Joel joined the Union Health Foundation in 2012. His experience with the hospital goes back much farther than that. Joel was born at Union, his late wife, Mary, was a surgical nurse for 19 years at Union Hospital and the Wabash Surgery Center, and three of their four children were born here. As such, Joel knows first hand the level of care Union Hospital provides to our patients and our community, and it’s what brought him to the Foundation.
“Every day I see the caregivers and support staff here at Union making a difference in the lives of our patients and their families. Because of the experiences my family and I have had, some happy and some sad, I am thrilled to be part of the difference making. By sharing the impact of the important work being done at Union, we are helping the community understand the value of their charitable investment in Union Health. Our work to fund new technology and services for the betterment of our community is personally fulfilling.”
Joel is a graduate of Indiana State University with a Bachelor of Science in Speech Communication and a Masters of Arts in Communication. It’s not often you’ll find Joel sitting down. If he isn’t on the move with his children, it’s a safe bet he’s somewhere in the world on a bicycle. As an avid cyclist, he has ridden more than 27,000 miles, and expects to add 5,000 to that total in 2016. He serves on the board of directors for Art Spaces, Hospice of the Wabash Valley, Indiana Masonic Home Foundation, and is a member of St. Joseph's University Parish, Boy Scouts of America, Country Club of Terre Haute, Griffin Bike Park, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, and the Sigma Chi Fraternity.
Assistant Director of Development
Kelly Walker joined the Foundation in April 2015 as assistant director of development. She brings more than a decade of marketing, communications, public relations and journalism experience with her from her previous roles in both commercial and non –profit industries. Most recently she served for six years in the marketing and public relations department at Union Hospital Inc. Kelly’s experience provides her with an intimate knowledge of the health system's services as well as the healthcare needs of Wabash Valley residents.
"One of the aspects of marketing I loved the most was the opportunity to connect people with our healthcare services and help make a difference in their lives. Now at the Foundation, I'm excited to raise funds to help provide the resources necessary to deliver that level of quality care in our community."
Kelly grew up just east of Indianapolis in New Palestine, Indiana, and spent much of her childhood watching the legend Larry Bird play for the Boston Celtics. That fandom led her to Bird's alma mater, Indiana State University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in journalism. Kelly also holds an MBA from Western Governor's University. She serves as Vice President on the Indiana Healthcare Marketing and Public Relations Society Board of Directors, and is a member of the Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development and the Valley Professionals Community Health Center's public relations working group. Kelly and her husband, Kenny, live in Seelyville with their three rambunctious children.
With 23 years of experience, Margaret Douglas is the resident expert on all of the history and goings-on of the Foundation. During her tenure, she’s helped launch the capital campaign, which provided funding for the construction of Union East, and oversaw the Foundation Golf Outing, which is the area’s premier golf tournament in the Wabash Valley netting over $100,000 annually.
“I am very loyal to the Foundation. I love working here. I get to meet and know so many different people that have became great friends I get to raise money for programs that I believe in, like Camp Bluebird and the Children’s Classic Run.”
Margaret is a lifelong resident of Terre Haute and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Her free time is devoted to her family of four children and four grandchildren. When she’s not spoiling them rotten, she can be found shopping, baking or lunching with friends. She’s a Fitbit enthusiast and earns extra steps by hiking at area parks
Marlene has been with the Foundation since 1996. During that time, she’s brought the Foundation into the modern ages by creating electronic databases for the management of scholarships, grant and awards. She oversees the process from application to selection to disbursement and does it all with a smile on her face.
“I’m happy to have a part in the grant process including the follow-through of grants and how they help Union Hospital and even outside in our community. I enjoy seeing the funds go to good use, and I really enjoy meeting the donors and working with our board members, observing their enthusiasm and desire to advance our mission.”
Marlene was born and raised in Brazil, Indiana. She’s been married to her husband, Stephen, for 33 years, and they are actively involved with the Northview Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Marlene and Stephen have one daughter, two young grandsons and one granddaughter, who they love to dote on with trips to the parks, museums and zoos. On sunny days, Marlene and Steve enjoy taking long drives through the countryside and traveling. Marlene also practices mat pilates, and often spends her break time doing a workout in a spare room around the office.