The Advisory Board of the East-Central Indiana Area Health Education Center helps advise, inform, and oversee the activities of the ECI-AHEC. These include pursuits of research, education, trainings and community outreach. These professionals are elected for a two-year term and are comprised of experienced leaders in their fields from the counties served by ECI-AHEC.

Advisory Board Members

Dr. Barbara Ihrke, PhD, RN - President
Vice-President of Academic Affairs, School of Nursing
Indiana Wesleyan University
Term: Aug. 2023-May 2025

Eric Lester, PhD, HSPP – Vice-President

Team Lead Psychologist

IU Health Ball Outpatient Behavioral Health

Term: Aug. 2023 – May 2025


Amanda Leffler, DNP, RN -- Secretary

The Leffler Academy

Term: Aug. 2023-May 2025



Mallorie Baker, BSN, RN

Education Manager

Adams Health Network

Term: Aug. 2023-May 2025



Dr. Tya Arthur, MPH, PhD

Assistant Professor of Health Science

Department of Nutrition and Health Science

Term: Aug. 2023-May 2025



Amanda (Mandy) Riwitis, RN

Emergency Room Nurse

Ascension St. Vincent, Anderson

Term: Aug. 2023-May 2025



Dr. Evette Simmons-Reed, PhD, MA (Dr. Evie)

Assistant Professor

Department of Special Education

Term: Aug. 2024-May 2026



Vickie Daniels

Medical Staff Credential Specialist

IU Health Jay/Blackford Hospitals

Term: Aug. 2024-May 2026



Jan McMillan, MBA, BSN, RN, CENP                 

Service Line Leader

IU Behavioral Health

Term: Aug. 2024-May 2026



Wendy McDavid, LPN

Public Health Nurse

Randolph County Health Department

Term: Aug. 2024-May 2026




Ex-Officio Members


Dr. Jennifer Taylor, DHEd, MPH, MCHES

Executive Director

Indiana Area Health Education Centers

Network Office


Dr. Justin Tobyas, EdD, LAT, ATC

Director of Interprofessional Education and Practice and Assistant Clinical Professor of Athletic Training

College of Health

Ball State University

Billie Wolfe, MBA
Director, East Central Indiana Area Health Education Center
College of Health
Ball State University