J.J's career has spanned over 35 years in the Information Technology field. For the last 10 years, J.J. has worked at Atlas Van Lines in Evansville Indiana where he is the Sr. Director of Information Technology. Previously, he worked for Deaconess Health Systems for 25 years in information Systems. He has degrees in business and electronic engineering.
He contributed 15 years as a volunteer on the Marrs Township Volunteer Fire department where he served as an EMT, a District Chief, Board of directors, and the communications officer. J.J. has been very involved in many community events and projects around the Evansville area, but in 2012, J.J.'s wife of 32 years was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. After 6 months of fighting this devastating disease, Debbie's battle ended. Cancer impacted his Father, Mother, and two of his six siblings.
J.J. says this journey is what lead him to Gilda's club and this is what motivates him to to give back
Anne is an Evansville native attending Memorial High School and the University of Evansville. She has been working in marketing and communications for over 30 years, previously with companies such as Keller Crescent, St. Mary's, and 10 Adams. Today she works as a marketing and communications consultant as well as helps market the family business, Evansville Kia.
Born and raised In Floyd Knobs IN - proud to be a Hoosier but prouder to be a BOILERMAKER!
Happy wife to Tom for 23 years and super proud Mom to Tom Jr (22) and Colton (19).
Recently moved back to Indiana after living In Massachusetts for the last 14 years. Previously lived In Chicago, Virginia and Indianapolis.
Hobbies Include playing tennis, running, anything outdoors, cheering on the Colts and volunteering at my church and Gilda's Club. I have always been very involved in my sons' school where I helped with the planning of the annual Gala charity, served on the board for Franklin Pop Warner and logged many hours watching football/baseball and lacrosse games.
While In Massachusetts I volunteered at HMEA, an organization that provides training and employment for Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. I also served as an SESP (Special Education Surrogate Parent) for students who needed someone to be their voice for their education plans.
Why I want to be involved with Gilda's Club? I believe that Gilda's can provide support for so many and have seen firsthand how it can help anyone touched by cancer. My goal is to continue to do all I can to spread the word of what Gilda's has to offer. I am passionate about working hard to get the funding and people needed to support Gilda's mission.
Sarah E. Timmons, CPA is a Sr. Accounting Analyst at Atlas Van Lines, where she is responsible for compiling and analyzing reports for Atlas World Group and subsidiaries, preparing tax documents for all corporate tax returns, and designing and updating financial reports.
Sarah joined Atlas' Financial Reporting department in 2013 after graduating with her B.S. in Accounting from the University of Southern Indiana with commencement honors. She went on to obtain her Master's in Business Administration from the University of Southern Indiana while simultaneously passing the CPA exam in 2016. Sarah's success in accounting has resulted in her selection as one of only 38 CPAs honored by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) as a member of the organization's 2017 Leadership Academy.
In addition to her professional career, Sarah is also an active member of many organizations at work and in the community. She is the finance chair for Young Professionals of Atlas, Treasurer on the Board of Directors for The Literacy Center, a volunteer teacher for Junior Achievement, and is an active participant in the Atlas Succeed Mentoring program.
Susan is the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
of Vectren Corporation.
She currently serves as vice chair of the Board of St. Vincent Evansville. She also serves on the Boards of Fifth Third Bank (Southern Indiana), the Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science (past president), Golf Gives Back, Inc. and the Accounting Circle of the University of Southern Indiana. In July 2012, she was appointed by Governor Daniels as a Commissioner of the Indiana Arts Commission. She has also served as President of the Board of the Evansville Celebration of Diversity Distinguished Lecture Series, as Treasurer of the Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series, and as Treasurer of Gilda’s Club of Evansville. She was awarded the Athena Award in 2009 by the Chamber of Commerce of Southwestern Indiana; the Maverick Award by the Midwest Energy Association in 2011; the Sara B. Davies Award by Leadership Evansville in 2016; named one of 158 Women to Watch by the Profiles in Diversity Journal in 2016 and received the Torchbearer Lifetime Achievement Award from the Indiana Commission on Women in 2016 and was named Indianapolis Business Journal’s CFO of the Year Honoree in 2016.
A Bedford, Indiana native, received a B.S. in accounting from Indiana University and is a certified public accountant.
Resides in Newburgh, Indiana.
