Our Board of Directors

Doug Wilson

Founder & Chairman of Monon Capital LLC, Chairman of EDGE Board of Directors

Doug is the founder and Chairman of Monon Capital. The firm engages with partners around ideas and opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurship through venture investments, a thought and conversations studio, a venture lab, and a charitable fund.

Prior to founding the firm, he was Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of Hillenbrand, Inc. He previously held senior executive positions at Boston Scientific Corporation, Guidant Corporation, Ronald Blue & Co., and Eli Lilly & Company. Doug serves as a trustee of the Sagamore Institute and The Trinity Forum.

He is a member of the Advisory Board of Tuskegee University, a director of the International Arts Movement, EDGE Mentoring and Telemachus. He is also serves on the board of several for-profit businesses, among which are Valve + Meter, Lost Valley Ranch and Sun Chef Global. He attended Ball State University, where he earned a BS and a MS, and Babson College’s Consortium for Executive Education.

Jeff Simmons

CEO of Elanco Animal Health
Founder of EDGE Mentoring

Since 2008, Jeff has served as President of Elanco, the animal health division of Eli Lilly and Company, (NYSE: LLY). As part of this role, he is also a Senior Vice President and Executive Officer of Lilly. As a leading global animal health company, Elanco values innovation, both in scientific research and daily operations, and strives to cultivate a collaborative work environment for more than 6,500 employees worldwide through its vision of Food and Companionship Enriching Life.

In more than two decades with the company, Simmons has held a number of sales, marketing and management positions, in the United States and abroad. These international experiences offered Simmons a new perspective on food and agriculture and created a deep conviction about the need for solutions to global food security. Elanco is bringing this vision to life via a commitment to end hunger for 100,000 families globally through a partnership with Heifer International, and begin breaking the cycle of hunger in 100 communities around the globe. Simmons has become an active advocate for the role technology plays in sustainable, efficient production of safe and affordable protein. He has published white papers on this topic, most recently, the ENOUGH report at www.ENOUGHmovement.com.

Michael Argir

President & CEO of Medxcel

Michael Argir brings a deep understanding of the healthcare facilities management industry and nearly 25 years of leadership experience to Medxcel, having served in a variety of facilities-related operational and executive roles within respected healthcare organizations throughout his career. Michael has a strong track record of building top-producing teams and organizations that deliver optimal results with the ability to develop and build strong client relationships. He also has a history of developing people to maximize efficiency while delivering strong operations, service quality, growth and positive financial outcomes.

Prior to joining Medxcel Michael served in leadership roles for various facilities management companies. Michael began his career working in support services at individual hospitals and truly knows what it takes to improve the healthcare environment for patients and staff.

Michael holds an Executive MBA from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a Bachelor of Science degree from Springfield College, Springfield MA.

Tom Bratton

CEO & Managing Partner of Medallion Partners

Tom Bratton is the CEO and Managing Partner of Medallion Partners. Medallion’s mission is to serve people in business and career with Organizational Strategy and Design, Executive Search, and Career Development.

Tom began his career in Marketing, Sales and Operations for global organizations such as Gillette, Clorox, Technicolor and Jordan Industries before founding Medallion in 2006.

Tom and the Medallion team work with Fortune 500 corporations to emerging businesses to facilitate transformational change through people. Tom and his wife, Angela, are high school sweethearts who have been married for 25 years and have three children – Lauren, Jacob and Kendall.

Kirby Green

Top Producer Account Manager at Bayer Crop Science

Kirby Green helps farmers grow their crops and their profits as a Top Producer Account Manager at Bayer Crop Science. She is a partner to farmers in Kentucky covering 200,000 acres of grain production. Kirby is a regional lead for Bayer’s GROW Network (Growing Representative and Opportunity for Women). Prior to joining Bayer, Kirby taught high school agriculture and was a FFA advisor. She was recently recognized by American Farm Bureau with the Excellence in Agriculture award.

Kirby also helps young professionals stay sharp as the host of the Sharpen Podcast, home to over 10,000 young professionals for content to sharpen influence in the workplace and beyond. Sharpen is a passion project of Kirby’s focused on life-long learning, intergenerational relationships, and vocational calling. Kirby serves on the Kentucky FFA Foundation Board as well as her local Farm Bureau board. In addition to serving on the EDGE Board, Kirby is a former EDGE mentee and now a mentor. She serves as Agriculture Alumni Chair for her alma mater, Murray State University (Go Racers!). Kirby and her husband Tyler have two daughters. They live in Owensboro, KY and are active at their church where they host a small group and are leaders in the college ministry. Kirby claims to be an expert cornbread maker and not-so-master gardener.

