Serve to Lead


Perry Hines

Perry Hines is the incoming president and chief executive officer of Wheeler Mission. He is a former C-suite marketing executive with decades-long. expertise honed in the halls of some of America’s premier companies. He currently serves as Wheeler Mission’s chief development officer. He is a first generation college graduate, earning his B.A. in journalism from Western Kentucky University and his MBA from the University of Minnesota. He has a distinguished record of service to local and national boards of directors including involvement with the Indianapolis Urban League, Indiana Humanities, Madame Walker Theatre Center, Indianapolis Zoo, Outreach, Inc., Boy Scouts of America Crossroads Council, Central Indiana Youth for Christ, Visit Indy’s Music Crossroads, Indiana Youth Institute, University of Minnesota Alumni Association, Western Kentucky University President’s Advisory Board and Western Kentucky University Research Innovation Center. He is currently a board member of non-profit Indiana University Lilly School of Philanthropy and sits on corporate boards Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis and Horace Mann Educators Corporation (NYSE: HMN). He lives in Carmel with his wife, Lisa, and enjoys mentoring inner-city youth, traveling and spending time with his two sons and grandchildren.

Executive and Leadership Teams

There are five Executive Team members, including President/CEO Rick Alvis. Others are:

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Perry Hines, Chief Development Officer, who is responsible for all fundraising efforts

Fritz Breisch

Fritz Breisch, Chief Financial Officer

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Colleen Gore, Chief Program Officer for Women


Terrence Harper, Sr., Chief Program Officer for Men

In addition, there is a Leadership Team, comprising the members of the Executive Team and the heads of certain departments.

  • Dennis Abrams, Director of Hunt Training Center
  • Brandon Andrews, Director of Men’s Residential Center
  • William Bumphus, Director of Shelter for Men
  • Dana Jones, Director of Center for Men
  • Tommy Featheringill, Director of Volunteers
  • Shawnna Rice, Director of Administration
  • Marybeth Hamilton, Director of Emergency Services
  • Lisa Hoffman, Director of Residential Programs
  • Jamison Coler, Director of Communications
  • Barry Glaser, Director of Facilities
  • Robert Weller, Director of Human Resources
  • Nathan Harden, Director of Accounting
  • Bethany Wininger, Director of Strategic Planning and Engagement
  • Jeff Boxell, Senior Director of Donor Relations
  • Rick Doll, Director of Operations
  • Elijah Blecha, Director of Pallets and Industry
  • Colin Kirby, Director of Food Services
  • Tammy Ellis, Director of Special Events
  • Chris-Michael Morrison, Director of Advancement – Bloomington Area
  • Anna WarnerDirector of Donor Services
  • Braden Pothier, Director of Thrift Store Operations
  • Bethany LaRocco, Director of the Family Program

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is composed of 19 members, among whom are four officers who are elected to annual terms in May. Wheeler President/CEO Rick Alvis is also an officer.


Jim Fountain, Chair
Meridian Penn

Scott Kiesel, Treasurer
Ronald Blue Trust
Financial Advisor

Mike Rasor, Vice Chair
L. M. Henderson & Company LLP
CPA, Retired

Richard A. Alvis
Wheeler Mission

David Wilhite, Secretary
Genezen Labs, Inc.
Chief Business Officer


Brent Benge

John Corbin
Former Huntington Bank
Indiana Region President

Gerald L. Cowan
Law Offices of Gerald L. Cowan

Ryan Davis, Sr.
Fifth Third Private Bank, Indiana Gateway Region
Sr. VP / Director

Gini Elmore
The Bowery Mission, NYC
Board Member

Dr. Clifford Fiscus

Lori E. Haniford
Ernst & Young
Tax Partner

Morgan Lucas
Lucas Oil Products

Dayton Molendorp
CEO, Board Chair, Retired

Virginia (Ginny) J. Cain
Former City County Councilor
Former Regional Director for
U.S. Senator Dan Coats

Larry Smith
Hamilton County Community Foundation
President/CEO; Fathers and Families Center

S. Edward Torres
Vioplore Ventures
Managing Partner

Tabitha Villarrubia
Villarrubia & Rosenberger, P.C.
Partner / President

Sandy Ward
JPMorgan Asset Management
Relationship Manager, Retired

Emeritus Members

Charles Kerkhove, DDS
Pediatric Dentist

Perry R. Meek

Rick Alvis, President Emeritus

Gary Reinwald
Steak ‘N Shake
Executive VP, Retired

Martha T. Starkey
Harrison & Moberly, LLP
Attorney/Equity Partner

Andrew R. Wiesman
Eli Lilly and Company
Purchasing Consultant, Retired

Robert B. Wingerter
RBW Advisors
Managing Director

President’s Advisory Council

Dave Calabro
WTHR Channel 13
Sports Director

Don Fisher
American Environmental Corp.

Bill and Gloria Gaither
Gaither Studios

Randy Ollis
WISHTV Channel 8

Art Shoener
Kansas City Southern
Former President & COO

David Youngblood
Schneider Corporation/Square D
Senior Sales Executive


Wheeler employs more than 180 full-time and part-time staff members. In addition, many temporary staff members join our work during the busy winter season. All employees are evangelical Christians, attend area churches, adhere to an ethical code of conduct, and sign a statement of faith.

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