Ron Evans

President & Chief Executive Officer


Ron is a veteran leader in ministry and education. Prior to coming to White’s, Ron served as Head of School at Traders Point Christian Academy in Indianapolis. Prior to that, he was president of Lenawee Christian Ministries and head of Lenawee Christian School in Adrian, Mich.

Ron and his wife Jane have been blessed with five biological children and many more spiritual children, so family time is their highest priority outside of their relationship with Jesus. Ron is a lifelong learner and enjoys reading. He has always been involved in athletics and exercise, often biking many miles in the warm months. Ron also served as an elder at various churches and in pulpit supply.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Luther College and his master’s of business administration from Bethel College in Mishawaka, Ind. Ron started his career as a high school educator and coach, and his wife, Jane, is an early childhood educator.


Amy Minnich

Vice President, Human Resources


Amy Minnich has been with White’s since 2013 and is the Vice President of Human Resources. Prior to joining White’s Amy held various positions in human resources at Manchester College School of Pharmacy and Zimmer as the Dr. HR Generalist. Amy received a bachelor of arts from Purdue University and a Master’s degree in Human Resources Management and Industrial Relations from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Matt Riggle

Vice President and Executive Director, Residential Services


Matt joined White’s in 1992 after earning his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice at Southern Illinois University. While working full-time at White’s, Matt earned his master’s degree in Counseling from Grace College. In addition, he is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), a Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor (LCAC), and a nationally certified Master Addictions Counselor.

Matt began his extensive residential career at White’s as an Assistant Houseparent. In 1994, he was promoted to the position of Residential Counselor. He became the Shelter Care Coordinator in 1998, supervising the staff and students in emergency shelter care, and in 2002, he assumed additional supervisory responsibility for the 15-bed WISP Unit, now known as White’s Refocus Unit. From 2004 until 2011, Matt served as a Residential Coordinator. From 2011 to 2017, he served as a Senior Residential Therapist, providing clinical services to students in White’s Substance Abuse Program. Matt’s leadership within the Substance Abuse Program has transformed it over the years, making it a leading residential program in the state for addiction recovery.

Matt is now the VP of Residential Services at White’s. Matt’s commitment to his faith and serving are at the core of all he does, and he is eager to lead others to do the same, in their own capacity.

John Trimble

Director of Spiritual Life


John graduated from Clemson University in 1990 after earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. Soon afterward, he earned his Certified Public Accounting License. In the beginning of his professional career, he worked as an Accountant at progressive levels specializing in audits, taxes, and real estate. Throughout that time and during all of the 90s, John and his wife served as Youth Sponsors for their church, Woodruff Road Christian Church, in Simpsonville, South Carolina.


In 2001, John felt a deeper calling for ministry that led him back to school to complete his Masters of Theology at Dallas Theological Seminary. Beginning in 2002, he held the positions of Youth Pastor, Associate Pastor and, most recently, Lead Pastor in churches located in Texas and Michigan.  He and his wife, Trish, also became the proud parents of two daughters – Abigail Grace and Madeline Elizabeth – during this time and their family’s walk with Christ continued to blossom and grow.


When John heard about this position at White’s, he saw an opportunity to serve God through an avenue other than local church ministry. White’s Director of Spiritual Life and Staff Chaplain role matched John’s God-given gifts of leadership, relationship and education and became known to him and Trish at just the right time in life.  They relocated to Wabash, Indiana, from South Carolina and are excited to begin this endeavor!


Mike Haarer

Vice President & Executive Director, Compass Rose Academy


As director of Compass Rose Academy, Mike Haarer uses his experience as a licensed mental health counselor. He has B.A. and M.A. degrees in counseling from Grace College in Winona Lake, Ind. In 2006, he married his wife, Emily, who worked as a math teacher at White’s Jr./Sr. High School until their daughter Corabelle Rose was born in 2011. Their second daughter, Olivia Pearl, was born in 2013. Mike and Emily are originally from the Fort Wayne area and enjoy spending time there with their families. They are actively involved in their local church in Wabash, where Mike leads worship and they host a small fellowship group.

Kurt Gard

Vice President & Executive Director of Family Services


Kurt Gard began his journey with White’s in 2012 as a Family Therapist, and now is the Vice President & Executive Director of Family Services. In this position, Kurt is responsible for all foster care and community-based services. He received his Master’s Degree of Social Work from IUPUI in 2012 and is a licensed Clinical Social Worker. Prior to entering the field of human services, Kurt served in leadership positions in both the private and public sectors. He enjoys learning new things, fishing, being outdoors and mechanics. Above all, Kurt enjoys spending time with his wife, Melinda, and his three children.

Michael Horn

Chief Operations Officer and General Counsel


Michael began his professional career as a private attorney in 2007 after completing his Juris Doctorate at Indiana University.  Prior to obtaining his law degree, he completed his Master of Arts in Athletics Administration for Higher Education at Ball State University and his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at Pepperdine University.  In 2011, Michael was called away from private practice as an attorney and accepted the position of Director of Charitable Products and Church Loans at Everence Financial, an organization founded on Mennonite values and principles.  Later, he went to work for the medical device industry at Zimmer Biomet, serving in a variety of Compliance roles including that of Associate Director of Compliance, serving the US and Canadian sales personnel and distributorships.  Most recently, Michael served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Compliance, Privacy and Risk Officer for Redimed and Lutheran Medical Group.  These experiences allowed Michael great opportunity to develop expertise around the areas of HIPAA, regulatory compliance – including the implementation of systems and enforcement of policy, contract writing and risk management.

In this role, Michael will have overarching responsibility for the Compliance and Quality Assurance, Information Technology and Support Services staff.  In addition, Michael will help protect White’s ministry by pulling from his legal background to advise White’s CEO and other members of the leadership team on subjects of significant risk.  The combination of Michael’s advanced education; work experience in legal, compliance and operations roles especially; and his enthusiasm for joining our ministry to serve children and families in need have uniquely prepared him for White’s Chief Operations Officer and General Counsel.

Kevin Trotter

Vice President of Advancement


Kevin joined White’s in 2018 as the Vice President of Advancement, overseeing Marketing, Communications and Development.

Kevin began his professional career in 2000 as a Police Officer in Fishers, Indiana.  He was promoted to Sergeant in 2007 and continued to serve the Fishers Police Department until 2012.  Before leaving the police department, Kevin co-founded My Cyber Guardian Educational Services, Inc., in Noblesville, where he served as the full-time operations manager before moving his family to the Tampa Bay area in 2013 to be part of planting Harvest Bible Chapel in the Tampa community.  In addition to launching this church in Tampa, Kevin joined Bethany Christian Services of Florida where he most recently served as the executive director for Florida and Alabama. Kevin earned his Master of Science degree in Human Services from Walden University and his Bachelor of General Studies from Indiana University.

Kevin and his wife, Misty have 6 children. They were licensed therapeutic foster parents in the state of Indiana and adopted 3 of their 6 children through Indiana’s foster care system.  Kevin and Misty are passionate about Christ, shepherding people and serving children and families.


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