics, EMTs and more.
Region CEO, Old National Bank
“ Old National Bank is proud to serve and support those women and men who risk their lives on our behalf
Mark Bradford serves as the Region CEO for Old National Bank’s Indianapolis and North Central Regions and is a member of the Executive Leadership Group. The North Central Region includes the communities of Bloomington, Columbus, Bedford, Seymour and North Vernon.
Mark graduated with honors from Indiana State University and was with Crowe Chizek (now Crowe) from 1979 to 1990 where he attained the title of Senior Manager. Mark joined Monroe Bank in 1990 as Chief Financial Officer and was promoted to President, CEO, and Director in 1999. He served in that capacity until 2011, when Monroe Bank was acquired by Old National Bank. Mark has served as ONB’s North Central Region CEO since 2011 and was promoted in August 2016 with the additional responsibility of serving as the Indianapolis Region CEO.
In addition to his work at Old National, Mark is active in numerous civic and community activities. He currently serves as a board member for the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, Center for Leadership Development, Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee, Monroe County Community Foundation, Bloomington Economic Development Corporation, Indiana State University President’s Advisory Board, Butler University Lacy School of Business Dean’s Advisory Council, IUPUI Board of Advisors and Indy Public Safety Foundation.
“ Pacers could not be a sports and entertainment leader without Indy's police, fire and EMS. I'm happy to be able to give back to support those who serve.
Since joining the Pacers Sports and Entertainment organization in 1984, Rick Fuson has been influential in shaping events within Market Square Arena, Bankers Life Fieldhouse and many other events elsewhere in Indianapolis. A graduate of Indiana University and a life-long resident of Indianapolis, he joined the staff of Market Square Arena in 1984 as director of special events and was promoted the following year to vice president. Fuson helped oversee the Pacers’ move to Bankers Life Fieldhouse in September 2000. He was promoted to Executive Senior Vice President of Pacers Sports & Entertainment in November 2001. Rick was named Chief Operating Officer in April 2008. In September 2014, he became President/COO. In his current role, Fuson is responsible for operation of all aspects of the business and facilities elements of Pacers Sports & Entertainment.
“ I've always had a passion for engaging in causes that enhance our community. IPSF is an important part of our city's efforts to address public safety issues.
Before assuming the roles of President and Chief Operating Officer at Cripe in January of 2005, Fred Green has served as a Senior Client Services Director (CSD) and as the Head of Architecture. It was his commitment to delivering custom, creative solutions which met clients’ needs and his team-oriented leadership style that made Fred the obvious choice for leading the company. Fred is also the first president at Cripe to have an architectural background.
Fred is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and has served on the Board of Directors for the Indiana Architectural Foundation. Fred currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art and Board of Directors of Christian Theological Seminary and the Indy Public Safety Foundation. Fred was a founding member of the Board of Directors for the Andrew J. Brown Academy and has been a member for 17 years. He also serves on the Board of Contractors for the City of Indianapolis, and most recently joined the Board of Advisors at the University of Kansas School of Architecture, Design and Planning. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Kansas where he graduated with highest honors.
Fred has developed a great interest in community related projects that tend to bring diverse organizations and people together in order to leverage human capital, skills and passion for leading a community.
Fred and his wife Angela reside in Indianapolis and have two grown daughters, Rachel Green-Sharpe and Audrey Green. They love to design, paint, hike, make wine and volunteer at St. Luke’s Methodist in Indianapolis. Fred is passionate about learning more about the art of Fly Fishing.
Jerry Jones, Grants Committee Chair
Cannon IV (ret.)
“ Our community often forgets that first responders are people just like us. I'm proud of our work to tell their stories and support their impact.
Mr. Jones was the President and CEO of Cannon IV, Inc., an independent Hewlett-Packard printer dealer. Cannon IV is headquartered in Indianapolis, with additional locations in Ohio and Texas. Cannon IV sales are nationwide. Jerry, along with his father, Richard Jones, founded Cannon IV in 1974. In 1997, Jerry received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Cannon IV’s business and civic awards include: Indiana Small Business of the Year, Indiana Business Ethics Award, Spirit of Service Award presented by the Archdiocese of Indianapolis and One of the “Best Places to Work in Indiana” in 2009. Jerry sits on the boards of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, Marian University Board of Trustees, Noble of Indiana, Scecina Memorial High School, and INTEC. Jerry received a B.S. from Indiana University.
