Leadership

2020 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 Burns

Norman Burns
President and CEO, Conner Prairie Museum

Norman Burns is the President and 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 and one granddaughter.

Christine Altman

Christine Altman
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 over 35 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 board member of the Hamilton County Economic Development Corp and US31 Coalition, Inc., and former president and dean of the Hamilton County Leadership Academy. Altman is a member of the Indiana Commission for Women and former chair. She and husband reside in Carmel.

Steve Hageman

Steve Hageman
Vice Chair, Conner Prairie Museum
Chairman of the Board, Hageman Group

Steve Hageman is Chairman of the Board for Hageman Group, having investments focused in Agriculture and Real Estate. Steve was a founding partner of Remington Seeds, which grew to become the nation's largest wholesale seed corn and soybean production, conditioning and distribution company. He continues to be involved in the family's legacy farming operation along with diversified commercial real estate investments in the Midwest. Steve serves in leadership positions for Boone and Crockett and the Farm Foundation, along with involvement with Purdue College of Agriculture and Indiana FFA Foundation. Steve and his wife Sandy have three children and six grandchildren and reside in Zionsville.

Jill Grossman

Jill Grossman
Secretary, Conner Prairie Museum
Senior Partner, Grossman Wealth Advisor Group, Morgan Stanley

Jill has worked in the financial services industry since 1981 joining Morgan Stanley in 2012 where she is the senior partner of the Grossman Wealth Advisor Group. She is a native of Bloomington and attended Indiana University. Jill is active in efforts to empower women to overcome challenges and gain skills to provide for themselves and their families. She is the past President of the Board of Directors of Dress for Success, a past Corporate Partner of the National Association of Women Business Owners, a member and past treasurer of the Indianapolis Alum Club of Pi Beta Phi, and supports the Women’s Fund of Central Indiana and the IU Foundation. In her leisure time she enjoys reading for professional development and pleasure, travel, sporting events and entertaining.  She moved to Carmel in 1985 and resides there today with her husband, Allan Karlander.

Reggie Henderson

Reggie Henderson
Treasurer, Conner Prairie Museum
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 resides in Carmel.

Richard Thrapp

Rich Thrapp
Immediate Past 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.

Jessica Bastin

Jessica Bastin
Director of Facilities, Anderson University

Jessica Bastin is the director of facilities in the Physical Plant department at Anderson University. She earned her bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, and is a registered professional engineer in the State of Indiana. Jessica and her family reside in Pendleton, where she is very involved in the community, including serving as the Community Events Coordinator for Catalyst Church. She loves spending time outdoors with her family and working on her family's honey bee farm.

Mike Berry

Michael Berry
Vice President, Total Rewards and HR Solutions, 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 Fishers with their two sons.

Marvin Blade

Marvin Blade
Vice President of Indiana Community Relations, Duke Energy

Marvin Blade is the vice president of Indiana Community Relations for Duke Energy, Indiana’s largest electric investor owned utility.  He has more than 30 years of experience with Duke Energy in customer service, account management, economic development, and community relations. Marvin serves on the board of directors for Conner Prairie, Hendricks County Parks Foundation, Leadership Hendricks County and is a past board member of the Indianapolis Chamber. Marvin earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Indiana State University and a master’s in business administration from the University of Phoenix. He and his wife, Jerrie, reside in Plainfield.

William H Bryan

William H. Bryan
Assurance Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Will Bryan serves as assurance partner for PricewaterhouseCoopers and works with privately-held and family-owned companies, their investors, and shareholders with advice on assurance and other business issues. 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.

Melissa Caito

Melissa Caito
Chief Operating Officer, Indy Championships Fund

Melissa Caito has 30 years of experience in sports management and marketing working at the grassroots, collegiate, Olympic and professional levels. She has a bachelor's degree from Indiana University. Melissa works closely with the Indiana Sports Corp and also sits on the board of the Indiana State Museum. Melissa makes her home in Fishers.

Matthew Kip Chase

Kip Chase
HR Leader, Lilly USA, LLC for Eli Lilly and Company

Kip Chase is the HR leader at Lilly USA, LLC for Eli Lilly and Company. He has served in a variety of HR roles with Lilly since 2003, including responsibilities for LRL China. Kip graduated from Wabash College, magna cum laude, with a degree in History. He earned his MBA from IU Kelley School of Business and Master of Global Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management in 2009. Kip serves as Vice President of the Alumni Board of Directors at Wabash College and is a founding member for Random Acts of Flowers, a not-for-profit focused on bringing joy to patients and caregivers. Kip, his wife Nicole and three sons make their home in Indianapolis.

