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David and Jamalyn Williamson Rebuilding the Haitian Economy One Home at a Time With this month’s cover story we highlight the great work that two Zionsville residents, David and Jamalyn Williamson, are undertaking to provide homes for Haitian’s that coincidentally helps boost the Haitian economy. The Williamsons have spent the last 15 years working in Fondwa, Haiti, building lasting friendships and improving lives. Jamalyn was in Fondwa when the 2010 quake struck and witnessed firsthand the catastrophic devastation. Upon her return to the U.S., she and David wasted no time in assisting with the rebuilding efforts in the beautiful and hospitable rural community that they’ve grown to love.

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The Matter of Mental Health at Z i o n s v i l l e C o m m u n i t y S c h o o l s Writer // Janelle Morrison • Photography // Courtesy of ZCS

Throughout a child’s academic career, schools should be enabling students to be resilient and should be supporting good mental health for the entire student body. Zionsville Community Schools (ZCS) has put a myriad of systems into place over the years—including the installation of Strong In Every Way (SIEW)—and other vehicles through which teachers and administrators can teach students and families about proper mental health and self-care.


sat down with ZCS Superintendent Dr. Scott Robison, Assistant Superintendent-Operations Rebecca Coffman and Assistant Superintendent-Academics Kris Devereaux to discuss the overall status of the school district’s mental health initiatives and to get a bit of a progress report, if you will, on how SIEW and related initiatives are performing as a whole. “Teaching—in partnership with families—about how to be well and how to stay well is a job that is never done,” Robison said. “SIEW was the catalyst for many positive things that we could get done and sort of was the conduit for getting some hard things done. The embedded curriculum pieces and counseling that have manifested started with SIEW. In fact, SIEW was born during a discussion about bringing wellness teachers to our elementary schools, so it really is right on point. Our Dynamic Student Support Team (DSST), while we can’t talk at a granular level, is making a difference, and I know that lives have been saved.”

The Byproducts of the Lilly Endowment Grant ZCS was awarded a four-year $640,000 Counseling Initiative Planning grant from the Lilly Endowment in 2017. The grant has been used to align the school corporation’s K-12 counseling curriculum. “We have two academic priorities in our district that we feel enhance and maximize the learning that will happen for our kids,” Devereaux said. “The very first [priority] is social-emotional growth. How we support that is a lot of what happens in the classrooms: making and building connections and relationships with teachers and classmates.” Devereaux stated that the Lilly grant has helped “supercharge” those efforts of SIEW, developing connections and focusing on the mental wellness of the students. “The [Lilly] grant is focused on our K-12 comprehensive counseling program,” Devereaux explained. “We have focused a lot this year on Transition Strong and really thinking about, for the rest of this year and going into next, things that we can put into place that are systemic to support our kids and families as they make these huge transitions. For example, coming into kindergarten, middle and high school are all big transitions.” The Lilly grant allowed ZCS to bring on a professional counseling consultant who’s been working with the district’s K-12 counselors to build systemic processes


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and systems in the schools to address the students’ needs. “We adopted Second Step, which is a K-8 counseling program that every child gets in our school system,” Devereaux said. “It is all about the social-emotional components and learning how to navigate tricky situations, recognizing when a student needs help, what that help looks like and how to vocalize it.” The counseling consultant worked with focus groups made up of students, parents and teachers in 2017. Devereaux explained that the data gathered was


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used as baseline data so that the administrators could implement initiatives such as Transition Strong, Second Step, Preventure and Mentor Access Period (MAP). Devereaux shared, “We redid the focus groups in 2019 and found that kids were able to articulate how they were feeling and identify strategies on dealing with those feelings that they could not articulate two years ago. Our parent focus group was able to talk about our programs, which they couldn’t do two years prior. We know that what we’re doing is having some impact. We will do these focus groups again in 2021 to measure how much growth we see in these areas.”



Do You or a Child You Know Need Assistance? Coffman emphasized the importance of listening to your child or to any child who is expressing a need for help and/or is displaying behaviors that are cause for alert and immediate support. “The biggest thing that we can encourage is to listen to your kids and to your children’s friends,” Coffman stressed. “And to not assume that someone else will make the report about a particular

concern. We receive regular anonymous reports, but it is more helpful when people state their names so that we can have a two-way dialogue.” ZCS is committed to meeting the educational and social-emotional needs of its growing student body. Robinson concluded, “We will add a cohort of about 550 new kindergartners this year. And while I am proud of these [administrators], our work and our efforts to preempt the ugly manifestation of mental illness gone unnoticed or a safety issue gone unidentified are never done. We are not going to let our guards down because we know that as good as we are, we could always get better.” If you need access to resources for your child or need to make a report on behalf of a child that you believe needs assistance, the ZCS website has detailed information on how to make a report (anonymously if preferred) as well as the school counselors’ contact information. If you are in immediate danger or know of someone who might be in immediate danger, please call 911.



