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Meet the Breakfast Presenters

During the Indiana Assets & Opportunity Network Breakfast on January 30, attendees will be the first to learn of new changes that are coming to the Network. They will also have a chance to hear from multiple A&O Steering Committee members. Meet the breakfast presenters by reading their bios below:

NAOMI BECHTOLD
FAMILY RESOURCE MANAGEMENT EDUCATOR
PURDUE EXTENSION - MARION COUNTY

In her role as an Extension Educator, Naomi provides the link between land grant university research and Indiana residents by creating innovative learning opportunities that address local issues. She works with community partners to create and develop educational programs centered on personal financial management and healthy living.

Naomi has an AB in Public Policy from Duke University and an MBA from Lehigh University. She is in the process of completing her Accredited Financial Counselor certification.

DAVID DALTON
GOODWILL TALENTSOURCE EMPLOYMENT SPECIALIST
GOODWILL INDUSTRIES OF CENTRAL INDIANA, INC.

David Dalton is an Employment Specialist for Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana. As an Employment Specialist for TalentSource his focus is on developing relationships with employers in a variety of industries, counseling and placing candidates in high wage positions, and offering retention services to ensure the success of the population Goodwill serves. 

Goodwill's mission is to improve the economic self - sufficiency and well -being of adults and the future employability of young people.

BEN JOERGENS
DIRECTOR OF FINANCIAL EMPOWERMENT, VP
OLD NATIONAL BANK

As the Director of Financial Empowerment, Ben Joergens is responsible for enhancing financial literacy initiatives at Old National by partnering with schools, colleges, universities, businesses, non-profits and government agencies. His goal is to address community needs and implement financial empowerment programs based on sound money management skills. Ben joined Old National in 1999 and has served in a variety of roles. He earned the 2011 Old National Wayne Henning Volunteer of the Year Award and was both the 2010 and 2012 Henderson, Kentucky Chamber Ambassador of the Year. In 2015, Ben received the George Bailey Distinguished Service Award, sponsored by the ABA Foundation. This national award is given to a non-CEO bank employee who demonstrates outstanding initiative, commitment to the bank’s customers and the communities they serve, and inspires others. In 2017, Ben was recognized by the National Financial Educators Council (NFEC) with its coveted Financial Education Instructor of the Year Award for his commitment and contributions to bringing financial education to the at-risk and underserved.

In addition to his extensive volunteer work, Ben also serves as a certified advanced VITA tax preparer with his local United Way Agency.

AMBRE MARR
STATE LEGISLATIVE DIRECTOR
AARP INDIANA

Over the past five years, Ambre has served as the State Legislative Director for AARP Indiana, where she has built an innovative advocacy strategy focusing on increasing engagement, impact, and relevance for the state’s growing 50-plus population. During this time, she has worked alongside volunteers in various capacities expanding awareness around AARP’s issues, programs, and activities. She focuses on building relationships with community and policy leaders on a regular basis, and organizes and maintains effective statewide coalitions to benefit the members of AARP. Prior to joining AARP Indiana, she worked in advocacy for the Indiana State Medical Association and as a legislative assistant in the Indiana General Assembly. Additionally, Ambre serves as a board member of the Indiana Debate Commission, which remains the oldest independent and non-partisan commission of its kind in the nation putting voters first, by hosting free debates statewide. Ambre graduated from Saint Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, IN with a degree in Social Work. She calls Indianapolis home and when she isn’t at the Statehouse, you can either find her running or spending time with her maltipoo, Fannie May.

To register for the free event, click here.

To meet all of the A&O Steering Committee members, click here.

Kathleen Taylor