Board of Directors
Buddy Fletcher, President
Buddy has served on the board since 2019 and became President in 2021. He has lived in Jackson County since June 2018 and is the Managing Director at the Burkholder Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes. He graduated after completing the Mortuary Science Program at Cypress College in Cypress, California in 1984 where he served as Student Body President. He became interested in Mental Health America of Jackson County because of his nephew, Casey, who has special needs. Buddy serves on the Finance Committee and the Ambassador Committee with the Seymour Chamber of Commerce. He is an active member of Seymour Christian Church. He and his wife, Amy have six children, Dakota, Hunter, Brooklyn, Londyn, Aniston, and Karrington.
Vicki Johnson-Poynter, Vice President
Vicki Johnson has felt honored to serve on the Board of Mental Health America for about 15 years. Most recently Vicki served as President for many years. She is a retired RN, having practiced for more than 40 years. She retired from Schneck Medical Center in Seymour, Indiana after 20 years of employment. Her last position held there was VP of Nursing. Working in the community, she saw the need for mental health care. Becoming an MHA board member has helped her to contribute to the health of our citizens in Jackson County. She is married and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Stephanee Roberts, Secretary
Stephanee Roberts moved to Seymour in 2011 after having a career in TV/Multimedia production and earning a Master's degree in Student Affairs and Higher Education. She believes we all have unique mental health challenges; therefore, she feels that access to mental health care and support is vital for everyone in our community.
DeAnna Wieneke, Treasurer
DeAnna Wieneke is a legal assistant with Montgomery, Elsner & Pardieck, LLP. She grew up with an aunt who had special needs and learned to appreciate all she could do and enjoy her laughter and smile. She has a special needs child of her own who is adult age, but she says she'll always be her "baby girl." Even though her daughter is unable to communicate, her smile and laughter mean the world to her. DeAnna feels honored to be a member of Mental Health America of Jackson County. She believes it's a great opportunity to help those in our community that is so special. She feels that seeing their smiles and laughter at the events sponsored by MHA of Jackson County is a blessing to all.
Carolyn joined the MHAJC in 1993 and served as Treasurer for many years. She became interested in mental health due to mental health issues on her mother's side of the family. She worked as a teaching assistant for 15 years in the Seymour School District and spent 8 years in retail. She was formerly the Health Educator at the Jackson County Health Dept. She has been married to Leonard Bruce for 58 years. They have two sons that graduated from IU Bloomington, Kent and Jeanna of Westfield, and Troy and Barb of Lafayette. They have three grandchildren, Mason and Karsyn of Lafayette and Evan of Westfield. They are members of the Central Christian Church. Carolyn volunteers at Hoosier Christian Village, Meals on Wheels, and Jackson County Clothing Center monthly.
Becky Bujwid has been a member of the MHAJC board since 2019.
Kate is employed with Seymour Community School Corporation where she has served as a counselor and school administrator. Kate is the mother of two sons, Zachary and Xavier, and wife to her patient and kind husband, Wes. Kate is a graduate of Perry Central High School. She has attended Indiana State University, Columbus State University, and Ball State University. Kate holds certification as a school counselor, school administrator, Indiana educator, and is a nationally certified counselor. She is passionate that every individual is afforded their opportunity for success and is vigilant in the fight to remove any barriers that stand in the way.
Diane Hirtzel is a Nurse Practitioner currently working in employee health. She is back in school for a post-Master's in Psychiatric Mental Health. She has three grown children and four grandsons. Her husband Karl and she got married in October 2020. She graduated as an RN in 1987 and worked in a variety of areas including NICU, Child Psychiatry, Medical/Surgical, Pediatrics, and OB. After growing up in Avon, she moved in 1998 to Jackson County and was employed for ten years at Schneck before graduating with her Master's degree. Before she took an employee health position in Seymour, she worked for 6 years at a clinic in the IPS school system serving students in grades K-6 with poor access to healthcare. She enjoys traveling, photography, and spending time with family. Serving on this board is important to her. She has seen firsthand how poor mental health impacts all aspects of life, and how difficult it often is to access mental health programs and services...
Mary Jane Lasater
Mary Jane was born into a family of educators. She is a retired teacher with Seymour Community Schools. Her father was Superintendent of Schools in Van Buren, Arkansas. Her three sisters were elementary teachers, and her husband was a teacher then Director of Transportation, Buildings and Grounds for the Seymour School System. Her daughter, Mindy, is a second-grade teacher at Jackson Elementary, and her son, David, is Director of Development at Purdue University. She looks forward to continuing to use her background in Education working with the mentally challenged and educating the public about all aspects of mental health. Her hobbies are walking, reading, and doing church work. She loves to spend time with her 5 grandchildren: Bailey, Will, Zachary, Anna, and Brady. She is a member of Tri Kappa, Delta Kappa Gamma, Seymour Retired Teachers Association, an Elder at the First Presbyterian Church, and a member of the Special Projects Committee at Schneck Medical Center Foundation.
