Director | Operations,
John Spanogle serves as the Director of Operations for GEODIS in Plainfield, Indiana. Prior to his position at GEODIS, John served as the associate director of shared pharmaceuticals for MD Logistics. 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.
Deep End Talent Strategies
Shawna Lake is the Founder of Deep End Talent Strategies, a human resource consulting firm offering full spectrum HR and talent management services. Shawna is committed to building leader and organizational capacity to drive exceptional employment experiences and help clients win talent in today’s competitive market.
Before launching Deep End Talent Strategies, Shawna served as a member of the MISO leadership team, a large nonprofit organization managing the power grid for 15 states and Manitoba. She was previously the Vice President of HR for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, guiding union and non-union staff and helping the largest arts organization in Indiana reach new audiences and improve community wellbeing through arts education. Her professional background includes leading all aspects of HR and communications with for-profit and nonprofit organizations in the arts, energy, logistics, finance, technology, and advertising.
Through consulting and pro bono service, Shawna has shaped HR practices and leadership capabilities in the environmental sector and architecture and engineering, social services, healthcare, banking, technology security, energy, retail, personal services, construction, manufacturing, life sciences, and start-ups.
In addition to field’s highest professional designations, SPHR and SHRM-SCP, Shawna holds a B.A. in Management and Organizational Communication, an M.A. in Executive Development for Public Service, and a Graduate Certificate in Public Administration. She is committed to serving the community through volunteerism, as well as contributing to the HR body of knowledge through active involvement at the local, state, and federal levels and speaking engagements with high schools, universities, chambers of commerce, and community groups.
When she’s not working, Shawna is likely watching a soccer game, reading a good book, traveling, or combining all three hobbies at once. Shawna is a native Hoosier who resides with her husband Chris and their teenage son and daughter (and dog Maggie) in Zionsville, Indiana.
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.
Danny Portee, MBA, HCS
Professional Management Enterprises Inc.
Danny Portee is the Founder, President and CEO of Professional Management Enterprises, Inc. Prior to starting PME Inc, Danny served proudly in the United Stated Army for twenty years. Danny served in the capacity of Senior Telecommunications Manager, Recruiter, Sales Manager and Trainer during his twenty years of military service before retiring in 2003. Danny received numerous military awards; Four Meritorious Service Medals, Six Army Achievement Medals, Army Recruiting Medallion of Excellence, Army Recruiting Ring for Excellence, 6th Brigade Recruiter of the Year, 6th Brigade Large Station of the Year.
Mr. Portee provides daily corporate leadership to his staff, while directing and coordinating national sales, new business development, marketing, and customer service. He manages the company budget, recruits, trains, and supervises professionals on his team – all while maintaining a corporate culture of individual cultivation, diversity and innovation. Professional Management Enterprises (PME) is a professional services company that focuses on management, consulting, staff augmentation, education, training, counseling, and information technology staffing solutions. In 2019 Mr. Portee started his second company WellsTrans which focus on Non-Emergency Medical Transportation and Call Center operations.
Mr. Portee received his Associate of Science degree from Vincennes University and his Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management from Oakland City University while serving in the Army. Danny earned his MBA in Human Resource Management from Columbia Southern University in 2010. Mr. Portee other accomplishments includes earning the Human Capital Strategist certification, Certified Personnel Consultant, Certified Career Coach, Certified Resume Writer, Master Project Manager, Human Resource Project Manager Certified, and HR Selection and Staffing Certification. He’s a board member for Jobs and Prosperity Task Force for American Solutions, Alternative Inc., Job Ready Vets, and Hoosier Veteran Assistance Program (HVAF), and numerous other boards. Mr. Portee was selected by Senator Todd Young office to the West Point selection committee.
During his time at the helm of Professional Management Enterprises Inc, Danny has been honored with numerous awards with only the last three years listed:
- 2020 Inc. 5000
- Indiana Business Journal FAST 25 2018, 2019, 2020
- Gene McFadden Small Business of the Year – Mid-states Minority
- Selected to Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program in 2019
- Selected to Birthing of Giants Fellowship Program at MIT 2021
Danny and his wife Pam have been married for 36 years and live in Indianapolis, Indiana.