David Lewis, Fundraising Committee Chair
Eli Lilly & Co. (ret.)
“ Indy's police, fire and EMS do more than any of us know to protect and serve our community. We have their back!
David P. Lewis retired as the Vice President-Global Taxes and Assistant Treasurer at Eli Lilly and Company in Indianapolis, Indiana. In this position, Mr. Lewis had global responsibility for all aspects of the Company’s tax and tax-related matters. Prior to 1988, Mr. Lewis engaged in the private practice of law, focusing primarily in the areas of taxation, securities, banking and corporate law. Mr. Lewis graduated from Arsenal Technical High School in 1977, Wabash College in 1981 with a major in Economics, and from the Indiana University School of Law in Bloomington in 1984. He is admitted to practice law before the Indiana State Bar and the Bars of the Federal District Courts, Southern and Northern Districts of Indiana. He is a member of the Board of Trustees at Wabash College.
Owner & CEO, ESG Security
“ They risk getting shot and run into fires.. It's the least we can do to support.
Joe Robinson is the owner and CEO of ESG Security. ESG has developed into the Midwest’s premier event services provider. ESG specializes in event security, usher services, ticket taking services, parking services, building/site security and executive protection.
Joe has extensive experience with Indy's public safety, having served on the Public Safety & Criminal Justice Committee of the City County Council.
“ IPL is involved in many impactful community organizations and causes. We're excited to support important public safety issues and those who serve.
“ I've been on several SWAT call-outs. We have no idea what first responders do on our behalf each day.
SVP, The Mind Trust
“ Education and public safety are both vital to our city's growth and prosperity. I'm excited to work in the intersection of these two fields.
As The Mind Trust’s Senior Vice President of Community Engagement, Shannon Williams leads The Mind Trust’s initiatives to engage, empower, and invest in communities that are most affected by education change in Indianapolis. She oversees initiatives like The Mind Trust’s Education Bus Tours and Community Conversations, which give families and community members the opportunity to learn about crucial issues facing Indianapolis schools. She also works with key groups of civic and community leaders to build understanding about The Mind Trust’s work.
Previously, Williams served for eight years as president of the Indianapolis Recorder Newspaper, one of the nation’s oldest African-American-owned newspapers, and the Indiana Minority Business Magazine. She held numerous leadership roles during her 18-year tenure at the publication.
Williams is also a member of both Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and the Circle City Chapter of the Links in addition to being a graduate a Jackson State University.
“ Working in the nonprofit and public sector, I know firsthand the impact a collaborative organization like IPSF can make on first responders and public safety.
Rick serves as a Partner at BKD CPAs & Advisors and has more than 20 years of experience with the not-for-profit and public sectors. He has performed and supervised numerous audits and provided services such as financial statement redesign and technical research. Rick also has assisted in other projects, including the re-engineering of the audit process on several engagements, and has served clients in organizational assessments and review of their chart of accounts and participated in operational reviews.
Rick is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and Indiana CPA Society. In April 2013, he was recognized by the Ball State University Accounting Department as an Emerging Leader, and in October 2013, Rick was honored as a finalist for Indy’s Best and Brightest in the accounting category.
Rick is a 1996 graduate of Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, with a B.S. degree in accounting. His community involvement includes serving as a board member for the Hancock County Community Foundation and Indy Public Safety Foundation.
Deputy Executive Director
“ As the 2nd half of a small but mighty team, I'm excited to do what I can to support Indy's amazing first responders.
In January 2019, IPSF hired its second full-time employee - Chrissy Wurster - who joined the organization after working for the Department of Public Safety, IMPD and IEMS. Chrissy serves as the Deputy Executive Director of IPSF, helping to manage and enhance every part of the organization.