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, 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 retired Manager at Emerson Climate Technologies Indianapolis Distribution Center. He and Maureen Leisure were co-workers at Emerson when the dream of Changing Footprints became a reality. Together, they created the concept of a network of local CF locations (Maureen in Rushville, Bob in Indianapolis), and Bob works with multiple key volunteers to operate the North Indy CF location. 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. He lives in Indianapolis and has been married to his wife Chris for 30+ years, with two wonderful yet completely different sons enjoying their lives in Chicago and Indy. Bob has never met an idea he didn’t like, and strives to make Changing Footprints an organization where any individual with an idea can bring it into reality if they commit to it.
Emily White, Secretary is a transplant to Indianapolis from South Carolina. Upon moving, she began looking for a volunteer opportunity that matched with her skills. After reading about Changing Footprints in the local paper, she showed up to a shoe short and the rest is history! She currently serves as the Business Development Manager for a national property management company.
Ruth Houk Koelmel, Board Member, 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.
Scott Splichal, Board Vice-President, has been a registered pharmacist for 43 years recently retired from Kroger Pharmacy. His wife, Cindy, has a small bookkeeping business. He has two sons, Ryan, recently married to Lindsay and Eric married to Megan with two grandchildren, Layla and Albert. Community service and giving back to those in need has always been a part of his life for the last 40 years. He believes that if you give enough of yourself to others, it will come back to you in big ways. In 1996, Scott was chosen to carry the Olympic Torch for the Atlanta Olympics. In 2009 he received Mayor Ballard’s community service award for the city of Indianapolis. In 2016 he received the humanitarian award from Perry Township Schools. He is also a 14 year hospice volunteer, a very involved member of Perry Township Kiwanis for 20 years, an Indy Sports Corp member volunteering for major sporting events in the city and a 40 year member on the organizing committee for the One America 500 Festival Mini Marathon. He and his family have also helped cook and serve the less fortunate for the past 15 years on both Thanksgiving and Christmas. In his spare time, he loves yard work, gardening, golf and spending time with family. In retirement, he will be working part time at a winery and helping make Changing Footprints grow and service more of those in need.
Deb Cherry, Board Member 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.
Stephen Jeffries, 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.
Cindy Splichal, Board Treasurer, has been married to vice-president Scott Splichal for 38 years. Cindy has had her own bookkeeping/payroll business for small businesses for 10 years. Her skills are an asset to the organization. Cindy volunteers for many events in Indianapolis with Scott. She loves going to lunch and movies with the girls and spending time with her grandchildren, Layla and Albert.
Karen Kuehnert, Board Member, together with her husband of 40 years, Dave, temporarily live in Avon. Karen’s volunteer experience stems from being a Girl Scout leader, starting a young authors program in her daughters’ school, being a women’s bible study leader, raising $8,000 for a friend’s autistic child, raising $24,000 to build a greenhouse in Jamaica, and establishing and leading Stephen Ministry, a lay-caring ministry, to her church, which continues 25 years later. In 2017, Karen and Dave Kuehnert started the first Fort Wayne location of Changing Footprints.They were looking for a way to serve locally and globally as they entered retirement, and they loved that this program was keeping tons of shoes out of the landfill and helping those in need. In 2018 they relocated to Avon and opened a site in Hendricks county. In 2020 they will be returning to live in northern Indiana where they plan to be active in the Allen County Changing Footprints.
Cheryl Brockmann, Board Member, Cheryl and her husband Jim have been married since 1981, working together to run a successful party rental business “A Party Apart” in Fort Wayne, IN until retirement in 2015. They have always been involved in community activities and giving back. Cheryl was awarded the “Tapestry” award through IPFW for her community and leadership roles as well as the “Maxine Rippe award” for exceptional service as a volunteer to local Allen County charitable organizations that alleviate human suffering, promoting wellness or enhancing quality of life for those suffering. She has also been a long supporter and instrumental in the fund raiser “Warm and Cozy” benefiting the Fort Wayne Sexual Assault Treatment Center. Cheryl started going to Kisumu, Kenya in 2009 with her church Emanuel Lutheran in 2009. Upon retirement in 2015, Cheyl and Jim became actively involved in “4KenyasKids” a rescue center and school in Kisumu, Kenya where they spend 2 -3 months a year. In 2018 while working on sending a container to Kenya they heard about Changing Footprints. They then became actively involved in organizing shoe drives and redistributing in Allen County and Northern Indiana before taking over leadership of the Forty Wayne branch of Changing Footprints.
Brad Jackson, Board Member, retired after 43 years of teaching junior high science and social studies. Having learned about Changing Footprints from Carol Donahue at church two years prior to retiring, Brad thought CF would be a good fit, and came on board in late 2017. He and his wife, Naomi, live in Fishers, so he handles some of the CF efforts in the area. Brad’s continuing connections with HSE schools and other nearby districts means involving students in drives and sorts, and finds needy students for distribution in this area. In his time outside of CF, he leads nature walks, especially for folks with special needs, is a caretaker for two pioneer cemeteries, helps fundraise for RSWR, and is a guest speaker in schools with science, history, and Spanish lessons. He also writes and illustrates monthly newsletter articles about birds he finds in the woods of his church. Lastly, Naomi, Brad, and a friend years ago formed a music group, and, usually with invited guests, perform monthly at a circuit of retirement homes music from the 1890s to the 1950s.
Jeremy Kellner, Board Member
Noah Barrow, Board Member