Board of Directors

Indiana Canine Assistance Network

2018 Board of Directors

James Michaels

Chair

James is Vice President of Program Services at Bosma Enterprises. He has an extensive history working with the disability community and development of programs. He is a member of NASW/LCSW, serves on the Mayor’s Advisory Council of Disability; the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired and the Rehabilitation Commission. James can be reached at board@icandog.org.

Rob Lukemeyer III

Vice Chair

Rob Lukemeyer III is President of RL3 Commercial. Having begun his real estate career during the economic downturn, Rob has learned to create positivity in any situation. He has served on several boards throughout his career and earned his CCIM designation to solidify his commitment to creating value for his clients. His passion for ICAN originates from his love for people and dogs…he once had as many as seven (dogs, not people). This passion is further enhanced by the transformation recognized in trainers/volunteers/clients as they connect with the service dogs. Dogs have an amazing ability to create positivity in any situation…sounds familiar! Rob can be reached at board@icandog.org.

Alex Szarenski, JD, CPA

Treasurer

Alex Szarenski is a Manager at Katz, Sapper & Miller and began his involvement with ICAN by serving on the budget and finance committee. Passionate about ICAN’s mission he believes that ICAN’s exceptional reputation over the past 15 year is reflective of its success in providing disabled individuals an increased ability to live an enriched lifestyle while simultaneously providing incarcerated individuals with the opportunity to develop life skills that will be invaluable to their reintegration into society. He is extremely humbled and honored to be given the opportunity to serve as an ICAN board member.

Debbie Johnson

Secretary

Debbie Johnson is a Corporate Real Estate Executive. As an experienced Senior Director with a demonstrated history of working in the commercial real estate industry, she is skilled in Sellers, Negotiation, Working with Landlords, Shopping Centers and Real Estate Development. She has a BA focused in Mass Communication/Media Studies from Purdue University. Debbie has a love for Golden Retrievers and during her spare time, she and her husband, Bruce, spend time with their beautiful Golden Retrievers, Hannah and Emma.

Kathleen Abernathy, MBA

Katie Abernathy is a Managing Consultant with the Butler Business Consulting Group at Butler University. A creative professional that builds collaborative relationships, Katie’s diverse background includes experience with a variety of organizations including non-profit, privately held businesses and global corporations. Katie is very passionate about ICAN’s mission of empowering and improving lives of inmates and members of the disabled community.

Heather Quigley-Allen

Heather Quigley-Allen serves as the Vice President of Customer Success for Salesforce.org. In her role, she leads a team dedicated to helping nonprofits and educational institutions deliver on their missions through technology. Prior to working at Salesforce, Heather spent 9 years as the Vice President of Marketing and Resource Development at Bosma Enterprises, a nonprofit organization serving people who are blind or visually impaired. She holds a Masters Degrees in Education from Indiana Wesleyan University, and an MBA from Butler. Outside of work, she is a passionate triathlete and loves traveling and spending time with her husband and pets.

David Bursten

David Bursten is the Chief Communications Officer fod Indiana Department of Corrections and a 41 year veteran of law enforcement. He has served as a military police officer in the United States Army and as a city police officer in Santa Monica, California. He recently concluded a 36-year career with the Indiana State Police (ISP) where he worked as a road trooper, as well as completed assignments in the Governor’s Security Staff and the Training Division of the ISP. From 1995 to 2019, David performed public information-related assignments while holding the ranks of Trooper, Sergeant, and First Sergeant.

Over the course of his public information career, David has provided media relations training for public safety professionals starting their careers, for veteran and command level police personnel, and private sector professionals.

Marc Pellissier

Marc Pellissier has been in in the financial industry for 23 years and has worked for Morgan Stanley as a financial advisor for almost 15 years. He lives in Fishers with his wife, son, and two dogs. Marc is a dog lover who became interested in ICAN when his wife applied for a facility dog through the program. They attended “If These Dogs Could Talk” and were hooked by the ICAN organization. His wife Ginnie is a Speech Language Pathologist who works for Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital. Approximately 2 years ago, Millie joined their family. Millie is an ICAN graduate who works with Ginnie at the St. Vincent Pediatric Rehabilitation Center as a facility dog. Marc went through handler training at the prison to play an active role in Millie’s story. Since then, he has been an avid supporter and volunteer of ICAN. Most recently, Marc organized two events through Morgan Stanley to support ICAN and assisted in hosting tables at Wine and Wags in 2019. Marc and his family are believers in the ICAN mission of “love on both ends of the leash”.

Thom Hayes, LCSW

Thom Hayes is the Outreach and Education Resource Specialist for the State of Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation Service. The mission of ICAN fits well with Thom’s involvement with people living with disabilities. Appointed by the Governor, Thom served on the board of the Indiana Council on Independent Living from July 2015 to October 2016.  His years of experience working for the State of Indiana has provided him insight and understanding of public service programs and how they can assist people with disabilities. He has also worked with partner agencies through a work group that looks at how to reduce recidivism by insuring service programs are in place at the time of release. As a board member of ICAN, it is his commitment to effectively tell the stories of ICAN, the people they serve and the lives they have changed.

Tom Stafford

As a Partner of the firm’s Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation and Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) practice groups, Tom Stafford dedicates his practice to advising clients on a broad range of issues relative to the maintenance and compliance of qualified retirement plans, executive compensation and health and welfare plans. Mr. Stafford concentrates primarily on the design and implementation of ESOPs and related ESOP Fiduciary issues. Mr. Stafford also advises clients with respect to a variety of health and welfare plan issues arising under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA”), and provides guidance to group health plan sponsors with respect to HIPAA privacy, security and nondiscrimination requirements, COBRA continuation coverage requirements and mandates established under the Affordable Care Act.

Kimberly Van Ryzin, MD

Dr. Van Ryzin is an Emergency Medicine Staff Physician at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs at Richard L. Roudebush Medical Center. She received her medical degree in Emergency Medicine Residency from the IU School of Medicine in June 2018. She has a diverse background in Emergency Medicine at a wide range of hospitals and also served as  1st Lieutenant with Wisconsin Army National Guard for four years.

Dr. Van Ryzin has done numerous pilot studies including one at Riley Hospital for Children where she explored the effect of a therapy dog-handler team on stress levels of pediatric Emergency Department patients and their families. She completed another pilot study at Eskenazi Hospital where she investigated stress reduction of Emergency Department staff through dog therapy, which in turn is believed to improve patient-doctor communication, resulting in decreased medical error. During her spare time, she enjoys travel, bird watching, soccer, dancing, piano, entomology, and swimming.

Beverly Middaugh

Bev is CEO of Bright Ideas in Broad Ripple; she started the business at home with a $2000 savings account….35 years ago and her experience as a successful business owner has taught her about motivating and managing people, building consensus among different cultures, ages, sexes, interests, and abilities. She believes that with ICAN, there are only winners: the handlers, the volunteers, the clients, and the dogs…..plus the families and friends of all these groups! She envisions a bright future for ICAN and understands the importance of each individual feeling VALUABLE. When she is not at work, she enjoys traveling, spending time with her family and her grand dog Brody!

Alex Ward, CPA

Alex Ward joined the firm as an audit staff in the fall of 2016 upon graduating from Indiana Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. He is a member of Greenwalt CPAs Employee Benefit Plan Audits and Manufacturing and Distribution Services teams. He also services Not-For-Profit organizations.

Alex serves on the Budget and Finance Committee for the Indiana Canine Assistance Network and on the Young Leaders Board for Joy’s House. He is also a member of the Indiana CPA Society and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.