HYPE-Richmond Inc. aims to provide the young professionals (ages 21-40) of Richmond, Indiana with professional, leadership, and networking opportunities that promote their growth and development within our community. HYPE-Richmond Inc. will serve in a collaborative capacity that promotes these opportunities between local businesses and organizations, our members, and the surrounding Richmond area.
Roxie Deer is a life-long Richmond resident. After graduating from Richmond High School, she attended the College of Wooster to get a BA in Sociology. Upon returning to Richmond, she began working at The Excel Center Richmond as a Life Coach. After completing her Masters in Education, Roxie switched to Indiana University East, working with first year students and their transition to college. In 2018, Roxie transferred to the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce where she serves as the Director of Programs and Events.
Roxie has a passion for her community and serves and volunteers for many local nonprofits. When she is not busy working or volunteering she enjoys time with her three puppies, Hudson Reign, Cash Money and Mischa Marie. She loves to golf, travel and considers herself a major foodie.
SECRETARY, MEMBERSHIP CHAIR
Jordan Gehring was raised in Goshen before moving to Defiance, Ohio where she earned her Bachelor's degree in English and Communication Studies from Defiance College. Upon graduation, she was hired to coordinate Defiance's Service Leadership Program where she spent three years building community service projects for students while also working towards her Master's degree in Education. Following her husband to Richmond, Jordan was hired at Indiana University East as a Success Coach for online students. Wanting to become more involved in the community, Jordan joined the Board of HYPE and now holds the positions of Membership Chair and Secretary.
Jordan is married to Earlham College Golf Coach, Matt Gehring, and has a cat named Echo. She loves to travel and has been to Italy, Belize, London, Tanzania, and Nicaragua completing academic or service related projects.
Professional Development chair
Mark Broeker was raised in Rockport, Indiana before attending Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana to complete his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a minor in Public Administration. He later completed his Master’s degree in Human Resources Development at Indiana State University. Mark works for Reid Health in the Human Resources Department. Wanting to play a role in building a solid foundation and prosperous future for Richmond and Wayne County, Mark joined HYPE and now holds the Professional Development Chair position.
Mark is married to his wife Megan and has two dogs named Gabby and Breez. In his spare time, Mark enjoys to travel and learn about different cultures around the world, watching sports and going on new adventures with his wife and dogs.
BOARD MEMBER, MARKETING CHAIR
Julie was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but after college moved west for graduate school in Ohio and Michigan. While studying rhetoric and writing at Michigan State University, she met fellow graduate student and Richmond, Indiana native Phill Alexander. In 2016, they married and purchased a home in Richmond’s Reeveston Historic District. Julie is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Miami University’s Farmer School of Business, where she teaches business communication in the First-Year Integrated Core program.
A relative newcomer to Richmond, Julie is eager to contribute to the community, which led to her joining HYPE. She is a writer, designer, professional tarot card reader, makeup enthusiast, and fan of pro-wrestling.