Board of Directors

Ian Mercer
President
Governance Committee Chair

Ian received his B.Sc. degree from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario Canada. He is a retired executive who spent the vast majority of his career in the corrugated packaging industry in Canada and the United States.  He is the former Chair of the Administration Council of the Auburn First United Methodist Church; is a member of the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation of Dekalb County and had previously served as a Dekalb H.O.P.E. volunteer/mentor.  Ian and Paula have one son and two grandchildren.

Bret Claghorn
Vice President

Bret Claghorn has been in Healthcare Finance since 2008. Prior to Healthcare, he worked in public accounting as a CPA focusing on audit.  Bret is currently the CFO at DeKalb Health overseeing all financial operations.  Prior to joining DeKalb Health, Bret was the Director of Finance for Parkview Physicians Group. At PPG, he managed a staff of 10 professional staff leading financial analysis and reporting for 500+ providers.  Bret also was the CFO at Lutheran Medical Group.  Bret has led the Junior Achievement JA in a Day program for Parkview Health the past two years.  He is the coach for baseball and soccer in Roanoke Youth Sports league.  Bret received an undergraduate degree from Ball State and IPFW. He is married with three children.

Rebeca Ackermann
Secretary

Rebeca Ackermann grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana where she attended North Side High School. She earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Indiana University in Bloomington and obtained her Masters of Science in Education with a Concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy from IPFW.  She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  Rebeca has been with the Otis R. Bowen Center since 2010. She started as a RSP/case manager then later became an outpatient therapist for the Fort Wayne office. In 2016 Rebeca accepted a position in the DeKalb County Bowen Center in Auburn as an Assistant Director and in 2017 she was promoted to Director of the DeKalb Bowen Center. “DeKalb is a warm and welcoming place and it is obvious as soon as you get here how deeply the residents care about the community. I am very excited to work towards positively contributing to DeKalb county and honored to be a member of the United Way Board!”

Melissa Eshbach
Treasurer

A degreed chemist, with Star Technology since 1997.  Currently a partner and Operations Manager.  I have been privileged to work with global organizations to engineer and manufacture custom adhesive solutions. Personal time is spent serving my community in variety of capacities including prior Board of Directors for DeKalb County Community Foundation and Learning Link, and board member of the Crossing, a faith based alternative school serving northern Indiana. Have volunteered  with United Way Day of Caring and TriKappa as prior chair of Honor Banquet and co-chair of Pink Out.  Actively involved with the Miss America organization as a local co-director for Miss Auburn Cord Duesenberg.  Blessed with wonderful family of 22 years with husband Mike and two teenagers Evan and Emily.

Dave Bunn

David has been with the City of Auburn Fire Department for 30 years and is currently the Fire Marshall.  He received his associate degree from Ivy Tech and is also an adjunct professor for the college. He is the United Way of DeKalb County's immediate past president and also serves on the DeKalb County Fair Association board.

Chris Clear

Chris is a Product Engineer for DeKalb Molded Plastics and has been there for over ten years. He attended Tri-State University and graduated with a bachelor of science degree in Mechanical Engineering. He has been a member of New Hope Christian Center in Waterloo for over 20 years.

Julie Hook
Governance Committee Co-Chair

Julie is the Director of General Studies degree program at IPFW and is an instructor for the Organizational Leadership Studies degree program. Julie graduated from Indiana University with an Ed.D. and from Drake University with a BSE/MSE. Julie is part of the Auburn Arts Council. Her board experiences include: Butler Public Library, DeKalb Leadership, Children Fair, and the United Way. She is an Education Honoraryof Delta Kappa Gamma.

Zach Lightner
Campaign Chair

Zach received his undergraduate degree from Purdue University and his law degree from IU McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis.  Zach is an attorney at the Law Firm of Meffrod, Weber, & Blythe and a deputy prosecutor for DeKalb County.  He is on the Board of Directors for ADAC, a steering committee memberfor Learning Link of DeKalb County, a committee member for the Hometown Collaboartion Initiative as well as a member of the Auburn Rotary Club.  Zach and his wife Kristin have a goldren retriever named George and enjoy spending time at the lake with family.  Zach enjoys flying, skeet shooting, and working on his house.

