Indy’s Best and Brightest Finalists Selected

February 1, 2021


For immediate release


 Indy’s Best and Brightest Finalists Selected

Winners to be announced during the virtual awards program on Thursday, March 11, 2021


 [Indianapolis, IN] Junior Achievement of Central Indiana announces its finalists for the 17th annual Indy’s Best and Brightest event presented by KPMG LLP.   The event honors 100 of central Indiana’s most outstanding young professionals, age 40 and under, in 10 different industries. A virtual awards program to recognize these outstanding young professionals will take place on Thursday, March 11, 2021.  All 100 finalists will be recognized and the winners in each category will be announced.  Approximately 600 people are expected to log in view this event.

“KPMG is proud to serve as the presenting sponsor for this noteworthy event for the 17th consecutive year. We understand the importance of honoring these young professionals, who also serve as outstanding role models and mentors for the youth of our community and will make sure they are honored with the same enthusiasm virtually,” said Mark Shaffer, MidAmerica Partner in Charge, Audit of KPMG LLP.

The Best and Brightest event was created by Junior Achievement to recognize up and coming talent and the next generation of leaders in our community.  Finalists in each category are judged on professional accomplishments, civic contributions, character, and leadership qualities. The finalists to be honored at the event are listed below, as well as on the Junior Achievement website:

The categories honored are:  Accounting; Banking & Financial Services; Education & Nonprofit; Government; Health & Life Sciences; Law; Manufacturing, Retail & Services; Media, Entertainment & Sports; Real Estate, Development & Construction; and Technology. Sponsorship opportunities are currently available; please contact Kacy Wendling at [email protected] or 252-5900 ext. 8.  Proceeds from Indy’s Best and Brightest benefit Junior Achievement of Central Indiana, Inc.

To register to attend the event please visit our website at


About Junior Achievement of Central Indiana

Junior Achievement of Central Indiana, Inc. (JACI), in partnership with the business and education communities, empowers young people to own their future success. JA educates and inspires young people in the areas of career exploration, employability/life skills, entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and philanthropy through hands-on, experiential learning opportunities for children in preschool through high school.


2021 Indy’s Best and Brightest Finalists


Kylie Cunningham, Crowe LLP

Chaleise Fleming, CPA, CFE, Greenwalt CPAs, Inc.

Sharease Flores, Emarsys

Bud Graessle, OneAmerica Financial Partners

Justin Hayes, Katz, Sapper & Miller

Michael Jamison, CPA, CGMA, OnTarget CPA

Keely Mitchell, Republic Airways

Amy Northard, Amy Northard, CPA

Nickie Redick, BKD CPAs and Advisors

Max S. Woodbury III, EA, Woodbury Group, LLC


Banking & Financial Services

Mark Bower, MJ Insurance

Celia Campbell, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.

Jamar Cobb-Dennard, J.D., Indiana Business Advisors, LLC

Rebecca Fiscus, Indianapolis Airport Authority

Tony Kaufman, First Merchants Bank

Sarah Mahaffa, CFP, Bedel Financial Consulting, Inc.

Molly Mclver, Capital Group

Mark Minner, First Person

Brian Sullivan, Merchants Capital

Nicole Woodson, Regions Bank


Education & Nonprofit

Amrou Awaysheh, Kelley School of Business, Indiana University

Samantha Burke, Pass the Torch for Women Foundation

Al Carroll, TechPoint

Aleanya Moore, Ladies Under Construction Inc.

Candace Pate, Martin University

Betsy Revell, EmployIndy

Ashley Scott, Indianapolis Public Schools

Joe White, The Mind Trust

Amanda Wright, Marian University

Frederick Yeakey, Providence Cristo Rey High School



Brittany Collins, Indiana Commission for Higher Education

Ashley Craig, Crowe LLP

Devon Davis, Bose Public Affairs Group

Kavita Mahoney, Indy Parks – City of Indianapolis

Timothy McFarlane, Indiana Family and Social Services Administration

Janelle O’Malley, Indiana Supreme Court – Office of Judicial Administration

Josh Richardson, Indiana Department of Workforce Development

Blake Roebuck, Indy Chamber

Ronnie Saunders III, Indianapolis Fire Department

Ben Tooley, Indiana House of Representatives


Health & Life Science

Kamal Adulebda, MD, Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health and Indiana University School of Medicine

Cynthia Bennett, Roche Diagnostics Corporation

Andrea Kessler, Indiana University Health

Terri Lee, Indiana State Department of Health

Vanessa Lucas, Community Health Network

Charles McKinney Jr., Eli Lilly & Company

Sarah Michaels, Apex Benefits

Jessica Parks, MBA, CCHW, Managed Health Services

Reed Richardson, hc1

Nicholas Schellinger, Medical Structures



Hilary Barnes, Hotel Tango Distillery

Addison Bradford, Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman, P.C.

Colin E. Connor, Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP

Kimberly Jewell, Jewell Law Office, LLC

Melissa Macchia, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

Stephanie V. McGowan, Frost Brown Todd

Sabra Northam, Barnes & Thornburg LLP

Maurice R. Scott, Scott Legal & Consulting

Aaron J. Williamson, Williamson Civil Law, LLC

Mark Wohlford, Bose McKinney & Evans LLP


Manufacturing, Retail & Services

Dan Abeln, ADT (formally DEFENDERS)

Joseph Almazni, Roche

Latoya Draughon, Beckman Coulter Life Sciences

Marcus Hall, California Closets

Jason Jackson, Miebach Consulting

Kelli Jones, Be Nimble Foundation & Sixty8 Capital

Charles D. Knott Sr., Brenntag Mid-South

Kurt Mink, Cork Medical

Brodie Sears, Goodwill of Central and Southern Indiana

Christina Zerfas,


Media, Entertainment & Sports

Duchess Adjei, Beckman Coulter Life Sciences

Spencer Anderson, Pacers Sports & Entertainment

Tanorria Askew, Tanorria’s Table

Kathryn Bobel, Indianapolis Indians

Megan Carrico, Indianapolis Airport

Stephanie Pemberton, Indianapolis Colts

Pete Seat, Bose Public Affairs Group

Anna Skinner, Current Publishing

Leticia Sullivan, Pacers Sports & Entertainment

Muhammad Yasin, PERQ


Real Estate, Development & Construction

Quan Cork, Grand Realty

Mitch Doner, RESOURCE Commercial Real Estate (now Bradley Company)

Jamison Downs, Veritas Realty

Aletha Dunston, Fort Harrison Reuse Authority

Shane Hageman, Hageman Group

Jordan Hollingsworth, Safety Management Group

Ross Nixon, American Structurepoint

Mike Scott, Scott Estates

Jason Speckman, SIOR, MBA, Colliers International

Anthony White, Pepper Construction



Rebecca Bormann, Bell Techlogix

Matt Dillon, Reciprocal Technologies

Lauren Gaudion, Republic Airways

Sara Jones, netlogx LLC

Lindsay McGuire, Formstack

Alicia E. Mckoy, Peak Mind LLC

Delano Robinson, Eli Lilly and Company

Jack Shepler, Ayokay

Nick Smarrelli, GadelNet Consulting Services

Lujia Zhang, KSM Consulting