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.
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.
Associate Director of Business Services, Sprint
Command Sergeant Major Stephen Goodan retired from the Army in February 2004 after spending 23 years at various active duty assignments across the U.S. and overseas. He enlisted as an Airborne Infantryman, but also served in several leadership roles for more than 15 years of his career in Army Recruiting and with the Special Operations Command. Stephen has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Resources Management and a degree in administrative management.
Since his retirement, he has worked in the telecommunications industry in senior management positions and is currently employed by Sprint as an associate director of business services. Stephen is also an entrepreneur at heart and recently became a franchise owner for the largest restaurant and hospitality recruiting firm in the country.
Stephen’s real desire is to help fellow veterans and their families who are in need. He is a long-standing member and serves on the board for several other veteran support organizations, including the Non-Commissioned Officer Association (NCOA), Disabled American Veterans (DAV), American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), and the Association of the United States Army (AUSA). He also works closely with local veteran agencies, such as the Volunteers of America (VOA), Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation (HVAF), and InteCare.
Indiana House Representative, District 92
Karlee is a proud member of the Speedway Chamber, an advisor on the West Side Chamber Board, and past president of the 40 West Business Association. She is passionate about many different community organizations, such as the Lions Club, the Wayne Township Education Foundation, and the American Legion.
At the Indiana Statehouse, Karlee is the Ranking Minority Member on the Veterans Affairs and Public Safety Committee and a member of the Regulatory Reform, Public Policy and Family, Children and Human Affairs Committees.
Karlee is energized by working hard in the legislature to help the veterans, public safety workers, children, seniors, families, and small businesses in her community. She is working to find ways to increase household incomes for hard-working families, to help small businesses create jobs that pay a living wage, and to ensure taxes are fair for everyone. She supports common sense measures to make sure that students of all ages are prepared for the future, and she is a leading voice in the state of Indiana for veterans, active personnel, and all military families.
Executive Vice President, Military and Veterans Practice Leader, Crosby Marketing Communications
Meg O’Grady is senior leader with 25 years of experience developing and leading a broad spectrum of quality of life programs for service members, veterans and their families in both the government and in the private sector. She is the Executive Vice President, Military and Veterans Practice Leader at Crosby Marketing Communications, where she creates strategic partnerships with military and veteran serving organizations to enhance the impact of their programs, resources and benefits in communities across the country.
Prior to joining the Crosby team, Meg served as the Vice President, Military and Public Sector Solutions for Kaplan Higher Education where she led a team of professionals that helped service members, veterans, military families and government organizations reach important milestones in their education and careers.
She has been a leader in the Department of Defense where she was responsible for strategic planning, legislative, program development, and contract oversight for Military Spouse Education and Employment in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Over the course of her career, Meg has worked with the Army, federal contractors, Fortune 500 companies, non-profits and institutions of higher education. During her tenure working with the U.S. Army, she worked with Army Family Advocacy, Army Education, the Army Career and Alumni Program, and was the first training officer for the Army’s Wounded Warrior Program, AW2. In Fort Hood, Texas, she piloted the first Active Duty Prenatal Physical Training program and chaired the Fort Hood Health Promotion Council. She was also the Vice President of Veteran Business Engagement at First Data Corporation where she led the development of the Coalition for Veteran Owned Business.
Meg was a member of the class of 1990 at the United States Military Academy and holds a Master of Education degree from National Louis University. She is an active volunteer, serving on the boards of the Armed Services YMCA, the PsychArmor Institute and Operation Job Ready Vets. In her free time, Meg can be found spending time with her daughter, Neely, who plays NCAA lacrosse for Whittier College.
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.
Scott Willis grew up in Kokomo, Indiana and attended Purdue University, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. Upon graduating, he followed family tradition and joined the United States Marine Corps as a 2nd Lieutenant. After serving four years on active duty and deploying across the globe, he entered corporate America in the manufacturing sector with Corning Incorporated.
In 1999, Scott joined Management Recruiters of Noblesville as an executive recruiter and quickly established a niche in the food, pharmaceutical, and biotech manufacturing industry.
During this time period, Scott continued to serve in the Marine Corps Reserves and had climbed to the rank of Major. In May of 2005, he was part of a 12-month presidential mobilization in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and served overseas in Iraq. Upon returning home, he founded Arnett Management Solutions, Inc. The company is an executive search firm that focuses in food, beverage, pharmaceutical, and biotech manufacturing and works with Fortune 100 and small companies alike. In 2009, Scott was accepted into the Pinnacle Society, a consortium of the top 75 recruiters in North America.
Shortly after founding Arnett Management Solutions, Scott started up a second company called Jarhead Holdings, LLC. This company invests in commercial and residential real estate. In February1, 2019 Arnett Management Solutions, Inc. merged with Theoris Services, an Indianapolis based technical professional services firm providing strategic consulting, managed solutions, and talent-based solutions. Scott then became Vice President of Theoris Search.
Scott and his wife, Stacey, currently reside in Westfield with their three children, Sophia, Brenna, and Graden. Scott is active in his community with such organizations as Veterans of Foreign War, American Legion to name a few.