Serve to Lead


Rick Alvis

Richard (Rick) A. Alvis has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of Wheeler Mission since 1990. He is a 1977 graduate of Ft. Wayne Bible College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Christian Education and is an ordained Christian Union minister. Just prior to assuming his duties at Wheeler Mission, he served as the Executive Director of the Evansville Rescue Mission for 10 years. In 1992, he was listed in “Who’s Who Among Rising Young Americans” and is a recent recipient of the distinguished Sagamore of the Wabash award. Rick has served the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions in several capacities, including Secretary/Treasurer, Vice President, and President. He has also been on the national Board of Directors of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability. He lives in the Indianapolis area with his wife Julie and enjoys spending time with their three adult children and their families.

Executive and Leadership Teams

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

Steve Kerr

Steve Kerr, Chief Development Officer, who is responsible for all fundraising efforts

Cal Nelson

Cal Nelson, Chief Program Officer, who oversees all ministerial programs and activities

Steve Meyer, Chief Operating Officer

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

  • Dennis Abrams, Hunt Training Center Director
  • Colleen Gore, Director of Women’s Services
  • William Bumphus, Director of Shelter for Men
  • Brandon Andrews, Director of Men’s Residential Center
  • Braden Pothier, Director of Thrift Store Operations
  • Chef Sam Brown, Food Service Director
  • Barry Glaser, Director of Facilities
  • Robert Weller, Director of Human Resources
  • Tom Johnson, Director of Accounting
  • Bethany Alvis, Director of Volunteers
  • Brian Crispin, Director of Marketing
  • Tammy Ellis, Director of Special Events
  • Julie Alvis, Director of Donor Relations
  • Anna WarnerDirector of Data Processing

Board of Directors 2017-2018

The Board of Directors is composed of 20 members, among whom are four officers who are elected to annual terms in May. Wheeler President/CEO Rick Alvis is also an officer.


Mike Rasor, Chairman
LM Henderson, LLC

Frederick E. Breisch, Treasurer
Senior VP of Finance

Jim Fountain, Vice Chairman
Shepherd Insurance

Richard A. Alvis
Wheeler Mission

Virginia Cain, Secretary


Brent Benge
KennMar Commercial Real Estate

John Corbin
Huntington Bank
Indiana Region President

Gerald L. Cowan
Cowan Law Offices
A Professional Corporation

Gini Elmore
The Bowery Mission, NYC
Board Member

Dr. Clifford Fiscus

Lori E. Haniford
Ernst & Young
Tax Partner

Charles Kerkhove, DDS
Pediatric Dentist

Scott Kiesel
Ronald Blue Trust
Financial Adviser

Dayton Molendorp
One America
Chairman of the Board

Gary Reinwald
Steak ‘n Shake
Former Executive Vice President, Franchisee

Dennis D. Smith
Merrill Lynch
Financial Advisor

Larry Smith
Randall L. Tobias Center for Leadership Excellence
Managing Director

S. Edward Torres
Lilly Ventures
Co-Founder and Managing Director

Sandy Ward
JPMorgan Asset Management
Relationship Manager, Retired

Andrew R. Wiesman
Eli Lilly and Company
Purchasing Consultant,

David Wilhite
Indiana University Research & Technology Corp.
Director of Technology Commercialization

Emeritus Members

Perry R. Meek

Frank Rexroth
Rex Business Machines

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

Robert B. Wingerter
RBW Advisors
Managing Director

President’s Advisory Council – Indianapolis

Cal Burleson
Indianapolis Indians
VP & General Manager

Dave Calabro
WTHR Channel 13
Sports Director

Don Fisher
American Environmental Corp.

Bill and Gloria Gaither
Gaither Studios

Reginald O. Jones
McDonalds-Faith Corporation/Goodness, LLC

Randy Ollis
WISHTV Channel 8

Don Palmer
The Palmer Group

Art Shoener
Kansas City Southern
Former President & COO

Troy Riggs
Executive Director of Public Safety
Denver, Colorado

David Youngblood
Schneider Corporation/Square D
Senior Sales Executive

President’s Advisory Council – Bloomington

Kurt Buehler
President; Image Matters, LLC

Rev. Bruce Ervin
Interim Minister; First Christian Church, Bedford, IN

Barb Horvath
Indiana Institute on Disability and Community / Center on Education and Lifelong Learning
Professional Development Coordinator

Dennis Smith
Sr. Consultant; Merrill Lynch

Dr. Daniel Watts
Adjunct Instructor; Biotechnology Program at Indiana


Wheeler employs more than 65 full-time staff members and more than 55 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.

Click here for staff email addresses.


Wheeler has about 8,000 different volunteers over the course of a year, who contribute more than 40,000 hours annually. Most volunteers work very closely with staff, but some programs are run almost entirely by volunteers, like the Ladies Auxiliary and the Medical and Dental Clinics. It would take more than $730,000 to match the efforts of our volunteers every year. Click here for more info on volunteering.


Volunteers are needed at all different areas of the Mission.

We need your financial support to keep touching lives in Indiana.

Our men’s and women’s facilities have urgent needs for clothing and food.