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Rita M. Rogers
The President shall serve as the chief executive officer of the Chapter by developing goals and objectives for the Chapter that are in line with the National Black MBA Association mission statement. The standing committees reporting to this office are Economic Development, Government Affairs and Legal Affairs. In addition, all elected officers and ad-hoc committee directors shall report directly to this office. The scope of duties for this office include acting as official spokesperson for the Chapter; presiding at all General Membership meetings, Executive Board, and Special Call meetings; representing the Chapter before the National Office of this organization; appointing and/or removing standing committee director(s) with the consent of a simple majority of the Executive Board; calling special meetings as actions deem necessary of the Executive Board and/or the general membership.
Starla Trigg
VP of Administration
Starla is a Lifetime Member of the National Black MBA Association, Inc. and actively involved with its Indianapolis Chapter. She currently serves as the Chapter’s VP of Administration. Starla joined the organization as a student member and is a past local scholarship recipient. She has served the Chapter in other leadership roles including: 2012 National Conference Planning Team – Education Chair; Director of Membership; Board Member and Vice President of Operations. Starla works hard to ensure the goals of the Chapter are met and new strategies are developed all to benefit the members and partners of the Indianapolis Chapter. She is committed to the long-term success of the Chapter. She is a change agent with a proven record for delivering results in various industries. Starla possesses experience in change management, marketing, leadership, training, communications, talent acquisition and customer service. In her current role, she is a Treasurer with a local school district. Starla is also an adjunct faculty member at Ivy Tech Community College teaching business and communication courses. Starla holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Hampton University and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Indiana Wesleyan University. Starla is a long time member of Light of the World Christian Church. She most recently served as the Servant Leader for the Women’s Ministry. Her spirituality is very important to her. In addition to volunteering with the National Black MBA Association, Starla is also involved with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. – Alpha Mu Omega Chapter, Diversity Roundtable of Central Indiana, and Indy SHRM. She has been active in the community through a host of other professional and community organizations such as Girl Scouts of Central Indiana, Flanner House, Indianapolis Urban League Young Professionals, Circle City Classic, United Way of Central Indiana, Kidney Foundation – Indianapolis Chapter, and the Center for Leadership Development. Starla has a strong passion for diversity & inclusion and helping others reach their full potential. Starla love, love, loves listening to live music; playing tennis and golf, reading, spending time with family and friends and attending sports events in person. One of her lifelong goals is to become a voice over actor.
Catrina Thompson
VP of Operations
Catrina M. Thompson came to the Indianapolis Chapter by way of Fort Wayne, Indiana. She has been an active member of the Indianapolis Chapter for over 16 years. Catrina has served on the Indianapolis Chapter’s Board for approximately 12 years serving as Treasurer, Director of Activities and now as VP of Operations. She looks forward to serving on the Board in other positions in the future. Catrina has over 20 years of experience in the accounting field and 16 years as an independent tax preparer for individuals and small and large companies. She is currently employed by DFAS as a Senior Accountant in Financial Reporting. Catrina strives to be the best that she can be in her professional career. She is pursuing her license as an Enrolled Agent so that she can represent anyone regarding tax issues before the IRS. Catrina holds a Master of Business degree with concentrations in Accounting and Human Resources and a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. She is married to Michael and they have one son, Justin who is a high school senior.
VP of Finance
Madelynn Dowdy Croney
VP of Records
Recording the proceedings of all General Membership (as applicable), Executive Board, and Special Call meetings; Distributing copies of the Executive Board meeting minutes to its members prior to the next Executive Board meeting for review; Preparing and distributing agendas for all Executive Board meetings in advance and preparing General Membership and Special Call meeting agendas upon request; Safeguarding a copy of all legal documents, reports, and minutes pertaining to the Chapter; Ensuring that a copy of all minutes are readily available for review by any member in good standing requesting such information.
Kecia Woods
Represent the general membership on the Executive Board; Act as a liaison between the Executive Board and the standing or ad hoc committees as required by the Executive Board; Serve as liaison with the business community and perform special projects as identified by the President.
Carlos Banks
Represent the general membership on the Executive Board; Act as a liaison between the Executive Board and the standing or ad hoc committees as required by the Executive Board; Serve as liaison with the business community and perform special projects as identified by the President.
Lori Harris
Immediate Past President
Serve as a consultant to the President; Serve as a member of the local chapter's advisory board; Serve as liaison with the business community and perform special projects as identified by the President.

Tammie Terrell
Director, Activities
Michael Florence
Director, Consortium Partners and Director, Corporate Development
As Corporate Partnership Development Director, Michael (and his committee) is charged with retaining current corporate partners, developing new corporate partners and attempt to re-capture partners who have fallen by the wayside. He has held a number of positions within the chapter during his 20 year membership, such as: board member at-large, fundraising committee chair, activities committee chair, secretary, newsletter and website editor, chapter president and immediate past president. He has chaired the “Leaders of Tomorrow” Golf Outing for the chapter in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2014 – 2016; and most recently in 2017, the “Diversity Golf Classic.” Michael has also chaired the “Corporate Reception” committee and has also led the committee charged with executing a chapter signature event called “A View from the Top.” Michael is a Lease Accounting Specialist for Simon Property Group, where he has worked for eighteen years. In this position, he monitors and maintains the scanning of Real Estate Tax, Insurance and Common Area Maintenance (CAM) files; as well as processing and scanning of documents and acts as a liaison between the Financial Operations departments within Simon Property Group. Previously, for over ten years, Michael was the Central Files/Copy Center Manager where he was charged with overseeing the day-to-day operations of both areas and any affected areas within Simon Property Group. He also served two terms as president of the Simon Employee Association. An internal organization within Simon, that puts on events and programs for the employees. Michael received his Associate’s degree in accounting from Ivy Tech in 1983; his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University in 1993 and Masters Degree in Business Administration degree in 1997 from Indiana Wesleyan University. A native of Indianapolis, Indiana; Michael attends St. Joan of Arc Church, is an avid photographer, who shoots weddings, portraits and other special events. He is also the proud father of a son Richard 30, a daughter Danielle 27 and “youthful” grandfather to 10 year old, Nyla Renee Florence, 8 year old Victoria Amari Florence and 2 month old Olivia Danielle Florence.
Ormain Gathers
Director, Professional Development
Director, Advisory Board
LaTanya McCann
Director, LOT Program
Director, Public Relations/Marketing
Michael Washington
Director, Membership
Michael’s professional career has been extensively within the information technology arena. He has provided technological solutions for higher education, secondary education, law firms and the United States government. He has held positions as a district manager, senior systems analyst, database administrator and program manager. His skills are extremely vast, differentiated and encompass various levels in the technology realm. He joined the Indianapolis chapter of the National Black MBA Association in 2012 as a means to connect with other professionals outside of the technology field. In that time, he has provided website maintenance and updates from 2011-2017, and he has accepted the responsibilities of the membership director for the local chapter. Educationally, he has a bachelor’s degree in computer science (Loyola University), and an MBA from the Indiana Institute of Technology with concentrations in management (2010) and health care management (2018). He is a lifetime learner and his passion is financial education and literacy, particularly for communities that are under-served by mainstream financial institutions. Hence, he has attained a life insurance license, is a life insurance producer, and is currently pursuing his securities license. His goal is to inform minority populations of the importance of obtaining term-life insurance outside of their employer’s life insurance policy. He is married to Yolanda Washington and they have a daughter, Milan.
Madelynn Dowdy Croney
Director, Scholarship
Kecia Woods
Director, Entrepreneurship