- Holly Wheeler, Executive Director >
Holly Wheeler, Executive Director
Holly Wheeler is the executive director of Family Voices Indiana. A Fishers resident, Holly most recently was the assistant director of Partnership for a Healthy Hamilton County and coordinator of Smoke-free Hamilton County, a grant-funded program of the Indiana State Department of Health Tobacco Prevention & Cessation Commission. Prior to moving to Indiana from her native Cincinnati, she was statewide affiliate coordinator of Ohio On the Move, a national organization that promotes increased physical activity and good nutrition. Holly brings an understanding of system-level healthcare from her experiences at TriHealth, a two-hospital health system serving southwest Ohio, and nonprofit development from her time as fundraiser for United Way of Greater Cincinnati. After moving to Indiana, she built a freelance writing business, contracting for such publications as The Indianapolis Star, The Indiana Lawyer and The Indianapolis Business Journal Custom Publishing. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Tulane University and a master’s from Purdue University.
Holly is married and has two daughters. In her free time she enjoys running, biking and swimming, reading and gardening. She is committed to working with the Family Voices Indiana team to move the organization forward and positively impact the lives of more families across the state.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Jennifer Akers, Project Director >
Jennifer Akers, Project Director
Jennifer Akers is the Project Director for the family to family health information center at Family Voices Indiana. She lives in Westfield with her husband, Joe. She has volunteered for numerous groups, including Family Voices. She was most recently a Family Advocate for The Arc of Indiana. Her passion for assisting other families comes from her personal experiences with her own child.
Her daughter, Grace, was born with two rare genetic syndromes: Moebius and Pierre Robin. She had complex special health care needs and disabilities. Jennifer has had to navigate the confusing maze of programs and services, and hopes to use that knowledge to help others. As a former teacher, she strives to help others learn the skills they need to be the best advocates for their children.Email: Jen@fvindiana.org
- Kerry Bonney, Assistant Director >
Kerry Bonney, Assistant Director
Kerry Bonney is the Assistant Director and serves families in the Seymour/Jackson County area. She describes her role as an advocate as one that she has prepared for all of her life. From her work in the healthcare field for eighteen years to caring for her son with multiple disabilities, she brings her experiences to share with others in hopes that they will be educated and empowered to successfully campaign for the needs of their children.
Kerry resides with her husband, Paul, in Seymour, and they have two adult children. Their daughter works as a music/choral teacher in Indianapolis, while their son resides at home. Kerry has worked in the field of advocacy for several years and currently serves on the board of The Arc of Jackson County.Email: Kerry@fvindiana.org
- Rachael Alaniz, Specialist >
Rachael Alaniz, Specialist
Rachael is one of our Health Information Specialists residing in Yorktown. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Social Welfare from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her Master’s Degree in Public Administration and Masters in Social Work from Florida State University. While her professional experience is in grants, legislative planning, and social program evaluation, Rachael chose to start a family and take on a new career as a stay-at- home mom when she and her husband, Kevin, moved to Indiana in 2008 for his job as a Professor of Finance and Insurance.
Rachael is the mother to three children with rare genetic conditions, Daisy, Aria, and Cosette. Daisy was born in 2009and has a CASK gene mutation affecting her neurologically, opthalmologically, metabolically, and causing autism. She has received extensive intervention since birth ranging from OT, PT, SLP all the way through intensive ABA intervention and is now a mainstreamed student receiving push-in services in a classroom with her typically developing peers. Aria was born with Fanconi Anemia in 2011 and lost her battle with the disease in 2015 shortly before her 5th birthday. Aria lived with multiple severe disabilities including daily uncontrolled seizures, deaf blindness, and abnormalities in every organ of her body but her lungs. Having the pleasure of loving Aria allowed Rachael to learn about and become involved with organizations advocating for children with deaf blindness and promote the use of Interveners in the classroom. Cosette was born in 2017 with Down Syndrome and is an absolute delight. Time will tell what the future will hold for her medically and developmentally, but she will certainly know what it is like to feel loved.
