POSTED: July 11, 2018
CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions’ Board of Directors elected Anne DePrez chair of the board at its annual meeting on June 26.
DePrez, a partner at Barnes and Thornburg, has a passion for giving people without a voice the ability to be heard. It’s what drew her to become a CICOA board member in 2009 and keeps her involved today.
“I tend to support organizations that are trying to give a seat at the table to people who have lost it by age or disability or who never had it in the first place,” DePrez said. “Too often in society – while we’ve made great strides –we don’t take care of our elderly, we forget our neediest, and we never think we’ll be in need as we age.”
While DePrez’s professional life has focused on law, specifically in the fields of securities and business litigation, she has a special place in her heart for people who are underserved.
CICOA empowers older adults and people with disabilities in Central Indiana to live more independently by connecting them to resources such as in-home care, transportation, meals and even medical supplies and equipment. Too often, though, people don’t realize how many services the organization provides.
“It’s one of the best kept secrets,” DePrez said. “I meet people who say, ‘I wish I would have known.’ We need to be better at promoting what we do at every opportunity.”
DePrez wants board members to be stronger advocates for the nonprofit. She also wants to help the organization become better known across its eight-county service area encompassing Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Marion, Morgan and Shelby counties.
DePrez is a native of Shelbyville and still lives in the home where she grew up. She is the board chair of the Christel House Schools in Indianapolis, serves on the board of the Christ Church Cathedral Foundation in Indianapolis, and is on the governance committee for the Blue River Community Foundation in Shelby County.
The CICOA Board of Directors also elected the following officers:
1st Vice Chair, Peter Bisbecos, executive administrative director of The Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana
2nd Vice Chair, Kathy Frank, geriatrics program administrator of Indiana University School of Medicine
Treasurer, Mike Brower, staff vice president of operations, Wellpoint/Anthem
Secretary, Case Calvert, a graphic designer and digital marketer
CICOA Operating Board elected the following members:
Rev. Reginald Fletcher
June Holt (re-elected)
Kimberli Karmenzind (re-elected)
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