Commission Chair Kody Tinnel, City Council Appointee
Kody Tinnel is a proud lifelong resident of Fort Wayne. Commissioner Tinnel earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Public Management from Indiana University Fort Wayne, where he has also taught courses in public affairs and human resources management. Outside of work, he serves on various boards and committees including the Foster Park Neighborhood Association, the Southwest Area Partnership, and the Southwest Neighborhood Summit Alliance. He is passionate about making Fort Wayne a welcoming city with strong neighborhoods and a high quality of life.
Commission Vice Chair Lana Keesling, City Council Appointee
Lana Keesling currently holds the elected position as City Clerk of Fort Wayne. Commissioner Keesling holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, graduating with Honors, and an MBA. Commissioner Keesling is a Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Alumna, and was named Volunteer of the year for the Girls Scouts Northern Indiana Michiana in 2009. In addition to serving on the Metro Human Relations Commission, she sits on the PTC/Citilink Board, League for the Blind, and the Fort Wayne Government Access Board. She is the Past President of the Allen County Purdue University Extension Advisory Board where she still remains on the Advocacy Committee. Commissioner Keesling volunteers her time each week to Study Connection which tutors students in Fort Wayne Community Schools. In addition, she is the President of the Allen County Republican Women’s Group and a member of the Downtown GOP Club.
Commissioner Rick Trevino, City Council Appointee
Rick Trevino currently serves as the Commission Chair for Metro’s board. He is a University of Saint Francis Alumni, earning his undergraduate degree in Business Administration and Sports Management. He went on to earn his Masters of Science in Business Administration at University of Saint Francis and his Juris Doctorate at the University of South Carolina.
Commissioner Larry Wardlaw, Mayoral Appointee
Larry Wardlaw is a longtime supporter of the arts and the Journal-Gazette’s 2012 Fort Wayne Citizen of the Year. Commissioner Wardlaw works with the Fort Wayne International Airport, Positive Resource Center, Indiana Michigan Power, Grand Wayne Center and Citilink. A lifelong Fort Wayne resident, Commissioner Wardlaw is also one of Allen County’s most dedicated volunteers, serving on the Fort Wayne Metro Commission and other nonprofits and giving his leadership, time and talent to a host of arts organizations, including Fort Wayne Civic Theatre and Fort Wayne Youth Theatre. Commissioner Wardlaw has taught public relations at IPFW, his alma mater.
Commissioner Michelle Chambers, Mayoral Appointee
Michelle Chambers is a business owner, community leader and urban fellow who holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration and is a native of Fort Wayne. Her public service career spans two decades, working with various cities, over-seeing programs serving underserved communities, at-risk youth and their families, direct oversight of community, economic and redevelopment programming for commercial, housing and job growth development. Commissioner Chambers was elected in 2016 to represent the Indiana’s 3rd Congressional District – Democratic National Committee Convention Delegate. Commissioner Chambers created history by being selected as the first President of the most recently chartered Summit City South Rotary Club. Not only does she sit on the Fort Wayne Metropolitan Human Relations Commission, she is a member of the Fort Wayne Chapter Links, Inc., and advisory board member of Fort Wayne Girlz Rock and Whittington Home Services.
Commissioner Dorian Maples, Mayoral Appointee
Dorian’s career has been devoted to caring for older adults and persons with disabilities since 1979 when she became a Registered Nurse. Her nursing career took her on a management tract, which led her to obtaining a BA in Management and Communication. Since then, she has established and managed several different medical staffing, in-home care and professional geriatric care management companies.
In 2012, Mayor Tom Henry appointed Commissioner Maples to serve on the City of Fort Wayne’s Metropolitan Human Relations Commission. Commissioner Maples is passionate about her work and finds great enjoyment in not only being a Registered Nurse, but also in serving her community.
Commissioner Aisha Arrington, Mayoral Appointee
Aisha R. Arrington serves as the Executive Director of the LTC Ombudsman Program; an advocacy organization for people living in our area nursing homes. Aisha is a proud “She Glows” girl and her Glo Magazine article can be found in the February 2017 issue. She is a graduate of both Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana & Leadership Fort Wayne. She serves on the Senior Advisory Council with Aging and In-Home Services, volunteers with the Fort Wayne Children’s Choir as choir secretary, and coaches Upward Cheer. Aisha graduated from the Foellinger Foundation’s Leadership Lab; class of 2019. After completing her Master of Science in Organizational Leadership, Aisha was honored to lend her voice and face to Indiana Tech’s Go For IT! campaign. She was appointed to the Metro Human Relations Commission by the Mayor and supports their efforts of creating an inclusive community here in Fort Wayne.