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INTRODUCING: New Board Members 2022

Erin's House is honored to have three new individuals come on board to help build hope and heal hearts! Let's get to know a little bit about these incredible members:

Travis S. Friend


Superintendent at Fort Wayne Community Schools

Three words to describe yourself:

Passionate, fun-loving, community-centered

Favorite book: Most James Patterson novels

What led you to serving on the Erin’s House board?

Having seen Erin’s House positively impact students and families, it is the least I can do to show appreciation and gratitude for the services Erin’s House provides our community.

Chris Gomez


Director of Customer Service at Sweetwater Sound

Three words to describe yourself:

Adaptable, driven, steady

Favorite movie: Apollo 13

What led you to serving on the Erin’s House board?

We had a daughter that passed away at 4 months old, and I remember how important it was to have a support system of friends and family to get through the tough times. Erin’s House is there to help people through difficult times like this and I want to be a part of that.

What do you hope to bring to Erin’s House through your service as a board member?

I hope to help Erin’s House find new ways to support people going through loss and provide the guidance and resources to make that happen.

Keven Linker


Vice President of Customer Relations at Shambaugh & Son

Three words to describe yourself:

Trustworthy, broadminded, optimistic

Favorite holiday: Christmas. It is a time for family and friends, new and old. It is a time for reflection. It is a time to give rather than receive. It is a time to thank God for the blessings He has given and an opportunity for each of us to help another.

What do you hope to bring to Erin’s House through your service as a board member?

I hope to bring my/our (Shambaugh & Son) experience to developing and building a new teen center so Erin’s House can reach and serve more children and families.


Returning board members for 2022 include:

Linda Jackson, Board President, Fort Wayne’s NBC

Andrew Schroeder, President-Elect, DuCharme, McMillan & Associates, Inc.

Luke Squires, Governance, 1st Source Bank

Sarah Richmond, Treasurer, Katz, Sapper & Miller

Josey Seabolt, Secretary, Katz, Sapper & Miller

Peter Adams, PNC Bank

Dr. Ray Dusman, Parkview Health

Travis Friend, Haller & Colvin PC

Chris Gomez, Community Volunteer

Marcus Heminger, Barrett McNagny LLP

Karrie Kitch, Lake City Bank

Keven Linker, Hylant Group

Dave McComb, Inman Shipping Worldwide

Kate Miller, STAR Bank

Tim Miller, Do it Best Corp.

Mike Nutter, Fort Wayne TinCaps

Edmond O’Neal, Northeast Indiana Works

Dr. Matt Runyan, Parkview Physician’s Group

Dr. Lesa Vartanian, Purdue University Fort Wayne

Jane Wilks, Community Volunteer


Erin’s House is here to support our community through their grief. If you are in need of resources or support, please reach out to us to speak with a Child Grief Specialist: or 260.423.2466.

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