Greg Conner

Greg Conner
Horizon Council President
Vice President Global Sales and Operations, Bastian Solutions

Greg Conner is Vice President of Global Sales and Operations for Bastian Solutions, a global leader in advanced automation systems. He is responsible for efforts in Canada, Mexico, South America and India. Greg joined Bastian Solutions in 2005 after graduating from Purdue University. Greg is active in his community with The Alpha Delta Chapter of Theta Chi Fraternity at Purdue University as well as the Thirst Project, which is dedicated to helping provide safe, clean drinking water to African communities. Greg also serves on the executive board of the Forest Park Aquatic Center in Noblesville. Greg and his wife Lisa have four children and make their home in Noblesville.

David Day

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 seven grandchildren.

Gay Dwyer

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

Gay Dwyer has a long history of civic involvement. She has served 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.

Suzann Gaidoo

Suzanne Gaidoo

Suzanne Gaidoo has experience in areas of compliance, risk management, corporate transactions and commercial litigation. Suzanne serves on the St. Vincent Foundation board of directors and Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series advisory board. She has been recognized as an Indiana Super Lawyer Rising Star, and was a finalist in the legal category for Indy’s Best and Brightest. In 2019, she received the MSD Lawrence North High School Distinguished Alumni Award and is a NCAA Division 1 letter recipient in Track & Field. Suzanne and her husband John reside in Fishers with their twins.

Jeff Hagerman

Jeff 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.

Clint Hangebrauck

Clint Hangebrauck
Director of Quality Control, National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA)

Clint Hangebrauck is the Director of Quality Control for the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA). He has more than 15 years of experience in managing risk, audit, quality and compliance functions. He is an emeritus member of the Conner Prairie Horizon Council and has previously served on the Board of the Avondale Meadows and Urban Missions YMCA. He is a graduate from the Purdue University Krannert School of Business. Clint, his wife Lindsey and their two children make their home in Carmel.

Leonard Hoops

Leonard Hoops
President & CEO, Visit Indy

Leonard Hoops has served as President & CEO of Visit Indy since 2011. He leads a team of 65 industry professionals charged with growing Central Indiana's economy by driving the region's $5.4 billion convention, tourism and event industry. Leonard serves on the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) Board of Directors and Destinations International Foundation's Board of Trustees. In Indy, Hoops serves on the Capital Improvement Board of Marion County as well as the Boards of the Indy Chamber, Downtown Indy, and the Indiana Sports Corp. He has been named one of the “25 Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry” by Successful Meetings magazine. Leonard earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from San Jose State University and an MBA from Santa Clara University. He and his wife, Dorene, have two children.

Helena Hutton

Helena Hutton
Director, Global Diversity Procurement, Cummins Inc.

Helena Hutton leads the global diverse sourcing program for Cummins Inc. She specialized in commercial law and international matters. She now spends her time, working closely with diverse owned companies to bring greater value to the Cummins Inc. supply chain. Helena is committed to social causes that empower women and children. She supports a wide range of organizations such as Catholic Charities of Indianapolis as a Board Member and the Billion Dollar Roundtable as the Corporate Secretary. Additionally, she is a contributor for the "Search for Jabulani," a children's book by the Grannies on Safari adventurers. In her spare time, she and her children are inventors of sustainable beauty products. From Marquette University, she has Bachelor's Degrees in French and one in Anthropology. From the University of Oregon, she has a Juris Doctor degree and a Certificate of Business Law. Helena and her family live in their adopted city of Indianapolis, Indiana.

David Kinard

Dave Kinard
Executive Vice President of Human Resources, Elanco Animal Health

Dave Kinard currently serves as executive vice president of human resources for Elanco Animal Health, where he is responsible for creating an industry-leading workplace for employees across the globe. Prior to his current role, Kinard served as the vice president of human resources of Lilly International for Eli Lilly & Company where he created valuable human resources programs in diverse geographies and business units. Kinard holds a bachelor's degree in social science and broadcast communications and a master's in organizational behavior from Brigham Young University. Dave and wife Heather are parents of four children. They enjoy having three grandchildren and make their home in Fishers, IN.

Deon Levingston

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 Love

Jay B. Love
Founder and CRO, 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.

Leah McGrath

Leah McGrath
Vice President, Knowledge Services

Leah McGrath is a Fishers business and community leader who recently announced her return in 2020 to the private sector as Vice President of Public Affairs for Knowledge Service, an Indianapolis-based information technology company. Leah served as the first deputy mayor of the City of Fishers, where she was appointed by Mayor Scott Fadness in June 2015. During her tenure, Fishers transformed from a town into a smart, vibrant, entrepreneurial city and was named in 2017 the #1 Best Place to Live in America by Money Magazine. In her role, she helped lead modernization efforts and spearheaded city-wide efforts to develop its first long-range comprehensive plan. Leah also helped organize and amplify the city’s many constituencies, including the disability community, arts and culture, veterans and community volunteers. Prior to joining the City of Fishers, she held positions with the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns, Sease Gerig, an Indianapolis-based Public Relations firm and operated her own consulting firm. 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 Medley

Fred 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.

