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.

Rob Lukemeyer III

Vice Chair

Rob Lukemeyer is Vice President of Brokerage at Innovcare | Innovative Healthcare Real Estate.  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!

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 indivdiuals 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 socieity. 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 Developemtn. 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, Hannah.

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.

Scott Beauchamp

Scott Beauchamp is President and Co-Owner of Indianapolis Yellow Cab.  In addition to his work in the transportation field, Scott is dedicated to working with the local disability community, serving on the Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation Commission and the Board of Directors of Bosma Enterprises, as well as the ICAN Board.  He also has a passion for animal welfare and is Board President of Spay-Neuter Services of Indiana.  Scott and his wife Sharon are currently dogless and live in the Butler-Tarkington neighborhood of Indianapolis with their two black cats, Henry and Oliver.

David Brimm

David Brimm is a Lecturer of Business Communication who teaches the Communication for Accountants course (a required course accounting majors) at the Kelley School of Business of Indiana University, Bloomington.  He currently serves on the ICAN board's executive and finance committees.  David's first four-legged housemate (his in-laws' former dog, Hunter) joined his household in 2009.  After Hunter's passing, a successor (Molly, the rescue dog) moved into and took over the household in 2011.

Corie S Chaplin, MS, OTR

As one of ICAN's longest standing volunteers, she has seen the organization evolve over the past decade. As the current chairman of the board, her leadership is taking ICAN into the next decade with confidence. Corie works daily with a service dog – Bullet – in the rehabilitation hospital where she works, so she understands the human animal bond and the hope it provides.

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 workgroup 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.

Sharon Hearn

Sharon Hearn is an attorney, and partner at Krieg DeVault LLP, working primarily in the area of employee benefits with retirement plans, employee stock ownership plans, and executive compensation. She has served on the Board of Directors for ICAN for two years now. She believes in ICAN and the hope that it brings to both their clients and inmates. Sharon grew up in Indiana, and has a spouse, Jeff Hearn, as well as two children who are now grown. In her free time, Sharon enjoys Pilates, biking, paddleboarding, and yoga, as well as crocheting, quilting, and reading.

Thomas Ledyard, MD

Tom Ledyard was raised in a large family in northwest Indiana whose values emphasized to cheering for the underdog and helping the underserved. The strong influences of family, education and mentors has lead Tom and his wife to the path of working with the underserved in Indianapolis, Kenya, and in multiple community health centers. His practice currently focuses on end of life care; helping patients and families find peace in transition. He has four children: a writer, boat builder, medical and entomology students. He enjoys being outside, working with wood and serving on non-profit boards.

Beverly Middaugh

Bev is CEO of Bright Ideas in Broad Ripple; she started the business at home with a $2000 savings account….33 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!