About Us

Board of Directors

Chris Wardrip
CEO of Financial Health FCU, with many years of experience as a cooperative business owner. FHFCU deals with many lower-income clients and has a branch located across the street from the co-op. As the CEO of a financial institution, he also has extensive financial experience.

 

Joni Albright
Works directly across the street from PRG at the Financial Health FCU.  She views Indy Food Co-op membership as just another benefit of working on 10th Street.  She became a board director to protect the convenience of shopping and access to expertise to accommodate her foodie and healthy eating demands.

 

Sherry VanDyke
40-year resident of the near-east side.  38 plus years in health care at IU Health at Riley Hospital where she has served on the Steering Committee for United Way for 19 years and also held numerous volunteer positions for the Girls Scouts.  A Deacon at Emerson Avenue Baptist Church with a belief that we should be good stewards of the community and environment.  Strong belief in the opportunity to have healthy, local, affordable food available to neighborhoods.

 

Julia Vaughn
Community organizer and lobbyist for two grassroots citizens groups – the Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana (CAC) and Common Cause/Indiana. She has experience with fundraising and organizing events.

 

Katherine Boyles Ogawa
Katherine has been a member-owner since 2007. While serving on the membership and marketing committee of the Board of Directors for the Indy Food Co-op from 2007 to 2010, she was part of the team that successfully devel- oped and opened Pogue’s Run Grocer. She has worked to produce the Indy Local Food Guide for the past 5 years, and while interning with the Purdue Extension Urban Agriculture Educator, helped complete a needs assessment for agricultural programming in Indianapolis.

 

Katie Glass
A lifelong resident of Indianapolis, Katie’s loyalty to all things local and sustainable is unshakable. Using business and management experience from different industries, Katie is the Co-Owner and Creative Strategist of Glass Web Projects, a small digital marketing company that produces exclusively for sustainably-minded folks. She brings enthusiasm, vision, leadership and organizational skills to everything she is involved with.

 

Clark Giles
Clark is currently a Director of Information Technology at a major university and finishing his last semester of law school with the intent to practice intellectual property and real estate law. He owns a local real estate firm with two offices currently and opening a third later this summer in Irvington. In another life, Clark toured North America in a van playing music and teaching English and American Politics at the college level.

 

Chuck Heintzelman
Chuck has worked in the community development and affordable housing industry for over 25 years. In 2000, he co-founded Milestone Ventures, which has since developed and preserved over 1,700 units of affordable rental housing throughout Indiana. Chuck is currently working on a project combining affordable housing with a grocery store to improve access to fresh fruits and vegetables in a rural food desert. Chuck’s background in urban planning includes serving as the Planning Director for the City of Huntingburg and Tax Credit Administrator with the Indiana Housing Finance Authority. He served on the Board of Partners in Housing for seven years whose office is located across the street from Pogue’s Run.

 

Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp
Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp is a 25-year veteran of newspaper journalism and owner of Write for You!, a freelance writing and editing business. She has been writing a weekly gardening column for The Indianapolis Star since 1989, is a frequent guest on television, radio and web broadcasts. She’s co-author of the Indiana Gardener’s Guide, au-thor of The Visitor’s Guide to American Gardens and contributor to Oxford Companion to the Garden and Phaidon’s The Gardener’s Garden.

Jo Ellen is Treasurer of Garden Writers Association, a Director of the Indianapolis Museum of Art Horticultural Society, Member of Indiana Landmarks Cultural Landscape Committee, and Member of GreatGardenSpeakers.com. She’s past president of the Friends of Garfield Park, Inc., and Business Ownership Initiative. She also has served as a Director of Marion County Extension, Member of WFYI Community Outreach Committee and Downtown Indy Beautification Committee.

 

Adam Southerland
Adam is a lifelong resident of Indianapolis, currently living in the east side neighborhood of Irvington with his wife Stephany. He has been the General Manager at Fermenti Artisan since 2013. Adam began his service to the community with work for Citizens Action Coalition while attending IUPUI in the late 90s and returned to CAC to serve as a Canvass Crew Manager from 2010-2012.

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