Reconnecting Carmel Task Force to hold first meeting May 5


The Reconnecting Carmel Task Force will hold its first meeting at 11 a.m. May 5 to discuss how businesses and organizations in the city can safely reopen and reconnect following state guidelines.

Task force members represent several sectors of the economy and community, including business, entertainment, hospitality, religion and retail. The group is chaired by Deborah Wood, CEO of DWA Healthcare Communications Group.

The meeting will be livestreamed on the city’s website at The group is expected to meet prior to each phase of reopening the economy as presented by Gov. Eric Holcomb on May 1.

Task force members are:


  • Scott Law, President/CEO, Zotec Partners
  • Rob Bush, President (Retired), Orchard Software
  • Staci Kroon, President/CEO, BraunAbility

Entertainment Venues

  • Jeff McDermott, President/CEO, Center for the Performing Arts


  • Terry Anker, Chairman, The Anker Consulting Group
  • Trishna Batra, Volunteer, MPH, Corporate Wellness Specialist


  • Jamie Hopwood, General Manager, Hotel Carmichael


  • Dr. Michael Kaufmann, Medical Director, Emergency Medical Services Division, State of Indiana; and Medical Advisor for Carmel Fire Dept.
  • Deborah Wood, CEO, DWA Healthcare Communications Group
  • Christian Walker, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Hamilton County Health Dept.

Personal Services

  • Micki Stirsman, Owner, Salon 01

Real Estate

  • Carrie Holle, Broker/Owner, Highgarden Realty


  • Pastor Steve Poe, Northview Church
  • Pastor Luther Brunette, Cornerstone Lutheran Church
  • Father Ted Rothrock, Pastor, St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church


  • Amy Long, Owner, Fork + Ale
  • Kevin Paul, Owner, Danny Boy Beer Works, Brockway Pub
  • Paul Arechiga, Owner, Verde Flavors of Mexico


  • Carla Mackie, Owner, Uplift
  • Lauren Taylor, President/Owner, Holder Mattress

Sports and Recreation

  • Jack Beery, President, Carmel Dad’s Club

Carmel City Council (Ex-Officio members)

  • Adam Aasen
  • Laura Campbell
  • Sue Finkam
  • Tony Green
  • Dr. Tim Hannon
  • Bruce Kimball
  • Miles Nelson
  • Kevin Rider
  • Jeff Worrell

City of Carmel

  • Mayor Jim Brainard
  • Jim Crider, Director of Administration
  • Nancy Heck, Director of Community Relations and Economic Development
  • Barb Lamb, Director of Human Resources
  • Jim Barlow, Carmel Police Chief
  • Dave Haboush, Carmel Fire Chief