I grew up in Evansville and moved to Newburgh as an adult. Last year I moved to Henderson County, but still feel very connected to my Evansville Community. I am a mother to twin 5 year old little boys and a 9 year old stepdaughter. My husband is Jeremy Whitledge and works for Big Rivers in Sebree, KY. We have 2 dogs, Matilda a basset hound and Boris, a German Shepherd. I also have a small side photography business which is more of a hobby than a business. I have been in some form of a Marketing/Sales role over the last 18 years, but I originally went to school for Respiratory Therapy.
Over the last 20 years I have worked in Non-Profit (MDA), Event Planning/Marketing (Evansville Country Club), health care sales (Home Health, Hospice, Long Term Care), and banking. Through my diverse career path, I have been able to meet numerous people in all facets of life and business. I believe in Networking, giving back to the community, and helping others. You never know when the person that needs help will be YOU!
My name is Kelly Rode. I have lived in Princeton my entire life. I have been married to Jeff for 26 years and we have two children Mallory 22 and Mason 20. My daughter just graduated Indiana University and is going into Grad School in Michigan, for Audiology. My son is a Jr. at USI for civil engineering. My husband owns GJ Rode and Sons construction company which was started by his father 50 years ago. I was a attorneys assistant in Princeton for almost 10 years. In 2013 I was diagnosed with a very rare form of cancer, small cell ovarian cancer. Went through treatment, so far beat it, and now giving back. After treatment I went back to work, but thought I didn't need it, so quit! Now I can be involved in many worthwhile organizations.
I am very passionate about Gilda's!
I was born in Augusta, GA, then moved to Florida, then Tennessee, but I like to say I was raised in Indiana, since I moved here in 2nd grade. I grew up in Newburgh and attended the Castle school system throughout my years growing up.
When it came time to choose a college, I headed south. At the University of Alabama, where I earned my Bachelors in Financial Planning, I became a lifelong supporter of Crimson Tide football and made friends I will have for the rest of my life. When it's not college football season, I spend time with friends and family, play golf, and watch whatever sport is in season.
After graduating from the University of Alabama in 2014, I accepted a position back in Evansville at Payne Wealth Partners/United Capital, where I currently am employed as a Relationship Manager. Not long after moving back to Evansville, my mom was diagnosed with Ovarian cancer. Throughout her battle with cancer (and my families) I experienced an overwhelming amount of support from friends, family and the Evansville community. Although my mom only got to experience Gilda's Club a few times, she knew and believed in their mission, spurring my passion to become involved in the mission of Gilda's Club.
Atefeh Yazdanparast - University of Evansville
Partner at Ziemer, Stayman, Weitzel & Shoulders, LLP, practicing in the area of general corporate law and mergers/acquisitions.
Married to Mark Hardy and mother of three adult children (2 in college and 1 in the work force)
Live in Henderson, KY
Help coach the Henderson County High School academic team (reigning state champs) and active in the Presbyterian Church of Henderson.
Undergrad: Centre College. Law School and Business School: Vanderbilt University
Practiced in Atlanta for 15 years before moving home to the Henderson/Evansville area.
Reason for getting involved in Gilda's Club: When I went through breast cancer in 2014, I had an amazing support team and I want to pay that forward.
I am on the board of Gilda's Club, because I believe in its purpose, the members, volunteers and donors. Cancer is just horrible. No one should ever have to travel that journey alone. I am proud to be part of such a good, caring organization and grateful to all of those that make this club as special as it is. My other passion is Oswald Marketing. As President and Principle, I love helping clients in the region achieve their marketing goals.
A native of Madisonville, Kentucky, James Stoltz has called the Evansville/Newburgh area home since 2000. After earning an undergraduate degree in history from the University of the South (cum laude), Jim received his law degree from the law school at Washington and Lee University (magna cum laude).
Fresh out of school, he took at a position in the Securities Department at Greenbaum Doll & McDonald (now Bingham Greenbaum Doll) in Louisville. In 2000, Jim made the move to Evansville, accepting a litigation role with Rudolphe Fine Porter & Johnson (now Jackson Kelly), where he primarily performed personal injury insurance defense work. Four years later, he joined the litigation team at Evansville's Meyer Stone & Stratman, where he began representing plaintiffs in personal injury cases. He moved to Jasper's Birk & Birk in 2007, continuing to practice plaintiff's personal injury, before starting his own firm in Evansville in 2012. No stranger to the courtroom, Jim has tried over a dozen cases. As part of the Gerling Firm, our clients benefit from Jim's extensive litigation and trial experience.
