Volunteers of America of Indiana names new CEO

February 11, 2016

Volunteers of America Indiana has selected a new CEO and president with a resume including government, academic and private-sector work.

John von Arx III, an adjunct instructor of public management and policy at the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs in Indianapolis, will take over the position on Feb. 22.

Volunteers of America of Indiana has 200 employees and a $10.7 million annual operating budget, according to a 2015 report. The not-for-profit provides employment, residential and rehabilitation services to veterans, the elderly, individuals transitioning out of the correctional system and those suffering from chronic addiction and mental illness.

Among other posts, Von Arx has served two terms as Marion County auditor, worked as the public safety policy director on the staff of Gov. Mitch Daniels and has been a visiting instructor at IUPUI. He’s also worked for consulting firms KPMG LLP and Crowe Horwath LLP, focusing on government operations, finance and strategic planning.

“John has the experience we need for leading and setting the direction for a multi-faceted organization,” Lisa Waite, VOA Indiana’s board chairwoman said in a prepared statement. “As the needs of veterans and those transitioning out of corrections has increased, we’ve experienced significant growth. John’s appointment will bring increased visibility to our organization, its mission and our transformative services.”

Margaret Ratcliff, executive vice president of affiliate relations for Volunteers of America, had been serving as interim CEO after William Raihl resigned in October after two years with the not-for-profit.

Raihl replaced Timothy Campbell, who led the organization from 1995 to 2013. Campbell retired in August 2013.

According to public documents, Rahl earned $23,654 in 2013, and Campbell earned $120,596. Von Arx’s salary was not disclosed.


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