Josiah White’s establishes Student Success Store in partnership with Don Wood Foundation 

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In an effort to provide graduates of our residential program with the best chance at success, Josiah White’s recently established the Student Success Store as a result of a grant from the Don Wood Foundation. This is the second grant the Foundation has provided to the organization to support their efforts in getting underserved youths an opportunity for gainful employment, primarily in the manufacturing sector.

Several months ago, members of the Don Wood Foundation met with Josiah White’s residential staff and asked the team what would be helpful to Josiah White’s students as they transition back into their home communities to work. Josiah White’s presented the idea for a fund that could be used to buy graduating students the clothing or equipment they might need to acquire and accept a job in their chosen field.

Towards the end of their time at Josiah White’s, students in the residential program complete an aftercare plan with their case manager. The student and case manager then determine what equipment the student might need to get a job, and the case manager takes the student out shopping to get what they need.

The grant has already reaped rewards for Josiah White’s clients. Within one week of being awarded the Don Wood Foundation grant, a student took advantage of the funds, leading to his success. This student had turned eighteen during his two years at Josiah White’s and had received extensive workforce readiness skills in Josiah White’s vocational and workforce development program, Growing Teens for Life. However, he did not have the financial support to purchase the proper clothes and shoes for a job interview. Utilizing these new funds, a Josiah White’s staff member was able to buy this young man several pairs of dress khakis, shirts, and shoes for the first job interviews of his young life. Ultimately, the student was offered two of the three jobs he interviewed for due, at least partly, to the fact that he could present himself professionally by wearing suitable clothing.

Josiah White’s is incredibly grateful to the Don Wood Foundation for their thoughtfulness and trust in the success of the Growing Teens for Life program.

Those interested in learning more about Growing Teens for Life or donating to the Student Success store can visit Josiah White’s website at https://josiahwhites.org/growing-teens-for-life/.

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Board of Trustees

Laura Key

Mrs. Laura Key has served at Taylor University since 1997. Her job as the Director of Advancement and Donor Services allows her to provide database support, write reports, and oversee the receipting of gifts to the University. Laura and her husband, John, live in Swayzee, Indiana, where John serves as the Executive Director of CSI Ministries and Associate Pastor of Maple Run Friends Church.  They have two grown children—Samuel and Abby ’10.

Board of Trustees

Dwight Elliott

Secretary

Pastor Dwight Elliott is a tenured pastor. Pastor Elliott joined the Josiah White’s Board August 2018 and serves as the Secretary of the Board. He has supported Helping Hands, Peru, Indiana, a food pantry for the community, and Converse Lion’s Club as secretary. Pastor Elliott gives his time to Josiah White’s “to make an impact on their lives for the Kingdom of God!” Pastor Elliott resides in Marion with his wife, Lori, and their four children.

Leadership

Michael Horn

Chief Operations Officer & General Counsel

Michael began his professional career as a private attorney in 2007 after completing his Juris Doctorate at Indiana University.  Prior to obtaining his law degree, he completed his Master of Arts in Athletics Administration for Higher Education at Ball State University and his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at Pepperdine University.  In 2011, Michael was called away from private practice as an attorney and accepted the position of director of charitable products and church loans at Everence Financial, an organization founded on Mennonite values and principles.  Later, he went to work for the medical device industry at Zimmer Biomet, serving in a variety of compliance roles including that of associate director of compliance, serving the US and Canadian sales personnel and distributorships. Most recently Michael served as chief operational officer and chief compliancy, privacy and risk officer for Redimed and Lutheran Medical Group.  These experiences allowed Michael great opportunity to develop expertise in the areas of HIPPA and regulatory compliance – including the implementation of systems and enforcement of policy, contract writing and risk management.

In his current role, Michael will have overarching responsibility for the compliance and quality assurance, information technology, and support services staff. In addition, Michael will help protect White’s ministry by pulling from his legal background to advise White’s CEO and other members of the leadership team on subjects of significant risk.

Michael’s education and varied experience have uniquely prepared him to serve White’s as COO and general counsel.

Leadership

Kevin Trotter

Vice President of Advancement

Kevin joined White’s in 2018 as the Vice President of Advancement, overseeing Marketing, Communications, and Development.

