Who Is YMI?
Meet Our Staff
Brittany is the Executive Director of YMI, overseeing all day-to-day operations as well as external relations for the organization. Brittany is originally from northeast Indiana and now lives in Fishers with her husband Ryne and their two young sons. Brittany holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Taylor University and a master’s in nonprofit management from IUPUI. She currently serves on the board of Hamilton County Leadership Academy (2016 Graduate), Hamilton County Purdue Extension, and Association of Fundraising Professionals Indiana Chapter.
Prior to YMI, Brittany served as Director of Development for Hamilton County Community Foundation, working to cultivate new and existing relationships with donors and professional advisors in Hamilton County, and as a Community Investment Officer for Central Indiana Community Foundation, overseeing grantmaking and scholarship activities in Hamilton County. Brittany has a passion for serving her community and investing in youth, and is so excited that her new role with YMI will allow her to do both!
Director of Mentor Development
I grew up in small town Indiana, but have been living in the Fishers community with my husband for over a decade. I have two daughters who I devote almost all of my creative energy. I graduated from Indiana University with a degree in nonprofit management, and have spent my time since then working with small nonprofits in roles ranging from member engagement to leader development. My professional (and personal!) passion is creating connections and exceptional experiences. In my free time, you can find me at the library with my girls filling our “book carts,” at the parks in Fishers, or obsessing over all the Disney things.
Born and raised in the greater Chicago land area, I have a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Business Administration from Robert Morris University in Orland Park, IL. I’ve worn many hats, including Administrative Assistant, Sales Manager, Case Associate, Wife, Mom and Volunteer. My husband and I moved to Fishers with our two children (Madison and Hudson) almost eight years ago. I am thrilled to be joining an organization and group of people that serve the community in such a positive way!
I originally grew up in northern Indiana before graduating from Ball State University with a B.S. in Psychology. I spent 8 years in the corporate world following graduation, but my most rewarding times have been during the last 10 years assisting children in various roles within my own home as well as in preschool and kindergarten classrooms. While children are definitely my greatest passion, I also have an adventurous spirit and love traveling, trying new restaurants, and anything that gets me outdoors! I have been married to my high school sweetheart, Nick, for 18 years and we have two amazing kids (Grant and Aliza). I’m also a huge animal lover and enjoy snuggling with our rescue dog, Oscar, when at home. As a longtime resident of Fishers I am very excited for this opportunity to be a part of YMI and serve children within our local community.
I’ve now been a proud Hoosier with my husband and our three kids for over 20 years, but was born and raised a Buckeye. I graduated from Ohio State with a degree in Math Education but chose to work with a Christian organization called Cru. I’ve had many adventures since that decision including three years in the former Soviet Union where I helped pioneer Cru in Lithuania. More recently I’ve had the opportunity to mentor students through Cru at Riverside Junior High and Fishers High School. I was sold on YMI after experiencing the incredible impact mentoring can have in the life of a student and am so excited for this new adventure with YMI.
I grew up in Illinois but fell in love with the state of Indiana during my time studying biology at Butler University. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree and landed my dream job at Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, Illinois. There, I developed educational programs for students, children, adults, and families sharing my passion for the natural world. In 2010, my husband, Matthew, and I moved to Fishers, Indiana to raise our two children, Noah and Katherine. Here, I have volunteered in many different roles from my children’s school, our church, and community organizations; I’ve also worked as a preschool teacher. I believe in servant leadership and supporting kids to provide them with the best future possible. I am very excited to now be working with YMI to help support its goals as a Campus Coordinator.
