John Spanogle serves as the associate director of shared pharmaceuticals for MD Logistics in Plainfield, Indiana. Prior to his position at MD Logistics, John served as the director of strategic initiatives and development for Operation: Job Ready Veterans.
John is a retired military officer with over 25 years of experience. He has served multiple combat and operational tours of duty all over the globe and has a multitude of operational experience, which he developed spending a majority of his active duty service in the U.S. Army Special Forces. John served in multiple positions within the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), from Special Forces Operational Detachment-Alpha Commander to the Group Operations Officer. John also spent three years in the Pentagon working on the Joint Staff. He became adept at navigating through the bureaucracy of Washington, D.C. while working as a staff member in the Deputy Directorate for Special Operations/Counter Terrorism, J-3, the Joint Staff, Pentagon. John continues to assist and advise veterans across Indiana from knowledge gained not only from his former military career, but also from his contacts from veteran service organizations. John is a member of the Special Forces Association, the American Legion, Forty and Eight, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
John is currently working toward his Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration at Walden University and will be completed at the end of this year. He holds a master’s degree in business and organizational security management from Webster University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Hawaii.
U.S. Army (Ret.)
Board Vice Chair
Brigadier General Wayne Black began his military career in 1984, receiving an ROTC commission from The Citadel in field artillery. He served 11 years on active duty and more than 22 years in the Indiana Army National Guard.
General Black’s active-duty assignments included MLRS Platoon Leader, C Battery, 6-37th FA, Camp Essayons, Korea; Communications Platoon Leader, Battery Executive Officer and Battalion Fire Support Officer, 1-84th FA, Fort Lewis, Washington; and Battalion Fire Support Officer, Battalion S4, Battery Commander and Assistant S3, 2-3 FA, Kirchgoens, Germany. His last assignment on active duty was as a research analyst at TRADOC, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
While serving in the Indiana Army National Guard, he has served as the SGS, 38th Infantry Division; S2, 38th Division Artillery; Battalion Executive Officer, 3-139 FA; G3 and Chief Joint Visitor’s Bureau, Task Force Eagle; S3, 38th Division Artillery; Battalion Commander, 3-139 FA, Commander, Recruit Sustainment Program; Commander, Regional Police Advisory Command – North; Deputy Chief of Staff-G1, JFHQ; Director, Construction and Facilities Maintenance Office; and Assistant Adjutant General – Army and Commanding General, 81st Troop Command.
During his military career, his combat deployments included service in Desert Shield/Storm, Bosnia, and Afghanistan. Additionally, he has served overseas in Korea and Germany.
General Black has a Bachelor of Science in business administration from The Citadel, a Master of Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University, and Master of strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College. His military education includes Field Artillery Officer’s Basic and Advanced Courses, Combined Arms Services Staff School, Operations Research/Systems Analysis Course, Command and General Staff Officer’s Course, and U.S. Army War College.
General Black’s military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Ranger Tab, and the Parachutist Badge.
General Black is employed at LSC Communication, where he is a manufacturing supervisor. He has worked at LSC Communications for more than 23 years.
Dorothy Simpson-Taylor, PhD
Compassion Consulting & Coaching
Dr. Doty earned a PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Denver. Her career journey has included high school counselor, faculty and administrator in higher education (University of Iowa, Purdue University, Indiana State University, University of Northern Colorado, Iowa State University), mental health counselor and psychotherapist, community organizer, and capacity building consultant. Specializing in special populations, she has been an advocate, coach, and facilitator for individuals, businesses, communities, organizations, and systems seeking to enhance equity and inclusion practices. A Vietnam-era Air Force veteran with a long history of service to support military women and men, she is active with the American Legion and AMVETS, and her faith experiences and commitment to veterans have encouraged a focus on collaborating with governmental, community, and faith-based institutions to provide more support for military members and families.
Cathy Buyarski, PhD
Executive Associate Dean of University College at Indiana University-Purdue University
Dr. Cathy Buyarski serves as the executive associate dean of University College at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, overseeing programs and services that promote student success by helping students develop meaningful pathways to graduation. She helped found and now oversees the IUPUI Degree Completion Office and the Office of Transfer Student Services, both of which support students in returning to and completing their college education. Cathy’s approach to student success includes both supporting individual students as well as advocating for institutional change to build structures and systems that support degree completion. She has a deep commitment to providing educational equity and collegiate access and support for underserved, under-resourced, and underrepresented populations. She earned her PhD in educational policy and administration from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.
Kimberly D. Bloodgood, M.Ed.
