Jalana Eash – Secretary
Jalana Eash joined the Susie’s Place Board in 2012, and currently serves as its Vice President. Jalana retired in 2009 from Eli Lilly and Company as Manager of Community Relations and an officer of the Lilly Foundation.
Her philanthropic experiences include board service with the Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness Trust (2006-present), Indiana Organ Procurement Organization Foundation (2010-12), and Susie’s Place Child Advocacy Center (2012-present).
Jalana and her husband, Thomas Pytynia, reside in Plainfield, Indiana.
Todd Yoho – Board Treasurer
Todd Yoho joined the board at Susie’s Place in 2015 and currently serves as Treasurer. He is a graduate of DePauw University in Greencastle, IN and has spent his professional career in sales and marketing within the software/technology industry. Todd joined local software success story ExactTarget in 2002 and held several leadership roles during ExactTarget’s tremendous growth period and through the point where they were acquired by Salesforce in 2012. Salesforce is a Fortune 500 Cloud Computing software company with a belief that the business of business is to improve the lives of people and make the world a better place.
Todd currently serves as Sr. Technical Program Manager on the Marketing Cloud Product team at Salesforce and is an avid proponent of the Salesforce 1/1/1 Integrated Philanthropy model. This model affords Todd the ability to help people in need by donating time and resources to charitable organizations. Todd is honored to serve on the board at Susie’s Place, as it is a remarkable opportunity to be an advocate for children in Central and Southern Indiana. Todd is a life-long resident of Hendricks County and currently lives with his wife and two children in Plainfield, IN. He and his wife share a passion to improve the lives of children in their community and everywhere.
Brian McKee – Vice-Chairman
C. Brian McKee currently serves as Vice-Chairman of Susie’s Place.
Since 1985, McKee Financial Resources, Inc. has been providing Financial Planning & Wealth Management services for clients throughout the United States. McKee Financial’s “Trust, Integrity & Service” philosophy, has helped their clients plan for a successful retirement, educate children, reduce debt, and be confident in a secure financial future. McKee believes that “one cannot accumulate true wealth by losing large sums of money when investing”. Therefore, they have developed a proprietary process that helps execute this investment discipline with all clients.
Over the past 30 years Brian has been part of various philanthropic efforts within his community, and nationally serving on Advisory boards and capitol campaigns to raise money for worthwhile causes.
Brian is a lifetime resident of Southern Indiana, and lives in Newburgh with his wife Connie.
Christine Alfery – Member-at-Large
Christine Alfery joined the Susie’s Place Board in 2015 and currently serves as member-at-large. She is a graduate of Ohio University in Athens, OH and has spent her career in retail banking. Christine has held several leadership positions and is currently the Regional Sales Manager for the Indianapolis Region at First Merchants Bank, a community bank Headquartered in Muncie, IN. She is responsible for the sales and service of 35 locations in the Greater Indianapolis area.
Christine resides on the south side of Indianapolis with her husband and four children. She is very active in her community and serves as the President Elect for the Greater Greenwood Chamber of Commerce. She is also an active volunteer for the United Way of Johnson County, Habitat for Humanity and a variety of other organizations. Christine is passionate about serving the needs of her community and making it a better place to live and work.
Melanie Hart – Member-at-Large
After graduating from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations, and holding positions with Mobil Oil and Chemical, and Schlegel Corporation, Melanie began her career with Tsuchiya Company of Nagoya, Japan 25 years ago . Tsuchiya, established in 1950, is a $1.3 billion company, with 26 manufacturing and sales operations in 32 cities around the globe (Japan, China, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Czech Republic, the U.S. and Canada).
In 1994 Melanie was named President of TASUS Corporation, Tsuchiya’s first North American subsidiary. She was believed to be the first and youngest female president of a Japanese owned manufacturing company in North America.
During the past 20 years of Melanie’s presidency, she established four more Tsuchiya companies in North America: TASUS Canada, of Ontario Canada, Craft Mexico, in Mexico City, TASUS Texas in Georgetown, Texas, and most recently, TASUS Alabama in Florence, Alabama. These Tsuchiya Group North America companies employ over 500, with annual combined revenues of over $80 million. They manufacture plastic injection molded assemblies, blow molded assemblies, extrusions, labels, overlays and dimensional graphic products for the automotive industry.
In addition to leading and growing Tsuchiya’s presence in North America, Melanie also works closely with the headquarters leadership in Japan in matters of the operations of the Tsuchiya businesses around the globe.
Alicia Hummel – Member-at-Large
Sharon Yarber – Member-at-Large
Sharon Yarber joined the Susie’s Place Board in 2013 and currently serves as member-at-large. She also serves on the Friends of Susie’s Place at Bloomington. Sharon retired from Eastern Greene School Corporation in June of 2010. Currently, she works part time at IU supervising student teachers and also teaching a graduate class of school counseling interns.
At Eastern Greene, Sharon was the high school counselor for many years. She saw first hand the impact of abuse and neglect on children. When she first heard of Susie’s Place, she wanted her class to visit to become better informed of ways to help abused and neglected children. Her involvement on the board came from these first encounters and now enthusiastically supports Susie’s Place.
Sharon resides in Bloomington, IN.
Kaye York – Member-at-Large