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individuals across the whole [ZCS] corporation. Our team looks at the needs that are coming out of specific buildings where there’s been a level of involvement—at the school level—to support students. We provide some intervention for students who have gone through a series of interventions at the building level and need a customized program that supports their social-emotional learning as well as support for the family. All of our work is private, and we work closely with the families and with providers in the community who offer specialized support.”



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Dr. Peachee recently introduced hormone treatments for low testosterone. Family Nurse Practitioner Leann Emery has been doing [hormone] treatments for 20 years, and that area of medicine became a natural fit for IRMI. Dr. Peachee explained that low T treatments help patients with unique and even complicated cases of Erectile Dysfunction (E.D.). Most people seek us out for treatment because they are tired, worn out, stressed out and just simply lack the energy they used to have. “We focus on injectable [low T] treatments because we can modify the dosage and give more frequent doses to keep our patients at a level that’s going to give them the maximum benefit and improvement for their conditions,” Dr. Peachee explained.

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Dr. Peachee is a native of Jasper, Indiana. He graduated from Logan College of Chiropractic and has been in practice since 2003. His areas of specialty include patients with chronic and severe back, neck and joint pain as well as other complex neurological conditions. Dr. Peachee has earned a reputation as an innovative thinker as well as a compassionate practitioner who brings his wide expertise and experience to the Greater Indianapolis area. A key member of the IRMI team is Leann Emery, FNP. Emery is a family nurse practitioner with more than 20 years of experience in hormone replacement and alternative pain management.


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One of the other major differentiators that sets Indiana Regenerative Medicine Institute apart from other offices and clinics is that they are advocates for their patients, especially when it comes to dealing with their patients’ insurance providers. “Not every insurance plan will cover this type of care, but a lot of them will. I have spent a lot of free time writing letters on behalf of our patients. We go above and beyond with our service and care of our patients.” Dr. Peachee emphasized.


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Husain and his executive producers, Amy Pauszek and Lisa Hall, are collaborating with law enforcement, the school system, faith-based initiatives, courts and area treatment facilities in order to obtain crucial interviews and accurate data to support the authenticity of this documentary. Husain, Pauszek and Hall were generous to share what motivated each of them to embark on an arduous and often heartbreaking journey to create this film.

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“The Addict’s Wake” Writer // Janelle Morrison • Photography // Ryan Blass and Artwork by Patrick Atkinson

In an effort to help eradicate the stigma associated with addiction and the addiction awareness effort, Zionsville Monthly sat down with the team behind the production of a new documentary, “The Addict’s Wake,” to discuss not only the film’s purpose but to take an honest look at some of the lives profoundly affected by addiction. It is the hope of the film’s director, producers and creative team that “The Addict’s Wake” will shine a light on the nation’s number one public health crisis and the devastating “ripple effect” that addiction has on families and communities.


ionsville resident Michael Husain is the film’s director and is an Emmy Award-winning documentary director, writer and producer. Husain is known for his help in launching the A&E documentary series “American Justice” and has created hundreds of hours of documentaries for The History Channel, HGTV, TLC, The Discovery Channel, PBS, A&E and ESPN. Husain has been awarded a Crystal Heart at the Heartland Film Festival for his independent film “The Innocent,” which was also awarded the Jury Prize for “Best non-fiction film” at the Indianapolis International Film Festival.

The Film’s Premise Under the picturesque rolling hills, the beautiful state parks and the unique charm of the tourist shops and eateries in Nashville, Indiana, lies terrible disease. This community is a microcosm of what is happening all across rural America. In an effort to reveal the true struggles of these communities, the director and producers have banded together to produce “The Addict’s Wake.” This documentary examines the deep scars addiction to meth and opioids leave on the user and on the community as a whole. Many people have met untimely deaths, and many are destroying their lives on a daily basis.

At a young age, Husain knew that he wanted to be in the business of storytelling. Husain began his career in the news industry before gravitating to directing and writing documentaries. When asked what compels him to create documentaries over shorts or other film projects, he said, “When people watch a good documentary and it speaks to them, it’s generally because the storyteller [director] has done a good job of being authentic to what is happening [in the film]. I have tried to do that to the best that I can. With addiction, you have a multilayered issue. From a societal perspective, there is tremendous human cost. People are dying or being severely damaged—people and families. It’s not just the person struggling with addiction. That’s why [the film] is called ‘The Addict’s Wake.’ Behind the addict is a wake of people affected.” Husain further explained that there is no socioeconomic divider, no racial divider and no religious divider in terms of addiction. “One of the people in our documentary is an addict and a pastor’s son,” Husain said. “In Brown County, where the population is 15,000, they had four young


