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Morning Light Board of Directors

Hitesh Patel
Hitesh Patel Chair hpatel@midwest-designgroup.com

Hitesh’s “Why” for Morning Light: “I wanted to pick one organization to invest my time and mean something. Morning Light allows me the opportunity to give back my time to those in need. Furthermore, an organization that truly helps those that…

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Laura Roman
Laura Roman Secretary LAURAROMANMARKETING@GMAIL.COM

Laura’s “Why” for Morning Light: “I want to help less fortunate individuals live a proud and fulfilled life and death. I hope to be able to provide dignity and grace to those without a safe or secure place to reside facing…

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Brenda Schultz
Brenda Schultz Director brenda@waxthatmonkey.com

Brenda’s “Why” for Morning Light: “Knowing that we are providing a service to not just an underserved community, but a non-served community makes my heart happy. I appreciate that my donations and time can help a small, local foundation where donation…

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Brian Shumaker
Brian C. Shumaker Director brianshumaker121@gmail.com

Brian’s “Why” for Morning Light: “I serve with Morning Light, because like most people, cancer has impacted me directly, specifically when I was a child and lost my mother. Having gone through that, I feel that everyone deserves a respectful end…

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Liz Casalini
Liz Casalini Director

I was drawn to Morning Light seeing the positivity and the unique approach to the end of life that exists here. Morning Light truly offers its residents life with dignity, support and love.

It is powerful to see and and after my…

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Dr. Rafael Rosario
Dr. Rafael Rosario Director rrosario@iu.edu

Dr. Rafael’s “Why” for Morning Light: “The disenfranchised deserve the love, care and support that anyone would want when faced with life threatening/life limiting illness.”

 

Years Served on the Board:

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Sebastian Spears
Sebastian Spears Director spears.sebastian@gmail.com

Sebastian’s “Why” for Morning Light: “It should be our duty, as humans, to support fellow humans when the opportunity arises. This is especially true when someone doesn’t have the support or means they need to spend the end of their…

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Dr. Tom Ledyard
Dr. Tom Ledyard Director

Tom was raised in a large family in northwest Indiana whose values emphasized cheering for the underdog and helping the underserved.

He received his bachelor’s degree at Indiana University and medical degree from Michigan State University. He completed his residency in…

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Tony Bewsey
Tony Bewsey Director Tony.Bewsey@forumcu.com

Tony’s “Why” for Morning Light: “I was introduced to Morning Light through a co-worker and quickly felt compelled to get involved. Knowing that we are one of the few FREE end-of-life care centers in the nation is something to be extremely…

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Zachary Alexander
Zachary Alexander Director zachary.alexander@valpo.edu

Zachary’s “Why” for Morning Light: “Morning Light is the only organization providing free and compassionate end-of-life care to our most under-resourced community members. I believe every person deserves love and support and has the right to die with dignity and respect….

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The Rev Chana Tetzlaff
The Rev Chana Tetzlaff Director

Rev. Chana’s “Why” for Morning Light: “Everyone deserves to live and to die with dignity; to know that their life holds infinite value and meaning, regardless of their circumstances. We all yearn for connection, compassion, and community. It is a privilege…

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Tina McIntosh
Tina McIntosh Director

I have believed in the mission and purpose of the organization for decades. When Madison came in as Executive Director, I took more interest, as I see her leadership and vision clearly and it is contagious.

And then, in 2023, my father spent…

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Hitesh Patel

Hitesh’s “Why” for Morning Light: “I wanted to pick one organization to invest my time and mean something. Morning Light allows me the opportunity to give back my time to those in need. Furthermore, an organization that truly helps those that need our help the most. ”

 

Years Served on the Board:

  • 7 Years

Occupation/Place of Employment:

  • Midwest Design Group
  • President

Committees:

  • Real Estate/Facilities Committee
Laura Roman

Laura’s “Why” for Morning Light: “I want to help less fortunate individuals live a proud and fulfilled life and death. I hope to be able to provide dignity and grace to those without a safe or secure place to reside facing end of life. My goal is to educate more people about Morning Light to increase volunteers and donations – so as to sustain the future of the organization.”

 

Years Served on the Board:

  • 1 YEAR

Occupation/Place of Employment:

  • BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR, STORY COTTAGE

Committees:

  • Executive Committee
  • Marketing/Business Development Committee
Brenda Schultz
Brenda Schultz Director 317.445.6750

Brenda’s “Why” for Morning Light: “Knowing that we are providing a service to not just an underserved community, but a non-served community makes my heart happy. I appreciate that my donations and time can help a small, local foundation where donation dollars are used and appreciated to the maximum, well, then that is time and money well spent.”

