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Current Executive Board

Starla Trigg
Starla is a lifetime member of the organization. She has been an active member of the Chapter since joining as a student member. Starla is a past local scholarship recipient. She's held various Chapter leadership positions including: VP of Administration, VP of Operations, 2012 National Conference Planning Team - Education Chair, Director of Membership and Board Member-at-Large. Starla works hard to ensure Chapter goals are achieved & new strategies are implemented to benefit members and partners. She is a business leader, with a diverse background in education, Human Resources, retail and consumer products. Starla is passionate about diversity & inclusion, training and helping others reach their full potential. Starla holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Hampton University and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Indiana Wesleyan University. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. - Alpha Mu Omega Chapter. Other affiliations include: Diversity Roundtable of Central Indiana and IndySHRM. Starla loves listening to music, playing tennis and golf, traveling, reading and professional development. Becoming a voiceover actor is on her bucket list. Feel free to contact Starla at: (indypres@yahoo.com).
Catrina Thompson
VP of Administration
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. (Email: information@nbmbaa-indy.org)
John Burt
VP of Operations
A native of Indiana, John T. Burt, Jr. graduated with a degree in finance from Indiana University's Kelley School of Business and later attained an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. Burt's 10 year experiences in management consulting includes post-merger integration with HP, generalist scope as an associate with Booz Allen Hamilton, and Director of Diversity for North America at the Boston Consulting Group. Burt's corporate career includes 10 years of progressing responsibility experiences with Eli Lilly in the finance function including import/export compliance, business function CFO, international treasury, corporate financial planning, and internal controls. As a co-founder of the JumpStart Advisory Group, he is proud of the impact the organization has made to best prepare our network of 30k of next generation leaders from a career progression and professional development standpoint since 2004. JumpStart corporate and academic clientele represent top tier organizations across several industries representing several functions. As the founder of Stevenson, Burt & Associates, Burt advises leaders on their business strategy or execution and assesses investment opportunities for his family. In the community, he currently serves as an advisory on the Dean's Council at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business, Ron Brown Scholar Advisory Board, the Oaks Academy, and Sway Brands (a tech start-up). Burt has been an Adjunct Professor leading courses in finance, accounting, and business strategy. Additionally, he has continued to assist individuals on personal finance Debt Reduction in role as a team coordinator at Traders Point Church. Previously he served as Treasurer and Board Member for Fletcher Place Community Center and Forest Manor Multi-Service Center and on an advisory board of Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. Burt has also been the keynote speaker at several career focused venues, panelist on various career, diversity, or professional development sessions, and featured in national publications. He has been recognized for the Alumni of the Year twice by the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. Additionally, he was recognized on views about leadership at the annual gala hosted by the Executive Leadership Council. Burt has lived or worked in New York City (New York), Boston (Massachusetts), Palo Alto (California), Chicago (Illinois), and Indianapolis (Indiana). He currently resides in Indianapolis with his wife and three children. The Burt family actively engages in attending, learning, and serving at the Traders Point Christian Church and Oaks Academy. (Email: information@nbmbaa-indy.org)
Shanta Thomas
VP of Finance
As the newly elected VP of Finance (early 2020), Shanta Thomas joined the Indianapolis Chapter of the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) in 2019. She’s an innovative and driven accounting professional with over 20 years’ experience. Her knowledge in corporate finance is key to the chapter by taking on the responsibility in collecting funds and maintaining financial records. Alongside the Chapter President, Shanta will also assist in establishing a sustainable financial reporting framework and coordinate the development of the Indianapolis chapter budget. Shanta strives in taking on challenges, recently promoted to the Giftcard Financial Fraud Analyst with Simon Property Group, whom she’s been employed with for 17 years, in this capacity she combines her expertise to mitigate internal and external fraud associated with the giftcard program. She is vital in assisting the program reconcile over a billion dollar in sales as the Giftcard Senior Bookkeeper a role she maintains in unison with her promotion. Shanta, an Indiana native, was raised in Noblesville during her early childhood, her family’s legacy Roberts Settlement.org remains one of the oldest historically black rural communities in Hamilton County, north of Indianapolis, where she currently resides. Shanta has a BA from The University of Indianapolis and is currently attending Florida Atlantic University pursuing her MBA in Forensic Accounting. A member of Eastern Star Church for 23 years, Shanta has volunteered her time with the Rock Fresh Market. Shanta is the proud mother of two sons Antonio who attends Prairie View A&M and Franklin attends Eastern Kentucky. In her downtime, Shanta enjoys to fellowship, cook, and travel with family and friends. (Email: information@nbmbaa-indy.org)
