Serve to Lead

Leadership

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 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

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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
  • Brian Crispin, Director of Marketing and Corporate Engagement
  • 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
  • Steve Germani, Director of Grants and Legacy Giving

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.

Officers

Jim Fountain, Chair
2010‐2025
Meridian Penn
President/Partner

Scott Kiesel, Treasurer
2012-2023
Ronald Blue Trust
Financial Advisor

Mike Rasor, Vice Chair
2006-2024
L. M. Henderson & Company LLP
CPA, Retired

Richard A. Alvis
Wheeler Mission
President/CEO

David Wilhite, Secretary
2012-2023
Genezen Labs, Inc.
Chief Business Officer

Members

Brent Benge
2014-2024
KennMar
President/CEO

John Corbin
2015-2025
Former Huntington Bank
Indiana Region President

Gerald L. Cowan
2001-2024
Law Offices of Gerald L. Cowan
Attorney

Ryan Davis, Sr.
2020-2023
Fifth Third Private Bank, Indiana Gateway Region
Sr. VP / Director

Gini Elmore
2018-2024
The Bowery Mission, NYC
Board Member

Dr. Clifford Fiscus
2001-2025
Physician/Ophthalmologist
Retired

Lori E. Haniford
2016-2025
Ernst & Young
Tax Partner

Morgan Lucas
2022-2025
Lucas Oil Products
President

Dayton Molendorp
2015-2023
OneAmerica
CEO, Board Chair, Retired

Virginia (Ginny) J. Cain
Former City County Councilor
Former Regional Director for
U.S. Senator Dan Coats
2006-2024

Dennis D. Smith
2016-2024
Merrill Lynch
Senior Consultant

Larry Smith
2017-2023
Hamilton County Community Foundation
President/CEO; Fathers and Families Center

S. Edward Torres
2015-2025
Vioplore Ventures
Managing Partner

Tabitha Villarrubia
2022-2025
Villarrubia & Rosenberger, P.C.
Partner / President

Sandy Ward
2006-2023
JPMorgan Asset Management
Relationship Manager, Retired

Emeritus Members

Charles Kerkhove, DDS
Pediatric Dentist
Retired

Perry R. Meek
Attorney

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.
President/CEO

Bill and Gloria Gaither
Gaither Studios

Randy Ollis
WISHTV Channel 8
Meteorologist

Art Shoener
Kansas City Southern
Former President & COO

David Youngblood
Schneider Corporation/Square D
Senior Sales Executive

Staff

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.

Click here for staff email addresses.