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2018 Board of Directors

Lifelong learning requires real leadership

At Conner Prairie, every guest has the opportunity to pursue knowledge and fun in a way that is tailored to them. This pursuit requires strong, dedicated leadership. Our board of directors oversees operations and engages community members in supporting the museum. Conner Prairie thanks these individuals who contribute their time and expertise.

 
 

Conner Prairie Museum

The Conner Prairie Museum board of directors oversees operations and engages community members in supporting the museum.
 

Norman BurnsNorman Burns
President & CEO, Conner Prairie Museum

Norman Burns is the President & CEO of Conner Prairie. Burns has more than 30 years of experience in various leadership capacities at historical institutions, most recently as executive director at Maymont, a 100-acre property in Richmond, Va. Prior to joining Maymont, he served as executive director of four Tennessee museums from 1987 to 2001, including Belle Meade Plantation, Chattanooga Regional History Museum, Rocky Mount Museum and Sam Davis Historical Site and Museum. Burns is active in the museum field nationally. He serves as treasurer and council member for the American Association of State and Local History. Burns earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in history from Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tenn. He and wife Sandy have three grown sons.

Richard ThrappRich Thrapp
Chair, Conner Prairie Museum
Partner, Ice Miller

Rich Thrapp is a partner at Ice Miller. He was appointed to serve on the Indiana Business Law Survey Commission and elected as its chairman in 2006. He was a member of the drafting committee for Indiana's Limited Liability Company Act and served on the drafting committee for the Indiana Nonprofit Corporation Act. Thrapp serves on the boards of the Indianapolis Zoo, Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Indiana Bar Foundation and the Oakwood Foundation. Thrapp received the Sagamore of the Wabash award in 2016. He earned a bachelor’s degree from DePauw University and earned his juris doctor from Indiana University School of Law. He and wife, Linda, reside in Indianapolis.

Cristine AltmanChristine Altman
Vice Chair, Conner Prairie Museum
Hamilton County Commissioner

Christine Altman is a Hamilton County commissioner, promoting regional cooperation in areas ranging from transportation to security. She has also practiced law for 30 years, concentrating on business, probate, real estate and commercial law. Altman earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the Indiana University of School of Business and a juris doctor from the Indiana University School of Law. She is a member of the United Way Advisory Board in Hamilton County, former president of the Hamilton County Leadership Academy and a former director of the Carmel Clay Chamber of Commerce. Altman is a member of the Indiana Commission for Women and former chair. She and husband John Dicklin reside in Carmel.

Mary Ayers
Secretary, Conner Prairie Museum
Finance Director (retired), Dow DuPont Merger Project
at Dow AgroSciences

Mary Ayers is the former finance director at Dow DuPont Merger Project at Dow AgroSciences. She has previously held various financial roles with Dow AgroSciences. Ayers is a CPA and earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Ball State University. She also is on the Board of Trustees of the Indiana chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. She and husband, Randy, reside in Fishers.

Alan H. Cohen
Treasurer, Conner Prairie Museum
CEO & Chairman of the Board (retired), Finish Line

Alan H. Cohen is the retired CEO and chairman of the board of Finish Line. He retired as CEO in 2008 and as chairman of the board in 2010. Cohen is currently a member of the board of directors for Duke Realty and the Indianapolis Zoo. He also serves as a member of the dean’s advisory council at Indiana University School of Business. He was named a Sagamore of the Wabash by former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels in 2012. Cohen and wife Linda live in Indianapolis.

Jay RickerJay Ricker
Immediate Past Chair, Conner Prairie Museum
Chairman, Ricker Oil Company

Jay Ricker is Chairman of Ricker's Oil Company. He is past chair of the National Association of Convenience Stores and the BP Amoco Marketers Association. He is chair of the Fuel Institute in Alexandria, Va. Ricker earned a bachelor's degree from the Krannert School at Purdue University. He is or has been active in a number of community groups, including Community Hospital of Anderson and the Salvation Army Indiana Division. He and his wife Nancy have two adult children.

