Our Board


Manoj Rana

Board Chair

A former client of the Center for Victim and Human Rights, Manoj Rana personally understands the incredible impact that the organization has on the health, safety, and stability the individuals it serves. After surviving an arson attack that burned 95% of his body, the Center for Victim and Human Rights provided Manoj with pro bono services for the next five years, helping him to successfully file for his U-Visa, his annual work authorizations, and eventually his green card, allowing him to receive the intensive medical care he so desperately needed to survive. Today, Manoj is proud to say that he not only survived, but that thanks to the support of the Center for Victim and Human Rights, he has thrived. After receiving his B.S. in Computer Science from Purdue University Calumet and his MBA from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business, Manoj first served as a Project Manager in the Financial Planning and Analysis group at Indiana University Health and is now Manager of Financial Planning and Program Development at Rush University Medical Center.

Jacqueline Ackerman

Vice Chair

Jacqueline Ackerman is Associate Director of Research at the Women’s Philanthropy Institute (WPI), housed at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Jacqueline manages all aspects of WPI’s research on gender and giving, which is primarily supported by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She also develops partnerships for WPI’s educational programs, which are delivered to diverse audiences including donors, fundraisers, nonprofit leaders, and financial and wealth advisors. Jacqueline joined the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy in 2012 after earning a Master’s in Public Administration from the Indiana University—Bloomington School of Public and Environmental Affairs. She was raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and is a recent transplant to Louisville, KY. Jacqueline joined the Center for Victim and Human Rights as a way to stay connected to Indianapolis and serve its nonprofit sector with her expertise in philanthropy.

Lauren Hodge


Lauren works at EdChoice as a Director of State Relations. Prior to working at EdChoice, Lauren served as a litigator for both the City of Indianapolis and Marion County. Lauren received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Butler University and her JD from Maurer School of Law at Indiana University. Lauren is excited to join this Board with the hope of increasing access to the Courts for all survivors.

Andrea Benton


Andrea Benton is the Director of Business Development & Strategy at Eskenazi Health. Her main responsibilities are leading complex initiatives that support the growth and development of the hospital as well as identifying strategic opportunities through internal improvements, external partnerships and through acquisition and analysis of new services. Andrea has worked in the health care business development field for over a decade in three different states. She holds a Master’s in International Business Administration with emphasis in strategy management from Alliant International University in San Diego, CA. As an immigrant herself, Andrea is excited to bring her diverse experience and expertise to the CVHR Board. She is lives in Indianapolis with her son and two dogs and plays soccer in local community leagues.

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