JoWanna Jefferson
VP of Records
As the newly elected VP of Records JoWanna joined the Indianapolis Chapter of the NBMBAA in 2018. She was born and raised in Indiana. She is currently a healthcare professional at Anthem. Her main job responsibility requires her to provide much needed healthcare services for insurance members for the state of Wisconsin. While she currently works in the field of healthcare, she also has experience in the fields of finance and education. She is also currently a tutor for the Department of Child Services. She attended IUPUI where she earned her BA in Communication and then went on to earn her MBA in Healthcare Management at Indiana Wesleyan University. JoWanna is also a highly active mentor member of the NBMBAA Leaders of Tomorrow program. She enjoys having the opportunity to provide guidance to the youth of the community and providing them with assistance on entering college and or life after high school. This is a passion that she holds dear. Her capacity to the Indianapolis Chapter of the NBMBAA is to help provide safeguarding a copy of all legal documents and reports pertaining to the Chapter. JoWanna enjoys travelling and spending quality time with her goddaughter Morgan. (Email: information@nbmbaa-indy.org)
Rita Rogers
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. Rita M. Rogers is the immediate past President of the National Black MBA Association – Indianapolis Chapter. She is excited about working to ensure that the Indianapolis chapter is a premier organization beneficially serving its members, partners and the local community. Rita worked for 20+ years in the pharmaceutical industry in Finance and IT roles. She holds Project Management Professional certification and is currently a Sr. Project Manager consultant at the Indiana Office of Technology. Rita graduated in December 2013 from the I. U. School of Informatics with a Masters in Health Information Technology. Additionally, she has an M.B.A. from Indiana Wesleyan University, a B.S. in Business (Finance major) from the I. U. Kelly School of Business and a B.S. in Religious Studies from Aenon Bible College. Rita is a graduate of the United Way Diversity Leadership program and has served locally on various professional, community and church committees and boards. She is a member of Overcoming Church where she volunteers with various committees. Rita is married to Harold and they are blessed with 2 grown sons and 6 grandchildren. She is a lifetime member of the National Black MBA Association. (Email: information@nbmbaa-indy.org)
VP of Education
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Current Committee Directors

Michael Florence
Director, Corporate Partners
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. (Email: information@nbmbaa-indy.org)
Ronnita Baker
Co- Director of Marketing
Ronnita Baker earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Indiana Wesleyan and a master’s in technology from Purdue University with a concentration in Organizational Leadership and a Human Resource Development Certification along with a Certification in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Currently, Ronnita is Co-Director of Marketing, where she will work diligently on increasing the visibility of the Indianapolis chapter of the National Black MBA Association. Ronnita has volunteered as a Precious Miss facilitator for CLD, currently serves as President of the Windsor Village Park Advisory Council, a board member of Mercy Unleashed and Womanish Projects. She has started her own non-profit, Serve & Lead, which focuses on leadership development training and consultation. As a servant leader, her goal is to create a thriving leadership culture based on humility, integrity, flexibility, resilience, stewardship and empathy. As a servant leader, she believes in creating a culture that is engaged and productive. She coach and develop her leadership team to greatness, knowing, “when they win, we win”. (Email: information@nbmbaa-indy.org)
Michael Washington
Director, Technology
Michael’s professional career has been extensively within the information technology arena. He has provided technological solutions for higher/secondary education, health care, law firms and the United States government. He has held positions as a district manager, senior systems analyst and database administrator. 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 since 2011, and he has accepted the responsibilities of the membership (until Sept 2022), and the technology director positions for the local chapter. Educationally, he has a bachelor’s degree in computer science and an MBA with concentrations in management and health care management. He is a lifetime learner and his passion is financial education and literacy, particularly for communities that are underserved by mainstream financial institutions. Hence, he has attained a life insurance license and is a life insurance producer. His goal is to inform minority populations of the importance of obtaining term life insurance outside of their employer’s life insurance policy. (Email: information@nbmbaa-indy.org)
