ABOUT THE FOUNDERS
Glenn Meredith Conn was born in Richmond, Indiana, grew up/ went to high school in Kokomo, Indiana, and graduated from Indiana University - Bloomington with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. He stayed in Bloomington for several years, employed as a social worker for Hoosier Hills Food Bank, Community Kitchen of Monroe County, and Martha’s House shelter for the homeless. He also founded Creators Unlimited, a cooperative for local artists.
Relocating to Tennessee put his nonprofit career on hold for 40+ years while he gained retail operations experience in manufacturing, customer service, inventory control, merchandizing, shipping and receiving [8 years with Sears], and processing returns at Cabela's [5 years] until retiring in January of 2021, shortly after his 69th birthday.
Eva Marie Marks
Eva Marie Marks was born
in Kokomo, Indiana and currently resides in rural Tipton County. She retired from Chrysler Transmission in 2007. She later completed the H&R Block Tax School because she enjoys working with numbers, making her the obvious choice for Treasurer of the founding Board of Directors. She is also Glenn's cousin.
Hilary Bowe Ricks
Board VP & Secretary
Hilary Ricks was born in Syracuse, New York, moved to Indianapolis, Indiana, when she was 5, and graduated from New Palestine High School. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with minors in Sociology and Women’s Studies from Indiana University – Bloomington, and a Juris Doctorate from Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis. She also worked at Bloomington’s domestic violence shelter for a year and Sojourner Shelter for Women in Indianapolis for 3.
She practiced criminal defense law for 32 years, 6 as a Deputy State Public Defender and 26 as a "paid lawyer" and sole practitioner. Stressed out, burned out, and feeling left out of family interactions, she closed her practice and walked away from that career June 30th, 2018.