A voice and vehicle for social and economic advancement.

IBE celebrates cultural diversity and inclusiveness across all races, ethnicities, nationalities, generations, socioeconomic levels and religious affiliations. We continue to strive for excellence by providing unique events and programs that reflect the changing landscape of Indiana and the world. Our commitment to excellence through personal enhancement and community development exemplify our dedication to improving the quality of life for all. With a statewide infrastructure now including 12 chapter affiliates, IBE continues to be a major economic and social contributor to our youth and the Indiana community.

Meet The Team

Tanya McKinzie

President and CEO

As Indiana Back Expo’s President and general counsel for more than ten years, Tanya McKinzie oversees day-to-day operations and supervises various programs and initiatives as well as Summer Celebration and Circle City Classic. Bell is also responsible for sponsorship sales and activations for more than 150 companies and has served on the Board of Directors for IBE from 2001 until 2007.

Alice Watson

Vice President of Operations & Project Management

As the Vice President of Operations and Project Management, Alice Watson advises and makes recommendations to IBE’s President and CEO, Tanya Bell regarding industry best practice policies related to project management and operational efficiencies.

Terri Falker

Director of Finance

Terri brings more than 30 years of experience in the public, private, and now the not-for-profit sector, adding integrity and bottom line improvements to IBE operations. Terri is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated and has attended Grace Apostolic Church for over 50 years where she continues to volunteer and serve her community.


Rinzer Williams, III, Chairman
Melissa Proffitt, Executive Vice Chairwoman
Johnny Thomas, Treasurer
Keisha Ricketts, Secretary
Willie Stroman, Central Region Vice Chairman
Robert Taylor, Northern Region Vice Chairman
Steven Quick, Nominating Committee Chairman


Joe Ayers
Hayley Boling
Gisele Carter
Hal Darring
Yvonne Harrington

Jamilia L. King
Andrew J. Mallon
Jan Stith Mansfield
Murray Miller
Delbert Mimms
Danielle Neal

Vop Osili
Scott Pelath
Steve Quick
John Upshaw
Takesha Wilson

Summer Celebration Committee Chairs

Marcus Chapman – Amateur Boxing
Charlotte Leavell – Business Conference and Mayor Breakfast
Karen Wright – Corporate Luncheon
Kisha Tandy – Cultural Arts Pavilion
Shenia Suggs – Education Conference
Tracy Smith – Exhibit Hall Ambassador
Paula Ervin – Exhibit Hall Docks
Michael Green – IBE Booth Judging
Nicole Freeman and Nikki Blaine – IBE Fashion Show
Dorshan Jones – IBE Store
Marcel Bonds – Exhibition Hall
Percy Bland – Film Festival
Ariel Crawley – Youth Leadership Summit
Antoniette Brooks and Rose Maxey – Music Heritage Festival
Tracey Smith and John Dodson – Music Heritage Festival Outdoor Vendors

Circle City Classic® Committee Chairs

Patrick Bouquet – Coaches Luncheon
Malcolm Wiseman, Sr. – Communications/Radios
Jeniece Fleming and Paris Nettles – Coronation
Paula Ervin – Fan Fest (Tailgate)
Lori Clark and Michael Green– Food/Housing/Transportation
Joe Wynns – Game Operations
John Dodson – Parade Chair
Tracey Bush and Lakishia Byrd – Pep Rally
Heath Smith – Press Box
Marcel Bonds – Venue Operation/Field
Patrick Bouquet – Venue Operation
Kareem Lee – Venue Production
Judy Driver – VIP
Eva M. Miles – Administrative Services

Latest Reports

A strong understanding of the conditions impacting those in our community is crucial for bringing together civic leaders and for developing programs that help bring about positive change. Here is a sample of our recent reports. Click to download.


State of Our Black Youth


Your Life Matters


YLM Plan of Action

Audited Financials

The following are our audited financials for the years indicated.















“At KeyBank, our primary mission is to help our communities thrive. The Indiana Black Expo’s work in our community rests at the heart of that mission.“

Yvonne Harrington Vice President of Corporate Responsibility | KeyBank

“The team at IBE understands that through education and the right communication vehicles you can change the paradigms of individuals and their life trajectories.“

Patricia Roe Vice President of Philanthropy | Strada Education Network