Office for Veterans and Military Personnel, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis
Kimberly D. Bloodgood, M.Ed., is the director of Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis’s (IUPUI) Office for Veteran and Military Personnel. As a U.S. Air Force veteran she continues to serve by acting as the secretary/treasurer of IUPUI’s Veteran Faculty Staff Council. Kim began her role assisting U.S. service members with their education benefits in 2008 as a school certifying official, financial aid consultant, and veteran services coordinator at Ivy Tech Community College in Bloomington, Indiana. Once she completed her master’s degree in adult education at IUPUI, she advanced her career by moving to the position of program director with the Indiana State Approving Agency. While in this role, she approved training programs for the GI Bill, educated school certifying officials, and performed compliance surveys at approved institutions. Kim is dedicated to supporting her “brothers and sisters in their educational goals” and assisting them as they transition from the military to college—and then to a career!
Judge David Certo
Indianapolis Veterans Court
As a judge, Judge David Certo is committed to treating litigants and the public with dignity and respect and to enhancing access to justice. He has worked with veterans, mentally ill citizens, and substance abusing individuals, helping them address the challenges that led them into legal trouble. His approach of treating people like neighbors is a cost-effective way to promote public safety while improving the quality of life in Indianapolis neighborhoods. His professional career has been dedicated to improving public administration and has demonstrated his leadership qualities time and again.
Judge Certo remains dedicated to reducing crime by helping people avoid repeating the mistakes that led them to arrest. He continues to help the court use technology to make civil litigation easier and cheaper for litigants and lawyers. He loves his job and feels grateful for the privilege of serving his community.
Judge Certo was elected as the Presiding Judge for the Marion Superior Court (2013 and 2014); elected as Associate Presiding Judge for the Marion Superior Court (2011 and 2012); appointed Supervising Judge for Marion County Probation Department (2009 and 2010); appointed to the bench August 1, 2007, by Governor Daniels and elected to a six year term (2008-2014); and served as presiding judge for Marion Superior Court, Criminal Division 21, hearing 4,000 civil protection order cases and violations annually. Moreover, Judge Certo moved and redesigned Court 21 to improve safety for litigants, public, and staff and to increase access to services for domestic violence victims. He was assigned to the Marion County Environmental Court and the Indianapolis Community Court in 2010.
U.S. Army (Ret.),
Emeritus Board Member
Colonel (Retired) Roger Peterman is a graduate of Oakland City University, where he graduated with a B.S. in Human Resource Management.
In 1967, Colonel Peterman enlisted in the Army National Guard and served in the Field Artillery in both enlisted and officer positions. He commanded two Artillery Batteries, an Artillery Battalion, and the 38th Division Artillery before retiring in March of 2000.
In civilian life, Colonel Peterman retired in 2002 as a corporate logistics manager for Thomson Consumer Electronics, where he was employed for 38 years. Colonel Peterman served as Indiana’s ESGR state chairman from 2006-2012. He has served nine years as the transition assistance advisor for the state of Indiana.
Despite his busy schedule, Colonel Peterman owns a small metalworking business and is active in his church, the National Guard Association, the Association of the United States Army (AUSA), the American Legion, and AMVETS. He enjoys spending free time with his wife and family.
Region 2 President, Association of the United States Army
W. Douglas “Doug” Gibbens is a retired Command Sergeant Major with 35 years of Army service, primarily in the Army Reserve. Gibbens retired from the Army in 2001.
Since that time, he has continued to serve service members while also working full time as executive director for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). In that position, he led the development of the Employment Initiative Program, designed to put unemployed Guardsmen and Reservists into meaningful well-paying employment. This program began at a time when the unemployment rate of younger members of the Guard and Reserve was as high as 35% in Indiana. He still serves (as a volunteer) as state vice chairman of ESGR. One offshoot of his time as executive director of ESGR was his leadership in the expansion of the Operation Hire a Hoosier Veteran job fair, which grew from as few as 20 participating employers to well over 100 employers.
Doug has also been very active in other military and civilian organizations, to include the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) where he currently is regional president, serving over 16,000 members in eight states plus the District of Columbia. Additionally, he sits on the Council of Trustees of AUSA, which is their governing body. He is a past president and current member of the Veterans Day Council of Indianapolis and is a life member of the American Legion, AUSA, the Reserve Officers Association, the Noncommissioned Officers Association, and the 416th ENCOM Association. He also is a member of the Lawrence (IN) Chamber of Commerce and is currently serving as Army Reserve Ambassador (Emeritus) for Indiana. Doug is a graduate of the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Economics. He and his wife, Audrey, reside in Indianapolis.