The Playworks Indiana Advisory Board is a group of change-makers who believe in the power of play and are active ambassadors for Playworks. These playful professionals contribute their personal time to share the mission of Playworks: to improve the health and well-being of children by increasing opportunities for physical activity and safe, meaningful play.
Jenny Dexter, Chair
Chief Strategy Officer
Veterans Strategies, Inc.
Jenny Dexter is the Chief Strategy Officer at Veteran Strategies, Inc., a multi-faceted public relations firm. As an agency executive with over 25 years of diverse experiences working in public relations, marketing, and branding, Jenny has had the great opportunity to develop partnerships and support the health of organizations whose products and services are best-in-class and purpose-driven.
Senior Principal Success Manager
As a Senior Success Specialist at Salesforce, Danny Embry coaches customers in using their CRM software. Prior to joining Salesforce, Danny spent 7 years at Angie’s List as an Account Manager. Danny grew up traveling the world as the son of an Air Force mother and father. After graduating from Ball State University with a degree in journalism, Danny settled down in Fishers, Indiana with his wife Kelli and their two daughters. Danny began serving on the Playworks Indiana board in 2018.
VP of Operations
Riley Hospital for Children
As the Vice President of Operations for Riley Children’s Health, Carrie is responsible for providing direction and support for the effective day-to-day operations of the hospital. She assesses the effectiveness of current services, and supports the expansion/development of new product lines, services, or innovations that are consistent with hospital regulations and standards of accreditation. She is also responsible for achieving the quality and cost objectives that drive value to our patients and communities. Carrie has been a part of the IU Health organization since 2005. She has served in a variety of roles including bedside care in pediatric intensive care, hospital supervision, and clinical operations management. Prior to her receipt promotion to VP of Operations, Carrie served as the Director of the Continuous Improvement work implementing a Lean Business System at Riley Children’s Health. Carrie received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Purdue University and her Masters of Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University. Carrie began serving on the Playworks Indiana board in 2018.
Chief Community Officer
Indiana Sports Corp
Melissa Thompson is the Chief Community Officer at Indiana Sports Corp and is responsible for board affairs, community initiatives, event bids, serves as Indiana Sports Corp’s board appointment to Sports Indiana in addition to handling government relations.
A native of Indianapolis, Thompson’s roots and networks run deep in the city. Thompson offers extensive experience in event and logistics planning as well as public space management and government affairs.
Previously a Project Manager at Hathaway Strategies, Thompson offered extensive experience in event and logistics planning as well as public space management. Prior to joining Hathaway Strategies, Thompson served as the first-ever venue manager for Georgia Street, one of downtown Indianapolis’ premier outdoor event spaces. She handled day-to-day operations and maintenance of the venue as well as event coordination and planning.
Before that, Thompson occupied various roles for the City of Indianapolis. Beginning in 1999, she served in the Marion County Auditor’s Office and the Prosecutor’s Office before becoming clerk of the City County Council from 2008-2011.
Senior VP, Deputy General Counsel & Assistant Secretary
The Finish Line, Inc.
Vice President, Enterprise Business Improvement
ONEAMERICA FINANCIAL PARTNERS