William BattWilliam G. Batt
Director, Executive Vice President & Trust Officer (retired), First of America Bank

William G. Batt is the retired director, executive vice president and trust officer of First of America Bank (now part of PNC) in Indianapolis. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and both the Thayer School of Engineering and Tuck School of Business graduate schools. He serves as a member and past president of the Rotary Club of Indianapolis and past district governor of Rotary International in central Indiana. He is a member of the board, assistant treasurer and past president of the Indianapolis Children’s Choir. He is a winner of the Arts Council of Indianapolis ARTI Award for outstanding contributions to the arts. He has served as past board member of the Indianapolis Civic Theatre, Community Hospitals Foundation and Earlham College Foundation. He and wife Martha Sue, who are both active in the media ministry outreach of Tabernacle Presbyterian Church, have two grown children and two grandchildren.

Beth Bechdol
CEO, AgriNovus Indiana

Beth Bechdol is president and CEO of AgriNovus Indiana and also serves as Ice Miller’s director of agribusiness strategies. Beth was the former deputy director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture. Her dedication to public service in agriculture and her extensive trade and farm policy experience also extends to Washington, D.C., where she served in key roles at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and on the Senate Agriculture Committee. Beth received her bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University in international affairs and her master’s degree at Purdue University in agricultural economics. Beth lives on her family's corn and soybean farm in Auburn, Ind., with her husband, Matt, and daughter, Grace.

Michael BerryMichael Berry
Vice President of Compensation, Anthem

Michael Berry is vice president of compensation at Anthem. He is a successful human resources senior leader with extensive experience across multiple human resource disciplines within the health care industry. Berry earned a bachelor’s degree in business and accounting from Indiana University. He and wife Cindi live in McCordsville with their two sons.

Marvin BladeMarvin Blade
Vice President of Indiana Community Relations & Economic Development, Duke Energy

Marvin Blade is the vice president of Indiana Community Relations & Economic Development for Duke Energy. He has more than 25 years of experience with Duke Energy in customer service, account management, economic development, and community relations. Blade earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Indiana State University and a master’s in marketing from University of Phoenix. He currently serves on the board of Indy Chamber and the executive committee with the Japan American Society of Indiana. Blade and his wife Jerrie reside in Plainfield.

William BryanWilliam H. Bryan
Assurance Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Will Bryan serves as assurance partner for PricewaterhouseCoopers and works with large multinational clients primarily in the automotive and industrial products industries. In addition to leading the audits of his clients, his areas of expertise include assisting companies with initial common stock and debt offerings, business combinations, and divestiture services. Bryan earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from Brigham Young University. He and his family reside in Fishers.

J. Chris Cooke
Partner, Senior Institutional Consultant, Cooke Financial Group at Noyes

J. Chris Cooke has provided professional investment guidance with personal service since 1990. He is a non-practicing CPA and attorney and a member of the Indiana Bar Association specializing in estate, tax and cash-flow planning and fiduciary liability with Cooke Financial Group. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and has a juris doctor degree from the Indiana University Law School-Indianapolis. He is active in the community and currently serves on St. Vincent Fishers Hospital board of directors, is a member of the Penrod Society, and belongs to Holy Spirit at Geist Catholic Church. Cooke has also served as past chair of the Conner Prairie board of directors and is currently serving as chair of the Conner Prairie Foundation board of directors. Cooke and wife Elizabeth have three children and reside in Fishers. 

Dave Cox
CEO, W. Hare & Son

Dave Cox is CEO of W. Hare & Son in Noblesville. He represents Indiana's franchised new automobile dealers on the National Automobile Dealers Association board of directors. He studied industrial management at Purdue University. Cox and wife Jackie reside in Noblesville and have two daughters. He has been active on several community not-for-profit boards.

David Day
Attorney, Church, Church, Hittle and Antrim

David Day is an attorney with Church Church Hittle and Antrim where he represents family businesses and public schools. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Ball State University and his juris doctor from Harvard Law School. He has been involved in many community activities, including the Noblesville Chamber of Commerce and the Hamilton Southeastern School Board. He and wife Brenda live in Noblesville and have three children and six grandchildren.

