Meet The Team That Gets It Done

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

Blaine Zimmerman, LinkedIn, Veteran, Combat, Officer, Noncommissioned Officer, National Guard, CEO, President, Butler, Infantry.

Blaine Zimmerman

Blaine, 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 as our President and CEO .

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Name:  Blaine Zimmerman

Title:  President & CEO

Military branch:  U.S. Army 

Favorite military job:  Company Radio Telephone Operator (RTO)

Years of service:  14

Rank:  1st Lieutenant

Favorite movie:  Empire Records

Favorite book:  The Breaks of the Game by David Halberstram

Favorite podcast:  The Presiquential Podcast

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:  Alibi’s

Favorite Indiana day trip destination:  Hinkle Fieldhouse

Sarah Harrison, veteran, Medic, Combat, Technician, Conexus, UK, British, Vice President, Veteran Engagement, female, INvets, LinkedIn.

Sarah Harrison

Sarah is a communication, business development, and sales professional with an international multicultural background. She served in the U.K. Terratorial Army for eight years—equivalent to the Army National Guard. Sarah worked for the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership initiative, Conexus Indiana, for five years.

sarah@invets.org

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Title:  VP of Veteran Engagement

Military branch:  United Kingdom Territory Army, 212 + 219 Field Hospital

Favorite Military Job: Combat Medic Technician

Years of service:  8

Rank:  Corporal

Favorite food:  My default meal is good cheese & crackers (make it smelly cheese!)

Favorite band:  Eclectic music taste, Motown and Soul are my two favorites.

Favorite vacation:  Too many to count. I want to go to Africa Serengeti

My pet’s names are: Alfie and Duncan (Mutt and Cockapoo)

My dream car is a: Not really a car person but I would not walk away from a Porsche 911

In my spare time, you can find me:  Hiking with my dogs, kayaking, enjoying time with the young adults that started out as my kids

Favorite drink:  Malbec and tea of course

Favorite restaurant in Indiana:  Not a massive foodie but Provisions is good.

Favorite road trip destination:  Anywhere, love road trips

Favorite Indiana day trip destination:  Southern Indiana

Jerry Young, Infantry, Army, Air Force, Veteran, Combat, National Guard, Indiana, Freedom Beard, Veteran Engagement Manager, LinkedIn.

Jerry Young

Jerry retired from the military after a dual-branch career in both the active-duty Air Force and the Indiana National Guard. 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.

jerry@invets.org

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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, Army, Retired, Combat, Veteran, National Guard, Veteran Engagement Manager, LinkedIn

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.

jeremy@invets.org

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Title:  Veteran Engagement Manager

Military branch:  U.S. Army

Favorite military job:  Infantryman

Years of service:  24

Rank:  Seargeant First Class

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, Marine Corps, Suit, Infantry, Dover, Dignified Transfer, Arlington National Cemetery, Marine Barracks Washington, Liberty University, Government, Public Administration, History, White House, Partnership, Outreach

Brian Evans

Brian manages company relationships after spending time in the Marine Corps and working for the White House as a civilian. He provides resources and guidance for employers looking to hire and retain veterans. Brian earned his Bachelor’s of Science at Liberty University in Government-Public Administration with a Minor in History.

brian@invets.org

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Name:  Brian M Evans

Title:  Outreach & Partnerships 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

Sheli Noumi, Female, Military Spouse, Marine Corps, Veteran, Transition, Military Transition, Military, Veteran Engagement, INvets, Indiana.

Sheli Noumi

Sheli is our INvets Ambassador located in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Sheli personally understands the unique employment barriers you face and how to navigate your transition to civilian life.

sheli@INvets.org

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Title:  INvets Ambassador

Military branch:  Spouse U.S. Marine Corps

Favorite job:  Working at the Exchange

Favorite Support Role as a Spouse:  Being a USMC Key Volunteer

Favorite artist:  Garth Brooks

Favorite album: Red-Taylor Swift

Favorite road trip destination: Garden Of The Gods, Colorado Springs, CO

Best vacation: Triple Creek Ranch, Darby, Montana

My pet’s names are: I have no living pets, but I love animals and am a former veterinary technician.

My dream car is a: Horse

In my spare time, you can find me: Trying to find dogs to pet, obsessing over the latest developments in true crime and playing Animal Crossing on my Switch

Favorite drink: Starbucks Chestnut Praline Latte (just let me have it all year!)

Favorite Indiana day trip destination: I love touring all the monuments in Indianapolis

Next Indiana day trip destination: Indiana Dunes National Park

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