Board Members


Maria Santiago

Maria Santiago is the Founder & Executive Director for Chosen Ministries. She is a visionary with a passion for developing solutions for young families to thrive independently through effective personal and professional coaching and mentoring. She is a hands-on strategic planner, organizational developer, and project manager with a high aptitude for identifying and cultivating key relationships. Through over 11 years of business development, customer service, and organizational development in the insurance industry, Maria has successfully displayed a confident, organized, self-starting personality with the ability to understand and clearly communicate with a wide variety of people. Her extensive community involvement with young women and children, as well as her professional experience with a large Indianapolis employment assistance firm has given her the tools needed to cultivate and further develop Chosen.

Pastor Jonathan Ember

Jonathan Ember
Pastor, Diversity Church Indy

Russ Ford

Russ Ford
Financial Planner, WestPoint Financial Group

maria murphy

Maria Murphy
Market Master & CEO at Carmel Christkindlemarkt, Inc.

JoAnna Brown

Dr. Joanna Mitchell-Brown
PHD, Senior Research Fellow, Sagamore Institute

Kathie Fox

Kathie Fox
Ministry Liason, Kaleo Indy


Deanna Booth Conerly, MBA
Financial Representative, Business Planner, Women’s Advocate