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men—between the ages of 25 to 30—die [from addiction related deaths] in under a 12-month period before they had reached any kind of potential. Each were from different walks of life. That was a huge wake-up call for that community. A lot of communities [throughout Indiana and the nation] have realized the enormous problem [of addiction], but there are still a number of communities that have not.” Husain added, “If other communities can see this documentary and simply acknowledge that there is a problem, be open and communicative, then you can start to find solutions. There is no shame in talking about addiction. Americans are renowned for being innovative. We could find some really innovative solutions once more people start talking about it.”

is a Heartland Film President’s Award winner and is a proud member of the Truly Moving Pictures Jury. Amy was an executive producer/producer for “A Sign of the Cross,” which aired on PBS and currently is traveling across the country with her award-winning documentary short film “Grateful.” She is an award-winning freelance photographer. “After the incredible experience I had with ‘Grateful,’ I didn’t want to jump into

Amy Pauszek—Executive Producer Pauszek has worked as a key producer, publicist and actress in several feature films, shorts, TV and commercials. She attended the Toronto International Film Festival as an international programmer,

another project and make just any film,” Pauszek shared. “I waited over a year to think of something that I could produce that would make a difference.” Pauszek got “the calling” after seeing a friend’s post on Facebook talking about the death of a young person lost to addiction. “There were several hundred comments on her post,” Pauszek said. “People were asking what they could do. How can we stop these deaths from happening? Upon reading that post, I knew this was it— this local [addiction crisis] was going to be the next film. I didn’t know Lisa [Hall] prior to this Facebook post, but I saw her comments, and that compelled me to contact her through Facebook. I told her I was interested in making a documentary. Michael, Lisa and I ended up all knowing each other through previous projects or other circles. When we first met—all together— the synergy was just amazing.” Pauszek added, “I am passionate about making films that make a difference, and I believe this film is going to be a vessel for schools, hospitals and centers, correctional


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Completing This Important Documentary Takes Community Support

facilities, churches and law enforcement. When producing a film, I visualize where it’s going and strategize how I’m going to get it out to different venues. For me, producing is about getting the story out, and that [passion] sincerely comes from my heart.”

Lisa Hall—Executive Producer Hall is a veteran marketer for multiple products and services and also serves on the board of the Brown County Playhouse and several not-for-profit organizations. She is a graduate of Indiana University’s Business School with a Masters from Moody Bible Seminary. Lisa works with women in incarceration and has taught Creating Positive Relationships in Fishers, Westfield and Carmel School Systems. She also speaks to women’s groups and organizations. She resides in Brown County and has seen firsthand the destructive wake addiction has on her community. “[Addiction] is the number one health issue plaguing our country,” Hall said. “In 2018, $186 billion dollars fell on federal,

state and local governments in the areas of [addiction-related] death, health care, legal and other expenditures. At the time I did this research, another $214 billion dollars was projected for 2019. These costs are rising, not decreasing. In 2018, $96 billion dollars was lost in workplace productivity—nationwide. Whether people think they’re affected or not, we are all affected indirectly as consumers and taxpayers footing the bill or directly by knowing someone or a loved one who is struggling with addiction.”

Husain, Pauszek and Hall are actively fundraising to complete the film that is in production, but in order to finish the film to the standard that the people who have opened their lives and shared their intimate stories so that others may be spared deserve, the team needs financial support from community stakeholders and individuals who believe that this documentary can save lives and help erode the ugly stigma that manifests around addiction. The team needs another $50,000 to $60,000 to complete the film. It will need another $50,000 for distribution of the film, but the immediate goal is to finish the film. Local folks such as Don Katz and Lynda Goeke are hosting fundraisers at their homes for “The Addict’s Wake” and helping raise awareness of the film’s purpose. For more information on how to become a supporter of the film and to view the trailer of “The Addict’s Wake,” visit theaddictswake.com.

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“Pirates of Penzance,” “Nine,” “The Threepenny Opera” and “Little Women.” Faith Prince has been dazzling Broadway audiences since winning the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards for her performance as Ms. Adelaide in “Guys and Dolls” (1995). Faith most recently starred on Broadway in “Disaster!” the musical, for which she received rave reviews. In 2014, she starred as the scheming, irascible Miss Hannigan in the revival of “Annie” on Broadway, and in 2008, she was nominated for Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards for “A Catered Affair.” Other Broadway musical credits include “The Little Mermaid,” “Bells Are Ringing” and “Little



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choreographed), “On the Town,” “Promises, Promises,” “Company,” “State Fair” (for which she received the Fred Astaire Award for Best Female Dancer for the 1996 season) and “The Visit.” She was also featured in “Annie Warbucks” and “Love, Loss and What I Wore” in New York productions. She has starred in numerous productions in London’s West End, including “Promises, Promises,” “Company,” “No Way to Treat a Lady” (which she also choreographed), Cole Porter’s “Can-Can” and Stephen Sondheim’s “Follies.” What some of my readers may not know is that “4 Girls 4” is a revival of an original concept conceived by Rosemary Clooney. Frankie Ortega was the group’s arranger/conductor.

