Our board

Our board members are community members and leader who share our shared vision and mission.

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Board members for the 2022 term are:

Jay Geshay, President,
Chief Strategy Officer, Bosma Enterprises

Richard Bray, Vice President,
Community Partnership Manager,

Crystal Hart; Secretary,
Business Administrator, New Era Church

Randy Pinegar, Treasurer,
Owner, Boyd Pinegar and Associates PC

Rodney Burns, 
Director of Youth Ministries,
Grace Memorial Missionary Baptist Church

Patricia Conner,
Entrepreneur, Mount Zion Baptist Church

Vickie Franklin,
EMCC Senior Angel

Thakena Hogue,
The Magi Group

Zach Kubly
Katz, Sapper & Miller

Ronalda Minnis,
Supplier Diversity Manager,
Diversity Ambassador

Mike Morgan
Ethics & Compliance Officer
Corteva Agriscience

Andrew Seibert,
Executive Director,
KIPP Indy Public Schools

Katie Tucker,
Nursing Professor, Marian University

Bernice Valentine-Watts
QA Consultant & Auditor,
Eli Lilly and Company

Ex Officio Members:
Beverly Allegretti,
National Liaison, 
American Baptist Churches USA

Barato Britt,
President & CEO
Edna Martin Christian Center

Valorie Cole, 
Indiana State President,
American Baptist Women’s Ministries

Joan Friesen,
Executive Minister,
American Baptist Churches of Greater Indianapolis

Mark Thompson,
Executive Minister,
American Baptist Churches of Indiana & Kentucky


In Memoriam

We at the Edna Martin Christian Center mourn the loss of one of our own on September 9, 2017. John “Jay” Douthit had been a board member and was the founder of our golf outing fundraiser. Jay was an avid golfer himself, and visited many golf courses in central Indiana and the Caribbean. Although his health did allow him to participate in our 9th annual golf outing on August 26th of this year, he still brought many of the door prizes to our offices beforehand. His generosity ensured that the event would be fun for everyone. His foresight in establishing our golf outing will help to ensure the future of this organization for many years to come.

Jay was born March 18, 1944, went to Broad Ripple High School, and graduated from Vanderbilt University. He and his wife Susan had been married 47 years and they enjoyed traveling together, and did so even more after Jay retired from the George F. Cram Company.

Jay is survived by his wife, Susan, his brother, Bill, four children, twelve grandchildren, many cousins, nieces and nephews, and in-laws.

When the family asked that memorial contributions should be made to the Edna Martin Christian Center in lieu of flowers, we realized that Jay had been kind to us to the last. They also asked that In Jay’s memory, you should take your kids/grandkids out for a scoop of ice cream at Alexander’s on the Square in Noblesville.