Leadership | Board of Directors

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
 
 
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

• New Circle Church, Member
• Taylor University, Adjunct Professor
• Brookside Community Development Corporation, Board Member
• Charitable Allies, Board Member
• Coalition for Court Access, Board Member
• Gospel Justice Initiative, Board Member

Bar Admissions

• Indiana
• Northern District of Indiana
• Southern District of Indiana

 

 
 

FORT WAYNE ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Sarah Cantrell, Burt Blee Dixon Sutton and Bloom, LLP
Babra Chakanyuka, Community Activist
Bo Holden, Rothberg Logan and Warsco, LLP
Barbara Molargik-Fitch, Brotherhood Mutual
Laura Pontius, Pontius Law
Pat Proctor, Eilbacher Fletcher
Roger Reece, Associated Churches of Fort Wayne and Allen County
Janet Stephenson, Community Volunteer

 
 

 
 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

John C. Hoard, Esq.Board Chair - Rubin & Levin, P.C. | Executive Committee
Derek JohnsonBoard Treasurer - The Oaks Academy | Finance Committee
Russell L. BrownBoard Secretary - Clark, Quinn, Moses, Scott & Grahn, LLP | Executive Committee
Matthew B. Barr, Development Committee Chair - Barnes & Thornburg, LLP

James J. Ammeen Jr., Ammeen & Associates, P.C. | Development Committee
D. Randall Brown, Barnes & Thornburg, LLP
Jenifer M. Brown, Ice Miller, LLP | Executive Committee
Timothy Dooley, Outreach, Inc. | Finance Committee
Todd Fisher, Christ Church Anglican | Development Committee
John A. Gurchiek, Self-employed Entrepreneur | Development Committee
Carol S. Hartman, Hartman Tax LLC | Finance Committee
Herb Jensen, Esq., Jensen & Associates, P.C. | Finance Committee
Fatima Johnson, The Law Firm of Fatima Johnson | Development Committee
Abigail Kuzma, Indianapolis Community Volunteer | Executive Committee
Janet Stephenson, Fort Wayne Community Volunteer | Fort Wayne Committee
Lori A. Torres, Indiana Office of Inspector General | Development Committee