That’s right. A very good friend of mine, Kaye Ballard, was in it. Rose Marie, Margaret Whiting and Helen O’Connell were some of the originals. I remember Kaye telling me it was the best job and they had the best time on the road touring. They were seasoned performers, and each had their own wonderful success, and Kaye said it was just the greatest thing. So, when our manager, Wayne [Gmitter], caught the [original] “4 Girls 4” on TV or YouTube, he called a few of us [to discuss a reboot of “4 Girls 4”], and we all jumped at the chance. And like Kaye’s experiences, it has been wonderful. Is the format much like the original, where all of you perform together and then each actress/singer gets individual stage time to share anecdotes and perform numbers from their respective musical theater resumes?

Yes, we open and close [the show] together, but we each have our own little segments, and it’s just wonderful fun. We adapt our material, and each do 20 minutes or so. We’re all girlfriends, and it [the show] is always fabulous. What about “4 Girls 4” has surprised you the most?

It says something wonderful to me about age being just a number. We are women who are not ingenues any longer but seasoned performers. It’s not spoken about, but the experience of seeing four wonderful female performers—together

brings to enhance a piece. It’s always just so emotional for me to hear, and it’s beautiful the way he thinks musically. He can play anything and is so even-keeled and confident. I never have to worry about the music. I just have to remember my lyrics! I read that you are also a host of a podcast that is part of the Broadway Podcast Network. What is your focus for the podcast?

on stage—is very powerful. For me, just sitting and watching when one of them comes front and center on stage, they bring a whole history with them. Whether it’s 20 minutes or two hours, it’s a very rich experience. Each one of us tries to bring a number that she knows the audience will connect with and popular favorites. I’m a big fan of all the women that I work with, and, again, it [“4 Girls 4”] says something important about ageism perhaps, and that—in itself—can be a very inspiring element on stage. What do you share with audiences during your segment?

I hope to give the audience members a break from life and give them joy. There are certain songs that become the soundtrack of your life. When you hear and see them performed, it’s like visiting old friends, and not just the performers but the material itself. I have fun talking about New York City in 1959 when I was a teenager, my first audition and what it was like back then. I share fun things like that and lead up to “A Chorus Line.” I talk about working with [Stephen] Sondheim and Michael Bennett. I try to drop a few names that I revere. What is it like working with the group’s music director, Billy Stritch?

He’s a phenomenal talent besides being just a great guy. As a musician, he’s one of the few that I put way up there, and he’s a brilliant entertainer. I can’t wait to hear the chords and changes that he

Yes, it’s new and exciting. Recently, I was given the opportunity to do a podcast for the Broadway Podcast Network. It’s produced especially for Broadway audiences. You can listen to my show on audio or visually watch it, and it’s called “The Ladies Who Lunch,” and we film it at Sardis [in NYC]. I invite three other women on the podcast who are not just actors but choreographers, conductors, directors and composers. It’s a free-flowing conversation—not like an interview—and [Sardis] serves us lunch. We have the best time talking about our lives and careers. When you reflect upon your career, what are you most proud of?

I’ve had the luxury, after all these years, to see “A Chorus Line” continuously play somewhere. I am always thrilled to hear from people, receive wonderful letters and have conversations with people about how I inspired them. “A Chorus Line” was Michael Bennett’s great achievement and masterpiece. For a show to give the kind of hope and inspiration to people that it has for 45 years, it makes me very proud to have had any part in that. For me, seeing how far-reaching the show has become has just been wonderful. What would you like for the audience to take away from your show?

It [the show] is all about the music, making connections and lifting people up out of a world that is very complicated. I get inspired by the human talent, artistry and music of great composers. I can speak for the four of us when I say we want to entertain the people and let the music lift people’s spirits and transport them to another hemisphere.


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Benefiting Boone County’s Animals Writer // Janelle Morrison • Photography // Courtesy of HSforBC

Did you get your tickets to the Humane Society for Boone County’s (HSforBC) Fur Ball: A Mardi Gras Pawty to Change Their World? This annual event raises awareness and funds that are crucial to its operating budget and to its volunteer board and staff. If you are unable to attend this year but would like to support HSforBC, you still can, and we will share with you how.


hy Is HSforBC an Important Organization to Our County?

HSforBC provides food, health care, vaccinations and spay and neuter services for all animals in its care. It is 100% volunteer operated and receives no tax dollars. In addition to its need of volunteers to help work at the shelter and to foster animals, there is a need for donations of requested items and monetary donations that will go toward the care of the animals and day-to-day operations of the shelter.

