First Fridays Fort Wayne was created by brothers,  Jere & Jim Johnson, in August, 2017.  Since then, the Johnsons have added four other members to their Board of Directors: Sarah Arnold, Jan Diaz, Amy Hanna, Rob Kee. Meet our Board below. Our support team consists of Cameron Davis (videographer) and Doug Bowman (photographer.)

First Fridays Board of Directors

Jere Johnson is a former basketball coach and athletics director who has served at the college and high school levels.  He has also been a chaplain for Northwestern football in the Big Ten. Jere is the Corporate Representative at Indiana Wesleyan University in Fort Wayne.




Jan Diaz is a host at First Fridays and heads up the annual First Fridays Women’s Conferences which takes place in June each year. Jan is the Assistant Director of Partner Relations and Marketing for The Talent Ladder powered by Indiana Wesleyan University National & Global.






JJ headshot 2019

Jim Johnson is a John Maxwell Certified Leadership Coach who can engage in a conversation with a stranger and walk away a lifetime friend.  Jim is the VP of Member Services at 3Rivers Federal Credit Union.





Sarah Arnold is a First Fridays Board member and in charge of marketing the organization and its events. She also sits on the First Fridays Women’s Conference committee.

Sarah owns and operates SociallySeasoned, a digital marketing agency serving local small-medium sized businesses.



Amy Hanna is the Executive Director of the RespectTeam, a non-profit organization that encourages self-respect and respect of others through educational programs, empowering podcasts, and engaging connections to the community. Amy has spoken across the state in various settings on various topics for over 20 years, and has trained professional speakers for the past 5 years. Amy is the Chairperson for Greater Fort Wayne Inc.’s Women’s Network and the Vice Chair for the Youth Development Committee for Fort Wayne’s Leadership Advisory Council.  Amy is excited to be part of the First Fridays board, because she believes that it is important to provide a space for our community’s leaders to not only connect but also to learn from each other.

Rob Kee is one of the few globally Certified Coaches specializing in the ground breaking field of Conversational Intelligence© (C-IQ). For over 30 years Rob has been training, equipping and transforming individuals and teams into leaders.




First Fridays Support Team

Doug Bowman

Cameron Davis