Kitty Seelig is the Founder and Executive Director of Helpings of Hope. She grew up in Centerville, IN and went to Ball State University, studying Dietetic Technology. Kitty brings seventeen years of experience as a registered dietician to her role as Executive Director. She has worked in various healthcare settings such as diabetes education, nutrition education, and hospice nutrition. With a Master’s Degree in Dietetics from Ball State, Kitty has established her own consulting business where she works primarily with people who are developmentally disabled in their group homes. Dietetics has given her a wealth of opportunities to provide nutrition care for individuals across the health care continuum. Through her experience as a registered dietitian, she has seen firsthand the effects of food insecurity on the health of individuals. With this knowledge and personal experience, Kitty brings her passion for empowering the marginalized and vision for reducing food insecurity, poverty, and social injustice in the greater Indianapolis community to her role as Executive Director of Helpings of Hope.
Bruce Garrison, President
Bruce Garrison serves as the President and Chairman of the Board for Helpings of Hope. Bruce grew up in Indianapolis and has a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies and Philosophy from Evangel University in Missouri.
Bruce has thirty years of experience in the nonprofit world. For a large part of his life, Bruce served as President and CEO of Timeless Impact International, which was based in England for nearly twenty-five years. In this role, he oversaw publishing ventures, short-term humanitarian projects, and education and development strategies in numerous countries on four continents. Bruce currently serves as a pastor at The Dwelling Place, a church in the greater Indianapolis area, where he oversees the communication and outreach activities. He also serves on the boards of Horizon House, the only day center for the homeless in Indianapolis, and the Center for Interfaith Cooperation in Indianapolis. Bruce also occasionally acts as a consultant for international nonprofits on a pro bono basis. Bruce believes that addressing poverty, inequality, and the accompanying issue of hunger is one of the greatest needs of our society. He is excited about the many ways Helpings of Hope is beginning to make a difference in many communities in the Indianapolis area.
Karen Porter, Vice-President
Karen Porter acts as Vice-President of Helpings of Hope. Karen is a native Hoosier. She has an undergraduate degree from Indiana Wesleyan in Business Administration. Karen has worked in the health care industry for over twenty-five years. She held a variety of positions including the role of System Vice President, Chief Planning Officer at St. Vincent Health, one of the largest, non-profit health systems in Indiana. Karen has experience with start-up organizations having served as the Vice President of Operations for a joint venture management company developed by a large group of independent physicians and St. Vincent Health and she is currently the President of K. L. Porter Strategic Solutions, LLC, which she started in 2013. Karen has extensive experience in market analytics, business development, strategic planning, and process improvement. As a consultant, Karen continues to focus on health care and has provided pro bono strategic planning services to a variety of non-profit organizations, including a free clinic for the homeless and disadvantaged, and a national nonprofit organization that assists homeless individuals with education, employment, and shelter. Karen also serves as adjunct faculty at the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. She teaches Strategic Planning in Health Organizations. In addition, Karen serves on the Indiana Nurse Family Partnership Community Advisory Board, the Sisters of Providence Mission Advisory Board, and the Gennesaret Free Clinic Board of Directors and Governance Committee. Karen’s professional and volunteer experiences have prepared her to appreciate the opportunity to serve as a board member for Helpings of Hope, as the organization seeks to address hunger issues locally and globally.
Mary Gray, Secretary/Treasurer
Mary Gray acts as Secretary/Treasurer on the Helpings of Hope board. Mary is a native Hoosier. She has undergraduate and graduate degrees from Indiana University in Psychology and Hospital and Health Care Administration. After working for 20 years in non-profit health care and hospital organizations as a manager and administrator, Mary was appointed COO of Regenstrief Institute, a medical research organization, where she served for thirteen years with responsibility for operations and strategic growth. Her portfolio included a 14.5 million dollar budget, over 80 research grants and contracts, and oversight responsibility for 300 scientists and staff. Mary currently works as a consultant to nonprofit organizations, assisting in development and implementation of operational and strategic initiatives. She is a past board member of the Indianapolis Senior Center and currently volunteers in her home church food pantry. Her work and volunteer experiences have prepared her to appreciate the opportunity to serve as a board member for Helpings of Hope, as the organization seeks to address hunger issues locally and globally.
Kathleen Brannen, Director
Kathleen was born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky. She attended Butler University in Indianapolis, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree with honors in Anthropology and Religious Studies. Through different internships and volunteer opportunities in nonprofit organizations, Kathleen found her niche within the Indianapolis community. While at Butler, Kathleen secured a job working with refugees that continued after her graduation. She was the coordinator of a self-sufficiency program to aid refugees and their families in becoming self-sufficient by their 120th day in America. This program helped refugees with English lessons, job security, budgetary skills, and basic cultural understanding of America. Kathleen continued her professional journey at Horizon House, a local organization that serves the needs of the homeless. Here Kathleen conducts street outreach by providing basic needs and resources for clients to help begin the process of ending homelessness. She also coordinates volunteers by teaching and training them in the proper ways in which to interact with homeless clients and how they can best help to end the cycle of poverty. Kathleen is a young millennial that has found a passion for the Indianapolis community through her years at Butler University. She is excited to be a part of Helpings of Hope in order to help decrease food insecurity and poverty in the community she now calls home.
Reba has been an Environmental Health Specialist for the Marion County Public Health Department since 2001. In April of 2016 she was promoted to the position of Community Education and Outreach Liaison. She has an Associate’s Degree in Office Management, An Associate’s Degree in Business Administration, 45 hours of Skilled Development Training, and is currently seeking a BA degree in Organizational Leadership, and will graduate in 2018. Reba is a member of the Indiana Environmental Health Association (IEHA) and serves as Chapter Rep for the Central Chapter, member of the NW Governance Council, the NW QOL Housing Committee, Hunger Relief Committee member, Meridian Highland Neighborhood Association honorary member, and a member of the Health Committee Meeting at CAFÉ, NUSA member (Neighborhood USA) and participant in many more groups.
Ally Mulumba Ntumba joined the board of Helpings of Hope in June of 2017. Ally arrived in the United States in 2013 from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Ally is passionate about helping and working with immigrants and refugees in Indianapolis. He currently works as a Case Manager at Exodus Refugee Immigration Services, a nonpro t organization based Indianapolis. Exodus delivers support to refugees through Reception and Placement. They also work closely with newly arrived refugees by providing intensive case management services and assisting them with setting up social service benefits, medical screenings and appointments, orientation to the U.S., enrollment of children in school, and many other services. Before joining Exodus, Ally served one year as an Americorps worker in the area of Immigration and Refugee Service (IRSC). He has more than ten years’ experience working with nonprofits and youth organizations, especially in the areas of human rights, peace initiatives, and con ict resolution. While in Africa, Ally was co-founder of many youth organizations and networks in the eastern part of Congo. He served as the Executive Director of Ligue des Jeunes Grands Lacs (Great Lakes Youth League), a position that allowed him to work closely with youth in Burundi, DRC , Rwanda, and Uganda. Ally also worked as a journalist with local newspapers and was active in radio and television broadcasting. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Management.