Chief Executive Officer
James Taylor graduated from Ball State University in 1987 with a double major in Social Work and Psychology and received his Master’s Degree in Social Work with “Highest Distinction” from Indiana University in 1991. He spent two years as program director for Wayne County OIC, Inc. directing programs for at-risk youth. Following this, he moved to Indianapolis where he served for nine years as Vice-President of Operations for the Indiana OIC State Council, Inc. In 1998 he became Executive Director of the John H. Boner Community Center. In September 2008, he was elevated to the new position of Chief Executive Officer of the Center to focus his time on the Near Eastside Super Bowl Legacy Project and other initiatives contained in the neighborhood’s recently completed Quality of Life Plan. James is married to Lana Taylor and they have two sons. He enjoys traveling with his family, reading, cooking and spending time backpacking and canoeing in a variety of wilderness settings.
Director of Marketing
Director of Technology
Matt Belsaas graduated from Ball State University in 2005 with a degree in Telecommunications, Multimedia Production. He then obtained a Masters in Telecommunications from Ball State in 2007 from the Digital Storytelling program. Matt took an indirect route into Information Technology and spent three years working his way up the ladder at an outsourced consulting firm. In 2012, Matt joined the team here at the John H Boner Community Center as the Director of Technology. A Near Eastside resident, Matt is married to Desma and they have a son named Odin.
Chief Operating Officer
Terri started working at the John H. Boner Community Center in 1996 as Senior Wellness Coordinator, changing roles twice since then from Director of Senior Services and Transportation to her current role as Deputy Executive Director and then Chief Operating Officer. She completed her undergraduate degree with a B.S. in Exercise Science with a minor in Counseling Psychology from Ball State University. Terri really enjoys managing the day to day operations, programs, and services while ensuring all are in line with the Center’s mission. She is a huge Colts fan and loves to tailgate with her husband and friends in the Indy Blue Crew Lot.
Victoria Petersen-Elia, CFRE
Director of Philanthropy & Communications
Victoria comes to the Center with more than 11 years of resource development experience and has worked at Gleaners Food Bank, St. Mary’s Child Center and Damien Center. In each of these roles she was charged with major gifts, event planning, marketing, and donor cultivation. Originally born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Victoria received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Florida State University and became a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) in 2007. She is married to Jason and they have 2 cats, Nefertiti and Jasmine.