Support From the Local Business Community Is Crucial Susan Austin, director of animal welfare at HSforBC, expressed her sincere gratitude for all the support that HSforBC receives for Fur Ball and throughout the year from several area businesses, veterinarians and organizations in a variety of ways, including sponsorships, pro bono services and adoption opportunities.

“Zionsville Country Kennel has been a longtime naming sponsor,” Austin said. “We are really blessed to have their support. Since they are right next door, they [Zionsville Country Kennel] will have some of our kitties available to adopt in their lobby. It’s a great relationship.” Austin also shared that Petco in Whitestown and Pet Valu in Boone Village both host cats and kittens for adoption on behalf of HSforBC.

Not Your Typical Fundraiser For those who will be attending HSforBC’s Fur Ball: A Mardi Gras Pawty to Change Their World, they can expect an atypical fundraiser that is nothing short of fun. “You need to come and see the grownups wearing their best masks for our contest and to see who is named ‘King’ or ‘Queen,’” Austin proclaimed. “Our Mardi Gras King or Queen is somebody who we think is dynamic in the community and is supportive of [HSforBC]. This year, attendees will hear some really precious stories ZIONSVILLE MONTHLY

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from our volunteers on how being a HSforBC volunteer has impacted their lives.” The Fur Ball is held in The Cardinal Room at the Golf Club of Indiana—a longtime supporter of HSforBC. The food will be catered by LA Café, and there will be a cash bar available.

A Word From the Naming Sponsor The naming sponsor of the annual Fur Ball, Zionsville Country Kennel, owned by Ron and Debbie “Deb” Douglas, is not only neighbor to HSforBC but is also a longtime supporter of the humane society and shelter. Zionsville Country Kennel is a full-service kennel renowned for its quality boarding, training, grooming and Kennel Camp. Debbie Douglas shared why she thinks its important for the two entities to support one another for the benefit of Boone County’s animals who rely on humans for their survival and comfort. “The Humane Society is our next-door neighbor, and I think it’s important to promote them,” Douglas said. “Our sign out in front of our kennel says, ‘For the love of dogs.’ All of my pets [three dogs and six cats] were abandoned animals, and everybody who works here and anyone who is associated with us has pets, so I think it’s a natural partnership that we have with [HSforBC]. Just from being in close proximity to one another, oftentimes people who adopt from HSforBC will come here and board. We take all kinds of dogs, and because of our indoor and outdoor runs, we can work with dogs that have some issues such as high energy and anxiety. We have so much outdoor space, and just like kids, when animals get a lot of fresh air and exercise, it helps alleviate stress, tires the animals out, and they eat and sleep better.” For more information on Zionsville Country Kennel, visit zionsvillekennel.com.


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Soaring Into a New Decade:

Boone County Chamber Jets to New Heights Writer // Janelle Morrison • Photo // Trevor Ruszkowski

One doesn’t have to look far to see the continuing “boom” in Boone County. While there is no immediate indication of the momentum slowing down anytime soon as new businesses—small, medium and large—relocate to and/or build in the county, the Boone County Chamber of Commerce is looking beyond the horizon and has recently announced a few new initiatives for 2020 to enhance business visibility and to better meet the needs of its members in strategic and purposeful ways.


e sat down with Diane Schultz, executive director at Boone County Chamber, to learn more about these exciting new initiatives: LEAD Boone County and ACCELERATE! “As we enter a new decade, the chamber staff and board of directors have been intentional to have conversations with and really listen to our members’ challenges and needs for business growth and success,” Schultz shared. “A chamber organization was much different 20, 10 and even five years ago, and as we look toward the next decade, we know we must be strategic in meeting the needs of our members in an ever-changing business climate. We are dedicated and excited to provide op-

portunities to continue to move the Boone County Chamber organization, but most importantly our members and communities, in a forward direction.” Schultz added that based on the needs of the chamber’s members and the county’s communities, the Boone County Chamber is committed to be a connector, convener and collaborator. “We connect members with resources to start new businesses and expand existing businesses, as well as connect consumers with businesses that provide needed services or products,” Schultz said. “We have an abundance of wonderful Boone County businesses, many new in the past few years that people may not be aware are right here in Boone County. We


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are dedicating to increasing the visibility of Boone County businesses and connecting them with potential new clients, contributing to their business growth and financial success.”

A Brand-New Event for All Ages and Aviation Enthusiasts The Boone County Chamber is hosting a new event, ACCELERATE 2020, on August 14. The chamber is actively seeking sponsors and exhibitors for this upcoming event that will be fun, engaging and family-friendly! “The Boone County region is moving forward and continues to ACCELERATE,” Schultz exclaimed. “ACCELERATE 2020 is an aviation-themed event and will be held at First Wing Jet Center located at the Indianapolis Executive Airport. The event will offer opportunities to get up close with a variety of aircraft on display, participate in games and activities and enjoy delicious food offerings from local restaurants as well as adult beverages. It will also feature activities and amazing entertainment for all ages. There will be airplane and possibly tethered hot air balloon rides for the aviation enthusiast! We want to create a great event for individuals from throughout Boone County and the Indianapolis region. Boone County Chamber members will have the opportunity to put their innovative products and services on display at the event, connecting with consumers and showcasing all that Boone County has to offer.”


