The Team That Gets It Done

INvets is made up of a dedicated group of veterans, career development experts, and content specialists who understand how important veterans and their spouses are to our Indiana’s workforce. You can get to know a little bit more about us below.

Wes Wood

After five years in the Army’s 101st Airborne Division as an infantry noncommissioned officer, Wes moved to Indianapolis to earn his MBA at Indiana University.  Wes’ work with Conexus Indiana exposed him to the high demand employers across the state have for quality talent. Wes helped found INvets to connect those employers to the veteran population.

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Title: Executive Director

Military branch:  U.S. Army

Favorite military job:  Sniper Section Leader

Years of service:  5

Rank:  Sergeant

Favorite podcast:  Joe Rogan Experience

Favorite phone app:  Apple Podcast App

The last video game I played was:  Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

Best vacation:  Kauai, HI

My pet’s name is:  Jake, the golden retriever

My dream car is a:  Cybertruck

In my spare time you can find me:  Playing with my two kids

Favorite drink:  Beer, non-hoppy beer

Favorite restaurant in Indiana:  St. Elmo’s Steakhouse

Favorite Indiana day trip destination:  Turkey Run State Park

Blaine Zimmerman

Blaine, also a former infantry noncommissioned officer, spent time in the Army’s 10th Mountain Division before moving to Indiana, earning an MBA from Butler University and becoming a commissioned officer in the Indiana National Guard. Blaine’s experience gives him a great perspective as he leads INvets’ veteran engagement team.

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Name:  Blaine Zimmerman

Title:  Director of Veteran Engagement

Military branch:  U.S. Army 

Favorite military job:  Company Radio Telephone Operator (RTO)

Years of service:  12

Rank:  2nd Lieutenant

Favorite movie:  The Big Lebowski

Favorite book:  The Breaks of the Game by David Halberstram

Favorite podcast:  Hidden Indy

Best vacation:  Sanibel Island with my family

My pet’s name is:  Dirk (10-year-old dog)

In my spare time, you can find me:  Running, probably

Favorite restaurant in Indiana:  Big Lug Canteen in Nora

Favorite Indiana day trip destination:  Victory Field for an afternoon game

Jerry Young

After a dual-branch career in both the active-duty Air Force and the Indiana National Guard, Jerry retired from the military. Jerry has also had a diverse civilian work history that he draws upon to connect veterans and their spouses with employers and resources across the state.

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Title:  Veteran Engagement Manager

Military branch:  U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army

Favorite Military Job:  Infantry Platoon Sergeant

Years of service:  20

Rank:  Sergeant First Class

Favorite movie:  The Big Lebowski

Favorite podcast:  The Joe Rogan Experience

Favorite food:  Steak, medium rare

Favorite phone app: Google maps; I travel a lot!

Favorite athlete or celebrity:  Robert Downey Jr.

The last video game I played was:  Angry Birds 2

My pet’s names are:  Lanx, Jacob, Nola (dogs)

Weird fact about me:  Babies and puppies melt my heart and I love to cuddle them

My dream car is a:  The EarthRoamer XV-HD

In my spare time, you can find me:  In my shop building custom lamps from reclaimed parts, watching Netflix, riding my Harley, and fishing with my fiancé

Favorite band:  Machine Head

Favorite drink:  Rip It energy shots

Favorite Indiana day trip destination:  Anywhere I can go fishing with my fiancé

Jeremy Higgins

Jeremy retired from the Indiana National Guard as a noncommissioned officer. He has held multiple leadership roles with civilian employers on their HR teams. Jeremy has been on both the applying and hiring side of the military transition process and he uses that experience to connect veterans and spouses.

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Title:  Veteran Engagement Manager

Military branch:  U.S. Army

Favorite military job:  Infantryman

Years of service:  24

Rank:  SFC

Favorite movie:  Goodfellas

Favorite book:  Lone Survivor

Favorite podcast:  Craig Groeshel

Favorite food:  Lasagna

Best vacation:  Alaska

My pet’s name is:  Sarge

In my spare time, you can find me:  Working on project houses

Favorite album:  The Dance—Garth Brooks

Favorite Drink:  Yuengling

Favorite restaurant in Indiana:  Salvatori’s, Fort Wayne IN

Favorite Indiana day trip destination:  Lake Michigan

Brian Evans

After spending time in the Marine Corps and working for the White House as a civilian, Brian now manages company relationships. He provides resources and guidance for employers looking to hire and retain veterans.

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Name:  Brian M Evans

Title:  External Affairs Manager

Military branch:  U.S. Marine Corps 

Favorite military job:  Dover Dignified Transfer NCOIC

Years of service:  4.5

Rank:  Sergeant

Favorite movie:  Tombstone

Favorite book:  Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin 

Favorite podcast:  The Joe Rogan Experience

Favorite food:  Bacon and Eggs

Favorite athlete or celebrity:  Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

My pet’s name is:  Cooper, a mixed terrier

My dream car is a: 1970 Chevy Chevelle SS

In my spare time, you can find me:  Reading, writing, watching Netflix, and spending time with my wife and son.

Favorite drink:  Coffee

Favorite restaurant in Indiana:  St. Elmo Steak House

Favorite Indiana day trip destination:  Nashville, Indiana

Miranda Onorio

After eight years in the U.S. Army and ten years in the federal government, Miranda manages our social and digital content marketing strategies. She is our photographer and videographer for our INvets team.

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Title:  Social Digital Content Manager

Military branch:  U.S. Army

Favorite military job:  HR Retention NCOIC

Years of service:  8

Rank:  SGT

Favorite band:  The Darkness

Favorite road trip destination:  New Mexico’s Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway

Favorite album:  Lateralus—TOOL

Best vacation:  Edisto Beach, SC

My pet’s names are:  Ray (rescue feline convinced she’s a panther) and Sasha (foster female pup)

My dream car is a:  1951 Ford F1

In my spare time, you can find me:  In my yard landscaping, gardening, or farting around in the garage with my husband and pup.

Favorite drink:  Woodchuck, Granny Smith

Favorite restaurant in Indiana:  Mikado

Favorite Indiana day trip destination:  Kayaking at Sugar Valley Canoe in Turkey Run State Park

Next best Indiana day trip destination:  Motorcycle trip down to Story Inn/Nashville, Indiana

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