Karen joined the mental health board in 2006. She had been employed with the Jackson County Health Dept. since 1983 and Administrative Office Manager since 1990, but has recently retired. Prior to that time, she was fortunate enough to have been a stay-at-home mom, caring for 3 sons. She, and late husband Stan, have one grandson. Karen is a member of Emanuel Lutheran Church in Dudleytown. Her passion for mental health goes back to her childhood, as she had a mentally disabled brother who lived for 61 years. She saw first hand the many challenges her parents faced. Her brother, John, was one of the first students to attend the Sunshine School, one of the first schools in Jackson County for those with mental illnesses. Most recently, she has been working closely with people who are bipolar and understands the many problems they face. She hopes to bring joy and hope into the lives of those with mental challenges. Karen served as Secretary for MHAJC for several years.
Karen Robertson has been a member of the MHAJC board since 2014.
Sandy Royer is married to Doug Royer. She has two married sons and three grandchildren and is retired from the medical profession. She has worked for the last 20 years before she retired in the surgery department of Johnson Memorial Hospital in Franklin, Indiana. She is interested in serving on the Mental Health Board of Jackson County because she believes that mental health is the least served of all health issues in the US. She volunteers in many ways, now that she is retired. She also sees how prominent the lack of care for mental health issues affects our society: poverty, drug abuse, family crisis, homelessness, crime rate, and suicide (just to mention a few.)
Roger Smith joined our board in 2020. Roger is very active in our community and is interested in working to improve the overall mental health of Jackson County.
At-Large Board Members:
Celeste Bowman is married to Steve Bowman and has two sons. They live on a family farm where they raise produce, hogs and cows. She serves as a Job for America's Graduates Specialist at Seymour High School. With JAG, Celeste assists juniors and seniors to overcome obstacles that life has placed in their path that make it challenging for them to succeed in school and in the workplace. She also provides guidance towards success in life, whatever that is for each student. Between her family members and her students who have dealt with/managed mental health issues, she has seen the challenges and struggles. Celeste says she has been blessed to witness the joy and success when someone learns to manage these issues. She desires to serve those who face these challenges and provide resources that could assist them with experiencing the joy and success that we all want and need. Celeste believes that Mental Health America is a fantastic resource that is available in our community and she is honored to serve with us.
By the age of 7 years old, Tom knew he wanted to be an educator. He earned his B.S. in Mathematics from Florence State University and his M.S. and Ed.S. from Indiana University. He began his career as a middle school math teacher and went on to become a middle school assistant principal, elementary school principal, high school principal, and superintendent. An adjunct instructor at IUPUI Columbus and Ivy Tech Community College, he was also Ivy Tech’s Director of High School Initiates. In 1990, the Indiana Association of Elementary and Middle School Principals named him District 9 Principal of the Year. Tom loved every day of his 44 years in public education and describes them as pure joy. It was through his interaction with students and staff that he learned that all anyone wants in life is to be loved, recognized, and to feel included. It is the MHAJC mission of promoting acceptance of individuals that attracted Tom to the organization. Tom is currently the minister at White’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Jackson County. He serves on the Schneck Foundation Board, the Foster Grandparent Advisory Board, and is a Foster Grandparent at Emerson Elementary School. Tom is a past board member of Hoosier Youth Challenge Academy, Anchor House, Sertoma, and Gideons. Tom and his wife, Tina, are the parents of two beautiful daughters, Megan and Emily, and the grandparents of seven wonderful grandchildren.
Doris has been involved with MHAJC for more than 55 years, beginning in the early '60s by wrapping and labeling boxes for the annual Christmas Gift Lift Program at Muscatatuck State Hospital. She later became a board member in 1996 and has served as Secretary for several terms. Doris lives in Crothersville and assists us with outreach in the Crothersville area.
Becky Miller has been a member of the MHAJC board since 2014.
Libby Roberts has been a member of the MHAJC board since 2011.
Doug Royer has been a member of the MHAJC board since 2017.
Desiree has been a lifetime resident of Jackson County and is employed with Jackson County REMC but previously served in the educational sector. Desiree believes that mental health should be at the forefront of community focus for both the current community but also generations to come. Desiree's personal convictions run deep into the missions of the board as she lost a brother to long-term mental health battles and wants to serve as a light in the community to improve overall mental health awareness.
Steve White has served on our board for many years. Steve started flying in April 1962 while a junior at Seymour senior high school and graduated in 1963. Steve White entered the Central American Airways School of Aeronautics in Louisville, Kentucky, and graduated in 1965. He attained a Commercial Pilot rating with instrument, multi-engine, and Certified Flight-Instructor ratings. From 1967 to 1973 Stephen was Chief Pilot & Flight Instructor contracted to the United States Air Force ROTC program at DePauw University. Having owned several FBOs and flight schools and a propeller company he is also a real estate investor. In 2021, Stephen White will celebrate 59 years of teaching flying. Steve is dedicated to serving on our board and is involved in our community.