500 Festival Board of Directors Adds Five New Directors, Elects Officers for 2019 – 2020

500 Festival Board of Directors Adds Five New Directors, Elects Officers for 2019 – 2020

INDIANAPOLIS (September 26, 2019) The 500 Festival, a nonprofit organization providing life-enriching events and programs that celebrate the spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500®, today announces the election of officers for its 2019-2020 Board of Directors. In addition, five new civic and business leaders were appointed to the 500 Festival Board of Directors.


Serving as the governing body of the 500 Festival, the Board of Directors is comprised of 33 community leaders. The board guides the strategic vision of the 500 Festival and its directors act as trustees, representing the organization within the community. Committed to bettering the organization, directors serve on various volunteer committees that support and enhance the 500 Festival and its 50+ year-round programs and events.


Elected officers for 2019-2020:

  • Chairman of the board: Rob Pruitt, regional managing partner, BKD, LLP
  • Vice chairman of the board: James Poore, owner, operator, MATCH Corp., McDonald’s
  • Secretary: Kevin Pastoor, resident managing director, Aon – Greater Indianapolis
  • Treasurer: Melissa Proffitt, Partner-in-Charge of Client Relations, Ice Miller, LLP


“Throughout his time on the Board of Directors, Rob has consistently demonstrated his thoughtful leadership and commitment to advancing the 500 Festival’s mission to positively impact our community and state while celebrating the Indy 500,” said Bob Bryant, president and CEO of the 500 Festival. “Rob’s deep professional background combined with his commitment to bettering the Indianapolis community will bring a great deal of insight to the Board of Directors. I, along with the 500 Festival staff and our thousands of dedicated volunteers, am looking forward to working with Rob throughout his term as chairman of the board.”


“Year after year, I am blown away by the remarkable business and community leaders that serve on the 500 Festival’s Board of Directors. Beyond the Board of Directors, the 500 Festival has an amazing staff who flawlessly deliver impactful community events annually. With that level of combined talent serving the 500 Festival each year, I am honored to serve as chairman of the board,” said Pruitt. “For more than 60 years, the 500 Festival has strengthened Indy’s social fabric through its year-round lineup of programs and events. I’m looking forward to working alongside this year’s Board of Directors and the many dedicated 500 Festival volunteers to enrich the lives of Hoosiers through community-led celebrations of the Indianapolis 500.”


New additions to the 500 Festival Board of Directors:


Douglas Heath, Senior Executive Vice President and COO, BCforward

Douglas R. Heath is the Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of BCforward.  In his current role, Doug leads the overall corporate customer strategy and is responsible for the sales and delivery organizations, building and developing multi-functional teams globally, and sponsorship of executive customer relationships servicing the public and private sectors. Prior to BCforward, as the Regional Manager of one of the largest consulting and contingent labor companies in North America, managed business development servicing Fortune 500 companies in the pharmaceutical, manufacturing, automobile, and financial industries. At Procter & Gamble, he ran the current business in Research and Development for Secret, Sure, and Old Spice deodorants and antiperspirants in the health and beauty care business unit. He is a proud veteran of the United States Air Force and graduated with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati.


Christina Moungey, Managing Director, Indiana & Ohio Region Manager, JPMorgan Chase

Christina Moungey serves as Region Manager for Indiana and Ohio Middle Market Banking for JPMorgan Chase. In this role, Christina leads a team responsible for developing client relationships with mid-sized businesses across the states. Christina has worked at JPMorgan Chase and its predecessor firms for over 18 years, starting as an Analyst in the Bank One Credit Analyst Training Program in Indianapolis. She plays an active role in the firm’s recruiting and diversity efforts, serves as Vice Chair of the Indiana Market Leadership Team and is Executive Sponsor for Women on the Move Indiana. Christina graduated with a B.S. in International Business from Drake University and also studied International Business at Ecole Superieure de Commerce in Dijon, France.


Leah Stark, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Anthem, Inc.

Leah Stark serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) for Anthem, Inc. She is responsible for leading the company’s Human Resources function, advancing talent and performance for Anthem’s 65,000 associates. She oversees the strategy, practices and operations

of human capital, including talent management, learning and development, total rewards, HR systems, diversity and inclusion, associate relations and corporate security. Ms. Stark is on the Advisory Board for the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations at Michigan State University and has served as a board member for various non‐profit organizations. She received her Master of Human Resources and Labor Relations from Michigan State University and her Bachelor of Arts from Lee University.


Erik Miner, Indianapolis Market Executive, Regions Bank

As the Indiana Market Executive, Erik Miner works with colleagues and community members to identify opportunities for the bank to make a meaningful difference through volunteer service, nonprofit support, delivering financial education, and more. Miner also serves as Commercial Banking Leader guiding teams that deliver customized financial solutions for large companies and major employers. Miner joined Regions in 2008 and over time, his responsibilities have grown to include expansion of the bank’s Commercial banking reach within the Chicago and Cincinnati markets. Before joining Regions, Miner spent 18 years in Commercial Banking roles for Fifth Third Bank.


Dr. Patrick McGill, Executive Vice President, Chief Analytics Officer, Community Health

Dr. Patrick McGill serves as the Executive Vice President, Chief Analytics Officer for Community Health.  In this capacity, he provides oversight for the newly formed Office of Analytics. Most recently, he served as the Senior Vice President for Clinical Strategy, leading the Product Lines in the reduction of clinical variation, strategies for growth and success in value based care. Dr. McGill has special interests in clinical analytics, office workflow efficiency and waste reduction. He is board certified in Family Medicine and continues to see patients at South Indy Family Practice. He received his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Georgia and his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia. He completed his residency at Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie, IN.


“We are delighted to welcome this exceptional group of five leaders to the 500 Festival’s Board of Directors,” added Bryant. “They each have such unique backgrounds and professional expertise. We’re looking forward to learning from their insight and perspectives to enhance the Board’s vision for the future.”


To learn more about 500 Festival’s events and programs, please visit www.500festival.com.


NOTE: To download photos of the new board members, click here. To download photos of the 2019 – 2020 board officers, click the individual’s name.


About the 500 Festival

Founded in 1957, the 500 Festival is a not-for-profit organization that produces life-enriching events and programs that celebrate the spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500® and foster positive impact on the city of Indianapolis and state of Indiana. One of the largest festivals in the nation, each year more than half a million people attend an event or program produced by the 500 Festival. Since its founding, the 500 Festival has contributed more than $400 million in economic value to Indianapolis. To learn more about the 500 Festival, please visit www.500festival.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


Media Contact: Sabrina List, 500 Festival

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