Meet Our Board
Ezell Marrs, III
President
Ezell in a National Workforce Solutions Advisor with the University of Phoenix. In that role, he is responsible for corporate development and building strategic alliances with major corporations across all industries. Prior to University of Phoenix Ezell served in Corporate Human Resources with progressive leadership responsibility for Allstate Insurance and Liberty Mutual Insurance companies. In addition to the Diversity roundtable, Ezell serves on the board of the Indianapolis Uplift Foundation and is a Director for TRG Talent Solutions providing Human Resources talent acquisition and consulting services In addition to his SPHR designation, Ezell earned his BS in Management from Ball State University and is currently pursuing his MBA from the University of Phoenix. He is also a member of Indy SHRM
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Toni Neely
Vice-President
A graduate of Indiana University in Bloomington, Toni spent her first 15 years with a statewide spirits and wine wholesaler in Indiana. She began her career as a sales trainee and in 5 short years, earned her place as the General Sales Manager for the Northern third of the state. In fact, Toni was the first female General Sales Manager in the company’s history. Three years later, Toni was promoted again and became the company’s first female Marketing Brand Manager. As Toni grew, so too did her passion for coaching and training. Between the years 2002 – 2011 Toni achieved the following training/facilitating certifications: Statewide Sales Trainer, Paradigm Discovery Coach and Facilitator (leadership and coaching curriculum), Team Building Facilitator (low and high ropes), Diversity & Inclusion Trainer- delivered training at the following organizations: Eli Lilly, WellPoint, Heinz, Progressive Insurance, The Christ Hospital, Darden Restaurants, and many more. Toni also launched an Intern Program for entrepreneur and inventor, Scott Jones. The success of the Intern Program led to a personal appearance on Inside Indiana Business. Toni’s love of sales coupled with her passion for learning and development are what led her to her current role as Director of Membership Relations at the Indy Chamber. In addition to those responsibilities, she serves as a Board Member for the Diversity Round Table of Central Indiana and is a member of SHRM’s Diversity Sub Committee. Since 2005, she has volunteered for an organization called, “Feed Everyone,” and has volunteered in the past for Hospice, the YMCA and for a variety of walks and runs to support research and cures for various diseases. Toni resides in Carmel with her partner, Chris, daughters Gracie and Avery, and Labradoodles, Olive and Frankie. What Diversity & Inclusion mean to me: Diversity is the acknowledgement of ALL human differences. Inclusion calls forth action. Inclusion requires that we choose behaviors that help others feel valued and respected. It is imperative that all of us become skilled at leveraging differences rather than judging them and making assumptions like, “not the right fit” or “not a team player.” We must make the time to better understand each others’ unique qualities and skill sets as these are what impact the bottom line. To be a global competitor in today’s business world, an organization must master the power of leveraging differences; indeed the strengths of its human capital.
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Tamiko Kendrick
Immediate Past President, Historian
Tamiko is the Diversity and Inclusion Manager at Citizens Energy Group. Tamiko is a member of several organizations that promote diversity and inclusion in the area of leadership, youth and community outreach. She is a long standing Board member and President of the DRCI (Diversity Roundtable of Central Indiana), current member of the Association for Diversity Councils, IndySHRM’s Diversity Committee and NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners). She has also served on the Advisory Board for Training Inc organization, Board of Trustees for Sanders Temple Church and past president of GST youth ministry. Tamiko is a certified Talent Management Training Facilitator specializing in Behavioral Interviewing Techniques and has over 15 years experience in Organizational Management, Leadership Development and Employee/Labor Relations. Tamiko has a BS Degree in Organizational Management from Oakland City University with a minor in Human Resource Management. She studied Spanish abroad at Universidad de Univac Cuernavaca - Morales, Mexico. Her values and diverse background provides a strong foundation that will continue to make a positive impact at home, at work and in the community.