Rachael is thrilled to be combining her personal, professional, and educational backgrounds in order to assist families similar to her own.Email: Rachael@fvindiana.org
- Katie Friedericks, Specialist >
Katie Friedericks, Specialist
Katie Friedericks and her husband Will reside in Indianapolis with their 6-year-old son Colin. Katie’s passion forhelping others led her to pursue undergraduate degrees at Indiana University in Public and Nonprofit Management, serve two terms with AmeriCorps, and work in both the public and nonprofit sectors. A desire to empower communities by providing information resulted in Katie earning a Masters in Library Science from IUPUI, and she recently became a substitute reference librarian. When Colin was referred to First Steps for a speech delay and feeding difficulties at 18 months-old, their family began a journey that led to an autism diagnosis and navigating various therapies from speech and OT to PT and ABA. The family has been strengthened by their involvement in Colin’s cooperative preschool. They also enjoy spending time together by hiking, exploring museums around Indianapolis, and taking road trips.
Katie is excited for the opportunity Family Voices is presenting for her to bring her professional experiences together with her personal experiences as a mother and strong desires to learn and help others.Email: Katie@fvindiana.org
- Carrie Le, Specialist >
Carrie Le, Specialist
Carrie Le, one of our specialists, lives in Fort Wayne with her husband, Thomas, and two sons, Jet and Hawk. Carrie worked in property management before becoming a stay-at-home parent. Jet had a brain injury at birth that caused seizures and resulted in a Cerebral Palsy diagnosis 6 months later. Hawk received a diagnosis of Nephrogenic Diabetes Insipidus at 10 months of age, and also has some sensory processing issues. Both children have received multiple therapies. Carrie is excited to use her knowledge and experiences to help other families.Email: Carrie@fvindiana.org
- Aura Roblero, Bilingual Specialist >
Aura Roblero, Bilingual Specialist
Aura Roblero is one of our bilingual specialists serving the Indianapolis/Marion County area. She is the mother of three beautiful children: two boys and a little girl, who has Down syndrome. Being a mother of two healthy and happy boys gave her the most satisfying experience in life and helped prepare her for the challenges of raising a child with special needs. Aura relied on support groups to help her face challenges, gain confidence, and become a better advocate for her daughter. She is excited to have the opportunity to be a helping hand to other families who are facing difficult times.
Aura speaks Spanish. Aura habla español.Email: Aura@fvindiana.org
- Marty Stone, Specialist >
Marty Stone, Specialist
Marty Stone is one of our specialists in Central Indiana. She has a degree in Sociology from IU Indianapolis. Marty resides in Noblesville with her husband and two children. Her first child was born at 29 weeks gestation. He was diagnosed with Pierre Robin syndrome and an unknown form of dwarfism. He came home after a lengthy stay in the NICU with a trach, g-tube, vent, and lots of other equipment. After his trach was removed, he was diagnosed with non-verbal autism, for which he uses an AAC device to communicate. To keep things interesting, her son is also battling Eosinophillic Esophagitis. His sister dearly loves her brother and tries to assist him when needed. Together the family enjoys attending programs at church, bowling, and enjoying sensory activities.
Marty is excited to be working with Family Voices Indiana. She hopes to make the path easier for other families who receive a special needs diagnosis.Email: Marty@fvindiana.org
Board of Directors
- Stephan Viehweg, President
Stephan Viehweg, President
- Judith Ganser, Secretary
Judith Ganser, Secretary
- Angie Tyler, Treasurer
Angie Tyler, Treasurer
- Lauren Flanagan
- Blake Johnson
- Loui Lord Nelson
Loui Lord Nelson
- Jennifer Olson
- Marlene Plummer
- Chris St. Paul
Chris St. Paul
- Sarah Trostle