Kevin began his professional career in 2000 as a police officer in Fishers, Indiana.  He was promoted to sergeant in 2007 and continued to serve Fishers Police until 2012.  Before leaving the police department, Kevin co-founded My Cyber Guardian Educational Services, Inc., in Noblesville, where he served as the full-time operations manager before moving his family to the Tampa Bay area in 2013 to be part of planting Harvest Bible Chapel in the Tampa community.  In addition to launching this church in Tampa, Kevin joined Bethany Christian Services of Florida where he most recently served as the executive director for Florida and Alabama. Kevin earned his Master of Science in Human Services from Walden University and his Bachelor of General Studies from Indiana University.

Kevin and his wife, Misty, have six children. They were licensed therapeutic foster parents in the state of Indiana and adopted three of their six children through Indiana’s foster care system.  Kevin and Misty are passionate about Christ, shepherding people and serving children and families.

Leadership

Kurt Gard

Vice President & Executive Director of Family Services

Kurt Gard began his journey with White’s in 2012 as a family therapist. He now serves as the Vice President & Executive Director of Family Services. In this position, Kurt is responsible for all foster care and community-based services.

He received a Master of Social Work from IUPUI in 2012 and is a licensed clinical social worker. Prior to entering the field of human services, Kurt served in leadership positions in both the private and public sectors. He enjoys learning new things, fishing, being outdoors and mechanics. Above all, Kurt enjoys spending time with his wife, Melinda, and his three children.

Leadership

Mike Haarer

Vice President & Executive Director, Compass Rose Academy

Mike Haarer is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Indiana. He has worked in the field of adolescent residential treatment since 2004 when he began working with youth in court-ordered residential treatment. In 2012, he and a team launched Compass Rose Academy as a new private division of Josiah White’s, an organization with a rich history dating back to its founding in 1850.

Mike earned a BA and MA in Counseling from Grace College in Winona Lake, IN as well as a PhD in Counselor Education & Supervision from Regent University. A focus of his doctoral studies included research in the area of gender studies as well as in the intersection of faith and sexuality.

Mike studied under Psychologist and Author Dr. John Townsend, completing three years of his Counselor Training Program, concentrated on emotion-focused psychodynamic psychotherapy. Mike currently serves as an adjunct professor at Concordia University Irvine’s Townsend Institute for Leadership and Counseling. He has enjoyed teaching Ethics, Foundations of Mental Health Counseling, Research and Internship Supervision as well as leading process groups for incoming Masters in Counseling students.  

Mike chaired the Best Practices Committee for NATSAP from January 2019 – January 2023. Mike enjoys facilitating panel presentations at NATSAP Annual Conferences, attending and supporting the NATSAP Leadership Summit, and also presents on a variety of topics at local, regional, and national conferences. He trains residential staff on topics such as trauma informed care, attachment, and the Teaching Family Model.

Mike has experience serving on boards including his current role on the board of the local United Fund in Wabash, IN. In that role, he enjoys helping to bring light to other non-profit and mission-oriented agencies serving those in his local community.

Mike has served as the Executive Director of Compass Rose Academy since its founding in 2012 and lives on the Wabash, Indiana campus along with his wife, Emily, and three daughters, Corabelle, Olivia, and Regina. Beginning in 2020, Compass Rose Academy built a new campus which allowed them to update their facilities and also expand their enrollment capacity. Their beautiful new campus surrounded by Indiana farmland earned statewide recognition for its architecture and design, receiving the AIA Citation Award for New Construction in projects over $5 million. 

Leadership

John Trimble

Director of Spiritual Life

John graduated from Clemson University in 1990 after earning a Bachelor of Science in Certified Public Accounting. Soon afterward, he earned his certified public accounting license. In the beginning of his professional career, he worked as an accountant at progressive levels specializing in audits, taxes, and real estate. Throughout that time and during all of the 90s, John and his wife served as youth sponsors for their church, Woodruff Road Christian Church, in Simpsonville, South Carolina.

In 2001, John felt a deeper calling for ministry that led him back to school to complete a Master of Theology at Dallas Theological Seminary. Beginning in 2002, he held the positions of youth pastor, associate pastor and, most recently, lead pastor in churches located in Texas and Michigan.  He and his wife, Trish, also became the proud parents of two daughters – Abigail Grace and Madeline Elizabeth – during this time. Their family’s walk with Christ continues to blossom and grow.

When John heard about this position at White’s, he saw an opportunity to serve God through an avenue other than local church ministry. White’s Director of Spiritual Life and Staff Chaplain role matched John’s God-given gifts of leadership, relationship and education and became known to him and Trish at just the right time in life.  They relocated to Wabash, Indiana, from South Carolina and are excited to begin this endeavor!