When he isn't working for his clients, Jim enjoys fishing and golf, coaching youth sports for his kids, and volunteering with Evansville's Youth First Teen Court program that allows juvenile offenders to be judged by a jury of their peers. His one brush with fame came when James and his former wife happened upon a film crew for Jay Leno's Tonight Show, and wound up on that program dancing around a gigantic chunk of fried pork. No, that wasn't a typo.
Denise has served in various brand management, consumer marketing, healthcare marketing, market research, and business development roles in the private and public sectors. Most recently her focus is on the packaging industry, but past experiences include Infant Nutrition, Healthcare Administration, university adjunct instructor and past president, board member for various not-for-profit organizations.
A graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, Denise earned her MBA in International Management and has spent the majority of her career working with brands to ensure customer insights drive innovation, product development, market effectiveness and demand generation.
Nick Gilliam is a Director of Accounting at SS&C Technologies. Nick joined SS&C upon the launch of the Evansville office in March of 2011 after stops as a Fixed Income Analyst for Conseco in Indianapolis and a Financial Analyst for Ecolab in Chicago. Nick has an undergraduate degree from Indiana University and a MBA from Anderson University. He resides in Newburgh with his wife and three children.
Born and raised in Chrisney, IN, Cathy has called the Evansville/Newburgh area home since 1998. She is the Vice President of the Applications Solutions Group at Keller Schroeder. Cathy joined the employee-owned company in April of 1995 and has a deep and diverse background in Information Technology, starting with her B.S. in Computer Science from Indiana State University and progressing through a variety of roles, including developer, analyst, project manager, IT Director, and VP. Her ability to create ‘followship’ in a variety of roles speaks to her natural leadership ability, and, most importantly, she has long been exemplary in exhibiting Keller Schroeder’s values of making positive, personal impacts on employee-owners, clients, and our community.
Cathy’s sweet Momma Janet, diagnosed with ovarian cancer in late 2015, lost her brave battle against the monster in February of 2017. Momma Janet had hosted a 2-lady golf scramble for years, a tristate favorite with the Ladies. Cathy kept the tradition alive since 2017, holding the event in Janet’s memory and donating a portion of the proceeds each year to Gilda’s Club. Cathy chose Gilda’s Club as the recipient of the donation after researching and interviewing other agencies. The mission of Gilda’s that “no one should face cancer alone” and the love and support that Cathy has since received from the Club after losing her Momma motivates Cathy to turn her great loss into making positive impacts on others that face that same journey.
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Melanie Atwood is Executive Director of Gilda's Club Evansville. Melanie has been with Gilda's Club since February 2013 and helped bring the dream started by Ann and Randy Moore to reality when they officially opened their Red Door on February 6, 2014.
Melanie's experience in working for nonprofits as well as for profit organizations has reinforced her belief that people don't care what you know, until they know that you care. She is driven by the belief that we accomplish more by working together in collaboration than we ever do alone.
Her philosophy has served the members of Gilda's Club well as the organization works to bring support, education, healthy lifestyles, social connections and resources and referrals to anyone impacted by cancer by working side by side with the medical professionals in our community...so that no one faces cancer alone.
Jo Gilreath is currently the Program Director of Gilda's Club Evansville - a Cancer Support Community providing social, emotional and educational support to all people impacted by cancer.
Jo received her Bachelors in Social Sciences from Bradley University and her Masters of Social Work from University of Illinois-Champaign/Urbana. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and over the past 25 years her professional track has included social work services and therapy within inpatient medical & outpatient mental health settings, nonprofit program coordination at Mental Health America and Gilda's Club, and operations management at Home Instead Senior Care.
Jo has delivered various programs related to grief and loss for children and adults. Jo has experienced the personal loss of both her parents to cancer.
Angie is an Indiana native and lives in Evansville. She is married, has three sons, one granddaughter and one grandson. She is involved in the community and enjoys spending time with her family. She is a member at Family Bible Church. Before joining Gilda's Club Evansville, she worked at Springleaf Financial Services (OneMain) for 28 years, with the last 20 years in the Audit/Compliance Department. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Management from Oakland City University.
Angie was diagnosed with breast cancer in April 2011 and completed treatment in January 2012. Wanting to give back to others in the cancer journey, she became a volunteer for Chemo Buddies while continuing to work. During this time, she found her true calling was to help others living with cancer. Angie followed her heart and began working at Gilda's Club Evansville in August 2013.
Dana has witnessed the impact of cancer on friends and family and believes there is a great need for cancer support in this region.