Board and Advisory Board Members
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Rev. Glenn O’Connor
Fr. Glenn is currently Pastor of St. Susanna parish in Plainfield, Indiana. He was ordained in 1980 and has spent his priesthood years in parishes in Connersville and Indianapolis. Fr. Glenn is the oldest of 8 children and has 34 nieces and nephews, all of whom actively support Seeds of Hope. He has also welcomed the support of his current and past parishes, which have graciously provided outreach support to Seeds of Hope. Fr. Glenn calls himself” privileged” to be co-founder of Seeds of Hope in 1999 and feels truly honored to serve the ladies of Seeds of Hope. He has been Board President since its beginning, and he also serves on the Development, Finance, and Facility Committees.
VP Ace Rent A Car
Charlie is Vice President of ACE Rent A Car, Inc. and has been with ACE for 43 years. He has been an active supporter of Seeds of Hope for nearly a decade, and formally joined our organization in 2009 as a member of our Development Committee. In 2011, he accepted the request to serve on the Board of Directors, while continuing on the Development Committee. Charlie has served as Vice President since 2012 and is an active part of the Seeds of Hope leadership team.
Insurance Agent, Carson Agency, Inc.
Katie has been associated with Seeds of Hope since 2000. She was introduced to the organization by Fr. Glenn, who asked for her help with a “small project.” That “project” evolved into providing years of “behind the scenes” support for Seeds of Hope. Katie serves as Board Secretary, as well as a member of the Development Committee.
Controller, Mina Leasing and Financial Services
Susan has a BS degree in accounting from Marian University and a MBA with a concentration in marketing from Taylor University. Her 30+ year career has been in an accounting/finance role for companies in the manufacturing and healthcare industries. She is currently the Controller for Mina Leasing and Financial Services. Previous employers include Wood-Mizer, Praxair, DA Lubricant, Herff Jones, and Apria Healthcare. Susan’s affiliation with Seeds of Hope began several years ago and was greatly influenced by Fr. Glenn O’Connor’s infectious enthusiasm and passion for the organization. Susan has been on the board of directors since January 2013 serving as the treasurer. She is also the administrator for the Seeds of Hope Facebook page.
Seeds of Hope Graduate
Michelle is a special asset to our Board of Directors. She was a resident of Seeds of Hope in 2004. After her graduation, she continued to stay actively involved. Michelle has volunteered in numerous capacities; has mentored residents; and has served as “resident photographer” for Seeds of Hope events for years. In 2012, she graciously accepted our invitation to serve on the Board of Directors and continues to be a vital part of Seeds of Hope. In 2014, Michelle celebrated her 10-year anniversary of sobriety, and continues to be an inspiration to all at Seeds of Hope.
Joseph (Joe) Hayes
Program Coordinator for the Integration Recovery Unit at Community Hospital North
Joe currently serves as Program Coordinator for the Integration Recovery Unit at Community Hospital North. Prior to that, he was an Intense Outpatient Facilitator at Valle Vista Behavioral Health & Addictions Treatment. He has a passion for helping provide second chances to those who face addiction, and he has brought his experience and enthusiasm to Seeds of Hope. Joe joined the Board of Directors in 2012 with a sincere interest in serving the organization. He serves as a great resource to our program.
Judge Annie Christ-Garcia
Marion Superior Court, Criminal Division
Judge Christ-Garcia is a Criminal Court Judge serving Marion County since her appointment in 2007. She was a Master Commissioner for the Marion County Superior Court from 1995 to 2007. In her 18+ years on the bench, she has presided in the misdemeanor, felony, traffic, drug, domestic violence, protective order and community courts. She became acquainted with Seeds of Hope through volunteering for Seeds of Hope’s annual fundraiser, “Order Out of Court” and admired the organization as an alternative to prison for non-violent offenders. In 2011, she formally joined Seeds of Hope as a Board Member, and she also serves as Chair of the Governance Committee. She describes hers as a win-win situation: she can share her experience and knowledge with Seeds of Hope, and she continues to gain a wealth of “real life” education from our program.
Director of Human Resources for Marion Superior Court
Paige is currently the Director of Human Resources for Marion Superior Court. She became aware of Seeds of Hope through the court system, and expressed an interest to get more involved because of the compassionate assistance we provide to women struggling with addiction. She eagerly embraced the mission of Seeds of Hope, and joined our Board of Directors in 2013. Paige also serves as the Chair of the Personnel Committee at Seeds of Hope.
Assitant Administrator of Development and Contract Worker
Attorney: Lee & Fairman, LLP.
Retired Trust Advisor: J. P. Morgan
Judge David Shaheed
Marion Superior Court, Civil Division
Rx Patient Assistance Representative
CPA, Hickle CPA Group