Kit Magazine | September + October 2017

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Floral and Home Decor with Sophisticated Style. It’s time for fall’s most festive finishing touches. Welcome friends and family with beautiful textures, warm hues and the glow of candlelight.






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Care kit: transformation CAROLYN KAFLIK’S BRAVE COMEBACK



FEATURES 27 34 43 MEET KRYPTO. He recently joined his forever humans (The Greenshners, page 27) after spending two months with inmates at the Putnamville Correctional Prison. The inmates helped him learn how to be domesticated and adapt to family life after a tough life on the racetrack. Visit for more information.

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Home Kit: let’s get grounded TAKING THE DINNER PARTY OUTSIDE

Recipe Kit: fall sweets A CAKE, A PIE AND POT DE CRÈME

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We know that when you’re so busy doing for your family, finding time for you can seem impossible. But finding time for your health isn’t only about you. If you’re over 40 or have a family history of cancer, schedule a mammogram with Franciscan Health today. Our Breast Cancer Program provides the latest tests and procedures to bring peace of mind and the highest-quality care. Call (317) 528-8555 to schedule your mammogram today.

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THIS IS THE KIND OF TODO LIST YOU WILL LOVE TACKLING. The Kit Agenda offers up highlights to do, see and hear around town.

Music & Entertainment


La Gage Aux Folles

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

September 15 - October 1

September 19 - October 14

This endearing, enduring musical comedy won six Tony Awards, including Best Musical. It’s based on the French play of the same name, and inspired “The Birdcage,” a cinematic hit starring Robin Williams and Nathan Lane.



Studio Theater, Carmel; (317) 843-3800; thecenterfor

The Indianapolis Repertory Theatre kicks off its 20172018 season with the Tony Award-winning stage version of the best-selling novel. The play focuses on a teenage math savant who investigates a puzzling neighborhood occurrence. Tickets start at $25. Indiana Repertory Theatre, (317) 635-5252,

Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra: Opening Weekend

Arlo Guthrie RE:Generation Tour

Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox

October 15

October 26

September 29-30

The RE:Generation Tour puts the spotlight on a family that makes music together. Arlo Guthrie’s children, Abe and Sarah Lee, will join him on stage as they present the music of the Guthrie Generations.

This genre-busting, rotating collective of musicians and vocalists is a must-see. The act imagines modern pop hits in the style of jazz, ragtime, and swing classics, and their music videos have become viral sensations. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show start at $35 ($15 for students).

Music director Krzysztof Urbanski and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra open the new season with Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony and Gershwin’s jazz-inspired Concerto in F. Hilbert Circle Theatre, (317) 6394300;

Egyptian Room at Old National Centre, Indianapolis; (317) 231.000;

The Palladium, Carmel; (317) 8433800; thecenterforperforming





Public Art Bike Tour: IUPUI & Canal District September 9

This three-hour bike tour highlights White River State Park and the IUPUI campus. It starts and finishes at Two Deep Brewing, which will host a private tasting session following the tour! Don’t have a bike? Not to worry. Bicycle Garage Indy will provide rental bicycles. 714 N. Capitol Ave., Indianapolis; (317) 520-2914; activeindy

Quest for the West September 10 - October 8

This Western art show and sale is the only one hosted by a museum east of the Mississippi. The show thanks loyal collectors (and gives them the opportunity to seek out art), and serves as the Eiteljorg’s signature fundraising event. Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis; (317) 636-9378;




La Gage Aux Folles

Circus Stars Day Camp

Headless Horseman


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Garfield Park Walking Tour

Peewinkle Goes Fishing

September 14

September 14-23

Explore a historic neighborhood on this 90-minute walking tour, which includes a look at a restored 1865 home. Tickets cost $10 ($8 for members), with the last tour group departing at 6:45 p.m.

Take the little ones to Peewinkle’s Puppet Studio to learn all about life under the sea. This show features a range of puppets and is perfect for preschoolers. Tickets are $10, but children under 2 get in for free. A post-show workshop is available for an additional $3 per child.

Garfield Park Conservatory, Indianapolis; (317) 639-4534;

Atlanta New Earth Festival

Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis; (317) 232-1637;

September 23-24

Don’t miss Hamilton County’s largest and longest-running festival! More than 600 vendors will be in attendance. The festival also includes a farmers’ market, kids’ zone, and juried art area.

October 12-29

September 17

City as Canvas chronicles the origins of graffiti and its evolution from a creative outlet to an accepted artform. The exhibition includes more than 100 works from the Martin Wong Collection and features works by pioneering graffiti artists. Indianapolis Museum of Art, (317) 923-1331,

Hike through a foreboding forest and encounter campfires and caves, creatures and cabins, terrible tales and haunted trails. Tickets for the 54th annual haunted house cost $8, and are available at the box office. The haunted house also offers Lights-On Hours and Frightening Hours (for children who dare to be scared).

Headless Horseman

Carmel Porchfest

October 7 - January 28, 2018

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The Children’s Museum, Indianapolis; (317) 334-4000;

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City as Canvas: New York Graffiti from the ‘70s & ‘80s

The Children’s Museum Guild’s Haunted House Wicked Woods

This family-friendly event features a variety of musical acts, which will perform live on neighborhood porches from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Swing by and say “hello!” The event is free and open to the public.

Join Conner Prairie for the annual Headless Horseman event! Take a haunted hayride, visit with fun-loving ghouls, and catch a marionette show. Brand new this year? A seven-acre corn maze!

Family Night Out: Spooky Science October 13

Everyone will have a spook-tacular time at this free-to-attend event. From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., make glow-in-the-dark art projects, trick-or-treat around the galleries, and go on a behind-the-scenes flashlight tour — if you dare! Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis; (317) 232-1637;

Gravestone Secrets: A Cemetery Hunt for Kids October 14

Head to Crown Hill to uncover the hidden secrets of Indianapolis’ largest cemetery and learn about famous Hoosiers buried there (including John Dillinger and James Whitcomb Riley). The event is free to attend and starts at 1 p.m. Crown Hill Cemetery, (317) 2341595,

Conner Prairie, Fishers; (317) 776-6000;

Carmel Arts & Design District, (317) 804-1879,

Circus Stars Day Camp October 7

Jump on the bandwagon! During this daylong camp, youth ages 6 to 16 will learn traditional circus skills, including juggling, plate spinning, diabolos, stilt walking, clowning and more! Circus performer and educator Ann Dorwin will host the camp, which costs $55 and runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Family and friends can attend a showcase at 5:30 p.m.



Irvington Halloween Festival October 28

Get thee to the Halloween Festival! Now in its eighth decade, the annual festival features a five-mile run, Halloween-themed movies, storytelling, ghost tours, live theater, a masquerade ball, a haunted puppet show, a street festival and a costume parade. Irvington, Indianapolis;

Studio Theater, Carmel; (317) 8433800; thecenterforperforming


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I know I’m in good company when I say that fall is my favorite season. Sorry sweaty summers, white winters and sloppy springs. Festive fall is right up my layer-loving alley. Toss in football, a beautiful color palette on the treeline, open windows and baked apple goodness — sign me up, sisters. Fall is where it’s at. It’s no coincidence that the September + October issue of kit is right up there on my list of favorites as well. Here are three reason I think you’ll love it, too: No. 1: STRONG WOMEN. It’s a pivitol time in our history for women, so we decided to celebrate some of us who are changing the world for the better. Check out the table contents for four special stories all about women who are shattering the glass ceiling (and making no apologies for it), healing others and more. Their stories will connect with you, and give you all the feels ... but mostly they will inspire you to be the best version of yourself. No. 2: HOUSE PROJECTS. As the weather gets colder, we tend to nest more inside our dwellings. Jessica and Andrew’s home on page 27 is a cozy abode that will get your project wheels turning. So much of this home was thrifted, repurposed and hand-crafted. Walking through the house left me pondering two questions: “What DIY projects should I attempt in my home?” followed by the more logical question of “Would Jessica work her magic in my house?” No. 3: ENTERTAINING. Take the table outside (page 58) for a beautiful (and easy) starlit dining experience. Skip the main course and start with the desserts on page 61 for a sweet night your guests won’t soon forget. Soak up these last few evenings of “sweater weather” before the temps get too frigid to fight.




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Whether it’s a warm brown or a fiery red, your favorite lipstick can be worn day or night. Headed out for an evening with the girls? Just increase the intensity of your everyday look. When it comes to fall lipstick colors, Ulta Beauty has got you covered. Photos by Chris Whonsetler | Styling by Josie Sanders


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BROWNS The perfect way to spice up your everyday nude. These three colors pair well with army green, blue, white, black and grey.




Neutral nude, full coverage

Sheer and not too bold

Unique, edgy and long lasting

Lorac Alter Ego Lipstick, $18

Stila Color Balm Lipstick, $22

Tarte Tarteist Lip Paint, $20




WARM BROWNS These warm tones are easy picks, as they complement your traditional, fallcolored wardrobe.

Light, peachy tone perfect for that everyday look Ulta Lipstick, $8.50

Flattering for warm skin tones

Smooth, long-lasting and smudge-free chocolate brown

MAC Matte Lipstick, $17

Too Faced Melted Matte, $21


PLUMS If pink is your summer shade, make plum your pick for fall. It’s the perfect pop of color.




Solid swap for summer pink

Rich, not-too-dark option

Smashbox Be Legendary Matte Lipstick, $21

Urban Decay Cream Lipstick, $17

Bold, vampy, perfect for special occasions




Autumn alternative to “the bold red”

A fun red with an orange hue — perfect for a fall wardrobe

Eye-catching metallic that’s artsy, daring and not too dark

Urban Decay Comfort Matte, $17

Urban Decay Comfort Matte, $17

Smash Box Liquid Metal, $24

NARS Audacious Lipstick $34

FIERY REDS We love to pair these reds with our favorite fall accessories: scarves and handbags.

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THROW ON A THROWBACK By Susan Beckwith | Photo by Chris Whonsetler

Ready for fall? Jump on trend with a snapfront mini skirt. I love this version from AH Collection with its ’70s vibe and raw-edge trim — perfect for the transition of seasons. Depending on the weather and your mood, wear it with or without the long crochet cardigan. Or change the open-toed black booties for knee-high boots. Prefer pants? No problem. Switch out the skirt for your favorite skinny jeans. If you’re in the market for some new denim, I highly recommend the Articles of Society denim line (also at AH Collection) for both its comfortable fit and affordability. Want to purchase this look? Great news — all of these pieces are available for purchase starting September 1! Shop AH Collection in Carmel, Noblesville and online at


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BY THE RULES Through her Miss Indiana and Miss America experiences, Susan Beckwith has had extensive etiquette training. For our Women in Business issue, we asked her, ever so politely, to share some top tips on phone and email best practices. She obliges us here.



▢▢ Avoid using using too many exclamation marks, any sort of emojis, slang or texting abbreviations (e.g., gr8, ltr, j/k) in professional emails.

▢▢ Answer the phone with a positive greeting and then identify yourself, “Good Morning! This is Susan.”

▢▢ Make your subject line specific so the reader knows what the content of the email is about. If the subject of an email chain changes from the original intent of the message, change the subject line so that it’s applicable.

▢▢ Avoid using the speaker phone capability in shared office spaces.

▢▢ When sending a mass communication that includes using multiple email addresses, use the blind carbon copy feature when appropriate. This protects the privacy of participants who may not want their email addresses shared. ▢▢ Only use the “reply all” feature if every member on the email chain needs the information. Otherwise, reply only to those to whom the information is relevant. ▢▢ Avoid writing a novel over email. Keep it concise. If the subject matter is complex, avoid email and opt for a face-to-face meeting or phone call instead. ▢▢ Only use the high-priority feature when it fits the situation. Otherwise, readers become desensitized to the notation and won’t actually heed the importance.

▢▢ Be mindful of the volume of your voice, especially if using a cell phone. ▢▢ Smile. It can positively impact the tone of your voice and provide a more pleasant, appealing sound. ▢▢ When providing a contact number, especially if leaving it on a voicemail, don’t be in a rush. Clearly articulate and enunciate the number. ▢▢ Silence your phone when in a business meeting, or, at the very least, turn the ringer to vibrate if you must leave it on. ▢▢ If it’s necessary to place a caller on hold, ask their permission before doing so. When you return to the line, thank the caller for holding so they know you respect and value their time. ▢▢ Just like your greeting, be sure to also conclude your calls on a positive note, “Have a nice day!” “Thank you for calling.”

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Sweater weather is upon us. Finally! This season, play with the top, accessories and outerwear you have, and then mix in a few new pieces. The secret is in how you layer. One method: Mix textures and fits by starting with a smooth, slimming base layer. Of course, there is no “proper” way to layer, but we have four tried-and-true rules to follow — or break — below. Rock your fall style and feel amazing in your own skin. Photos by Chris Whonsetler | Styling by Josie Sanders


Invest in a few long base layers. They’re a win-win. You get great booty coverage, and you can pair them with leggings, after layering them with your favorite sweater, of course. Tribal sweater, $59 at Bash Boutique (Westfield); long white shirt, $26 at Little Gypsie Boutique (Noblesville); leggings, shoes and scarf, model’s own.


Denim and flannel never go out of style. We love the denim-on-the-top, leggingson-the-bottom look. BB Dakota Flannel, $75 at Endeavor Boutique (Carmel); Polu denim jacket, $68 at Delaney’s Shoppe (Carmel); leggings, shoes and scarf, model’s own.


Choose a range of tones — don’t go all mid-range earth tones, for example. A T-shirt or scarf in the right color can make the outfit pop. Leo & Nicole sweater (inset photo), $16.85, and Theory gingham shirt, $18.95, both at Amanda’s Exchange (Carmel); jeans, shirt, shoes and scarf, model’s own.


Bulky wool sweaters are comfy, but not when you need to fit them under a jacket. Dress accordingly. Madewell tan button-down blouse, $17.95, and Vintage American swing sweater, $13.95, both at Amanda’s Exchange (Carmel); Tart black jacket, $119 at Bash Boutique (Westfield); jeans and shoes, model’s own.

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tudies have shown that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. Although skin cancer is more rare in those with skin of color, it still occurs. People of all ages and races, including babies and the elderly, need to use sun protection of some kind. Sunscreen is a primary defense against sunburn, skin cancer and signs of aging. Below you can find some important tips about protecting against sun exposure. • Always use a sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher that is water resistant and protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Physical blockers such as titanium dioxide or zinc oxide are preferred; however, chemical blockers can also be used. • Apply sunscreen before you go outdoors. It takes 15 minutes for your skin to absorb the sunscreen and protect you. • Apply sunscreen to all exposed skin: neck, face, ears, feet, legs, arms and back. Ask someone to help you with hard-to-reach areas, like your back. It is important to know that the sun can penetrate through clothing and ideally sunscreen should be used under clothed areas as well.

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• Don’t forget to protect your lips with a lip balm of at least SPF 15. • Use at least one ounce of sunscreen (enough to fill a shot glass) to protect the exposed areas of your skin. A good rule of thumb is a finger tip worth of sunscreen is enough to cover an area about the size of your hand.

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• Reapply sunscreen every two hours or after swimming or excessive sweating. • Wear a hat. Those with thinning hair or who are bald can apply sunscreen on the scalp as well. • Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes.

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• Protective clothing that offers a barrier against the sun’s rays is available. In our medical aesthetics department, Phases™ Skin Care and Laser Center, we offer a number of choices in sunscreens. One of the most popular is Colorescience Sunforgettable SPF 50, which is a brush-on sunscreen in powder form. It is especially popular among men, who sometimes don’t like to use traditional sunscreen lotions. Sunforgettable is easy to throw in a golf bag, backpack or a purse and is not messy. Another is SkinMedica’s Total Defense & Repair SPF 34, which is available in a tinted version and contains antioxidants. We also offer EltaMD sunscreens in a number of formulas. Ask your physician or aesthetician which one is right for you. Be vigilant about your skin. The American Academy of Dermatology encourages individuals to check themselves for early signs of skin cancer such as suspicious spots; moles changing in color, size or becoming irregular; or the development of bleeding. Most importantly, get checked annually by a board-certified dermatologist. It only takes a few minutes and it could save your life.

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There are more than 15.5 million Americans alive with a history of cancer, according to This statistic of hope means many cancer patients are redefining what life will look like after they celebrate completed treatment. St. Vincent meets that consideration with their cancer survivorship program, walking patients through their short- and long-term post-treatment follow-up. Here, Kristen Govert, MD, Fellowship trained breast surgeon, explains what survivorship looks like for breast cancer survivors.

To schedule an appointment or for more information: St. Vincent Carmel Women’s Center 13420 N. Meridian Street Carmel, IN 46032 317.583.4437 St. Vincent Fishers Office 13914 Southeastern Parkway, Suite 203A St. Vincent 86th street 8220 Naab Road, Suite 101 Indianapolis, IN 317-338-9300


Explain a cancer survivorship care plan and the benefits of having one.

A cancer survivorship care plan is a detailed synopsis of the cancer treatment a patient received and recommendations for follow-up care. It is important because it allows both the patient and any healthcare provider in the future to know exactly what type of cancer was diagnosed, how it was treated and future care plans.


How does treatment change after someone has fought off cancer?

After a patient has completed his or her cancer care, we shift toward monitoring, supporting and educating. To detect cancer recurrence or new cancers, we recommend routine breast imaging, such as mammograms and physical exams. Additionally, patients with hormonereceptor-positive breast cancers may be recommended to take an anti-hormone pill for 5-10 years after all other treatments have ended. We try to support these patients as well through any side effects and help them to complete this treatment. It is also important for cancer survivors to adopt a healthy lifestyle including exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, decreasing alcohol consumption and quitting smoking. I also remind my patients not to forget about any of their other medical problems and encourage them to continue managing these problems with their primary care providers.


What advice do you give survivors trying to move forward with their lives?

I advise my patients to surround themselves with friends and family who will give them positive support and strive for a healthy lifestyle.


What are the long-term side effects of cancer treatment?

The long-term side effects of breast cancer treatment are variable and depend on the type of treatment given to the patient. After a breast cancer surgery, a patient may then choose to go on to have


reconstruction by a plastic surgeon to achieve the best cosmetic outcome. Patients may experience chronic pain, numbness, or swelling of the arm known as lymphedema. Chemotherapy and radiation therapy may also have longterm side effects including numbness and tingling, chronic fatigue, infertility and premature menopause, heart disease and tightness in the chest and upper arm. Patients with hormone-positive breast cancers may be recommended to take an anti-hormone pill for 5-10 years after treatment causing menopausal symptoms such as mood swings, hot flashes and joint pain.


What kinds of survivor support services and programs are offered through St. Vincent?

We have several ongoing programs to support our patients. We have an art therapy program, weekly yoga and support groups. There are also dieticians to help people through their chemotherapy with diet choices.


What are some things that you can expect to go through even after you are considered cancerfree, like emotional or physical issues?

Patients adapt to life after cancer treatment quite differently. Some patients experience psychological changes such as anxiety, related to concluding treatment and fear of recurrence, and depression. They may have difficulties with body image after breast surgery or reconstruction and radiation. They may also experience changes in sexual functioning such as decreased desire and vaginal dryness.


Are cancer survivorship rates improving? What’s your outlook on the success of cancer treatments today?

Yes, breast cancer survivors make up the largest group of cancer survivors among women in the US, and survival has improved. With improved imaging technology for better detection of breast cancers and better targeted therapies, our treatment of breast cancer also continues to advance.

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There are several familiar, defined phases in a cancer battle. The acceptance. The planning. The fighting. And for the fortunate, the relief of victory. But what comes next? What follows the day after you hear, “You no longer have cancer”? In hospitals and cancer centers around the country, that phase is now called, “Survivorship.” An Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse Practitioner with a doctorate in nursing practice, Director of Cancer Survivorship Tamika Turner at Community Health Network tells us more about this necessary development in recovery.




There is no doubt that health care providers are migrating to a more holistic approach to care, and with that, they are following the patient through more of their post-cancer journey. So, what prompted this dynamic shift in the model?

The goal of the Community Health Network's Cancer Survivorship program, for example, is to enhance the health, comfort and happiness of cancer survivors through a compassionate continuum of care that utilizes specialty care programs to complement the patient's interactions with advancedpractice nurses and primary care providers.

“The National Cancer Institute estimates that there are approximately 15.5 million cancer survivors in the U.S. today,” Turner says. “This year, 67 percent of cancer survivors have survived five years or longer after diagnosis. The increase in cancer survivors has driven the need to address and improve the transition from active treatment to care after treatment, addressing a range of long-term and psychosocial issues that they face.” This evolving extension of treatment has been years in the making. A 2014 article in the Oncology Nursing Forum on transitioning patients to survivorship care reports that the Institute of Medicine was talking about the issue back in 2005. "From Cancer Patient to Cancer Survivor: Lost in Transition" addressed core factors essential to survivorship care, including "prevention, surveillance, detection of new or recurrent cancer and late effects, interventions for late effects, and coordination of care between primary care providers and specialists.” According to Turner, in response to research and demand, The Commission on Cancer (CoC) recently revised its standards of accreditation to address both the full continuum of care and coordination of care. In 2015, CoCaccredited hospitals were required to meet these three patient-centered standards: »» Processes to help patients navigate their way around specific barriers to care in their communities. »» Screening to identify patients with psychosocial distress. »» Survivorship Care Plans to document the care patients receive and to help improve their quality of life.


At its core, it is about fostering trust and connection during the initial treatment, and then extending those resources and support in the years that follow, rather than letting them expire. “With a commitment to deliver an exceptional experience — with every life we touch — we are there for patients, as well as their family and friends, to help them cope with the impact of a cancer diagnosis and the early and late effects of cancer therapy,” Turner says. How, specifically, are oncology teams at Community Health Network and other facilities fueling healthy survivorship? Assessment and interventions for cancer survivors and their families can include: »» Summary of all treatment modalities and significant toxicities or complications experienced during treatment. »» Plan for surveillance for early detection of local or distant disease. »» Recommendations for additional cancer screening at specified intervals. »» Psychosocial screening: spirituality, emotional well-being, health care, social and cognitive concerns, and physical symptoms. »» Health promotion: nutrition, exercise, smoking cessation, weight management. »» Fertility assessment and resources. »» Addressing body image concerns. »» Education: personalized per patient’s needs and concerns of family and/or caregivers. »» Communication of the care plan with referring and primary care physicians.

“Survivorship care should include evaluation of patients’ psychosocial well-being and use stress and anxiety management, coping techniques and relationship rebuilding to assist patients in transitioning from acute care to a ‘new normal,’” Turner says. “It should help to decrease the incidence of missed scans, labs or other follow-up patient care needs and should provide survivorship resources for patients, their friends and family, and primary care providers.”

5 HINTS TO HEALTHY SURVIVORSHIP Even if you aren't experiencing survivorship firsthand, these tips will give you ways to better support friends and family who have survived cancer.


BE A QUITTER. Cigarette smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the U.S. Talk with your doctor about your risk and resources for smoking cessation.

2 THE FUTURE OF SURVIVORSHIP The demand for such services will only increase as more people are live longer after their cancer diagnosis. But while this is an optimal outcome, unfortunately, cancer survivors are often still left with chronic and debilitating physical and psychological effects from their cancer treatment. “They need continued monitoring and management of these symptoms as well as health promotion and preventative health surveillance to help them through post-treatment complications,” Turner says. The acute and intermediate phases of the illness are addressed through clearly defined stages of care. But these long-term survivorship programs focus on wholeperson, long-term wellness, and the feedback on their success to this point is promising. “Research has shown that the end of cancer treatment causes a significant amount of stress and anxiety on survivors,” Turner says. “Cancer treatments vary from weeks to months, and patients form close relationships with their cancer [care] providers, including nurses, lab, radiology, front office, etc. Some patients have expressed comfort in frequent visits after treatment, likely because they have increased anxiety at follow-up appointments, as the fear of cancer recurrence looms over them." To decrease anxiety and help patients and families rebuild their lives, survivorship strategies often include face-to-face visits; nutritional, financial and social assistance; massage, yoga, acupuncture, exercise, art and music therapy. While there’s been a significant rise in survivorship programming, Turner emphasizes the need for continued research to create evidence-based practices to care for this special population. “Providing effective survivorship care requires listening to the needs of cancer survivors — what works, what doesn’t work — and continuing to develop survivorship programs and resources with the patient’s needs at the core.” For those fortunate warriors who wake up to a clean bill of health, who move onto the next phase, these services are a blessing beyond measure. Here’s to fighting another day.

BE SKIN SMART. Choose waterresistant sunscreen that has a SPF of 30 or greater that protects against UVB and UVA rays.


EAT WISELY. Consider these guidelines for a healthy diet:

▢▢ High in vegetables ▢▢ High in fruits ▢▢ High in whole grains ▢▢ Low in sugar ▢▢ Low in processed and red meats


MOVE IT. Exercise daily if possible. Use the stairs. Park farther away in parking lots. Avoid sitting for extended periods of time. Engage in strength or resistance training at least twice per week if tolerable. And engage in 150 minutes of moderate activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity per week (spread activity out across the week).


TEST YOURSELF. Continue to get age-appropriate health screenings as directed by your primary care physicians and/or other specialists (e.g,. mammograms, colonoscopies, physical examinations, labs).




Five questions with Matthew Strausburg, MD — Dermatologist at Turkle and Associates Plastic Surgery and Dermatolowgy By Brooke Reynolds

What's the survivorship rate for those with melanoma, and is that rate on the upswing? How/why?

The survivorship rate for melanoma depends largely on the depth and stage of the melanoma when it is diagnosed. Those patients with very thin melanomas, or melanoma in situ, have almost an equal survival rate to those without the disease. Those with stage IV melanoma, the most advanced stage disease, have a five-year survival rate of only 18 percent. The survival rate is increasing some due to earlier detection, but unfortunately has not changed significantly for those diagnosed with late-stage disease. Hopefully, with the advent of several newer treatment options in the last several years for those with late-stage disease, we will see an increase in length of survival and quality of life for these patients.


Does melanoma ever completely go away? Why or why not?

Melanoma does not go away without treatment. For those with early-stage disease, a simple excision is all that is needed to treat their cancer. After this, they certainly could be called “cured,” however, we need to watch these patients very carefully to ensure they do not have either a recurrence or develop a new melanoma at a different site, for which they are at higher risk. For those with advanced


disease, we generally do not use the word “cured;” we typically will refer to these patients as “in remission.” We continue to screen them on a regular basis for signs or symptoms of recurrence of their disease.


What does the follow-up look like once someone has completed treatment? How vigilant do they have to be?

I like to do a full skin screening on my melanoma patients every 3 to 4 months for the first two years after their diagnosis, then every 6 months up to year five, and finally every year thereafter. Depending on the stage of their disease, it will also be important for them to follow up with their oncologist and surgeon as well as keep a close schedule with their primary care physician.


How can someone lower their risk of melanoma coming back?

Patients should take charge of their own health, as they are often the first to notice changes in their moles or new, atypical moles. I educate all of my patients on doing monthly self skin exams and the signs of melanoma. It is also absolutely critical that they practice strict sun protection to prevent further sun damage.

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(BUT REALLY DO THINK) Ahhh... Autumn in Indiana. The cooler air. The turning leaves. The hay rides. The bonfires. (I’m showing my age here, I know.) And, of course, the changing colors of football: Jerseys and shoes and penalty flags: all pink! That’s right. The season is upon us: Breast Cancer Awareness. The world erupts in pink. And rightfully so. Breast cancer is a devastating disease. We need to be aware, this season and all seasons. And awareness starts with early detection and prevention. Mammograms? Not so much. This is where the “really think” part begins.

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So let’s think. What causes cancer? Lots of things, actually. Including radiation. Physicians have known for a very long time that radiation, especially and specifically the type of radiation used in mammography, can trigger the growth of cancer. So ask yourself this question: Does it make sense to use a test looking for a cancer when the test itself might actually increase the risk of developing that cancer? Then consider the fact that radiation exposure accumulates over time. Those annual mammograms, they all add up. While the risk of any single mammogram may be small, that risk is not zero, and it grows steadily, year after year.

So what to do?

The ideal solution would be to find some test, some imaging technique, that could identify an emerging problem at a very early stage and NOT increase the risk of cancer.

Stephen P. Elliott, M.D. Living with Intention, INC 11979 Fishers Crossing Drive Fishers, IN 46038 317-863-5888

The good news is this: that solution exists today, and it’s called Medical Thermography. Instead of using radiation, Medical Thermography measures the infrared heat pattern given off by the breasts (or any other tissue, too) looking for subtle abnormalities and asymmetries.


What’s so important about measuring heat? Heat is a sign of inflammation. And inflammation lies at the very heart of all chronic disease, from heart disease to Alzheimer’s to cancer. That’s right: Inflamed tissues (like cancers) are literally “hotter” than normal tissue. Cancer cells are more metabolically active than normal cells. They divide more rapidly than normal cells. They gobble up energy (glucose) more readily and rapidly than normal cells. In fact, they’re so hungry to grow that they actually create new blood vessels to feed that growth. That’s precisely why Medical Thermography works so well for breast imaging. Long before something grows large enough to show up on a mammogram, it’s been present and growing and metabolically “hot” for a very long time, up to 10 or even 20 years, perhaps.

DID YOU KNOW? » An abnormal thermogram is the single most important high-risk indicator for developing breast cancer. » An abnormal infrared image is 10 times more significant than family history as a risk indicator for breast cancer.

What’s more, because it doesn’t involve radiation, Medical Thermography is completely safe. And it’s painless, too: no squeezing, pinching, or squishing. So, this year: THINK PINK. But, please, really do think.

Stephen P. Elliott M.D. practices Functional and Integrative Medicine at Living With Intention, Inc. For more information call 317-863-5888 or visit us at and

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WREATH, $5 Made with cotton balls

LOVE SONG Jessica painted pallet wood and cut the lyrics to their wedding song out with her Cricut.



LADDER, $35 Found in Kirkland, Ind.

SPEAK EASY In order to splurge on something (like this accent chair) Jessica says the item has to speak to her, she must love it and she must already have an exact space for it. This chair was a $400 Home Goods purchase.

FISHERS DIY HOME Story by Ashlie Hartgraves | Photos by Chris Whonsetler

It's a series of tough calls walking through Jessica Greenshner's home. “What did Jessica buy and what did she DIY?” With the help of her Cricut cutting machine, gift for repurposing thrifty finds and innate design sensibility, Greenshner has transformed her home into a character-filled space that’s beautiful and durable — perfect for the boys she shares it with. She and her husband, Andrew, along with their two sons, Blake (6) and Harley (3), moved from Florida two years ago. At the top of her wish list was a century-old farmhouse she could put her touch on. The compromise was a home built in 1999 in a good school district. Room by room, Jessica has found plenty of spaces to personalize, with an eclectic, rustic style and earthy neutrals. 27

FAMILY ROOM »»» MAPS, $30 EACH Flea Market in Noblesville, IN

With a niche for finding hidden gems, Greenshner frequents flea markets, antique markets, garage sales and Goodwill. So much so that her son Blake said, "Mom, why do you like everything so old? Why can't we ever have something new?" ACROSS THE TRACKS Greenshner found these railroad maps, circa 1904, at a Noblesville weekly flea market. During the early 20th century, state maps of rail lines were common. She scored them for $30 apiece. One map's nails and strings are still intact. DIRTY TRICKS To make the new glass milk bottles from Target match the vibe, Jessica tossed in some dirt to dust them up. PEACE BY PIECE Greenshner cobbled together this restful bench using legs found at an antique fair ($12), a simple apron and tufted, upholstered pallet wood. FAMILY TREE The old shoe trees pay homage to the shoe store her relatives had owned.


FREE Shutters from aunt's lake house painted white

RICE PILLOW, $1 Goodwill

STAG FOR A STEAL Greenshner found the fake deer head for $3 on holiday clearance, and then painted it white. She glued the leaves onto the wreath and hung it all together on weathered shutters. RIDING THE BENCH She scored this bench from an old high school. The teal color was original and beautifully antiqued, and it's a perfect repository for a tray of accessories. A vintage olive bucket sits underneath. FINE ART ON THE CHEAP A series of inexpensive frames from Target display pages from a Leonardo da Vinci coffee table book — love this gallery wall.


TRAY, $2 Goodwill

When the Greenshners moved in, their hallway bathroom was basic and bland. It now has lots of personality, with a patterned tile floor that will make you swoon. With the exception of a plumber and the marble countertop installers, Jessica did everything herself. She says her sons pitched in on the tile work. (Their future partners can thank her later!) It was took her one and half months with a final budget of $1,600 but it was so worth it. SHAPE UP WITH SHIPLAP Shiplap turns walls from overlooked canvases into areas of textured interest. Greenshner bought plywood at Home Depot, where they cut it down into 8-foot strips. She painted it white and used a nail gun to nail to the wall. FLOOR EXERCISES Jessica wanted a clear focal point, but didn't want to stray from her color palette. Using her Cricut, she cut out a pattern and painted over the existing white tile. The process: three coats of primer, followed by two coats of white chalk paint, then black chalk paint for the stencil, and finishing with four coats of sealant. It was no easy task, but the payoff is showstopping. VANITY FAIR Don't be afraid to paint your vanity. This two-sink piece was originally white. Greenshner painted it with the same black chalk paint she used on the floor and then sealed it with a matte polyurethane. DIY DETAILS MAKE A DIFFERENCE A few bucks and some stain was all it took to make a standard metal shower rod fit with the overall bathroom design. Greenshner bought $5 in wood at Home Depot and stained two pieces the same shade she used on the mirror frame. She installed them right at the ceiling, and then pushed the rod between the two pieces of wood. To further put her touch on the room, she sewed trim on a simple $7 bed sheet from Target. BATHROOM HUMOR Use simple frames with mats to create a grid of bathroom art. Greenshner found "That's How I Roll" for $5 on Etsy. She made "Get Naked" using PowerPoint, and the girl and boy icon image was free on Pinterest.


TABLE A gift. She added a little paint and distressed it to make it jive.

SOFA Salvage & Co, Carmel

The living room is just off of the entryway. It introduces the character of the rest of the house with its neutral colors and a happy pop of artwork on the wall. CHILDREN'S ABSTRACT The little Greenshner boys can take credit for this cheery painting. Their thrifty mother bought the canvas for 70 percent off its original price. Greenshner mixed different shades of blue, green and yellow, with a touch of white for tinting. Her kids painted one color. Once dry, they moved on to the second color; after that dried, they moved on to the final color. The result is a sentimental piece that's a great conversation starter. The entire project was $50, including paint and the wood used to frame it. FLAME-FREE FACADE The "fireplace" is actually an antique fireplace facade that Greenshner found in Fountain Square at an annual flea market. She put scrap wood on the back and painted it black, and then bolted it to the wall. COMMITMENT ISSUES Greenshner has rules for herself. One is that she must love a piece before splurging, but rules can be bent. While you can't typically test and return items from flea markets and antique stores, you can from stores like Target and Home Goods. The bar cart shown here was being tested out for size. It was actually a steal at 70 percent off, but the jury was still out on whether it had found its permanent home. LOVE LETTERS Jessica's grandfather wrote these letters to her grandmother while he was serving overseas in WWII. Her grandmother saved every single one, and now Jessica has the sentimental heirloom. HAVE IT BOTH WAYS Greenshner's grandmother had this chair in her home as far back as the 1950s. A pale gray fabric with rural detail on the back gives its traditional lines more of a farmhouse style. MANTEL DRESSING Greenshner snatched up the mirror hanging over her mantel for $60 on Craigslist and then antiqued it a bit. The other items were Goodwill finds, with the exception of the branches — credit goes to Mother Nature.

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There is no shortage of DIY projects in the dining room. We love how Greenshner mixed sentimental (her grandmother's china), new and repurposed pieces. IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK Salvaged wooden fencing, a stencil, paint and some inspiring words speak volumes. A SEAT AT THE TABLE The two wingback chairs were a splurge on Wayfair at $200 each. The others were from Greenshner's childhood home. She painted, distressed and upholstered them to match the decor. DROP CLOTH DRAPES You would never guess it, but Greenshner made these drapes from a drop cloth! After bleaching them in the bathtub, she cut and hemmed them to luxuriously puddle on the hardwoods. A fringe of tassels adds polish. LIGHT (ON YOUR WALLET) LOOK Jessica liked a $400 chandelier, but it didn't fit her "must love it" splurge rule. To replicate the look, she bought a wooden chandelier for $135, whitewashed it and added crystals she had from another project.

««« KITCHEN Most of the kitchen is untouched, but some of Greenshner's amazing influence can be found. PANTRY DOOR REDUX Two doors from an old high school in Franklin open up to the Greenshners' kitchen pantry. At just $40 for the pair, plus "new" antique knobs for $10, this otherwise standard necessity becomes a point of interest. ONE THING JESSICA DIDN'T DIY This lighting was a splurge at Pottery Barn. Greenshner loved the look and started to source a DIY project. After realizing she couldn't make it for much less, she splurged. Good for her! CHAIRS + BENCH The kitchen table came from World Market, and the chairs were a Craigslist find ($35 for all three) that she refinished. The bench, from Wayfair, was plain when it arrived. Greenshner painted it using her Cricut and painters tape.

EXTRAS »»» LAUNDRY ROOM Using scrap wood and a stencil, Greenshner dressed up her laundry room with a vintagelook sign. She made the hanging ladder, used for drying clothes, with two-by-fours and dowel rods. COMMAND CENTER Greenshner keeps her family on the same page with a two-month calendar. She made it using an $8 window, cutting out the months, days and grid, and sticking them on the backside of the glass. On the front, they write in dates and activities. A CHICK AND A HAMMER Jessica priced out this custom shelving. A contractor would have charged between $800 and $1,600. She went to Home Depot and made it herself for $250.





Our physical health — diet, exercise, a nagging pain — is an everyday topic of conversation. But we tend to treat mental health like the redheaded stepchild of our overall wellbeing. Indianapolis area businesses, non-profits, universities and others are working to change that. The Champaign to Change Direction is a public health initiative bringing organizations together with a shared goal: a healthier, stronger community. Championing this cause is the Women’s Fund of Central Indiana and Executive Director Jennifer Pope Baker. At the core of the program is education about the Five Signs of Emotional Suffering, and what to do when you recognize those in yourself or someone else. “We know the signs of a stroke or heart attack,” Baker says. “We need to normalize the conversation around mental wellness. We have no problem saying we have an earache or a toothache, and asking for references for physical health. We are less likely to let people know if we are in emotional pain.” The mission of the Women’s Fund is to create equal opportunities for women and girls living in poverty. This is the first time in its 21-year history the organization has led the charge on an issue that is not gender specific. “We know women are the decision-makers in the household, especially around wellness, and that it’s more in their nature to reach out to others,” Baker says. “I felt strongly we had the community leadership and expertise to take this on and make a difference for the marginalized women and girls we work with who need support with mental health.” Baker has served as executive director for 19 years. After starting her career in development in the non-profit sector, she saw an opportunity with the Women’s Fund to broaden professionally, while fighting for a cause about which she was passionate. She has seen the Women’s Fund grow from being viewed as an interesting notion to a formidable force for change in the community. During her years developing the Women's Fund, her own family has grown as well. She and husband Chris lead an active life with their children, Catherine, a high school senior, and Charlie, a seventh-grader. They love riding bikes and going to concerts. As their last summer hur-


rah this year, the Bakers went cliff jumping. In her spare time, Baker loves Spinning and completes the crossword puzzle every day (in pen), and spends time with her group of friends — her “A Team.” “We evolved from a book club; I think we stopped reading books 10 years ago,” she says with a laugh. “The older I get, the more I realize that these friendships are essential. They add vibrancy to my life.” The women who surround her inspire her, as do those who have gone before, the ones who “showed up” and made it possible for her generation to have opportunities in the workplace. “I’m fortunate to work with the smartest women in the community, and I am a better wife and mother and woman because of them,” Baker says. “I’m inspired by the women who are working three jobs and doing everything they can to keep it together and offer their children more opportunities than they have had. Every woman on the ladder, no matter where she is, has the responsibility to reach and help the woman behind her. I’m thankful for this life, and try not to take it for granted and pay it forward.”

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WOMEN OF VISION What is a "woman of vision?" She makes a difference. She’s courageous. She thinks outside the box and doesn’t dwell on the past. She’s an example to others, a motivator, and she never stops trying to change the world around her for the better. However, you will also find that she is humble and quick to give credit to others. She works hard, loves hard and lives joyfully. In September, these six women will take to the runway to be honored during the Riverview Health Foundation and Riverview Health Auxiliary Women of Style Show. Each was chosen for her leadership and incredible impact on the Indianapolis community. They truly exemplify what it means to be a Woman of Vision. By Lindahl Chase Photos by Tenth Street Photography


EMILY RUDEN MEDICAL DOCTOR Dr. Emily Ruden is quick to credit the other Women of Vision who have played important roles in her life.

Ruden pays this sentiment forward as a cardiologist with the St. Vincent Medical Group, serving the Noblesville community and Riverview Hospital.

“My mom made me feel like I could achieve anything,” she says. “My sister-in-law has shown me the art of balance in managing a career in medicine and a family. My four sisters have achieved success in their own right and provide endless humor, support and love.”

“One of my primary goals is to give patients the knowledge and tools for taking control of their health,” she says. “Women, in particular, as we often take care of ourselves last.”

Growing up, Ruden says it never crossed her mind that she couldn’t be a doctor, a mother, or both. In medical school, she felt empowered by female colleagues who helped her navigate the traditionally male-dominated specialty of cardiology. “I have been inspired by strong women,” she says. “A Woman of Vision is someone who improves the world around her and builds up others to be the best versions of themselves.”

When she’s not caring for patients, Ruden says she feels fortunate to participate in community events that offer support and advice to women to lead healthier lives. “This community gave me opportunities to pursue my dream of becoming a doctor,” she says. “It is my privilege, and, quite honestly, my obligation, to give back.” At home, Ruden loves swimming, going to the park, and making chocolate chip cookies with her husband and two children. She’s happy that her “intense love” for soccer has been passed down to her kids, and she helps coach their teams alongside her husband. “Once we step outside of our comfort zones and begin to care about the people around us, we become the best versions of ourselves.”


SUSAN HUNTER FOUNDER AND OWNER, HUNTER ESTATE & ELDER LAW AND LATCHKEY TRAINING In the words of Susan Hunter, Women of Vision look to the future. “They perceive their lives as a journey, and understand that each of us has the power to change the world. It’s not about ignoring the past, but using past lessons as learning experiences for the future.” Hunter is the founder and owner of Hunter Estate & Elder Law. After growing a successful legal practice, she recognized her passion for personal and professional development and launched a second business in 2017. Latchkey Training, still in its infancy, offers online resources and a coaching platform aimed at young professionals. The idea grew out of Hunter's research while writing a book, Breaking Through: Busting the Generational Barriers. The book examines the struggles in the workplace among Millennials, GenXers, and Baby Boomers. Hunter also gives back as a volunteer legal guardian for incapacitated adults, raises funds for the Alzheimer’s Association, and is a passionate supporter of the Humane Society of Hamilton County.


“We are all in this together. I’ll say it again — we are all in this together! That means we all do our part to make our corner of the universe the best we can make it,” she says. A self-described podcast junkie, Susan makes it a point to never stop learning. She loves to travel, golf, scuba dive and dabble in photography. She is the proud aunt of “nine of the greatest nieces and nephews anyone could want.” She and husband Mark have made a home in Central Indiana for 20 years, along with the three W’s — rescue dogs Wilbur, Willow and Wrigley. She credits her grandmother and mother as her biggest influences, and finds inspiration in people who are chasing their dreams. “It’s a big, scary world out there, and it would be easy to hide away. Recognizing that you only get one time around in life and making the most of it takes courage.”


EXTENDING A HELPING HAND »» Riverview Health provided $20 million in uncompensated patient care in 2016. »» It serves all, regardless of their economic status, thanks to countless generous benefactors to the Riverview Health Foundation. »» Ten years ago, the Women of Vision Giving Club was established to raise funds for women’s programs, services and equipment at the hospital and in the community. »» Women of Vision and Volunteers will be honored during the “Women of Style Show” September 14, 2017 at the Ritz Charles. More at


NANCY CHANCE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, GOOD SAMARITAN NETWORK From early on, Nancy Chance’s parents and grandparents instilled in her a simple sentiment: Take what you have and share it with others. As a 4-year-old spending time at her grandfather’s cabinet shop in Noblesville, she took this to heart and began to look for ways to help the homeless people who would jump off the nearby train and take shelter under the Logan Street Bridge. The encouragement to be part of the solution, to be that good samaritan and give back, manifested itself in a big way. Today, Chance serves as the executive director of Good Samaritan Network of Hamilton County Inc., an organization she founded in 1980. She leads a team that meets the needs of people by collaborating among Hamilton County’s 268 non-profit agencies, 289 churches, 46 pantries, three free clinics, nine Township Trustees and five hospitals.


To Chance, a Woman of Vision is one who thinks outside the box and finds innovative ways to solve problems. “Women — and men — with this vision are critical in every area of our community,” she says. “We need to foster creativity and conceive new approaches necessary to meet the ever-growing needs that humanity will always face.” Nancy calls her husband David and son Christopher the joys of her life. When she’s not rallying the community to come together, she’s enjoying traveling, spending time with her extended family, and teaching Sunday School for 4–5 year olds, which she’s done for the past 47 years. Nancy finds motivation and inspiration from collaborating with others. “If we honestly and transparently work together, we really can impact others for the greater good.” If you’re looking to give back, Chance has more than just a few ways you can do this. “The time is now to help the agencies in our community that support those who are underserved and at risk. That involves stepping up personal involvement in volunteering,” she says. “The time is now to make financial commitments to revitalize devastating budgets and strengthen critical programs. Together, we can stand strong and face the future.”




Tina McIntosh knew there was a nagging in her soul to work with the aging population. After a few personal tragedies, she found herself reevaluating her career in event planning, one that she thoroughly enjoyed. “At first it was this little tap from God,” she says. “Then it didn’t go away, and the next thing I knew that little tap was a 2-by-4 hitting me on the head. This was what I was called to do.” To Tina, a Woman of Vision is not only able to dream, but she can also turn those dreams into reality. She went all in — working odd jobs to have a more flexible schedule, and networked as if her life depended on it. The result was the founding of Joy’s House, a nonprofit adult day care now with two locations in the Indianapolis area. The mission is twofold: first, to provide services to adults who are aging and living with a life-altering diagnosis, such as Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, stroke, multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s disease; and two, offer support services to caregivers. “The caregiver is an important part of the equation. They are often physically, financially and emotionally exhausted, and someone needs to be looking out for them,” McIntosh says. “We can be there to have the hard but honest conversations.” A Ball State University graduate, McIntosh credits her volunteerism there as a Delta Zeta with introducing her to working with the elderly, and her inspiration to help others to her grandmother Ethel. “She was fiery and spunky, she wore tube tops and spiked belts and didn’t care to fit into a mold,” she says. “And she loved helping people.”


Tina and husband Jeff stay busy with their kids, Maia, Webster and Georgia, their ballpark community, and “silly household of chickens, goats and organized chaos.” Tina and Jeff are both cancer survivors, and have recently been hit with new health challenges. She says they are finding strength in their faith, as active members of Mercy Road Church. Volunteers are always welcome at Joy’s House, she adds. “My hope is that everyone takes time to be involved with something. If it’s not us, find your place.”

MICHELLE CORRAO ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, PREVAIL OF HAMILTON COUNTY After mere minutes of speaking with Michelle Corrao, you learn one very important detail about her. It’s how much she loves her family.


SUSAN FERGUSON EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, PREVAIL OF HAMILTON COUNTY Susan Ferguson reflects that from time to time she is asked how she can do such “depressing” work as executive director of Prevail, an organization that supports victims of crime and abuse. There is no room for that adjective when Ferguson explains how, on a daily basis, she is witness to people overcoming their circumstances, and a talented team doing critical work to empower others and save lives. “The work we do is encouraging, inspiring, and hope-filled,” she says. To Ferguson, a Woman of Vision is someone who has the courage to do what she believes is right. Originally from Indianapolis, she has worked in human services her entire career, living in Ohio, Michigan and then circling back to Central Indiana four years ago. In addition to her work at Prevail, she is an active volunteer at Waterline Church and a regular blood donor. “I have lived in several different communities, and each has contributed to making me who I am today,” she says. “How can I go through life without feeling a social responsibility to repay that in some way?” She bursts with pride for her children, daughter Alex, a personal trainer at the Fishers YMCA, and son Eric, a sophomore at Purdue University. Ferguson calls her husband her best friend. She explains that she’s an Ohio State fan by marriage, lived in Michigan for almost 20 years, and now has a son playing football at Purdue. “College sports fans understand the conundrum,” she says. When she’s not working, Ferguson enjoys concerts and exploring local parks with her dog, Blue. She’s inspired to learn from others, and loves to engage in conversation and surround herself with people who make her think differently. “None of us got to where they are without other people. And it’s your moral imperative to pay that forward.”


It’s how proud she is of her 13-year-old daughter, who recently started teaching yoga classes, and her 17-year-old son, who is starting his college search. You also learn that she loves music, running, church life and going home in the evening to share wine and crackers with her husband, Chris. Next is her uninhibited passion for her work as assistant director of Prevail of Hamilton County, an organization that provides critical support services for victims of crime and abuse. What does not define Corrao, but what drives her, are the horrific events of a night in 1996 when she was abducted by three men with handguns, brutally attacked and raped, and locked in the trunk of her own car. What did not weaken her, but shaped her into a fervent advocate for the victims she works with today, were the three years of standing trials to put them behind bars. And what did not harden her, but strengthened her resolve to help others, were the years of healing that followed. When she saw an ad in the newspaper for Prevail, she knew she had found the place to continue her healing and give back. “I wanted to inspire and provide hope to others,” she says. “I know I was in the darkest time of my life, and I didn’t make it through by just sitting back and letting it happen.” Seventeen years after seeing that ad, Michelle has held nearly every position at Prevail, which serves 3,000 victims each year. The team provides a 24/7 crisis line, and connects with first responders, police prosecutors, and sexual assault response teams. Prevail provides support groups and helps victims navigate the judicial system. “We are there to walk the journey with them. If they are courageous enough to walk through our doors, we are here to help.” To Corrao, being a Woman of Vision means making a difference any way you can, from being an example to others, to raising children to do good in the world, to living each day with joy, purpose and integrity. “I like to say no human interaction is neutral, it’s either healing or it’s wounding,” she says. “The way we treat people can change somebody’s life. I believe that wholeheartedly.” Corrao's words to live by: “Dream big, find your passion, give back, and don’t let anyone tell you no.”


T H E WO M E N O F S M I T H ' S J E W E L E R S

KATHY BLACK I have a love of travel and have lived in both France and Israel. I speak French and Hebrew. My father was a world traveler and a salesman and I guess I take after him. I’ve visited sixteen countries so far and plan to see more of the world in the future. I have recently moved from Carmel to Noblesville and I love it here!

DANIELLE WITT When I’m not at Smith’s Jewelers, I am enjoying life with my husband Rick and our son Chandler. Rick is the head golf professional at Bridgewater Country Club and Chandler is a fourth grader at Hinkle Creek. As for myself, I’m an avid reader and enjoy practicing yoga, cooking, traveling, and spending time with my boys at our home on the green in North Harbour.

BRANDI MANN My career with Smith’s Jewelers has spanned nearly a decade. My husband Matt and I have recently settled our family into our new home on a three acre property on the far north side of Noblesville. I stay busy raising our daughters, Adalyn, seven, and Mila, six. As the proud mom of my girls I spend a lot of time trying to clutter our lives with fun memories.

ERIKA PEARSON I was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and love hiking and the outdoors. I currently live on the East side of Indianapolis, in the historic Irvington Community. When I am not at home in my garden, I enjoy cooking, bike rides through Ellenberger Park, DIY projects and traveling.

SUSAN I’m the mother of an adorable affenpinscher and shih tzu. In 1951 my family migrated to Noblesville from Virginia where my father was a coal miner. I’ve happily remained here in an 1897 Victorian house with my awesome husband, the Reverend Rick Bell. Gardening, cooking, and reading are my passions. Attempting to serve God is my vocation!

EMILY I have happily been a part of the Smith’s Jewelers family for over 25 years. Originally from Noblesville, I now live in Washington Township in Indianapolis with my husband of nearly 15 years and our two sons. Lucas is a fifth grader and Isaac is a second grader at Allisonville Elementary school. We love spending our time outdoors hiking and biking around Broad Ripple.

Thank you Kelly McVey and Kit magazine for featuring outstanding women of our community in this issue of Kit. The women being recognized and honored have demonstrated leadership and vision as well as community service which have contributed to the betterment of our community. Following the example of Kit, Smith's Jewelers would like to take this opportunity to showcase and honor the women of Smith's Jewelers. It is these outstanding women who are hugely responsible for the success enjoyed by Smith's Jewelers. Their loyalty, dedication, knowledge, outstanding customer rapport and service are all reflections of their character and the values prized by Smith's Jewelers. We thank you, Emily, Erika, Brandi, Danielle, Susan and Kathy. ESTHER LAKES


A special thank you to the high school and college students who are also an important part of the "Smith's family"

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alking with Carolyn Kaflik today, it’s difficult to imagine that this bright, cheerful young woman once struggled with addiction and homelessness. Her story starts out like so many, with a normal, happy family life and excellent marks in school. When high school rolled around, Kaflik looked for ways to fit in and find approval from her peers, but drinking at parties quickly turned into school days spent in a drug-addled haze. As her life began to unravel, her parents and school tried repeatedly to help, but to no avail. In 2007, a judge ordered Kaflik to seek treatment at The Salvation Army’s Harbor Light Center. “I did not think that I was as bad as everyone else in the program,” she recalls of her first stay at Harbor Light. “Little did I know, I was just like every other person in the program. We all shared a common characteristic: we were addicted to a substance.” Kaflik didn’t stay, and ended up on the streets selling drugs to feed her addiction and face a series of relapses. “Relapse is a huge part of my story,” she recalls, thinking of all the lost years. “With each relapse, my drug

use and experiences got worse. It took me places I never thought it would. I have had guns and knives pulled on me, been pistol whipped in the face, been in abusive and controlling relationships, slept in cars, been in abandoned houses, and I have had nowhere to go. I have seen people overdose and have seen people die. I totaled six cars, lied to everybody I knew, and stole from so many people, including my mom, dad, brothers, grandparents, and anybody I could take advantage of. I did not care about anything other than getting high. All day, every day, I would be chasing drugs, using drugs and selling drugs.” Then, in June 2011, Kaflik found herself back in the detox unit of the Harbor Light Center. This time would be different. “I took the time to really take a deep look at what it was that I had been missing every time I tried to stay clean before but failed,” she shares. This meant slowing down, listening, getting a sponsor, following the steps, and holding herself accountable for her own actions. Ten months later, Kaflik had undergone a transformation. She’d found strength in God and freedom from the bonds of addiction. After years of struggle,



her life had finally come back together. Today she is helping others who struggle with addiction in her role as a Transitional Housing Case Manager at the Harbor Light Center. “I have been so blessed since I entered treatment, allowed God into my life, and became grounded in a program of recovery,” Kaflik says. “I am married to an amazing man who loves God. I have my own home and two dogs that bring so much joy to my life. I have such a great relationship with my family today. They too once thought I would never make it out of my addiction. They are so proud of me and are so grateful for the Harbor Light Center.” Since her recovery, Kaflik has earned an associate’s degree in human services and is currently working toward a bachelor’s degree in social work from Indiana Wesleyan University. She balances her work at the Harbor Light Center with school, where she maintains a 4.0 GPA. “Never did I think my life would be where it is today,” Kaflik says. “I know it is only by God’s grace and mercy that I am here today living this beautiful life.”



and Money It’s an inescapable fact of life. At some point, nearly every woman, single or married, will find herself in total control of her finances or her family’s finances. It’s vital for all women to develop and sharpen their money management skills. Why Are Money-Management Skills So Important? A sudden change of events can require you to make important financial decisions quickly. And every financial decision you make will impact your future financial security. The statistics tell the story: • Women outlive men. The average life expectancy for women is 81.2 years versus 76.4 years for men (National Center for Health Statistics, 2014) and because of this, nearly 75% of married women will become widows. • 40% to 50% of marriages end in divorce. Women who don’t understand the family financial situation when going through a divorce will be at a significant disadvantage. It’s difficult, if not impossible, to agree to a financial settlement if either party lacks the ability to make an informed decision. • Approximately 20% of women choose to remain single. They must rely on their own earning power and decision-making to meet their current needs and plan for their future financial security. • Women earn less. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2014)

on average, women earn 17% less than men in comparable positions. Which means, you may have less to contribute to the company saving plan or personal investment portfolio. Earning less money can translate to less substantial Social Security or pension benefits in retirement.

Women and Financial Planning Issues The role you take in life, along with a longer lifespan, can effect various areas of your personal planning needs. Because of this, you should work to address all the following financial aspects that impact you, taking into consideration your individual needs and lifetime goals: • Life insurance. While it’s typically used to replace income lost to dependents by the death of a spouse or parent, it could also replace services provided by a spouse. If you’re a “stay-at-home” mom who doesn’t provide income to the family you may still need life insurance to cover your contributions to the household. • Disability insurance. If your earned income is necessary to provide for yourself or your family, you’ll need disability coverage. In fact, it may be more important than life insurance – especially for single women. Data indicates that one-third of the population will have a disability that requires stopping work for at least ninety days sometime before age 65. • Long-term care coverage. Because women live longer, it’s more likely you’ll need custodial care in your

older years. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC, 2016) estimates that nearly 67% of women will utilize the services of a nursing home during some period in their lives. • Retirement planning. The combination of lower earnings, interrupted careers and longer lifespan generally means women may need to work longer and save more to provide for their retirement. Taking advantage of pre-tax retirement plans should be your first priority. • Estate planning. A will or trust document is the only means of assuring that your favorite charities, family members or friends receive the assets you intended for them. • Investments. Women tend to place more money in money market, i.e. cash, or easily accessible funds. Being less aggressive with investments can result in a smaller nest egg for the future.

Summary All women, married or single, need to be knowledgeable about the their finances and prepared to either make decisions or seek the professional advice necessary to assist them. Being involved and armed with money-management skills will allow you to be more confident in making decisions and more in control of your financial future.

POWERFUL WOMEN Each year, the Starkey Entrepreneurial Woman Award is given to an inspirational female business owner in Indianapolis. Marti Starkey, a lawyer and pioneering businesswoman herself, founded the prize in 1998 to recognize the heroic entrepreneurship of other women. Read about the journeys of the 2017 Starkey Entrepreneurial Woman Award winner, Pamela Parker Tucker, and finalists to find out how they made their dreams come true.

PAMELA PARKER TUCKER of JP Parker Company is this year's Starkey Entrepreneurial Woman Award Winner. Read her story on page 44.



PAMELA PARKER TUCKER JP PARKER COMPANY Pamela Parker Tucker got her love of nature growing up as a thirdgeneration farmer in Needham, Ind. When she moved back to the family farm as an adult years later, she adapted it to fit her business venture and passion: floral design. The original JP Parker Flowers team fondly remembers cleaning out the Parker family’s beautiful barn on their property in Shelby County to turn it into a showplace filled with antiques and dried flower arrangements, wreaths and swags, all created from flowers grown in their fields. To this day, the farm has several hundred peony bushes, sunflower fields and other wildflower patches that contribute to the floral work JP Parker Flowers creates. Since its humble beginnings, the 30-year-old business has grown to accommodate large-scale corporate events such as the Pan Am Games, Union Station Super Bowl party, National Governor’s Conference and the Columbia Club’s 100-year anniversary. JP Parker Company has retail stores in Franklin and Indianapolis, along with an event production company in Indianapolis. Tucker is an inspiration to many young designers coming up in the floral industry and offers design classes to those eager to learn. At one point, she taught floral design classes for the IUPUI continuing education program. Tucker readily steps into mentoring roles with new business owners, proud that she has tried-and-true wisdom to offer. “Gratefully, I can say that JP Parker Company is in full bloom, still filled with passion and worked at with the grit of a good old Hoosier farm girl who just happens to love turning stems and petals into art,” she says.

After having her daughter later in life, Stacey Blanton-Anderson realized the tattoo of her youth no longer fit her image. A visit to a local tattooremoval shop left her disappointed, and she realized there was a space in the marketplace for a higher-quality, more dignified tattoo-removal experience. Blanton-Anderson had stumbled upon her entrepreneurial passion. Owning a business became the byproduct of a bigger purpose. Six months after her daughter was born, so was her business. Using her own tattoo to interview laser companies, Blanton-Anderson found a laser that was good enough for her — and therefore, her clients. Blanton-Anderson was literally the first client of Skin Renew! Blanton-Anderson says the point of difference at Skin Renew is that the team recognizes the decision to have a tattoo removed part of a client’s life story; there is neither judgment nor shame in that choice. Blanton-Anderson's clients have found a place that matches their needs in an environment where they feel comfortable. Blanton-Anderson has built a strong, nearly debt-free business over the past four years. Just this year, she acquired that same Carmel shop that inspired her to start Skin Renew in 2013. Skin Renew has brand awareness all over Indiana and is currently in negotiations to expand and possibly franchise. This is just the beginning. “Being a business owner is a lot like being on a roller coaster. The greatest challenge is keeping your mind and your focus on the big picture, especially during the startup days and years,” she says. “When you’re in business for yourself, you have to be your own biggest cheerleader.”

MARISOL BUCHANAN PREMIKATI Marisol Buchanan knows the trick to becoming an entrepreneur in her field: “Surround yourself with super-nerds,” she says. And she should know. Just take a peek into her world at her company, Premikati, and you’ll see it’s full of super-nerdy procurement executives, attorneys, contract management professionals, Six Sigma Black Belts and certified Change Masters with extensive experience either inside or consulting with the world’s top companies. With a team like that, Premikati, Buchanan’s contract management and procurement consulting firm in Indianapolis, is able to take on some pretty difficult tasks, such as streamlining processes and improving efficiencies, all while mitigating risk. It’s why the business is an SAP Silver Partner and one of only six SAP ariba BPO partners in the world. Even with these notable achievements, Buchanan knows she must constantly push for transformation. To be the best, the product, services and even internal processes can always improve. “Change is the only thing that is constant, so ride the wave,” she says. Buchanan will never forgot those first days as a new business owner, when her mentor, Tracy, the head of global procurement at Premikati, rolled an 8-foot whiteboard into her office with 241 Post-it notes on it. Together, they verified each piece of the current accounts payable process, documented them and then drafted a new streamlined process to be deployed globally across 500 locations. “Tracy always encouraged me to spend several hours a week on career development and education, to join committees and to gain certifications,” Buchanan says. “She was arming me to be a leader, a partner and an innovator — the core facets of an entrepreneur.”






It’s a common misconception that marrying an American automatically gives an immigrant a green card. Clare Corado would be the first to tell you that’s a myth. Her husband, Marcial, is originally from Guatemala, and they went through a very difficult immigration process. They received poor legal advice and were forced to geographically separate from one another for several months. While her husband was stuck outside the United States, their daughter was suffering from a life-threatening form of leukemia. Corado was in the United States by her daughter’s side, working with a good attorney to navigate the complicated waters of immigration law.

Early in her health care career as an ultrasound technologist, Else Cole witnessed the inefficient and stressful environment elderly patients face as they are being transported from nursing facilities into the imaging department to have ultrasound studies performed.

Luckily, the Corado story has a happy ending. Their daughter made a healthy recovery, and their family was reunited. Clare’s personal experience with immigration inspired her to go to law school and open her own firm, Corado Immigration Law LLC. Her dream was to be able to assist other families with their immigration needs, helping them to remain together in the United States. Clare treats all her clients with professionalism, dignity and respect, which is important to note, considering many of her clients come from modest backgrounds, a lack of formal education and countries with corrupt judicial systems. By imparting sincerity and honesty in her relations with clients, she gains their confidence and trust. Aside from her exceptional capabilities as an attorney, Corado is an entrepreneur in every sense of the term. Her motto is: “Whenever your business needs to make more money, ask yourself, ‘How can I help more people?’ because businesses make money as a side effect of helping people solve their problems.”

“These patients were unfortunately spending the entire day in our department at the mercy of an ambulance transportation service just to have a 30-minute exam performed,” Cole says. “I knew from my experience as a mobile ultrasound technologist that there was a more efficient, effective and friendly way to provide these services.” This inspired her to improve the patient experience by providing mobile at-home health care services. Through Meridian Medical Services Inc., she developed a way to solve health care problems that others were not solving. She now owns a complex that has 50 employees and generates more than $4 million annually. The company is an industry leader in the state of Indiana, and its success has attracted Fortune 500 companies interested in acquiring Cole's expertise and business models. The focus of Meridian Medical Services is on providing health care to those who are unable to adequately provide for themselves. The company provides services to the underserved, disabled, incarcerated and homebound or institutionalized elderly, with the Indiana Department of Correction as its largest client. Cole recently experienced the health care system firsthand. In February 2016, she noticed a small lump in her right thigh. It turned out to be an aggressive rare cancer — a soft-tissue sarcoma. Surgery and 35 sessions of radiation therapy heightened her awareness of the obstacles her patients face. Now cancer-free, she is grateful for the opportunity to continue to help improve the lives of others and change the world of health care for the better.

BARBARA FLEMING BAF CORPORATION Barbara Fleming has always been known as the woman in the man’s world. It’s been her biggest challenge as the owner of a construction management company. “Being a female gets me in the door easier, but I have to prove myself [as a construction expert] to earn their respect,” Fleming says. “As a matter of fact, I’ve been called ‘sir’ many, many times, and I feel that is a compliment rather than an insult, since it seems they have forgotten I am female and am an equal.” BAF Corporation, founded by Fleming in 1997, provides general contracting and design/build services to corporate and institutional clients. Twenty successful years in any industry today is impressive, but in the construction industry — with the economy’s fluctuations — Fleming's success is almost unprecedented. She has been passionate about giving back by educating and empowering other women. For Fleming, that starts with her family. For the last eight years, she has trained up her daughter, Laura Carroll, as a key manager at BAF, with the plan that Laura will lead when her mother retires. Fleming also finds ways to integrate her construction skills and connections to assist charities. Her list of volunteer accomplishments is extraordinary — too many to list here. Her contributions to the community serve as a strong reminder that success does not end with your profession, but lies in the legacy you leave when you share your personal rewards with others.



MELISSA CLEAVER TOOTHPASTE 2 GO Melissa Cleaver has always loved inventing solutions to common problems. The idea for Toothpaste 2 Go was no different. At the time, Cleaver was a middle school science teacher and had been chosen to attend a convention in Boston. While packing for her trip, she realized her toothpaste was too large to legally take in her carryon luggage. She had to make a special trip to the store and buy a too-expensive travel-size tube of toothpaste. Later, while brushing her teeth in her Boston hotel bathroom, she frustratingly stared at the travelsize toothpaste when an idea for a universal adapter came to her. This adapter would allow consumers to fill their own travel-size tube of toothpaste from the full-size tube they already own. MCM Inventions Inc. started as an outlet for Melissa’s inventions, with Toothpaste 2 Go as the flagship product. Upon rollout of the business, the first thing Cleaver learned is when you have a lackluster budget and no personnel, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and learn to tackle all of the jobs yourself. “Being a successful entrepreneur is an all-encompassing endeavor and not for the faint of heart,” Cleaver says. “Your determination must never waver, and to say that you need to be resourceful would be a drastic understatement.” Cleaver has taught herself to become her company’s expert in accounting, taxes, sales, product-sourcing, international business, marketing, graphic design, IT, website design and product packaging. “I never thought when beginning this endeavor that I would ever be able to become proficient in all of these areas, but it’s amazing what you can do when necessity forces your hand,” Cleaver says. “Remember that with time, determination, intelligence and a resolute work ethic, anything is truly possible!” 46

In 2015, a customer hired Amy Kemp through her personal-assistance business, Plan of Attack, for a complicated, emotionally laden reorganization and move. This job wasn’t just a pack-and-move or sort-and-discard. When her mom passed away, this customer had allowed her home to deteriorate into a mess where nothing had a place and many things just didn’t belong at all. The customer said she couldn’t have imagined taking this on without Kemp. The obvious discards had strong emotional attachment, but Kemp handled those emotions with care and understanding. She made the job manageable and, with her sense of humor and encouraging words, almost enjoyable. “My clients simply need the motivation to get started and know that I believe in them and won’t judge them for their particular situation,” Kemp says. “In the end, every customer receives my personal attention, respect and, hopefully, a new skill.” For Kemp, tailoring an “organizing lesson plan” for each customer is her greatest challenge but also her greatest success. “My true happiness is actually having a different job to tackle everyday, using different skill sets everyday, and seeing progress, growth and productivity in my clients and myself,” she says.

REBECCA HANSON 14 DISTRICTS Rebecca Hanson researched cities from coast to coast in search of the perfect place to open a business. Time and time again, Carmel was included in top 10 lists for growth and focus on small-business development. She trusted her gut and relocated from Cincinnati in 2011 to plant her dream in the Carmel City Center. That dream bloomed into 14 Districts, a brand that includes full-service retail, online and mobile boutiques of apparel and accessories from around the globe. 14 Districts Weekend offers relaxed clothing with a California vibe. Blue Bar, a denim shop, sells more than 28 styles of premium denim from four collections. Stylestop, the mobile boutique, travels the nation with seasonal apparel selections. Hanson brings a kind and honest air to the fashion retail business — one that her clients have grown to love and appreciate. Many clients will wait for her to be in the store, preferring her opinion and advice over all others. Hanson will tell a client that something does not look quite right on them, even if it means she loses the sale. She, somehow, does it in a way that is not the least bit offensive. Her key advice for entrepreneurs echoes her initial trust in the research about landing her business in Carmel. She says, “Let the data guide you to make decisions that may, to the outside world, seem short-sighted or impractical.” Data brought her to Carmel, and her future looks bright as 14 Districts continues to grow and expand from the Carmel flagship store.







Hope Pace has always loved the art of decorating and design. As a young girl, she would scour through all of her mother’s home magazines and catalogs. Redecorating her friends’ bedrooms and even college dorms were considered “typical Hope” behaviors.

Just five days after Colleen Stine, of Carmel, launched her T-shirt company with her business partner Colleen Berkowitz, of Wisconsin, the unthinkable happened. Stine’s sister, Shannon, was killed by her exhusband in a murder-suicide in front of their two boys and Colleen and Shannon’s parents.

In 2012, Susan Van Hoosen was forced to reevaluate her life's purpose after the sudden death of her 46-year-old husband. Trading in her "suits for sneakers," she was inspired by fitness to leave her 20-year corporate career and take a leap of faith to start her own business.

After spending 15 years in business development and corporate client management, Pace found herself experiencing a sense of restlessness — the invisible pull to step out and do what she knew would set her heart on fire: interior decorating and design. She was confident in her skills and, more importantly, her unique ability to sell these skills as services. After all, she already had the practical experience of establishing, maintaining and growing client relationships. And she already pursued and earned an MBA in finance and marketing that ultimately helped her understand the holistic context of business ownership. These experiences, combined with a zeal for success, led her to turn her passion into a business. So Chic Home Design & Staging LLC was established in Indianapolis in 2014. In the world of business, the true indicator of brand recognition isn’t the total sum of sales, but rather the return of satisfied customers. The majority of Pace's business has been repeat customers, and her largest projects were referrals from those same customers. Says one of Pace's references: “I dream of working with Hope to bring the kitchen of my dreams to life one day. I have full confidence that my friend will employ her many gifts and professionalism to my benefit, as she does for her growing list of satisfied and inspired clients.”

One would think after losing one of the most important people in Stine’s life and experiencing a tragedy of this magnitude that her fledgling company would be an afterthought. However, Stine and Berkowitz decided Mama Said Tees should exist to accomplish a worthy mission in Shannon’s honor. The rest of the world seemed to agree. After Shannon’s death, Stine created a shirt to benefit Shannon’s sons that raised more than $15,000 in two days. Mama Said Tees is what Stine calls a kindness apparel company, meaning the messages on the shirts, accessories and stationery spread messages of love and acceptance. These were lessons that Shannon, a second-grade teacher, taught her students and her own children for many years. Stine not only designs shirts that spark important conversations, but she also speaks at schools to communicate that kindness matters most. She’s also an example of these values to her friends and family, proving that Mama Said Tees is not just a brand — it’s a way of life. “I want to change the world, and there’s no way I could do that if I wasn’t literally following my heart and my passion along the road my sister so beautifully paved the way,” Stine says.

Van Hoosen's self-prescribed grief therapy was fitness. It helped her feel better, heal, become stronger and live her new best life. Motivated by this positive new reality, she decided to serve others the same way she served herself. In 2013, her business, Inspired By Fitness, was born. “I’ve only looked back with gratitude for the path and experiences that led me to owning my own business,” Van Hoosen says. “I continue to move forward and share with others how not to just survive, but to thrive.” Inspired By Fitness offers one-onone, semi-private and small-group fitness training; yoga, meditation and mindfulness classes; grocery shopping and menu-planning services; pantry cleanout and meal-prepping services; corporate wellness services; empowerment lifestyle workshops; and speaking engagements. Van Hoosen's first book, “One Bite At A Time: A True Story of Transformational Change and 7 Life Lessons Learned To Help You Live Your Best, Healthiest, Happiest, Most Inspired Life,” was published this year. Van Hoosen's clients have experienced life-altering and lasting changes by working with her. Says one client: “For the first time, I have stuck to goals set for myself that I have set over and over before and never achieved. In six months, I have graduated from long-term use of blood pressure medication, taken two inches off my midsection, lost 16 pounds and significantly improved my cholesterol counts. I have gone from daily frustration and self-deprecating comments to craving daily physical activity and have taken great pride in my personal wellness.”