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An Elevated View of Workforce Development Issues Workforce development is not just a Boone County business issue—it is a national issue. Schultz shared that workforce development is one of the needs, if not the greatest need, of the chamber’s members. “Businesses’ greatest resource contributing to their success is people,” Schultz stated. “This relates to the attraction, development and retention of workforce. Collaboration is imperative in addressing and creating positive results to address Boone County’s workforce challenge. We are excited that the Boone County Chamber and Boone Economic Development Corporation have collaborated to establish a Boone County Workforce Alliance. The Workforce Alliance is a convener, connecting business representatives and local and state organizations, working together to create positive results in tackling workforce challenges. Both the Boone EDC and Boone County Chamber are committed to connecting Boone County businesses with resources and initiatives to strengthen our local workforce.” Schultz further explained that the alliance is made up of Boone County businesses, representatives from our three public school systems, government and community leaders. “We have two committees, one working on talent attraction and retention efforts and the other education/training,” Schultz shared. “The talent attraction and retention team is focusing on a campaign to highlight Boone County’s location and

many job opportunities. The education/ training team will be coordinating a Manufacturing Day in October focused on educating middle school students on future career opportunities.”

Boone County Chamber Takes the LEAD Schultz added that one of the primary challenges affecting workforce is a skills gap of employees. The Boone County Chamber’s response: It created a new initiative in 2020 called LEAD Boone County, empowering leadership. “Every business, organization and community needs great leaders to be successful,” Schultz said. “Chamber and community members have expressed the need to gain valuable insight to improve leadership techniques, become a more effective communicator and develop strategies to take on new challenges professionally and personally. No matter what role a person holds in the workforce, community, as well as their homes, great leaders are needed to inspire teams to reach goals, effectively communicate and strategically solve problems.” Schultz continued, “We were pleased to host our first LEAD Boone County lunch

event this past February. We enjoyed a catered lunch from Chick-Fil-A Anson, and we heard from Chick-Fil-A Anson owner Charlie Klein regarding his insights on building leaders. Caitlin Alerding, at Purple Ink, presented our first LEAD Boone County interactive program, equipping attendees to master multigenerational communication. Whether in the workforce or on a personal level, we know it is often a challenge to effectively communicate with the five different generations currently in the workforce, whether communicating with a Boomer, Millennial or Generation X, Y or Z.” The chamber will continue its ever popular Off the Clock and Women Inspiring Women member programs in addition to its new programs throughout 2020. Additionally, the Boone County Chamber is excited to host—in conjunction with the Zionsville Chamber of Commerce and Boone County Economic Development Corporation—the third Boone County State of the Community on March 3, 2020, at the Boone County Fairgrounds. For more information about all of the upcoming events or for more information on the Boone County Chamber, visit boonechamber.org.

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Rebuilding the Haitian Economy One Home At a Time Writer // Janelle Morrison • Photography // Staff and submitted

In 2010, a devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck the nation of Haiti and killed an estimated 230,000 people, injured 300,000 and displaced 1.5 million people. The quake damaged nearly 300,000 homes and destroyed 106,000 of them. A decade later, tens of thousands of people still live in tents in camps, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.


ionsville residents Rev. David “Dave” and Jamalyn Williamson have spent the last 15 years working in Fondwa, Haiti, building lasting friendships and improving lives. Jamalyn was in Fondwa when the 2010 quake struck and witnessed firsthand the diabolic devastation. Upon her return to the U.S., she and David wasted no time in assisting with the rebuilding efforts in the beautiful and hospitable rural community that they’ve grown to love. Through their foundation that they founded, Zanmi Fondwa (Zanmi means “Friend” in Creole), the Williamsons and the compassionate supporters/donors are

helping to create stability through housing, education and economic development. The foundation’s goal is to provide jobs for Haitians by building 40 homes in three years.

