Leadership Team | Board of Directors

 
 
Chris Purnell

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Christopher L. Purnell

Chris has served at the Clinic since September 2008, when he began working as a housing and consumer law Staff Attorney. He was promoted to Managing Attorney in 2010 and appointed Executive Director by the Board of Directors in February 2015. Chris and his wife, Christy, live in Indianapolis with their two young and always vivacious children.

 

Education

INDIANA UNIVERSITY ROBERT H. MCKINNEY SCHOOL OF LAW
Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, 2008

INDIANA STATE UNIVERSITY
B.S., English & History, 2005

Activities & Affiliations

• Gospel Justice Initiative, Board Member
• Taylor University, Adjunct Professor
• Village Life Church, Member

Bar Admissions

• Indiana

 
 

 
 
 
Brian Dunkel

DIRECTOR OF LEGAL SERVICES

Brian N. Dunkel

Brian Dunkel has been the Clinic’s Director of Legal Services in 2015. In this role, he manages the Clinic’s programs and staff attorneys, oversees the Clinic’s efforts to provide excellent legal services to our clients, and maintains relationships with community partners and volunteer attorneys. From 2009 to 2015, he served as one of the Clinic’s staff attorneys, focused on bankruptcy, debt collection, driver's license, family law, expungement of criminal records, landlord-tenant, mortgage foreclosure, and other civil legal issues faced by the Clinic’s low-income clients.

 

Education

INDIANA UNIVERSITY ROBERT H. McKINNEY SCHOOL OF LAW
Juris Doctor, 2009

TAYLOR UNIVERSITY
B.A., History, Political Science, 2006

Activities & Affiliations

• Indiana State Bar Association
• Indianapolis Bar Association
• Christian Legal Society
• Chapelwood Baptist Church, Member

Bar Admissions

• Indiana

 
 

 
 
 
Jodie McClain

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

Jodie D. McClain

Jodie began her service at the Clinic in January 2008 as former Executive Director, Abby Kuzma’s Assistant.  From scheduling meetings, to audit prep, grant writing, paralegal support, accounting, marketing, event planning, HR, and Data & IT management, Jodie has taken on the role as Director of Operations by dabbling in just about every area of support work at the Clinic.  Jodie lives in Plainfield with her daughter Lydia, where they enjoy gardening, yoga, and going on hikes whenever possible.

 

Education

BALL STATE UNIVERSITY
B.A., Psychology, 2007

Activities & Affiliations

• Yoga Instructor
• Nehemiah Church, Member

 

 
 

 
 
Cassandra Sanborn

DIRECTOR OF ENGAGEMENT

Cassandra Sanborn

Cassandra has been working at the Clinic since August 2011.  After serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA member for one year, Cassandra became the Clinic’s Grants Coordinator. She was promoted to become the Director of Engagement in April, 2015.

Activities & Affiliations

• Member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals
• Grace Church, Member

Education

INDIANA UNIVERSITY INDIANAPOLIS
Graduate Certificate, Nonprofit Management, 2015

PURDUE UNIVERSITY
B.A., English, Creative Writing, 2010

 

 

 
For a community to be whole and healthy, it must be based on people’s love and concern for each other.
— Millard Fuller, Founder of Habitat for Humanity

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Jenifer M. BrownBoard Chair  - Ice Miller, LLP Executive Committee
John C. Hoard, Esq.Board Treasurer - Rubin & Levin, P.C. | Finance Committee
Russell L. BrownBoard Secretary. Clark, Quinn, Moses, Scott & Grahn, LLP | Executive Committee

Joshua W. Abel, Faegre Baker Daniels, LLP | Finance Committee
James J. Ammeen Jr., Ammeen & Associates, P.C. | Development Committee
Matthew B. Barr, Barnes & Thornburg, LLP | Development Committee
Timothy Dooley, Common Ground Christian Church | Finance Committee
Herb Jensen, Esq., Jensen & Associates, P.C. | Finance Committee
Derek Johnson, BKD, LLP | Finance Committee
Fatima Johnson, The Law Firm of Fatima Johnson | Development Committee
Abigail Kuzma, Indianapolis Community Volunteer | Executive Committee
Roger Reece, Associated Churches of Fort Wayne & Allen County | Fort Wayne Committee
Jason R. Reese, Wagner Reese, LLP | Development Committee
Janet Stephenson, Fort Wayne Community Volunteer | Fort Wayne Committee