"There's No Place Like Prom"
April 22, 2023 • The Commons • 7 - 11
A fundraiser for the Child Abuse Prevention Program
Light hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar, and desserts will be provided.
My name is Rachel Barry and I have lived in Columbus for over 20 years. I have two daughters, Shelby (6th grade) and Nora (2nd grade). I am an HR professional, and a coach for the cheer team at Mount Healthy Elementary. I enjoy being involved with the school, getting to know the kids, and helping them develop leadership skills and kindness. I appreciate being nominated for CAP Adult Prom and having the opportunity to raise money for this cause. I am looking forward to seeing the impact we can make!
My name is Stacey Brubaker and I am the Director of Surgical, Cardiovascular and Wound Center Services at Columbus Regional Health. I have lived in Bartholomew County my entire 39 years and am mom to 3 busy boys (Ayden, Brody and Lyam) and one crazy golden-doodle (Vivi)! As a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and someone who broke the generational cycle, I am more than honored to be nominated for the CAP Adult Prom Court for 2023. I understand firsthand the lifelong impacts of such trauma and am passionate about both prevention and giving a voice to those who have become victims. The ability to personally impact this effort in my own community by raising funds for Family Service and the Child Abuse Prevention programs is the next chapter in my story.
Mom of 3 very active littles (Gunner, Mavryck, Blakeleigh), wife of Riley, health and wellness coach, business owner. Originally from Franklin, moved away for ten years to follow my husband who was in the Marine Corps. We had a chance to live in California, Virginia and Japan. Absolutely incredible experience and taught us so much about the world. When he decided to leave the Marine Corps we knew we wanted to come home to Franklin. We wanted to let our kids grow up in a small town. My dream was to own a small business in my hometown that brought health and wellness to the community and a safe place for all to feel welcome. 8 weeks after returning home from Japan we had keys to our business, Hometown Nutrition Franklin. We offer healthy options for the community. Our team has expanded their nutrition clubs all over Indiana as well as Iowa, Florida and Mississippi. Our vision and passion is to help others become the best version of themselves. Our passion is to make a difference in the community. We love to lock arms with local businesses and the athletics in our town to make an impact. I am so excited to be apart of the CAP ADULT PROM and raise money for this incredible organization.
Hello to all my potential loyal subjects! My name is Christopher Lanning, and I'm honored to represent Columbus and its surrounding areas as a CAP Prom King candidate for 2023! I'm a lifelong Hoosier residing in Jackson county, but have always called Columbus my 'work home'. I've been in the automotive repair field for 24 years now after graduating from Columbus North in '98, then from Lincoln Technical Institute in '99 after being raised by a family of educators and blue-collar workers. My wife, Jessica, and I have enjoyed watching our kids grow up in this area and venture off to new beginnings in college and collegiate sports. I love helping the community that's been so good to me over the past 10 years of being a local business owner, which is why being asked to join the CAP prom court sparked my interest! So, make sure to think of all the good you'll be doing for child abuse prevention when you cast that vote to make me your next CAP Adult Prom King!
My name is Kyle Gilbert. I have lived in Columbus, Indiana for nearly 34 years. Within our community, I enjoy working as a career firefighter with Columbus Township Fire and Rescue, diving for the Bartholomew Co. Water Rescue & Recovery Team, and helping friends, family, and clients with their real estate needs as a realtor at Wagner Realtors. When I’m not working, I enjoy riding my bikes, running, hiking, recreational diving, and all different types of outdoor activities. Group runs at White River Running Co. and group bike rides with friends are always at the top of my list of things to do. Above all, I enjoy helping people in any way that I can. Being on the Adult Prom Court is another exciting way I can provide help within the community which I care so much about. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to be on the CAP Adult Prom Court! Being a firefighter and a public servant, I feel that I have a special role and responsibility to help educate our community on the unfortunate truths about childhood abuse, which can have immediate and lifelong effects on children and future generations. Through CAP Adult Prom, I will help raise funds needed to grow and maintain the amazing and much-needed programs provided to our community through Family Services, Inc.
Kaitlyn Kotter is the proud owner of Planted Passions Marketing. She finds joy in helping small businesses grow through the proper use of social media marketing. While in Columbus, Kaitlyn was heavily involved in and spearheaded the social media for the Think Local Columbus campaign, was an active member of the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce and volunteered at various events each year. Since moving to Fountain Square, she has gotten involved in the Southside Marketing Group and is a member of the Heartland Partners BNI chapter. She is excited to be able to expand Family Service’s reach this year and share their purpose with business leaders throughout Central Indiana. In her limited free time, Kaitlyn loves to travel & explore the great outdoors with her husband, Andrew (employee of Cummins) and their dogs, Buffwardo & Juniper. Child Abuse Prevention is a cause Kaitlyn feels strongly about and she hopes to use her platform to educate the community, as she knows that awareness plays a vital role in breaking cycles that can cause long term and damaging effects.
