Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees serves as the governing body for IHS, which is a private, not-for-profit organization. The board ensures that the Indiana Historical Society is fiscally healthy and fulfilling its mission. It is made up of community leaders from throughout the state who are chosen for their experience and expertise, and who represent the many constituencies of IHS. This volunteer body meets on a quarterly basis and includes historians, business and civic leaders, attorneys, teachers, retirees and other citizens of Indiana.
David S. Evans, chair
Susan R. Jones-Huffine, first vice chair
Michael A. Blickman, second vice chair
Charles A. Liles, treasurer
Patricia D. Curran, secretary
Jerry D. Semler, immediate past chair
Nancy Ayres was born and raised in Indianapolis. She attended Tudor Hall School and is a graduate of Smith College in Massachusetts. Following graduation, she married in 1964 and moved to Florida. Ms. Ayres returned to Indianapolis in 1988 and became involved with local non-profits. Like her mother, she joined the Goodwill Foundation Board, and she also joined the Special Olympics Indiana Board after her mildly handicapped daughter became active in their athletic programs. Ms. Ayres served on other local boards including the Indiana State Museum, Conner Prairie and two of her family's foundations. Ms. Ayres joined the Board in 2012 and is co-chair of the Museum Theater Program Committee.
William E. Bartelt of Newburgh is a retired high school and university educator. Holding degrees from Indiana State University and the University of Evansville, Mr. Bartelt is a published author with books and articles to his credit and numerous unpublished historical reports. He served as president of the Vanderburgh County Historical Society and is currently president of the board of the Evansville Museum, a director of the Abraham Lincoln Association, a member of the Friends of the Lincoln Collection of Indiana board of directors, a member of the Indiana Library and Historical Board, and past president of the Newburgh Museum Foundation. IHS published his book There I Grew Up: Remembering Abraham Lincoln's Indiana Youth in 2008. He received IHS's Hoosier Historian award in 2003. Mr. Bartelt served as IHS Trustee from 2007 to 2014 and is returning to the Board of Trustees in 2016. He is chair of the both the Public Programs and Outreach Committee and the Awards Committee.
Frank Basile was born and raised in New Orleans and is a graduate of Tulane University. Mr. Basile retired as senior vice president of the Gene B. Glick Co. and is a professional speaker, author and columnist. He has served on a number of not-for-profit boards and has received numerous awards for his volunteer and philanthropic activities through the years. Mr. Basile’s hobbies include ballroom dancing, traveling, art collecting and attending plays and concerts. He is married to Katrina, an F.C. Tucker Realtor. Mr. Basile joined the IHS Board of Trustees in 2008 and he is currently chair of the Marketing and Public Relations Committee.
Indianapolis native Michael Blickman has been a member of the law firm Ice Miller LLP since 1980, representing employers in all aspects of employment and labor relations in both the public and private sectors. After graduating with honors from Miami University in Ohio in 1975, he attended Boston College School of Law and graduated in 1978 with honors. Mr. Blickman is a member of the Indianapolis, Indiana and American Bar Associations and is also active in several community organizations. He is president of The Historical Society of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. He is a past president and a current member of the advisory board of Social Health Association, a United Way agency, and Play Ball Indiana; past president of Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation; and a member of the American Red Cross Hall of Fame. Mr. Blickman has also lectured extensively and is the author of many publications relating to employment law. Mr. Blickman served three terms as an IHS trustee from 2000 through 2008 (including three years as chair of the Board of Trustees). He served on the Board of Trustees in 2009 as immediate past-chair. He was elected to another three-year term 2010 and he is currently serving as second vice chair.
Indianapolis resident Patricia Curran is a founding member of The Worth Collection Ltd. and until recently served as executive vice president, corporate operations, for the company. Upon retirement from that position, Mrs. Curran formed PDC Associates Ltd. and continues to work with Worth in a consulting capacity. Active in the Indianapolis community, Mrs. Curran serves on the board of directors for the Indianapolis Opera Company and the Indianapolis Opera Foundation. She is the past president of both the Indianapolis Opera and the Indianapolis Opera Foundation. In 2009, Mrs. Curran served as the co-chair of the 20th anniversary celebration of the Eiteljorg Museum. She is a founding member of the Friends of Riverdale, the historic garden on the campus of Marian College. Mrs. Curran is also a sustaining member of the Junior Leagues of Indianapolis. She has served on the board of the Association of Junior Leagues International and several other civic boards in both Syracuse, NY and Indianapolis. She currently serves on the board of the Fashion Arts Society, an affiliate of the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Mrs. Curran is currently President of the Fashion Arts Group. She served on the IHS committees for the Grand Opening, the Hoosier History Fest and the committee for the Indiana Experience Grand Opening. Mrs. Curran is a graduate of Nazareth College of Rochester and did additional graduate work at Syracuse University. She served as an IHS trustee from 2003 - 2011, and she returned to the IHS board in 2013 and is currently serving as Secretary of the Executive Committee.