I was born and raised in Germany. I met my husband Joe overseas and we moved our family to Fishers in 2010. We have 3 kids that are enrolled at different schools within the HSE school district. In the past, we have shared our life and traditions while hosting a few of the high school foreign exchange students. We love to expand our horizons and grow as a family. Besides exploring different cultures and traveling we also very much enjoy exploring the city of Fishers and surrounding areas along with our active rescue puppy. I have a degree in Economics and worked for a while in this field, but I quickly discovered that my true calling is in “making a difference” in the lives of children and teenagers. I have served the community for 10+ years as a coordinator with a local student exchange program for high schools. I love to be able to have an impact on young adults and their life journey. I believe in advocating for the next generation and helping them to become who they want to be. Partnering with local schools and their relationships with students within the community is very important to me. I am super excited to have joined YMI and I am looking forward to supporting and developing many meaningful YMI mentee and mentor partnerships.
I am a lifelong resident of Indiana, having grown up in Lafayette, graduating from Ball State University with a degree in Communications, and then settling down in Fishers in 2001. I’m married to my husband of nearly 20 years, Paul, and we share two boys, Alex & Lucas, who are students at Fishers High School. I have held many board positions on school PTOs, Summer Break and FAST Swim Teams, and the Fishers HS Band Boosters. I have worked for the last 13 years in the education field as a preschool teacher, instructional assistant, and substitute teacher. My most meaningful role was working with 5th and 6th grade FOCUS students. Seeing the difference I was able to make in their self-esteem, academic success, and social skills was incredibly rewarding, and I am thrilled to be able to continue supporting students in the HSE school district through my role as Campus Coordinator with YMI.
Board of Directors
Matt Kegley is in his 13th year working in Hamilton Southeastern Schools. Matt currently serves the district as the Director of Secondary Education. With almost a quarter century of public education expereince, Matt has taught and served in administration in schools of various secondary grade configurations. Matt has worked in Waldron and Huntington before coming to the HSE School District. Matt is married to his wife Jennifer and they have three children; Olivia, Sophia, and Isaiah.
Matt grew up in rural Illinois, the youngest of 5 children. He majored in Engineering and minored in Business Management at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. After college, he quickly climbed the ranks in the mortgage industry as one of the most successful Loan Officers in the country winning a multitude of awards along the way in Sales and Servant Leadership. Matt moved to Hamilton County in 2008 and currently manages a mortgage office in Fishers for Magnolia Bank. He has a wife and 3 kids and has a passion for promoting Mental Health Awareness in the Indianapolis community.
Jagga Rent is a family man. Married to Finae Rent, Elementary school teacher at Cumberland Road Elementary; they have 3 beautiful children (Jaelynne, Journie and Jagga Jr.) Jagga enjoys spending time with this crew and makes sure they know they are a priority in his life. Without the support of his family, there is no way Jagga would be able to function. Jagga’s family and faith have been pillars for his life; he has served his church as an official board member for the past 5 years. Jagga Rent currently serves as Assistant Principal at Hamilton Southeastern High School. Entering his 7th year at HSE, he was promoted from Dean of Students in 2018. Jagga has been an educator for 14 years and has worked in 3 buildings, serving a variety of students at the secondary level. For fun, Jagga likes to travel to Ann Arbor, Michigan during the college football season and watch the Wolverines play in the “Big House.” Go Blue!
Betsy Block has been a resident of Fishers since 1992. She and her husband, city councilman Rich Block, have raised four children here and have served the youth of our community in many different ways. Betsy has worked on the PTO of several Hamilton Southeastern Schools, the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis guild, St. Vincent Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital Hero project, participated in Oprah’s Big Give for Third Phase Women’s Shelter and has served on various church boards and committees. Professionally, she works as a healthcare consultant for IBM Watson Health and has more than 20 years of experience in healthcare marketing and strategic planning. She works with hospitals to design business development strategy for optimal performance under value-based care. Betsy is starting her second year as a YMI mentor and has experienced the incredible impact these relationships can have on a child’s life.
