In conjunction with the Immigrant Welcome Center’s meeting of the Board of Directors on April 14, 2020, several notable changes to board leadership and membership took place.
After 9 years of tremendous service to the organization as a board member, Karen Friss’ board tenure concluded based on term limits. During her time on the board, Karen held the roles of Chair, Treasurer… Her work advancing the organization immigrants in our community is immeasurable and will be felt for years. We extend our deep appreciation to Karen for her dedication and leadership.
IWC added two distinguished board members, Celia Campbell and Sandro Franchi.
Born in England, raised in Canada and the United States and soon to be a naturalized citizen of the US, Celia has a long history as an immigrant herself. She first connected with IWC as a volunteer with the annual Live Local Think Global event. Celia is a Commercial Banker, Vice President with JP Morgan Chase where she has also chaired Chase’s diversity efforts in Indiana. In addition to her involvement with IWC, Celia is active with IndyHumane, Indy Pride and Women4Change. Welcome, Celia!
Sandro Franchi grew up in Florence, Italy, which remains home to members of his immediate family. Sandro’s career with Eli Lilly started in Italy and took him around the world. During the course of his career he has held leadership positions in finance, sales and marketing, and human resources, retiring as the Global Senior Director of Leadership. He and his wife, Jan, are both naturalized U.S. citizens. Sandro also serves on the Board for the Eskenazi Health Foundation, The Advisory Board for the Greg Fehribach Center, and the Advisory Board for Christel House. Welcome, Sandro!
The leadership of IWC’s Board of Directors also changed in April. We welcome Neelay Bhatt as the new Board President, following his time as Vice President and the tenure of Rick Miller as President. Rick remains a member of the Executive Committee as Immediate Past President. Angela Adams has taken on the role of Vice President. Naomi Kwang is our new Board Treasurer, following dedicated service in this role by Jackie Nytes. Bob Postlethwait is our new Board Secretary following the admirable work done by Maria Pimental Gannon in this role.
This new cast opens another new chapter for IWC. We are excited for what’s ahead and deeply thankful for the time, talent and treasure every one of our board members brings.