Meet The Board
Founding President/B. Chair/CEO - David Johnson
Native to Indianapolis, Indiana 25 year old David Johnson is an undergraduate student entering the accelerated masters program intending on getting his Ph.D. in Philanthropic Studies from the Lilly School of Philanthropy at IUPUI. Volunteering and working in Non-Profit since he was 13 years old David decided to found Spring Oath in 2017 to maximize community assets through philanthropic strategies primarily in the Indianapolis area. His vision to unify our communities zip code by zip code, by creating strategic plans to address local issues has inspired others to join his efforts.
“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”
- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Vice-Chair/Diversity Equity & Inclusion C. Chair - Khristopher Moore
Meet 31 year old Khris. A big rig truck driver, born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. At a young age he has learned that nothing in life is given to you and that everything is earned. With that mindset he has always given his full effort which has led him to become an event coordinator and recruitment officer at his local church. As alumni of the first graduating class of Spring Oath’s program in spring 2019, Khris joined the Board Of Directors and feels that it was one of the best decision he's made and his life so far.
His roots coming from a variety of backgrounds of Panamanian, Caucasian, African American, and Cherokee Indian decent, brings a culturally diverse perspective to our board. His cultural awareness authenticates his position as the Chair of the Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee. His leading philosophy has always been that "every team has its players", meaning you should play your role and we all will get the victory and that every role is important.
"With a fundamentally stable foundation we can all build together."
- Khris M.
Treasurer/ Acting Chief Finance Officer - Kanneitha McGruder
Originally from Chicago IL, Kanneitha McGruder is currently the CFO of Spring Oath where changing communities through acts of philanthropy is the focal point. Alongside CEO/founder and other executive leaders of Spring Oath, Kanneitha wears multiple hats and take on different roles. Before her role at Spring Oath, Kanneitha worked four years as a Human Resources Assistant for one of the largest online retailer. There, she was able to sharpen her skills in corporate finances, operations, and administration. In 2009, Kanneitha graduated from IUPUI (Indianapolis, IN) where she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing. That same year, Kanneitha also started a small LLC. Today, Ms. McGruder currently works Full-Time at Anthem Inc. as a leading Medicaid Representative. When Kanneitha is not applying her skills & knowledge at Spring Oath, you can find her deeply immersed in her local community! Kanneitha is a passionate advocate for Sickle Cell Awareness and head of finances for her local church as well.
“If I had one super power, it would be the power to Transfer Energy. We may not always remember a person’s name or face, but we always remember how that person made us feel. If the way we make others feel could be transferred one to another, I think we all would treat one another with a little more compassion"
B. Secretary/ Woman's Advocacy Committee Chair - Deborah Quarles
56 year old Deborah Quarles, a native of Indianapolis Indiana, is a graduate of John Hope School #26 and Arsenal Technical High School and received her Baccalaureate degree in Nursing at Ball State University and a MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University.
Working as a nurse for the passed 33 years at Community Hospital Network, much of her service to the Community has occurred through her church at The Caring Place as an Intercessor Team member. She participates in Women’s Ministry, acts as a Sunday School Teacher, volunteers at the Ronald McDonald's House and also does missionary work in Africa, Haiti and Cambodia. She is a volunteer with Friends Fellowship Ministry, a Ministry to women incarcerated at Indiana Women's Prison and Rockville Correctional Facility.
Her strategic work in the Light in Darkness Ministry where she enters night clubs sharing love to women who are professional adult dancers has set her a part and given her a diverse perspective. Debbie is a tissue donor and supporter of Komen Cancer Center and a member of both the Chi Eta Phi Nursing Sorority as well the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.
In addition, she is a member of the National Association of Female Executives, Women in Networking and now serving as the Board Secretary of Spring Oath where she shares her expertise to the board advising and advocating for women in all capacities.
“My heart is for women who are in any form of bondage.”
- Deborah Quarles
Board Member - Jonathan Collier
From London, UK, 25-year-old Jon Collier has been in Indianapolis for over 4 years after being recruited to run track and cross-country at Butler University while studying his MA in History. Jon is now in his second year of an MA in Philanthropic Studies from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI. Jon works in fund development and grant management during his Graduate Assistantship and is also involved in Graduate and Professional Student Government. It was at the Lilly School of Philanthropy that Jon met David and became enamored with the intention of Spring Oath. Jon’s belief in the potential of others and their ideas developed during his time in student leadership and has now led to him becoming involved in Spring Oath.
"It's the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting."
- Paulo Coelho
Program Director (Better Help Assessment) - Jalen Malone