Board of Directors

Dannika Brown

 

I was born and raised in Marion, IN and graduated from Marion High School in 2009.  I earned an associate’s degree in general studies from Ivy Tech. During my journey at Ivy Tech, I began working in the banking world. Since I have grown to love finances and have made a career out of it. Reflecting back, I realized my ultimate purpose is to help people. I  decided to take the position on the board of The Amara House, INC  because the ultimate mission of the organization is to help women in my  home town. This  organization stood out to me because I know so many victims as well as  their families who have been affected by substance abuse in Grant  County. The inspiration and passion behind how The Amara House came about touched me in a way indescribable. Grant County needs all that The Amara House can provide and I am proud to be a part of a vision so great. 

Dr. Katti Sneed

 

Dr. Sneed is a Professor and Director of the Social Work Program at Indiana Wesleyan University. Dr. Sneed holds a Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) from Capella University.  In  addition, she has a Masters of Social Work (MSW) from Indiana  University, after receiving Bachelors in Psychology and Sociology from  Purdue University. Dr. Sneed is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor (LCAC). She is an Indiana Certified Addictions Clinical Supervisor and nationally she possess a MAC and NCACII. 

Her practice has been varied, allowing for experiences with multiple populations in diverse settings. Dr.  Sneed began her career in domestic violence, working individually and facilitating groups for both  men and women. She has taught parenting classes to women and girls in  the public school, alternative school, and penal institutions. Likewise, she has conducted individual and groups with rape survivors and child sexual abuse survivors.

Dana Gault, MSW

 

Hello  I am Dana Gault. I am a Marion native and I have a great passion for  working with families in my community. I strive to make a difference by  volunteering in my community, empowering families, strengthening the system and educating all people on cultural diversity.  

My personal mission: is to be a part of God’s plan of what he is doing here on earth.

Jayda Monteiro, MSW

 I  am currently serving as the Board President for the Amara House, INC. I  was born and raised in Marion, IN. I earned my Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Social  Work from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. I have  always known my life purpose was to be a part of the fight against  social issues and oppression in society. My sister and I founded The  Amara House, INC. because we felt our personal and educational  experiences would be beneficial in serving the women in Grant County.  With that being said, The Amara House, INC. is not an organization, I  want to possess or own. It is a very much needed organization in the  community that I love and call home. I am proud to be able to give back  to Grant County.  

Jetaun Reyes

I was raised and have lived in Marion, IN. most of my life. I have always had a passion for helping and bettering the lives of others. I am a survivor of severe domestic violence. I believe my personal experiences with domestic violence will be beneficial in serving women in Grant County that have fallen victim to intimate partner abuse. My sister and I founded The Amara House, INC. with goals of increasing the number of women who feel safe and have access to substance abuse treatment in our community. I am honored and incredibly grateful to be able to give back to the community I grew up in.

Gretchen Smith

 I have been sober for 2 years and 7 months after a long 20 years of  addiction. I have been helped by so many in this community and i want to  give back what has been freely given to me. I love working with others  and understand the problems with domestic violence and addiction. I hope to love the women that come through the Amara  house until they can love themselves.



 

Jessy Pearson-Cheney

Jessy  Pearson-Cheney works full time as the Grant County Sheriff’s Department  Victim Assistance Coordinator and is a part time yoga instructor. Jessy  is a former DCS Case Manager and worked at First Light Child Advocacy Center as a  Forensic Interviewer. Jessy holds a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from  Indiana University. In addition to the Amara House, Jessy serves on the  Board of Directors for the United Way of Grant County. Jessy believes every person has the ability to thrive when they  are empowered through love and access to resources. When Jessy isn’t  serving families, she spends her time traveling with her husband,  writing, and playing with her Silky Terrier, Rose. 

Theresa Sloan

Jill Vugteveen

Curtisha Bell

Curtisha Bell is a Nurse Informaticist/ Clinical Data Analyst at Marion General Hospital. Her professional background includes finance as well as nursing. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Indiana University Kokomo and Master of Science in Nursing Informatics from the University of Phoenix. As a clinical Registered Nurse, Curtisha has obtained experience in Labor and Delivery, Pediatric ICU, Peri-operative and Community Outreach. She currently serves as a Parish Nurse for House of Worship for all People as well as a board member for the Boys and Girls Club of Grant County. Curtisha’s passion is educating and connecting individuals to resources that will improve their lives. As a healthcare professional and resident of Grant County, she believes it her responsibility to create a safe, individual centered learning and healing environment for her neighbors. She and her husband, Robert has lived in Marion for 11 years with their four children, Saenya, Khloe, Bryson and Baleigh. In her spare time, Curtisha enjoys serving her community in various ways and spending time and traveling with her family and friends.

Ann Vermillion

Ann Vermilion is an Administrative Director and serves on the Senior Leadership at Marion General Hospital. She has been with MGH for over 14 years and in healthcare for over 20 years.  Marion General Hospital was one of the first hospitals in the nation to implement Opioid Prescribing Guidelines in 2014, resulting in 100,000 fewer pills prescribed in one year (260,000 by year 2).  At that time, Ann created a community task force which included the hospital, law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, court judges, social services agencies and mental health agencies.   The Grant County Opioid & Substance Abuse Task Force has been a model throughout the state and the nation. 

Ann has received the Indiana Rural Health Association Leadership awards for her passion and efforts in tackling the Opioid epidemic.  She has sat on National and State committees and presented for the Governor’s Task Force, Attorney General Bitter Bill, Indiana State Medical Association, Department of Child Services and numerous audiences and legislatures throughout Indiana and Washington D.C.  Ann had the honor of attending President Trump’s State of the Union in January 2018 as a reward for her efforts throughout Indiana. 

Ann is received her Undergraduate and Master’s degree from Indiana University and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.  She is a proud wife and mother of three active teenagers.

Todd Whitehurst

April L. Clemens Evans, MS

Tammy Wolf

Tammy Wolf is the Victims Assistance Coordinator for Marion Police Department. She has served the citizens of Marion in various roles since 2006.  Tammy’s dedication and perseverance has lead to the victims’ voices being heard, and has allowed them to become involved in all aspects of the judicial system.  Tammy’s top priority is to stress the importance of fostering a healthy relationship between all involved parties, and to assist individuals to find solutions and resources that will provide a promising future for their entire family.  Tammy has an amazing husband; together they have 5 children and 8 beautiful grandchildren.  Family time is their favorite time! 

Angie Martz

I am a Paralegal/Court reporter and the owner of Office Court Reporting, Inc. here in Marion. I am married to Doug Martz, we are a blended family and have 5 children. Our children are grown and have left the area, which allows us the opportunity to travel and see the country. I have a passion for animals and volunteer at the Marion-Grant County Humane Society. I am a member of the Marion Chapter Woman’s Life, which helps raise awareness and funds for other non-profit groups in our community. My other life passion is for addiction recovery programming as addiction has affected our family and community’s lives. It is my hope that by serving the Amara House I can help facilitate the healing of drug addiction in our community.