Nick Scheumann
Community Impact Chair

Nick Scheumann has been a financial advisor for over twelve years and is a founding member of Oak Partners Auburn.  Nick is a graduate of Manchester University with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and a minor in Mathematics.  He is currently on the board of directors, the Finance Committee and the Chair of the Community Impact Committee of the United Way of Dekalb County. He is also on the Board of Directors for the ACD Festival.  Nick and his wife Shannon have a son, Matthew, born in July 2008 and a daughter, Myla, born in October of 2010. They enjoy going to the lake on the summer weekends as a family. Nick also enjoys spending time playing golf with friends, clients and business associates.

Jenn Gibson
Events & Marketing Chair

Jenn is currently serving as the Corporate Health and Wellness Coordinator for DeKalb Health ensuring occupational health and wellness programs are thriving and exceeding expectations with local employers.  Prior to joining DeKalb Health, Jenn served as the Divisional Marketing Lead for MedPro Group’s Dental Division in Fort Wayne, where she lead marketing efforts and traveled around the country educating future dentists, oral surgeons and agents on the important aspects of malpractice insurance.  Born and raised in Auburn, Jenn has always had a deep passion for the work of the United Way and appreciates the breadth and impact the organization has in our community. She also volunteers her time for several additional organizations such as Auburn Main Street, Auburn Girls Softball League, Community Foundation of DeKalb County- Community Engagement Committee and Tri Kappa of Auburn. Jenn has a B.S. in General Studies from Indiana University, Fort Wayne, with a double concentration in Arts & Humanities and Math & Sciences. She is married to Josh and has three children, Taylor, Emmett & Evelyn.

 

Kyle Vanover
Day of Caring Co-Chair

 

Tonya Weaver

Tonya graduated from Butler University in Indianapolis with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education.   She received her Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from Indiana-Purdue University.  She has been employed with the Garrett-Keyser-Butler Community School District since 1990 and currently has the privilege to serve the community as the Superintendent.  Tonya also has been a classroom teacher, reading specialist, literacy coach, elementary principal, and Director of Innovation. Tonya, a lifelong resident of DeKalb County, enjoys spending time with her husband Doug and two daughters, Sydney and Abby.

Tyler Cleverly

Tyler is the Agency Owner of Shelter Insurance in downtown Auburn, which opened in September 2015. Prior to moving back to DeKalb County, he worked in college and professional basketball for ten years.  Tyler graduated from Ball State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sport Administration and a minor in Foundations of Management. He then received his Master of Arts degree in Physical Education with an emphasis in Sport Administration, also from Ball State.  Tyler is currently on the Community Impact Committee of the United Way of DeKalb County. He is also on the Board of Directors for NeighborLink of DeKalb County.

Kristina Brockhouse

Kristina is the Executive Director at Children First Center.  She holds a Master's of Social Work from Indiana University.  Kristina is also the Vice President of the Accreditation Board at Saint Francis University.  Kristina has been employed at Children First Center for 9 years and has an extensive backgroung in Clinical Social Work; she is committed to helping children and families become all they can be!

Rev. Dr. Marcus J. Carlson

Rev. Dr. Carlson is an ordained Lutheran Pastor in two different Lutheran bodies. He currently serves as Senior Pastor of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Auburn, Indiana. Dr. Carlson also teaches for Toccoa Falls College and Sioux Falls Seminary. In addition to his work as a pastor and professor, Marcus is an author, speaker, consulting and spiritual director. His wife, Jessica and him also do some hobby farming. Dr. Carlson earned his Bachelors Degree from Eastern University and his Masters from Fuller Seminary. He earned his Doctoral degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. His doctorate was interdisciplinary in nature focusing on child and adolescent development, culture, leadership, theology, leading change, practical theology and family ministry among other things. His dissertation focused on the role of the community in healthy adolescent development. He has been married to his high school sweetheart Jessica for 15 years and they have two children, a son Micah (13) and daughter Abigail (11).  Rounding out their family are a handful of pets and hobby farm critters. Marcus loves to spend time with his family, read, hike, and share a cup of coffee and conversation. Marcus is very involved in the community serving on various boards as well as involvement in many other volunteer efforts with a variety of organizations.

Lori Casiano

Honorary Sustaining Members

Dan Green

Doug Marsh

Bob Zimmerman