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.
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 has coached and develop her leadership team to greatness, knowing, “when they win, we win.”
India M. Brown, MBA, PMP, is a business owner and entrepreneur. She is the CEO of Brown Design & Workflow Creations, LLC, DBA PMPHASE Consulting Firm. Her work in healthcare has expanded over 30 years with a focus on IT project management. Her portfolio includes multiple projects within various industries. Working as a project manager, she primarily focuses on risk assessment and optimization for organizations. She has a passion for training, education, and development and she volunteers as a mentor and serves as an activist within her community. She is also a certified project management professional (PMP), and a certified professional coder (CPC). India is the author of a 31-day affirmation exercise workbook Let’s Check In On You! This workbook is one of the first tools that an individual would use to take steps toward performing their own self-assessment. Mrs. Brown is the Vice Chair on the Execute Board for the Pass the Torch for Women Foundation, she is also the VP of Operations on the Executive Board for the National Black MBA Association, Indianapolis, Chapter, and an active member of National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO). India earned her bachelor’s in Business Administration (BA) with a focus in Management, and she has her Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) with a focus in Leadership Development.
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.
Madelynn Dowdy Moody, MBA is an active member of the National Black MBA Association – Indianapolis Chapter. Madelynn has been a member with the chapter since 2012. She is seeking to serve the chapter in the role of VP of Records (Secretary). Madelynn has 15+ years of experience in Engineering, Business, and Project/ Program Management. Those years were served working in roles in Pharmaceutical, Construction, Manufacturing, Automotive, Government Contracts, and SW Controls. Madelynn has also devoted 8 years of military service in the US Navy. Madelynn obtained a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue School of Engineering and a Master’s degree (MBA) in Applied Business Management from Indiana Wesleyan University. Madelynn has several years volunteering her time as Pre-College Initiative Chair for NSBE-Indianapolis Alumni Professionals, as an Executive Board member of Minority Engineering Program of Indianapolis, MEPI, and as Secretary of Cummins Power Speakers Toastmasters Club. Madelynn has 4 children, Jasmine, Raven, James and Aaron.
Starla A. Trigg, MBA, is a community connector and influencer passionate about making a difference in Greater Indianapolis. She believes that everyone deserves a seat at the table. Starla’s affiliations include, Toastmasters International, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc – Alpha Mu Omega chapter, the InnoPower Minority Business Conference. She is a lifetime member & energetic Immediate Past President of the award-winning Indianapolis Chapter. She believes in the power of collaboration and servant leadership. Starla led the Chapter in winning multiple national awards, including the 2022 Tier 2 Entrepreneurship Channel Award, the 2022 Tier 2 Lifestyle Channel Award, the 2021 Tier 2 Career Channel Award, and the 2020 Tier 2 Chapter of the Year award. Professionally, Starla is an Internal Auditor at Simon Property Group. Her career includes experience in the Higher Education, Consumer Products, and Retail Industries. Starla holds a BS in Accounting from Hampton University and an MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University. One of Starla’s favorite quotes is – “If you are always trying to be normal, you’ll never know how amazing you can be.” ~Maya Angelou
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.
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
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.
Chuck Franks is a current resident of Fishers, IN. He attended Western Kentucky University as a student athlete and earned a degree in Business Administration/ Marketing. Mr. Franks later obtained an MBA from Oakland City University and completed a Disruptive Strategy course at The Harvard Business School. He and Yvonna (wife) have two children, Avery (4) and Chandler (2). In his spare time, Chuck enjoys golf, fishing, community involvement and attending his children’s activities.