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Dr. Jamyce Curtis Banks
Professional Development Director
Jamyce Curtis Banks, President and CEO of Whatever It Takes Consulting, Inc., has been an experienced organizational consultant for over 25 years, including 15 years of leadership experience, providing interactive learning and training. Profoundly driven by commitment to her clients, she has provided effective, customized professional development workshops and trainings that are highly engaging and has been a workshop presenter and keynote and motivational speaker at the local, state and national levels in topics related to individual organizational learning including diversity, inclusion and cultural competence. Her goal is to equip clients to both assess and take action to implement culturally responsive workplace environments. She is certified to provide support in the development of culturally responsive environments, as a facilitator for Cultural Intelligence (CQ) through the Cultural Intelligence Center. Cultural Intelligence (CQ) is the ability to adapt in various ethnic, national and organizational cultures, which is measured by the Cultural Intelligence Scale (CQS). Trained facilitators interpret assessment results and provide professional development, training and coaching toward the development of cultural responsiveness. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in Organizational Leadership at Indiana Wesleyan University where the focus of her dissertation is the impact of leader cultural intelligence on organizational culture. Jamyce established Whatever It Takes, Inc. to provide customized learning support to organizations including board training, leadership coaching, collaborative team development, organizational performance evaluation and support for the development of culturally responsive work environments that includes assessment, plan development, implementation, coaching and monitoring. Jamyce has been recognized for her leadership and accomplishment as the recipient of awards including the Independent Colleges Realizing the Dream Award and the Human Rights Award for Outstanding Leadership, as well as by the Center for Leadership Development and the YWCA Salute to Women of Achievement. She serves and leads in a number of professional organizations including Strategic Partner at Integrating Women Leaders, 1st Vice President of the Omega Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma International Society, Treasurer of the Board of Directors of Options Charter Schools and local, regional and national positions in Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Melissa Walker
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Robin Smith
Marketing & Communications
Robin Smith is Manager of Learning and Development with Duke Realty Corporation. In this role, she supports the training initiatives for all 16 of Duke Realty's sites throughout the US. She also plays an active role in the Duke Realty's Diversity and Inclusion initiatives, including a close partnership with the Diversity Council, as well as serving as an advisor with the Indy LDAP team. Prior to Duke Realty, Robin was with OneAmerica Financial Partners and Brylane LP. She served in a Training and Development capacity with each, bringing her professional experience in this area to 20+ years. Robin is involved in her community, and also serves on the education board of CIASTD. She has served on the board for HOPE Academy, a private school, and a member of the Vision team at Shelby St Lighthouse. She serves in a coaching and advisory capacity with Family Life Assembly's leadership team, the church that she currently attends. Mother Teresa said: "Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile." Robin hopes to practice this kindness to further the Diversity and Inclusion message.
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Jack Pomprowtiz
Board Member
Proven and adaptable business executive with demonstrated effectiveness in Business Development, Consultative Sales and practical experience in Operations/Senior Management. Self-starter with excellent communications skills and the ability to build and lead highly performing teams. Jack is an active member of the Diversity Round Table of Central Indiana, sits on the board of directors. He is also a member of Indy-SHRM and volunteers as a member of the Diversity Committee. As an active member of TEC/Vistage alumni, Jack is well versed and has dealt with the opportunities and challenges presented to those in the C-Suite. He is a past member of the Indianapolis chapter - Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals and served on the board of directors. DRTCI is the perfect platform to both learn and teach. Workforce diversity is not just a moral imperative or societal goal; rather, it should be viewed as a competitive advantage and a business opportunity. Diversity is a business priority for companies that strive to achieve a fully inclusive and culturally competent workforce
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Deb McCloud
Controller
Deb McCloud is Vice President and Controller with United Student Aid Funds, Inc. She has been with USA Funds for 21 years and is currently in charge of the Accounting and Treasury functions for the nation’s largest guarantor of student loans. Deb became involved with the Diversity Roundtable of Central Indiana in 1999, while also serving on the first Diversity Improvement Team at work. Deb has served as Treasurer off and on during her tenure with the Roundtable and has provided all bookkeeping and tax reporting services to the Roundtable on a volunteer basis since 2000. Deb has a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a Master’s in Business Administration, both from Indiana University and she is also a CPA. Deb serves as the Chair of the Board for the Girl Scouts of Central Indiana, Inc. which was created January 1, 2007 as a result of the merger of 5 Girl Scout councils in central Indiana. Deb also served as co-chair of the realignment committee responsible for completing the merger and had served previously for 4 years as the Board Chair of the Girl Scouts of Hoosier Capital Council, Inc. Deb has also served on the Board and Finance Committee for the Lawrence Township School Foundation and does volunteer work with the women’s group at Castleton United Methodist Church. Diversity Quote to Remember – “My management philosophy and various volunteer efforts all stem from my strong desire to help each and every individual. I’d also try to find the special gifts, talents and abilities each unique individual has been given then to help that individual be able to live to their full potential, enjoying all the blessings available to them.”