David Evans is a native of Indianapolis and a descendant of Rev. John Evans, who in 1799 became one of the first residents of what became known as Montgomery County. After graduating from Northwood University in Midland, Mich., in 1973, he formed Evans Industrial Products Inc., which owned and operated several small manufacturing companies. He is currently chairman of Pacific World Trade Inc., which represents the State of Indiana's interests, as well as those of industrial clients, in the Peoples Republic of China. Mr. Evans is a founding member of the Friends of Holliday Park, a trustee of the Meridian Street United Methodist Church, a trustee of the Ayres Foundation Inc., past trustee of the Indiana State Museum and fundraiser for several Indiana charitable agencies. Mr. Evans joined the Board in 2012 and is currently the chair of the Board of Trustees.
Mark Ferrara is vice president of human resources, responsible for talent management at Eli Lilly and Company. Mark and his team's responsibilities include global employee recruiting, assessment, learning and development, staffing, (including succession management), diversity, and HR research. He also has responsibility for the company's archives. His previous HR roles include senior director of compensation and benefits, senior director of human resources supporting Lilly Research Laboratories, director of global staffing, and manager of succession management. In those roles, he has led global efforts in staffing policies, succession management, employee retention, executive compensation and benefits, workforce planning, and metrics. Mr. Ferrara's Lilly experiences also include leadership roles in facilities management, where he was responsible for planning and maintenance of office space in Indianapolis. He initially joined Lilly in 1988 as a project architect designing research facilities. He is currently the board leader for Young Life in Indiana and Kentucky. Mr. Ferrara received a Bachelor degree in Environmental Design from Purdue University in 1986. Mr. Ferrara joined the IHS Board of Trustees in 2015.
Jock Fortune attended the University of Virginia and graduated from Butler University in 1962. He is a former trustee of Butler University, a life member of The American Red Cross, and serves on the Crown Hill Cemetery Board of Corporators. Mr. Fortune has strong ties to Indiana history and is the great grandson of Indianapolis civic and business leader William Fortune. Mr. Fortune joined the Board of Trustees in 2014.
Janis B. Funk serves as President of Quad Assoc, LLC and as executive director of the Indiana Insurance Guaranty Association and the Indiana Life and Health Insurance Guaranty Association. Previously, she has served on boards for the Indianapolis Bar Association, Storytelling Arts of Indiana and the National Organization of Life and Health Insurance Guaranty Associations and is currently serving on the board of the National Conference of Insurance Guaranty Funds. Ms. Funk has also worked in Indiana State government and practiced law in a law firm and as head of the legal department of a corporation. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois in 1973, a law degree from Indiana University-Indianapolis in 1976 and master's degree in history from Butler University in 1999. Ms. Funk has a special interest in the IHS Lincoln collection and in increasing educational outreach programs. She is a returning trustee in 2015 and has previously served on the Board from 2005-2013. Ms. Funk served as chair of the Building Renovation Task Force and is currently the chair of the IHS Collections committee.
Jay Hicks is the president and chief executive officer and a board member and founder of Prime Care Properties LLC and Prime Care Management LLC, which own and operate 13 assisted living facilities throughout the eastern portion of the United States. He holds an MBA in finance from Boston University and had been associated with Investors Bank & Trust Holding Company and Eaton Vance Management in Boston, where he was responsible for analyzing all potential purchase of healthcare-related tax-exempt bonds for a high-yield fund with more than $2 billion of assets. Mr. Hicks has supervised the day-to-day business of PCP and PCM and their affiliates since their inception in 1996. He has been the principal interface with the various management companies and financing sources to PCP. Mr. Hicks is a member of the board of directors of Random Acts of Flowers, a charity based in Knoxville, Tenn., and is a member of the Endowment Committee of Meridian Street United Methodist Church in Indianapolis. Mr. Hicks joined the IHS Board of Trustees in 2014.
