ERNEST VARGO II, CFRE: PRESIDENT & CEO
Ernie leads the Foundation in its mission to create relationships with donors, raise funds, engage volunteers and manage resources so that Eskenazi Health may improve the quality of life for patients, including strategic guidance and oversight of the Eskenazi Health campaign. Prior to joining the Eskenazi Health Foundation, Ernie was a senior consultant with Johnson, Grossnickle & Associates. He also worked in marketing communications in the nonprofit sector and in law enforcement. Ernie began his career as the director of marketing and communications for Lambda Chi Alpha General Fraternity, then moved to the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra as director of development. Ernie is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) with a bachelor’s degree in communications and public relations from University of Akron. Ernie serves on the National Alumni Board at the University of Akron and is past chair of the Board of Trustees of Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School. He also serves as an adjunct faculty member at The Lilly School of Philanthropy at Indiana University, has served as the chair of the alumni advisory committee for the Lambda Chi Alpha General Fraternity and is the founder of the Prevention of Child Abuse Foundation.
JULIE L. ROWLAS: CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Julie provides leadership and strategic direction to the operations of the Eskenazi Health Foundation including long-range strategic planning, campaign and sustainable fundraising, human resources and financial operations. She oversees a diverse team which implements all development services including gift and data administration, event and stewardship programming and communications. Prior to joining the Eskenazi Health Foundation, Julie was employed at Indiana University and the Indiana University Foundation for nearly 20 years in student affairs and development. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and History and a Master of Science degree in Education from Indiana University. Julie is an active volunteer in the Indianapolis community. She is a member of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church’s Parish Council, a member of Women’s Fund of Central Indiana’s OPTIONS Alumnae program, and has previously served as president of the Junior League of Indianapolis.
KERRY DINNEEN: VICE PRESIDENT, MAJOR GIFTS
Kerry provides strategic leadership in the design and implementation of the Foundation’s major gift program. She works to ensure the effectiveness of the major gifts team in their efforts to identify, cultivate and solicit potential and current donors who will provide support to Eskenazi Health and its future operations. Kerry began her career in fundraising at Princeton University where she served as Associate Director for Leadership Gifts. She also has extensive experience in human resources, labor relations and organization development having held various positions at Cummins Engine Company, including Director of Employee Relations and Director of International Human Resources. Kerry has a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Cultural Studies from Princeton University and a Masters in Public and Private Management from the Yale School of Management. Kerry was President of the Board of the People’s Health Center, a federally funded community health center on Indianapolis’ eastside. She has also served on the boards of the Indiana Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, the Center for Civic Leadership in Princeton, NJ, the Yale School of Organization and Management Alumni Board, the Orchard School and The Writers’ Center of Indiana where she was Interim Executive Director. During her six years on the Orchard Board, she chaired the diversity, governance and advancement committees. Kerry and her husband successfully led Orchard’s most recent capital campaign.
DENISE BROWN: SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO CEO & COO
Denise is responsible for providing administrative support for the President/CEO and COO and assists in the facilitation and execution of administrative responsibilities throughout Eskenazi Health Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation team, Denise has over 15 years as an active behind-the-scenes partner to CEOs and Senior Level Management, contributing both on the administrative side, day-to-day business operations and long-term business development planning with organizations in Healthcare, Property Development and Construction, and Retail.
TREY V. EVERLY: DIRECTOR, FINANCE AND GIFT ADMINISTRATION
Trey is responsible for the accounting functions of the Foundation, including budgeting, financial reporting, and fund administration. Prior to joining the Eskenazi Health Foundation, Trey began his career working for a local small public accounting firm before becoming Controller of Commercial Parts and Service, Inc. and then Controller of Central Engineering and Construction, a local site development contractor. Trey earned his CPA designation in 1996 and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Miami (OH) University. Trey is a life-long Indianapolis resident who currently is a member of the Indiana CPA Society.
OLLIE HAIRSTON: DIRECTOR, SPECIAL GIVING PROGRAMS
Ollie provides strategic leadership in the design and implementation of the Foundation’s Special Giving Programs and is responsible for strategically engaging community members, employees and physicians. He works with hospital leadership, directors, physicians and volunteers to identify, cultivate and solicit potential and current donors to further the culture of philanthropy at Eskenazi Health. Prior to joining the Foundation, he served as a legislative aide for former United States Senator Evan Bayh. A graduate of Indiana University, Ollie received his Bachelor of Science degree from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) and master’s degree in national security policy and strategic studies from the U.S. Naval War College. Ollie serves on the Board of Directors for the IU SPEA Alumni Association.
KRISTIN R. HYDE: MANAGER, COMMUNICATIONS & GRANTS ADMINISTRATION
Kristin is responsible for the development and implementation of communications strategies to reach the Foundation’s various constituencies and convey its scope of work. She also manages the grants process for Eskenazi Health Foundation, serving as the project manager, editor, and/or principal writer for a wide variety of projects. Prior to joining the Foundation team, Kristin has worked as a grant writer, partner in an education consulting firm, and a project manager and trainer for the state’s education agency. Kristin brings a breadth of knowledge and experience with both public and private funding entities. Kristin received her Bachelor of Science degree from Emory University and her Masters of Public Health degree from Drexel University.
JENNIFER R. PATTERSON: MANAGER, DEVELOPMENT SERVICES
Jennifer is responsible for managing development services functions which support the fundraising efforts and programs of the Eskenazi Health Foundation through database management, software training and managing and updating the Foundation’s website. Prior to joining the Foundation, Jennifer served as database supervisor for five years at the Indianapolis Museum of Art and database manager for six years at Edwards Electrical and Mechanical, Inc. Jennifer received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Information Systems from Indiana Wesleyan University.
DEVONNE L. RICHBURG: MAJOR GIFT OFFICER
DeVonne serves as a major gifts officer with the Eskenazi Health Foundation. In this role she successfully manages donor relationships as well as develops and implements major gifts plans including goals, strategies and budgets to maximize funding for Eskenazi Health. She brings over ten years fund development experience to the Foundation from the not-for-profit world and the political arena. Prior to joining the Foundation, DeVonne served as a federal grant administrator for the Indiana Department of Education, a public policy manager for the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, and a deputy press secretary and legislative aide on Capitol Hill. She holds a Bachelors of Arts in Broadcast Communications from Youngstown State University and is a graduate of the Indianapolis Diversity Leadership Academy. DeVonne is very active in the community having served on the Herron High School Board, the Indianapolis Bond Bank Board, and the Indianapolis Parks & Recreation Board.
ASHLEY A. SOWDERS: MANAGER, SPECIAL EVENTS & DONOR RELATIONS
Ashley is responsible for the implementation and the development of special events, meetings, and programs that raise awareness of Eskenazi Health, assisting with donor relations activities, and the coordination of facility tours. As a recent graduate from Indiana University, she received her Bachelor of Science degree from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA).