Board of Governors

Suzanne P. Koehler—Board Chair

Suzanne Koehler is Vice President – Chief Operating Officer for Community Health Network’s East Region. Prior to joining CHN, Ms. Koehler served as the Vice President of Operations for Rapid City Regional Hospital in Rapid City, S.D., where she directed operations for a 412-bed Level II Trauma Center. She has previously held a number of executive leadership roles in the field of healthcare, including Vice President of Clinical Services at Hannibal Regional Hospital, Hannibal, Mo.; Vice President – Chief Support Officer at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge, Oak Ridge, Tenn.; and Director of Financial Planning and Analysis at the University of Virginia Medical Center, Charlottesville, Va. She holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Notre Dame and a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and science from Ohio University. Ms. Koehler can be reached at skoehler@ics-charter.org.

John W. Britain, Jr. — Vice Chair

John Britain is a native eastside Indianapolis resident and the owner of Audrey’s Place on East 10th Street. Audrey’s Place has been a fixture in the area for more than 25 years. Mr. Britain was one of the founding board members for the East 10th Street Civic Association and served on the executive committee for nine years. He has been a partner in Peterson Investments, LLC, since 2002, a firm committed to improving eastside properties. Mr. Britain resides in Irvington with his wife, Susan, who is an active volunteer with Irvington Community Elementary School. Their youngest child attends ICES. Mr. Britain can be reached at jbritain@ics-charter.org.

Thomas J. Lannan — Treasurer and Finance Committee

Tom Lannan became an Irvington Community School, Inc. Board of Governors member in March 2017. Mr. Lannan is the Mortgage Market Manager and Assistant Vice President serving the Carmel and Greenwood areas for Merrillville-based Centier Bank. Lannan has more than 30 years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining Centier Bank, he led the mortgage group at Salin Bank for 11 years. There he oversaw mortgage origination functions that operated throughout Indiana. Lannan was also responsible for servicing a portfolio of $300 million, as well as an in-house portfolio of approximately $135 million. His responsibilities also included compliance, marketing, and operational functions for this group. Lannan can be reached at tlannan@ics-charter.org.

Leona Frank— Secretary,  Academic Excellence and Governance Committee

Leona Frank became an Irvington Community School, Inc. Board of Governors member in March 2017. She is a graduate of Texas Southern University’s Thurgood Marshall School of Law and received her undergraduate degree in political science from Butler University. She is the CEO of GenNeuro, Inc., which serves socioeconomic and geographically challenged populations through innovative brain technologies and alternative therapies to improve symptoms associated with ADHD, autism, developmental delays, and learning disabilities. She is also the owner of AQ Logic, a consulting firm working with Fortune 100 companies regarding hiring practices and working environments conducive to autistic employment. As well, she runs her own law practice, Frank Law, LLC. Ms. Frank has been recognized as a Super Lawyer for Business Bankruptcy for the past four years. In addition to her ICS board membership service, she has a considerable history of community involvement, including serving with the Girl Scouts of Central Indiana, Back on My Feet, the Network of Women in Business, and John H. Boner Center. Ms. Frank can be contacted at lfrank@ics-charter.org.

Jennifer Darby— Advancement Committee

Jennifer Darby is a successful human services professional with 20 years experience in the nonprofit sector. Ms. Darby is currently the Vice President of Administration and Programs for Indiana Black Expo, Inc. She previously served as the Interim Executive Director for Forest Manor Multi-Service Center, Inc. and had been Deputy Director prior to her interim appointment. She has also served as the Executive Director for Kaleidoscope Youth Center and as Deputy Director for the Community Alliance of the Far Eastside, Inc.
She holds a master’s degree in public administration with a concentration in non-profit management, a Master of Arts in Philanthropic Studies, a graduate certificate in public management, and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, all from Indiana University. Ms. Darby can be contacted at jdarby@ics-charter.org.

Carlos R. Ramirez — Governance Committee

Carlos R. Ramirez is a Financial Advisor with Merrill Lynch.  He graduated from IUPUI with a degree in Psychology and has 11 years of experience serving the community as an owner of an addiction treatment facility in Indianapolis working predominantly with the probation population. Previously, he served on the Board for Policy Review for the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence as the Batterer’s Intervention Program Central Indiana Regional Representative. He also served with the Boy Scouts of America. Prior to that, he was a paralegal for seven years working with a general practice firm that dealt with immigration, personal injury, white-collar crime, criminal defense, and family law. Mr. Ramirez can be reached at cramirez@ics-charter.org.

Ryan Wilson — Advancement and Academic Excellence committees

Ryan Wilson became an Irvington Community School, Inc. Board of Governors member in June 2018. Mr. Wilson is a Contract Sales Account Manager at LaForce, where he assists architects and general contractors with specified products for major construction projects within Indianapolis as well as neighboring states. Prior to working for LaForce, Mr. Wilson was a National Account Manager with JELD-WEN and District Sales Manager for Simonton. He and his wife, Kayla, an elementary education teacher by training and former track coach, have lived in the Emerson Heights neighborhood in the Irvington area since 2008, and their oldest of three children is currently an Irvington Community Elementary School student. He has served on the executive committee of his neighborhood board for eight years and has volunteered with many area nonprofits. Mr. Wilson can be reached at rwilson@ics-charter.org.

Richard Berger — Academic Excellence and Finance committees

Richard Berger is a Senior Site Planner/Civil Engineering Project Manager for JPS Consulting Engineers, LLC. Mr. Berger was also the Principal – Senior Director Site Planning and Design for BSA LifeStructures from 1981 – 2016. He has more than 40 years of experience working in the healthcare construction industry, from planning, design, and engineering to project management and hands-on construction. He has used his professional expertise serving in the mission field and in leadership roles with various mission organizations. Along with his wife, Mary, who is a registered nurse, he has been training leaders and leading teams on short-term mission trips to Haiti since the late 1990s, and has served in various capacities on medical teams, construction teams, and Community Health Evangelism teams. He attended ITT Technical Institute and Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI), as well as taken Community Health Evangelism Trainer coursework through CMF International. Mr. Berger can be reached at rberger@ics-charter.org.

Amy Johnson — Governance Committee

Amy Johnson is an insurance defense litigator and legal consultant in Frost Brown Todd, LLC’s Government Services Practice Group. Ms. Johnson’s clients consist mostly of schools and school systems in the public and private sectors throughout the state of Indiana. Prior to joining Frost Brown Todd, she was the Indiana Regional Assistant General Counsel for Nationwide Insurance Co. There she specialized in delivering legal opinions which incorporate complex analysis and a balance of legal risk versus business reality. As a risk management presenter, she conducted legal risk assessment and avoidance training for more than 400 associates per year. Her legislative work includes serving as a key contact for the Hospital Lien Statute Amendment in the 2013 Indiana Legislative Session, participating in House and Senate committee meetings and hearings, and testifying in front of a Senate committee. Ms. Johnson honed her litigation skills in the public sector as a Deputy Prosecutor and a Deputy Attorney General in Indiana. As a member of the Tort Litigation Division, she tried five jury trials and numerous bench trials, defending state agencies including the Department of Transportation, Department of Corrections, Department of Natural Resources, and Indiana State Police. She is a graduate of Duke University and holds a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Political Science, and is a graduate of Indiana University’s School of Law. Ms. Johnson can be reached at amjohnson@ics-charter.org.

Khadijah Ojo — Academic Excellence and Governance committees

Khadijah Ojo is committed to helping all students, particularly students from disadvantaged backgrounds, achieve their goal of becoming healthcare professionals. As a former pre-med student, Ms. Ojo understands how rigorous and daunting the process can be for students, especially for those with limited or no access to resources. Upon graduating from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Health Science and a Chemistry minor, Ms. Ojo pursued a Master of Public Health Degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine. Feeling hesitant to apply to medical school and wanting to spend more time to prepare, she began working at the Metropolitan Indianapolis Central Indiana Area Health Education Center (MICI-AHEC) hosted by St. Vincent Hospital and later by the University of Indianapolis, becoming Site Coordinator for a federal grant, Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP). In this role, she primarily helps coordinate programs for disadvantaged high school students who aspire to pursue healthcare careers. At UIndy, she is involved in a collaborative effort with professors to increase the retention of minorities in STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math). Ms. Ojo is currently pursuing a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership at UIndy. Ms. Ojo can be reached at kojo@ics-charter.org.