Executive Director


Susan Jo Thomas
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sthomas@ckfindiana.org


Prior to this position, Susan Jo worked for Social Interest Solutions, a not-for-profit technology company based in Sacramento, California.  Before SIS, Susan worked for 22 years at Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County. While at HHC, Ms. Thomas implemented and managed programs to maximize financial benefit to the institution while ensuring patients received all services and benefits for which they qualified.  In addition to her “day job”, Susan Jo was an addictions counselor and an adjunct faculty member of several local universities.
 
Susan Jo Thomas has been a supporter of the CKF organization since the creation of the Robert Wood Johnson initiative.  She was closely involved with the Central Indiana CKF Coalition and had served on the Board for Covering Kids & Families of Indiana since 2006. 
 
Ms. Thomas earned a B.A. in Political Science, Women’s Studies and Afro-American Studies at Indiana University. She also completed a Doctorate of Jurisprudence and a Masters of Social Work from Indiana University.  Susan Jo is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. 

Susan Jo serves on the board of the Indiana Public Health Association (IPHA), the Indiana Rural Health Association (IRHA), the Shalom Health Care Center and the Riverside Baptist Church.


Director of Finance

Annette Baker

abaker@ckfindiana.org


Annette is responsible for the financial management, accounting, human resource functions and assists in resource development activities. Annette works closely with the Executive Director, Board of Directors, Finance Committee to develop and achieve the financial and strategic goals of the organization. She is responsible for managing the budgets for our organization, local coalitions and government grants. 
 
Prior to joining the organization, Annette worked for 9 years as a manager of a regional CPA firm which worked with local government agencies and not for profits and 7 years as Controller at Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana. She was responsible for all the accounting functions, such as accounting system development, internal control, cash management, federal grant oversight, and financial reporting. In the past, she assisted with developing and implementing strategic plans in financial and operational controls that help improve the bottom line.
 
Annette is a CPA and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting with a minor in Computer Science from Ball State University.

 


Deputy Director of Operations


Norma Napoli
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nnapoli@ckfindiana.org

Norma is responsible for working closely with the Schools Committee and local coalitions across the state.  Norma collaborates with other CKF staff in providing local coalition partners technical assistance and training to develop, implement and evaluate outreach, enrollment, and retention work plans to achieve the strategic goals of ensuring access to health care.  Prior to joining Covering Kids & Families of Indiana, Norma was the Director of Milton Adult Day Services in South Bend.  She oversaw day center operations for 70 clients with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.  Norma was responsible for coordinating marketing activities, community and corporate grant writing and developing and managing the Advisory Board and staff.  She functioned as a liaison to caregivers, community resources and senior living facilities.  Norma has over 20 years’ experience in community and mental health services, serving as the director of a community health center and an inpatient adult psychiatric mental health facility.
 
Norma received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Indiana University at South Bend and her Masters in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing from Valparaiso University.  She serves on the Board of Community Hospital of Bremen and volunteers at her church.




Director of Policy & Communication

Mark Fairchild

mfairchild@ckfindiana.org

Originally a native of western Michigan, Mark has been a resident of Indiana since 2004 and presently lives west of Indianapolis in Plainfield. He holds a graduate degree in Social Work from Ohio State University, where he was awarded a leadership fellowship that afforded him his first glimpse into public policy work.
 
Mark has a professional background in collaborative social services efforts, from grassroots organizing to leadership of statewide organizations. He has worked with youth and adults with developmental challenges, children with behavioral difficulties, and also in child abuse prevention. 
 
He most recently served as Executive Director of the National Association of Social Workers, Indiana Chapter and was a registered lobbyist throughout his tenure. His public policy passion is the building of supports that help others to attain their highest potential, while also reducing barriers to that end. For Mark, accessible healthcare for all is an absolute necessity.
 
Outside of his professional life, Mark enjoys spending his free time with his family, which generally involves finding ways to constantly entertain his energetic son, Joshua.

