Board of Directors

 
 
 
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Jeff Simmons

CEO at Elanco Animal Health, Founder of EDGE Mentoring

Since 2008, Jeff has served as President of Elanco, the animal health division of Eli Lilly and Company, (NYSE: LLY). As part of this role, he is also a Senior Vice President and Executive Officer of Lilly. As a leading global animal health company, Elanco values innovation, both in scientific research and daily operations, and strives to cultivate a collaborative work environment for more than 6,500 employees worldwide through its vision of Food and Companionship Enriching Life.

In more than two decades with the company, Simmons has held a number of sales, marketing and management positions, in the United States and abroad. These international experiences offered Simmons a new perspective on food and agriculture and created a deep conviction about the need for solutions to global food security. Elanco is bringing this vision to life via a commitment to end hunger for 100,000 families globally through a partnership with Heifer International, and begin breaking the cycle of hunger in 100 communities around the globe. Simmons has become an active advocate for the role technology plays in sustainable, efficient production of safe and affordable protein. He has published white papers on this topic, most recently, the ENOUGH report at www.ENOUGHmovement.com.


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Tim Kopp

Partner & Managing Director at Hyde Park Ventures
Chairman of EDGE Mentoring Board of Directors

Tim is an experienced marketer and team builder with a passion for advising high growth marketing SaaS companies. Prior to joining Hyde Park Venture Partners, Tim was the CMO of ExactTarget for 6+ years, leading a global team of nearly 300 amazing marketing leaders. Tim helped grow ExactTarget from $50M to $400M in revenue, through IPO, and ultimately to a $2.7B sale to Salesforce.

He has a passion for building culture, delivering ROI, and developing incredible branded experiences. Prior to ExactTarget, Tim was the CMO at Webtrends, and prior to that, he ran interactive marketing for Coca-Cola and Procter & Gamble. Tim serves on the board of portfolio companies Ahalogy, G2Crowd, and Level11, and as an adviser to TinderBox and Geofeedia. Tim is a Cincinnati native and a long-time technology leader in Indianapolis. He leads HPVP’s Indianapolis office and the firm’s activities across the southern Midwest.


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Allison Melangton

Senior Vice President at Hulman Motorsports

Allison Melangton joined Hulman Motorsports Corporation as Senior Vice President on November 1, 2014 and is responsible for overall production of major events and strategic planning at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, including the famed Indianapolis 500 mile race. In 2016, she led the planning and execution of the 100th Running of the Indy 500 which was recognized as Sports Business Journal’s Sports Event of the Year.

Prior to joining Hulman Motorsports, Melangton served on the Executive Leadership team of Indiana Sports Corp for twenty years, serving the last two years as President from September 1, 2012 until October of 2014. Four of those years were serving as CEO and president of the 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee from 2008 through 2012. Widely regarded as the most engaging and successfully organized Super Bowl in history, Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis featured the Super Bowl Village, which drew more than 1.1 million people to downtown Indianapolis; $154 million of investment in the city’s Near Eastside through the Legacy Project; more than 8,000 volunteers serving in a variety of roles; and community, youth and green initiatives that impacted hundreds of thousands of individuals.

Melangton was honored with a “Sagamore of the Wabash” by Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels in 2012, and recognized as a “Living Legend” by the Indiana Historical Society in 2014. Sports Business Journal, the nation’s industry-leading publication, named Melangton as a recipient of its “Game Changer” Award in 2012. In 2017 Melangton received recognition for two Lifetime Achievement Awards, the Jefferson Award for Community Impact and College Mentors for Kids. Melangton also serves on the Board of Directors for OneAmerica Financial Partners, Inc., the 500 Festival, the Indianapolis Economic Club, the 2021 NBA All-Star, the St. Vincent Foundation, the 2022 College Football Championship and EDGE Mentoring.

Melangton was nationally recognized with the 2011 FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award for working as a liaison between the National Football League and the Indianapolis community for the 2012 Super Bowl. Melangton is also 2009 graduate of the FBI Citizens Academy.

Melangton is a graduate of Colorado State University with a bachelor of arts in Sports Administration. Prior to joining Indiana Sports Corp, Melangton directed national and international events for 11 years for Indianapolis-based USA Gymnastics. Melangton also worked at nine Olympic Games, the last six as an Associate Producer for the gymnastics broadcast by NBC Sports, the most recent the 2016 summer games in Rio de Janeiro. She has won five Emmy Awards for her work as a member of the NBC Sports broadcast team.

Allison has been married for 32 years to husband, Tom, and has one son, Cameron, who is 25.


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Jackie Morales

Chief Marketing & Innovation Officer at Morales Group

Drawn to Morales Group’s global diversity, Jackie joined the company in 2008 in a business development role. Today, as Chief Marketing + Innovation Officer, Jackie oversees Marketing, Innovation and Workforce Development. Her creative insight and marketing expertise have helped grow the organization’s client list and community connections. Jackie’s deep commitment to the Latino community inspired her to take on many roles.

She was elected as the first female chairman of the Indy Chamber Hispanic Business Council (2014) and has served on the HBC for nine years and on the Indy Chamber Executive Committee for three years. She spends summers mentoring and leading workshops at Project Stepping Stone, a program that helps Hispanic high school students prepare for college and beyond. She has also served on the board of Cancer Support Community Central Indiana (four years), and on the Exodus Refugee board for a year. In 2017, Jackie joined the EDGE Mentoring board, a faith-based nonprofit organization that mentors young professionals seeking guidance in their career journey. And in December of 2018, she was named to the Teacher’s Credit Union (TCU) Board of Directors.

