As a natural leader, Jill OBarske has proudly served on the Center for Victim and Human Rights board since 2012. She has over a decade of experience in sales, marketing, and management after graduating from Purdue University, and she currently works for vRide. Her decision to join the Center for Victim and Human Rights was a personal one – having witnessed domestic violence affect family and friends, and seeing the ripple effect of the social, mental and physical harm done. Becoming a part of something greater and championing the cause of this organization has forever changed her life in an amazing way. Jill lives in Brownsburg with her husband Mike, daughter Leia, and dog Sakai.
Sean grew up in Hancock County just east of Indianapolis. He attended college at IUPUI and has lived all his adult life on the Northside. Sean started his career in the restaurant business as a bartender and quickly became a buyer of beverage and food components. He worked for 17 years as a beverage director, chef, GM, R&D Chef, and owner/proprietor before going over to the wholesale beverage business. He currently is a Premium Whiskey Specialist with the Republic National Distributing Company. Sean enjoys a well-made boozy cocktail with neighborhood friends, or relaxing home time with his wife and two children. He hopes to contribute his skills in sales and relationship building to the CVHR for fundraising and event promotions.
A former client of the Center for Victim and Human Rights, Manoj Rana personally understands the incredible impact that the organization has on the health, safety, and stability the individuals it serves. After surviving an arson attack that burned 95% of his body, the Center for Victim and Human Rights provided Manoj with pro bono services for the next five years, helping him to successfully file for his U-Visa, his annual work authorizations, and eventually his green card, allowing him to receive the intensive medical care he so desperately needed to survive. Today, Manoj is proud to say that he not only survived, but that thanks to the support of the Center for Victim and Human Rights, he has thrived. After receiving his B.S. in Computer Science from Purdue University Calumet and his MBA from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business, Manoj served as a Project Manager in the Financial Planning and Analysis group at Indiana University Health before becoming the Senior Associate in Financial and Capital Planning group at Hall & Associates, LLC.
Promoting justice for victims and crime and human rights abuses has always been a passion of Melissa Arvin’s. After graduating from Butler University and the University Of Illinois College Of Law, Melissa put her passion to work by serving as the sole prosecutor Champaign County of Illinois State’s Attorney’s Office Domestic Violence Unit for the next three years. When she returned to Indianapolis in 2003, she served on the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office Domestic Violence Unit before joining the Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Unit, where she continues to work today as part of the Special Victims’ Team. Melissa has conducted more than eighty (80) jury trials to date, including cases involving domestic violence, stalking, serial rape, child molestation, and homicide cases and is proud to lend her expertise to the Center for Victim and Human Rights as a member of the board.
Growing up in Cyprus, a politically and physically divided country, Marios always knew he wanted to fight for justice and equality. Pursuing his dream, he moved in the United States in 2006 where he attended Indiana University, Bloomington and graduated with a BA in 2010. In 2013 he graduated Indiana University Maurer School of Law and was immediately hired at the Marion County Prosecutor’s office where he seeks justice for victims of violent crimes, specifically, sexual crimes and child abuse. As an immigrant and a strong advocate of justice and equality, Marios has dedicated his career to fighting for justice and becoming a part of the board of directors for Center for Victim and Human Rights is one of the proudest achievements in his life.
Mary Hutchison has always wanted to work in fighting for human rights. Upon her graduation from Anderson University, she joined the Peace Corps, serving for two years as a volunteer in Romania. After finishing her time with the Peace Corps, Mary graduated from the Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis and, in 2004, began working at the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office. For the next ten years, Mary led all human trafficking investigations and prosecutions; in January 2011, she successfully secured the first conviction for human trafficking in the state of Indiana. During her tenure at the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office, she was also cross-designated as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, allowing her to work on human trafficking investigations at a federal level. Considered an expert on the issue of human trafficking, Mary has conducted trainings for prosecutors and law enforcement agencies throughout the country. She serves on the Department of Justice Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force and has testified in front of Indiana Senate and House committees to support strengthening Indiana’s human trafficking laws. Mary became a supervisor in the Special Victims Unit of the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office before leaving for her current position in the Office of the Madison County Prosecutor, where she continues her work fighting for victims.
Upon earning his BA from Indiana University in 2007, Andrew Keeler began volunteering as an ESL instructor in Louisville, KY where he discovered a passion for social justice and giving back to his community. After earning his MPA from the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs in 2013, Andrew moved to the New York City area where he worked for an organization that provided free legal services to nonprofit organizations throughout New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. He moved to Indianapolis in 2015 to join the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy as its Corporate and Foundation Relations Manager. In seeing how the CVHR represents victims and empowers those who often lack resources and a safe environment, he was moved to join the Board of Directors to help advance the cause of justice in the Indianapolis community.
Heather Katrina is a proud Queens, New York native who has worked in human rights, women’s and reproductive rights, and politics and public policy for over a decade. After attending law school, where she was a member of the founding chapter of Law Students for Reproductive Justice and also served as Vice-President of the Feminist Law Forum, Heather worked in South Asia on maternal mortality, reproductive rights, and human rights access. Upon returning to New York, she went to work with the Domestic Violence Unit of South Brooklyn Legal Services, raised funds for Young Professionals for CARE, guest-lectured at numerous events for the State University of New York, served on two committees of the New York City Bar Association, and joined the Board of Directors of the New York Abortion Access Fund, in which she continues to serve remotely. Six years ago, she stumbled upon a job position in government, and ever since has worked at the intersection of policy and communications. She relocated to Indianapolis in late 2016, and currently works at the Indiana State Department of Health. In Indianapolis, Heather also serves with the Marion County Young Democrats, among other community-focused organizations. She is excited to bring her varied experience and expertise to the work of CVHR.
Kate Bathon Shufeldt is the CEO of Thrive Nonprofit Solutions, a nonprofit and public sector consulting firm specializing in program planning and evaluation, grant writing, and board development. She obtained a Master in Social Work from Saint Louis University and a Master in Public Administration from Indiana University South Bend. Her interest in issues the CVHR addresses began in college where she took on internships at the Crime Victim Advocacy Center, Legal Advocates for Abused Women, and the Center for Victims of Torture and War Trauma. Since then, she has gathered 10 years of experience working with agencies addressing intimate partner violence, juvenile justice, after-school education, child welfare, and substance abuse prevention. She founded Thrive in 2016 after working in nonprofit, for-profit, and governmental agencies in Indiana, Missouri, Michigan, and Arkansas. Kate lives in Indianapolis with her husband, Greg.
The Center for Victim and Human Rights (CVHR) is a 501(c)(3) organization that was established in 2008 with the specific purpose of providing comprehensive legal representation to victims of crime and human rights abuses, who often lack the safety and resources necessary to access available legal remedies.