Board of Directors

Our board consists of community members who represent a wide range of careers, geographic locations that we serve, and connections to LIFEDesigns and the people we serve.  LIFEDesigns has a minimum of one of our clients and one family member or guardian on our board at all times. To learn more about the Board’s duties and responsibilities, please contact our CEO Russell Bonanno by email, rbonanno (at), to request our organizational by-laws.

Sarah Burgess

Sarah Burgess, President
Senior Manager



Becky WannBecky Wann, Vice President
RE/MAX Realty

Wann lists and sells commercial and residential real estate in Monroe County and the surrounding areas. Prior to that, she was a corporate restaurant manager in the San Francisco area, St. Louis and Indianapolis. She originally joined Lifedesigns as part of the first Art of Chocolate committee because she enjoyed working with Susan Rinne.  She has been impressed with the organization’s flexibility and their ability to accomplish great things in a short time frame.

Aubrey KearneyAubrey Kearney, Secretary

Aubrey works remotely for a small organization addressing homelessness in her hometown of Memphis, Tennessee and works through the City of Bloomington to help inform safety, civility, and justice initiatives.  She loves working with LIFEDesigns as a board member because it gives her the opportunity to contribute her skills and to learn about developing affordable housing.  She says, “Fulfilling and engaging relationships abound–it’s what LIFEDesigns does best!”.

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Adria Nassim
Feature Columnist
The Herald-Times – Bloomington

Adria Nassim is a LIFEDesigns client and has received supported employment services. She serves on the LIFEDesigns Board of Directors, and writes a newspaper column about living with autism and other disability related issues appearing in Bloomington, Indiana’s Herald-Times newspaper, and works with the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community at Indiana University. She is a member of Indiana University’s Alpha Xi Delta sorority chapter.


Kelly Walsh



Tim HightowerTim Hightower
Wooden McLaughlin


Jake May Board MemberJake May




2017 Life Designs Banquet-1015Aaron Smith



Terry Patterson

Sharon Taylor
Assistant VP, Facilities
Centra Credit Union

Edward Ryan

Former Board Members

Crystal Abbott Paul Anderson Jon William “Bill” Atkinson
Rachelle Bennett David Bishop William Bushaw
Jeannine Butler Michael Carmin Karen Conner
Leo Cook Joe Courtney Rebecca Davis
Ron Davis George Dreher Cara Evans
Christine Geary Teressa Grossi Ric Heeter
Chris Iversen Marina Krenz Bob Magee
Karin May Jim McCorkle Carla McGee
Sara Mobley Ellen “Cookie” Mufson Will Murphy
Adria Nassim Muriel Nazzari Harriet Nickas
Dixie Patterson Terry Patterson Kara Reagan
Margie Rice Christina Richardson N. Suzie Rimstidt
Amy Ripberger Fred Roedl Mary Beth Roedl
Liz Root Kim Ruf Steve Ruiz
Dinesh Sahi Shelley Sallee Charles Shrake
Aaron Smith Vernon Smith Ginger Thomas
Sophia Travis Virginia “Ginger” White David Westenberger
Amber Miller Phil Reinhard  Jennie Todd