Jackie earned her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Indiana University Bloomington and completed her MBA from the University of Notre Dame. At home, Jackie loves spending time with her husband, Seth, and their two sons, Sebastián (Sebby) and Mateo.


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Doug Wilson

Founder & Chairman at Monon Capital LLC

Doug is the founder and Chairman of Monon Capital. The firm engages with partners around ideas and opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurship through venture investments, a thought and conversations studio, a venture lab, and a charitable fund.

Prior to founding the firm, he was Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of Hillenbrand, Inc. He previously held senior executive positions at Boston Scientific Corporation, Guidant Corporation, Ronald Blue & Co., and Eli Lilly & Company. Doug serves as a trustee of the Sagamore Institute and The Trinity Forum. He is a member of the Advisory Board of Tuskegee University, a director of the International Arts Movement, EDGE Mentoring and Telemachus. He is also serves on the board of several for-profit businesses, among which are Valve + Meter, Lost Valley Ranch and Sun Chef Global. He attended Ball State University, where he earned a BS and a MS, and Babson College's Consortium for Executive Education.


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Tom Bratton

CEO & Managing Partner at Medallion Partners

Tom Bratton is the CEO and Managing Partner of Medallion Partners. Medallion’s mission is to serve people in business and career with Organizational Strategy and Design, Executive Search, and Career Development. Tom began his career in Marketing, Sales and Operations for global organizations such as Gillette, Clorox, Technicolor and Jordan Industries before founding Medallion in 2006. 

Tom and the Medallion team work with Fortune 500 corporations to emerging businesses to facilitate transformational change through people. Tom and his wife, Angela, are high school sweethearts who have been married for 25 years and have three children – Lauren, Jacob and Kendall.


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Tom Eggleston

Managing Director at Charmides Capital

Tom was General Manager for Global Automotive at ITW that prompted a sale to ABB. Following that, he led the worldwide Amway business in a global expansion in the 1990s to increase revenue by 300% to $6.3B. For his next venture, Tom was a co-founder of DriversMart Worldwide, which later sold to AutoNation for $100M. He founded a medical device company that has surpassed 1 million patients.

Upon moving back to Indiana, Tom served as CEO of CP Morgan and helped it grow to become the 7th largest private home builder in the U.S. and winner of the APEX Award from Big Builder magazine. He graduated from Dartmouth College and University of Virginia School of Law.


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Marcus Hall

Partner, VP Sales & Marketing at California Closets

Marcus Hall is the President and Partner of California Closets. California Closets owns and operates an independent franchise throughout Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Central Illinois where they design and build custom furniture and storage solutions. Marcus has been professionally involved in Indianapolis since graduating from Ball State University. He started his career with the RCA championships then moved to the Indiana Fever & Pacers and most recently at ExactTarget where he spent several years following the Salesforce acquisition.

Marcus and his wife, Lindsey, have been married for seven years and have twin girls Naomi and Kai. They are members and actively involved in their local church at The Creek on the southeast side of Indianapolis.


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Adam Wright

Product Brand Director, Global Marketing at Eli Lilly & Company

Adam is an experienced marketer and brand builder with a passion for coaching and mentoring early career professionals.  At Lilly, he has contributed to the success of multiple blockbuster brands both inside and outside of the U.S.  He also currently serves on the Governance Committee for the Lilly Marketing Academy. 

Prior to Lilly, Adam enjoyed success in sales as a top rep for Merck after beginning his career in the wonderful world of advertising at Young & Laramore. 

Adam is an Indianapolis native and a proud graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.  He and his wife Katie live in Zionsville with their four children.  In addition to his board role with EDGE Mentoring, Adam serves as an EDGE Mentor and is actively involved in youth ministry at Zionsville Presbyterian Church. 


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Rob Wiley

Head of Marketing and Product Strategy at Formstack


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Dave Neff

President & CEO at EDGE Mentoring

Dave Neff is the President & CEO of EDGE Mentoring. For the past four years, Dave has led EDGE full-time as it has grown from 80 in the program to over 700 mentors and mentees from 40 states and six countries today. Prior to EDGE, Dave worked for ExactTarget (now Salesforce Marketing Cloud) for 2.5 years and Pacers Sports & Entertainment for four years in a number of sales and marketing roles.

Dave has a passion for developing top talent, creating strategic partnerships, building winning cultures and fostering intergenerational relationships through mentoring. Dave was named to the Indianapolis Business Journal’s 2016 Forty Under 40 list recognizing rising stars in Central Indiana. He was also named a 2013 Inspire Award Winner in the Marketing, Media & Athletics category for his commitment to mentoring in the workplace and community. Dave also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of National Christian Foundation (Indiana). Dave graduated from Ball State University with his B.S. in Sport Administration. He is married to Joelle and they have two young children, Lincoln and Nora.

 

The Impact of EDGE

Jeff Simmons

CEO, Elanco Animal Health | EDGE Founder

Randy Reichmann

CEO, Hatch | Former Board Member

 
 
 

Former Board Members

 
 
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Jason Reese
Attorney | Wagner Reese LLP

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Kyle DeFur
President | trueU