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Dennis Bland

Dennis Bland, Board Secretary

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. 

Daniel F. Evans

Daniel F. Evans, Board President

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. 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

John L. Krauss, Board Vice President


John L. Krauss, an attorney, mediator, and arbitrator. He recently retired from Indiana University and IUPUI after 23 years. He served as director of the Indiana University Public Policy Institute and is a professor emeritus at the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Previously, Krauss served as Deputy Mayor of Indianapolis (1982-1991).

Krauss currently serves as a senior advisor to the Chancellor of IUPUI and as adjunct professor at the Indiana University McKinney School of Law-Indianapolis. He teaches mediation and dispute resolution and has an alternative dispute resolution and consulting practice. Krauss holds leadership positions with a diverse array of civic and corporate organizations, including Tourism for Tomorrow, Inc., the Indiana Education Employment Relations Board, President Benjamin Harrison Foundation, Central Indiana Land Trust and the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

John L. Krauss

Jackie Nytes

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.

John L. Krauss

Brian Williams

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.