Lynda C. Burrello is the longest tenured employee with the City of Indianapolis. The Burrello Family Center at Garfield Park was named in 1998 to honor her commitment to the community. An athlete by nature, Burrello has played in five national softball tournaments and three AAU basketball tournaments since graduating from Emmerich Manual High School in 1963.
Sidney Eskenaziis the founder of Sandor Development, a commercial real estate company with operations in 23 states. He attended Emmerich Manual High School, graduated in 1947 from Shortridge High School and received a bachelor’s and law degree from Indiana University. Eskenazi and his wife Lois donated $40 million to Wishard Health Services to build Eskenazi Health.
Rick Fuson began his career in 1984 at Pacers Sports and Entertainment. Since, he’s served on committees for five NCAA Final Four Championships, produced the closing ceremonies of the Pan American Games, overseen the Pacers’ move to Conseco Fieldhouse and served on the 2012 Super Bowl Committee. A 1971 graduate of Arlington High School, Fuson has been named one of Indianapolis Business Journal’s Forty Under 40.
Since graduating in 1967 from Shortridge High School, Yvonne Perkins has participated with the governing boards of non-profit organizations for more than 25 years. Her community involvement has been recognized by United Way of Central Indiana, the Center for Leadership Development and the State of Indiana. Perkins has worked at Citizens Energy Group for more than 40 years and now serves as the vice president of community relations.
Gregory W. Porter has served as a member of the House of Representatives since 1992. The 1973 Shortridge High School alumnus also works as the vice president of external affairs for the Health & Hospital Corporation of Marion County. A strong advocate for Grades P-20 education, Rep. Porter is the education chair for the National Black Caucus of State Legislators.
Joyce Q. Rogers was the first woman to serve as president and CEO of Indiana Black Expo. A 1975 graduate of John Marshall High School, her recognitions include the Sagamore of the Wabash Award, the Coretta Scott King Matriarch award and The Indiana Commission for Women Torch Bearers Award. Rogers is now the vice president for development at Ivy Tech Community College.
Dr. Stanley E. Woodard was an engineer, scientist and innovator who worked for 25 years at the National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA). A 1978 graduate of Broad Ripple High School, Dr. Woodard was the recipient of an Oscars of Invention award by the Chicago Tribune, named Black Engineer of the Year and awarded the NASA Exceptional Service Medal.