 

Years Served on the Board:

  • Currently on 7th year

Occupation/Place of Employment:

  • Business owner: The Naked Monkey, a waxing spa & more

Committees:

  • Fundraising and Special Events
Brian Shumaker
Brian C. Shumaker Director

Brian’s “Why” for Morning Light: “I serve with Morning Light, because like most people, cancer has impacted me directly, specifically when I was a child and lost my mother. Having gone through that, I feel that everyone deserves a respectful end of life journey. Morning Light helps provide that, and I cannot think of a better organization to be involved with.”

 

Years Served on the Board:

  • 1

Occupation/Place of Employment:

  • Fidelity Investments

Committees:

  • Finance/Investments Committee
Liz Casalini
Liz Casalini Director

I was drawn to Morning Light seeing the positivity and the unique approach to the end of life that exists here. Morning Light truly offers its residents life with dignity, support and love.

It is powerful to see and and after my mother experienced hospice care at the end of her life, it became more personal to me! I wanted to support this, and I am so proud to be connected to what Morning Light gives to its Residents & Families.

Dr. Rafael Rosario
Dr. Rafael Rosario Director

Dr. Rafael’s “Why” for Morning Light: “The disenfranchised deserve the love, care and support that anyone would want when faced with life threatening/life limiting illness.”

 

Years Served on the Board:

  • 5 years

Occupation/Place of Employment:

  • Palliative Medicine physician, Eskenazi Hospital

Committees:

  • Abbie Hunt Bryce Home Committee
Sebastian Spears
Sebastian Spears Director 317-417-8162

Sebastian’s “Why” for Morning Light: “It should be our duty, as humans, to support fellow humans when the opportunity arises. This is especially true when someone doesn’t have the support or means they need to spend the end of their physical life in safety and peace. As a Board member, I get to see the tangible, direct difference Morning Light makes in the lives of people in our community. I’ve also seen first-hand how the services Morning Light provides can bring light to individuals and their families in their darkest hours.”

 

Years Served on the Board:

  • 1.5

Occupation/Place of Employment:

  • Counsel/Attorney, Pure Development, Inc.

Committees:

  • Finance/Investment Committee
Dr. Tom Ledyard
Dr. Tom Ledyard Director

Tom was raised in a large family in northwest Indiana whose values emphasized cheering for the underdog and helping the underserved.

He received his bachelor’s degree at Indiana University and medical degree from Michigan State University. He completed his residency in family medicine at Community Hospitals and an ethics fellowship at IU. He met his wife, also a family doctor, in college at summer camp for handicapped children.

The strong influences of family, education and mentors has led them to the path of working with the underserved in Indianapolis, Kenya, and in multiple community health centers. He tries to pass forward his passion for care of marginalized populations through medical education.

His practice currently focuses on end-of-life care; helping patients and families find peace in transition. He has 4 children: a writer, boat builder, an OB/GYN and entomologist. He enjoys being outside, working with wood and serving on non-profit boards.

Tony Bewsey

Tony’s “Why” for Morning Light: “I was introduced to Morning Light through a co-worker and quickly felt compelled to get involved. Knowing that we are one of the few FREE end-of-life care centers in the nation is something to be extremely proud of and continues to be motivation to assist Morning Light in any way possible.”

 

Years Served on the Board:

  • 3+

Occupation/Place of Employment:

  • Commercial Banker – FORUM Credit Union

Committees:

  • Finance/Investment Committee
Zachary Alexander
Zachary Alexander Director (317) 383-6976

Zachary’s “Why” for Morning Light: “Morning Light is the only organization providing free and compassionate end-of-life care to our most under-resourced community members. I believe every person deserves love and support and has the right to die with dignity and respect. Because of Morning Light, equitable and accessible end-of-life care is possible.”

 

Years Served on the Board:

  • Almost 1

Occupation/Place of Employment:

  • Fundraising Professional

Committees:

  • Executive Committee
  • Fundraising Committee

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The Rev Chana Tetzlaff
The Rev Chana Tetzlaff Director

Rev. Chana’s “Why” for Morning Light: “Everyone deserves to live and to die with dignity; to know that their life holds infinite value and meaning, regardless of their circumstances. We all yearn for connection, compassion, and community. It is a privilege to serve this amazing organization that cares for the most vulnerable among us, and that offers every person who walks through their doors this important reminder: you matter.”

Occupation/Place of Employment:

  • Episcopal Priest and Associate Rector at St Christopher’s Episcopal Church, Carmel, IN
Tina McIntosh
Tina McIntosh Director

I have believed in the mission and purpose of the organization for decades. When Madison came in as Executive Director, I took more interest, as I see her leadership and vision clearly and it is contagious.

And then, in 2023, my father spent his last five weeks on this earth at AHB. My “why” became personal and I am invested in being a part of the impact of AHB on other individuals and families who find themselves in need of the care provided at end-of-life at AHB.