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. We are thankful that these individuals who have committed their time and expertise to help shape Conner Prairie.
The Conner Prairie Museum Board of Directors oversees operations and engages community members in supporting the museum.
Jay Ricker is Chairman of Ricker 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.
Vice 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. 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.
John M. "Mike" Blakley
Secretary, Conner Prairie Museum
Chairman, The Blakley Corp.
John M. “Mike” Blakley is chairman of the board of The Blakley Corp., a company founded by his grandfather in 1895. He earned a bachelor’s degree in urban land economics from the University of Illinois. He also graduated from the U.S. Air Force Flight School and served as a pilot with the Indiana National Guard. Blakley currently serves on the boards of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and Goodwill Industries. He and wife Barbara reside in Fishers and have two grown daughters and one granddaughter.
Treasurer, Conner Prairie Museum
First Vice President, Merrill Lynch
Rita McCluskey is first vice president, wealth management services for Merrill Lynch, Pierce Fenner & Smith. She joined Merrill Lynch in 1993, currently a partner of the GME 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. Rita and husband Roger reside in Brownsburg with their three children.
Founding Principal & Executive Director (retired), BSA LifeStructures
Don Altemeyer was a founding principal and executive director of BSA LifeStructures. He earned a bachelor's degree in architecture from the University of Cincinnati. He is a member of the executive committee of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, serves on the board of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and is president of the Indianapolis-Marion County Building Authority. He also served in the Air Force and Air National Guard from 1971-1977.
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. She 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. She is a member of the Indiana Commission for Women and former chair. She and husband John Dicklin reside in Carmel.
Terry W. Anker
CEO, Anker Consulting Group & President, Legacy Fund of Hamilton County
Terry W. Anker is CEO of Anker Consulting Group and has worked as an advisor and owner of several small businesses that span manufacturing, publishing, retail and services. He earned a bachelor’s and juris doctor degrees from Indiana University, Bloomington. He also serves on numerous boards, including Indiana Humanities, Ivy Tech Foundation and the Liberty Fund, Inc. He is the president of the president of the Hamilton County Community Foundation Legacy Fund. He and wife Carolyn reside in Carmel and have two sons.
North America and Latin America Finance Director, Dow AgroSciences
Mary Ayers is North America and Latin America finance director 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 is active with the Indiana chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society as a member of its finance committee. Mary and husband Randy reside in Fishers.
William 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.
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.
President & Creative Director, Promotus Advertising
Bruce Bryant launched Promotus Advertising in 1983 and has built one of the most respected advertising agencies in Indiana. The agency was selected as a Blue Chip Community Business Award winner in 2002. Indiana Federation of Advertising Agencies named Bryant its Ad Person of the Year in 1998-1999 and again in 2002-2003. He is the first African American to be named Ad Person of the Year and one of only three people to win the award twice. Bryant has served on the Better Business Bureau's Local Advertising Review Board and on boards of the Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership, American Advertising Federation in Indianapolis and the Cancer Support Community. He resides in Indianapolis.
Tory Callahan maintains a private practice working with Pre K-elementary school students. She also does special projects and curriculum development related to literacy instruction. A current focus is developing early literacy architecture for at-risk populations. Tory and husband Pat live in Indianapolis.
Alan H. Cohen
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.
J. Chris Cooke
Managing Director,Cooke Financial Group of Wells Fargo Advisors
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. Cooke has been a member of the Wells Fargo Advisors Premier Advisors Recognition Council since 1996. 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. Cooke and wife Elizabeth have three children and reside in Fishers.
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. Dave and wife Jackie reside in Noblesville and have two daughters. He has been active on several community not-for-profit boards.
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.
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.
CPA and Partner, Katz, Sapper & Miller
Keith Gambrel is a CPA and partner at Katz Sapper and Miller, leading the firm’s audit and assurance services department. Prior to joining the firm in 1990, he spent 13 years with a national accounting firm in Chicago. Gambrel co-chairs the firm’s not-for-profit and governmental services group and its real estate services group. Since 2001, he has served as one of two members of the firm’s executive committee, sharing in the strategic growth, vision and success of the firm. He and wife Carol live in Zionsville.
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. Jill 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. Jill has been an active Conner Prairie Advisory Council member for two years. Jill and husband Allan Karlander live in Carmel.
Director of Enforcement, NCAA
Clint Hangebrauck is director of enforcement with the NCAA. Since joining the NCAA in January of 2011, he has worked in the Administrative Services department managing the NCAA’s Internal Audit function prior to transitioning to the Enforcement group in November, 2013 to oversee the Quality Control Group. In his role as Director of the Quality Control Group, Hangebrauck oversees enforcement’s quality control, business metrics, budgeting, technology, training and reporting activities. In addition, he is involved with several organizational governance initiatives including serving on the enterprise risk management committee and unit fiscal officer committee. Hangebrauck has a business management degree from Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management. He and wife Lindsey and their two children reside in Carmel.
Timothy C. Lawson
Senior Counsel, (retired) Hall Render Killian Heath and Lyman
Timothy C. Lawson is the retired senior counsel at Hall Render Killian Heath and Lyman. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame, master’s degrees in business administration and health administration from Arizona State University, and a law degree from the University of Louisville School of Law. His practice areas include clinical services and patient care issues. He is a life fellow with the American College of Health Care Executives. He and his wife Chris reside in Indianapolis.
