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 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
  • Chef Sam Brown, Food Service Director
  • 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
  • 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 18 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

Virginia Cain, Vice Chair
Former City County Councillor
Former Regional Director for US Senator Coats

Richard A. Alvis
Wheeler Mission

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


Brent Benge

John Corbin
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

Dayton Molendorp
CEO, Board Chair, Retired

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

Dennis D. Smith
Merrill Lynch
Senior Consultant

Larry Smith
Hamilton County Community Foundation
Director of Development

S. Edward Torres
Vioplore Ventures
Managing Partner

Sandy Ward
JPMorgan Asset Management
Relationship Manager, Retired

Emeritus Members

Charles Kerkhove, DDS
Pediatric Dentist

Perry R. Meek

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

Kurt Buehler
President; Image Matters, LLC

Dave Calabro
WTHR Channel 13
Sports Director

Don Fisher
American Environmental Corp.

Bill and Gloria Gaither
Gaither Studios

Randy Ollis
WISHTV Channel 8

Don Palmer
The Palmer Group

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.

Click here for staff email addresses.