Q&A with the Class of 2019 - February

Q&A with the Class of 2019 - February

Each month, we get to know leaders from the Class of 2019. This month, our leaders are (L to R): Justin Furr, Caitlin Karvasky, Laura Denis, Chris Johnson, Ann Marie Shambaugh and Kert Toler.

 

 

 

 

Justin Furr

What is your education and work history?

BS Business Management Indiana University Kelley School of Business

How long have you lived or worked in Hamilton County?

4 years

Tell us about your family.

Wife Amanda. 4 boys Thomas 8, Evan 6, Will & Max (twins) 2 and dog Ruby

What is your favorite restaurant in Hamilton County?

Stone Creek

What is the last book you read (or your all-time favorite book)?

"Good to Great" - Jim Collins

What is one thing we would be surprised to know about you?

I enjoy musicals and acted/sang in many when I was younger

 

Caitlin Karvasky

What is your education and work history?

Bachelor of Science, Biology from The Ohio State University Work history: The beginning of my career includes nearly 6 years in the Information Technology Staffing Industry where I held roles in both Account Management and Technical Recruiting supporting various markets in Ohio and Indiana. For nearly 3 years, I have been in my current role as a Business Development, Senior Manager for Moser Consulting, a locally owned IT Consulting Organization in Indianapolis.

How long have you lived or worked in Hamilton County?

5.5 years (moved to Indiana/Hamilton County in February 2013)

Tell us about your family.

I come from a very large extended family. I am the oldest of 5 children and have 30+ first cousins. I have been married to my husband, Justin, for over 6 years. He is one of the hardest workers I know and my biggest supporter in every aspect of my life. We have a 17 month old son named Will and are expecting our second child in March 2019. We also have two dogs, Haley and Stella.

What is your favorite restaurant in Hamilton County?

Bru Burger on Old Meridian. I have Celiac Disease (gluten allergy) which makes eating out difficult. Bru Burger has great options for me and I can even eat the french fries because they use a separate fryer! It's the little things in life :)

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Tacos! My husband and I joke that one of our best investments in the last year has been our tortilla press. We make our own corn tortillas and experiment with all different varieties of tacos from tacos al pastor to carne asada. I haven't met a taco I don't like.

What or who inspires you?

My parents. I didn't truly appreciate it till I was an adult (especially the tough love situations), but looking back I couldn't imagine who I would have become without them. They have taught me the value of hard work, the importance of your word and what a strong support system of family and friends should be. What amazes me even more is that they somehow always find time to give back to our community and are so humble with all of their accomplishments. They are my first call for advice and I hope that I can be half the parent they are to me.

 

Laura Denis

What is your education and work history?

Bachelor's degree in Special Education and Masters' degrees in Education and Educational Leadership. I have worked as a special education teacher at the high school and middle school levels. Then I worked three years as an assistant director of student services, and now I'm in my third year as the director of student services.

How long have you lived or worked in Hamilton County?

14 years

Tell us about your family.

I have a wonderful husband and three fun-loving boys.

What is your favorite restaurant in Hamilton County?

Asian Grill in Noblesville

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Mexican!!

What or who inspires you?

Saint Teresa of Calcutta

 

Chris Johnson

What is your education and work history?

Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. 2000-2005: Consultant at Virchow Krause in Chicago. 2006-present: PNC Bank in Indianapolis.

How long have you lived or worked in Hamilton County?

12 years

Tell us about your family.

Wife Cindy. Two sons Ben (11) and Charlie (9).

What is your favorite thing to do or place to visit in Hamilton County?

Ruoff Music Center concerts.

What is your favorite restaurant in Hamilton County?

CR Heroes

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Pizza

 

Ann Marie Shambaugh

What is your education and work history?

2002 Heritage Christian School graduate 2006 BA in Journalism from Indiana University (at IUPUI) Worked as a reporter/editor at The Dallas Morning News and several smaller community papers before accepting a job as editor at Current Publishing.

How long have you lived or worked in Hamilton County?

Lived 2 years; worked 3 years (although I worked here for a summer in college, too)

Tell us about your family.

I've been married to my husband, Steve, for 14 years. We have 2 kids. Amelia is 6, Donovan is 3.

What is your favorite thing to do or place to visit in Hamilton County?

I love biking or running to the Monon and traveling to various sites in Hamilton County, such as the Carmel Farmers Market or restaurants and shops along Main Street.

What or who inspires you?

I find inspiration through my faith and the many amazing people I've had the honor to interview and tell their stories through the years.

What is one thing we would be surprised to know about you?

For three years I played on a professional women's tackle football team.

 

Kert Toler

What is your education and work history?

BA in International business. Have worked in the real estate industry for 8 years.

How long have you lived or worked in Hamilton County?

Since the first grade.

Tell us about your family.

I am an only child with a great mother and father. Close family is also very close.

What is your favorite restaurant in Hamilton County?

Sahm's

What is the last book you read (or your all-time favorite book)?

"The Time Machine" - H.G. Wells

What is one thing we would be surprised to know about you?

I'm a bee keeper.

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