Kim Mathews, President
A southern Indiana native, Kim Mathews moved to the Indianapolis area after graduating from Indiana University in 2010 with a degree in Management. She owns and operates Associated Insurance Services, located in the heart of the BRAG area at 75th and Shadeland Ave. A big proponent of “buying local” and supporting the community, Kim became involved with BRAG in the Spring of 2013 and helped kick start the new initiative “BRAG Young Professionals (YP)” in December of 2013. She joined the board in July 2014, and serves as a primary point of contact for any BRAG YP-related events and activities. Aside from BRAG, Kim is very involved with the Greater Lawrence Chamber of Commerce and serves on the membership and event committees.
In her spare time, Kim enjoys volunteering, camping, concerts, cooking, and supporting the Indianapolis Colts. She is excited to be a part of BRAG and looks forward to helping the organization continue to grow and support local residents and businesses in the community.
Brian Queck, Vice-President
Brian, his wife, Vicki and their three boys live in Avalon Hills and absolutely love the area! Brian has been involved with BRAG since 2009 when he took over as branch manager at the BMO Harris Bank at the corner of 62nd & Allisonville Rd. Brian has been with the bank since 2005 and enjoys helping Hoosier families and businesses fully realize their financial goals. Brian graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University – Bloomington in 2000. Brian is a member of Delta Chi fraternity, is active with BRAG YP (young professionals) and Skiles Test Little League Baseball, where he is both a coach and board member. Through BMO Harris Bank, he also volunteers with Indiana Neighborhood Housing Partnership (INHP), Keeping Indianapolis Beautiful, Habitat for Humanity, Teach a Child to Save Day, Outrun the Sun’s Race Against Melanoma, and Junior Achievement. While always an Indianapolis Colts fan, Brian’s passion is the Green Bay Packers and Indiana Hoosiers basketball.
Mike Fisher, Treasurer
Katie Robson, Secretary
Katie is a chiropractor with Circle City Chiropractic and new resident of the BRAG area. She is originally from Corydon, Indiana where her family still resides, and moved to Indy to attend the University of Indianapolis. After graduating with a bachelor in Fine Arts painting and drawing, Katie followed a new career path in chiropractic to Daytona Beach, Florida where she attended Palmer College of Chiropractic. After school, Katie returned to Indianapolis to join forces with the chiropractors that treated her in the past and has settled down in the BRAG area with her dachshund.
After working with BRAG at The Market at Hague (formerly Binford Farmer’s Market), Katie decided to get more involved in the area to help in any way she could. She was impressed with BRAG and their movement to keep the Binford neighborhoods attractive and safe and keep the local businesses involved and flourishing. Katie joined the BRAG team in January, 2015 to be a part of that movement and help the community.
Kas Vargo, Market at Hague
An enthusiast of the BRAG area, Kas and her husband, Greg, parents of two grown children, have lived in Ivy Hills since 1995. Originally from northwest Indiana, Kas is a design graduate of Purdue University and received her MBA in finance from Indiana University. Her early career involved positions in residential and commercial design and sales. She was assistant treasurer for Oxford Development Corp. in Indianapolis and is a former executive of the Presbyterian Church, USA, in Louisville, KY, where she was responsible for property and risk management. Today, Kas owns and operates both an interior design and remodeling business and a garden design business. Kas has a continuing interest in being involved in organizations that support schools and neighborhoods. A founding BRAG board member, Kas is the immediate past board president, served on the Executive Committee and served as BRAG Treasurer.
Mark Clark, Schools
Mark is an attorney and currently works in-house with mall retailer Finish Line. A graduate of Indiana University and Washington University (St. Louis) School of Law, Mark has spent most of his life in Indiana and has lived in Indianapolis since 1997. He and his wife Shelley are residents of Steinmeier Farms and are the proud parents of two elementary age children. Prodded by the kids’ enrollment at Allisonville, both Mark and Shelley are committed to promoting schools within the community. Mark joined the BRAG board in Spring 2014.
OPEN – Residential Crime Watch
Denise Veteto, Business Crime Watch
Denise has recently become a Board Member on BRAG & continues working in our community at TGM Shadeland Station Apartments where she has been Community Director since 2007. She has been involved with multi-family housing for 20 years, working on all sides of Indianapolis and Bloomington. She is very involved with the philanthropic endeavors within the communities she manages by spearheading donation and charity drives which help support Gleaners Food Bank, Toys for Tots, Indiana Blood Center, Indianapolis Humane Society, American Red Cross, & local school children at Crest View Elementary & Lawrence Township Early Learning Center.
Denise promotes buying local and attending BRAG events such as the Farmer’s Market and Polar Bear Express to the residents of the community she manages. She has seen the many improvements made by the efforts of the individuals that make up BRAG over the past several years and wants to help continue to keep our community thriving and moving in the right direction. Denise attended Indiana University Northwest in Northwest Indiana & eventually migrated down to the Indianapolis area. She is the proud mother of three children Justin, Hannah, & Andrew.
Dan Hodgkins, Neighborhood Engagement
Mark Flanary, Fund Raising Manager
An Indianapolis native, Mark received his Political Science degree from Purdue University and continued his studies at the American University in Washington, DC where he interned for Senator Richard Lugar. It was on the Hill that he met a lifelong friend who worked in the California leather industry. Mark made the move to San Diego to work in the textile import/export business. He owned Beau West Leather Company for 18 years Mark met his beautiful wife Elizabeth in San Diego and began a family. After many years out west he began to miss family, and returned to the Midwest to raise his young son. His wife, Elizabeth finished her accounting degree at Indiana University and began work as an auditor for the IRS. Coming from an early background in politics and social service and wanting to give back to the south side community he came from , Mark began his not for profit career in 2001 as the Director of Fund Development at Concord Center. In 2004 he became the Executive Director of Concord Community Development Corporation, also a non profit corporation on the city’s near south side that built affordable homes for the income qualified and spurred redevelopment in the South Meridian Corridor . Mark began his fundraising manager position at BRAG in October 2013. He believes BRAG is a great model of how struggling neighborhoods can come together to do great things that make a lasting impact on the community. Mark and his wife Elizabeth have one son, Julian, who is a student-athlete at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. The family spends most of their spare time enjoying college baseball games and traveling.