Jay 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.
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 Adandon 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.
Owen B. "Bud" Melton
President and CEO (retired), First Indiana Bank
Owen B. “Bud” Melton retired as president and CEO of First Indiana Bank. He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Indiana University and completed the graduate program of the Graduate School of Savings and Loan. He currently serves as a member of the board of trustees for the Indiana Finance Authority and serves as chairman of the compensation committee at Goodwill Industries. He also serves on the boards of Star Financial Bank and Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Va. Melton and wife Christine reside in Carmel and have two sons and a daughter.
Barbie Millington is president of the Conner Prairie Alliance, a group she has been a member of since 2010 and has held several leadership roles including vice president of the Apple Store. She has a bachelor’s degree in microbiology and had a long career in healthcare before retiring in 2005. Following retirement, Millington worked in Montessori preschools and as a nanny for her two granddaughters. She is currently a very active participant in many of the mission programs at Castleton United Methodist Church where she has sung with the choir for 34 years. Barbie and her husband Dale live in Indianapolis.
Michael 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, Indiana, with banking operations in Central Indiana, Ohio and Illinois. Mike 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, Mike is a director of the Indiana State Chamber of Commerce, a director of Lynx Capital Corporation, a director of Carmel Chamber of Commerce, a director of The Center for the Performing Arts, and a director of the Sheehan Family Foundation. Mike and his wife Debbie have three children and reside in Carmel.
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.
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.
CPA and Managing Principal (retired), CliftonLarsonAllen
John Sauder retired as CPA and managing principal of the Indianapolis office of CliftonLarsonAllen, one of the nation’s top 10 accounting firms. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Illinois Wesleyan University. He and wife Peg reside in Carmel.
Philip 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 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 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.
Vice President of Sales at Roche Point of Care, Roche Diagnostics Corp.
Reg Stump is vice president of sales at Roche Point Care. She has worked for Roche since 2008, also serving as the vice president of support. She previously worked for 20 years at the General Electric Company in multiple industries on several continents, including GE Healthcare, NBC, GE Capital, GE Aerospace and GE Nuclear. Reg earned a bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering from Purdue University and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from University of California at Berkeley. She resides in Indianapolis.
William "Bill" Weldon, Ph.D.
Senior Director, Nutritional Health, Innovation and Strategy, Elanco Animal Health
Bill Weldon, Ph.D. is senior director of Nutritional Health, Innovation and Strategy at Elanco Animal Health, a division of Eli Lilly and Co. He earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science from Michigan State University and a doctorate in animal nutrition from the University of Nebraska. He resides in Greenfield with his three children.
Matthew 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
Managing Director, Cooke Financial Group
Vice Chair, Conner Prairie Foundation
Former Indiana State Senator
Morris Mills is a former state senator and state representative. He has extensive experience in state budgetary matters, having served as budget chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. Mills was recently honored by Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis as the university named a new atrium after him. Morris joined the RIPEA board in 2001. He and wife Mary Ann reside in Ladoga.
Hilary Stout Salatich
Secretary, Conner Prairie Foundation
CEO and Owner, Salatich Associates
Owen B. "Bud" Melton
Treasurer, Conner Prairie Foundation
President and CEO (retired), First Indiana Bank
William G. Batt
Director, Executive Vice President & Trust Officer (retired), First of America Bank
Chairman, Ricker Oil Co.
Partner, Ice Miller
Conner Prairie Museum Advisory Council
The Conner Prairie Museum Advisory Council helps to advance the mission of Conner Prairie. They possess knowledge, skills and community connections that are valuable in the achievement of Conner Prairie’s objectives.
William H. Bryan
CPA and Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Will Bryan is an audit partner in the Indianapolis office of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC). PwC is a global network of firms in 157 countries with more than 195,000 people who deliver quality in assurance, tax and advisory services. Will has been with PwC since 1994 and has worked in the Indianapolis, Cologne, Germany and Detroit, Michigan offices. Will has served on national task forces regarding technical issues such as IFRS and revenue recognition, and serves clients primarily in the automotive and industrial products industries. He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in accountancy from Brigham Young University. He and his wife Jennifer and four children reside in Fishers.
Sean M. Keefer
Regional Director of Public Affairs, Pearson North America
Sean M. Keefer is regional director of public affairs for Pearson North America, the global leader in learning. In that role, he oversees the public affairs and government relations for the Midwest and Central US region. Prior to that role, he served as deputy chief of staff of Executive Branch Agencies in the Office of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence. He has had an extensive background in state government, having formerly served as legislative director in the Pence administration, commissioner with the Indiana Department of Labor and other positions. He currently serves as a member of the workforce policy committees on the Indiana and Minnesota Chamber of Commerce. He and his family reside in Fishers.
James M. MacDonald III
Executive Director & Market Manager, J.P. Morgan
James M. Macdonald III is a senior vice president in the Midwest Region of Commercial Banking for J.P. Morgan Chase Bank. He has more than 16 years of middle-market and large corporate commercial finance experience with an extensive background in relationship banking and originating asset based and cash flow commercial loans. MacDonald earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a law degree from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago. He has served on several not-for-profit boards in Indiana and is currently active in the Association for Corporate Growth, Turnaround Management Association and the Indiana Association for Corporate Renewal. He and his family reside in Indianapolis.