Joe Eaton has been a resident of Fishers since 1990. He and his wife Florie have raised two children, both graduates of Fishers High School, and have been actively involved in numerous civic and philanthropic organizations in Fishers. Joe served eight years as member of the board of directors of the Hamilton Southeastern Schools Foundation, including a term as President, and helped co-found the HSSF Advisory Council. Joe also is the past founder and president of TigerONE, a non-profit organization serving all student athletes at Fishers High School. Joe participated in the Town of Fishers Reorganization Committee in 2010 and the City/Town Study Committee. Joe is currently a member of the board of directors of Launch Fishers, serves on the sponsorship committee of SPARK!Fishers and is a member of the Fifty Club of Fishers. He is a graduate of Butler University and the IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law. Joe has worked at Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s Indianapolis office since 1991 as a litigation attorney, defending industrial and chemical manufacturers and medical device manufacturers in product liability cases in state and federal courts across the country.
Joe joined the YMI board in August 2019 and looks forward to advancing YMI’s mission of providing specialized mentor programs for all students.
Ashley leads the communications strategy and media relations for the City of Fishers as its public relations director. With over a decade of communications experience in the non-profit and public sectors, she directs strategy for major projects including the Fishers Mental Health Initiative and the city’s partnership with Hamilton Southeastern Schools, CurioCity. Ashley holds a Bachelors Degree in Business from Indiana University and lives in Fishers with her husband and two children.
CRYSTAL MURFF THORPE
Crystal Murff Thorpe is the very proud principal at Fishers Junior High School in the Hamilton Southeastern School District and has served in this position for ten years. She began her career as a high school English teacher and later served as an assistant principal in both MSD Perry Township and MSD Wayne Township. She earned her undergraduate degree from Indiana University, her master’s degree from Butler University, and is currently completing her PhD at Indiana State University in educational leadership. She is also the Principal-in-Residence at the University of Indianapolis where she trains future school leaders. Crystal has been featured in the Fishers Current newspaper, received the Ford Motor Company Unsung Hero Award, and was honored in Who’s Who in Black Indianapolis for Academia. She has provided professional development to HSE schools on fundamental classroom conditions and has been a guest speaker at Ball State University.
In addition to YMI, Corby serves on the Board of Directors for several organizations, including the Hamilton County Community Foundation, Builders Association of Greater Indianapolis, Hamilton County Economic Development Corporation, as well as the Fishers Rotary Club. Corby holds a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering from Purdue University as well as a Masters of Business Administration from Indiana University. Corby lives in Fishers with his wife, Julie and they have twin boys, Cole and Cooper.
As RQAW’s President, Troy along with Brad Battin were instrumental in moving their corporate headquarters to Downtown Fishers. He also heads up and co-owns BW Construction and BW Development. He formerly served as INDOT Chief of Staff, COO, and Vincennes District Director, during both Governor Daniels’ and Governor Pence’s administrations. Prior to his work at INDOT, Troy worked for Anthem as the Director of Indiana State Sponsored Business helping administer Anthem’s role in the Healthy Indiana Plan. He has previously been an Indiana State Representative for District 64, President and CEO of the Knox County Chamber of Commerce, and Group Homes Manager at the Southwest IN Regional Youth Village. He is married to Melissa, with two sons Evan and Austin. They live in Fishers, IN and attend Northview Church, Fishers Campus.
Nick Scheske is the Director of Student Ministries of Heartland Church, a multi ethnic church located in Indianapolis. Growing up in Hamilton Country, Nick was a student in the Hamilton Southeastern School district attending Hamilton Southeastern High School. Upon his graduations from high school, Nick attended Wheaton College (IL) where he played football and received a BA in Business & Economics. During his time at Wheaton College, Nick’s passion for helping teenagers began to flourish through volunteer opportunities within the youth group of Willow Creek Community Church, located in the suburbs of Chicago. Upon graduation, Nick joined the staff of Willow Creek Community Church where he served as a youth pastor for 7 years, eventually having the privilege of leading the youth ministry of their largest campus. In the spring of 2019, Nick and his wife Abby felt called back to the town of Fishers and joined the staff of Heartland Church, the church which Nick grew up in. Nick has a deep-seated passion for watching students in grow into the person they have been created to be and considers it a true honor to love on families and students in the community he grew up in. Nick loves watching college football, cooking for his with his wife Abby, and playing with their golden retriever puppy named Ellie. Nick and his wife are expecting their first child in May of 2020.
