Jordan College of the Arts

Board of Visitors

 

Ronald Caltabiano

Ronald Caltabiano became dean of Butler University's Jordan College of the Arts in July 2011. An accomplished composer of contemporary classical music, Caltabiano earned his bachelor, master, and doctor of music degrees from The Julliard School.

He started his career as a music assistant to Aaron Copland (1985-1989) in Peekskill, N.Y. Among ensembles commissioning and performing his music are the San Francisco, Dallas, and Cincinnati symphony orchestras, the BBC and Hong Kong philharmonic orchestras, the Emerson and Juilliard string quartets, the Fires of London, and the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society. He comes to Butler after teaching at the Manhattan School of Music, the Peabody Conservatory, and San Francisco State University, where he was also associate dean.

Committee Chairs

Barry Hohlfelder (BS, '66), Board of Visitors Chair

Pam Blevins Hinkle ('83), Board of Visitors Assistant Chair, Butler Community Arts School Committee Chair

Richard Miles ('87 & '91), Alumni Committee Chair

Karen Sheely ('86), Development Committee Chair

Jerry Toomer, Membership Committee Chair

 

2013-2014 Board

Christopher BeltranBeltran
Co-founder of Passageways

Christopher Beltran is an energized entrepreneur with a particular passion for working with amazing people building high-impact companies that move the world forward in a positive way.  Mr. Beltran is co-founder of a successful industry-leading software company, Passageways, which he started out of his dorm room at Purdue University and turned into an industry-leading internal corporate management software for CEOs, Board Members, and Operations Groups in over 6 countries.  His company also was recognized by Inc. 500, for being the 27th fastest growing software company in the country.

Christopher is also involved in the humanities, receiving the Governor's Award for Tomorrow's Leaders by the Indiana Humanities Council.  Christopher was an organizer of the inaugural TEDxPurdueU event as well as the inaugural TEDxIndianapolis event.  Christopher is the longest-standing mentor for entrepreneurship high school kids at the Purdue Entrepreneurship Academy and has taught at Purdue University graduate-level entrepreneurship.

Christopher is from McAllen, Texas and moved to Indiana to attend Purdue University.  He resides in Carmel, Indiana and is actively involved in the technology startups and investment community in Indianapolis.

He currently serves on the boards of several software startups in a variety of industries and has previously done work for Purdue University's IBM WebSphere-based portal implementation, Purdue University's Discovery Park Research Center and Prudential Financial Real Estate. He holds a bachelor of science from Purdue University.

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Alpha BlackburnAlpha Blackburn
President and CEO of Blackburn Architects

Artist, designer and community leader who's served on more than 60 boards and committees, and president and CEO of Blackburn Architects, whose projects include the National Underground Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her firm also had a hand in the interior design of Bankers Life Fieldhouse in downtown Indianapolis, and the design of the Purdue University Black Cultural Center, The Malcolm X Center at Wabash College, and the Artsgarden in downtown Indianapolis.

She's always been interested in the arts-as a dancer, actress, and singer when she was younger, through architecture and design in her career, and as a civic leader on the boards of the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and Indianapolis Art Center, among others.

When asked to serve on the Board of Visitors (BOV), she said "yes" for several reasons. One was that her father-in-law, Cleo Blackburn '32, earned his bachelor's degree from Butler. Another was because she saw Butler "as being in the middle of my neighborhood and a steadfast presence, quietly cultivating both audiences and artists."

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Beth St. Clairst clair
Principal in ActUp

Beth St. Clair, an independent consultant who has worked extensively with the Butler Community Arts School, is the newest member of the Jordan College of the Arts' Board of Visitors.

St. Clair is the principal in ActUp, where she uses "applied improvisation"-the principles improvisational actors use on stage-to help businesses improve team communication, leadership and customer service.

Working with the Butler Community Arts School (BCAS), which provides free- and low-cost music education for Indianapolis children while giving Butler students the opportunity to learn to teach, she devised a plan to increase community awareness of BCAS and its programs.

St. Clair moved to Indianapolis a year ago after marrying a man from the city. She grew up in southern California and graduated from University of California-San Diego. After college she moved to Washington, D.C., where she worked for about five years for an organization that gave small grants to community-level agencies fighting AIDS.

She decided she needed professional development, so she moved to Bloomington, Ind., and earned her MBA at Indiana University. Then she moved back to D.C. and worked for Deloitte as a management consultant for seven years.

