Prior to choosing a career in academics, Neff (right in photo) worked in the legal field for over 10 years, specializing in trial preparation in insurance defense work and personal injury, as well as research analysis in patent and trademark, health law and civil litigation.
She left the legal field in 2006 to pursue teaching at the university level which lead to a new career in academics and her current position as Director of Educational Services, at Marian University, in August of 2008. With the help of local attorneys and paralegals, Neff developed the new paralegal studies degree that launched in fall of 2011 and has developed a new partnership based, hands-on business degree curriculum, involving community outreach and partnership establishment among local businesses, non-profits and sports teams.
Neff graduated from Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and English. Her Master of Arts degree, in English, is from Butler University.
She and her partner, April Priest, owner of the Indy Crash and head coach, dedicate their time to the team’s mission, success, marketing and community awareness. Neff never played football; she was a swimmer, but April’s passion for football has inspired her and the other Board members to get the community to embrace these female athletes, in a sport that refuses to put women in a box. She admires the sport and the league for accepting all women and the unique talents they bring to the team, on and off the field.
Neff credits April and her love for giving her a new found energy and a better outlook on life and what is most important.
Neff also enjoys yoga and boxing; their dogs, Jasper and Yoder, and time with friends and family in their local Broad Ripple community.
GAME DAY FIELD COORDINATOR & ASSISTANT MEDIA DIRECTOR
Debi gives the board much needed comic relief. She is an EMT, and her partner calls her Debi-Roo. Their favorite game is "mimic this animal." She is currently going to school to be a dental assistant. Debi is an awesome aunt to four nieces, one nephew and many fur-babies. Here favorite color is orange and favorite tattoo is of her dog wearing day of the dead make-up. She could watch the move "Nightmare Before Christmas" until wearing it out. Debi is extremely excited to be a part of the Indy Crash Board and has the players best interest at heart. She has been an avid football fan from a young age. "The only thing I like more than football and tattoos is my daily trip to Starbucks."
With a keen eye for composition and design principles, Jennifer Smith has been a professional graphic designer and production artist for over a decade. Her background in printing and desktop publishing taught her many of the fundamentals of the industry early on. Her expertise includes a number of software skills, design and layout, offset and digital printing, typography, and web administration.
Jennifer’s interest in creative arts started at a young age when she began private art lessons at age 10. She continued with bi-weekly lessons and weekend classes until she left home for college. Throughout her college career, she studied many different types of creative outlets including printmaking, photography, painting, and graphic design. She graduated with a BFA in oil painting, but continued to take courses over the years to improve her design skills.
Jennifer has taken a variety of roles throughout the years including prepress operator, equipment specialist, website administrator, database developer, as well as graphic designer, and now production artist at Kite Realty Group. In addition to her professional aspirations, she has pursued a variety of interests. She volunteered for several years at Log Cabin Animal Hospital while taking pre-vet courses at night. She also received her certification to teach English as a foreign language and does personal management and freelance graphic design for a number of clients. She is excited to begin this next adventure as Creative Director on the Indy Crash Board.
In her spare time, Jennifer likes travelling, riding her motorcycle, and collecting geodes and crinoids. Her favorite color is orange.
COMMUNICATIONS & MEDIA RELATIONS DIRECTOR
Darren joined the Indy Crash Board of Directors as the Communication and Media Relations Director in January 2015. His hope for The Indy Crash is to gain community awareness and support. Darren has devoted himself do his personal best to get The Indy Crash team’s games, fundraisers, and socials to the local media/newspaper/radio outlets. He has a Bachelor's Degree from Marian University in Business Administration and currently works for a non-profit in Indianapolis that supports children and families in crisis. Darren has a heart and a giant personality, and it shines through in everything he does. Darren is a member of the Scottish Rite Orchestra as a violinist and has been a member of North United Methodist Church for the past 6 years. He enjoys the service that the congregation contributes to the city. During the summers, he enjoys marching in the Indy Pride Parade as a member of the Indy Pride Colorgaurd. Darren wants this to be one of the best years for The Indy Crash Woman's Football Team, and he is grateful to have the opportunity to serve as a member of the Board of Directors.
Katherine has worked for the Federal Aviation Administration for 31 years. Born in Puerto Rico, she grew up in southeastern Connecticut, then moved with her family to Indiana. She’s lived downtown Indianapolis for 2 years, currently in the Chatham Arch district. She loves the arts, restaurants, clubs and recreation the city offers, especially the Mass Ave area. She’s as bad at bowling as she is at golf but likes to think she makes up for her lack of skills with an abundance of enthusiasm.
