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Indiana Youth Group Names Chris Paulsen as New Executive Director

July 20, 2017 - Indiana Youth Group announced Chris Paulsen as its new executive director. She is filling the position left by the retirement of previous Executive Director Mary Byrne. Paulsen has more than 25 years of leadership experience. She dedicated the previous two years to advocating for LGBTQ+ civil rights as the former campaign manager of Freedom Indiana. She led the campaign to fight for statewide non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ+ Hoosiers in her role at Freedom Indiana. Paulsen is a graduate of Indiana University Southeast, with a Master of Business Administration and Hanover College, with a Bachelor's of Arts in Business. Paulsen has a history of community volunteering and leadership as she has served on Freedom Indiana and Indiana Equality Action Boards of Directors, volunteered with Southside Quality of Life Plan, Habitat for Humanity, and most recently served as a very hands-on Honorary Co-Chair for Indiana Youth Group's Capital Campaign.

To read the press release in its entirety, click HERE.


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