Gay DwyerGay Dwyer
Former Conner Prairie board of directors Chair, Civic Volunteer

Gay Dwyer has a long history of civic involvement and currently serves on the boards of the Indianapolis Garden Club, National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the state of Indiana and the Woodstock Club. She is a past regional director of chapters for Kappa Kappa Gamma Fraternity and a former chairwoman of Conner Prairie’s board of directors. Dwyer and husband Terry reside in Fishers and are the parents of son, Michael.

Jill GrossmanJill Grossman
Vice President, Wealth Management Division, Morgan Stanley

Jill Grossman has worked in the financial services industry for 32 years and joined MorganStanley in 2012 where she is a vice president and senior partner of the Grossman Wealth Advisor Group. Grossman attended Indiana University. She is active in efforts to empower women to overcome challenges and gain skills to provide for themselves and their families. She is a member of the board of directors of Dress for Success, a Corporate Partner of the National Association of Women Business Owners, and an officer of the Indianapolis Alum Club of Pi Beta Phi. She and her husband, Allan Karlander, live in Carmel.

Jeff HagermanJeff Hagerman
Chairman, The Hagerman Group

Jeff Hagerman is chairman of The Hagerman Group, and is the fourth generation of the Hagerman family to lead the commercial construction company. Hagerman became president of The Hagerman Group in 2008 and assumed the chairman role in January 2014. He focuses on new business development, client relationships, corporate citizenship and corporate strategic planning. Hagerman earned a bachelor’s degree in construction engineering and management from Purdue University. He enjoys spending time with his children Drake and Stella, traveling the world, and following Purdue sports.

Reggie Henderson
Vice President and General Manager, Telamon Enterprise Ventures

Reggie Henderson is the vice president and general manager of Telamon Enterprise Ventures. He has more than 25 years of experience in executive management, government and international affairs. He currently serves as the second vice chair of the Vincennes University Board of Trustees, board member of the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest and a past member of the BMW Transatlantic Forum and BMW Young Leaders Forum. Henderson double majored in Economics and Political Science and earned a bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Reggie makes his home in McCordsville, Ind.

Mandy Hunter
President, Conner Prairie Alliance
Sales Administrator, Carrier Corporation

Mandy Hunter is a sales administrator with Carrier Corporation where she manages the sales orders, purchasing, accounts receivables, accounts payables and financial project management for a commercial HVAC sales team. She has been with Carrier for 14 years. Mandy received her bachelor’s degree in communication studies and public relations form the University of Indianapolis. Currently, Mandy is the president of the Conner Prairie Alliance. Mandy resides in Indianapolis.

Corrina Judd
President, Conner Prairie Horizon Council
Assistant Vice President and Estate Officer, The National Bank of Indianapolis

Corrina Judd is an assistant vice president and estate officer with The National Bank of Indianapolis. She earned her bachelor’s degree in history from Purdue University, and her juris doctor degree from Indiana University Maurer School of Law. Corrina enjoys visiting national parks, reading Civil War history, and exploring her Broad Ripple neighborhood with her husband. Currently, she is the president of the Conner Prairie Horizon Council.

Dave Kinard
Vice President of Human Resources, Lilly International

Dave Kinard is the vice president of human resources for Lilly International, a business unit with commercial operations in more than 115 countries. In his more than 20 year career with Lilly, Kinard has led HR centers of expertise in organizational effectiveness, workforce research, leadership recruiting and development, U.S. recruiting and global diversity. He has also led HR everywhere in the world where Lilly has commercial operations in support of the diabetes, bio-medicines and emerging markets business units. Kinard graduated from the Brigham Young University Marriott School of Business in 1993 with a master’s degree in organizational behavior.

Deon Levingston
Regional Vice President, Radio One

Deon Levingston has been an influential and innovative advertising and broadcast radio and television executive for more than two decades managing some of the most successful urban radio stations in America. Levingston currently serves as a regional vice president for Radio One overseeing the Indianapolis, Detroit and St. Louis markets. Levingston previously served as Senior VP/General Manager for Emmis New York. He serves on the boards of the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce and the Harlem YMCA and has previously been a board member for the Indianapolis Circle City Classic, and Lawrence Township Schools Foundation. Levingston has numerous honors being named one of the Best Major Market General Managers by Radio Ink Magazine and a 40 Under Forty High Achiever by Network Journal Magazine. Levingston earned a bachelor’s degree in legal communications from Howard University in Washington, D.C. He and his wife reside in Indianapolis with their son and daughter.