TEAM LIAISON & COMMUNITY RELATIONS
Lora is a resident of Indianapolis, on the west side, but she really enjoys the roots she has planted throughout Hendricks County. That is her "home" even though she does not currently reside within the county limits (missed it by about 1/2 a block). She and her husband, Ross have been married for 6 years this summer, and they dated for almost twice that. They have a chocolate lab named Peyton and spend a large chunk of their free time with friends, camping, traveling, going to concerts, and enjoying Indianapolis. Their biggest adventure involves the planning of a trip to Greece. Hopefully, they will make it there in 2016. They have both spent time in Europe, but not together! Music and creativity are what Lora lives for. She chose marketing as her major in college, because it was the perfect combination of creativity and business. She would have loved to have been a starving artist, but she has too many expensive habits. She is so excited for the opportunity to be a part of this Indy Crash Board of Directors. Lora’s passion shows in her words: “It's always exciting to get in on the ground floor of something amazing, and I truly believe this organization has the qualities.”
COMMUNITY AWARENESS ADVOCATE
Jewel is originally from Roann, Indiana but has lived in Indianapolis for 9 years. She attended Marian University, where she received a Bachelor's degree in Communication with a minor in Sociology. She then attended IUPUI for her Master's degree in Sociology. She loves to research family, gender and sexuality.
Jewel's hobbies include watching and attending sporting events, going to concerts, spending time with friends and family, cooking and watching cooking shows, fishing, traveling and spending time with her girlfriend Kristin.
Jewel currently works as a Client Service Representative for a toxicology lab and is an adjunct professor of Sociology for Marian’s Adult Program at Marian University. She loves teaching and knows that it is her calling, whether it be in the classroom or in her everyday life. This has lead Jewel to be the Community Awareness Advocate. With her background in Sociology and a desire to teach, Jewel feels that women's sports are underrepresented. The Indy Crash falls under the stereotype that it’s not "real tackle football" or that women’s sports are less entertaining. With this, she hopes to inform the community about the uniqueness of the members of the Indy Crash, as well as the true competition that exists in the WFA.
BOARD MARKETING ADVISOR
Wriston received her B.S. from the State University of New York with a double major in English and Psychology and her M.A. in English from Butler University. She served as Director of Customer Communication at Sallie Mae, where she spent 14 years of her career. She recently transferred to Wiley Publishing, where she manages academic marketing for Behavioral and Public Health, K12 and Higher Adult Education titles. She has worked in some form of marketing for the last 16 years; her specialty is direct to consumer marketing and loyalty/retention programs. Stacy has also been an adjunct professor at Marian University for the last 9 years and still enjoys teaching short stories, professional writing and literature analysis.
VP & SOCIAL MEDIA DIRECTOR
Leslie Mastin is a Research Manager at Kite Realty Group, in Indianapolis, Indiana. She started her career in the travel industry, first as a leisure travel agent, then moving into corporate travel. She moved into commercial real estate after 9/11, when the travel industry took the brunt of that recession.
She’s been in the commercial real estate industry for 14 years, and has worked at Kite Realty Group since 2007. Kite Realty Group Trust is a full-service, vertically-integrated real estate investment trust focused primarily on the development, construction, acquisition, ownership and operation of high quality neighborhood and community shopping centers in selected growth markets in the United States. She’s currently a Research Manager, overseeing property marketing materials such as, aerials, maps, demographics, bullet points and miscellaneous research, as well as custom presentations for retailers and portfolio reviews. She is also a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) North American Research Task Force.
In her spare time, she loves attending art, theater, history, sporting, or music events and also volunteers locally for the Urban Land Institute, Irish Fest, Planned Parenthood, and The Indy Fringe Festival.
EDITOR IN CHIEF & SOCIAL MEDIA ADVISOR
A member of the Indy Crash Board of Directors since 2015, Jada Halse works as a full-time Deputy Prosecuting Attorney with the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office, and as a part-time Adjunct Instructor in Marian’s Adult Programs (MAP) at University Marian University, both in Indianapolis, Indiana. Originally from Rapid City, South Dakota, Halse, now a Hoosier, resides in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Halse brings a diverse career and educational background with her to the Indy Crash. She has experience working as a television and radio news reporter and editor; marriage and family therapist, scientific researcher in the areas of biology, veterinary medicine, psychology, and family therapy; career counselor; college tutor; academic paper editor; college instructor, and attorney in employment, family, and criminal law. Halse is an alumna of the Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis; Purdue University Calumet Marriage and Family Therapy Program; University of Missouri, Columbia School of Arts and Science (psychology and East Asian studies), and School of Journalism; and Boston University College of Arts and Sciences.
An avid sports fan, Halse aggressively follows the professional sports teams of Indianapolis and the college teams from her alma mater, Mizzou. A high school athlete who played a variety of sports, Halse now focuses on weightlifting, bowling, and running 5k races. As a feminist, Halse supports organizations that promote equality and assist women; since Indy Crash furthers both causes, its Board of Directors is a perfect fit for her. Halse spends her tiny bit of free time multitasking the following: cooking, reading, watching Game of Thrones, wine tasting, and engaging in a battle of wills with her two dogs, Bolt and Parsnip.
ZOEY "LITTLE MISTER"
BOARD SUPERVISOR & WEBSITE ADMINISTRATOR
Zoey keeps everyone in line. Although he spends his day bossing the Board around, he has a big heart and loves to cuddle. Occasionally, he'll share his bacon.