Board of Directors

If you are interested in serving on the Board, please call 812.436.4352. The Board of Directors provides financial and strategic direction for PEACE Zone. The following is a short bio on the current members who have already joined us.

Eric Provost, President
Eric is a native of Evansville, and has a background in both healthcare and financial services.  Eric holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Ball State University and a Master of Science degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of Evansville.  Eric is currently employed as a financial consultant at Hilliard Lyons in Evansville.  Prior to joining Hilliard Lyons, Eric held managerial positions at both St. Mary’s Medical Center and Southwestern Behavioral Healthcare.  Eric is an avid automotive & motorsport enthusiast, spending much of his free time in warmer months driving on road courses throughout the Midwest.   Eric also enjoys reading, and spending time with friends and his family.  Eric is a firm believer in recovery and in empowering persons with mental illness to own their future.

Chris Dunning, Vice President
Chris is currently  Vice President, Banking Center Manager at Old National Bank. Starting with the bank in 1991 as a part-time teller while attending college. He is past President of Eastland Kiwanis, current North Side Kiwanis Foundation Board member, past member of the Evansville Commission on Homelessness- Housing Committee. Chris also is a Leadership Evansville 2014 alumni and is past member of the Diversity Advisory Council at Old National Bank.

Chris lives in Evansville with his wife Kimberly and their daughter Gabrielle. He enjoys following his daughter’s lacrosse games and traveling. He also has volunteered with PBS Channel Nine Auction, Junior Achievement, and YMCA.

Janie Chappell, Secretary
Janie Chappell is the Manager of Community Services & Business Development for Deaconess Cross Pointe and Deaconess CONCERN Employee Assistance Program.  She has 31 years of experience in the field of chemical dependency and behavioral health.  She has a Bachelor’s of Nursing Degree in Nursing from the University of Evansville and a Master’s in Science Degree in Nursing from the University of Cincinnati. She is the Chairperson of the Southwestern Indiana Suicide Prevention Coalition and co-chairperson of the Vanderburgh County Crisis Intervention Team Committee.

Janie is a master trainer in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), a master trainer in Question, Persuade & Refer Suicide Prevention Training (QPR), and a certified trainer in Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk (AMSR), Youth Mental Health First Aid and Adult Mental Health First Aid.

Janie is passionate about playing a role in reducing the stigma that surrounds mental illness and promoting recovery in all aspects of mental wellness.

Janie’s personal interests include reading, yoga, walking and spending time with her family.

Beth Barchet
Beth is a lifelong resident of Evansville. She is a mother of five and a grandmother of four. Beth obtained her undergraduate degree in Social Work from the University of Southern Indiana while raising her children. Upon graduation she obtained a position in the field of behavioral health. She went on to pursue her master’s degree in Social work while working full time and trying to keeping up with the activities of her five children. She has 17 years of experience working with individuals whose lives have been affected by mental illness. Currently, she is Director of Programs at Southwestern Behavioral Healthcare where she oversees the operations of five community based programs and four group homes serving adults with mental illness. Beth has a passion for behavioral health and truly believes in the possibility of recovery. In her spare time, Beth enjoys spending time with her family, reading, exercising, and cross stitching.

Dave Cerling
Dave Cerling and his wife Ellen moved to Evansville in 1980. Dave received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Fuller Graduate School of Psychology, and also has a Master’s degree in theology from Fuller Theological Seminar. He was a staff psychologist at Southwestern Indiana Mental Health Center from 1980 to 1993. Since 1993, he has maintained an independent practice in clinical psychology. He was the consulting psychologist at Evansville Psychiatric Children’s Center from 1986 until March, 2015. At the present time he has a part time practice limited to forensic psychological assessments.

Dave and his wife have one daughter, Emily, who lives in Washington, DC. They enjoy traveling, especially international travel. Dave also enjoys biking, golf, and tennis.

Timothy Kempf
Tim was born in 1961 and grew up on a horse and cattle farm on the Northwest side of Evansville. He is one of nine children and one of fifty grandchildren. He is a 1979 graduate of Mater Dei High School. In 1983 he was the business owner of Bramwells Placement Service. Tim established The Kempf Group Inc. real estate, construction and property management company in 1993. He was the founder of TJK Properties, LLC in 1998 and Hamilton Creek Development in 1999, and is also the Co-founder of The Kempf Bipolar Wellness Center at St, Mary’s, formed in 2006. Tim is a development team member of Vision 1505 homeless supportive housing project (2008 – 2013). He is a member of Northside Kiwanis and Evansville Masonic Lodge #64 and a member of the Owls Nest # 30. He enjoys spending quality time with two wonderful sons, Tim and Taylor.

Emily Reidford
Emily Reidford is the Executive Director of Mental Health America of Vanderburgh County. She started in August, 2012. She graduated from Indiana University in 2005 with a BA in Psychology and Human Development & Family Studies. Prior to starting with MHA, Emily worked for Primary Physician Network and the Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center. Professionally, she serves on Southwestern’s System of Care team, SW Indiana Suicide Prevention Coalition, Crisis Intervention Team, Latino Coalition, EVSC’s Big Table and Social/Emotional Learning Team and the Peace Zone Board of Directors.

Emily and her husband Chris live in Newburgh with their sons Cameron and Blake. Emily also volunteers with St. John’s Church, Memorial High School and Junior Achievement.



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