Jillian Ashton became president of ICAN in the summer of 2013 after being involved as a volunteer and board member for over 10 years with the organization. ICAN commenced its operations on February 14, 2002 when three service dogs in training were delivered to the Rockville Woman’s Prison for their training. ICAN trains and places assistance dogs with individuals with disabilities and provides foundational like skills to the inmate through their experiences as trainers. ICAN is the only accredited service dog program based in Indiana.
Jillian has a heart for mission; and a mind for business. She has developed a strong dedication to the non-profit sector serving in various fundraising and management roles at organizations like the American Heart Association, Community Health Network, and the Indy Chamber. She even owned her own small business for a time; gaining confidence in financial planning and business acumen.
Jillian grew up in the Pittsburgh area, moving to Indianapolis in 1996 to work for Alpha Gamma Delta International Headquarters. She decided to stay in the community after being a member of the Stanley K. Lacy leadership class in 2004 realizing Indy had a lot to offer a young professional desiring to make a difference in her community.
Jillian currently contributes to the service dog community as Chairman of Assistance Dog International (ADI) Education Committee and locally through her work on the board of directors for Indy Concerts for a Cause, and being an active member of Northview Church in Carmel, IN.
For questions regarding board relations, risk management, ICAN staff, donor relations, or strategy, and culture, please contact Jillian.
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