Staff and Board of Directors

Breaking the cycle of poverty

Led by dedicated staff and an involved board of directors, Shepherd Community Center applies management best practices and biblical values to all of our programs and planning.

Senior Leadership


Jay Height


An ordained minister with a journalism and philanthropy background, Jay has served at Shepherd since 1998. His longstanding connections with the community and vision for a revitalized city inspire Shepherd’s staff and neighbors as well as our civic, institutional, and corporate partners.

Andrew Green​


Andrew began his career working with at-risk youth and children in Detroit and continued that commitment while getting his Masters of Social Work at the University of Michigan. In 2006, he joined Shepherd’s staff, and has since held several strategic and leadership positions. In addition to his work at Shepherd, Andrew serves on his church board and is active in the community.

Tim Streett


A scholar with a passion for poverty alleviation, Tim helped to build Shepherd’s unique 10 Assets format for breaking the cycle of poverty. He provides valuable philosophical and strategic direction for Shepherd’s programs.

Phil Edwards

Chief Volunteer Engagement Officer

With more than 30 years of experience in community development, Phil has a passion for cultivating authentic relationships among people from different ethnic and socio-economic groups. His vision for Shepherd volunteers is mutual transformation—that each person who serves will develop skills and build lasting relationships with our neighbors.

Allen Southerland

Leadership Pipeline and Partnerships

Drawing on more than 30 years in ministry, including denominational leadership and nearly a decade on Shepherd’s Board of Directors, Allen came on staff to more fully develop the Leadership Pipeline. In that role, he oversees fellowship participants and interns as well as some internal staff, and develops partnerships with colleges to give students experiential learning through service at Shepherd.

Board of Directors

Ben Lotter

Board Chairman, Facilities Committee Chair / Senior Project Manager, Messer Construction
Robby Phillips
Board Vice Chairman / Owner, One Stop Marketing
Richard Cherry
Board Treasurer / Chief Information Officer, Defenders
Marilyn Pitzulo
Board Secretary / Director of Field Operations: Adult Education, Indiana Department of Workforce Development
Darnell Wilson
Board Member / Community Outreach Director, Indian Creek Christian Church
Nabil Safi
Board Member / Executive Pastor & Missions Pastor, Church at the Crossing
Matthew Carter
Board Member / Chief Strategy Officer, Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association
Scott DeNardin
Board Member / President, Hittle Landscaping Company
De'Niece Harrison-Hudson
Board Member
Gary Everling
Board Member / Senior Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer, Hendricks Regional Health
Mike Smith
Board Member / Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer retired, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Co-founder, Cardinal Equity Fund
Jake Stamper
Board Member / Senior Vice President, Sextons Creek

You can help break the cycle of poverty.