Jay LoveJay B. Love
CEO and Co-Founder, Bloomerang

Jay B. Love currently serves as CEO and co-founder of Bloomerang. Prior to Bloomerang, he was CEO and co-founder of eTapestry. He has served the nonprofit world for 32 years. He received a bachelor's degree in business administration from Butler University. He and wife Christie have three grown children and five grandchildren.

Rita_McCluskey-(1).jpgRita McCluskey
Senior Vice President – Wealth Management, Merrill Lynch

Rita McCluskey is senior vice president, wealth management services for Merrill Lynch, Pierce Fenner & Smith. She joined Merrill Lynch in 1993, currently a partner of the The McCluskey Group. She focuses on investments, cash management, estate and insurance, and retirement planning. She earned her certified financial planner designation from the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards and graduated from Marian University with a degree in business administration. She and husband Roger reside in Brownsburg with their three children.

Leah McGrath
Deputy Mayor, City of Fishers

Leah McGrath is deputy mayor of the City of Fishers, where she was appointed by Mayor Scott Fadness in July 2015. McGrath’s attention was immediately on Fishers 2040, the city’s first long-range comprehensive plan. Her duties include leading community-wide initiatives, as well as the management of day-to-day operations. Prior to joining Fishers, McGrath was the Government Affairs Director for the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns, serving as a public policy liaison and advocate for municipal issues at the State of Indiana and Indiana General Assembly. Her 15-year career has included stints in public relations and marketing research, in addition to her municipal work. McGrath is a graduate of Purdue University and is active in a number of community groups, including Fishers Youth Assistance Program, and Holy Spirit at Geist Catholic Church. She and her husband Brian have three school age sons.

Fred MedleyFred Medley
Commissioner, Indiana Parole Board

Fred Medley was appointed by Indiana Governor Mike Pence as a commissioner for the Indiana Parole Board in October, 2014. He has more than 20 years of experience managing and developing multi-million dollar accounts for national organizations ranging from banking, to insurance providers, while focusing on market trends and economic conditions. While serving as a U.S. Marine, Medley was selected to serve at the White House to protect two different presidents and other dignitaries. Medley earned bachelor’s degrees in business management and political science from Central Texas University and Indiana Wesleyan. He is active in the community on numerous boards and committees including the Lawrence Township Schools Education Foundation, Business Ownership Initiative of Indiana, 2012 Super Bowl Host Committee, Indiana Sports Corporation and the Indianapolis Abandoned Housing Task Force. He also serves as a coach for middle and high school football. He and wife Carolene Mays and their family reside in Indianapolis.

David-MillsDavid Mills
CEO & Founder of Tenent Ventures

David Mills is the CEO & Founder of Tenent Ventures, a computer software company. Prior to that, Mills served as senior vice president of R&D for Blackboard and CTO of Moodlerooms, Inc. He was the chief architect and associate director of the IUPUI Cyber Lab, where Angel Learning was created. This led to him co-founding Angel Learning, Inc. where he served as the chief technology officer and vice president. Mills earned a bachelor’s degree in computer technology from Purdue. He is widely recognized as a visionary in the field of education technology. Mills, his wife Jennifer and their family reside in Zionsville.

Jane Niederberger
Former Vice President and General Manager of Operations, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Central Region

Jane Niederberger has over 30 years of experience in the health benefits and technology industry working with Fortune 500, non-profit, and start-up companies serving as an executive consultant. Jane was vice president and general manager of operations for Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s Central Region, a subsidiary of WellPoint. She also spent 14 years at Boston-based Harvard Pilgrim Health Care serving in the Quality of Care and technology arenas. Jane is on the Board of Indiana University Research and Technology Corporation (IURTC). She recently joined the Board of the Center for Performing Arts in Carmel. Jane has served as a board member of HealthX, the IU School of Informatics Dean’s Advisory Council, and Tech Point. She is a member of the Women Business Leaders of the U.S. Health Care Industry Foundation. Jane received a bachelor’s degree in nutrition from Simmons College in Boston and a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Northeastern University. She and husband Mark make their home in Carmel and are the parents of two grown daughters.

