Our Team

Staff

Leadership Team



Sam Carpenter

Sam Carpenter

Executive Director

Sam Carpenter is the former executive director of Indiana-based nonprofit fair trade retail outlet Global Gifts, In his 17 years leading Global Gifts, sales of sustainable goods grew from $196,000 to over $1.8 million and staff grew from […]

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Indra Frank, MD, MPH

Indra Frank, MD, MPH

Environmental Health and Water Policy Director

Indra Frank serves as HEC’s Director of Environmental Health and Water Policy. Her first career was as a physician specialized in pathology. In 2004 she shifted to environmental health and has since worked in environmental health programs, education, […]

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David Van Gilder

David Van Gilder

Senior Policy and Legal Director

David Van Gilder has a life-long interest in the environment, natural resources, and humankind’s relationship with the natural world. He brings to HEC decades of environmental legal work, teaching experience, and advocacy to administrative agencies and to legislative […]

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Paula Brooks

Paula Brooks

Environmental Justice Director

Paula is our Environmental Justice Director. She leads our Indianapolis Environmental Justice Initiative, which aims to identify, prioritize, and ultimately mitigate environmental health risks in low-income communities and in communities of color in Indianapolis. Paula has long-standing interests […]

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Toby Days

Toby Days

Sustainable Agriculture Director

Toby Days serves as HEC’s Sustainable Agriculture Director. In this role, Toby will be advocating for agriculture that is economically just for the producers, environmentally regenerative, and community-focused. Prior to coming to HEC, Toby worked in water quality, […]

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Marianne Holland

Marianne Holland

Development Director

In Marianne’s development capacity, she oversees strategy and is helping to expand and deepen HEC’s network of relationships while increasing financial and advocacy support for HEC’s mission. Prior to stepping into her development role, Marianne led our public […]

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Program Team



Delaney Barber

Delaney Barber

Energy and Climate Manager

Delaney is HEC’s Energy and Climate Manager. She works on program and policy work around Indiana’s clean energy transition and climate resiliency. Delaney has a BA in Anthropology from Purdue University and an MPA in Environmental and Natural […]

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Katya Drake

Katya Drake

Environmental Health Associate

Katya works to identify and mitigate environmental health risks in low-income communities and communities of color, and coordinates HEC’s efforts to reduce environmental triggers of asthma in Indiana. Prior to coming to HEC, Katya worked for 4 years […]

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Jeni Jenkins

Jeni Jenkins

Senior Special Projects Manager

Jeni supports HEC’s sustainable agriculture program, is part of HEC’s Mounds Greenway team, and also assists with outreach events such as the annual Ride for the Mounds. Voted most likely to save the world by her high school […]

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Jocelyn Keranen

Jocelyn Keranen

Environmental Health Project Manager

Jocelyn is a member of the Environmental Health Program Team with primary responsibility for a statewide lead messaging campaign. Prior to her work at HEC, Jocelyn was a Program Manager for a Lead Hazard Control technological study between […]

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Susie McGovern

Susie McGovern

Senior Water Policy Associate

Susie works on research, content development, and education related to water policy. Susie obtained a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University in environmental science with a focus on spatial analysis and GIS. Prior to HEC, she interned at an […]

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Emily Plunkett

Emily Plunkett

Manager of Outreach

In her capacity as Manager of Outreach, Emily expands the depth and breadth of HEC’s network of relationships statewide through engaging volunteers, fostering partnerships, and hosting events. Prior to joining the HEC team, she served two terms of […]

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Sarah Swank

Sarah Swank

Marketing Manager

Sarah joined the HEC team as the Marketing Manager in late 2023. Combining a dual bachelor’s degree from IU Bloomington in history and mental health with a passion for sustainability and social justice, Sarah has spent most of […]

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Development Team



Shannon Curtis Kellogg

Shannon Curtis Kellogg

Senior Database and Administrative Coordinator

Shannon serves as HEC’s Senior Database and Administrative Coordinator. She has nearly twenty years of quantitative market research experience, including as the sole proprietor of SCK Consulting. Shannon completed her Master’s coursework at Cleveland State University in the […]

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Sitashma Thapa

Sitashma Thapa

Development Coordinator

Sitashma Thapa is HEC’s Development Coordinator. She is a climate philanthropy and advocacy enthusiast who has held the Research Associate position at the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and the Climate & Energy Policy Fellow position at […]

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Mary Brock

Mary Brock

Grants and Green Business Manager

As Grants and Green Business Manager, Mary cultivates relationships with HEC’s green business partners while strengthening HEC’s mission through grant support. Mary has held several fundraising and development roles throughout her 22 years in Indianapolis. She holds her […]

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Renee Sweany

Renee Sweany

Special Projects Senior Advisor

Renee is deeply connected in the Indiana green movement. Renee founded and lead the HEC Green Business program where she networked with businesses who have a sustainability focus to support HEC’s mission. Renee was also instrumental in growing […]

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Operations Team



Amanda Goehlert

Amanda Goehlert

Graphic Designer

Amanda is HEC’s long-time Graphic Designer.  She creates a great breadth of designs for HEC, including our semi-annual reports, white papers, policy briefs, social media advertising, maps, and more.  Amanda has a masters of arts in journalism design […]

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