Niqolas Askren, AmeriCorps Public Ally Training & Engagement Specialist
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Niqolas Askren is a 2019-2020 Public Allies service member who is serving as a Training & Engagement Specialist at Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center. Niq has been advocating for artists and creatives in Indianapolis for a decade now under the name Sirius Blvck. He is the curator for Chreece Music Festival, the biggest Hip-Hop Festival in Indiana, bringing out over 2000 Indianapolis residents every year. He is also the Founder of New Hands Music Festival, an annual Non-Profit Music Benefit which fund raises for local Non-Profits while providing a unique space for Indy artists to express themselves freely. In 2019 he along with 4 other Music Festivals in Indianapolis founded F.A.M (Fountain Square Arts + Music Alliance). By joining forces these creatives can continue to provide space and be a voice for marginalized artists in Indianapolis.
Favorite Quote: "Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced." James Baldwin
Ariana Beedie, Creative Placemaking Program Coordinator
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Born in Indianapolis, Ariana Beedie holds a deep passion for sharing stories, community arts and preserving neighborhoods. She graduated from North Central High School. After receiving a B.A. in Journalism from University of Southern Indiana, she moved back to the city from Evansville in 2015 and co-founded a publication, Face A Face, to highlight stories from local marginalized artists and musicians.
Ariana is a graduate of the ninth class of Public Allies Indianapolis, where she served at Partners in Housing. She has worked on countless projects like co-founding Hoy Polloy Art Gallery, Woo Grl Fest - the first all-women’s music festival. She’s a board member of Musical Family Tree. She has contributed to projects for AFROPUNK, WFYI, Sidepiece Magazine and others.
As Creative Placemaking Program Coordinator, Ariana works with neighborhoods who have graduated from our ICBI program to guide them on creating projects with their local communities in partnership with the Harrison Center.
Favorite Quote: “When I dare to be powerful – to use my strength in the service of my own vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.” Audre Lorde
Sharon Logan, Senior Program Manager
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Raised on the east side of Indianapolis, Sharon Logan is an Indianapolis Public Schools graduate. She came to INRC through the Public Allies AmeriCorps Program in 2009. Before her term of service she was a Sous Chef for a local caterer and warehouse worker. During her term of service, Sharon was placed at EmberWood Center (EWC) as their Community Outreach Coordinator. Sharon was hired by EWC, and stayed there for three years. In 2012 Sharon joined the INRC team as a Public Allies Program Manager. Sharon, her husband Zach, and daugher Millie reside in the Raymond Park neighborhood.
Favorite quote: "Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard." Tim Notke
Olga Mogollón, Program Associate
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Born in Indianapolis, Olga grew up all over the country and moved back to Indiana in 2007 to be closer to family. She has worked in non-profits since high school, when she started at the Boys & Girls Club in Tucson, Arizona. Olga learned about the Public Allies program and is a graduate of the 4th and 5th classes. She served at the John H. Boner Community Center and Christel House Drop-out Recovery School, concentrating on adult education and community resources. As Program Associate for INRC, Olga connects current Allies to community resources, and supports INRC’s daily functions and programming.
Favorite Quote: “Time you enjoy wasting was not wasted.” John Lennon
Tierra Pearce, MSW Student
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Hello my name is Tierra Pearce. I am a student at Indianan Wesleyan University. I am currently working on my masters in Social work. I love helping people and am a huge advocate for social justice and equality! I am currently an intern at INRC (Public Allies) and work with the allies. My role here is to be supportive to the allies and help them with their barriers to reach their goal. I so love it here because INRC works with diversity and all are welcome.
Maury Plambeck, Neighborhood Development Director
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Maury is a native of Nebraska, with degrees in Architecture and Planning from the University of Nebraska. He worked as a planner in Cheyenne, WY for six years, and then accepted a job with the City of Indianapolis, DMD where he worked for 27 years, in a variety of positions, including Senior Planner, Administrator, and Director.
Maury is a volunteer runner with Back on My Feet on an average of 3 days a week. He is a former Board member of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Indianapolis, and still a volunteer on house builds.
Maury resides in Herron Morton Place, in a 125-year old Victorian house where he has lived for 29 years. He has done significant restoration/renovation, much of it himself.
Favorite Quote: “You can’t be a suburb of nothing.” William Hudnut, III
Vicki Rubio, Public Allies Program Director
Vicki Rubio is the AmeriCorps Public Allies Indianapolis program director. She has nearly a decade of non-profit experience in central Indiana. Vicki has led summer youth and outreach initiatives for Girls, Inc. and managed a team of parks employees in one of Indiana’s fastest growing counties. While serving as a Public Ally in Indianapolis, Vicki supported The Health Foundation of Greater Indianapolis, and gained valuable experience in building partnerships, planning large-scale events, and donor communications. She then went on to work for College Mentors for Kids after graduating from Public Allies, serving in development and communications roles.
Vicki joined Public Allies as the program director in April 2016, where she is responsible for leading all aspects of the program. Indianapolis is the sixteenth city in the nation to have a Public Allies program, which is administered by INRC. To date, approximately 175 individuals have graduated from Public Allies Indianapolis.
Vicki is a graduate of Butler University in Indianapolis. She serves on the board of the Peace Learning Center.
Favorite quote: "A goal without a plan is just a wish." Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Anne-Marie Taylor, Executive Director
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Anne-Marie Taylor has served as Executive Director since June 2004 and has more than 25 years of experience working in community-led development.
Prior to joining INRC, Anne-Marie was the Executive Director of the Community Alliance of the Far Eastside, Inc. (CAFE), a neighborhood-based organization founded by residents on the Far Eastside of Indianapolis. She began her not-for-profit experience in Indianapolis by serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer, supporting community-driven efforts to prevent child abuse and neglect. She holds a B.A. degree in English from Indiana University, and a Masters of Public Affairs degree (with a concentration in nonprofit management) from Indiana University. Anne-Marie, her husband Tim, and daughter Evyn reside in Irvington.
Favorite quote: “Hope is the fuel of progress and fear is the prison in which you put yourself.” Tony Benn
Ashlee Weaver, Director of Engagement
Ashlee Weaver is a native of Gary, Indiana, with roots in Monticello, Arkansas. She moved to Indianapolis in 2003 and resides on the West Side. She is passionate about community, youth, and leadership development.
Ashlee connected with the non-profit sector of Indianapolis as an AmeriCorps VISTA with Indy Hunger Network. She completed a second term of service as an AmeriCorps Public Ally at Girl Scouts of Central Indiana. In November 2016, she joined the team at INRC as a Neighborhood Development Specialist and currently serves as our Director of Engagement.
Ashlee completed an Associate’s Degree in Human Services Management and a Bachelor’s Degree in General Studies, with a concentration in Social and Behavioral Sciences. She was a Nina Mason Pulliam Legacy Scholar and holds an Associate Certification in Youth Work. She has facilitated trainings for AmeriCorps members, the Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities, IUPUI, Near East Area Renewal, the Mandela Washington Fellowship, Prosperity Indiana, Purdue Extension, and numerous neighborhoods in Indianapolis.
Favorite Quote: “Live your life in such a way that if someone spoke badly of you, no one would believe it.” Unknown