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Board of Directors

Andy Ward | President

Andy Ward is an insurance agent with Hometown Insurance. He is a licensed property/casualty and life/health insurance agent. He helps his clients find the proper coverage for all their insurance needs.

He is from Crawfordsville, Indiana and attended Ball State University. He currently resides in Fountain Square with his English Bulldogs Babes. In his free time he enjoys physical activities such as CrossFit, hiking, travel, or biking. 


Eddie Beagles | Vice President

Eddie P. Beagles, Jr. is vice-president of funeral operations for Legacy Cremation & Funeral Services a division of Flanner Buchanan Funeral Centers. In addition to being a licensed funeral director and embalmer, he is licensed in Indiana as an insurance agent to assist individuals with their funeral preplanning needs.

Eddie is a native of Roswell, New Mexico. He lived in Chicago for 14 years before moving to Columbia City, Indiana in 2005. In 2008 he was named as one of Northeast Indiana’s Future 40 by Upstate Indiana Magazine. He has been very involved in the communities where he lives having served as president of the Columbia City Community Tree Board, member of the Columbia City Redevelopment Commission, president of the parish council for St. Paul of the Cross Catholic Church, District #3 Director for the Indiana Funeral Directors Association, chairman of the Bates-Hendricks Neighborhood Association fundraising committee.

Barbara J. Baird | Secretary

Barbara is an Indianapolis attorney who has focused her practice on issues of importance to the LGBT community, including second parent and foster parent adoptions, wills, trusts, estate planning, domestic partnership and other non-traditional family issues. She has been an active supporter of organizations which promote equality and non-discrimination for LGBT and HIV+ citizens, including Lambda Legal, Indiana Equality and Indiana Youth Group.

Kent Henry | Treasurer

Maureen Damer | Board Member, Membership Chair

Janelle Keele | Board Member, Events Committee Chair

Janelle is a real estate professional with Huff & Associates at F.C. Tucker Company. She is passionate about helping individuals and families meet their real estate goals, all with an attention to customer service and professionalism, making the process as seamless as possible. With a degree in Interior Design and interests in photography and landscaping, Janelle assists investors with property renovations as well as decorating and staging properties for sale.

Learn more at www.talktotucker.com/janelle.keele.

Teddie Linder | Board Member

Teddie is the owner and head instructor at TigerLily Eastern Arts, teaches martial arts to children and adults, and offer process improvement services to small (0-10 employees) businesses, inclusive website work, communications, branding and administrative areas.

For martial arts classes & products, visit tigerlilyeasternarts.org.  For business consulting visit teddielinder.com.

Dan Crookshanks | Board Member

Dan is a Mortgage Loan Originator with Elements Financial.  With over 20 years in the financial services, Dan prides himself on being an extremely dedicated and passionate mortgage advisor.  He helps borrowers, whether it be their first home or their final dream home, to make the mortgage process as effortless as possible.  His mission is to help his clients find the right loan for the right home.  Learn more at www.elements.org/dcrookshanks

Dan also has a passion for art and design, he is a member of the Design Arts Society at Indianapolis Museum of Art.   

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