Don Orr
Retired President Emeritus,
United Animal Health

Don Orr is retired president emeritus of United Animal Health in Sheridan, Ind., having served as president and board director. Formerly vice president of nutrition & development, under his leadership, United Animal Health developed an R&D team of 17 PhD and 28 BS/MS technical members for swine and poultry research, enzyme and microbial nutrition. He led the company’s entry into the Asian feed market and global feed enzyme market. Don received his bachelor’s degree from Purdue University, master’s degree from Penn State University and PhD from Michigan State University. He has served as a founding board member of AgriNovus Indiana. A past chairman of American Feed Industry Association, he received AFIA’s highest honor, their 2016 Distinguished Service Award. Named a 2014 Fellow of American Society of Animal Science, Don also received the Indiana Lt. Governor’s 2015 AgriVision Award for his contributions to Indiana Agriculture. He and his wife Pam have 2 sons and 4 grandchildren, and live in Noblesville, Ind.

Michael C. RechinMichael C. Rechin
President and CEO, First Merchants Corporation

Michael C. Rechin is president and CEO of First Merchants Corporation, a $5.8 billion financial holding company headquartered in Muncie, Ind., with banking operations in Central Indiana, Ohio and Illinois. Rechin is a graduate of Miami University with a bachelor's degree in English and an MBA in finance. As an active leader in the central Indiana community, he is a director of the Indiana State Chamber of Commerce, a director of Lynx Capital Corporation, a director of OneZone Chamber, a director of The Center for the Performing Arts, and a director of the Sheehan Family Foundation. He and his wife Debbie have three children and reside in Carmel.

Dick RistineDick Ristine
Program Officer of the Community Development Division (retired), Lilly Endowment

Dick Ristine recently retired as program director in the Community Development division of Lilly Endowment. He has served on several boards, including WFYI, Indy Jazz Fest, YMCA Camp Tecumseh, Arts Council of Indianapolis, Society of Indiana Pioneers, Second Presbyterian Church and Friends of Holliday Park. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and graduated from the University of Wisconsin’s Graduate School of Banking. He and wife Karen have one son and reside in Indianapolis.

Philip ScarpinoPhilip Scarpino, Ph.D.
Professor of Public History and Director of Public History, Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis

Philip Scarpino, Ph.D. is a professor of public history and director of public history at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis. He is also director of oral history for Indiana University's Tobias Center for Leadership Excellence. He is the author of “Great River: An Environmental History of the Upper Mississippi River,” and co-editor of "Public History and the Environment." He has written, spoken and consulted widely on public and environmental history. In 2010, he completed a book-length analysis of cultural resources on Isle Royale National Park for the National Park Service. Scarpino served as historical advisor on Conner Prairie's recently installed Nature Walk and 1863 Civil War Journey. He teaches American history, environmental history, historic preservation, and public history and also leads oral history projects for the Tobias Center and other organizations. Scarpino earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Montana and a both a master’s and doctorate degree from the University of Missouri, Columbia.

Jenny SchalliolJenny Schalliol
Civic Volunteer

Jenny Schalliol is an active civic leader and volunteer with a strong focus on children and education. She is a former PTO president at Carmel High School. Schalliol has also served on the board of directors for Fletcher Place Community Center, Stansfield Circle and the Assistance League of Indianapolis. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Indiana University and a master’s degree in education and library science from Butler University. She and husband Charles reside in Carmel.

Shawn SmithShawn A. Smith, Ph.D.
Superintendent, Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township

Shawn A. Smith, Ph.D., is superintendent of the Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Benjamin Harrison YMCA Board and the Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis Library Board. He earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and a master’s degree in education from Indiana University. He earned a Ph.D. in educational leadership from Indiana State University. He and wife Tabetha reside in Indianapolis with their three children.

Brian Timmerman
Global Business Leader, DowDuPont, Agriculture Division

Brian Timmerman is a global business leader for the Agriculture Division of DowDuPont responsible for Nitrogen Management and Row Crop herbicides. Brian has over 18 years of experience with Dow AgroSciences in sales, marketing, business services, and management. Brian earned his bachelor’s degree in agronomy from Ohio State University and his master’s degree in business administration from Central Michigan University. Brian enjoys spending time with his family outdoors, playing sports, helping with church activities and getting out on the farm when time permits. Brian and his wife Mende reside in Westfield, Ind., with their three children.

