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 of 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 of 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 of 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 of Systemic Investigations. He leads the FHCCI’s work in identifying, investigating, and addressing the impact of long-term systemic forms of housing discrimination.

Will Sanford, Director of Fair Housing Data & Analytics

317-644-0673, ext. 1007 – wsanford@fhcci.org

Pending

Rachel Svrchek, Fair Housing Specialist

317-644-0673, ext. 1009 – rsvrchek@fhcci.org

Rachel joined the FHCCI staff in June 2021 as a Fair Housing Specialist. Before joining the FHCCI, she was involved in her community in various capacities such as managing a homelessness prevention grant, working with international students, and volunteering in the immigrant and refugee community in Indianapolis.

Rachel earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas in International Studies with an emphasis on community development and humanitarian aid and was fortunate to spend a year in Mexico and two years in North Africa building language and cross cultural abilities. She is passionate about human rights and advocating for those whose rights are being violated as well as increasing access to resources and opportunities for all community members.

As a Fair Housing Specialist, Rachel fields inquiries from all over the state of Indiana, helping to identify possible fair housing violations, and working to connect people with the most appropriate resources for their individual circumstances.