Karyn Smitson

Business Leader

Karyn Smitson loves team dynamics, all forms of thoughtful communication, and taking projects from good to great. She recently left the role of Executive Director at Orr Fellowship, an organization that develops new business leaders and entrepreneurs in the Indianapolis area. While there, she grew membership by 114%, created enduring infrastructure, partnered with hundreds of area companies, and, most importantly to her, personally mentored and advised hundreds of Orr Fellows.

Prior to that, Karyn was Director of Marketing, Public Relations, and Communications at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Director of Market Development at The Indianapolis Star, and Media Buyer for McDonald’s and Hardee’s at a couple of advertising agencies.

Karyn is from Columbus, IN, where she met her husband Chip in high school, and is a graduate of Indiana University. They live in Carmel, IN where they raised their three sons.

Katie Lucas

Chief Administration Officer at Lucas Oil Products

Katie is Chief Administration Officer at Lucas Oil Products, the world leader in high-performance lubricants and problem-solving additives, producing 270 unique formulations in forty countries. Lucas Oil has grown into a corporate titan that includes Lucas Oil Production Studios, Lucas Oil Speedway, Lucas Oil Raceway, Lucas Oil Golf Course, Lucas Cattle Company, Lucas Oil Rail Lines, Lucas Oil Racing TV, MAVTV and the home of the Indianapolis Colts, Lucas Oil Stadium.

In addition to the EDGE Mentoring board, Katie serves on the boards of the Ascension St. Vincent Foundation and the Grit & Grace Nation Foundation. She is also on the National Leadership Council at the National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation. She is a former Big Brothers Big Sisters Board Member as well as Big Sister. Her other non-profit affiliations include Wheeler Mission, Open Hearts Foundation, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Indianapolis Colts Women’s Organization and CARA Charities.

Katie earned her Bachelor of Science in Business from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. In 2022, she was named to the Indianapolis Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 Class for her professional accomplishments and leadership in the community. She and her husband, Morgan, and their two boys are actively involved in Traders Point Christian Church.

Sara Marshall

Executive Director at Teach Indy

Sara Marshall serves as the Executive Director of Teach Indy, an Indianapolis-based education non-profit with a mission to recruit, develop, reward and retain high-quality diverse educators for Indianapolis schools. In her role, Sara has grown Teach Indy to be a powerful change agent organization. Sara oversees the strategic vision, partnerships, and community engagement for the organization.

For the last 15 years, Sara has led in the Indy education landscape beginning with 7 years of teaching mathematics at Pike High School. She then transitioned out of the classroom to coach and develop educators as a Director at The New Teacher Project (TNTP) before transitioning to lead systems-level talent initiatives in her last role as Senior Director of Talent at The Mind Trust. Sara is an alum of the Indiana Latino Institute’s Latino Leadership Program- Cohort 2, and serves as a board member for EDGE Mentoring, Teachers’ Treasures, and the Aspire Higher Foundation. Sara earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Butler University and competed as a Division I Volleyball player. She and her husband, Michael, have three sons, Jordan, Ezekiel and Elijah.

Previous Board Members

Tim Kopp

CEO of Terminus, Past Chair of EDGE Board of Directors

Adam Wright

Global Commercial Lead, Praxis Precision Medicines

Jackie Morales

Chief Marketing & Innovation Officer at Morales Group

Rick Woolworth

President & Co-Founder of Telemachus: In memoriam

Tom Eggleston

Chairman, RENU Management LLC

Jason Reese

Partner, Wagner Reese

Marcus Hall

President & Partner, California Closets

Natalie Stamm

On Sabbatical; former Chief Operating Officer at KSM Consulting

Allison Melangton

Senior Vice President of Penske Entertainment

Micah Vincent

Vice President, Strategy + M&A at The Heritage Group

Carlos Whittaker

Bestselling Author & Speaker

Todd Richardson

CHRO and Vice President of Human Resources at Indiana University

Rob Wiley

Managing Partner at DoublePrime

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