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Edgar DavisEd Davis
Past Executive in Residence, Butler University College of Business, retired from Eli Lilly

A retired Vice-President of Eli Lilly and Company, he is a Trustee of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and has served on several boards of community and national arts and educational organizations.

Ed is a graduate of Kenyon College and Harvard's Graduate School of Business.  After retirement, he was a Fellow and Visiting Scholar in business-government relations at Harvard and Oxford Universities.  He is a trustee-emeritus of Kenyon College.

At Butler, he has served as an Executive-in-Residence in the College of Business and as an instructor in the University Honors Program.

Giving Philosophy:Edgar Glenn Davis has long championed the fine arts as an essential element of a liberal arts education and a fulfilling life. He considers philanthropy to be a highly personal initiative to advance the public good by the giving of one's talents, time, and material resources to organizations with a demonstrated potential to significantly advance the quality of life for others. Thus, his interest in the Jordan College of the Arts is in recognition of the extraordinary quality of educational opportunities provided by the College to students, citizens, and community service and educational organizations.

                                                                                                                                               

Rob EstkaPhoto Coming Soon
President, Special Markets

Rob Estka has been President of Special Markets, Inc for over nineteen years.  Prior to his work at Special Markets he gained management experience at Philips Consumer Electronics.  Rob received his Master's in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame and a Bachelor's of Science in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

 

 

                                                                                                                                               

Craig GigaxGigax
President, Meridian Music

A native of Carmel, IN, Craig Gigax is the second-generation owner of Meridian Music Company.  Craig bought Meridian Music Company in 1995 from his mother after the death of his father and its founder, Richard Gigax. Craig attended Carmel public schools as well as Ball State University and Northwestern University.

Craig worked in various sales and management positions within the semiconductor industry in both the Chicago and Minneapolis areas before relocating his family to Carmel in 1995 to operate and manage Meridian Music Company.  Craig and his Minnesota-native wife have 3 grown children and are also the proud parents of 2 Portuguese Water Dogs, Bentley and Yogi.

Craig has been active in the music industry and in the Central Indiana Arts community through Board service with NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants), the American Pianists Association, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Carmel Symphony Orchestra, the Indianapolis Opera and the Jordan College of Fine Arts at Butler University.

Craig's involvement with JCA goes back several decades - as a high school French Horn player, he studied with Harry Michaels at Butler University and played under the baton of Jackson Wiley in the Central Indiana Youth Symphony Orchestra.  The role JCA played in forming Craig's love of the arts led him to become involved as chairman of the first Board of Visitors.

Giving Philosophy:As the owner of Meridian Music Company, whose success depends upon an interested and motivated arts community, Craig strongly believes that he has an obligation to support those organizations with demographics and patrons which closely resemble his.

                                                                                                                                               

Rebecca Paul Hargrove (BS '70; MS '75)Hargrove
President and CEO, Lottery Tennessee

An Indianapolis native, Rebecca Paul Hargrove is President and CEO of the Tennessee Lottery.  She holds a bachelor's and master's degree in education from Butler University, and in 1998, received its Robert Todd Duncan Alumni Achievement Award.  She began her career working in local television news, advertising and promotions in Indiana and Illinois before being tapped in 1985 to lead the Illinois Lottery.  Under her management, Illinois Lottery sales climbed to more than $1.3 billion annually.  In 1987, she moved to Florida to launch the Sunshine State's lottery where she set industry records for first-year sales.  After that, she worked as a consultant, developing strategic plans and advising lotteries across the U.S. and abroad.

In 1993 Paul was asked to start up the Georgia Lottery; during the first year of operation, she again set new industry sales records, and during her 10 years there, more than $6 billion for education and scholarships for students attending pre-Kindergarten programs, state colleges and universities was generated.

Paul was selected as the Tennessee Lottery's first President and CEO in September 2003.  After starting ticket sales three weeks ahead of schedule on January 20, the Tennessee Lottery closed its first fiscal year of five months and 12 days by transferring more than $123 million to the state's education fund - roughly 40% more than the initial goal of $88 million. By March 2005, gross ticket sales had surpassed $1 billion after one year and seven weeks. In 2004, Business Tennessee magazine named her to the Power 100, a list of Tennessee's most powerful people. 

