Changing Footprints realizes the great need for shoes around the world as protection from diseases and a gateway to education. Because of that need, Changing Footprints collects new and gently used shoes for distribution to homeless, disaster-stricken, or underprivileged people locally, nationally, and internationally regardless of race, religion, gender, or ethnicity.
Maureen Leisure, Co-Founder and Honorary Board Member, retired from Emerson Climate Technologies as a Materials Analyst. During 23 years of service, she held positions in Customer Service, Shipping, Executive Secretary and then Materials Analyst. Changing Footprints is a dream come true and a wonderfully satisfying way of providing humanitarian aid and community service. She was awarded the 2009 DAR Good Citizenship Award in February and currently sits on the Patient & Family Advisory Council at Rush Memorial Hospital. Maureen resides in Rushville IN where her 3 grown children and families live close by and play an active role in Changing Footprints.
Bob Broughton, Board President, is a Manager at Emerson Climate Technologies Indianapolis Distribution Center. Bob and Maureen were co-workers at Emerson when the dream of Changing Footprints became a reality. He was very instrumental in the initial process of startup and is currently the Indianapolis Warehouse Coordinator. Changing Footprints has been a blessing in allowing Bob an outlet to make a real difference in the lives of others and to share a bit of his happiness and prosperity with others who need a helping hand. Bob lives in Indianapolis and has been married for more than 20 years, with two wonderful yet completely different teenage sons.
Ruth Houk, Executive Director, is a retired elementary teacher with 34 years of teaching experience. She has always been interested in finding ways to be a positive influence in the lives of others, children especially. She is interested in not only providing shoes for the needy but also in getting children involved in philanthropic activities. She hopes to accomplish this by visiting schools to encourage shoe drives and community service of any kind. She is also a board member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rush County. She resides in Rushville, IN but makes frequent trips to Atlanta, GA where her two children and four grandchildren live.
Stephen Jeffries, Board Vice President, together with his wife, Joyce, own The Acorn Tree in Greenfield, celebrating 25 years of being in the floral design/wedding/event industry. Stephen grew up working in his dad’s repair shop in Rushville and graduated from Rushville High School with Maureen Leisure. Stephen and Joyce have 3 sons and 4 grandchildren who are the center of their life. Serving in Viet Nam as an Air Force administrative assistant, Stephen became passionate about the needs of children in underserved countries. After a mission trip to Honduras with an IU medical team a few years ago and a lifetime of serving his church, Stephen was eager to become involved in the remarkable and much needed ministry of Changing Footprints.
Zach Furniss, Board Treasurer, is a Sr. Supervisor of Kit Packaging for Roche Diagnostics in Indianapolis. While attending Butler University’s MBA program, he was able to fill a desire for community service through a partnership between Butler and Changing Footprints. The experiences gained through this opportunity have evoked a passion for stewardship and giving to those in need. Zach currently resides in Mooresville, IN with his wife, Michelle, and their two children Grayson and Emily.
Edna Moster, Board Secretary, is a recently retired high school teacher with 39 years of experience. Although involved in a number of community activities, she is especially glad to be involved in Changing Footprints because of its local origin and its mission to contribute nationally and internationally as well as locally. Edna is married to Tom Moster and they share four children and two delightful granddaughters.
Eileen Armstrong is a lifelong resident of Rush County. She is the mother of 5, grandmother of 12, great-grandmother of 2 , and the wife of Anthony Alan Armstrong for 46 years. Eileen is retired and taking care of her disabled husband She is a member of Center Christian Church and was a 4-H leader for 10 years.
Deb Cherry is originally from Rushville, Indiana moving to Greensboro, North Carolina in 1995. While in Greensboro, Deb was a sales representative for Avery Dennison in their Retail Information Services division which focuses on the Tag and Labeling industry for global retail and apparel markets. Her involvement in Changing Footprints is the result of a life-long friendship with the founder and a strong desire to help make a difference in the lives of others. Deb was married in 2006 to Indiana State Representative, Bob Cherry, when she then relocated to live on the 110 year old Cherry homeplace just outside of Greenfield. They are blessed with 10 grandchildren – all under the age of 11 years! Deb enjoys harvesting their garden, tutoring reading to third graders, Pinterest, and helping with grandchildren. Deb also volunteers for Hancock County Medical Reserve Corp and is an Ambassador for the Indiana State Fair.
Jeannie Lacy is a Rushville resident who graduated from IU with a BS in nursing and has been a full time RN for 40 years and certified massage therapist for 12 years. She is now looking forward to retirement in 2014 and was looking for something to “give back” and through Ruth Houk found out about Changing Footprints. She is married to Dan and has 2 children and 2 grandchildren she is crazy about. They love to spend time at their vacation home in Sarasota, FL, travel, golf, and be with family. She loves to cook and has a spare room full of sewing projects of all kinds to start, create, and finish when she is not gardening and preserving fruits and vegetables.
Nick Leisure, son of Changing Footprints founder, is a long-time employee of Heritage Environmental. He served in the Research and Development Department before becoming the current Production Manager for Micronutrients, a division of Heritage Environmental. Nick obtained his bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Ball State University. He currently handles all the logistics issues for Changing Footprints. Nick resides in Rushville IN. He and his wife, Suzanne, are parents of 5 children. He currently spends every waking hour in renovation of a very large older home.
Keith Perin teaches English at Rushville Consolidated High School. His wife Kim teaches first grade at Rushville Elementary School East. Daughter Megan is married to Craig Tucker; they have two daughters, Haylie and Addison. Daughter Lauren will be running a preschool in Rushville. Keith is a board member of Rushville Public Library and Rush County Community Foundation. Keith is looking forward to helping any way he can.
Scott Splichal has been a registered pharmacist for 38 years working at Kroger Pharmacy. His wife, Cindy, has a small book keeping business. He has two sons, Ryan and Eric who is married to Megan, and one granddaughter, Layla. Community service and giving back to others has always been a part of his life for the last 35 years. He believes that if you give enough of yourself to others, it will come back to you in big ways. This has happened twice. In 1996, he carried the Olympic Torch for the Atlanta Olympics and in 2009, he received Mayor Ballard’s community service award for the city of Indianapolis. His community service includes being a hospice volunteer for Gentiva Hospice for 10 years, a very involved member of Perry Township Kiwanis for 12 years, and Indy Sports Corp member volunteering for major sporting events in the city, and a 34 year member on the organizing committee for the One America 500 Festival Mini-Marathon. He and his family have also helped feed and cook for the less fortunate for the last 10 years on both Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. In his spare time, he loves yard work, gardening, and golf. Even though Changing Footprints is a small organization, it already has made an impact for the less fortunate in need. He hopes to help the organization grow and serve others.