Commission 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.
Commission Vice Chair Aisha R. 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.
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 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 Tabitha Ervin, Mayoral Appointee
Tabitha Ervin is the Executive Director at the Jackson R. Lehman Family YMCA and has served in various roles at 5 branches within the YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne in her 13-year career with the Y thus far. In addition to working for the YMCA, she has a specific passion for people and youth which is why she volunteers her time with various organizations and serves on several boards in the community.
Tabitha has a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration/Community Development and two Masters degrees, one in Public Administration (Public Policy and Non Profit Sector) and the other in Human Services. Tabitha has most recently been recognized as a Business Weekly 40 under 40 (2019) and a graduate of Foellinger Foundation’s Leadership Lab (2020); and writes bi-weekly for the Fort Wayne Ink Spot.
Tabitha is the wife of Robert and proud mother to 6-year-old daughter Jordan. In her spare time, she enjoys, reading, relaxing, working out and traveling.
Commissioner Dr. David Lombard, City Council Appointee
Commissioner Tony Burrus, City Council Appointee
Tony Burrus is a retired local government official who served for 35 years with various agencies and departments for Allen County and the City of Fort Wayne. A graduate of Ball State University. A lifelong Fort Wayne resident, who has been involved in the community and across the state as an advisory on environmental & legislative issues. Has served as volunteered with Allen County Council on Aging, Mental Health Association, Anthony Wayne Services, Three Rivers Festival and Northeast Indiana Better Business Bureau.