Dawn Evans-Casey
Co-Director, Entrepreneurship
Dawn Evans-Casey is excited to fill the role of Director of Entrepreneurship. In this capacity, she shares her enthusiasm for turning dreams to reality. She actively leads the planning and direction of entrepreneurial education and economic progress initiatives while also developing and maintaining close working relationships with statewide entrepreneurship and professional organizations. Dawn is the Owner/Certified Agent of SPA Travel and Wellness, a full service travel agency. She is also the President of Collaborating Connections, a local professional development and networking group for small businesses. She is a full-time Senior Auditor with a local insurance company, and the Founder of Claiming Your Roots, a genealogy and family history educational outreach nonprofit. She is a HBCU graduate of Talladega College and holds a Master’s of Science in Management from Indiana Wesleyan University. Dawn is a long time member of the Indianapolis chapter of NBMBAA and has held several leadership positions including Director of Activities and VP of Finance. Dawn’s philosophies are “Enjoy What You Do” and “Make a Positive Difference”. She is an active member of various professional and community organizations. She is married with 3 grown children and 2 grandchildren. Dawn grew up in Detroit Michigan but has called Indiana home for many years. (Email: information@nbmbaa-indy.org)
LaTanya McCann
Director, LOT Program
Since its inception in 1991, the NBMBAA® Leaders of Tomorrow® Program has mentored more than 8,000 talented youth aspiring to leadership roles in professional fields. The LOT® Program is a comprehensive programmatic approach for providing leadership development to high school students. The program is driven by mentoring across five developmental areas: Leadership, Financial Literacy, College Preparation, Career Preparation and Life Skills. The program offers participants resources, knowledge and opportunities in the way of mentoring relationships, scholarships, and internships. (Email: indylot@yahoo.com)
India Brown
Co-Director, Entrepreneurship
India M. Brown, MBA, CPC, is a small business owner and entrepreneur. She is the CEO/President of Brown Design & Workflow Creations, LLC, DBA PMPHASE. Her work in healthcare expands over 25 years with a focus on IT project management. Her portfolio includes projects in both healthcare and the legal industry. Working as a project manager she primarily focusses on opportunities and optimization for healthcare revenue cycle management, electronic medical record conversions and implementation. She has a passion for training, education, and development. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degree in Business Administration with a focus in Leadership Development. She is also a certified professional coder (CPC) and an active member of the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC). India joined the Indianapolis chapter of the National Black MBA Association in September of 2021 and she is ready to proudly direct and support the entrepreneurship pillar. India has multiple affiliations with mentoring and entrepreneur leadership groups. She takes pride in helping innovators find their space to be expressive and confident as they work toward their goals. India is an avid traveler both domestically and abroad. She and her family enjoy the benefits of learning and engaging in the different cultures around the world. She believes in the power of words and positive energy and how they can be used to uplift and motivate others. Her children, husband and close friends are her source of motivation and spiritual uplifting. (Email: information@nbmbaa-indy.org)
Aaron Chandler
Director of Marketing
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Travis Caughman
Director, Membership
Travis Caughman, born in Columbia, SC, is a Human Resources professional with 15+ years of experience. He received his BA in History from South Carolina State University and his MBA w/HR concentration from Southern New Hampshire University. Travis also honorably served our country as a US Army officer. He currently works as an Account Manager/Executive Recruiter in the staffing industry. As a Human Resources professional, he is dedicated to the professional and personal growth of others as well as himself. (Email: information@nbmbaa-indy.org)
Gregory Meriweather
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Chuck Franks
Director of Programming
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Director, Professional Development
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Director, Scholarship
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Director, Activities
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Director, Collegiate Relations
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