Our Town Cicero Leadership
Dea Holt – President
Dea joined the OTC board in June 2016 to increase her community contribution and involvement. It has been exciting to see ideas discussed at OTC meetings transform into actual events and initiatives. Dea is incredibly proud of the OTC Board and all that was accomplished during the first year of action. She looks forward to assuming the role of Board Operations Director starting in 2017. Dea plans to help the board stay organized and efficient so they can continue to be a successful organization for our town Cicero. Dea is proud to be a thirteen-year Cicero resident along with her husband, Jim, and their two sons Hudson (8 years old) and Ryder (5 years old). Her family time is spent playing on the lake and eating at local restaurants.
Dea spent 14 years working in the corporate world at Enterprise Rent-A-Car, General Motors, and most recently McGraw-Hill Education. She is a Hoosier with degrees in Business Process Management and Operations Management from the Kelley School of Business at IU.
Terri Strong – Treasurer
Terri joined the Our Town Cicero board in November of 2016 after serving as a volunteer for Dine on the Causeway. She will assume the responsibility of Secretary in 2017, along with serving as the liaison for the Our Town Cicero newsletter. Terri was the owner of Terdan, LLC, a franchisee of McDonald's restaurants. She started with McDonald's as an after school job in 1977 and retired as owner/operator in 2016. Terri loves that as a business owner, she had the opportunity to watch and assist with the growth of young adults and provide a safe gathering place for them. Terri loves, as a resident, that she knows her neighbors and has the ability to be involved with growing Cicero while preserving our community closeness.
Jama Fernung - Secretary
Jama Fernung, local restaurant owner and operator, joined OTC as Secretary in 2019. Jama and her family moved to Cicero in 2008 and several years later, purchased DeLullo’s in 2017. Jama has always had a passion for small towns and has really been able to live out her dream by using her restaurant to immerse herself in in the Cicero community, which made her a natural candidate to serve on the OTC board. One of Jama's favorite parts about owning a business in Cicero is being able to support local organizations, charities and causes. Her husband Brent and son Hunter can usually be found helping at the restaurant or standing in as the face of DeLullo’s at the numerous events she participates in around town.If you’re especially lucky you can catch Jama out of her kitchen and chatting with her customers during dinner, Tuesday through Saturday at DeLullo’s. Her commitment to exceptional service and a family atmosphere is felt in every corner of the dining room.
Brett Morrow – Economic Development Director
Brett is a founding member of Our Town Cicero. He grew up East of Arcadia and graduated from Hamilton Heights High School. After college, Brett started working for American Airlines which took him all over the world. When he relocated back to Indiana, he wanted to bring some of his adventures home to share with his community. Now a local entrepreneur, he believes in, and invests in the town of Cicero. In 2010 he opened the Cicero Market and then shortly after, opened Harbour Market. Brett also wanted to add to the Cicero community by giving our residents more experiences and more choices. So, with the culinary partnership of Bill Wampler he established 10 West. This chic local eatery quickly became one of Hamilton County’s Best. He believes the Town of Cicero has so much potential, and through an organization such as OTC, the town can prosper and grow.
Dagny Zupin - Promotions and Media Director
Dagny Zupin joined OTC as the promotions and media director in 2019. She is excited to see Cicero continue to grow and help spread the word about everything the town offers. Dagny moved to Cicero in February of 2019 and enjoys the sense of community, wonderful dining and outdoor amenities that the town offers. A graduate of Ball State University, she currently serves as the executive director of Nickel Plate Express, a historic tourist railroad operation. Dagny enjoys reading, the outdoors and any movie based on a true story!
Julie Overton - Board Operations Director
Julie Overton is currently a Senior Vice President in the Indianapolis Commercial Banking Office for Bank of America. She is responsible for relationship management and providing financial services solutions to her clients. Julie’s clients include middle market companies located in Indiana with $50 million to $2 billion in annual sales.
Julie has a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from University of Missouri and an MBA from DePaul University. Upon graduation, she began her career in Chicago with American National Bank in their credit analyst training program (subsequently became Bank One and ultimately J.P. Morgan). Julie spent six years in the middle market commercial banking group in Chicago before relocating in 2005 to the middle market commercial banking team in Indianapolis. She served as a Senior Banker covering middle market companies until 2010; when she took on a Treasury Management role covering middle market companies and healthcare. In 2012, she took on a role as a Senior Banker on the Higher Education and Not-for Profit team. Julie spent 15 years of her career in the banking industry with J.P. Morgan and its predecessor Banks before joining Wells Fargo in 2014 as a Middle Market Relationship Manager. In 2017, Julie joined Bank of America and began in her current role as SVP, Senior Relationship Manager.
Julie is active in the community currently serving on the boards of the Executive Women in Finance, Our Town Cicero (Vice President), Hamilton Heights Youth Football League and Power of 10 (Co-Founder/Co-Lead). Julie has previously served as her neighborhood’s HOA Treasurer for six years, Member of Bank of America’s Volunteer Leadership Group for 2018-19, Treasurer and Board Member of AYS, Inc for 2 years and was a 2012 Indy’s Best and Brightest finalist.
Julie and her husband Matt currently reside in Cicero and have 3 children. In her free time, Julie enjoys exercising and spending time on the lake.
Andria Cherry - Arts & Design Director
Andria joined the Our Town Cicero Board in early 2019 and currently serves as the Arts and Design Director. Andria and her husband, Keegan, moved to the community four years ago and have two daughters, Hadleigh and Presley. After teaching thirteen years in Greenfield, Andria, a Ball State graduate, is currently a fourth grade teacher at Hamilton Heights Elementary School. Although she is originally from Anderson, Cicero and Morse Reservoir have always been a place her family has enjoyed during the summers since the early 80s. Just as she believes family involvement is the most important key to academic success, the same goes for the success of a community.
Shae Kmicikewycz – Town of Cicero Mainstreet Liaison
Shae Kmicikewycz is the Community Development Coordinator for the Town of Cicero. As part of her responsibilities with the Town, she assists the Town in the development and implementation of projects to strengthen economic and community development opportunities and increase the overall quality of life for the Town of Cicero. Included in her responsibilities is communication and marteting for the Town and activities within the Town, grant administration, project development, working with Our Town Cicero on downtown enhancement, and being a liaison to other Committees and organizations within the Town. Prior to being hired to work for the Town, Shae was a team member of the Lt. Governor's Family of Business as the Indiana Main Street Program Manager, for nearly 8 years, for the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs under former Lt. Governors Becky Skillman and Sue Ellspermann. She worked with 127 local Main Street organization across the State to develop sustainable organizations to revitalize their downtown areas. Shae has always had a passion for downtown development serving as the Main Street Director in her hometown of Logansport, IN for three years. Shae and her husband, Roman, have two little boys and are expecting their 3rd child this month.