My passion is people and bringing out the best in them. I work with amazing people every day and am committed to helping them discover who they are, their passion, and what they're capable of. I grew up in Michigan but after college left the midwest for over a decade spending years in Hawaii, San Francisco, and South America working as a math teacher, an educational consultant, founder of a software company, and then eventually spent years studying eastern medicine, meditation, and qi gong. I moved to Columbus in 2021 and continue to support people in becoming the best version of themselves as well as successful entrepreneurs through the non-profit work of Velocities.
My name is Gray Nelson and I am the Finance Manager at Bob Poynter GM. Born and raised in Jackson County, I am proud to represent our county for the CAP Adult Prom! This past September I tied the knot with my best friend and favorite travel buddy, Madison. She has been my biggest supporter throughout our relationship, and she is just as excited for this event as I am. When I was asked to be on the CAP Prom Court for 2023, I asked myself why me? That answer is simple, because the children in our community need a voice. As a child I was fortunate to have two loving parents, and as I’ve grown older I have realized not every child is that fortunate. It is my goal to be that voice for not only Jackson County, but surrounding counties as well. I’m excited to raise money for this program, but I am equally excited to continue raising awareness for CAP.
Lauren was born and raised in Bartholomew County. A graduate of Hauser Jr-Sr. High School, Lauren went on to earn her bachelor’s degree in Applied Health from Indiana University and a master’s degree in Nutrition and Wellness from Benedictine University. She is a registered dietitian, certified specialist in sports dietetics, and is a certified strength and conditioning specialist. Lauren is currently the General Manager of 450 North Brewing Company and Simmons Winery. She serves on Ivy Tech’s Surgical Technology board and volunteers weekly at Columbus Animal Care Services. Lauren actively fights for animal rights and improved welfare within Bartholomew County. Lauren and her husband, Les, have four adorable dogs, Edge, Maverick, Ally, and Georgia, and a cat, Onyx. Why CAP Adult Prom Court? ''I have multiple close people in my life who were abused as teenagers. I would give the world to change that for them. While I unfortunately can’t go back and change the past, I can help by raising money to ensure child abuse prevention and education programs continue and expand into other counties so that children are safe now and in the future.''
Kelly Weisner is a doctor of physical therapy and co-owner of Flourish Columbus, Inc. She is a pelvic floor specialist and focuses her practice on the evaluation and treatment of dysfunction of the pelvic floor and how it relates to the body as a whole. Growing up in Indianapolis, Kelly has lived in Columbus for 10+ years and now considers Columbus her home. As a trauma-informed healthcare professional, Kelly feels that educating the people of Bartholomew and surrounding counties, starting at a young age, is imperative for the development of a healthy and safe community. Having two young children herself, Kelly is thrilled to be a part of the CAP Adult Prom Court. She looks forward to educating her community about the CAP program and raising funds to support its important mission and vision.
My name is Jerone Wood. I am 34 years old and the youngest of 3 kids. I have 4 children of my own. I am currently a physical education teacher at Mt. Healthy elementary school. I am also the girls basketball coach there as well. I represent district 1 on city council here in Columbus. I am also the head boys track coach at Columbus East high school. I also help my parents with their church located in North Vernon. I believe raising money for Child Abuse Prevention is extremely important. Being that I am a parent myself and my career deals with kids, I can’t think of something better to not only raise money for but to also raise awareness. Children literally are my life and I have made it a priority to help however God sees fit. I deal with children daily that have to deal with some form of abuse and its heartbreaking. Whether its nonverbal, verbal, or physical, it has an extremely negative impact on these children. Both short term and long term. It is both an honor and a privilege to assist this event in raising funds for such a worthy cause. Now lets to get to work and start raising money!!!!!!
My name is Shane Yates. I am a husband, a girl dad, and the C4 Assistant Director for BCSC. I have lived in Columbus for 36 years. My wife, Becky, and I have two daughters, Makenley (8) and Harper (5). This is my 16th year working in education. I have been able to see the benefits of this program first-hand with students in our schools. The education that is provided by CAP is beneficial to students and families throughout our community. I am honored to be nominated for the CAP Adult Prom to help raise funds to support this program.