Q&A with the Class of 2019 - March

Q&A with the Class of 2019 - March

Each month, we get to know leaders from the Class of 2019. This month, our leaders are (L to R): Andrew Bradford, Megan Earnest, Rachel Sorvig, Chelsea Beaman, Drew Braley and Leslie Gieger.

 

 

 

 

Andrew Bradford

What is your education and work history?

I have a Bachelors in Psychology from Albion College. I have been serving the non-profit community for the last 10 years as a fundraising strategist. My career started with the YMCA/JCC of Greater Toledo and has included time as an Assistant Vice President with CCS, and as a member of the leadership teams for both YMCA of the USA and the Alzheimer’s Association in Chicago. Currently I serve as the Vice President and Chief Development Officer of the country’s 3rd largest living history museum and Smithsonian Affiliate, Conner Prairie.

How long have you lived or worked in Hamilton County?

2 years

Tell us about your family.

My partner and I live in the Carmel area with our pit bull/pointer/terrier mix dog, Olly. Aaron is an Architect with BSA Lifestructures and an avid gardener and explorer.

What is your favorite restaurant in Hamilton County?

Rail in Westfield.

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

I just finished "Deep Forest, A novel of the Indiana Frontier" by Emsley Johnson

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

I find tremendous energy and inspiration from being around people, but also need time on my own to recharge and reflect. Without a balance of the two, I wouldn’t feel myself.

 

Megan Earnest

What is your education and work history?

Westfield High School 2003 Graduate. Indiana University - Bloomington 2007 Graduate with a BS in Kinesiology minors in Business and Psychology. Out of college worked for CRG Residential in Carmel for 6 years and have been at Simon Property Group for 5 years now first starting at the Corporate Office and moving into Mall Management for the last 3.5 years.

How long have you lived or worked in Hamilton County?

I moved to Westfield in 98, graduated in 03. Worked in Carmel from 07-13 and now have worked in Noblesville for almost 3 years.

Tell us about your family.

My husband (Tim) and I have been married for three years now and have the CUTEST 18 month old little boy, TG (Timothy George). I love seeing the two of them interacting and playing together - it makes my heart so very happy. I have the best parents that live close and both help out so much with TG and anything we need! My little bother lives in Texas and we all miss him a lot but he is doing so well and that is great to see! I have a bonsai tree of a family including half siblings, step-siblings, and in-law siblings and each of them add something special to our lives!

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

I like to read for entertainment more than education but it is my goal to start balancing. My guilty pleasure is anything by Nora Roberts! My all-time favorite series has to be Harry Potter! I have read the whole series a couple of times now and I cannot wait for my son to be older to read it again with him!

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

Bacon. 100%

Do you have a favorite movie or TV show?

Gilmore Girls has to be one of my all-time favorite shows. I am happy with almost every Disney movie...

 

Rachel Sorvig

What is your education and work history?

Indiana University - majored in journalism with a focus in public relations.

How long have you lived or worked in Hamilton County?

I've lived in the county for two years.

Tell us about your family.

I'm married to my best friend (Greg Sorvig who is a HCLA grad). I met Greg at Avon High School when he moved to Indiana in the middle of his senior year. Together we have an almost three year-old daughter (Leona) who is the best joy in our lives. Within the last few years, we've gotten a lot of our family to move to Hamilton County.

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

We love riding bikes to the Carmel Clay Library, the Carmel Farmers' Market and throughout the downtown area. We appreciate that there is a large network of trails that allow us to explore the county.

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

French bread with butter with a good glass of red wine.

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

I was a finalist on "America's Funniest Videos".

 

Chelsea Beaman

What is your education and work history?

I received my B.A. in Exercise Science from Butler University in 2006. I later received my J.D. from the Indiana University McKinney School of Law in 2013. I also received a Graduate Certificate in Health Law from the Hall Center for Law and Health in 2013. Before moving to Carmel five months ago, I worked for northeast Indiana's largest employer, Parkview Health. There, I worked in both the corporate counsel department as well as in administration. Currently I own a consulting company.

How long have you lived or worked in Hamilton County?

Most recently, I have lived here for five months. While I was in my second year of law school, however, I lived here for a year.

Tell us about your family.

I am single however my immediate family (mother, sister, brother-in-law, and four nephews and nieces) live in the Zionsville area. I also have extended family that live in the Fishers/Geist area.

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

I love to explore Hamilton County and then bring my family or friends to my favorite places. There is just so much to do here and there is always an adventure right around the corner. Hamilton County is by far the best county in Indiana; I feel like I need to show it off to those in my life who don't get to experience it on a daily basis!

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

The Bible.

What or who inspires you?

My mother is not only my inspiration but also my best friend. She continually proves to me that anything is possible and she represents the type of woman and mother that I want to be. Her generosity, love for God and her family, as well as her work ethic and strength are qualities that I want to embody. She has taught me to rely heavily on faith and grace and has shaped my growth as a child of God. She has often proffered to me that a woman with self-confidence has the world at her feet.

 

Drew Braley

What is your education and work history?

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Ball State University #ChirpChirp! Worked in Orlando, Hawaii, Carmel and now Indy for Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf

How long have you lived or worked in Hamilton County?

Have lived in Fishers for seven years

Tell us about your family.

Married to Renee for 11 years. We have 6.5 year old boy-girl twins: Malia and Nathan and a 2.5 year old boy: Logan

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

Currently reading James Breakwell’s “Only Dead on the Inside: A Parent's Guide to Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse”

Do you have a favorite movie or TV show?

Favorite TV show is a tie: The Office (US version) and Modern Family

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

Those at the opening retreat know this: I was born in Iowa but grew up in Kailua, Hawaii. It was a wonderful place to grow up - hopefully will get back for a visit sometime with my family!

 

Leslie Gieger

What is your education and work history?

Indiana University, Kelley School of Business, class of 2008; Majors: Accounting and Operations Management; Minor: Sociology. Vanderbilt University Law School, Class of 2014. Work History: Ernst & Young LLP - Assurance and Advisory Services (Certified Public Accountant); Church Church Church Hittle + Antrim - Attorney at Law

How long have you lived or worked in Hamilton County?

lived - 20 years (grew up in Carmel); worked - 4 years (since graduating law school)

Tell us about your family.

Husband - Michael Gieger: from New Orleans, LA; met in law school; also an attorney. Parents- Mark & Mary Damer: both grew up in and have lived in Carmel most of their lives. Brothers - 2 - Andrew Damer lives in NYC; Sean Damer lives in Cleveland, OH.

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

I love having lunch around the square in Noblesville. Even if just eating a lunch from home outside, the beauty of the square never gets old.

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

"A Time to Kill" - John Grisham

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

My husband and I got married on New Year's Eve in 2016. Best New Year's party ever and going to be difficult to top for the rest of our lives.

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