Rebecca Espinoza Kubacki is the daughter of migrant workers, Raul and Christina Espinoza, who first came to Indiana from Mexico to pick tomatoes for a farmer in Kosciusko County. Moving throughout the country with her parents following the seasonal agricultural crops in Michigan, Ohio, Colorado, until she began school. Ms. Kubacki moved back to Pierceton, IN in 1968. Ms. Kubacki was elected in 2010 as the first Republican Hispanic elected to the Indiana General Assembly. She served as State Representative for District 22 from 2010 to 2014. She has served on a number of Boards including Indiana University South Bend: WNIT Public Television South Bend; Education Task Force, Commission on Status of Children: Governor's Commission on Latino Affairs; Wagon Wheel Theatre for the Arts, Warsaw. Rebecca married her high school sweetheart Mike Kubacki. They have been married for 42 years, have two children, Matt and Katie and two grandchildren, Roman and Bella.
Susan Jones-Huffine is a co-owner of Royal Title Services - Statewide. Her professional career reflects more than 20 years of commercial and residential real estate industry experience in the Land Title Insurance business by providing full-service land title information and real estate closings that serve local, statewide and national customers. Ms. Jones’ professional and volunteer positions include being state president of the Indiana Land Title Association, president of the Western Division of the Board of Realtors, president of the Avon Rotary, president of the Indianapolis Title Association, graduate of the Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series, Indianapolis Museum of Art trustee, and Fifth Third Bank board member. Additionally, the Indianapolis Business Journal named her one of its "40 Under Forty," and Royal Title has been consistently named in IBJ as one of the top women-owned businesses. She speaks throughout the country for land title, realty and lending groups on various personal development and land title-related topics and is a graduate of Purdue University. Ms. Jones joined the IHS Board of Trustees in 2011 and she serves on the IHS Executive, Board Resources and Governance, and Twin Oaks committees and is first vice chair of the Board of Trustees.
Charles A. Liles has served on the IHS Finance Committee for more than 12 years having first joined the Finance Committee when it met in a small conference room of the State Library. He is a native of North Carolina having moved to Indianapolis in 1980 to join Indiana National Bank. Though a native of the Tar Heel state, he is proud that one of his fourth great grandmothers settled in Elkhart County prior to 1840. In 2001, he joined Oxford Financial Group and did institutional investment consulting for foundations, endowments and pension plans. In 2003, Mr. Liles formed Charles A. Liles & Associates to provide investment and financial planning services to families and individuals. He has served as Secretary and Program Chairman of the Economic Club of Indianapolis; is on the Board of the English-Speaking Union; was former President of the University Club; is a member of the Cornerstone Council of the Central Indiana Community Foundation; and a member of the Estate Planning Council of Indianapolis. He is married to Lisa; their son Charles, Jr. lives and works in the Boston area while their other son, David lives and works in Indianapolis. Mr. Liles joined the IHS Board of Trustees in 2013 and currently serves as treasurer and chair of the Finance Committee.
Chris MacAllister was basically "born" into the family business. MacAllister Machinery was founded by his grandfather in 1945 and managed by his father since 1951. At age nine, Chris began to work for the company as the lawn cutter, and as a teenager, he spent each summer rebuilding tractor transmissions. When encouraged to decide on a career, he replied that he had "always expected to work in the tractor company," and upon college graduation, he signed on permanently. From there, he proceeded to "go through the chairs" in the company. He moved through various departments for twelve years and learned to operate and demonstrate all of the heavy equipment. Chris became a salesman in the Fort Wayne territory, managed the Parts Department, and then managed Parts and Service functions. In 1991, he became the President and COO of MacAllister. His skillfulness with mechanics was also demonstrated in his personal life, starting with his participation in motocross racing (winning 49 trophies) and his hobby of rebuilding of motocross bikes. He progressed to collecting and racing vintage and classic cars, which he also rebuilt and modified. An Indianapolis native, Chris attended Park Tudor and graduated from Ball State University. He has been married to his wife Sharon for 31 years and they have two children Alex and Laurel. Mr. MacAllister joined the board in 2015.