Matt Schicker is an International Fine Wine Supplier for Taub Family Selections, a division of Palm Bay International. As a Division Manager over 8 states, Matt educates and manages Distributors and State Managers and is in charge of $45 million dollars in business revenue. He has a degree from Governors State University in Chicago, has studied in the Court of Master Sommeliers and the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) out of the UK. He has also been active in the community through a mens’ initiative, “Fight Club,” focusing on developing men in our community through Christ, conducts smalls mens’ groups at Crosspoint Church, has been a Mentor in YMI for 3 years, is a 4th Degree in the Knights of Columbus and holds a Certificate of Ministry. Matt resides in Fishers, IN with his wife and two kids.
Ex-Officio Board Members
Steven Orusa is Fire Chief for the Fishers Department of Fire and Emergency Services since 2011. He has served over 33 years in law enforcement and fire service positions. He serves on the following non for profit boards: City of Fishers Youth Mentoring Initiative (YMI), Hamilton County Humane Society, Leslie Anne Hulse Foundation (Human Trafficking), and the International Association of Dive Rescue Specialists (IADRS) board of directors.
Steven grew up in Chicago, Illinois, receiving his bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University in 1983. His graduate work is in Human Resource Management. He is a published author and frequently invited speaker on public safety leadership and development techniques. He has provided analysis on public safety response for USA Today, Fire Chief Magazine, Fire Engineering Magazine, and has also appeared on BBC, MSNBC, Fox News, and CNN to provide expert analysis on disaster response.
Founder & CEO of Launch Fishers and The Indiana IoT Lab
In 2017 John founded The Indiana IoT Lab in Fishers, a 24,000 square foot innovation hub for Internet of Things (IoT)-related enterprises. John received the 2018 Trailblazer Award from Techpoint, recognizing a “visionary whose contributions have had a significant impact on our technology ecosystem and state.”
John has been a lifelong volunteer with community organizations, currently serving on the Boards of Directors of several organizations including the Indiana State Museum, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, and the Indiana Technology and Innovation Association.
John started his career at IBM, achieving membership in the Golden Circle recognizing the top 1.5% of the IBM sales force. Prior to joining IBM, John earned a marketing degree from Indiana University. John served in the US Army where he learned the art of rappelling from helicopters as an Air Assault-Qualified Combat Engineer at Ft. Hood, Texas.
Pastor Darryn Scheske
Senior Pastor of Heartland Church
Pastor Scheske also serves as the Chairman of Converge, a church planting network of over 1,300 churches, “starting and strengthening churches together worldwide.” He is a passionate advocate for people to live purposeful, fulfilled lives of compassion and generosity. He is an activator for sustainable transformation in developing countries like Haiti and Sierra Leone. India. A member of the Fishers Rotary Club, Darryn is a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow, and the 2010 Rotarian of the Year.
Pastor Scheske holds a Master’s degree in Leadership from Southeastern University, and In 2018, Pastor Scheske received an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Indiana Wesleyan University.
Darryn and his wife, Loree have been married for 28 years and are blessed with one married son, two daughters, and a long-haired dachshund. Darryn is a certified Rescue Diver. He also enjoys hiking in national parks all across America.
John is the epitome of a Community Banker – his nickname of “Mr. Fishers” is well earned. It would be hard to find an event in the Fishers area that he isn’t actively involved with, especially if it involves the OneZone Chamber or Hamilton Southeastern School Corporation. If you have a question about Fishers or the Nickel Plate District, John’s your man; and if you’re looking for someone to volunteer for a good cause, look no further.
Contact John today to discuss your business’ financial needs. (He even speaks Arabic!)