Chief Executive Officer
Ron is a veteran leader in ministry and education. Prior to coming to White’s, Ron served as principal 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.
Chief Financial Officer
Byron Brunn is the Chief Financial Officer at White’s. Throughout his time at White’s, Brunn has held various roles in the accounting department and has been with the company for 12 years. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from Manchester University.
Director, Human Resources
Amy Minnich has been with White’s since 2013 and is the Director 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.
Vice President, 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.
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.
Senior Director of Family Services
Kurt Gard began his journey with White’s in 2012 as a Family Therapist, and now is the Senior 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.
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