Leadership

Matt Riggle

Vice President & Executive Director, Recovery Services

Matt joined White’s in 1992 after earning a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice at Southern Illinois University. While working full-time at White’s, Matt earned a Master of Counseling from Grace College. In addition, he is a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC), a licensed clinical addictions counselor (LCAC), and a nationally certified master addictions counselor.

Matt began his extensive residential career at White’s as an assistant houseparent. In 1994, he was promoted to the position of residential counselor. He became the shelter care coordinator in 1998, supervising the staff and students in emergency shelter care, and in 2002, he assumed additional supervisory responsibility for the 15-bed WISP Unit, now known as White’s Refocus Unit. From 2004 until 2011, Matt served as a residential coordinator. From 2011 to 2017, he served as a senior residential therapist, providing clinical services to students in White’s substance abuse program. Matt’s leadership within the substance abuse program has transformed it over the years, making it a leading residential program in the state for addiction recovery.

Matt is now the Vice President & Executive Director, Residential Services, at White’s. Matt’s commitment to his faith and serving are at the core of all he does, and he is eager to lead others to do the same, in their own capacity.

Statement of Faith

Hello prospective employee! Josiah White’s exists to offer hope and transformation through Christ to children and families. As members of a Christian organization, each employee must recognize that living a life in accordance with the standards presented in the Statement of Faith found below is necessary as it serves to unify us as a Community of Believers set out on the same path. Therefore, all individuals who are interested in applying to work at Josiah White’s must first agree with and abide by Josiah White’s Statement of Faith.

The Statement of Faith is as Follows…

Remaining true to our Quaker heritage and Josiah White’s vision, Josiah White’s primary reason for existence is to offer hope and transformation to children and families through Christ. As such, we have firm beliefs about the Christian faith and how we must act in accordance with our beliefs.

This statement of faith does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible itself, as the inspired and infallible Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind, is the sole and final source of all that we believe. Josiah White’s board of directors serves as Josiah White’s highest, human interpretive authority on the Bible’s meaning and application for the purposes of our agency’s faith and beliefs, practice, policy and discipline at work.

We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God (II Timothy 3:15).

We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit (John 10:30).

We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ (John 10:33), in His virgin birth (Luke 1:35), in His sinless life (Hebrews 4:15), in His miracles (John 2:11), in His atoning death through His shed blood (Ephesians 1:7), in His bodily resurrection (John 11:25), in His ascension to the right hand of the Father (Mark 16:19), and in His personal return in power and glory (Revelation 19:11).

We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential (John 3:16-19).

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christ-follower is enabled to live a Godly life (Romans 8:13-14).

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost, that they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation (John 5:28-29).

We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus (Galatians 3:26-28).

We believe that children are a heritage from God and a blessing from His hand. We are therefore accountable to Him for raising, shaping and preparing them for a life of service to His Kingdom and to humanity. We believe that all human life is sacred and created by God in His image. Human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death. We are therefore called to defend, protect, and value all human life (Ps 139).

We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female, and that these two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God (Genesis 1:27, Genesis 2:24).

We believe that God created marriage to be exclusively the union of one man and one woman, and that intimate sexual activity is to occur exclusively within that union. We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture (Genesis 2:18-25).

As Christians living out our faith, it is unsurprising that our beliefs influence our behavior, attitudes and lifestyle choices. As Christian professionals, we will not compromise our commitment to our professional code of ethics while providing superior care to our clients who possess differing values or beliefs.

I affirm that I am a Christian, I have read and agree with Josiah White’s Statement of Faith, and I agree to make lifestyle choices that are consistent with Josiah White’s Statement of Faith. I understand that my employment at Josiah White’s is contingent upon me living a lifestyle that is consistent with this Statement of Faith.

Employee Code of Conduct

As a distinctly Christian ministry, for over 165 years our mission has been to enrich the lives of children and families through emotional healing, personal development and spiritual growth. We are best able to achieve this through Christian staff who constantly strive to demonstrate the love of Christ through their actions, words and overall lifestyle.

