Born and raised in Indianapolis, Thakena has a diverse background of experience. She has extensive experience in health care administration with a focus on performance improvement, quality and risk mitigation. She has supported several major health care systems in ensuring regulatory compliance and clinical excellence. Thakena is licensed to practice law in Indiana and is a registered domestic and civil mediator. In addition to her legal credentials, Thakena is a licensed mental health therapist. She has applied her systems training as a therapist to working with companies in organizational and leadership development.
Prior to joining the firm, Thakena was a transportation law attorney. In this role she worked as a defense attorney for major trucking companies in the area of employment law, regulatory compliance, insurance, and personal injury litigation.
Thakena is invested in the Indianapolis community. Her commitment to the community is demonstrated in her service to non-profit organizations. She has served on several Indiana non-profit boards. Most recently, she served as the board secretary for The Oaks Academy. She is also passionate about human rights. She has volunteered with the local American Civil Liberties Union.
B.S., psychology, minor medical sociology
Christian Theological Seminary
M.A., marriage & family therapy
Attorney, Scopelitis, Garvin, Hansen, Light & Feary, 2017 – 2019
Admitted to Bar
- 2019 Indiana
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
- Indiana Supreme Court
Civic Engagement / Volunteerism
Board Secretary, The Oaks Academy
Perseverance is the adjective, or maybe verb, that best describes who I am. I am a person of perseverance. I have spent most of my personal and professional life supporting others in their journeys of perseverance. Prior to becoming an attorney, I was a mental health therapist. Through that work, I was fortunate to be able to support people during their most vulnerable times of life. As a therapist, I experienced the great possibilities that come with hope and change.
My desire to become an attorney was rooted in being a contributor to positive change. To practice law is an incredible opportunity because law impacts every aspect of our society. I work diligently to master the practice of law so that my work will benefit not only my clients, but society as a whole.
For fun, I absolutely LOVE music. I enjoy all genres of music. I also love to sing and dance. Although I’m not sure how great I am at either. I enjoy exercising. I am a certified Spin instructor. I teach Spin classes a few times a week at my local gym.
I am the mother of two teenage girls. I work hard to make sure that my children are proud of me. What I want my girls to say most about me is that I am kind and that I am always striving to be a better human being. My life journey is shared with my husband, Aundre and my girls, Kennedy & Sydney. And with this comes for me a stronger sense of responsibility to be an active contributor to fostering positive change. My daughters have often asked me what is it that I do when I go to work. I sigh and tell them that mommy is a change agent. I help make things better for people.
The Road Less Traveled by Scott Peck
Favorite Vacation Spot
The Golden Girls
Listening to live music, teaching spin class, and dancing