Board of Trustees
President, Center for Leadership Development
Dennis Bland is president of the Center for Leadership Development, a non-profit Indianapolis organization dedicated to preparing African American youth for academic, college and career success. Prior to joining CLD, he practiced law for nine years specializing in medical malpractice litigation and insurance law. Dennis serves on many boards, including the Tobias Center on Leadership, Indiana InternNet, Indiana University Law-Indianapolis Alumni Association, and Indianapolis Arts Council. A native of Indianapolis, he is a member of Christ Temple Apostolic Church where he serves as a deacon, trustee, and eighth grade Sunday school teacher.
Board President Daniel F. Evans
President and CEO, Indiana University Health Partners, Inc
Daniel Evans is the President and Chief Executive at Indiana University Health Partners, Inc. He has held this position since November 2002. Prior to this, Dan was a Partner at Baker & Daniels. He currently serves as a Director at BioCrossroads, since March 2006. Dan has been on the Board of Directors at Clarian Health Partners, since its inception in 1997 and is a Member of the Board of Directors at Clarian Health Ventures, Inc. He also serves on numerous community, academic, and health care related Boards and Advisory Committees, some of which include, Indiana Health Information Exchange, Indiana Health Industry Forum, Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, Indiana Hospital & Health Association, Indianapolis and Indiana Chambers of Commerce, University of Indianapolis, and at IUPUI Board of Advisors.
John L. Krauss
Director of the Indiana University Public Policy Institute
John L. Krauss, an attorney, mediator, and arbitrator, is director of the Indiana University Public Policy Institute. Additionally, he holds a joint academic appointment as a clinical professor at SPEA and an adjunct professor of law at Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis. He teaches mediation, dispute resolution, law and public policy, and urban management. Krauss is also director of the Indiana Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations. Krauss holds leadership positions with a diverse array of civic and corporate organizations, including the Vice Chair for Tourism for Tomorrow, Inc., Member, Indiana Education Employment Relations Board, Board of Directors President Benjamin Harrison Foundation, Board of Advisors Central Indiana Land Trust, Trustee and Past Vice Chair of the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and Past Chair of Indiana Supreme Court Commission on Continuing Legal Education.
Chief Executive Officer Indianapolis Public Library
Jackie Nytes served the Indianapolis Public Library from 1988 to 2003 as CFO and Associate Director for Management Services. Nytes returned to the Indianapolis Public Library in 2012 to be the Chief Executive Officer. During her time away, Nytes served the state as the President of the Indiana Economic Development Council and the city as the Executive Director of the Mapleton Fall Creek Development Corporation. Twelve years on the Indianapolis City-County Council has given Nytes a unique perspective on the role of the library in the Indianapolis community. Currently, Nytes serves as a board member of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and the International Center.
Senior Pastor at University United Methodist Church
Brian Williams is the Senior Pastor at University United Methodist Church in Indianapolis. Prior to coming to University United Methodist, Williams was the Pastor of Mission and Outreach at North United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, a pastor at Granville-Vance Charge United Methodist Church in Oxford, North Carolina and a chaplain intern at John Umstead Hospital in Butner, North Carolina. Williams is a well respected religious leader in the faith-based community. He brings both experiences from the business world and a passion for community based ministries to his outreach efforts, which are targeted to impact the quality of life for those living in poverty, addiction, homelessness, incarceration and re-entry. Williams serves on various boards including the Mid North Food Pantry, Intercollegiate YMCA, and Rejuvenate Grant/Indiana United Methodist Foundation.