Chris Dossman – Beautification
Larry Riggle, Member
Larry, one of the founders of BRAG, has lived in the BRAG area, in Avalon Hills, since 1971 and has been involved in the Avalon Hills Civic Association as a board member since 1984 and president since 2000. Larry is a member of the BRAG Executive Committee and heads the Economic Development Committee. Larry believes the BRAG area is one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Marion County and that BRAG’s goals and actions will make the area an even better place to live and raise a family. Larry is a proud and loyal graduate of Butler University and he and his wife Karen have two grown children and one grandson.
Ray Brinkmeyer, Member
Ray has been involved in BRAG since its creation in 2005 as one of the founding members and currently is the President of the Friends of Skiles Test Nature Park. The Friends are a group of highly motivated board members who are committed to enhancing the beauty, accessibility and sustainability of Skiles Test Nature Park and Woollens Gardens — the only two parks within the BRAG area. Skiles Test Park is a key component in the BRAG goal of having a healthy, vibrant neighborhood. The Park has become a destination point for families and individuals in the BRAG area.
Ray, his wife Kathy and their sons have lived in Lawrence Township for 30 years. Ray has been involved in a variety of community activities including Avalon Hills Civic Assoc, Lawrence Central BAC, Lawrence Babe Ruth Baseball, and other community organizations. Ray grew up in Cincinnati, OH and received his BS degree from the University of Cincinnati. He then obtained a PhD in chemistry from Colorado State. University and was a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University. He began his career at Eli Lilly and Co. where he held a number of research and management positions and currently works for Dow AgroSciences where he is a government affairs and regulatory leader with membership on a number of state and industry boards.
George Wright, Member
George has a long work history in the broadcast and cable TV industries. He completed his bachelor’s degree in marketing and mass communications from Western Michigan University, while working as a cable TV maintenance technician and then completed course work to become a certified electronics technician, through the Cleveland Institute of Electronics and took graduate classes in business management from Baldwin Wallace University and Western Michigan University. He has certifications in eight areas of broadband telecommunications ranging from Fiber optics to data networking and a certification in project management from Villanova University’s Graduate School of Business. He also worked for the US Army Reserve as a financial advisor, when they were establishing a command center for their medical personnel and medical assets in the Western Hemisphere. George and his wife, Denise, are developing a home care agency serving Northeast Marion and Southern Hamilton Counties. George was elected to the BRAG Board in 2011 and currently serves as chair of the INSTEPP committee.
Kathy Marose, Member
Kathy is a native of Warsaw, Indiana, often dubbed “The Orthopedic Capital of The World”. Kathy attended Indiana University and graduated with a Bachelors of Art degree in 1982. Wanting to explore life outside of the cornfields of Indiana she decided that Austin, Texas would be the next perfect place to call home. While there she applied her merchandising background and worked in the retail industry for the next 8 years. Missing the change of seasons she made her way back to the Midwest and went to work for Hall & Marose, the family insurance business. Starting to get restless in the small town of Warsaw, Kathy decided it was time again to move and relocated to Indianapolis where she worked 20 years in the transportation and logistics industry as an Outside Sales Representative, last having worked for UPS.
In the summer of 2011 Kathy was hired to work on the marketing initiative for The Market at Hague (formerly Binford Farmers Market). She called on local businesses, handed out flyers and left marketing material to gain further support of the local community. Kathy is a 23 year resident of Ivy Hills where she is involved with the Ivy Hills Residents Association and spearheaded the effort to compile the IHRA Business Directory. Kathy has a concern for the seniors living in her neighborhood especially those who live alone and without close family members. She provides downsizing services to individuals 65 and older who are transitioning from their home into assisted living. Kathy hopes to incorporate her passion for helping the elderly while pursuing her next career move.
In her spare time Kathy enjoys volunteering at the St. Vincent DePaul warehouse, which she describes as organized chaos, working the election polls to stay connected to the community, and looking for treasures at local estate sales and vintage market places.
Jane Lommel, Past President
Disgusted by the blight in the retail centers outside her neighborhood, Jane founded BRAG on April 27th, 2005 when 350+ other disgruntled neighbors and local business folks attended the first meeting to discuss what could be done to reverse the blight. Since then, BRAG has grown into a dynamic community group that involves 44 neighborhoods and local businesses in beautification, economic development, residential and business crime watch systems, collaboration with Skiles Test Nature Park, running the Binford Farmers Market (now The Market at Hague), and implementation of trails throughout the BRAG area.
Jane and her husband, Richard Judy, moved to Indianapolis in 1986 and have lived in their home in Avalon Hills neighborhood since 1987 with their daughter. Jane has been involved in helping to set up the International School of Indiana and has spent extensive time in the former Soviet Union with her family as part of her husband’s work at Hudson Institute. She grew up in New Jersey and received her BA in Sociology and MPA at the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. She also has a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership & Technology from Kansas State University. Jane has worked in the business world, in IPS as the Director of Technology, and non-profit groups of all sizes. She and her husband currently run TORQworks, a workforce software company. They have collaborated in workforce and economic development consulting and in running the Judy cattle ranch for nearly 20 years.