Following Their Calling to Serve Abroad The Williamsons shared that each had a “calling” to go into ministry and to experience mission work abroad. The couple attended graduate school at Duke Divinity School, where they met, and the two eventually got married in 2003. While most couples spend their engagements planning a wedding and a honeymoon,


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the Williamsons planned their wedding and were preparing to embark on their first mission trip as a married couple. David is currently the senior pastor at Zionsville United Methodist Church. Prior to his coming to Zionsville, both David and Jamalyn were pastors at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Indianapolis. After moving to Zionsville, Jamalyn has put her efforts into growing their foundation’s efforts in Fondwa. “While at Duke [Divinity School], I took a class called ‘Healing in the Third World,’” Jamalyn shared. “It looked at both medicinal and spiritual healing. We went down to Haiti [as a class] and visited three


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Zanmi Fondwa’s Housing and Economic Impact

communities. Fondwa was one of them. I really loved it, and when we were leaving, I remember feeling a ‘nudge,’ and I knew that I would be coming back.” The Williamsons shared that unlike Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, Fondwa is a rural, mountainous and, they described, beautiful community with clean air. “There is a sense of hospitality and welcoming that I’ve never experienced anywhere else,” Jamalyn said. “There is a deep sense of community, and the whole experience is really wonderful.”

January 12, 2010 Jamalyn and her team were in Fondwa on a mission trip when the earthquake struck. Her husband, David, was back home in the U.S. While the anniversary date is a difficult one for her, it has become a day of positivity and renewal as the couple’s foundation continues to assist in the rebuilding efforts and playing a role in the community’s economic progress. “Being there [Fondwa] that day, I call that the point of demarcation in my life,” Jamalyn shared. “There was life pre-earthquake and life post-earthquake. If the earthquake hadn’t happened, we’d still be involved down there but working from a different perspective.”

David added, “I think we sensed that we were all exactly where we were supposed to be [that day and in the days that followed] in order to help.” Jamalyn witnessed the destruction of the three-story guest house that served as the hub of the Fondwa community and where she and David had stayed in previous trips. She saw the destruction of the Protestant Church where they had worshipped with their Fondwa friends and neighbors, the school where she and David had worked together and the homes of all of their friends that had collapsed in a matter of seconds. David visited Fondwa after the quake to see the devastation for himself and to get a scope of the immediate needs of his friends and Haitian people. “In the five years previous to the quake, we would take groups down whenever we could to Fondwa,” David said. “We would go the neighbors’—our friends’—homes for coffee before the start of our day. That is what you do down there; it is their social networking. When the earthquake happened, the people that we had taken down and had been welcomed into these homes that were no longer standing began asking us how they could help, and that was when the fundraising began.” David recently ran the Walt Disney World Marathon on the 10th anniversary of the January 12 quake in an effort to raise $1,000 a mile for the builds. The Williamsons are extremely grateful for all the support and donations they continue to receive and are hoping to keep the momentum going as they continue with these remarkable and noble efforts.


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Zanmi Fondwa’s goal is to build 40 houses in three years. They are currently building their 17th house. Each home costs $22,000 to construct and consists of a living/dining area, a bathroom with a toilet and shower stall, two bedrooms, a concrete kitchen and a front porch. “We’re building houses to last for generations,” Jamalyn explained. “We’re funded roughly through 25 [homes], and we are hoping to buy some land to build a headquarters and start our own concrete block factory. By making our own blocks, we will create more jobs and a revenue stream by selling those blocks to people in the area. It’s exciting to be part of something that is bringing so much joy to other people, and it has really rallied this community. While building homes is a big part of our mission statement, economic development has become the star of the statement.” David added, “We have a list of 45 people [from Fondwa] who are asking for help to go to a vocational school to learn construction trades because they know if they get these skills, they will be employable. It is fun to see this cycle happening.” Jamalyn expressed, “I think building houses will always be at the heart of what we do, but we are dreaming about additional programs that we can wrap around this mission.”

The Personal Impact When asked how it feels to look back upon the last few years and realize that they are making an immeasurable difference in the lives of the people of Fondwa, Jamalyn replied, “It is a personal mission for us. These are people that we personally know and have developed lifelong friendships with and have seen grow up.” David concluded, “It’s humbling. These homes are built for people who are so grateful and thankful. We are just the conduits—we’re connecting people from the U.S. who want to do good things with people in Haiti who have legitimate needs.” To learn more about Zanmi Fondwa and how to get involved and/or donate, visit zanmifondwa.com.


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T h e C o m mu ni t y Foun dation o f Bo o ne Coun ty:

Building a Stronger County in 2020 Writer // Janelle Morrison • Photography // Courtesy of CFBC

Last year, the Community Foundation of Boone County (CFBC) facilitated an aggressive initiative and thorough needs assessment of Boone County to better understand the needs and opportunities Boone County residents would like addressed and then generate innovative ideas on how CFBC can take a leadership role in addressing those needs and opportunities. We sat down with Julie Reagan, CFBC development and communications director, to learn more about what the next steps are and what’s on the agenda for CFBC in 2020.


ast year, the Community Foundation of Boone County (CFBC) facilitated an aggressive initiative and thorough needs assessment of Boone County to better understand the needs and opportunities Boone County residents would like addressed and then generate innovative ideas on how CFBC can take a leadership role in addressing those needs and opportunities. We sat down with Julie Reagan, CFBC development and communications director, to learn more about what the next steps are and what’s on the agenda for CFBC in 2020.

