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Our Staff

ProAct has an eclectic, cohesive, innovative Staff who share the same passion and dedication to youth service. Our staff is exceptional at providing an experience you will never forget!

Derrin Slack, Founder and Executive Director

Felege Hiywot CenterWhile on a college mission trip to Botswana, Africa, Derrin Slack experienced the power of giving back to others and wondered how his life would have been different had he been exposed to service at a younger age, thus, ProAct was born.

After working a promising career as a Medical Informatics Trainer, Mr. Slack left his job to pursue his passion full time. Serving as the Executive Director of ProAct Indy, Mr. Slack acts as the senior representative for donors, volunteers, youth program participants and other stakeholders and is responsible for upholding their interests.

In the purest interpretation of the organization’s principles, the success of the organization is the sole interest of the youth as ProAct’s youth participants are not the recipients of community service, they are the creators and givers and community service – a tenet that truly makes ProAct unique.

Mr. Slack is a full time officer whom takes a hands-on role in the organization’s day-to-day management. In this role, Mr. Slack is responsible for establishing and cultivating strong business relationships with Corporate partners and Nonprofit thought and community leaders. His role includes identifying, developing and leading new community partnerships for ProAct and partner community organizations.

His strong background in nonprofit management and research, allows him to act as the conduit between the needs of the community and the capabilities of ProAct to address those needs. Under his leadership, ProAct has engaged over 4,000 boys and girls in community service in a little under five years, and the organization has seen large strides in transforming youth and redefining what it means to serve for them and adults alike.

For more information on how ProAct can be utilized to transform your community by planning a service project(s) or how your corporate organization can easily engage with communities in need and invest in our city’s most vulnerable youth through ProAct’s Social Engagement for Business program, Derrin can be reached at derrin@proactcp.org or by phone/text at 317.457.6799.

 

Staff Member Interview

1. What does “service” mean to you?

Service means sharing your talents, your personality, and your thoughts with others in order to help make them better. Service means leaving an impression on each person you meet so that they will never forget you and what you stand for in life.

2. Why did you want to join Pro(ACT)?

In founding this organization, I wanted to expose youth to something greater than themselves and show them, at a young age, what giving back to others and their community can do to change their lives. Service to myself, others, and my community changed my life when I was in college and that is how I’ve seen many lives changed as well. So I founded this organization not only because I saw how instrumental it was to serve others, but because I made it my life’s mission to spend my time serving others.

3. Name one interesting fact or experience about you?

I have had many interesting moments in my life, but perhaps my most interesting experience would have to be going to Botswana, Africa on a mission trip where I first realized my life’s mission.

4. What is your favorite type of service?

My passion for service rests with youth. I love their innocence and I love contributing positively to their growth in some way. I firmly believe that our youth are our greatest resource; we must nurture them and protect them so that they may one day protect us.

5. What is one thing you want people to remember about you after you meet them?

I want people to remember that I genuinely care about all them, so much so that my light, given by none other than God, shines on them enough to warm their heart and soul. I want people to learn at least one thing from me and know that my passion for helping them in whatever way I can is understood and taken advantage of.

Ellen Miller, Director of Social Engagement

Site Leader Ellen Pics

Ellen is a Hoosier native, graduating from North Central High School and IUPUI, and considers herself a volunteer junkie.  She has been a Cub Scout and Girl Scout leader for the past several years, holding offices in both councils.  She sits on the board for NoExit Performance, and helps organize the annual fundraiser for the Domestic Violence Network.  She is an avid volunteer at her children’s elementary school, frequently helping with various PTO events.  The Social Engagement Director was an ideal fit as she loves to meet new people and help further the missions of organizations all over the city.  Her hope is that ProAct sparks a desire within each volunteer to give of themselves to an organization they feel passionate about. She hopes that her efforts build bridges and connect people from all parts of the city to build a better, stronger, more compassionate Indy.

Staff Member Interview

1. What does “service” mean to you?

Service means giving of your time, talents, and resources to others to help others.

2. Why did you want to join Pro(ACT)?

I joined ProAct due to Derrin’s passion for youth, service, and his belief that youth have something valuable to add to the community. I also loved that our mission is to empower youth, themselves, to create a more beautiful community making it a better place.

3. Name one interesting fact or experience about you?

My mother taught me how to serve and be giving of herself.  She would have given the shirt off her back if she saw someone who needed it.  I want to be just like her when I grow up!

4. What is your favorite type of service?

I love service that involves youth serving others.  I am constantly amazed by the power that kids have, the way they give wholly of themselves, their ability to understand and see things that we lose as adults, and their desire to help others without seeking recognition.

5. What is one thing you want people to remember about you after you meet them?

My smile!  I love the work I do, the community I live in, and my amazing family.  I hope you walk away with a smile on your face after meeting me.

Julia Highsmith, Site Leader

julia and kidsJulia has been a tremendous asset to Pro(ACT). She came to us eager to learn and ready to engage with youth and our community. Her passion and drive has been second to none as she is Pro(ACT)’s first Site Leader. She leads each #ServiceSaturday event with our middle and high school participants engaged in Project>me, our signature program.

Julia’s passion for service stemmed from spending time overseas in Greece, Turkey, Italy, and Senegal. Currently, Julia is in nursing school at IUPUI and plans on becoming a pediatric nurse. In her free time, she is a nanny to two families in Indianapolis and cares for seven children between the two families.

 

Staff Member Interview

1. What does “service” mean to you?

Service is time spent helping others in a positive way.  I believe it is the most priceless action anyone can preform.  It is easy to do but should never be taken lightly.

2. Why did you want to join Pro(ACT)?

I wanted to be apart of an organization who lives their mission. Who isn’t in it for the money or to be famous. I wanted to be apart of an organization where everything they do is humble and truly from the heart.  Seeing the passion Derrin and Kala have for pro(act) and the students is what I want to be a part of. Who wouldn’t want to be apart of Pro(ACT)?!

3. Name one interesting fact or experience about you?

I am a travel enthusiast! I would pack a back pack and travel the world if I could. I love meeting new people, hearing their stories, and lending a helping hand. So far I have been to Turkey, Italy, Greece, and Senegal. I am hoping to get to Kenya, Haiti, and France before I graduate from college.

4. What is your favorite type of service?

The service I tend to like the best is the hands on service either building or working in clinics. I like seeing results.  Really, though, I like helping everyone even the ones that don’t really want to be helped but need it. I like seeing smiles on faces and if I can help put a smile on someone’s face, I feel very accomplished.

5. What is one thing you want people to remember about you after you meet them?

I would want them to take away the fact that I love what I do and I am passionate about following my dreams.

Albert Ellis, Site Leader

Albert began his time with us as a volunteer. He was so enamored and taken aback by our work that he wanted to help advance our mission in any way he could. Albert is a compassionate and caring individual and has done wonders as a Site Leader.

 

Staff Member Interview

1. What does “service” mean to you?

Doing something meaningful to help others.

2. Why did you want to join Pro(ACT)?

I saw and heard about a young man doing good things to help kids in our city. I wanted to join the effort.

3. Name one interesting fact or experience about you?

I am disabled and still give 100% in everything I do no matter what.

4. What is your favorite type of service?

I love helping, teaching, and encouraging in any way I can.

5. What is one thing you want people to remember about you after you meet them?

I put the well being of others before myself!

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