Board of Directors

Ian Mercer

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 has been a Dekalb H.O.P.E volunteer/mentor for the past 5 years.

Doug Morrow
Vice President

Doug is a 1977 graduate of the Indiana University School of Optometry and has practiced in Auburn for over 30 years. Some of his board experiences include: Board President of Chamber of Commerce, President of the Park board, and Auburn Little League President. He is a youth leader at the Auburn Presbyterian Church. Doug has been a United Way of DeKalb County board member for 15 years and is currently serving as campaign committee chair.

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.

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.

Brenda Mansfield
Personnel Chair

Brenda has worked at Peoples Federal Savings Bank for 25 years as an Asst. Vice President/ Branch Manager at the Garrett Branch. She has been serving on the United Way Board since 2005 and believes in the mission statement and knowing that she is helping to make a positive impact in our community. She enjoys golf, traveling, yard work and spending time with her family.

Neal Blythe
Immediate Past President

Neal received his undergraduate degree from Indiana University in Bloomington. After completing his udnergraduate work, Neal remained at IU, where he obtained his Juris Doctor degree. He is a partner at the Law Firm of Mefford, Weber, and Blythe.  Neal is licensed to practice in the State of Indiana and the United States District Court for both the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana. He is a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for DeKalb County, Indiana, and Attorney for the Town of Clear Lake and the Clear Lake Board of Zoning Appeals and Plan Commission. Besides being on the United Way Board of Directors, he is also involved with DeKalb County H.O.P.E. Inc., and Woodlawn Cemetery.

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.

Sue Carpenter
Events & Marketing Chair

Sue received a bachelor degree in History from Indiana University. She also graduated from the DeKalb Leadership program. Sue works for KPC news as a journalist. She has been involved with committees and boards such as: the YMCA, Garrett Heritage Days, Garrett Rotary President, Library Friends, Garrett High School ICE program and of course the United Way of DeKalb County.

Kyle Vanover
Day of Caring Co-Chair

Al Wleklinski

Al is a retired director of Material Management for DeKalb Health. He earned his B.S. from St. Joseph College. He has been the secretary for the Auburn Plan Commission, president of Board of Zoning Appeals, and is a member of Knights of Columbus.  

Chris Stark

Chris graduated from Ohio State University for both his undergraduate and graduate degree. He has been with Wells Fargo Bank for over 8 years and is the Senior Agriculture/Business Banker. He is the treasurer for DeKalb County D.A.R.E.  

Julie Hook

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.

Tonya Weaver

Tonya graduated from Butler University in Indianapolis with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education.   She received her Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from Indiana-Purdue University.  She has been employed with the Garrett-Keyser-Butler Community School District since 1990 and currently is the Director of Administration and Innovation.  Tonya also has been a classroom teacher, reading specialist, literacy coach, andelementary principal. Tonya, a lifelong resident of DeKalb County, enjoys her involvement with the Garrett Public Library Board of Directors, Junior Achievement, Learning Link of DeKalb County, and the Small Wonders Steering Committee.

Bob Krafft

Bob is a lifelong resident of DeKalb County, and has served at Youth for Christ Northeast Indiana for 20 years. He has been the Executive Director of the National Ministry Center for 7 years, and is currently the CEO at YMCA of DeKalb County. Bob earned bachelors degrees in Business Administration and Biblical Studies. His spouse Teresa teaches at Lakewood Park Christian , and they have three adult children: Jonathan, Taya, and Tianna.

Bill Stephan

Bill Stephan is the Senior County Director for the Otis R. Bowen Center. He has worked in Social Services for the last 30 years and raised 29 teenage foster boys. Bill splits his time between Fort Wayne, DeKalb and Middlesboro, Kentucky. He has been married to Lorna for 40 years and has two children, Marty and Nick. In his spare time he enjoys 4-wheeling, farming, and raising pastured livestock and chickens.

Kristen Payne

Kristen graduated from International Business College with a B.S. degree in Accounting. She has worked for Tower Bank & Trust in Fort Wayne as an HR Generalist, DeKalb Health in Auburn as the HR Director and currently Hallmark Home Mortgage as the HR Director.  Her expertise includes employee relations management, benefits administration, recruitment, hiring, polices and organizational development. Kristen’s certifications include Professional Human Resources (PHR) and most recently Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) from Society of Human Resource Management. She was born and raised in Elkhart, IN and moved to Fort Wayne in 2002 to pursue her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. She has a wonderful husband of 11 years and a very rambunctious, yet loving, three-year old son. Much of her time, outside work, is spent with family and friends, enjoying the outdoors, traveling and volunteering at church. She truly enjoys being able to serving others as a board member of the United Way of DeKalb County.

Lori Casiano



Jennifer Kasmier

Jennifer is currently working for Wellspring Interfaith Social Services in Fort Wayne.  She has lived in Auburn for the past 18 years, graduated form DeKalb High School and atteneded IPFW where she earned her degree in Human Services.  She has worked in the non-profit sector for the past four years and can't imagine doing anything else! She has served as a board member/secretary for A Day Away Adult Daycare, Inc., and on the board for The Village of Birchwood - Lutheran Life Villages.  She has been on the allocation review committe for United Way of Allen County, and a Volunteer Grant Coordinator for Congregation Achduth Vesholom. Jennifer is working toward obtaining her Certificate in Nonprofit Executive Leadership and Certificate in Fund Raising Management from IUPUI. When the weather gets above 50 degreees, you can often spot Jennifer taking long walks around Auburn neighborhoods and frequently shopping at Lyn-Maree's! She is looking forward to getting involved whole-heartedly at the United Way of DeKalb County and giving back to her community.

Jovonsia Guidry

Jovonsia graduated from Howard University in Washington D.C. with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. She was commissioned into the United States Air Force and currently is a member of the Indiana National Guard. She recently moved to Indiana and works for Walmart Logistics as an Operations Manager.

Dick Rollins

Bret Claghorn

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. 

Zach Lightner

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 Krisitn have a goldren retriever named George and enjoy spending time at the lake with family.  Zack enjoys flying, skeet shooting, and working on his house.

Honorary Sustaining Members

Dan Green

Doug Marsh

Bob Zimmerman