Welcome to the Indiana Chapter of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation! We are committed to finding cures for and raising awareness of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis as well as supporting the more than 30,000 Hoosiers living with these diseases.
Indiana Staff Contacts
Chapter Executive Director
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Brandi has a 20 + year nonprofit background. Before joining the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation in March of 2016 she ran her own event consulting company for 10 years assisting athletes in their philanthropic efforts. Clients included Marshall Faulk, the Pro Football Hall of Fame and more than 20 other professional athletes and organizations.
Brandi also served as the Executive Director of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in Tampa, Florida. During this 4 year tenure, the Chapter’s net budget grew from 200K to 800K through walks, galas and a golf outing.
Brandi’s fundraising career started at Indiana State University where she graduated with a BS in Marketing. She found her love of fundraising and nonprofit work during her internship as the event director for the ISU AMA Golf Classic.
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Amanda is a 2016 graduate of The Ohio State University. She received her BA in strategic communications and Spanish. During her time as a Buckeye, she was an active member in STEP: Second-Year Transformational Experience Program, the Women’s Glee Club, and the Office of International Affairs. Over the past year in her role with the Foundation, she has used her knowledge to create incredible event experiences for the Indiana community along with lending her expertise to building our social network presence and young professional community.
Indiana Chapter Board of Directors
Anu Bag - Member at Large
Anushree (Anu) Bag joined the Board of Directors in January 2017. She has a very close personal connection with the mission of the Foundation and has become a strong advocate for raising dollars for medical research that will find a cure for inflammatory bowel diseases. Anu is actively involved with The Great Gutsby Gala and the Indianapolis Take Steps campaign.
Anu manages Next Gn, a boutique consulting firm, which specializes in Strategy and Operations in highly regulated industries, such as healthcare. She has a M.S in electrical engineering from the University of Toledo, she is a Six Sigma Black Belt, certified in project management by the Project Management Institute, and is certified in Lean Management and internal Audit. Anu is particularly passionate about promoting cultural diversity and advocating for children’s health and women’s empowerment and leadership. Out of those interests she serves as president of the Bengali Association of Indiana, on the Board of Directors of The Ronald McDonald House, and is a member of the National Association of Women Business Owners. Anu is a graduate of the Stanley K. Lacy Leadership Program, Class XXXV. She lives in Carmel with her husband and two children.
Phil Bounsall - Chairman
As president at Walker, Bounsall is focused on the development and execution of strategies and operating plans designed to enhance Walker’s position as a global leader in customer intelligence. Bounsall also works with Walker’s client service teams to help meet the needs of Walker’s clients. Phil first joined Walker in 1994 as chief financial officer after a 12-year career with public accounting firm, Ernst & Young, where he focused on entrepreneurial companies and corporate finance transactions, including public and private offerings. He also spent five years as the chief financial officer of Brightpoint, Inc. (now a subsidiary of Ingram Micro), a global company providing distribution and logistics services to the wireless communications industry. In addition to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, Bounsall serves on the boards of Special Olympics Indiana, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee.
Phil is passionate about completing the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation’s quest for a cure because his family is directly impacted by IBD. He constantly anticipates the day that IBD is no longer a part of his family.
Patrick Deak - Vice-Chair
Leading, developing, and improving service organizations for over 20 years. Throughout Patrick’s 24 year career with Capital Group Cos. he has been involved with almost every facet of the service organization. His experiences include leading departments involved with marketing, long range planning and budgeting, workforce management, predictive analytics and front line customer service. Patrick currently leads a cross-site retirement department focused on the installation of proprietary retirement plans.
Patrick graduated from Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management with a Bachelor’s degree in Management and a minor in finance. He is originally from Chicago and currently resides in Shelbyville, Indiana with his wife, Jennifer, and their three sons.
Kevin Hill - Revenue Director
Kevin is the Manager of Operations and Account Services for NFP Property & Casualty Services. He provides insurance and risk management advice to business owners throughout Indiana and helps lead a local office for the national insurance brokerage. Kevin has also been an active member in Rotary since 2013, and is slated to become president in 2018.
Kevin has been active with the Indiana Chapter of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation since his son Zach was diagnosed with Crohn’s over 13 years ago. He is a past President and currently serves as the Indianapolis Take Steps Chairman. He continues to serve to support Zach, his wife Susan (diagnosed in 2015), and all those who fight to find a cure for these diseases.