James H. Madison is the Thomas and Kathryn Miller professor emeritus of history at Indiana University, Bloomington. He is the author of several books, most about Indiana subjects, including Eli Lilly: A Life, A Lynching in the Heartland: Race and Memory in America, Slinging Doughnuts for the Boys: An American Woman in World War II and most recently, Hoosiers: A New History of Indiana and also Hoosiers and the American Story, which is part of the Indiana Historical Society's new initiative to bring Indiana history into the schools. Professor Madison has received several teaching honors including the Sylvia E. Bowmen Distinguished Teaching Award, the James P. Holland Award for Exemplary Teaching, and the IU Student Alumni Association “Student Choice” Award. He has also taught as a Fulbright professor at Hiroshima University, Japan, and at the University of Kent, Canterbury, England. He is the recipient of the IHS Hoosier Historian Award and has been a fellow at Harvard University, the Newberry Library and the Huntington Library. From 1976 until 1993, Professor Madison was editor of the Indiana Magazine of History. He is currently a member of the Indiana Bicentennial Commission and the board of Indiana Humanities. He served on the IHS Board of Trustees from 2001 through 2009 and returned to the Board in 2012.
Edward S. Matthews is the president and owner of Edward Matthews Insurance Associates LLC, an independent insurance agency which designs, implements and develops large commercial accounts and offers loss control and risk management services throughout the state of Indiana. Mr. Matthews is a past president of the Independent Insurance Agents of Indiana, the State Insurance Association. He previously served as a vice president of Gregory & Appel Insurance Agency and was a branch sales manager with American States Insurance Company. Mr. Matthews received a degree in Business Administration from Ball State University. Mr. Matthews’ civic involvement includes board positions with D.A.R.E. of Indiana and Flanner House. He is also a member of Ball State University Business School Advisory Board and the Board of Commissioners for the Indiana Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission as well as the IIAI board of directors. Mr. Matthews is past president of the Sunrise Rotary Club and past board member of Big Brothers Big Sisters. Mr. Matthews serves on the Board Resources and Governance and the Public Programs and Outreach committees and he joined the IHS Board in 2009.
Craig M. McKee is in the private practice of law and serves as part-time U.S. magistrate judge for the Southern District of Indiana in Terre Haute. He is a partner at Wilkinson Goeller Modesitt Wilkinson & Drummy LLP in Terre Haute and has been with the firm since 1985. He has a general practice, focusing in litigation, health care and alternative dispute resolution. He has served in the court-appointed judicial position since 2007. A Terre Haute native, Judge McKee graduated from Indiana State University in 1979, earned a law degree from the Indiana University School of Law at Indianapolis in 1983, and then served as a law clerk for U.S. District Judge Gene E. Brooks in Evansville for two years. He has served on the Chapter (governing board) of Washington National Cathedral since 2005 and is president of the National Cathedral Association, the Cathedral’s national support organization. He has served on various boards and organizations in Terre Haute, including United Way of the Wabash Valley, the Greater Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce, Indiana State University Foundation and Terre Haute Rotary Club, and served as president of the Terre Haute Bar Association. Mr. McKee joined the IHS board in 2011.
For five years, James T. Morris served as executive director of the United Nations World Food Programme, traveling to most of the 80 countries where WFP is operational and visiting sites of major operations worldwide, including in the tsunami region, Pakistan, Niger, Darfur and Southern Africa. His career includes head positions at IWC Resources Corp. and Indianapolis Water, Lilly Endowment Inc., and as chief of staff under former mayor Richard Lugar. His numerous service engagements include the U.S. Olympic Committee, board chair at Indiana University and Indiana State University, the NCAA Foundation Board of Directors, YMCA, Boy Scouts of America and United Way. Mr. Morris’ interests include community development, core city revitalization, enhancing opportunities for at-risk youth, child hunger and developing world issues. He is the president and CEO of Pacers Sports & Entertainment. Mr. Morris joined the IHS Board of Trustees in 2008.
A native Hoosier, born and raised in South Bend, Mike Murphy is currently senior vice president at Hirons and Co. and was previously senior vice president at Peritus. He began with a nine-year career in broadcast journalism, reporting in six Midwestern states. Mr. Murphy later joined the administration of then Lt. Gov. John Mutz, where he was responsible for all economic development marketing. Mr. Murphy worked at Fortune 500 companies such as The Associated Group (now Wellpoint) and Melvin Simon and Associates (now Simon Property Group) and later went on to serve as a member of the Indiana House of Representatives from 1994 to 2010. Mr. Murphy earned his bachelor's degree in American Studies at the University of Notre Dame and his master's degree in American History from Indiana University. He served as a member of the Indiana Civil War Flags Commission and authored a law that requires that a bust of President Harrison be on display in the Indiana Statehouse. Mr. Murphy is currently chairman of the board for Monarch Inc. and a member of the board of directors of the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site. He has served as a member of Friends of the Indiana Archives. Mr. Murphy joined the Board of Trustees in 2012.