It then follows that all employees who serve as members of Josiah White’s community agree to uphold certain foundational standards through their behaviors, attitudes and lifestyle choices at work and in their personal lives. Living in accordance with these standards shall serve to unify us as a “community of believers.” As a member of Josiah White’s “community,” we believe employees should strive to live in harmony with the following foundational standards as evidence of their life committed to growth in Christ and sound judgment based on Christian principles:

We believe as followers of Jesus Christ, we are responsible for our faith journey and strive to pursue a life of service to Jesus Christ in our personal life and while at work. We believe the investment in our spiritual life is critical and we strive to make time regularly for prayer and communion with God. Opportunities for Christian fellowship, worship, learning, and celebration while at work are opportunities not to be overlooked, but to be sought out as ways in which we can demonstrate our commitment to growing in our faith as part of the Josiah White’s Community.

We believe every human life is of inestimable worth and significance in all its dimensions. Therefore, we must seek ways to act out of love and respect for each other, encouraging and building up one another, not causing one another to stumble. We believe that to achieve this, employees must practice a lifestyle that demonstrates purity to those around them (Romans 13-14 & I Corinthians 10:31-11:1).

We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity (Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31). Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture.

We believe there is great power in the spoken word and therefore all lying, profanity, gossip, obscenity, and other negative uses of language diminishes our work with the children, families and our coworkers.

We believe employees must demonstrate a teachable spirit, an ability to share love for others, a willingness to live contentedly under authority, and a commitment to follow the Matthew 18 principal when an issue arises with fellow employees or management.

We believe in the power of our example and that our minds and bodies should be used in God-honoring ways, living our lives as Christian role models and conducting ourselves in a way that will not raise questions regarding our Christian testimonies. Because our example is powerful and because most of our service population is impacted by some form of substance abuse, we especially recognize the dangers and negative implications of drug, alcohol and tobacco abuse among staff. Therefore, we seek to minimize or refrain from the use of alcohol and tobacco and we agree to completely abstain from the illicit or non-medical use of drugs, narcotics and other harmful substances. When an employee is representing Josiah White’s or is in the course of representing Josiah White’s business, he or she is expected to refrain from the use of alcohol and tobacco.

We believe our life serves as a Christian Witness to the children and families we serve and our commitment to expressing Christian values is critical even when making entertainment and recreational choices outside of work. Therefore, we actively avoid forms of leisure, entertainment and recreation that are incompatible with holy living and seek activities that are consistent with our pursuit of Christ- like living.

We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God (Genesis 1:26-27). We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture (Genesis 2:18-25). We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other (1Corinthians 6:18; 7:2-5; Hebrew 13:4).

We further believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, and use of pornography) is sinful (Matt 15:18-20; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10) and that activities that give the appearance of sexual immorality should be avoided by staff.

We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ (Acts 3:19-21; Romans 10:9-10; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11).

We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of Josiah White’s as the local Body of Christ, and to provide a biblical role model to the Josiah White’s clients, fellow staff members and the community, it is imperative that all persons employed by Josiah White’s in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, agree to and abide by this Statement (Mathew 5:16; Philippians 2:14-16; I Thessalonians 5:22).

I affirm that I am a Christian, I have read and agree with Josiah White’s Code of Conduct, and I agree to make lifestyle choices that are consistent with Josiah White’s Code of Conduct. I understand that my employment at Josiah White’s is contingent upon me living a lifestyle that is consistent with this Code of Conduct.

Board of Trustees

Brandt Downing

President

Mr. Brandt Downing is the Senior Vice President of Lending at First Farmers Bank & Trust. Mr. Downing has a Master Degree in Business Administration from Hanover College. He has served on the board for over 10 years. Mr. Downing is Chairman of the Finance and Investments committees as well as the President of the Board. Mr. Downing’s father and grandfather have both served on White’s Board. He is actively involved in Northview Christian Church and has coached varsity football at Eastern High School. “I hope, through my involvement, I am helping show Jesus’ love to the youth Josiah White’s serves. Josiah White’s is transforming these kids’ lives through Christ, and I want to assist in that.” Mr. Downing lives in Kokomo, Indiana, with his wife and children.

Board of Trustees

Emily Boardman

Mrs. Emily Boardman is the Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer at Crossroads Bank. She holds a Master of Accountancy and Bachelors of Accounting from Manchester University. Mrs. Boardman joined Josiah White’s board in 2022.

Board of Trustees

Roger Stichter

Treasurer

Dr. Roger Stichter has been a professor of accounting at Grace College and Seminary in Winona Lake, IN for more than 20 years. In 2013 he was awarded the Indiana Outstanding Educator Award by the Indiana CPA Society and awarded the Alva J. McClain Excellence in Teaching award from Grace College in 2018. Dr. Stichter also worked as a CPA in public accounting, was the corporate controller for Miller’s Merry Manor, and the CFO for Josiah White’s. As an educator, he said he has “the special privilege of impacting young people for Christ and potentially affecting the future generations my students will parent.” He and his wife of 35 years, Jane, have seven children together and live in Winona Lake, Indiana.

