Please click each name below for more information about the staff and their roles in the Indiana Alliance of YMCAs.
April Johnson, MSO Controller
April Johnson joined the Indiana Alliance as MSO Controller in July 2023. April comes to us from local companies where she worked in accounting departments and most recently as a controller/human resource manager. April’s experience spans over 20 years from the service and manufacturing industries.
April is a Selma native, graduating from Wapahani High School, Ivy Tech, Franklin University, and Indiana Wesleyan with degrees in Associates in Accounting, Bachelor’s in Accounting, and Masters in Business Administration with a Accounting Concentration. April and her husband, Michael live in Selma and have a late son, Collin, a grown daughter, Ceirsten, a daughter, Faith and a son, Scott that are in elementary.
Baileigh Nicosin, Project Coordinator
Baileigh is a dedicated professional with 10 years of YMCA experience. She started her Y career in the childcare program where she was able to develop, supervise and implement after school activities. After completing her Office Administration degree, she served as the CEO’s Assistant and Staff Experience Specialist performing human resource functions for the association. More recently, Baileigh took over sales and training where she identified training gaps and cultivated relationships with current and prospective corporate partners. Skilled in office operations and administrative support, she is ready to leverage her skills with the Indiana Alliance of YMCAs. Baileigh resides in Brazil, Indiana, with her husband and Goldendoodle, Buddy.
Cara Scott, Director - Marketing MSO
Cara Scott first joined the YMCA in 2006 as a camp counselor. After graduating from Indiana University with a degree in communications, she began her full-time career with the YMCA’s Before & After School program, and quickly advanced to program director and senior program director roles. In 2016, she created a new position of a senior marketing director for the Youth Development Center with the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis. Since then, she has provided marketing and communication support for various departments across the YMCA movement, including youth development, virtual , veterans & military, diversity & inclusion, and strategic planning. She is excited to be a part the YMCAs of Indiana through providing marketing and communication support.
Cassidi Qualls, MSO Accounting Administrator
Cassidi Qualls, Accounting Administrator, Management Service Organization (MSO) - Accounting and Payroll
Cassidi began her YMCA career in 2021 supporting the MSO/YMCA accounting department. Before joining the MSO team, she was a Supplemental Instructor, helping teach other accounting students alongside her Ivy Tech accounting professor. She enjoys helping others understand the why behind the ask. Working with the Indiana Alliance of YMCAs provides numerous opportunities to support a variety of teams with their accounting needs. In her free time, Cassidi enjoys reading and spending time with her family and dog while watching films and making blankets
Ceann Bales, Director of Public Policy & Alliance Initiatives
Ceann joined the Alliance Team with 27 years of experience as an Executive Director/CEO of nonprofits, with 21 of those years leading a local Y. Her expertise rests in coalition building, change management, and organizational leadership. Ceann’s professional and educational experiences have also allowed her to develop a depth of knowledge in capital and operational fundraising, grant writing, board development, strategic planning, economic and community development, and workforce development. Ceann’s WHY statement is: To lead innovative change so that others can transform their lives. She enjoys reading, music, and supporting her two children in their multiple interests. Ceann and her husband live in rural Randolph County, Indiana on a grain and cattle farm.
Courtney Miller, Accounting Administrator & Payroll Assistant
Courtney joined the MSO team in early 2024, with a passion for non-profits and has an array of experience for supporting the accounting team. Graduating from Purdue University in 2016, she holds a Bachelors Degree in Management and Finance and enjoys learning the process behind accounting to drive efficiency. Courtney is a chaos coordinator at home, holding the fort down for two wild and adventurous boys and has hobbies cooking and baking from scratch. She enjoys serving her community through various service projects and volunteering regularly at her local church.
Iesha Grove, State Director of Civic Engagement
Before joining the Alliance, Iesha served the Twin Rivers YMCA in New Bern, North Carolina, as the Family Services Director for the past seven years. As director, she started a successful summer camp program in the community for an at-risk population and grew the existing school age childcare by 157% over her tenure. Because of her strong commitment to Child Sexual Abuse Prevention, she became a Certified Praesidium Guardian. This opportunity helped her to be an advocate and community resource to create, train, and implement best practices in the Eastern Carolina Association and other organizations in Craven County. Iesha’s working career began in Munster, Indiana, working as the Assistant Director of Administration at the Wonder Years Learning Center, Inc. Iesha states, “Although Chicago hails as my hometown, I attended high school and college in Northwest Indiana. I am a Hoosier who is thrilled to return to Indiana! My new role affords me the opportunity to teach democracy to the next generation by elevating the voices of our young people. I believe in their promise, and I know the YMCA can have a positive impact on the quality of the lives of kids and the contributions they make to society.” Iesha has a strong love for health and wellness and working with people of all ages and backgrounds. She is a Certified Personal Trainer, Nutrition Coach, and a Licensed Zumba (Strong Nation) Instructor.