As vice president, corporate communications and chief diversity officer at Citizens Energy Group, Yvonne Perkins has been a professional in the utility industry for more than 45 years. Her major areas of responsibility included corporate communications, media relations, community redevelopment, corporate philanthropy, brand management and diversity strategist. For more than 30 years, Ms. Perkins has participated with the governing boards of local, regional and national non-profit organizations. In addition to being well versed in board governance, Ms. Perkins' expertise as a certified public accountant often brings financial discipline to non-profit boards. Her current involvements include membership/leadership with Ivy Tech Community College - Central Region, IUPUI University Library, Martin University, Indianapolis Downtown Inc., Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Circle City Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, National Coalition of 100 Black Women - Indianapolis Chapter, and Girl Scouts of Central Indiana. Ms. Perkins is a graduate of Butler University (BS degree) and Indiana Wesleyan University (MBA) Her family includes a daughter, Kimberly Black and grandson, Davyd Hall. She is Steward and Treasurer of Allen Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church. She joined the IHS Board of Trustees in 2014.
Jeannie R. Regan-Dinius, Director of Special Initiatives at the Department of Natural Resources (Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology) has a life-long interest in history, family history, and research. she earned her Bachelors in Public History from Ball State University, where she also studied anthropology and American Studies. Ms. Regan-Dinius has her Masters in Urban Planning and Information Management/Library Science from Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis with additional graduate course work in public history. Before coming to the State, she was the Executive Director of a 96-acre historic park in Huntington, IN. She came to the state in 2000 to help work on the Underground Railroad research initiative. She was given the additional responsibility of the Cemetery Registry, the Historic Theater Initiative, and public outreach. Ms. Regan-Dinius joined the IHS Board of Trustees in 2015.
Richard Rooker is a 35-year language arts and writing educator and life-long history enthusiast. Now retired from the classroom, he continues in public education as a writing consultant. For the past decade he has supported National History Day in Indiana by leading students through year-long History Day studies that focus on a single topic. His desire is to see every student participate in a deep-learning project each year. National History Day provides the educational model he uses to advance this idea with students and teachers. He is a co-trustee of The Rooker Family Foundation, a financial supporter of NHDI. Mr. Rooker lives in Warsaw, Indiana with his wife Nancy. They have one child, Zack, who attends Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio on a National History Day scholarship.
Mr. Salin is chairman and CEO of the Board of Salin Bancshares Inc., and director of Salin Bank & Trust Company, a family-owned community bank. Mr. Salin has practiced law and been in the banking industry for 30 years. In addition to serving as Indiana secretary of state from 1969 to 1971, Mr. Salin served as the city attorney of both Kendallville and Fort Wayne. He is a former partner in the Fort Wayne law firm of Beers, Mallers, Backs & Salin. A native of Anderson, Mr. Salin received business and law degrees from Indiana University. He is currently a board member of International Automation Inc. and PHD Inc. and also provides leadership for the Salin Foundation Inc. He is a member of the Indiana State Bar Association, American Bar Association, Indiana University Varsity Club and Well House Society, Meridian Hills Country Club, American Business Club, American Bankers Association, The Columbia Club, the Indiana Society of Chicago and St. Luke’s United Methodist Church. Mr. Salin joined the IHS board in 2009 and he serves on the Finance Committee.