Nothing — not even life-threatening illnesses — kept Susan Marshall from her dreams. After two serious abdominal surgeries, one of which left her in a 12-day coma, she pulled through her recovery. Six months later, she created Torchlite Marketing Technologies.

Christie Wright is the owner of Kindred Boheme Collective, a beautiful and quaint boutique and hair salon just south of Main Street in Carmel. As a boutique, Kindred offers limited quantities and occasional oneof-a-kind finds to generate immense appeal and an indelible sense of discovery. As a salon ... well, that’s where Wright got her start.

Jeri Warner has always had a heart for the homeless. She worked for 20 years in the Catholic church system. But she certainly didn’t expect that experience to turn her into a nonprofit entrepreneur. However, in 2008, she created Trusted Mentors, an organization that brings people together who might not otherwise meet each other.

“I have been doing hair since my early 20s and had always believed I would own a salon, but that dream turned into much more,” Wright says. “My passion for fashion and decorating always found itself into my world as a stylist, and one day, it hit me: There wasn’t a single place where someone could go get their hair done, pick out an outfit, get a makeover, and shop for their home.”

Poverty is challenging and exhausting, Warner says. With a mentor providing support and ideas, mentored individuals build confidence and discover their own abilities. They learn that giving up is not an option. And if the mentored person is a parent, mentors can make a real difference for their children.

Torchlite, a digital marketing software service, is now a revenue-generating, viable company with 24 employees and approximately 350 “torchliters.” Sales have been around $4 million in under two years since its start. Remarkable, considering she was near death about six months before Torchlite’s beginning. Torchlite was created to help marketers not only develop a marketing plan but then also help them find the resources to get it all done. It seamlessly combines people, technology and campaigns into a single interface, empowering businesses to make the most of their digital marketing. Torchlite's marketplace of freelance experts helps marketers extend their teams so they can focus on the work they love most. “I believe we’re the first company to truly operate with the marketer’s best interests in mind,” Marshall says. After years of trying to sell other digital marketing software services, she felt like there was a need in the world for a company that was a true advocate for the marketer. Now, Torchlite fits that niche. “Since the day I started Torchlite, I’ve made sure to talk to marketers every single day,” Marshall says. “They tell me what they struggle with, and we build solutions to help them overcome those challenges. I believe that’s what helped propel us to where we are today.”


Today, Wright has formed Kindred into a community — both physical and virtual — created for those who wish to explore their artistic and imaginative side. The brickand-mortar location is a makeup/ hair salon and a clothing/home accessories boutique that also hosts monthly workshops, such as DIY fresh flower crowns and bath bombs. The online community is formed around a blog, Instagram feed and an online market. “Kindred is a lifestyle brand more than it is any one of its singular elements,” Wright says. “Everything is curated and designed to fit a freespirited lifestyle, and I hope it forever pushes women to be themselves and love every minute of their journey.”

Of course, mentoring makes an impression on the mentor, too. The mentor learns communication skills, develops empathy and realizes the challenges of the poverty and incarceration systems. Trusted Mentors empowers adults to stabilize their lives and embark on a path to self-sufficiency. Since 2012, the nonprofit has experienced 140 percent growth. In 2016, Trusted Mentors supported 236 individual mentor/mentee relationships focused on keeping individuals housed, employed and out of prison, while helping them gain a clearer sense of their value and potential. Trusted Mentors is the only adult mentoring agency in Indianapolis that supports multiple partner agencies. Take, for example, its relationship with RecycleForce. Trusted Mentors manages the mentoring program at its facility of employed ex-offenders. Warner has expanded Trusted Mentors into an influential agency that is frequently contacted by organizations within and outside Indiana that are seeking a proven adult mentor practice. It is a true powerhouse nonprofit that, Jerry says, will likely be successfully licensed in other communities in the near future.


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Q: What advice do you give to the

children of elderly parents, who seek your counsel?

A: First, I advise them to get the Marti Starkey is an Equity Partner at the full service law firm of Harrison & Moberly, LLP, where she is Chair of the Trust & Estate Practice Group. Her practice has exemplified the highest standards in excellent legal service in an atmosphere of care and concern for each client.

Q: What is the nature of your practice?

A: My area of concentration is Trusts & Estates.

Q: How long have you been practicing law?

A: This will be my 36th year of private law practice.

Q: Do you work with only the elderly? A: No, I work with clients of all ages, but I consistently work with elderly clients in planning for end-oflife issues and how they wish to distribute their assets at death.

parents to a good Trust & Estate attorney to discuss their estate planning, how they hold their assets, and the beneficiaries they list on their life insurance and retirement benefits. Every person, young or old, can benefit from one hour with a good Trust & Estate attorney. It is an old adage, but the two things in life that are certain are death and taxes. A Trust & Estate attorney can give sage advice concerning both of these inevitabilities.

Q: What is of utmost importance to your elderly clients?

A: My answer to this question is not a legal one. The words of my pastor come back to me. All people, but especially the elderly, need three things: 1.) SOMETHING TO DO; 2.) SOMEONE TO LOVE; 3.) SOMETHING TO HOPE FOR. I found in my work that this is very true.

Q: Do you enjoy working with the

Q: What do you consider to be the

A: Yes, I very much enjoy my clients

A: I have read and heard that the


who have lived many years. I find that the elderly possess a wisdom that is only possible through the process of living a full and long life.


clients, especially those who have lived many years. I am actually not sure if there is more appreciation from them or if they are just at a point in their lives where they understand the importance of expressing gratitude. What I started as just a small way to acknowledge my clients has turned into a true source of joy for me. I have also seen this to be true in caring for my own mother. Although the youthfulness in her spirit belies her actual age, my mom is experiencing the challenges that advanced age brings. One of the things that I have heard her say is of utmost importance to her is the fact that my sister and I call her every day. This shows me that those times of sharing words of affirmation and encouragement mean more than anything else. There are many organizations that are available and can help to combat the effects of loneliness that come from age, but I want to mention one that is doing a great job. It is Senior Home Companions. It can be used to provide one small service or many. Of course, there are many legal issues that the elderly face, and my recommendation is that a good and honest Trust & Estate attorney is well worth the cost of the investment to help them.

greatest challenge for the elderly?

greatest challenge for the elderly is loneliness. In my practice, this premise has rung true. I have a tradition of sending a birthday card and small gift to each client on their birthday. It has been remarkable what this small token of acknowledgement has meant to my

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That sacred time of year — sweater weather — is upon us. We’re loving the crisp morning air, the crunch of leaves, and Howling Pumpkin coffee (more on that later). This season, we’re also head over heels for local boutiques and eateries. From cashmere sweaters to eucalyptusscented bath goods, the finds in Carmel’s shops do not disappoint. Check out our 12 favorite spots. While you’re out and about, pop into Bub’s Burgers and Ice Cream. Play ring toss with the kids before sitting down at a picnic table to devour a “Big Ugly Burger.” For a more serene setting, check out Sophia Square. This charming courtyard is just behind Vitality Bowls. And don’t forget to explore the Monon Trail! Rent a bike from the Carmel Bike Share Program and pedal to each of Kit’s picks. You won’t want to miss a thing, and you can store your purchases in the white bike basket.




From denim and dresses to scarves and sweaters, Endeavor has it all. This chic boutique carries casual, everyday clothing for women of all shapes and sizes. So, whether you’re a size 2 or a size 20, Endeavor has something for you. The everfriendly staff knows how to make a gal feel gorgeous.



We have two words for you: jean wall. This sophisticated shop carries clothing from 38 designers, including Blanc Noir, Dolce Vita, Ecru and Sundry. We love the colored jean selection, too. Go ahead and try on something bold.

This local establishment is our go-to for caffeine, culture and community. Lately, we’ve been starting our mornings with a cup of Howling Pumpkin, a perfect blend of pumpkin and white chocolate. As for the evening? We’re all about Soho’s art classes and open mic nights.



For those chilly mornings, don a super-soft Minnie Rose cashmere sweater from 14 Districts. They’re comfy and cozy (and so, so soft). Paired them easily with leggings, jeans or a pencil skirt. Did we mention they’re soft?

Indulge yourself with handmade bath and body goods from Bath Junkie. How’s it work? Pick the product and scent, and they mix it up for you! Silky smooth skin after a shower? Yes, please. Give the eucalyptus fragrance a try. It’s our favorite.


Looking for a new lunch spot? Swing by Jamaican Reggae Grill. It’s got outdoor seating, plenty of parking and a menu that won’t break the bank. Give the fried plantains a try, or the Jamaican Patty. We’re a little obsessed with both.



Unwind and do good with a glass of wine. Sip a sauvignon blanc on Peace Water Winery’s 900-square-foot patio, or sample a zinfandel indoors. Every sip of wine makes the world a better place — 50 percent of the winery’s profits are donated to local charities!

Is olive oil on your grocery list? It is now. Head to The Olive Mill for samples of small-batch extra-virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars. These award-winning products are perfect for the chef in your family. Our tip: Drizzle the Tuscany Balsamic over a caprese salad, or cheese with crackers.



Your Tees is just that — a place for you to design your own shirt and have it printed in store. The soft tees, which range from sassy to classy, drape well — no clinging. Now that school is back in session, you can design a tee to support your favorite team.



So, we’re kinda, maybe, sorta in love with Vitality Bowls. These guys are redefining the fast-casual restaurant sector every day. When it comes to acai, we’re not ones to say “no.” Crave on the Dragon Bowl, which mixes up a base of pitaya, mango juice, coconut milk and more, with toppings including kiwi, almonds, goji berries and honey. Drool.

At this unconventional gift shop, there’s always something to swoon over. Right now, we’re smitten with HAWKHOUSE Jewelry. The crystals are set through electroplating and come in a variety of sizes. Whether it’s a ring, necklace or bracelet, there’s a HAWKHOUSE piece for you (and your budget).




To love letterpress is a nobrainer. So, it’s no surprise we’re fans of Jilly Jack Designs. The company brings quirkiness to its stationery, note cards and art prints. Not able to swing by their studio? No worries. Grab their goods at Silver in the City or Homespun (Mass Ave in Indy). 53

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OPTIMAL CARE Protect your parents. Learn how to navigate new terrain of daily care and assisted living.

DAILY CARE: WHAT TO EXPECT By Vicki Maynard, Executive Director, SarahCare of Indianapolis

WE ALL WANT TO AGE AT HOME, but what happens when home is no longer a safe option? Many caregivers turn to adult day services to provide additional care or supervision during the day. Finding a smart fit to assure safety in an adult day setting is critical. The Indiana Association of Adult Day Services recommends caregivers ask the following questions of themselves and the providers they are considering: »» Is the atmosphere welcoming and comfortable? »» Is the facility clean and free of odor? »» Are the building and individual rooms wheelchair accessible? »» Do you see sturdy, comfortable, clean furniture that creates a place to relax, and do the chairs have arms? »» Does the facility seem spacious enough to accommodate participants and their needs? »» Is the décor pleasing to sensitive eyes and not disturbing to other physical challenges? »» Does the staff seem knowledgeable about care and activities? »» What credentials are necessary to become a staff member? Staff can consist of registered and licensed practical nurses, activity professionals, certified and trained nursing assistants, program assistants, social workers and dietary consultants. »» Can the facility staff assist clients with transferring and toileting? »» Does the staff seem to treat participants with dignity? More simply stated, does the staff seem to know the participants, their names, and their likes and dislikes? »» Does the building have a sense of security? These are only some of the questions you should ask when visiting a daycare center. You can find additional information and how to locate a center at At SarahCare, we know your loved ones have varying levels of health, wellness and interests. We have activities and services geared toward everyone. Personalized care plans, collaboration with your families’ health care providers and input from your loved one enable us to embrace any challenges associated with day-to-day care and safety. Working together as a team allows caregivers to experience the peace of mind of knowing a loved one is safe at an adult day center.