In his spare time, Kevin roots for the 3 time World Champion Chicago Cubs. He often takes his family and friends to Wrigley Field to experience it in person. Kevin has lived in Danville for 20 of the last 23 years, with his wife Susan, and their four kids.
Maura Hoff - Member at Large
Maura Hoff is an attorney, representing small business clients and governmental units with the law firm DeFur Voran in Muncie, Indiana. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in English from Centre College and her Juris Doctorate from Ohio Northern University. She has lobbied at both the Indiana State House and the United States Congress on bills that affect the wellbeing of Crohn’s patients and the budget for funding research for a cure.
Maura has served on the Board of Directors for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation since 2008, chairing the annual fundraising gala, currently The Great Gutsby Gala. Her team, “The Crohn Rangers,” has participated in seven years of the Indianapolis Take Steps campaign. She lives with her husband, Ryan, and their daughter in Yorktown, Indiana.
Al Larsen - Communications Chair
Al Larsen is the executive director, content and communications for Community Health Network in Indianapolis. Al leads a team of marketing and communications professionals who are responsible for managing corporate and internal communications, media relations, community relations, video production, event production and graphic services for one of Indiana’s largest healthcare providers.
Prior to joining Community, Larsen served as the chief communications officer for the City of Indianapolis department of public safety. In that role, Al was communications strategist and spokesperson for director of public safety Troy Riggs and lent communications support to the department’s eight divisions including the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and Indianapolis Fire Department. Prior to joining the City of Indianapolis, Al spent two years as the public relations manager for the Hoosier Lottery – an assignment that followed a 20-year career as an international public relations professional in the auto racing industry.
Al is a graduate of Iowa State University and has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism/Mass Communication.
Kyle LeClere - Young Professional Chair
Kyle LeClere is an associate in the Indianapolis office of Barnes & Thornburg LLP and a member of the firm’s Litigation Department. His practice focuses on commercial disputes, product liability defense, and toxic torts.
Since 2014, Mr. LeClere has been named on the "Rising Stars" list by Indiana Super Lawyers for his work in civil litigation.
LeClere attended the University of Notre Dame as an Eli Lilly Endowment Scholar, where he earned a B.A. in political science, with a minor in the Rev. Theodore Hesburgh Program in Public Service. LeClere earned his J.D. from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. He is a member of the Indiana State Bar Association and the Indianapolis Bar Association.
Kyle became involved with the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation because several of his family members suffer from these horrible diseases. He serves on the Board of Directors because he wants to help lead the fight for a cure, not only for his family, but for the 30,000 Hoosiers and 1.6 million Americans suffering from Crohn's and Colitis.
Steve Warner - Treasurer
Steve Warner is a partner with Katz, Sapper & Miller and has been with the firm since 1990. As the partner-in-charge of the firm’s Transaction Services Group, Steve has significant expertise in transaction-related activities, including financial due diligence, business structure, and valuation-related matters.
Steve graduated summa cum laude from Saint Joseph’s College with a Bachelor of Science in accounting. He also received a Master of Business Administration degree from Indiana University. In addition to being a Certified Public Accountant, Steve holds the designation of Certified Merger and Acquisition Advisor.
Steve is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, the Indiana CPA Society, the Association for Corporate Growth, the Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors, and the Medical Group Management Association. He is also treasurer of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, Westfield Youth Assistance Program, and a member of Grace Community Church. Additionally, he serves on the board of visitors of the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University in Indianapolis.
David Workman - Major Gifts Chair
David Workman, AIF®, LPL Registered Principal, is an experienced investment professional and has worked out of his Logansport office for Workman & Associates since 1988. Dave has long-standing relationships with some of the world’s premier money managers giving him critical insight to help you make your financial decisions.
Dave hosts a weekly radio show on 1230 WSAL at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday mornings. Dave graduated from Knox College with a B.A. and from South Dakota State University with an M.S. and an M.Ed. Dave is married to Beth. They have three adult children and live in Cass County.
2017 Take Steps Honored Heroes
Fort Wayne Indianapolis
Avery Ferrell, pediatric Rik Bag, pediatric
Tara Shearer, adult Katie Workman, adult
Indiana Collegiate Chapter Ambassadors
Dayna Gumm, West Lafayette
Madeline Bernauer, Indianapolis
Kaylee VanLannen, Bargersville