Young Professionals Advisory Board

Our Young Professionals Advisory Board

In 2009, The Villages founded the Young Professionals Advisory Board to help introduce a new generation to our work, mission, and opportunities for non-profit board service. We seek to gather a diverse group of community leaders, ages 40 years and younger, from various professional backgrounds to assist with friend-raising, awareness, and support of championing every child’s right to a safe, permanent, and nurturing home.

Membership Responsibilities:

  • Make every effort to attend and contribute to all Advisory Board meeting, reviewing agenda, and supporting materials in advance when applicable.
  • Make an individual contribution at the level that is comfortable to you to The Villages annual fund.
  • Attend and support agency functions and special events.
  • Serve on at least one committee and or task force and be open to applying your talent and expertise to special assignment.
  • Advocate for corporate support from your employer or company if applicable.
  • Be informed about The Villages mission, services, policies, and programs and inform others about the organization and invite them to special events. Connect with donors, friends, funders, and other community stakeholders to build a network of support for the organization.
  • Keep up-to-date on developments in human services and related industries.
  • Suggest possible nominees to the Advisory Board who can make significant contributions to the work of the Advisory Board and The Villages.
  • Challenge The Villages staff to make this experience meaningful for you.
  • Understand and apply principles related to effective young professional boards.
  • Annually agree to serve on the board for one year to maximize the experience for you and The Villages.

For more information, contact Sarah Cline at

2019-2020 Board Members

Board Chair
Grace Godfrey, Riley Hospital for Children

Brittany Todd, Resource Commercial Real Estate

Recruitment & Retention Chair
Samantha Burke, Pass the Torch for Women Foundation

Board Liaison
Kelly Lavin, Canvas

Liz Abren, Barnes & Thornburg, LLP
Duchess Adjei, American Red Cross
Ashley Braun, Interra Credit Union
Kyle Chaffee, Energy Harness
Jeffrey Cottrell, Eli Lilly & Company
Sally Dunn, Riley Hospital for Children
Ali Gelhaus, HealthNet, Inc.
Hannah Gooding, Hedges
Tiaundra Foster, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
Tristan Fretwell, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP
Kelly Gridley, Indiana Members Credit Union
Jessica Hadler, JP Morgan Chase
Erin Kimbowa, Hirons & Company Communications
Michael Lawrence, State of Indiana, Office of Technology
Christina Nash, Anova
David Orlich, Indiana Legal Services
Jenna Phillips, Canvas
Jessica Read, Community Leader
Kate Roberts, Barrett Duncan & Duncan Wealth Advisory Group
John Schmidt, Stifel Financial Group
Kristin Seward, PNC Bank, National Association
Rebecca Stevenson, Rolls-Royce
Mike Todd, Salesforce
Rob Triplett, Old National Bank
Sarah Beth Warycha, Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis