Executive Director of Help the World Foundation
Jeremy Miller’s childhood pursuit of athletics and mastering the trumpet unexpectedly lead him to a career in the Army Special Forces. With a need to pay for college, Jeremy utilized his natural athleticism and joined the Army. With a goal of pursuing the trumpet he went to the School of Music with the Navy and Marines in Virginia. While attending a leadership course Jeremy was invited to try out for the Special Forces Team. Invigorated by the challenge, Jeremy competed for and was invited to join the Special Forces. Jeremy immersed himself in study and rigorous training, serving in two war zones, Somalia and Afghanistan. When not serving our country Jeremy is a serial entrepreneur having launched many successful companies in the real estate industry. Jeremy is also a devoted husband and father, dedicating his free time to supporting his daughters’ many creative pursuits including previously serving on the board of the Christian Youth Theatre and performing alongside his children.
Mari Anna Johnson
Secure Core Solutions – Chief Executive Officer & Advisory Board
Help the World Foundation – Board of Directors
After being raised in Indiana and attending Indiana University, Mari Anna moved to the warmth of California. While there, Mari Anna established herself as a successful business woman working in both the logistics and insurance industries. Mari Anna maintained her dedication to children’s welfare despite her active professional life, devoting countless volunteer hours to organizations such as 44 Women for Orangewood Children’s Home, African Child Foundation, Assistance League Newport Mesa, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and Olive Crest for Abused and Neglected Children.
Desiring to continue her devotion to more meaningful pursuits, Mari Anna returned to Indiana with the desire to apply her vast business expertise and relentless drive to improve the lives of others. Upon returning to Indiana, Mari Anna jumped in feet first volunteering at The Julian Center, 100 Women Who Care INDY and serving as a Court Appointed Child Advocate. Mari Anna is also a dedicated single Mom who never misses the opportunity to volunteer at her daughter’s school and extracurriculars.
Mari Anna aggressively pursued and negotiated the 10 year contract with CyclePoint through SourceAmerica knowing that this alliance would ensure the success of two of her dreams; to improve the environment around her by means of recycling and repurposing on a grand scale and to meet this end by supplying job training and employment to those who are disabled yet enthusiastic about the opportunity to work.
Because of Mari Anna’s determination and vision, CyclePoint has already been guaranteed Secure Core Solutions five e-cycling facilities in five different cities and a 300 mile radius surrounding them. Mari Anna already has her eyes set to expand and be present in all major markets within a four year period.
She has vetted many aspirants searching for the ideal candidate to aid her in fulfilling these goals; someone with vast e-cycling and non-profit experience along with the character and heart worthy of working hand in hand with our disabled co-workers. Finding the consummate candidate came after an involved undertaking but resulted in the hiring of her Director of Operations, Craig Franklin.
Board Chairman for Help the World Foundation
Ralph Brandt is a long time pillar of the Indianapolis development community. Having spent his over 50 year career in the real estate industry Ralph is anxious to use his well honed expertise to make a positive impact on the lives of others. When not lending his skills to HWF or mentoring others, Ralph enjoys many leisure activities, being a patron of the arts, a poet, and a tango dancer.
Dr. Don Cabbage
Dr. Don Cabbage’s passion for education, language and bettering the lives of individuals who are Deaf or hard of hearing is abundantly evident. Dr. Cabbage is fluent in sign languages from over sixteen countries and has been working with the Deaf and hearing impaired population since 1966. He served as director of The Bill Rice Ranch, the nation’s first camp for Deaf children. In this role Dr. Cabbage became a seminal mentor for several generations of Deaf and hard of hearing individuals. His service of and commitment to the Deaf community extended past his duties as camp director. Dr. Cabbage also assisted with the 1971 National Census of the Deaf population, developed modular American Sign Language courses for deaf ministries, worked with Sears to market the first set-top captioning device and was acknowledged as one of the top Deaf leaders nationally by the Carter Administration, who invited him to the White House. Dr. Cabbage has been married to the love of his life, Betty, for over 50 years. Betty, who is Deaf herself, shares Don’s passion for American Sign Language and service. Together they raised five children, including their four biological children and their adopted daughter who is also Deaf. The Cabbages love to dote on their eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Dr. Cabbage is also an avid outdoorsman, an amateur pilot and has written over 20 books.
Ed, who is an active member of the Deaf community and Deaf himself, has dedicated his life to the empowerment of the Deaf population. Ed is a committed and passionate servant-leader whose vision for the potential within the Deaf community is truly inspirational. Currently, he furthers students education by instructing them in sign language and also teaching classes at Pacific Baptist College. The Founder of Deaf Baptist Fellowship International, Ed is very involved in his church community and loves to travel around the world teaching sign to people of different cultures.
Robert J. Mocek
A native of Chicago, Robert, has been an Indianapolis resident for the last 43 years. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Butler University and a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Indiana University School of Law, both with honors. He is a former Eagle Scout, a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity, Blue Key Senior Mens Honorary, Sigma Xi Science Honorary, a former member of the Butler University Student Council, as well as having been recognized by the United States Congress as an Outstanding Student as well as being named an Outstanding Young Man of America and has been listed in Who’s Who in America.
He is the proud father of three children, Joshua, Paige and Allison. He has served on the Board of Directors and as an officer of the Castleton Estates Homeowner’s Association, as well as on the Board of Directors and past Treasurer of the Castleton East Civic Organization and as a member of the Indianapolis Advisory Board for the Department of Housing and Urban Development. He is one of the founders of Help The World Foundation, having served on its Board of Directors, as well as its Secretary and Treasurer since its inception. Robert is an ardent history buff and has a passion for reading, old movies, sports and Italian and Czech food. He is passionate about environmental protection and climate change, as well as human and civil rights and economic empowerment.
Junior Board Member and Help the World Foundation
Piper Voge is at her core a social entrepreneur. She desires nothing more than to improve the world around her with a combination of compassion and innovation. Piper is a proud Goshen College Alumnae graduating in 2010 with a BA in Communication. During her time at Goshen, Piper was actively involved on campus, leading student groups such as the PAX club, and served as the political editor for the campus paper and as Student Body President. After college Piper returned to her childhood home of Indianapolis to pursue her Master’s Degree in Communication at IUPUI. Her return to Indianapolis reinvigorated her love for the city and allowed her to continue to seek new opportunities to leave a positive impact on the world around her. Her passion for service has led her to help organize Better Block Garfield, fundraisers for The Julian Center and The Alzheimer’s Association, a Patriot Day event honoring first responders, and helped small businesses increase their positive exposure through philanthropic pursuits. Piper enjoys spending time with her family and loves the critical analysis of media. Her 2016 resolution is getting involved more in supporting the LGBT community.