Randy WilsonRandy Wilson
Chairman of the Board (retired), Maingate, Inc.

Randy Wilson is currently retired after participating in a wide variety of professions for more than 45 years. Wilson is a life-long resident of Indianapolis and graduate of Indiana University. He received his law degree from University of Denver in 1972. From 1967 thru 1970, he served on active duty with the U.S. Marine Corps and was discharged with the rank of Captain. Wilson and his wife, Rae, have been married more than 50 years and have 6 children and 21 grandchildren.

Matthew WyattMatthew W. Wyatt
Founder and CEO, Recovery Force

Matthew W. Wyatt is founder and CEO of Recovery Force, a company that designs, develops and markets On-Body active compression gear to endurance athletes, and U.S. military and medical device markets. He has 17 years of executive leadership and entrepreneurial experience in the medical device industry. His operational experience includes capital raises, operations/manufacturing, business development, sales, marketing and building strategic partnerships with key industry thought leaders and investors. He and wife Kristin attend Holy Spirit at Geist and have two daughters.


 

Conner Prairie Foundation

The Conner Prairie Foundation board of directors oversees the management of the museum's endowment and the land and structures of the museum including the William Conner House.
 

J. Chris Cooke
Chair, Conner Prairie Foundation

Partner, Senior Institutional Consultant, Cooke Financial Group at Noyes

J. Chris Cooke has provided professional investment guidance with personal service since 1990. He is a non-practicing CPA and attorney and a member of the Indiana Bar Association specializing in estate, tax and cash-flow planning and fiduciary liability with Cooke Financial Group. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and has a juris doctor degree from the Indiana University Law School-Indianapolis. He is active in the community and currently serves on St. Vincent Fishers Hospital board of directors, is a member of the Penrod Society, and belongs to Holy Spirit at Geist Catholic Church. Cooke has also served as past chair of the Conner Prairie board of directors and is currently serving as chair of the Conner Prairie Foundation board of directors. Cooke and wife Elizabeth have three children and reside in Fishers. 

William BattWilliam G. Batt
Vice Chair, Conner Prairie Foundation
Director, Executive Vice President & Trust Officer (retired), First of America Bank

William G. Batt is the retired director, executive vice president and trust officer of First of America Bank (now part of PNC) in Indianapolis. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and both the Thayer School of Engineering and Tuck School of Business graduate schools. He serves as a member and past president of the Rotary Club of Indianapolis and past district governor of Rotary International in central Indiana. He is a member of the board, assistant treasurer and past president of the Indianapolis Children’s Choir. He is a winner of the Arts Council of Indianapolis ARTI Award for outstanding contributions to the arts. He has served as past board member of the Indianapolis Civic Theatre, Community Hospitals Foundation and Earlham College Foundation. He and wife Martha Sue, who are both active in the media ministry outreach of Tabernacle Presbyterian Church, have two grown children and two grandchildren.

Hilary Stout SalatichHilary Stout Salatich
Secretary, Conner Prairie Foundation
Owner and CEO, Salatich Associates

Hilary Stout Salatich is owner and CEO of Salatich Associates, an independent investment marketing firm. She is a former senior vice president of Conseco Capital Management and Phoenix Investments Partners. She is an honorary trustee of the Indianapolis Civic Theatre and currently a member of the Crown Hill Board of Corporators, Eiteljorg Museum’s advisory board and Indianapolis Garden Club board. She is a past board member of several organizations, including Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis Humane Society and Easter Seals Crossroads. She and husband Ron reside in Indianapolis.

Jay RickerJay Ricker
Treasurer, Conner Prairie Foundation
Chairman, Ricker Oil Company

Jay Ricker is Chairman of Ricker's Oil Company. He is past chair of the National Association of Convenience Stores and the BP Amoco Marketers Association. He is chair of the Fuel Institute in Alexandria, Va. Ricker earned a bachelor's degree from the Krannert School at Purdue University. He is or has been active in a number of community groups, including Community Hospital of Anderson and the Salvation Army Indiana Division. He and his wife Nancy have two adult children.

