Our Team

We Couldn't Save Lives Without Them

Board Of Directors

Kim Ebert, Chair

Ogletree Deakins

Ebert is an attorney and shareholder with Ogletree Deakins and serves as lead counsel for the Humane Society for Hamilton County.

For over thirty years, Ebert has defended the interests of employers in the full range of labor and employment matters.  He has played a significant role in working with clients to develop a national strategy for labor and employment, and also regularly has assisted in due diligence in acquisitions and divestitures.

As a labor lawyer, Ebert has negotiated over 100 collective bargaining agreements, including agreements related to facility closings and work transfers.  He has played a key role in strike planning and related state court injunction litigation.  Mr. Ebert has also handled more than 200 arbitrations. He has successfully helped employers develop positive employment practices and resist union organizing by all of the major labor organizations in the United States.

Paul DeFonce, Operations Committee Chair

Paul is the Senior Vice President of Information Technology for Duke Realty where he has worked for the last 20 years. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Franklin College.

Ann-Marie Rohe, Fundraising Committee Chair

After working in marketing and media for ten years, Ann-Marie launched a lifestyle blog and social media freelance business. She also has a 19-year career in the direct sales industry, holds a B.A. from Purdue and an M.B.A. with a focus in Marketing from Butler.

Ann-Marie lives in Fishers with her husband, three children and rescue Bichon mix, Molly.

Kelly Faehr, Treasurer

Crowe LLP

Faehr is CPA and Director with Crowe LLP, specializing in audit, financial advisory, and consulting services for retail dealers.

Katy Stowers, Secretary

With 25 years in law practice and two decades in the health and welfare benefits field, Katy is a powerhouse in advising employers in welfare benefits and compliance strategy.

Katy graduated from DePauw University and the Indiana University School of Law Indianapolis. She is a member of the Indiana State Bar Association and is currently Managing Director at FirstPerson.

Rick Adams, Board Member

Rick Adams has enjoyed a 30+ year career in business development and relationship management.  In 2011, he joined Deloitte and currently serves as a Client Relationship Executive in the firm’s life sciences/healthcare practice.

Rick studied at Ball State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism.  He’s active in the central Indiana community and his two primary passions are animal welfare and supporting and serving children with illnesses and/or disabilities.

Melissa Dicke, Board Member

Melissa Dicke is a Physical Therapist and has been working in the Healthcare field for the past 10 years. In 2016 she started Elite Home Rehab and Healthcare Corp, a Medicare Certified Home Health Agency servicing Central Indiana. She currently serves as the Agency’s CEO and President of the Board of Directors.
Melissa earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Florida.

Rebecca Ebert, Board Member

Rebecca is a Speech Language Pathologist who has worked with communication impaired adults, children and preschoolers for 17 years.  After retiring from the Lawrence Township Schools, she began volunteering for the HSHC in 2006 and volunteers in a full-time capacity creating profiles to help market our adoptable animals.

Rebecca has a BS in Speech and Hearing Science, and a Masters in Speech Language Pathology, both from IU Bloomington.

Mark Heirbrandt, Board Member

Over the past 17 years, Heirbrandt has worked in the water and energy-efficiency business and travels the state working with elected officials in the local government to improve the operations of their facilities with energy savings improvements. Mark served on the City of Westfield Public Board of Works for six years where he was involved in the negotiation and sale of the water utility to Citizen’s Energy Group for $91 million dollars and began serving as Hamilton County Commissioner in 2013.

Mark graduated from the University of Indianapolis with a double major in Chemistry and Biology.

Tonya Miller, Board Member

Indiana Fiber Network

Tonya is a Regional Sales Manager at Indiana Fiber Network and has proven herself as an accomplished sales and management leader with over 25 years in the industry.

She graduated in 1991 from Indiana University with a BA in Psychology and is the proud owner of a rescued American Staffordshire Terrier, Paris, and two rescued cats, Dash and Onyx.

Jason O’Neil, Board Member

Jason O’Neil is the President and Chief Operating Officer of Century 21 Scheetz, a locally owned and operated residential and commercial real estate brokerage that serves home and property owners in central Indiana.

For more than 15 years he has been a generous contributor to the real estate industry. Jason was served as President of the MIBOR Realtor Association, a Director for the National Association of Realtors (NAR) and the Indiana Association of Realtors.

Jason earned a bachelor’s degree in entrepreneurship and management from Ball State University and continued his studies completing his master’s degree in management and communication.

Jason is an avid cook and reader and he resides in Carmel with his wife, Courtney, and their two spirited children, Max and Molly.

Paul Reis, Board Member

Paul Reis is an attorney and partner with Krieg Devault, LLP. He serves as Chair of the firm’s Real Estate Practice Group.  In practice for over 30 years, he has focused his career working with large and small businesses and municipalities in commercial and industrial real estate transactions and development, land use and zoning, urban redevelopment projects, contract negotiation and corporate governance and regulatory matters.

Prior to joining Krieg DeVault, Mr. Reis was a Partner with local Indianapolis law firm Bose McKinney & Evans LLP where his practice was concentrated in land use planning and zoning, commercial real estate transactions, and urban redevelopment.

Dr. Melissa Shrout, Board Member

Dr. Melissa Shrout opened the Shrout Family Chiropractic PC in Carmel in 2006 where she serves patients of all ages. Melissa received her Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Missouri and graduated from the Palmer College of Chiropractic in February 2006.

As a mother of four, Melissa feels chiropractic care is an essential part of raising a healthy family, and she is a both a proud supporter of animal rescue and a pit bull mama for over a decade.

Advisory Board

Meet Our Advisory Board Members

Debora A. Bennett
Managing Director, Oxford Fidelity Group

Mike Bush
Owner, Bushbeagle Design LLC

Shawn Curran
President, Curran Architecture

Scott Fadness
Mayor City of Fishers

Whit Grayson
Grayson & Associates

Sam Mishelow
Chief Strategy Officer, Meyer Najem

Pete Peterson
Fishers City Council

Brad and Carey Riley
Owners, Recreation Unlimited

Cindy Simon Skjodt
Samerian Foundation

Dr. Mike Thomas, DVM
Owner, Noah’s Animal Hospitals

Ronda & Nick Weybright
RealAmerica/Weybright Properties

 

Meet Our
President & CEO

Stevens is an Indiana native who was born and raised on the east side of Indianapolis.  After spending 14 years in corporate America,  Stevens left her career in the corporate sector in May 2005 to join the Humane Society for Hamilton County as its Executive Director.  She believes animal welfare is her true “calling” and credits an American Bulldog named Maggie as the inspiration behind her move to HSHC.  (Maggie’s Story.)

Stevens has 27 years of business development and marketing experience in the specialized areas of strategic planning, fundraising, public relations, management, and building brands through the “story of telling.”  Before joining the Humane Society for Hamilton County,  Stevens served as Director of Marketing and Inside Sales for Carmel-based eGIX Inc., a national telecommunications provider.  (Visit Stevens’ Linkedin Profile for more information.)

Stevens holds her bachelor’s degree in marketing from Indiana State University and was valedictorian of Arlington High School in Indianapolis. Stevens currently lives in Fishers where she has resided for 21 years.

She is pictured here with her Pit Bull Nikita.

Meet Our Management Team

Meet Our Lead Volunteers

Love & Let Live

Every animal deserves a second chance at love — and life. We invite you to be part of the solution and give back to the animals who give us so much.