Chaucie’s Place welcomes new executive committee


Sean Devenney, Ralph Hicks, Jeremy Cox and Jon Kizer.

Chaucie’s Place announced recently the new composition of its executive committee, adding three new members, including a new president and vice president.

Chaucie’s Place is a non-profit organization formed in 2001 to serve the needs of children and families affected by abuse or neglect inHamiltonCounty.

“We had a number of founding members roll of f the board due to term limits,” said Toby Stark, Chaucie’s Place executive director. “And our executive committee now if four strong members who are committed to Chaucie’s Place.”

The new Chaucie’s Place executive committee consists of: Jon Kizer, president, Sean Devenney, vice president, Jeremy Cox, treasurer, and Ralph Hicks, secretary, who will serve his second year on the committee.

The executive committee changeover comes as Chaucie’s Place is “strengthening its commitment to prevention,” according to Stark.

“What we’re focusing on now is primary prevention, which is where one tries to intervene before something has happened to someone,” said Hicks, “whether it be abuse or neglect. And not just in the high-risk populations, but the general population.”

“We have so many exciting things happening right now,” said Kizer. “Programmatically, our body safety program continues to reach over 9,000 students each year. We continue working to reach children and adults. The kids part has always been there – we’re in every school in the county. But we’re also working on educating adults through the Stewards of Children Program.”

That program, introduced in October of 2010, has already trained more than 600 people, according to Stark. Chaucie’s Place is looking to increase “corporate saturation” and awareness with the program as well, according to Devenney, who’s own firm went through the training recently.

Chaucie’s Place Executive Committee


President: Jon Kizer

About: Kizer is the founder and president of Direct Path Aliance, a business consulting firm. He has lived in Carmel for 17 years with wife Robbyn, their daughter Alli and son Jack.
What he brings to Chaucie’s: “I do a lot of consulting around project management. I try to bring energy and get people excited about what we’re doing, which is easy, because we have such a great cause.”


Vice President: Sean Devenney

About: Devenney is an attorney with Drewry Simmons Vornehm, LLP. He and wife Jennifer moved toCarmel in 2004 after meeting at Indiana University School of Law. They have a daughter, Lucy.

What he brings to Chaucie’s: “As a lawyer, I think I help us indentify some of the issues we have to deal with in regards to being part of a board and running a non-profit. I was also president ofHeritage Place (inIndianapolis) for several years, so I bring that experience to the table.”


Secretary: Ralph Hicks

About: Hicks is a physician with the Child Protection Program, a partnership between the Indiana University School of Medicine andRileyHospital for Children. He and wife Sarah live inCarmel. They have two grown daughters, Ashley and Emma.

What he brings to Chaucie’s: “The obvious area that I’m involved with would be the healthcare effects on children. Certainly the short term effects of neglect and abuse, but also the long term effects on children and their families.”


Treasurer: Jeremy Cox


What he brings to Chaucie’s: “I think what I bring is, as treasurer, just the perspective to make sure as a non-profit organization we are being good stewards of all the time and monetary contributions the community entrusts in us; making sure every penny counts.”

This fall, Chaucie’s Place will roll out a new, previously unannounced program called Lifelines, a national, evidence-based suicide prevention program aimed at students in 8th through 10th grades.

“This program is important because it works with not only a child’s mental health, but also their friends,” said Stark. “Because when you have a teen in angst, they won’t go to an adult, they go to their peer group.”

The board said it sees expanding its programs as a natural evolution of the Chaucie’s Place mission.

“When you consider Chaucie’s history going back 10-11 years now, the community formed us, which is fairly unusual,” said Cox. “This physical building is here because of the community. I think that just speaks to how well this community has continued to support Chaucie’s Place.”

“There are a lot of exciting new things going on at Chaucie’s Place,” added Stark, “but the heart and the soul of the place has not changed, nor will it ever change.”
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