Kelly Doucet is the Board President of the Bloom Project, Inc. She serves as the Office Manager & Executive Assistant for Leadership Indianapolis. An Indiana native, Kelly’s vast experiences in Marketing, Education, Elder Care and the Hospitality industry have given her a unique perspective on leadership and relationship development. Kelly firmly believes that a good leader must be a great listener, and be someone with a willingness and a heart to serve. Kelly’s experiences have allowed her to develop a passion for community, and the ways in which individuals across the lifespan can both contribute to and be served by innovative initiatives which engage individuals and activate their desire to actively seek to achieve progress on both the personal and community levels. Kelly has a BS in Hospitality and Food Management from Ball State University.
Dr. Wayne J. Hilson, Jr.
Dr. Wayne J. Hilson, Jr. is the Board Vice President of the Bloom Project. He currently serves as Senior Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at IUPUI and works with both academic and student affairs units in fostering collaborations that help move the campus toward reaching its various diversity objectives. Wayne began his career as an engineering professional at Johnson Controls, Inc. and later transitioned into higher education with stints as Assistant and Interim Director of Minority Engineering Programs at Purdue University. Wayne has a BS in Mechanical Engineering and MS in Education both from Purdue University and a Ph.D. in Higher Education & Student Affairs from Indiana University-Bloomington.
Deondra D Billingsley is the Board Secretary of the Bloom Project, Inc. Since 2014, she has been a Caseworker at the Marion County Prosecutors Office. As an advocate for parents seeking financial support or financial child support, she has always been committed to a life of civil service. Deondra holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Indianapolis and a minor in Sociology. In 2015, she went on to obtain a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership and recently completed her MBA both from the University of Saint Francis.
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Nashelle Frazier is the Board Treasurer of the Bloom Project, Inc. As a Financial Empowerment Officer, Nashelle Frazier is responsible for enhancing financial education initiatives at Old National by partnering with schools, colleges, universities, businesses, non-profits, and government agencies in the Indianapolis area. Her goal is to address community needs and implement financial empowerment programs based on sound money management skills. Nashelle is a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University with a BS in Business and is currently pursuing her MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University. She serves as co-chair of Old National Bank’s Women L.E.A.D. Resource Group. Outside of the bank, she is a board member with Bloom Project, GLAM, Girls Inc., VITA and Money Smart Week.
Chris Smith is currently an Entrepreneur; he is currently launching “Smith Family Investment, a Real Estate Company in the Indianapolis area. Chris has served as a volunteer Community Outreach Coordinator and Mentor for the Bloom Project, Inc. In 2017 he received the Mentor of the Year award. He advocates for youth empowerment, creating future leaders for tomorrow. Chris is involved with Boy Scouts of America. He also coaches a nationally ranked youth football team through Next Level football and is involved the start-ups of the Frog program, Circle Up Indy, and the Boy Scouts.
Emily Bernard currently serves as the Regional HR Director for BrightSpring/ResCare Health Services and oversees all facets of HR for all of the nine States within the Central Region for the Community Living line of business. Emily has served in an HR capacity for this company for 18 years. Emily graduated in 1999 from Indiana Institute of Technology with a BS in Business Administration. Emily also serves as one of the Administrators/Organizers for the group LOTO: Life on the Outside, which serves as a mutual aid and defense group for loved ones of people incarcerated in Indiana.