Jeremy is a graduate of the 2020 Montgomery County Leadership Academy’s signature program. He grew up in Long Beach, CA and moved to Crawfordsville, IN in Spring of 2015. Jeremy worked in Human Resources at Penguin Random House where he facilitated classes such as “PRINT” (a workshop that helps gain insights and learn strategies to help increase ones best self) and “Unconscious Bias Training” for PRH’s Diversity Equality and Inclusion initiative.
Jeremy Served on the MCLA board from January 2022 until December of 2022. During which he implemented monthly Lunch and Learns, aided in facilitating Signature sessions for MCLA, began MoCo Nxt Gen (where young professionals can get together and exchange ideas and goals for the community).
Brittany is a 2018 graduate of the Signature Program. She is the Branch Manager of the Crawfordsville Teachers Credit Union where she has worked since 2015.
In addition to devoting time to MCLA, Brittany has been known to volunteer her time with the Southmont Junior High School girls basketball team.
Monica Nagele is a Registered Dietitian who works for Purdue Extension Montgomery County. Monica was raised on a swine and beef farm in Lebanon Indiana. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Purdue University in Nutrition, Fitness and Health and Dietetics and her Masters from the University of Central Oklahoma in Food and Nutrition Management. Her passion for the farm and nutrition is what led her to a career in extension, where she connects the food raised on the farm to the nutritional needs of consumers. Monica started her career with Oklahoma State Extension before meeting her husband Adam and moving back to Indiana to continue her career with Purdue Extension.
Monica has a lot of experience working with non-profits in Montgomery County, as success in her position requires the corporation and partnerships of many like minded organizations.
Tara was a 2011 graduate of the Signature Program. She was raised in Montgomery County and graduated from South Montgomery in 1990. She went on to attend Indiana Business College and graduated with a Travel Management Degree. Tara worked for AAA Travel for 10 years and decided to change career paths into banking. She has been in banking for the past 19 years with her newest role being Manager at Tri-County Bank and Trust Downtown Office.
Tara has been married to her Husband Kevin for 25 years and they have 2 Children ( Cameron 21 and Caden 13). They reside in Crawfordsville.
Summer is a 2020 graduate of the Signature Program. She was born and raised here in Montgomery County and graduated high school from North Montgomery. Summer attended Purdue University and received her B.S. in Health Sciences and began her career as a Medical Technologist in the hospital laboratory.
Eventually, Summer went back to school and earned her Master’s in Public Health. Currently, she works for a nonprofit contract research organization (CRO) that specializes in oncology clinical trials as a database developer.
Summer and her husband, Brock, have been married for 22 years. They have three children: Twins, Kaden and Chloe, 17 and Kiefer, 14.
Darren Heeke is a 2019 graduate of the Signature Program and currently works for the Indiana Department of Transportation.
Darren grew up in Spearville, Kansas. He then moved to Montgomery County where he studied Diesel Mechanics at Ivy Tech Community College.
In his free time, Darren enjoys a variety of sports.
Michelle was born and raised here in Montgomery County, graduating from Crawfordsville in 1991. She received her B.S. in Political Science from Ball State University and began her career working with the Promotional Materials Department for Eli Lilly.
Michelle, soon after graduation, started to specialize in being part of the start-up team for various new organizations who were expanding in Central Indiana. This has really set a solid foundation of leadership with training new staff over the years. She currently is the CEO/Executive Director for Abilities Services, Inc.
Michelle and her husband, Scott, have been married for 27 years. They have two children: Connor 25 (wife Allison) and Corbin 19. They live in Crawfordsville with their 3 dogs Pepper, Wrigley, and Tucker
Reyna Huesca is a 2022 graduate of the Signature Program. Reyna was raised in Fountain County and then moved to Montgomery County where she is currently a supervisor at Penguin Random House. Reyna is an avid college basketball fan.
Catlynn is a 2022 graduate of the Signature Program. She currently works at the Walmart Optical Lab in Crawfordsville. She attended Ivy Tech Community College where she received her associate degree in Business Administration. She also studied engineering at Purdue University. Catlynn is passionate about leadership and change management that encourages personal development.
In her free time, Catlynn enjoys spending time outdoors with family and pets, reading and watching movies, and playing games like Dungeons & Dragons.