About Resilient Jefferson County

Resilient Jefferson County is a coalition of community members whose mission is to transform our community and the health of future generations by becoming trauma-informed and preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).

The roots of Resilient Jefferson County began in March 2019 with the viewing of the film Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope. This was shown to a small group of community leaders who agreed that this was something that we needed to explore for our county. After learning about ACEs, the Community Foundation of Madison and Jefferson County (CFMJC) became interested in the possibilities and asked the Healthy Communities Initiative, a program of the Norton King's Daughters' Health, to work with the CFMJC to obtain a $50,000 planning grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. As part of that process, Resilience was shown to over 200 people in our community. Public Sector Consultants, an organization that has conducted ACE studies, was hired and a plan was created. In October of 2020, Lilly Endowment Inc. awarded a $100,000 grant to the CFMJC to implement its plan.

With this plan, we envision a safe, healthy, and resilient community that thrives. Over time, we will reduce the need for social services and strengthen our workforce; thereby, increasing our ability to continually reinvest in the community. We will do this through data collection, education, and advocacy for programs and solutions that build resiliency.

COMMITMENT STATEMENT

"We envision a collaborative that can impact ACEs in Jefferson County by engaging the community to honestly address our needs by enhancing and developing systems that foster resilience to ensure quality of life for generations to come."
Why is it important for Jefferson County to address ACEs and become a trauma-informed community?

The Indiana Youth Institute (IYI) annually prepares a data book about the state of children in our community. 

 

Here is how Jefferson County ranks in the State of Indiana (out of 92 counties):​

3rd

for mothers reported smoking during pregnancy

11th

for children in poverty under the age of 18

12th

for single parent families

15th

for Children in Need of Services (CHINS) under the age of 18

16th

for reported child abuse and neglect cases

18th

for infant deaths under the age of 1

18th

for students receiving out-of-school suspension

23rd

for babies born prematurely

Meet Our Steering Committee

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BILL BARNES

President & CEO, Community Foundation of Madison and Jefferson County

Bill has served as the President and CEO of the Community Foundation since 2010 and is involved in many organizations in the community, including the Rotary Club and and the City of Madison Tree Board.

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MOLLY DODGE

Senior Vice President, Workforce and Careers, Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana

Molly Dodge serves as the Senior Vice President of Workforce and Careers at Ivy Tech Community College. Previously, she served as the chancellor of the campus in Madison, Indiana. Prior to this role, Molly served in dual roles as director of adult education and director of the Clearinghouse and special projects at the Madison-based non-profit River Valley Resources, Inc. (RVR). Molly serves as a member of the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services.

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Dr. DIAMOND HARRIS

Pediatrician, Norton King's Daughters' Health

Dr. Diamond Harris has been a provider with the NKDH Madison Pediatrics team since 2014. She is involved in community outreach endeavors at the Madison area schools and Girls Inc. 

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Brad Wood

Director of Operations, River Valley Resources

Brad currently oversees the daily operations for the Clearinghouse, a program of River Valley Resources (RVR). He manages several projects/programs at RVR. Brad received his Bachelors in International & Community Development from Indiana Wesleyan University. He worked in mental health and addiction treatment prior to joining RVR.

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CEO and President, Bethany Legacy Foundation

Dora was named as the first CEO and President of the Bethany Legacy Foundation which was created from the sale of King’s Daughters’ Health by the Bethany Circle of King’s Daughters and Sons in July 2022. Previously, she served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation.  Prior to that Anim served as the Senior Vice President of Programs and Services at the Health Collaborative in Cincinnati.

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NADJA BOONE

Director of Marketing & Community Relations of Norton King's Daughter's Hospital

Nadja Boone, BSN, RN is the Director of Marketing, Community Relations and Development for Norton King’s Daughters’ Health (NKDH) in Madison.  She has served in this capacity for over 25 years. Her leadership roles have included:  American Heart Association Board of Directors in Southern Indiana and currently serves on the steering committee for Leadership Jefferson County.

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AMBER FINNEGAN

State Director of Correctional Education, Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana

Amber Finnegan was appointed as the first Director of Jefferson County Community Corrections in 2010 which is now called Court Services. In March 2022, she became the State Director of Correctional Services for Ivy Tech Community College. She has a passion for implementing evidence-based practices and coaching leadership development.

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BETH LICHLYTER

Chief Financial Officer, SuperATV

Beth Lichlyter is the Chief Financial Officer at SuperATV in Madison, and a member of the board of directors for the Community Foundation of Madison & Jefferson County.  She has an MBA from Franklin University, and is a licensed CPA. 

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KEITH HOWARD

Coordinator, Healthy Communities Initiative of Jefferson County

Keith has served as the Healthy Communities Initiative Coordinator since 2019.  He serves on the Ivy Tech Human Services/Psychology Advisory Board and the Community Foundation Scholarship Committee. Previous work includes being the Vice President of Student Affairs for the Colorado Community College System and Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs for the Northwest Region of Ivy Tech Community College.

Community Supporters

Bill Barnes

Community Foundation of Madison & Jefferson County

Nadja Boone

King's Daughters' Health

Molly Dodge

Ivy Tech Community College Madison

Amber Finnegan

Jefferson County Community Corrections

Kenny Garrett

Town of Hanover

Dr. John Hossler

Jefferson County Health Department

Rev. Bill Johnson

Greater Madison Ministerial Alliance

Phil Kahn

Prince of Peace Catholic Schools

Emily McDarment

Lifespring Health Systems - Jefferson County Office

Susan Melton

Centerstone - Madison

Margo Olson

River Valley Resources

Susan Stahl

Girls Inc. of Jefferson County

Kevin Turner

Madison Precision Products

Angela Vaughn

Educator

Jeff Bates

Southwestern Jefferson County Consolidated School Corporation

Mayor Bob Courtney

City of Madison

Carol Dozier

King's Daughters' Health

Heather Foy

King's Daughters' Health

Dr. Diamond Harris

King's Daughters' Health

R. Keith Howard

Healthy Communities Initiative of Jefferson County

Kori Jones

Indiana Youth Institute

Beth Lichlyter

SuperATV

Major Ben McKay

Madison Indiana Police Department

Judge D.J. Mote

Jefferson Circuit Court

Lori Slygh

Southwestern Jefferson County School Corporation

Betsy Sullivan

Madison Consolidated School Corporation

Chief John Wallace

Madison Indiana Police Department