Establishing my services on a foundation of integrity, I am a highly dedicated Business Consultant who possesses the skill and passion necessary to help aspiring professionals/startups reach new levels of sustainable success. To date, I hold an extensive background involving the intricacies of leadership development, organizational growth, credit/marketing accentuation, and inspiring healthy mindset transformations, and continuously leverage that dynamicity to guide my clients on cultivating the high-performing business future they deserve. Born and raised in a single-family home with my sister and brother, I learned early on the core value of resilience and a strong work ethic. Part of that stems from my natural-born progressive nature and the other from understanding that in order to get ahead in life, you must put in the work to make it happen. This, along with my rooted appreciation for all things growth and development, became the catalyst for me to attend college to begin my career in Business Administration while my siblings pursued serving in the Army. Upon earning my associate’s degree in Business and a bachelor’s in Education, I spent the next 15 years working across various organizations, proactively gaining a solid track record of exceeding pipeline goals while maintaining internal scaling profitability. In addition to boosting department-wide performance and fostering mutually beneficial results, I have also gained a strong reputation throughout for my specializations revolving around executing full-scale operational improvements and advancing workplace cultures. Now taking that with me to the business consulting space, I have since intertwined my near two decades of startup expeditions and history working as a Childcare Director/ teacher, life coach, and mentor to help others raise the bar for their businesses, their teams, and ensure a profitable path forward. As a consultant fueled by helping others succeed, I have a genuine passion for translating startup objectives into tangible realities and doing so while ensuring everyone across the organizational pipeline has positive constructive experiences along the way. From creating unique business plans to leadership optimization, I ultimately demonstrate my efforts by delivering actionable, strategic, innovative, and tailored support that unlocks bottom-up potential and solidifies scaling futures. Because in the end, every startup business and ambitious entrepreneur has what it takes to excel within their market with the right mindset and brand executions – and sometimes all it takes is attaining qualified perspectives from a consultant you can trust to both recognize and capitalize on that. Overall, my career is my passion and I am always staying updated with the current market and business trends to ensure my clients receive the opulent service and results they merit. I am diligent, efficient, and an endorsed business consultant who takes pride in positioning my clients up for success as they navigate across the competitive market. However, when I am not working, you can often find me swimming, skating, playing kickball and softball, hiking, traveling, and above all, spending time with my husband, our three children, and my bonus children.
In the Office of the Chief Equity, Inclusion, & Opportunity Officer, Anthony serves as the Deputy Chief and Executive Director of External Equity. In this role, Anthony leads all efforts regarding benchmarking best practices and meeting with external partners across the state to uncover opportunities for enhancing EIO in Indiana, specifically in the Governor’s agenda priorities of education/workforce, public safety, and healthcare. Anthony also serves as an Adjunct Professor in the same University of Indianapolis Evening MBA program from which he received his degree, teaching various courses in the Applied Analytics concentration. Anthony and Jennifer (his wife of 12 years) welcomed their first child, a son, into their family in May and are enjoying navigating the challenges and joys of parenting!
Jennifer T. Butler, MBA has been an active member of the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) since 2020. During her time in the NBMBAA, Jennifer has served on the Marketing Committee for the Charlotte Chapter, participated in the inaugural 2022 NBMBAA Scholars Program, was a recipient of the 2022 NBMBAA John Deere Scholarship, and was appointed to serve as the Director of Marketing for the Indianapolis Chapter.
Jennifer has 9+ years of experience in Supply Chain Management and Procurement spanning across the HVAC, Recreational Vehicle, Household Appliances, and Pharmaceutical industries. Additionally, she is currently an Associate Director in LRL Procurement at Eli Lilly and Company. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Supply Chain Management from Howard University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of South Carolina. She is also involved in numerous professional and civic organizations, including the Indianapolis (IN) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, Women of Color in Pharma, Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association, Women in Manufacturing, Institute for Supply Management, and the Howard University Alumni Club of Indianapolis.
We are seeking energetic and outgoing members to join the membership committee. The Membership Committee has three main objectives: (1) recruit & retain new, renewing and transfer members to the Chapter; (2) encourage members to become actively engaged with the Chapter and (3) track and maintain memberships and member demographics. This committee reports to the VP of Administration.
Key activities and responsibilities include:
Host the membership table at Chapter events
Communicate with existing members regarding their membership status
Conduct new member orientations
Organize and host membership related events including membership drives
Contact members via telephone when necessary
Survey members to capture data & disseminate to appropriate departments
Committee duties include, but are not limited to, the following: • Organize and execute entrepreneurship-focused programming. • Plan panel workshops • Plan programs that are focused on newly started business
The LOT® Program is a comprehensive programmatic approach for providing leadership development to high school students. The program is driven by mentoring across four developmental areas: Leadership, Financial Literacy, College Preparation and Career Preparation. The Indianapolis Chapter is also seeking mentors and professionals to help facilitate business case competition preparation. The position reports to the VP of Education.
Are you interested in using your passion & energy to assist students with pursuing higher education? This is the committee for you. The purpose of the scholarship committee is to establish scholarship selection criteria, solicit applications and award scholarships based on funding amounts approved by the executive board. The committee also assists in raising funds for Chapter scholarships through various efforts. This committee will also plan the scholarship award ceremony. This committee reports to the VP of Education.
Key activities include:
Coordinate the application, delivery and selection process
Evaluate and review submitted applications
Select scholarship recipients
Distribute the award letter (s) to the recipients’ campuses
Follow up with scholarship recipient(s) to make sure the scholarship was received
Excellence is the result of caring more than others think is wise, risking more than others think is safe,
dreaming more than others think is practical, and expecting more than others think is possible.