Staff of Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana

Amy Nelson, Executive Director

317-644-0673, ext. 1001 – anelson@fhcci.org

Amy Nelson is the Executive Director of the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI). The mission of the FHCCI is to ensure equal housing opportunities by eliminating housing discrimination through advocacy, enforcement, education and outreach. The FHCCI has a service area of 24 counties in Central Indiana reaching a population of over 2.5 million. The FHCCI works to prevent housing discrimination through its Advocacy, Education, Inclusive Communities, and Public Policy Programs. It conducts investigations to uncover violations of fair housing laws and files enforcement actions to stop identified discriminatory practices; offers a diverse array of education programs to build knowledge of fair housing laws, and works to strengthen fair housing policies at the local, state, and federal levels.

Amy believes that all people deserve safe, affordable, accessible housing that is free from discrimination. She has managed nonprofit fair housing organizations and programs since 1997 working previously at the Fair Housing of the Dakotas and Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia.

She currently serves on the board of directors of the Central Indiana Realtist Association, the Indiana Coalition for Human Services, and Prosperity Indiana.

Amy received a Bachelor of Science degree in International Business and Political Science from Minnesota State University-Moorhead of Moorhead, Minnesota and received her Master of Business Administration from Averett College of Danville, Virginia.

Keri Hughes, Test Coordinator

317-644-0673, ext. 1003 – khughes@fhcci.org

Keri Hughes joined the FHCCI staff as the Test Coordinator in August 2019. She is a lifelong resident of Central Indiana, and had worked in a part-time basis with the FHCCI the previous two years. In her current position, Keri manages the FHCCI’s testing program including the recruitment and training of new testers, test design and oversight, and analysis of testing results. She also assists with reports and client intake.

In August 2018, Keri graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Geography from IUPUI, and has a strong background in GIS, Environmental Science, Biology and Geology. During her undergrad, Keri completed an internship with IUPUI’s Center for Earth and Environmental Science, in which she traveled to local city parks and participated in ecological restoration and removal of invasive species from the wooded areas.

Brady Ripperger, Director, Fair Housing Programs

317-644-0673, ext. 1002 – bripperger@fhcci.org

Brady Ripperger joined the FHCCI staff in December 2013 as the Office Manager. Before joining the FHCCI, he began to find his passion for nonprofit organizations through studying abroad in Sydney, Australia and graduating from Butler University in May 2013 with a B.S. in Arts Administration (Nonprofit Management – Arts). Brady interned for several arts nonprofits, and he enjoys being able to combine his graphic design skills and creativity to help promote fair housing in new and exciting ways.

Brady previously worked for the Pollination Project, a philanthropic foundation, to help give away a grant every day of the year to individuals that would use the money to its fullest to promote healthier lifestyles, human rights, arts and culture, green energy, animal rights, and the list goes on.

Brady was promoted at the FHCCI in October 2015 to the position of Fair Housing Projects Coordinator and in December 2019 to Director, Fair Housing Programs. He works in a variety of areas, including housing discrimination case development, assisting in the FHCCI’s home modification grant program, and assisting in education and outreach through working with local artists for partnerships, using graphic design to create different marketing materials, annual conference planning, among other activities.

Noe Rojas, Director, Systemic Investigations

317-644-0673, ext. 1004 – nrojas@fhcci.org

Noe Rojas joined the FHCCI staff in October 2015 as the Neighborhood Projects Coordinator. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Noe worked as a public servant for several years in central and southern California. He worked as a Public Defender Investigator with the County of San Diego Office of the Alternate Public Defender, where he worked to protect the rights of indigent defendants in the criminal justice system. During college, Noe volunteered extensively with the Alternate Public Defender, working with investigators and attorneys in criminal defense investigations.

Noe graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in political science, emphasizing in comparative politics, international relations, and political theory. Noe enjoys working as a public advocate, striving to protect the rights of those in need.

Noe was promoted at the FHCCI in December 2019 to the position of Director, Systemic Investigations. He leads the FHCCI’s work in identifying, investigating, and addressing the impact of long-term systemic forms of housing discrimination.

Ruby Tregnago, Office Operations Coordinator

317-644-0673, ext. 1005 – rtregnago@fhcci.org

Ruby Tregnago joined the FHCCI in January 2012. In her current position, she coordinates the FHCCI’s outreach efforts, drafts and translates publications, conducts exhibits and mailings, assists in case development and tester recruitment, conducts general office administration, and other projects as needed.

Ruby has worked to advance the rights of new immigrants and women throughout her life. Prior to the FHCCI, from 2001 to 2006, she was the Programs Coordinator at The Hispanic Center/ La Plaza Inc., where she acted as a liaison between the community and the social services organizations, developing strategies, and initiatives that enhanced the visibility of the Center. From 2006 to May 2010, she was the Program Coordinator at the Latino Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence where she worked with nonprofit organizations across Indiana to promote education and awareness and worked toward the elimination of domestic and sexual violence.

Ruby is a member of the American Translators Association, the Indianapolis Latino Roundtable, and Hamilton County Good Samaritan Network. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs and Diplomacy from Jorge Tadeo Lozano University in Bogotá, Colombia and is a graduate from the Diversity Leadership Academy of Greater Indianapolis. Ruby is a fluent speaker of Spanish and Portuguese.

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