Jerry D. Semler is chairman emeritus of American United Mutual Insurance Holding Company, parent of OneAmerica Financial Partners Inc. He was elected company president in 1980, CEO in 1989 and chairman in 1991. Following his retirement as chairman, president and CEO, Mr. Semler was elected chairman emeritus in February 2007. Active in numerous business and civic organizations, Mr. Semler is chairman emeritus of Sagamore Institute for Policy Research. In addition, he serves on the boards of Visit Indy (past chairman), the Center for Leadership Development (past chairman), Indiana Chamber of Commerce (past chairman), Indianapolis Downtown Inc. (past chairman), 500 Festival Foundation (past chairman), 500 Festival Associates (past president), Indiana Repertory Theatre (past president), Hoosier Salon Patrons Association (past president), Conner Prairie Museum, Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, Riley Children’s Foundation, United Way of Central Indiana, Alpha Tau Omega Foundation and he is a trustee of Marian University. Other boards on which Mr. Semler has served include the Cornea Research Foundation of America, Indiana Youth Institute, and Purdue Research Foundation. A few of the numerous awards Mr. Semler has been honored to receive include the Business Leader of the Year Award from the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, the Indiana Pathfinder Award from Youthlinks Indiana, the S. Henry Bundles Award from the Center for Leadership Development, the Distinguished Eagle Scout from the Boy Scouts of America – Crossroads of America Council, the Charles L. Whistler Award from the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee, the Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and the Michael A. Carroll Award from the Indianapolis Business Journal. He received his fourth Sagamore of the Wabash in March 2007 from Gov. Mitch Daniels. Mr. Semler is married to Rosemary “Rosie” Semler. They have seven children, 28 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Mr. Semler has been an IHS trustee since 2006 and is the immediate past chair of the Board of Trustees.
Dr. Bob Sexton attended Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis and received his graduate degree in dentistry from Indiana University School of Dentistry in 1972. He completed his residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery in 1975, worked briefly with an area oral surgeon and established what is now known as Avon Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. While establishing the practice, he was an assistant professor at Indiana University School of Dentistry and continued teaching for approximately 10 years. Dr. Sexton belongs to many professional organizations and enjoys volunteering his time to assist in humanitarian projects. Through Ambassadors for Children, he traveled to Cuba several times to provide assistance and medical supplies to the Cuban people. In 1985, Dr. Sexton participated in a mission sponsored by DePauw University and traveled to Africa to provide oral surgery to adults and children in Kenya. Since retiring last year, Dr. Sexton works as a volunteer with the American Cancer Society in their "Road to Recovery" program by taking patients to and from their cancer treatments. He sits on the boards of the Hendricks Regional Hospital Foundation, Hendricks Regional YMCA, Morning Light Foundation, Avon Chamber of Commerce, Hendricks County Sheriff's Merit Board, Charter Member of the Avon Rotary, Indiana Dental Association, sponsor of The Sexton Art Gallery at the Brown County Art Gallery and board member of Susie's Place, a non-profit child advocacy program for abused children. Dr. Sexton was raised on the Indianapolis west side. He enjoys golfing, traveling and fishing and has a daughter living in Chicago. Dr. Sexton joined the IHS Board of Trustees in 2012.
Joseph A. Slash is currently president and CEO of the Indianapolis Urban League, formerly vice president, community and corporate effectiveness, of Indianapolis Power & Light Company, and deputy mayor for the City of Indianapolis from 1978 to 1989. He is a member of the board of directors of Fifth Third Bank of Central Indiana and National Government Services, the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee, and the Center for Leadership Development; and is also a former director and member of the Executive Committee of the Indiana Sports Corporation and the Circle City Classic, which he served as executive coordinator. He is also a member of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Merit Board. Mr. Slash has been honored as a Sagamore of the Wabash, the Jaycee's Outstanding Young Man of the Year; is listed in Who's Who in Black America, and has received the United Way of Central Indiana's Outstanding Service Award and the Marshall University Outstanding Alumni Award. Mr. Slash and his wife, Meredith, live in Indianapolis and have two daughters. He joined the IHS Board of Trustees in 2008, is chair of the Bylaws Committee and serves on the Board Resources and Governance Committee.
Dennis "Denny" Sponsel is president of RJE Business Interiors in Indianapolis. He has spent more than 35 years in the office furniture industry. He is a native of Indianapolis and attended IUPUI in the School of Business. He received a Keystone Award from the Indiana University Foundation in 2007 for providing leadership in multiple campaigns and fundraising initiatives as well as the IU Foundation President Award. Denny serves on the United Way of Central Indiana Board and was also the 2007 Campaign Co-Chair, Chair of Strategic Fundraising Committee. He is also on the IU School of Informatics Advisory Board; the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library Foundation Board of Directors; the Chair of Mother Theodore Catholic Academies Board of Trustees; Downtown Indy Board of Directors; Methodist Health Foundation Board, Chair; Indiana State University School of Business Dean Advisory Board; American Red Cross of Indiana; Rose Hulman Board of Advisors, Chair; CityWay YMCA Board; and Girl Scouts of Central Indiana, Campaign Chair. Mr. Sponsel joined the IHS Board of Trustees in 2010.
