The people behind the action.

Ron GiffordRon Gifford

Chief Executive Officer

Before joining Jump IN, Ron served for three years as Executive Vice President for Public Policy for the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP), a strategic and collaborative effort of the chief executives of Central Indiana’s prominent corporations, foundations and universities dedicated to the region's continued prosperity and growth.

From January 2008 through February 2011, Ron served as President and CEO of the Indy Partnership, the regional economic development organization for greater Indianapolis. Under his leadership, Indy Partnership was recognized as one of the nation’s top economic development organizations.

Prior to joining the Indy Partnership, Ron practiced law for twenty-two years at Baker & Daniels LLP in Indianapolis. He graduated magna cum laude in 1985 from Georgetown University Law Center and received a B.A. with distinction from the University of Michigan in 1981.

Ron has served on numerous civic and nonprofit boards, with a particular interest in children’s issues. He is married and has two teenage daughters.


Julie BurnsJulie Burns

Senior Vice President, Program Operations

Before joining Jump IN, Julie served as a consultant for five years, primarily in health care. Her focus was in strategic planning, human resources and general operational structuring and logistics. Julie’s results-oriented approach helped customers save costs through operational efficiencies. Her expertise in scaling operations led to multiple roles in start-up environments and helping customers manage growth.

From 2005 to 2008, Julie served as VP of Operations for the Haelan Group, an Indianapolis start-up in the wellness industry. The organization quickly grew by providing tools for employers to identify employees at high risk of near-term health expense and providing behavioral health coaching interventions that lowered overall health costs. After the company was sold, Julie headed the Indianapolis office and served on the executive team as VP of human resources.

Prior to joining the Haelan Group, Julie spent 12 years with M Plan, an Indianapolis health plan where she built the majority of operations for the commercial product. She also developed the corporate compliance program and managed special projects for the president/CEO.

Julie earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and is a graduate of the Stanley K. Lacy Leadership Series. She is a licensed health insurance agent and has been certified as a Professional in Health Management (PAHM). Julie has served on numerous boards within the community with an emphasis on developing children. She is married to Bob Burns.


Jonathan Barclay

Knowledge and Data Manager

Prior to joining Jump IN, Jonathan spent 10 years on the leadership team of the Indiana Area Health Education Centers Program (AHEC) at Indiana University School of Medicine. As associate director of this statewide primary care workforce training and development project, Jonathan worked with health care, education, and non-profit leaders in communities across Indiana on capacity-building, program development and administration, evaluation, and strategic planning projects to increase recruitment, training, and retention of primary care clinicians in medically underserved communities.

In 2013-14, Jonathan managed AHEC’s health workforce research portfolio, co-authored numerous reports and analyses of Indiana health workforce, and coordinated the launch of Indiana’s National Governor’s Association Health Workforce Policy Academy. From 1996 through 2004, Jonathan served in progressive leadership roles in continuing medical education and educational technology, also at IU School of Medicine, building on 5 year’s experience in the educational software industry.

With a master’s degree in English from IU Bloomington, Jonathan serves as 2016 president-elect of the Indiana Public Health Association. He has been active with the Indiana Rural Health Association and the Indiana Diabetes Advisory Council, chaired the health provider committee of the Indiana Joint Asthma Coalition, and served as a grant reviewer for the US Health Resources and Services Administration. He and his wife are raising two teenagers.


Julie Patterson

Communications Manager

Julie is a seasoned writer, teacher and non-profit administrator with a diverse portfolio that includes copy for fundraising, marketing, educational and personal goals. Over the course of 20 years, her work has helped universities, museums, performing arts venues, high tech companies, nonprofit organizations and individuals tell important stories.

Most recently, Julie served as associate director and writer-in-residence for the Indiana Partnership for Young Writers. Julie’s leadership helped facilitate the program’s rapid growth and transition from ancillary project at Orchard School to integrated program of Butler University’s College of Education. She has also served as adjunct professor of English at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, teaching artist for both the Indiana Repertory Theatre and Arts for Learning Indiana, and stringer for the Indianapolis Star. Volunteer work has included the 20.40 Steering Committee and Community Advisory Council at WFYI Public Broadcasting and Executive Vice President & Parent Education Coordinator for Downey Cooperative Preschool.

Julie has a Master of Fine Arts in creative nonfiction from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA, and a Bachelor of Arts in cognitive psychology from the University of Notre Dame. She lives in Indianapolis with her husband and two young children.