Kevin SchmidtKevin Schmidt
Vice President/Investments, Stifel

Kevin W. Schmidt is Vice President/Investments with Stifel. Schmidt is affiliated with board service for The Villages of Indiana, The Indiana Council for Economic Education, Habitat for Humanity of Boone County and is an active member of the Zionsville Presbyterian Church. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Greenville College in Greenville, Ill. He resides in Zionsville with his wife Melissa. He has five grown children and six grandchildren.

Jerry Semler
Chairman Emeritus, American United Life Insurance Company

Jerry Semler served as chief executive officer of AUL/OneAmerica from 1989-2004, and served as its president from 1980-1989. He joined American United Life Insurance Co. in 1959 and has been its chairman since 1991. Semler serves as a director of Indy Partnership, Inc. He is active in a multitude of industry and civic organizations, including the Catholic Community Foundation, the Indiana and Indianapolis Chambers of Commerce, Indianapolis Downtown Inc., Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee and United Way of Central Indiana. Jerry received a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and completed the business executive program at Stanford University. He and his wife Rosie have raised seven children and have 27 grandchildren.

Richard ThrappRich Thrapp
Partner, Ice Miller

Rich Thrapp is a partner at Ice Miller. He was appointed to serve on the Indiana Business Law Survey Commission and elected as its chairman in 2006. He was a member of the drafting committee for Indiana's Limited Liability Company Act and served on the drafting committee for the Indiana Nonprofit Corporation Act. Thrapp serves on the boards of the Indianapolis Zoo, Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Indiana Bar Foundation and the Oakwood Foundation. Thrapp received the Sagamore of the Wabash award in 2016. He earned a bachelor’s degree from DePauw University and earned his juris doctor from Indiana University School of Law. He and wife, Linda, reside in Indianapolis.


 

Directors Emeriti

Douglas ChurchDouglas D. (Doug) Church
Senior Partner, Church Church Hittle & Antrim

Doug Church is the senior partner in the Church Church Hittle & Antrim law firm and has served as a member of the Conner Prairie Museum and Conner Prairie Foundation boards of director. He has been active in professional associations having served as president of the Indiana State Bar Association and president of the Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum. He and his wife, Kathy, reside in Noblesville and are the parents of two children and the grandparents of four.

Berkley DuckBerkley Duck
Managing Partner (retired), Ice Miller

Berkley Duck retired from Ice Miller, an Indianapolis- based law firm, in 2001, at which time he was one of the firm’s managing partners. He joined the Conner Prairie board of directors in 1996 and was its chairman at the time of the board’s removal by Earlham College in June 2003. As chairman of the advocacy group Save the Prairie, Inc., Duck led the effort in support of Conner Prairie’s independence from Earlham. Following independence in 2006, he served as the chairman of the board of directors of both the museum and Conner Prairie Foundation. Duck is a graduate of Brown University and Harvard Law School. He and his wife, Nancy, reside in Leland, Mich.  

Pat-RooneyPat Garrett Rooney
Former Conner Prairie Interim Executive Director

Pat Garrett Rooney joined the Conner Prairie "family" in the 1970s as a volunteer teacher in the old trader's cabin, located now in the Lenape Village. She remained connected to Conner Prairie as a friend when she was appointed as the interim executive director position in the late 1980s. When John Herbst became president, she joined the board of directors, serving three terms on various committees. As a current enthusiastic supporter, she cherishes that her daughter was an employee at one time and her granddaughter is now a youth interpreter.

Stan HurtStan Hurt
Chairman (retired),
Indiana Supply Corporation

Stan Hurt joined Indiana Supply Corporation in 1965 and retired as its chairman of the board in 1995. During his retirement, he has been serving on the boards of Conner Prairie, the Eiteljorg Museum, the Indianapolis Art Center, the Arts Council of Indianapolis, the Carmel Center for the Performing Arts, the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site, Crossroads Boy Scout Council and the Downtown Rotary Club. Following his graduation from Indiana University with a bachelor’s degree in business in 1961, he joined the U.S. Navy Reserve and attained the rank of lieutenant commander. He and his wife, Sandy, live in Carmel.