Joe Shank, MSO Payroll Administrative Assistant
Joe Shank, MSO Payroll Administrative Assistant
With more than two decades of experience in HR & Payroll, Jo holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a focus on Human Resources. During his leisure time, he enjoys spending time with his loved ones and exploring new places. Jo is a proud parent of two boys, Noah and AJ, and has been happily married for nearly 19 years.
Joni Rees, Director - Accounting and Payroll MSO
Joni became a part of the Indiana Alliance in their collaboration with the Muncie YMCA, as part of the Accounting MSO. She began working in accounting for the YMCA in 2016, having worked in the accounting field for 14 years prior. Having a heart for the YMCA and its mission, she enjoys the opportunity to grow and get out of her comfort zone by engaging with other aspects of the Y when possible. Joni lives in Muncie with her son and their dog, and has two grown daughters, all of whom she loves spending her time with.
Kim Muncey, MSO Payroll Assistant
Kim Muncey, Payroll Assistant, Management Service Organization (MSO) - Accounting and Payroll
Kim joined the Indiana Alliance as a Payroll Assistant in 2021. Kim comes to us from a local accounting firm where she was the office manager for the past eight years. Kim’s experience in office administration spans over 30 years, fifteen of those years spent within the financial institution world working in several different departments within operations the entire time. Kim also spent five years working at a local cemetery polishing up on smaller office operations. Her experience includes payroll, accounts payable and receivables, along with customer service.
Kim is a Muncie native, graduating from Muncie Central High School and Ball State University with an Associate’s degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s of Arts with a minor in Sociology and Physical Human Development. Kim and her husband live in Muncie and have three grown children with whom they love to visit and spend time with.
Melissa Everhart, Director of Engagement and Education
Melissa Everhart, (317) 715-2145
Melissa is a proven and trusted professional with over two decades of experience in office administration, training and leadership development, event planning/coordination, coaching, and facilitation. Working with the Indiana Alliance of YMCAs allows her to leverage her skills in leadership coaching, strategic planning, and board development. Melissa is passionate about being a connector for people and resources. She’s a lifelong learner, facilitator, trainer, coach, mentor, and friend to many throughout the Y movement. Melissa lives in Indianapolis with her husband and two sons and enjoys camping and attending her sons’ activities in her spare time.
Penny Brand, MSO Payroll Assistant
Penny Brand, Payroll Manager, Management Service Organization (MSO) - Accounting and Payroll
Penny came to the YMCA of Muncie in November of 2013 as the Payroll, Benefit and HR Administrator after serving 30 plus years in the commercial banking world of Payroll, HR, Accounting, and Trust. Penny continues in her roll at the YMCA of Muncie, as well as joining the Indiana Alliance MSO team in January of 2023 as the Payroll Manager. In her free time she enjoys serving her church, going to antique/flea markets, and many outdoor activities. But her pride and joy are her family. She especially loves the time she gets to spend with her grandchildren.
Tiffanie Larimore, MSO Accounts Payable Clerk
Tiffanie Larimore, (765) 741-5533
Tiffanie began her career at the YMCA in 2018 in the Association Office, giving support to membership and accounting. In 2022, she became the Membership Director before she took on the role of Accounts Payable Clerk for the Accounting MSO in 2023. She has a huge passion for the Y’s mission and loves helping people be their best. Tiffanie lives in Muncie with her husband, Jacob, and two sons, Reid and Riley.
Wade Hampton, Chief Executive Officer
Wade Hampton. (317) 715-2142
With more than 40 years of nonprofit program, executive and operations experience, Wade has a rich portfolio of consulting CEOs, CVOs and boards of directors on governance and board development, CEO search process, strategic planning, and operational issues. As a nonprofit CEO for thirteen years, in addition to thirteen years as a branch executive and program director in large, midsize and small YMCAs, and as a policy volunteer on several community boards, Wade’s first-hand knowledge and experience in nonprofit management is foundational to his unique ability to serve as a catalyst in empowering executives, teams and boards to shine. In his current role as the CEO of the Indiana Alliance of YMCAs, Wade is leading the efforts to enhance the relevancy and sustainability of all Indiana YMCAs through advocacy, public policy, board governance, strategic planning, shared services and networking efforts.