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Jeff Caplinger
Board Member
Jeff is Senior Vice President of Maintenance Operations at Duke Realty, where he began his career in 1983 as a maintenance technician and has climbed to various leadership roles within the company. In his current role, he is responsible for ensuring that all of Duke's properties are properly maintained and in top operating condition. Jeff oversees all maintenance operations for the company, and works closely with Duke's acquisitions group and property management team. Jeff is a member of International Facility Management Association. Jeff brings insight gathered from 30 years of experience managing hundreds of skilled trade workers from various backgrounds at a local company that has a well-established diversity initiative. As a leader and manager Jeff has witnessed the positive impact that diversity brings to employees, customers, vendors and community. In addition, Jeff is a long time member of Pendleton United Methodist Church.
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Dr. Misty Resendez
Board Member
Dr. Misty Resendez is a Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor (LCAC) and Certified Batterers Intervention Program Senior Facilitator (BIP-SF) in the State of Indiana. She holds a Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) in Organizational Leadership, a Master’s degree in Business Management and a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. She has practiced in both the addiction and criminal justice fields for over 15 years; holding both clinical and management roles. Dr. Resendez primarily works with the Spanish speaking and women communities. She has presented training for the Indiana Judicial Center, multiple conferences, courts, treatment facilities and probation offices. An avid educator, Dr. Resendez is a full time professor at Ivy Tech Community College. She has also presented her research in diversity and inclusion at several International Leadership conferences. Dr. Resendez experience includes substance abuse treatment and education, domestic violence prevention, cultural diversity and inclusion, organizational change, program development and implementation, and leadership development.
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Shaylae (pronounced Shay-la) Dupree
Membership Director
Shaylae Duprís, CDP, MHRM, MSM, DDI HR Consultant, Speaker, Writer, Coach, Facilitator, Trainer Shaylae Duprís, is an HR consultant and a Human Resources Professional with over 7 years of experience in the private sector, public sector and higher education. She is an HR consultant specializing in leadership, employee development, talent management, and employee relations. She has additional expertise in work-site investigations, job readiness and workforce preparation. Shaylae has coached and consulted with all levels within an organization from C-suite to front line staff. Shaylae has advised, trained and consulted for several Fortune 500 companies, (small and large) manufacturing, IT, and non-for-profit organizations to develop customized improvement training programs; such as diversity, coaching, and conflict resolution. The responsibility has been to assist organizations on how to effectively leverage their human capital that results in high-performing teams that produces results and better align with their business strategy. She offers a level of experience, business acumen, authentic leadership, partnership and courage that inspires leaders and teams toward the hard work of transformation and sustainable growth. Shaylae presents at corporations, professional association events, and universities on the subjects of diversity, generational intelligence, employee engagement, organizational culture and climate. Shaylae is a Certified Diversity Professional of diversity, certified DDI facilitator, certified in Human Behavior, certification in Criminal Justice. She hold two masters degrees in Human Resource Management, Business Management, and bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Shaylae has served as an adjunct faculty member (associates and bachelors) for various on-ground colleges and universities teaching a wide range of diverse students on the subjects of human resources, economics, and business. She is an active member of many prominent organizations including the Society for Diversity, Society for Human Resources Management (national), IndySHRM-Diversity & Inclusion (local), and Association for Talent Development (national). Shaylae is also a contributor to the groundbreaking, inspirational book- “50 Seeds of Greatness” (July 2013).
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