Executives from Lilly, Duke Energy and Hagerman Group elected to serve on Conner Prairie Board of Directors


    Duane Brodt
    Director of Public Relations
    Conner Prairie
    (800) 966-1836

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    FISHERS, Ind. (Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017/Conner Prairie) – Executives from Eli Lilly and Co., Duke Energy and The Hagerman Group are among central Indiana professionals elected to serve on Conner Prairie’s board of directors effective Jan. 1.

    Five selections will serve three-year terms as elected board members while two selections will serve ex-officio, one-year terms representing entities that support the museum throughout the year – the Conner Prairie Alliance, a women’s volunteer fundraising group, and the Conner Prairie Horizon Council, a young professional’s group.

    Indianapolis resident Mark Ferrara is vice president of human resources at Eli Lilly and Co., where his responsibilities include global employee recruiting, assessment, talent management, staffing, diversity and research. He joined the company in 1988. Ferrara is a Purdue University graduate and currently serves on the boards of Young Life in Indiana and Kentucky and the Indiana Historical Society.

    Marvin Blade of Plainfield, Ind., is vice president of Indiana community relations and economic development for Duke Energy. He has more than 25 years of experience in customer service, account management, economic development and community relations. He earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Indiana State University and a master’s degree in marketing from University of Phoenix. Blade currently serves on the board of the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce and the executive committee of the Japan American Society of Indiana.

    Indianapolis resident Jeff Hagerman is chairman of The Hagerman Group. He was named president of the company in 2008 and assumed the chairman role in 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.

    David Mills of Zionsville, Ind., is chief executive officer and founder of Tenent Ventures, a computer software company. Previously, he was senior vice president of research and development for Blackboard, chief technical officer of Moodlerooms and chief technical officer of Angel Learning. He earned a bachelor’s degree in computer technology from Purdue University.

    Indianapolis resident Randy Wilson is currently retired after participating in a wide variety of professions and employments for more than 45 years. A graduate of Indiana University, he received a law degree from University of Denver. From 1967-1970, he served on active duty with the U. S. Marine Corps and was discharged with the rank of captain.

    Representing the Conner Prairie Alliance on the board in ex-officio status is Linda Tyler of Fishers, Ind., who retired from Girl Scouts of Central Indiana after 21 years of service in 2010. In 2011, she juried into the Hamilton County Artist’s Association and has held numerous positions with the organization, including president in 2016. She has been a member of the Alliance, a women’s fundraising group that supports the museum, since 2012 and will serve as the group’s 2017 president. Tyler earned a bachelor’s degree in design from Miami (Ohio) University.

    Representing the Conner Prairie Horizon Council on the board in ex-officio status is Geist resident Jon Paul Patterson, who joined the sales and reporting department at Elanco Animal Health in May. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Wabash College and a master’s degree from Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management. He has been a member of the Horizon Council, a young professionals group that supports the museum, for six years and will serve as president in 2017.

    Spanning 800 wooded acres in central Indiana, Conner Prairie welcomes nearly 390,000 visitors of all ages annually. As Indiana’s first Smithsonian Institute affiliate, Conner Prairie offers various outdoor, historically themed destinations and indoor experiential learning spaces that combine history and art with science, technology, engineering and math to offer an authentic look into history that shapes society today.


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    Conner Prairie's mission is to inspire curiosity and foster learning about Indiana by providing engaging, individualized and unique experiences. Created by Eli Lilly in 1934, Conner Prairie combines history with science, technology, engineering and math and encourages visitors to explore Indiana’s natural and cultural heritage through hands-on, immersive and interactive experiences. Inspiring visitors of all ages to discover more about the events, discoveries and forces that shaped the American Midwest, Conner Prairie offers various historically themed, indoor and outdoor experience areas throughout its 800 acres of wooded property in Fishers, Ind. Indiana’s first Smithsonian Institute Affiliate and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, Conner Prairie is a 501(c)3, non-profit organization that relies on grants and philanthropic donations from corporations and individuals for sustainability and growth. Visit connerprairie.org or call (800) 966-1836 for admission dates, hours, ticket prices and opportunities to donate and volunteer. Conner Prairie is on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Flickr and YouTube.