About CLD

Staff Directory

Staff Directory

Our Staff

Linda Bingham
BA, Indiana University MA, Butler University
Licensed Guidance Counselor, ext. 207

As a CLD guidance counselor within the College Prep Institute (CPI), Linda provides academic, career and college counseling services for students and their parent and/or mentor. Linda has over 25 years of experience, serving in elementary and high school settings as a special education teacher and high school and career counselor. She is the mother of a CLD Alum.

Dennis Bland (CLD ’82)
BA, DePauw University Indiana University McKinney School of Law
President

Dennis leads the direction of and manages the operations of CLD to accomplish organizational goals and long-range strategies. His passion is driven by a concern for plight of African American youth and community.

Percy Bland Jr. (CLD ‘02)
Program Assistant, ext. 202

Percy serves as administrative support and assists in the effective planning, coordination, delivery and evaluation of the following CLD programs: Business Orientation Project, Imani Book Club, Jr. Self-Discovery and Project MR. Having participated in several CLD programs, including Project MR, Percy appreciates the transformational experiences CLD fosters. Percy has a passion for helping young people discover their life purpose and is excited to help further the CLD mission.

Gail A. Bradford
BS, University of Arizona, CPA
Accounting and Human Resources, ext. 204

Gail helps insure that CLD is an excellent steward of all financial assets. She prepares financial reports and assists in budget preparation, grant proposals and reports. She also provides human resources support for CLD staff.

General Contact Information

2425 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street
Indianapolis, IN 46208
office@cldinc.org
P: 317.923.8111
F: 317.923.8112


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Office Hours:

08:00 am – 4:30 pm Monday- Friday

College Prep Institute
Hours of Operation

10:00 am – 7:30 pm Monday – Thursday 
10:00 am – 4:00 pm Friday
9:30 am – 4:00 pm Saturday

Ronald Brown
Manager of Fund Development, ext. 201

Ron plans, organizes, and coordinates various fund development activities and opportunities with an emphasis on donor research, grant writing and reporting and event planning. His interest and passion come from a desire to see African American youth succeed at unsurpassed levels to affect change in their lives, their family’s lives and the life of their communities.

Jeanette Caston
Receptionist, ext. 200

With over 20 years of customer service experience, Jeanette services CLD guests via phone and/or face to face inquiries. She provides general information regarding the organization to customers and assists in general administrative and clerical support.

Nita Gates
BS, Indiana State University MS, Indiana State University
Licensed Guidance Counselor, ext. 207

As a CLD guidance counselor within the College Prep Institute (CPI), Nita provides academic, career and college counseling services for students and their parent and/or mentor. With more than 8 years of experience, Nita’s passion is helping families with testing and finding scholarships and affordable institutions. She is currently a high school counselor in a local township.

Joi Harmon
BA, Manchester University
Marketing & Recruitment Associate, ext. 318

Joi is responsible for building awareness of CLD throughout central Indiana with the goal of ultimately enrolling participants (students and parents) in CLD programs and initiatives. She uses the community and school connections to engage individuals and organizations on CLD’s social media sites and for recruitment efforts. Joi is responsible for the maintaining the organization’s website

Lena Hill(CLD ’99)
BS, Indiana Tech
Director of the College Prep Institute, ext. 206

Lena leads the College Prep Institute team in fulfilling the CLD mission to prepare African American youth and parents for academic, college and career achievement. Lena is passionate about providing college readiness resources to all families, especially underrepresented populations. Additionally, Lena assists in designing initiatives to increase knowledge and access to academic requirements and career pathways.

Shelley Jackson
BS, Northern Michigan University, MA, Ball State University
College Success Coordinator, ext. 306

As the College Success Coordinator, Shelley works with CLD Alumni to help advance their college success and completion. Previously working in higher education, Shelley collaborates with collegiate staff and community partners to identify resources that maximize student achievement. Additionally, Shelley is responsible for planning, organizing and implementing CLD’s college success programs: Emerging Scholars, College Prep, College Goal Sunday, and all internship/job shadowing programs.

Jeff Johnson
MA, Indiana University MS, Butler University
Licensed Guidance Counselor, ext. 419

As a CLD guidance counselor within the College Prep Institute (CPI), Jeff provides academic, career and college counseling services for students and their parent and/or mentor. Jeff has worked in education for more than 20 years at the middle school, high school and college level.

Jonathan Jones(CLD ’00)
BS, Indiana University
Program Coordinator, ext. 303

Jonathan is responsible for planning, organizing and implementing the following CLD programs: Business Orientation Project, Imani Book Club, Jr. Self-Discovery and Project MR. His passion for youth development throughout our community aids him in creating quality initiatives.

Carolyn Ladd
BS, Martin University MBA, Indiana Wesleyan
Office Manager, ext. 307

Carolyn organizes and coordinates office operations and procedures in order to ensure organizational efficiency and effectiveness. She is the Administrative Assistant to the President. Carolyn is the mother of a CLD Alumn.

Deborah Ross
BS, Indiana University-Bloomington
Manager of Program Administration, ext. 300

Deborah manages the coordination and delivery of all administrative program functions for efficient planning, delivery and data management of all programs. Prior to joining the CLD team, Deborah and her husband volunteered for the organization. They are proud parents of 3 CLD Alumni.

Erika Smith(CLD ’99)
Database Coordinator, ext. 304

Erika oversees, maintains and improves CLD’s data collection, tracking and reporting process to enable the organization to identify access, evaluate and accurately report on the performance and outcomes of CLD programs and Fund Development efforts. She also provides assistance to the Fund Development department in identifying and maintaining CLD’s alumni and donor base.