Leadership

Brandee Estes

Vice President of Human Resources

Brandee formerly served Josiah White’s from 2002 through 2012, beginning as a Human Resource Assistant and leaving as the Director of Human Resources. For the past eleven years, she has served in progressive HR roles at Marion General Hospital and Manchester University.  

“I feel called back to Josiah White’s because I believe in their mission, and I love that there is a supportive community of people working toward the same goal,” said Brandee.

Brandee holds both a bachelor’s and master’s in management from Indiana Wesleyan University. Additionally, she has earned HR certifications from both The Human Resources Certification Institute and the Society of Human Resource Management.

Brandee and her husband Jeff have been married for 30 years and have raised two children and have three grandchildren.

Board of Trustees

Kelly Stouffer

Mrs. Kelly Stouffer is the Vice President of Human Resources at Ford Meter Box in Wabash, Indiana. Mrs. Stouffer has an undergraduate degree from Franklin University in Employee Assistance Counseling. She also has a certificate in Human Resources Management from the University of Cincinnati. Mrs. Stouffer has worked in human resources for over 20 years. She has served on White’s LLC Board and Josiah White’s Board for 20 years. “Every child should have the opportunity to get from birth to adulthood while feeling safe, secure and loved. In troubled families the one hope is Christ-like, loving adults intervening and this is Josiah White’s!”. She lives in Wabash, Indiana, with her husband.  

Board of Trustees

Tom Cochran

Mr. Tom Cochran has been in the Pastoral ministry for 20+ years. His ministry experience has been church planting, youth ministry, coaching and assessing church planters, missionaries, and leaders in preaching, planting, and leadership development. Along with his wife Sarah, he has been a foster parent and advocate for children. Together, they started New Journey Community Church in Wabash, IN and began to minister to not only Josiah White’s staff but also students (Compass Rose Academy students began attending NJCC soon after the program was started). Tom resides in Palm Bay, Florida where he opened the Southeast US office for Destiny Rescue (an international missions organization that rescues and restores children from sex trafficking). Tom travels extensively and speaks across the US for Destiny Rescue to raise awareness, talent, and funds. He believes in and loves the mission of Josiah White’s and Compass Rose Academy. Tom is grateful to be a small part of what God is doing through this ministry as we invest in young lives to see them reach their full potential.

Board of Trustees

Ken Perkins

Mr. Ken Perkins is a retired Senior Business Development & Sales Training Officer at First Farmers Bank & Trust, Kokomo, Indiana. Mr. Perkins has been a long-time supporter of Josiah White’s. He joined the Board in 2019. Graduating from Indiana University, Mr. Perkins worked as a Sales Manager for Moorman/ADM Feeds and First Farmers Bank & Trust as a loan officer and trainer. He has also volunteered at Wabash Friends as the Finance Chairman and Mission Committee member. He and his wife, Beth, live in Wabash.

Board of Trustees

Barb Lochner

Mrs. Barb Lochner is a licensed registered nurse. Mrs. Lochner worked for Wabash-Miami Home Health Care and Hospice in Wabash, Indiana, for over 20 years. Prior to retiring, she was program coordinator for Tobacco Free Coalition Wabash County to educate in the county schools and assist pregnant women who want to quit smoking. Previously she worked for WIC and the Bowen Regional Mental Health Center for 11 years. Mrs. Lochner received her BSN from Indiana University.  She has served on White’s Board for over 20 years and also serves as Chair on the LLC Board.  “Since moving to Wabash in 1981, I have been so impressed with the Christ-centered, compassionate, dedicated individuals who work for White’s and serve wounded children and families. This is also my passion, for our children are our future, and we must make a difference for eternity.” Mrs. Lochner serves in her church and she lives in North Manchester, Indiana, with her husband, Kevin.

Board of Trustees

Pat Byers

Mr. Pat Byers Pat is the General Superintendent of Indiana Yearly Meeting since January 1, 2021. He has served as assistant superintendent of Indiana Yearly Meeting since 2014 and prior to that served at Wabash Friends Church in various capacities. Pat is married to Sara and they have five kids, ranging in ages from 10 to 21. Pat enjoys leading worship at church with his guitar, being outside, Colts football, IU Basketball, and spending time with family.