Robert Swinehart, a resident of Valparaiso, retired in April 2007 as president and COO of Emerson Power Transmission Corp., a division of Emerson. EPT is a manufacturer of bearings, components, gearing and couplings for the power transmission industry. Prior to joining Emerson in 1990, he was with P.T. Components Inc. in Indianapolis for nine years as vice president of corporate planning and development. Prior to that, Mr. Swinehart spent 16 years with FMC Corporation in both line and staff positions. He has a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from Butler University in Indianapolis. Mr. Swinehart is a past member of the Board of Greater Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce, a director and two-term board chairman of the American Bearing Manufacturer's Association, a director of Horizon Bancorp of Michigan City, Ind., and a past director of the Porter County Community Foundation. He was also active with the Porter County United Way for a number of years and general campaign chairman in 1997. He received an Outstanding Engineer Award in 2003 from Purdue's School of Industrial Engineering and services on the IE Advisory Board and the Purdue Research Foundations Entrepreneurial Advisory Council. Mr. Swinehart joined the IHS Board of Trustees in 2014.
Marianne Williams Tobias is a pianist and cellist, resident musicologist and program annotator for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and member of The Landmark Trio artists in residence at the Old Centrum. She authored Classical Music Without Fear: A Guide for General Audiences and co-authored Opera for All Seasons: 60 Years of Indiana University Opera Theater. Ms. Tobias more recently worked on the IHS Press book Crown Hill: History, Spirit and Sanctuary. She serves on the boards of the Crown Hill Heritage Foundation, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indy Baroque and Indiana Landmarks among others. She is also a member of the Butler University Board of Visitors and the Indiana University Foundation. Ms. Tobias has two children and 10 grandchildren. Ms. Tobias joined the IHS Board of Trustees in 2013.
Julie Viellieu-Thompson is a Certified Wellness and Life Coach and speaker. she is passionate about inspiring mid-life women and men to discover balance in their lives by owning their own state of health while guiding them to create long-lasting lifestyle changes. Ms. Viellieu-Thompson engages her audience as she shares her 30 years of experience in corporate sales, leadership skills, personal development, parenting, mentoring, and coaching. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Purdue University in Indiana. She earned her certifications as a Wellness Coach from The American Academy of Anti-Aging in Miami, Florida and The Institute of Integrated Nutrition in New York City. She is also a certified massage therapist and certified yoga instructor. In addition to her coaching career, Ms. Viellieu-Thompson makes time to be connected with her community. She was a board member for Conner Prairie Interactive History Park for eleven years and is currently its Ambassador. She is also a founding member of both Saint Theodore Guerin High School in Noblesville and Theatre on the Square in Indianapolis. In 2004, she engineered the state of the art Cardinal Cafe lunch program at the St. Louis de Montfort Catholic School in Fishers. Ms. Viellieu-Thompson lives in Indiana with her husband and two children. Ms. Viellieu-Thompson joined the IHS Board of Trustees in 2015.
Gary Vigran, currently a partner in Vigran Investments, has a broad range of entrepreneurial and business experience. He works with many companies and investments in Indiana and across the country and is active in many private investments. Mr. Vigran served four years as president of the board of the International School of Indiana and has served as President of the board of the Indianapolis Hebrew congregation as well as on the board of several community organizations in the Indianapolis area including the Operating Board for the Indiana University Center for Civic Literacy. A graduate of Miami University, Mr. Vigran lives with his wife Jennifer and two children in Zionsville. Mr. Vigran joined the IHS Board of Trustees in 2015.
Josh Wakefield is an Indianapolis native and current resident. After graduating from Indiana University in Bloomington in 2004, Mr. Wakefield launched his career by starting his own IT consulting firm in downtown Indianapolis. After growing the business by providing outsourced IT support to small and medium sized businesses, he moved to Washington, D.C. where he used his IT expertise to help large non-profit organizations implement custom software solutions to assist in more efficiently serving their mission and goals. In 2011, he moved back to Indiana to marry his wife Kasey and he joined Katz, Sapper, and Miller Consulting (KSMC). At KSMC, he runs a practice focused on helping state and local governments implement and manage large complex enterprise software development projects. Mr. Wakefield is an active board member for Indiana Youth as Resources (YAR), The Mothershead Foundation, and The Ford Wilson: Race of Champions. He is also a member of the Methodist Health Foundation's inspiring Leader and Innovation program. He has two daughters, Katharine and Emery. Mr. Wakefield joined the IHS Board of Trustees in 2016.