What Is the Community Foundation of Boone County? CFBC promotes partnerships and collaborations to create vibrant communities and make the greatest impact. Since 1991, it has granted over $25 million from its various funds to Boone County nonprofit

organizations and programs working to solve critical challenges in Boone County. It connects people [residents of Boone County] with nonprofit organizations and programs for the betterment of our county. CFBC currently manages more than $22 million in assets. In the past 27 years, the foundation has worked with donors to create permanent funds for charitable giving. The establishment and growth of permanent endowment funds will strengthen Boone County for generations to come.

The Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow Grant In 2019, CFBC applied for and received a leadership planning grant through Lilly Endowment, Inc.’s initiative Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT VII). This grant will support many aspects of community development, including a thorough needs assessment of Boone County. In 2019, CFBC partnered with Transform Consulting Group (TCG) to facilitate the community needs assessment and solicit feedback from the county. This assessment was conducted in various ways, including the CFBC team, TCG staff and community partners attending community events and meetings, hosting community meetings, scheduling one-onone sessions with Boone County citizens and leaders and surveying Boone County


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residents from all areas of the county. “We [CFBC] worked with our consultant group to really make sure that we were surveying as many individuals that we could that represented the populations from the six communities in Boone County: Advance, Thorntown, Jamestown, Lebanon, Whitestown and Zionsville,” Reagan explained. “We surveyed community leaders, safety officers, teachers, health care professionals, etc. We also wanted to make sure that we reached people who live in the county who are in the ‘need’ pocket who are going to nonprofits for help, so went to several Boone County nonprofits to survey their clients as well to make sure that we were getting the full circle of input.” Reagan emphasized that CFBC worked diligently to ensure that for each community that was surveyed, “X” number of survey respondents were obtained based on that community’s population in order to create a “true depiction.” “That was really important for us, and we worked hard on achieving that as well,” Reagan said. “We gathered the data and released the final report at the end of 2019. We’ve been working with a planning committee that is made up of Boone County residents who are not directly tied to one nonprofit or one specific area of need to create neutrality. Their sole charge has been to brainstorm with us and come up with ideas that address the needs identified in the assessment findings. The CFBC staff presented these ideas to our board of directors.”

The Next Phase of GIFT VII and the Big 4 Trail Master Plan CFBC has now reached the next phase of GIFT VII, where it has the opportunity to take what it’s learned through the


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assessment and apply for two grants through Lilly Endowment, Inc.’s initiative GIFT VII implementation phase: one for $150,000 and a larger-scale “Big Idea” grant for up to $5 million. The deadlines for community foundations across Indiana to apply for Lilly Endowment’s GIFT VII implementation grants and large-scale grants is March 13, 2020. In the assessment, CFBC found that there are several areas residents are extremely happy with, including

additional meetings, this idea continued to solidify as it impacts all identified areas of need, and it is now official: CFBC will apply for grant funding to help complete the Big 4 Trail project. The Big 4 Trail Master Plan is a collaborative effort between several community players, including the towns of Boone County, the Friends of Boone County Trails Board, Boone County and the Boone County Convention and Visitors Bureau. “We are ecstatic for the opportunity to join such a strong, existing, collaborative project with these local partners,” said Jodi Gietl, president and CEO for the Community Foundation of Boone County. “Part of our mission at The Community Foundation is to take a leadership role in bringing people together because when collaboration

education, public safety, family-friendliness and volunteer opportunities. The areas of opportunity include recreational and wellness options, social offerings, opportunities for people under age 21, public transportation and arts and cultural options. After many meetings and planning sessions with CFBC’s planning committee, the idea of mobility kept rising to the top, and the concept of finishing the Big 4 Trail was discussed. After further research and

happens, needs throughout the county are addressed at a much higher impact level.” Along with the grant proposals, the GIFT VII initiative also includes a matching opportunity for unrestricted gifts of any size. Unrestricted gifts allow CFBC to address problems and opportunities as they arise. These types of gifts are vital investments in our community. Unrestricted gifts are currently matched $2 to every $1 donated through the GIFT VII match, which means more funds available for grantmaking to nonprofits throughout the county. Make your donation toward the GIFT VII match at GiveBooneCounty.org or contact CFBC today! For more information about the Community Foundation of Boone County, visit its website, communityfoundationbc.org.

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Zionsville Monthly - February 2020  

David and Jamalyn Williamson Rebuilding the Haitian Economy One Home at a Time With this month’s cover story we highlight the great work tha...

Zionsville Monthly - February 2020  

David and Jamalyn Williamson Rebuilding the Haitian Economy One Home at a Time With this month’s cover story we highlight the great work tha...