 

Regional Director for Northern Indiana


Doris Higgins
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dhiggins@ckfindiana.org

In 2013, Doris started with Covering Kids & Families of Indiana as Director of School Health Services for the CMS Connecting Kids to Coverage Grant.  She worked with grant partners to plan, execute and evaluate outreach and enrollment strategies linked to schools.  When the grant ended in the spring of 2016, Doris filled a new CKF position as Director of Marketing and Community Engagement supporting both the state office and local coalition efforts to build the CKF brand.   When the state office reorganized to better support its growing presence around the state, Doris moved into a new position as Regional Director for Northern Indiana in July of 2018. “I am passionate about healthcare coverage for all and feel honored to support local coalitions so they can go out every day to educate and enroll Hoosiers.”

Doris started her career in the Peace Corps and is committed to the type of grassroots outreach and advocacy CKF provides.  She has 25+ years of experience in the nonprofit sector including serving as Executive Director of Volunteer Southwest Michigan, Regional Manager for the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) and Lead Project Coordinator for the original B.A.B.E. project in South Bend.  Doris has a Masters in Public Administration from Western Michigan and a Bachelors in Business from Indiana University Bloomington.  When she is not at work, you can find her just north of the border in Michigan with her husband Michael reading, gardening, volunteering, planning trips, or visiting family. 
 


Director of Training & Information


Blake Johnson


bjohnson@ckfindiana.org

Blake is responsible for collecting and analyzing data and coordinating all aspects of training and the use of technology throughout the organization.
 
Before joining CKF, Blake worked at Eskenazi Health as the administrator of all public programs including Medicaid, HIP, Hoosier Healthwise and the hospital’s charity program. He also managed 30 people on public health coverage programs. Blake has been in and around public health for over seven years, and his experience includes information technology, grant writing, policy creation and implementation, management, public speaking, and direct service.
 
Blake has B.S. in Physics from Purdue University School of Science in Indianapolis, IN.

 

Regional Director for Southern Indiana

Sarah Thompson
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sthompson@ckfindiana.org

Born and raised in Evansville, Sarah is excited to join CKF as the Regional Director for Southern Indiana. She has over 15 years of public health experience. Prior to joining the organization, Sarah served as the School-Based Services Administrator for Managed Health Services (MHS). She promoted school-based health services by connecting schools, primary care providers, behavioral health providers, and community partners to opportunities for adolescent health improvement. She also served as the Preparedness Coordinator for the Hendricks County Health Department. Sarah developed and maintained plans for “all hazards” emergency preparedness and response which included training and management of volunteers, overseeing budgets, and coordinating with local first responders, hospitals, and schools on prophylaxis response plans.
 
Sarah received her B.S. in Public Health from Western Kentucky University and her Master’s Degree in Public Health from IU (Indianapolis) with concentrations in Epidemiology and Behavioral Health Science. She also graduated from the Mid-America Public Health Leadership Institute and earned her K-12 physical education and secondary health teaching license through Indiana Wesleyan.
 
Sarah and her two children, Kingston and Callie, reside in Brownsburg. She is active in her community, children’s school, and church.


Office Coordinator

Sheila Smyth

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ssmyth@ckfindiana.org

Sheila Smyth is the Office Coordinator for Covering Kids & Families of Indiana. For eight years she was a Research Librarian at the University of California, Irvine. She then returned to South Bend to work in the Library Archives at Indiana University South Bend where she focused her time on processing collections, creating content for the Archive’s website, building the Open Access Michiana Memory Digital Repository of local African American collections, and community outreach. Sheila is very conscious of the social needs of the under-resourced and has worked for the Mishawaka Housing Authority, in purchasing for the South Bend Community School Corporation, and most recently at The Music Village in South Bend. She has also worked at the University of Notre Dame.     
  
Sheila earned her BA in Anthropology and German from the University of Notre Dame and her Master’s in Library Science is from Indiana University Bloomington. She is proficient in German and French.  She has participated on Archaeological excavations in France, Belgium, Germany, and Jordan.