As a member of the Messer team building Riley Maternity and Newborn Health, I have the continued privilege of experiencing some of the magic that happens at Riley. I joined Messer in 2005, and have been building here at IU Health for the last 7 years to help doctors and nurses provide state of the art care for patients and families; Simon Family Tower, Child Life Zone, Behavioral Health, and Operating Room Renovations to name a few projects. I love building here. The people, the staff, and especially the kids – I can’t think of a more rewarding place to build where I can help make such a huge impact on people’s lives. I will never forget waving at the small child watching through the window as I was harnessed up on a Riley roof using a large crane and you see her excitement waving back!
I was born and raised in Alliance, Ohio to parents Sam and Dianne with Brother Brad. Family was always a huge part of my life. I grew up in two family businesses, learning skills glass engraving and carpentry. I met my wife at West Branch High School, and once I served as a Jet Engine Mechanic in the US Air Force and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Management at The University of Cincinnati, we were married.
Living in Fairland with my wife Jessica, daughter Dianna, and son Deron, I truly believe that we can all make a difference in our communities. I serve on the Random Acts of Flowers Board of Directors, Lean Construction Institute Program Chair, volunteer at Habitat for Humanity, St. Joseph Church Shelbyville, and deliver flowers and hope at University Hospital to thousands of patients donated by Hoosiers through RAF.
I’m blessed to spend time with my family doing everything outdoors, and music runs in my blood. My dad is a DJ, Father-in-Law John Zamarelli is West Branch Schools Music Director, I played the lead role “Sky Masterson” in musical “Guys and Dolls”, performed in Disney’s Magic Kingdom and Epcot Center in “WBHS Young and Alive”, and play Bass and sing in the Band Partytown.
I want to participate in this event because my family means everything to me. The thousands of families coming to Riley need our help and hope – hope happens here, you can just feel it!