Jane Niederberger

Jane Niederberger
Executive Strategy Consultant, CoreTech Revolution

Jane Niederberger is the Executive Strategy Consultant with CoreTech Revolution. She works with clients in various areas of healthcare information technology to lead, transform, and streamline enterprise-wide restructuring and organizational change by collaborating with key internal and external stakeholders. Jane was previously a senior executive at Anthem and currently sits on a variety of boards. 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

Don Orr
President Emeritus (retired), 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 and development, under his leadership, United Animal Health developed an RandD 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 two sons and four grandchildren, and live in Noblesville, Ind.

Michael Rechin

Michael C. Rechin
President and CEO, First Merchants Corporation

Michael C. Rechin is president and CEO of First Merchants Corporation, a $12.3 billion financial holding company headquartered in Muncie, Ind., with banking operations in Central Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Ohio. 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 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 Ristine

Dick 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.

Jenny Schalliol

Jenny 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, Central Indiana Land Trust, 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. Earlier in her career, Schalliol was an elementary school teacher in Connecticut and Indiana.  She and husband Charles reside in Carmel.

Rebecca Shrum

Rebecca Shrum
Associate Professor of History and Associate Director of Public History Program, IUPUI

Rebecca Shrum is an Associate Professor of History at IUPUI and Associate Director of IUPUI’s Public History program. Before IUPUI, she directed an undergraduate public history program at the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater. Rebecca is the author of several books. She is an active member of the National Council on Public History and the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH), and is the Book Series Editor for the AASLH Series with Rowman and Littlefield Publishers. Rebecca and her family make their home in Indianapolis.

Shawn Smith

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.

Denny Sponsel

Denny Sponsel
CEO and owner, RJE Business Interiors

Denny Sponsel is CEO and owner of RJE Business Interiors. While he may have spent the last 40 years improving workplace design, his true passion lies in providing RJE’s clients with the best possible customer experience. Outside of RJE, Denny has spent his life dedicated to improving Indianapolis. He has served with multiple organizations including, United Way of Central Indiana, IUPUI board of advisors, Indiana Historical Society, Downtown Indy, Inc., Rotary Club of Indianapolis, Girl Scouts of Central Indiana and Marian University. Denny has received the IUPUI Spirit of Philanthropy Award, Rotary Paul Harris Fellow, IU Partners in Philanthropy Keystone Award and IU Foundation President’s Award. Denny and his wife Cathy have four children and nine grandchildren and make their home in Bargersville.

Marsha Sutton

Marsha Sutton
Alliance President

Marsha Sutton retired from owning her small business, Marsha's Madness. She works part-time at A Corner Cottage in downtown Noblesville. She attended Ball State University. She served on the Human Rights Committee at Noble of Indiana. As a member of The Promise Church, she served as Mission Chairman and led several international mission trips to the Dominican Republic and Guatemala. Marsha is president of the Conner Prairie Alliance. She and her husband, Wilbur, have three daughters and three granddaughters.

Brian Timmerman

Brian Timmerman
Global Portfolio Leader, Corteva Agriscience

Brian Timmerman is a global portfolio leader for Corteva Agriscience responsible for Nitrogen Management and Row Crop herbicides. Brian has 20 years of experience with Corteva in sales, marketing, business services, and management. Brian earned his bachelor's degree in agronomy from The 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. Brian and his wife Mende reside in Westfield, Ind., with their three children.

Randy Wilson

Randy 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.

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.

Chris Cooke

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.

Bill Batt

William G. Batt
Vice Chair, Conner Prairie Foundation
Director, Executive Vice President and 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.

Kevin Schmidt

Kevin Schmidt
Secretary, Conner Prairie Foundation
Vice President/Investments, Stifel

Kevin W. Schmidt is Vice President/Investments with Stifel. Schmidt is affiliated with board service for The Villages of Indiana, 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.

Jay Ricker

Jay Ricker
Treasurer, Conner Prairie Foundation
Chairman, Ricker Holdings

Jay Ricker is Chairman of Ricker Holdings. 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.

Jerry Semler

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 Thrapp

Rich Thrapp
Immediate Past 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 and served in that role until 2016. 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, the Indianapolis Cultural Trail, and the Oakwood Foundation, and was a Charter Member of the Keystone Society of the Indiana Bar 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 Church

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

Doug Church is the senior partner in the Church Church Hittle and 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 Duck

Berkley 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, MI.

Stan Hurt

Stan 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.

Jay Ricker

Jay Ricker
Chairman, Ricker Holdings

Jay Ricker is Chairman of Ricker Holdings. 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.

Pat Rooney

Pat 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.