Around 1 million Americans call an assisted living facility home. These establishments offer a level of care that family members might not be able to provide to the extent that the loved one needs it. The transition process can be emotional, fraught with feelings of guilt and apprehension and heartache. Children wonder, Could I have taken care of her? Should I have made room in my home? Am I making the right decision? But there is another side. The side where both caregivers and senior loved ones can find independence and confidence in daily care. A recent report from Holleran Consulting, in which 57,900 respondents from 265 senior living communities across 36 states were surveyed, found that 89 percent of independent living residents would rate their overall satisfaction as good or excellent. Being a smart consumer is as important in this instance as it is with any other major investment. Doing the research is the only way to feel entirely secure in your decision. Utilize the internet and seek out reviews from past residents’ families. Visit the facility, even a few times, preferably during an activity. Ask if you can stay for a meal. Talk to the staff. Bring all of the questions you can think of that are making you feel hesitant about the change. For more on the topic, we connected with Marki Collins of Clearwater Commons Independent and Assisted Living Facility to get her tips on finding the safest, most satisfying facility for your family’s unique needs.


What are some determining factors when deciding whether an assisted living facility is the best path of care for your parent? When does a child know it’s time?


If a parent or elderly loved one is not eating properly, not bathing, experiencing a lot of falls, wouldn’t hear a smoke alarm go off in the middle of the night or

shows substantial memory loss, these are usually the biggest signs that assisted living could be a good option.


What should children be looking for when they visit a potential assisted living facility? What are some good questions to ask?


Among other things, you should ask:

»» How many residents do you currently have? »» How long is the lease? What happens when a resident passes? »» What are your care levels? »» Do you provide all-day dining?


What are some tips for helping a loved one transition into assisted care?


Definitely be patient. Understand that downsizing is hard. Really stress how safe they will be and that this transition is to make their life easier. It will prevent them from going into a nursing home.


What are some warning signs that your loved one is not receiving proper care? Or that they are unsafe?


Keep an eye on their diet, if they are being bathed and their clothes are being changed, and how clean their apartment is.


What should a caregiver do if they suspect inadequate care is being given?


Speak directly to the executive director immediately. When in doubt, trust your instincts when it comes to the treatment of your loved one. If something doesn’t feel right, speak up and be your parents’ advocate. While assisted living can feel like a daunting change for your family, it can also be the biggest blessing. In the right place, with the right caregivers, it can be a space for regaining independence, reconnecting with peers and repairing hope.

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Nothing stifles great conversations like a nervous hostess with unattainable expectations. (Don't be "that girl.") Keep entertaining easy, casual and memory making. This autumn, order some carry-out, pick up one (or two or three) bottles of wine, and spend an evening under the stars. This outdoor table is also perfect for kids’ birthday parties, as well as bridal showers, impromptu get-togethers with the neighbors and family pizza night.

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TABLE It’s easy and inexpensive! Head to the home improvement store and get everything you need for under $80. You’ll need two pieces of pine wood 36” wide by eight feet long, five, 17" ash wood table legs, attached with metal table leg straight top plates.


LIGHT FROM ABOVE Every cozy room has great lighting. Your outdoor space is no different. Position your table under a tree and string lights overhead.


SEATING Cozy and comfortable is the key. Create a boundary on the grass using sheets, quilts and blankets. Choose a mix of outdoor cushions and pillows — items you have around the house — for seating. Be sure your guests know they'll be close to the ground so they can dress comfortably.

Many thanks to Linnea’s Lights in Carmel (linneaslights. com) and Sweet Peas Flower Farm in Noblesville (sweetpeasflower, who helped make our dining feature so special.


CANDLES FOR THE TABLE Hope for mild weather and nary a breeze so you can dine by candlelight. Check out Linnea’s Lights, a Carmel-based company that makes hand-poured soy candles. Their fragrances are divine! We chose pumpkin — earthy, not too sweet.


FALL FLOWERS To dress the table, arrange flowers in casual glassware. For help, call Sweet Peas Flower Farm. The Noblesville farm and florist provided blooms that added just the right amount of color and interest to our table.


TABLEWARE Keep it simple and eclectic. We used plastic plates with a gold shimmer, simple cloth napkins and glasses from the kitchen.


Fall Flavors Recipes by Katherine Costello

caramel cake


Although I sigh as I bid farewell to the summer garden, it is officially time for fall baking! It was hard to narrow down to just three desserts, but I did and I will tell you why I chose these. It was love at first taste with the pots de crème. I called my chef-friend Nick to get his recipe and acquire him for an afternoon of baking. He’s a perfectionist, and the mouthfeel and flavor of these delights prove it. I used 4-ounce canning jars for my vessels — cute, oven proof and inexpensive. This recipe can also be made ahead and served later. They are easy to transport to a dinner destination or give as a house-warming. The second choice, the caramel cake, was a new one for me. The addition of brown butter to the frosting makes this cake a winner. I tried to

make this cake before and struggled with several failed — but still edible — attempts before I was fortunate to have my friend Kimmy Neuron help me figure out the icing. The delicious one here is easy and foolproof. The third and final selection was my task of all tasks: apple pie. I can bake a cake, but the thought of creating piecrust used to make me cringe with anxiety. My mother, who still followed a recipe for French toast after decades of cooking for seven children, was flawless when it came to piecrust. I only remember the assembly, her pie pans heaping with apples. The leftover crust remnants she would sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar and bake, given to us as treats. After this assignment, I no longer “fear the crust.” 61

CHOCOLATE POT DE CRÈME This recipe generously filled seven 4-ounce serving vessels. /2 cup milk 3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped 3 /4 cup heavy cream 3 large egg yolks 1 /3 cup sugar Marshmallows, graham cracker crumbs and/ or chocolate chips, to garnish 1

1| Using a heavy-bottomed saucepan, slowly warm the milk over medium heat. Once a skin has formed and it’s hot (not boiling), add your chocolate. Remove pan from heat, add the cream and mix slowly with a spatula. While this rests, gently whisk together the yolks and sugar. You do not want it to foam. Pour the chocolate mixture into your egg mixture gradually and whisk each time. You don’t want the warm mixture to curdle your egg mixture. Strain the liquid. Let stand 2-3 minutes and skim off any foam. Pour or spoon your mixture into whatever oven-safe vessel you choose. 2| Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line the bottom of a deep baking pan with parchment paper. Place your serving vessels inside the baking pan. Add boiling water to the pan (about halfway) and then cover loosely and bake until the middles are still a little jiggly (about 30-35 minutes). Remove from pan and refrigerate until well chilled and firm. 3| Top with some marshmallows and give it a little torch. Add some graham cracker crumbs and chocolate chips, and you’re done. Change up the flavor and toppings to anything you want. Have fun and enjoy!

Alabama native Nick Simpson is currently the sous chef at Spoke & Steele at the Le Méridien Hotel in downtown Indianapolis, working under executive chef Tyson Peterson for the last three years. Simpson is a perfectionist, which is apparent when you taste anything at Spoke & Steele. With a background in music, he will often sing through his mise en place. His passion for food is apparent and contagious. And his pot de crème recipe will have you heading in for jar two!


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APPLE PIE One of the most important keys to a great crust is to keep the butter and dough cold at all costs. I have even chilled my hands prior to working the dough. I added Applewood-smoked bacon fat to my piecrust for just a bit of savory flavor. (The baking fragrance is amazing!) Granny Smith apples are a great choice for their consistent tartness and ability to hold their shape well.

FLAKY CRUST 21/2 cups (12.5 ounces; 350 grams) allpurpose flour 2 tablespoons (25 grams) sugar 1 teaspoon salt 12 ounces butter (frozen) 1 /3 cup drippings from applewood-smoked bacon (frozen) 6 tablespoons ice-cold water 1 egg plus 2-3 tablespoons water, for egg wash 1| Place flour, sugar and salt in a large bowl and blend. 2| This is a bit of a quirky way to make crust but it has worked very well for me: Use a potato peeler to shave the butter into large pieces; place back into the freezer until the last possible minute before making the dough. Break up the bacon fat into small pieces and put them back into the freezer, for the same reason. 3| Clear a workspace area large enough to roll out your pie shell. Place a large piece of parchment down on the workspace and then place the flour mixture on top. Remove the butter and fat from the freezer and sprinkle across the top of the flour. Use a rolling pin to roll the pieces of fat and butter into the flour, working quickly to flatten them into the flour. (This is sloppy looking, but it works.) Pop the mixture back into the bowl. Add the cold water 1 tablespoon at a time, working quickly (I use a silicone spatula) until you’re able to gather the dough together into a ball and it is just moistened. Use just enough water to achieve the “ball” consistency. 4| Divide the dough in half, wrap in plastic wrap and chill for at least 30 minutes. 5| Place one half of the dough on a piece of floured parchment and quickly roll out into a rectangle. Lightly dust with flour and fold into an envelope fold (both ends together, then fold the ends on top of each other); cover and chill for 30 minutes. Repeat this with the other piece of dough. 6| Prepare the apples (see “Apple Prep”). Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Put one part of dough onto parchment on your workspace and quickly roll into a circle about an inch wider than your pie-plate size all around. Place the dough over your pie plate and trim evenly around. Promptly place the dough remnants into the fridge and save for decoration.


7| Add the prepared apples to the pie pan on top of the bottom crust and chill while you roll out the top dough circle. Roll out the top dough circle and lay the top piece over the apples and trim, leaving about an inch over your pie edge. Pinch the top and bottom dough together with your fingers, and then crimp the edge. (I use the basic two-finger crimp, pressing the dough between the thumb and index finger with the opposing hand). 8| Brush the top of the crust with the egg wash. Cut slits into the top crust in a decorative pattern, and then place into the 375-degree oven. Bake until golden brown (about 45 minutes). Remove from oven and cool on a rack. Serve warm with your favorite vanilla ice cream.

APPLE PREP 7 medium-sized apples, peeled and sliced (Granny Smiths recommended) 1 tablespoon flour Juice of 1 lemon 2 teaspoons sugar 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1| Mix all ingredients together in one large bowl. I try to have extra apples on hand to ensure they are evenly heaped and spread into the prepared pan.

CARAMEL CAKE When you are mixing in the milks and flour, work quickly and on a low speed or even by hand. The batter should be thick, but you should be able to spread it evenly in the cake pans. I have prepared it with two 9-inch rounds, but I also like the three layers to get my optimal frosting-to-cake ratio. 1 stick (8 tablespoons) butter 4 tablespoons soft butter or oil 11/4 cups sugar 4 whole eggs 3 /4 cup buttermilk 1 /2 cup regular milk 4 cups self-rising flour 2 teaspoons vanilla 3 9-inch cake rounds 1| Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare your pans by lining the bottom with parchment paper; spray the bottom and sides with nonstick spray. 2| Over medium-low heat, brown the stick of butter in a heavy-bottomed saucepan until the milk solids are dark golden brown; set aside to cool. 3| In a large mixing bowl, add the softened butter (or oil) and sugar. Mix, beating for 2 minutes. Slowly pour in the cooled brown butter and beat 2 more minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, scraping the bowl after each addition. In a small bowl, combine the buttermilk, milk and vanilla. Add the milk mixture alternately with the flour to the egg mixture, ending with the flour.

4| Pour batter into your prepared pans. Bake in the 350-degree oven until center springs back and cake is golden brown (about 25 minutes). Remove pans from the oven and cool for 10 minutes on a rack; invert and continue to cool. I like to quickly pop the layers in the freezer for about 30 minutes so the frosting will adhere nicely to the cake layers.

CARAMEL ICING 1 stick (8 tablespoons) brown butter 1 cup brown sugar 2 tablespoons corn syrup 1 teaspoon salt 11/2 cups cream (half buttermilk works, too) 1 teaspoon vanilla 4-6 tablespoons powdered sugar, sifted 1| Brown the butter over medium-low heat in a heavy-bottomed saucepan; strain and return to the pan, adding the sugar, syrup, salt and cream. While stirring, bring the mixture to almost a boil and cook for about 7 minutes; let mixture cool. 2| When cooled a bit, add to a mixing bowl and whip on high for about 10 minutes. Stir in the vanilla. Add powdered sugar, stirring in 1 tablespoon at a time, to thicken to the desired consistency. It should be a very thick, pourable mixture.

ASSEMBLY 1| Slice the cake layers across their tops to make sure they are flat. They should be cool before you ice them. Spread about one-fourth of the icing on the bottom layer. Place the second cake layer on top and ice the top; repeat with the third layer. Use the remaining icing to cover the sides of your cake. You should be able to easily spread and cover the sides with an offset spatula; chill to let the icing set. Place on a plate or cake stand and serve.

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