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Leadership

Cheri Storms Headshot

Cheri Storms

Executive Director
Cheri Storms has served in the animal welfare field since 2005. During this time, she has served as Indiana Humane Services president as well as VP of fundraising, co-founding and chairing the annual Hair Ball fundraiser and securing numerous grant awards for Indiana Humane Services. Under her leadership, Indiana Humane Services has grown from a central-Indiana based program to a statewide program. The organization has more than tripled the number of participating veterinarians and has grown to support the work of more than 300 animal welfare groups and municipal shelters across the state. Cheri holds an undergraduate degree from IU Bloomington, and a masters degree in Public & Environmental Affairs from IU Indianapolis. In addition to animal welfare work, Cheri has championed environmental causes in her role as a senior environmental manager at the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, educating business and industry across the state on environmental regulations, authoring the Vehicle Maintenance Manual, serving in the Indiana Joint Asthma Coalition, and working on a statewide mercury initiative.

Staff

Scarlett Cmiel

Bookkeeper
Scarlett Cmiel has volunteered in animal welfare for years, serving as a past president of ARPO (Alliance for Responsible Pet Ownership). Scarlett currently fosters dogs and runs Just Like Home pet sitting in Cloverdale.

Rhi Johns

Marketing & Development Manager
Rhi Johns joined Indiana Humane Services in 2020 after working in non-profit marketing for six years at Beyond Monumental, helping to grow the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon by over 30% during her time at the organization. Rhi currently lives in Indianapolis with her rescue dogs Mobi and Archie. She holds a masters degree in Mathematics from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Jessica Phillips

Database & Client Services Coordinator
Jessica Phillips joined Indiana Humane Services in early 2020. Jessica brings a decade of customer service experience to her role and enjoys facilitating the link between Indiana Humane Services’ programs and the community. Jessica is a proud Dog Mom to her two adopted rescue dogs, Murphy and Porkchop.

Board Members

Scott Beauchamp

President
Scott Beauchamp is former President and Co-Owner of Indianapolis Yellow Cab. Scott is active in several charitable and civic organizations, with a focus on the local disability community. His passion for helping others also extends to animals. He is an avid pet lover and has been a long time supporter of Indiana Humane Services, previously serving as Indiana Humane Services' vice president. Scott joined the Indiana Humane Services Board of Directors in December 2013.

Bethany “Buffy” Phyne

Vice President
Buffy volunteered as Pet Reporter for Pet Pals TV for five years. She is a lifelong animal lover (her childhood idol was “Benji”!) Buffy has been a strong advocate for animal rescue work and a foster mom to several rescue dogs the past 15 years. A native of Brazil, Indiana, Buffy graduated from Indiana State University with a Masters Degree in Radio/Television/Film. She is a Senior Cardiovascular Sales Specialist for Novartis. Buffy is a proud dog mom to 4 beautiful dogs: Chloe, Cooper, Teddy, and Tripp – each from rehome situations or rescued.

Teri Hamer

Treasurer
Theresa (Teri) Hamer is the assistant controller for Thurston Springer Financial.  Teri is a licensed CPA in the state of Indiana and holds a master’s degree in Accounting from Illinois State University. She is excited to be a part of the animal welfare community, and strongly supports the mission of helping every animal shelter become no-kill. Teri volunteers in memory of her beloved shelter dog Sierra.

Cyndi Collins

Secretary
Cyndi Collins is the Associate Director of Client Services for Oppenheimer Investment Management where she has worked since 2005. She is a campaign coordinator for the United Way of Central Indiana as well as a volunteer with other charitable organizations throughout the city. Cyndi returns to us as a board member after having served from 2010 – 2014. Prior to her board service, she volunteered on Indiana Humane Services’ Hair Ball committee and has remained active with the organization. Cyndi’s fur-friends include a rescued, rambunctious Rhodesian Ridgeback/Lab mix appropriately named Marley and a diva Calico named Cher.

Tracy Barnes

Tracy Barnes is a long time volunteer in the Central Indiana area animal welfare community working with rescue groups and shelters. She has been an Indiana Humane Services supporter for 10 years and believes strongly in Indiana Humane Services' mission. She was very excited to hear of an opportunity to serve on the Board and joined in May 2014. She currently serves as Board Secretary. Tracy has a BS in Biology from Purdue University and a Certificate of Public Management from Indiana University. Tracy currently works as a Senior Environmental Manager with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. She chaired the Foundry Sand Task Force and authored one of the first policies in the country for use of foundry sand. She also has expertise in use of other high volume industrial waste streams and has been asked to speak to local, state and national groups on the subject. She has over 20 years of environmental policy analysis and development experience and is using that experience to assist with policy development for Indiana Humane Services.

Stevi Stoesz Kersh

Stevi Stoesz, Executive Director of the Indianapolis City Market, is a twenty-seven year veteran of public market, event and program management. She founded the Original Farmers Market in 1997 in downtown Indianapolis and was a featured speaker at the Project For Public Spaces’ 4th and 9th International Public Markets Conference in Seattle, Washington and Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, respectively. Stevi is a member of the Humane Society of the United States’ Indiana State Council. She is active in animal welfare issues and has planned several fundraising events for regional animal welfare nonprofit organizations. Stevi serves on the advisory board for the global non-profit organization The Elephant Project and volunteers for many animal protection groups including German Shepherd Rescue Indy, Indianapolis Animal Care Services, and Mobile Mutts, a canine transport group that pulls death-row dogs from high-kill shelters in the South to the safety of screened and approved foster-based rescues throughout the Midwest. Stevi is an avid motorcyclist and founded an all-female motorcycle club in Indianapolis called the Circle City Soft Tails in 2013. Stevi lives in Indianapolis with her husband, Jason, step-son, Louis, and their three canines, Lizzie Lou, Gizmo and Sasha.

Marie Koenig

Marie Koenig retired from Eli Lilly in January, 2010 as a Senior Toxicologist. She has many years of experience with several animal welfare groups and civic organizations as a board member, officer and volunteer (i.e., Friends of Indpls. Animal Care Services Foundation, Indpls. Animal Welfare Groups, F.I.D.O., Indy Feral, Rotary Club of Indpls., Master Gardener Assn., Habitat for Humanity, Keep Indpls. Beautiful, Concord Neighborhood Center, IN School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.) Marie’s hobbies include running, reading, gardening, and traveling. She has been married to Gary for almost 40 years and they have rescued several cats and many collies. Her collie Sir Willis is a therapy dog.

Rachel Vaughn

Rachel is an Account Associate Sales Manager with Bloomerang and enjoys helping her Account Associate team show small nonprofits how to utilize new software to increase their effectiveness and knowledge of fundraising best practices. Before joining Bloomerang, Rachel worked in the world of study abroad nonprofits with IFSA (the Institute for Study Abroad), the Alliance for Global Education, and Semester at Sea. During that time she developed and managed study abroad programs in Asia, the UK, and Europe.In her free time, Rachel enjoys spending time with her partner & stepson, cuddling her rescue animals, and experimenting with new recipes.

Rachel holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Global Development Studies from the University of Virginia, and a Master’s degree in International and Comparative Education from SIT Graduate Institute.

Meet Our “Core” Volunteers

These ladies help move projects forward each week to help us keep up with the workload. We adore them and couldn’t move Indiana forward without their help!

  • Grace Berrey
  • Kate Million
  • Dotti Storms
  • Suzanne West