Board of Trustees

Patrick Morrow

Mr. Patrick Morrow Pat is the President and COO of SBC Wealth Management, a Registered Investment Advisory firm. This is a firm that Pat and his business partner built from scratch starting in 1987. Along with serving on the Josiah Board, Pat has also served as one of the founding board members of the Gary Dudley Memorial Scholarship Foundation. This is an organization that raises funds to grant college scholarships to the children of fallen law enforcement officers in the state of Indiana. Personally, Pat and his wife placed their daughter in the care of Compass Rose Academy (CRA) for 10 months. Based on their family’s need for professional help and the research conducted, it became obvious that there are not enough faith based programs like this to assist families in need. The Morrow’s feel indebted to this organization based on the success their daughter experienced and what it can do for hurting families.

Board of Trustees

Greg Hinshaw

Dr. Greg Hinshaw is the Superintendent of Schools for Yorktown Community Schools in Yorktown, Indiana. He holds Bachelor’s, Master’s, Specialist, and Doctor of Education degrees from Ball State University. Dr. Hinshaw has served in public education since 1996, has been a school administrator since 2001, and has been a public school superintendent since 2008. He is currently President-elect of the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents. A member of Bear Creek Friends Church, near Winchester, Indiana, since childhood, he is currently serving as Presiding Clerk of Indiana Yearly Meeting of Friends, having previously served in that position from 2008 through 2014. Dr. Hinshaw believes strongly in the mission of Josiah White’s in helping to transform lives through Jesus Christ.

Leadership

Josh Bowyer

Vice President & Executive Director, Residential Services

Josh and his wife, Melanie, began serving at Josiah White’s in 2008 as houseparents. Since then, Josh has served in various roles including Campus Life Director and most recently, Residential Director. Josh holds a bachelor’s in psychology from Hanover College and a MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University. Josh and Melanie have two sons, Dave and Ike.

Board of Trustees

Paul McCann

Mr. Paul McCann is the Founder and CEO of Red Earth CPA. Paul’s business journey has bounced between accounting and finance with the most notable stint in the jungles of Peru. His time as a microfinance specialist encouraged him to think developmentally about business’s role in society, particularly how business can be used as a force for good. Outside of work, he spends much of his time outside with his wife and four children, playing the sport of the season, hiking, skiing, or biking.

Leadership

Matthew Purkey

President & Chief Executive Officer

Matthew Purkey, comes to us with years of service experience – from his time in the United States Marine Corps, leadership at multiple United Way organizations, and most recently from a veterans service organization where he led 59 operations across 48 locations nationwide.  

In 2007, Matthew enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and simultaneously began pursuing higher education. While deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, he continued to work toward his goal -earning both a Bachelor of Science degree in 2009 and a Master’s degree in Human Services by 2011.  Purkey was awarded multiple meritorious service promotions, accommodations, as well as national recognition for his volunteer efforts.

In 2010, while deployed to Haiti post-earthquake, Purkey discovered his true passion – the health & human service industry. It was in Haiti he and his Marine Corps brothers served alongside civilian volunteers. The Lord used the presence of these volunteers to show Matthew what opportunities awaited him outside of the United States military. Purkey was awarded an honorable discharge in 2011 and began his work in the non-profit, human service sector.  

Purkey has led multiple United Ways – in Ohio, Georgia, and most recently, Fort Wayne, Indiana. He has earned professional certificates from Harvard Business School, Deloitte University, and the Center for Creative Leadership. Purkey is a PhD candidate in Strategic Leadership, a featured TedX speaker, and has received multiple 40 Under 40 awards. In addition, Matthew has served on numerous volunteer boards including The Fisher House, The Victory Project, and is a Team Rubicon Grey Shirt.

Purkey is originally from Dayton, Ohio where he and his three sisters were raised by wonderful parents. In 2012, Matthew met his wife, Amanda, and they have three amazing children – Micah (10), Ezekiel (8), and Gabriel (6) – and a rambunctious Golden Retriever named Arlo.  The family proudly calls Indiana their home and are members of Pathway Community Church in Fort Wayne.    

When asked what excites him most about taking on the President and CEO role at Josiah White’s, Purkey responded “I am nothing more than a product of the redeeming love and power of God. Now, I have the honor of serving on an established and accomplished team that extends that same opportunity to others.”