I have always lived in Evansville, IN. I grew up here on the west side of town and went to FJ Reitz high school. The same high school my father went to and his parents. After graduation, I started working at Deaconess Hospital in patients care. I worked in the hospital for 12 years before I transferred to Deaconess clinic pediatric office. In all I worked for Deaconess for 21 years. This year I started a new job at Evansville Central Dispatch. Now I help people in a different way by answering 911 and dispatching emergency services. I have been married to my husband Bryan for almost 15 years and have two children Carissa and Collin. I am also an active member of the Perry Township volunteer fire department. I have received my emergency medical responder certification and provide ems support to Perry township. I’m also a proud dog mom of three.
Delisa is a serial tech entrepreneur and the owner of Nerdz World LLC. Delisa is a Bosse Honors graduate and Tennessee State University engineering student. As a self taught programmer, she hold many degrees and many tech certificates. Delisa is one of the founders of a nonprofit for autism called D.T.E.A.M Inc. Delisa is known as the mother of famously artistic Deleah Payne, founder of D.T.E.A.M. Inc., who has been featured all over Evansville for her talented art as well as educating her peers as an advocate for autism. Delisa also has another daughter with autism named Delynn (10 years old) who is very talented in 3D puzzles. Delisa is also the daughter of one of our community leaders, Arlinda Payne who is the founder of Black Nurses of Evansville. Delisa has left a mark on our city by being one of the first minority tech developers to launch a beta mobile application for the city of Evansville.
Mandy serves as a teacher in our EVSC school system. Her experience education our youth will be invaluable as we teach them leadership and management skills with the flag competition initiative.
Joe Notter is the founder and owner of Evansville Events. We are grateful for him willing to work with us on creating events to promote our city flag.
I was born and raised in Evansville; I am a graduate of William Henry Harrison High School as well as the University of Southern Indiana with a major in Computer Information Systems. I am currently employed at Berry Global in the IT department as an IT ERP Project Supervisor. I am involved with this project because I love my city and see the need for an updated symbol that represents our great community. Being a resident of Evansville is something that should bring us together and should make us want a great flag that we can be proud of. I believe updating our flag can help us become a stronger and united community. We must celebrate our home and give it the honor and love it deserves.
I'm a freelance Graphic Designer with a passion for Evansville people. I graduated from the University of Southern Indiana with a degree in Graphic Design and I have been serving our community through those gifts.
I am a Graphic Designer from Evansville, Indiana. I have a Graphic Communications Management degree from Murray State University. My emphasis is in Graphic Design, but I also have areas in Photography, Videography, Printing and Copy Writing. I have wanted to be a Graphic Artist since I was 7 years old and it is a dream come true to do just that. My pride and passion run deep for my work and hometown as I strive to make life a little more creative for myself and the people around me.
I have been the Music Minister at First Southern Baptist Church for a year now, but I have been involved in Christian ministry and served as a Student Minister for over 10 years. I graduated from Mid-Continent University and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
As a lifetime resident of Evansville, I live on the eastside with my wife Itzuri and two youngest children, Max and Emilia. I also have two grown children, Mason who works in construction, and Makenna who attends USI. I spent the first 17 years of my career in advertising research, and for the past seven at TMMI in Princeton while working with my wife to build our own small business, a property management company. In my spare time I enjoy volunteering in the community and being politically active, having chaired a county party for the last decade and running for office on a couple occasions. I am truly honored to have been asked to be part of this historical event for our community. For me this contest is less about creating a new flag for the city, and more about the positive message of community our citizens are demonstrating. This city has always had a small, but outspoken, group of people who complain about its size, or lack of things to do here. For the vast majority of citizens though, including myself, this is not true. Just being a part of this contest for the short time I have been so far has shown that thousands of our citizens are proud of our city and our community and are constantly working to make it an even better place to live. As we continue with this project I am confident that the number of people involved will grow, and the love and appreciation we have for this city will as well.
Hi I’m Bill Bengert a lifelong west side resident of Evansville. I graduated from Sacred Heart catholic school. Attended Mater Dei high school and graduated from Reitz High school. After graduation I served in the United States Army for 3 years. While serving a year in Korea. Upon completion of my service, I worked some different jobs leading up to and retiring from Berry Global after 29 and half years mostly in the shipping department. I chose to be an ambassador on this project as a way to enjoy time with my grandson Collin Goebel and a way to be a part of something good for the city of Evansville.
My name is Carol Chandler. I was born and raised on the eastside of Evansville on Adams Avenue. I went to Plaza Park for Kindergarten and then to Holy Rosary for elementary school. I attended William Henry Harrison High School graduating in 1969. I always wanted to be a teacher, so I chose go to Indiana State University in Terre Haute, IN, which was at that time know as a teacher college. I also attended summer classes at ISUE, so I could finish my BS degree in three and a half years I graduated in December of 1972. I received my MA degree from the University of Evansville in August of 1976. I taught my first 6 years in second grade at St. James in Haubstadt, IN and 23 years more at Holy Redeemer School teaching in second, fourth and fifth grades. I retired in 2009. I have been married for 50 years as of August 19, 2022 to Evansville resident and Reitz graduate Gary Chandler. He worked for 40 years as a union journeyman electrician retiring in 2012. We had one son, Mark, who attended and graduated from Holy Redeemer, Mater Dei, and USI Schools. Mark also married an Evansville resident, Renee. They live and work here. They have been married for 20 years, and have given us three grandchildren: Andrew, Mallory and Aiden. We have lived on the north side of Evansville since 1976 at the same residence. We feel that Evansville is just the right fit and size for our lifestyle! I wanted to help with the Evansville Flag Competition, because I want our city flag to show some connection to our Evansville community and also look dignified in its appearance. I also enjoy working with children as you might deduce from my teaching background of 29 years.
Hello, my name Lori Herron, and I am an Evansville Flag Community Ambassador. I grew up in Newburgh, Indiana in the greatest decade of all…the 80’s! After graduating from Castle High School in 1991, I attended Western Kentucky University (WKU) and received my degree in Elementary Education and Special Education. While teaching in Owensboro, Kentucky, I continued my education and received my Masters in Elementary Counseling from WKU. I moved back to this side of the Ohio River and I’m currently teaching Kindergarten at Oak Hill School. When I’m not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family, going to live concerts, and traveling. Like many others, I saw the original flag that was presented to the community on social media. I reached out to the flag panel at that time and asked about the process of how the final flag was voted on to become our city flag. Some time later, I was approached by the coordinator and asked to be on the new flag committee. Being a lifelong learner, I thought this would be an excellent way for me to learn more about the city, the symbolism that flags represent, and meet new people with a common belief. I also want my son to learn that when one sees something that could be improved, it is better to step up to the plate and be a part of the solution rather than doing nothing. I look forward to working with our youth and many other citizens of Evansville from all other regions in voting on a flag that represents our wonderful city on the riverbend. Sincerely, Lori Herron
Lorie serves as the Executive Director for the Evansville Trails Coalition (ETC) and describes herself first as an advocate and life-long volunteer. For the past 8 years, she has worked to increase opportunities for community members to live healthy, active lives. Lorie is a graduate of the University of Evansville (UE), and has personally adopted UE’s mission as her own, “to think critically, act bravely, serve responsibly, and to live meaningfully in a changing world.”
I have had a dual career as a seasonal archaeologist since 1999 and have also been involved in public education for over 20 years. I’ve taught at many different grade levels including High School and at Ivy Tech. Currently, I teach 7th grade Social Studies at Perry Heights middle school. In my classes I like making history become hands-on and tangetable. This designing of a City Flag contest is a great match with my style of teaching because the contestants are analyzing what makes Evansville unique and then portraying that uniqueness on cloth. I am involved in this project because I see the value in a community having a shared symbol. I do feel there is a certain ‘esprit de corps’ that comes with a flag that truly represents a community.
Ashley is a civic minded, community leader who seeks to make a positive difference wherever she goes. As a member of senior leadership with the American Red Cross's Biomedical Services, Ashley's day job includes ensuring the successful collection of hundreds of units of blood to meet hospital patient need, each day. Outside of work, Ashley is a proud board member of the Evansville African American Museum, where she also is the co-chair for the Silent Auction Committee for the Museum's annual gala, as well as a member of the Marketing Committee. Ashley serves of the Social Media Committee Chair for the McCutchanville Elementary PTSA, and co-chair of their 2022 Online Auction Fundraiser. Ashley dedicates her time serving as a member of the Junior League of Evansville, helping to promote women's empowerment, while also serving as the Membership Arrangements Chair for the 2022-2023 Junior League year. Her favorite thing to do is serve as a co-leader for her church's youth group.
David is a Community Volunteer Lead for the American Red Cross and a Veteran. We thank him for his service.