About Chauna

Chauna and her son, Chase with their arms around each other. Both are wearing shirts that say "Friends"

Chauna and her son, Chase.

Chauna Leigh Holder, MSN, BSN, BA, CPH, R.N.

Chauna is a native Hoosier, resident of Fishers since May 2016, and mother to Harrison Parkway Elementary student, Chase. She is employed at the Indiana Department of Health in the Division of HIV/STD/Viral Hepatitis as the Division Nurse Specialist. Chauna cares deeply about health and safety, seeking to advance educational experiences to meet the needs of all students.  An advocate for race and gender equality, she believes in the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion to create a responsive learning environment.  She is the in-house medical consultant for the Division which administers the state’s Ryan White HIV funding, coordinates and monitors all reportable sexually transmitted infections and viral hepatitis cases. A life-long learner, Chauna is currently pursuing a Doctor of Nursing Practice/Family Nurse Practitioner degree and credentials at Marian University (anticipated December 2021).

Chauna is an active member of the Harrison Parkway family and served as the PTO Vice President from 2016-2018. She is a passionate community volunteer, committed to meeting the diverse academic and developmental needs of children in an enriched learning environment that values each and every child.  Chauna prioritizes inclusive leadership, serving as the Nominations committee chairperson for her beloved Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, an esteemed international social service organization committed to education, service, and health equity.   

As an educator, Chauna understands the layered challenges facing hard working teachers during this season.  Formerly a Health Careers Instructor for Warren Central High School, she launched the Warren Adult Education Nurse Aide Training Program and served as Director for nine years.  An education innovator, she also started the Warren Central Pharmacy Technician Training Program, while serving on the Warren Adult Education Advisory Board. 

Chauna is the former Director of Nursing at the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. She is a graduate of the Indiana Association of School Nurses Leadership Academy and Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society Inductee.

Chauna uses the pronouns she/her/hers.

Other attributes that make Chauna a great fit for the HSE School Board include:

  • Passionate Nurse by training, child health advocate by choice
  • Clear vision for the future and the ability to see the big picture
  • Excellent communication and human relations skills
  • The ability to listen to all sides of the story before making an informed decision
  • Sound judgment
  • Confident advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion – with a commitment to ensure anti-discrimination and anti-bullying initiatives that ensure a safe learning environment regardless of race, culture or gender
  • The ability to disagree agreeably
  • A strong sense of fairness and justice for all children
  • A desire to be a leader, not a manager
  • A desire to serve children and the community, and a strong belief in the value of the public schools
  • The ability to work as a member of a team, including an open mind and an ability to engage in give-and-take
  • The willingness to spend the time required to become informed and to do the homework needed to take part in effective school board governance
  • Respect for the needs and feelings of other people
  • A well-developed sense of community and service to all humankind
  • Thoughtful listener with the ability to communicate well
  • Fiscal integrity, district transparency and accountability anchor core values of quality infrastructure and effective leadership