Board of Directors

 
 
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Jeff Simmons

President | Elanco Animal Health

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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Jackie Morales

executive Vice President | Morales Group

Drawn to the company’s efforts toward global diversity, Jackie joined Morales Group in 2008 in a business development role. Today, as EVP, Jackie oversees Marketing, Human Resources, 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.

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 | 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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Tim Kopp

Partner & Managing Director | Hyde Park Ventures

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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Tom Bratton

CEO & Managing Partner | 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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Kyle DeFur

President | trueU

As president of trueU, an Indianapolis-based non-profit organization, Kyle DeFur leads a movement of like-minded businesses that believe the way to grow your business is by growing people. trueU provides a proven platform of programs and resources to help its Member Company Employees be the best version of themselves at work, at home and in the community.

Prior to leading trueU, Kyle held executive leadership positions in hospital administration for over 25 years. He most recently served for 7 years as president of St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital, a 950-bed, $1.3 billion hospital organization in Indianapolis with more than 5,500 employees and 1,500 physicians.

Kyle graduated from Anderson University in Indiana with a bachelor’s degree then earned master’s degrees in hospital and health administration and business administration from Xavier University. Kyle is a member of the Rotary Club of Indianapolis and he serves on the boards of Anderson University, EDGE Mentoring and Anderson First Church of the Nazarene. He and his wife of more than 30 years, Dana, have two grown sons, Cameron and Clayton. When he's not working, Kyle enjoys reading, golfing and actively serving his church.


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Tom Eggleston

Managing Director | 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 | California Closets


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Adam Wright

Brand Director | Eli Lilly & Company


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Jason Reese

Partner & Attorney | Wagner Reese LLP

Jason founded the Wagner Reese law firm nearly 20 years ago. The firm helps victims of personal injury, medical malpractice and wrongful death. Recognized as one of the best lawyers in Indiana, Jason has won awards ranging from Young Lawyer of the Year to the IBJ’s Forty Under 40, and from Top 50 Super Lawyer to the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 lawyers. 

In addition to serving as an EDGE board member, Jason serves on leadership teams at Grace Church, the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic and the Indianapolis Great Banquet. Jason believes in the multiplier effect and has a passion for mentoring emerging business leaders. Jason and his wife Jill live in Carmel, Indiana with their three teenage children.


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Rob Wiley

SVP Strategic Business & Corporate Development | Cheetah Digital


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Dave Neff

President & CEO | 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
President, Elanco Animal Health
SVP, Eli Lilly & Company