Paul's resume includes a long list of lottery industry, business and civic accomplishments. She has served as president of the International Lottery Association and the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries, and as vice chairman of the Public Sector Gaming Study Commission.  She was the recipient of the 1998 Peter O'Connell Lifetime Achievement Award by the Public Gaming Research Institute and in 2005 was named as one of the first inductees to the Public Gaming Research Institute's Lottery Industry Hall of Fame.  In 1998, she was named The Georgian of the Year by the Georgia Association of Broadcasters, the first woman to receive the prestigious award.   The J. Whitney Bunting School of Business of Georgia College named Paul the 1996 Executive of the Year; in 1994 she was named Entrepreneur of the Year by the Stanford Graduate School of Business Alumni Association and is a recipient of the Corporate Leadership Award from the Georgia Association of Minority Entrepreneurs.

                                                                                                                                               

Nora HiattHiatt
Public Radio producer

Nora Hiatt, who produces the syndicated public radio show "Sound Medicine," has joined the Jordan College of the Arts' Board of Visitors.

Hiatt grew up in Indianapolis, went to Brown University, and then came back home. She worked as a TV news producer in the first part of her career and, over the year, has been active in the Nature Conservancy, ACLU of Indiana, the Orchard School, and Washington Township schools.

For the past 10 years, she has produced the radio show "Sound Medicine" for WFYI-FM, Indianapolis' public radio station. "Sound Medicine" airs on all Indiana public radio stations and 10-20 others around the country. It's also available as a podcast.

Hiatt, whose experience is in communications and PR, acknowledges Butler's own expertise in those areas, but said she looks forward to finding ways to help Butler ArtsFest grow after its inaugural season

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Kristen HessKristin Hess ('10)
Director of Special Projects & Visual Communication, Indiana Humanities

I'm really looking forward to continuing to connect students to the Indianapolis community," Hess said. "I so appreciated my time at Butler and the experiences I had. Having an opportunity to give back as an alum and shape that experience for other students is something that excites me."

Hess graduated from Butler with majors in multimedia studies (now Art+Design) and Spanish. While at Butler, she was named top multimedia studies student and one of Butler's Top 10 Female Students. She was junior class president, helped shape the Art+Design major, and was a featured artist in the Harrison Center's Food Con exhibition, where she debuted her senior thesis, Farmers' Market Society.

She also was a teaching fellow in the Butler Community Arts School, where developed a curriculum to teach digital art to underserved local students.

In Hess's role at Indiana Humanities, she develops the organization's visual communications and creates statewide programs that have become nationally recognized models for making humanities programs relevant, accessible and fun. In 2012 she published her first book, Food for Thought: An Indiana Harvest, with author David Hoppe.

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Pam Blevins Hinkle ('83)Hinkle
Board of Visitors Assistant Chair
Butler Community Arts School Committee Chair
Director, Spirit & Place Festival

Pam Blevins Hinkle is director of the Spirit and Place Festival (www.spiritandplace.org), a major civic collaboration managed by The Polis Center, part of the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI.  A native of Franklin, Indiana and a 1983 graduate of Butler University, Hinkle formerly was executive director of Sweetwater Art Center and special projects director for the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania from 1987 to 1992.  In the late 1990s, she founded The Hinkle Group, Inc., a consulting practice that provided grant writing, funding research, program development, and strategic planning services for cultural and historical organizations, libraries, faith-based organizations, social service and civic agencies, educational institutions, as well as health and human service organizations.

A recipient of the 2003 Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship awarded by the Arts Council of Indianapolis, Hinkle is also a singer, choral conductor, and instrumentalist.  She has led college, church, and community choirs for 18 years, including 13 years as artistic director of the Indianapolis Women's Chorus.  Presently, she is the choir director for the Midwest Unitarian Universalist Summer Assembly (since 1998), teaches music improvisation at the Indiana Women's Prison, and is a member of THIN AIR, a five-piece ensemble that creates fully-improvised performances.

Giving Philosophy:Pam notes, "For me, music is a ministry ... a ministry that sustains my spirit, a ministry that connects me to other others and to the sacred, a ministry that transforms individuals and communities. The roots of this lie in my childhood church where I sang hymns, in my high school where I experienced the joy and camaraderie of ensembles, and in my Butler years where I performed some of the great choral/orchestral masterworks. I gladly support and serve on the JCA Board of Visitors, teach at the women's prison, and lead workshops. Some call this 'giving back,' but I think it's really 'giving forward.' When I help others discover the profound beauty and sacredness that lies within them, I am securing that sacred beauty for the future."

                                                                                                                                               

Barry Hohlfelder (BS, '66)Hohlfelder
Board of Visitors Chair
Retired Television Producer, NBC

A two time Emmy Award winning television producer, Barry Hohlfelder retired from NBC- Universal after nearly 37 years producing and writing news and sports programming. Barry earned his B.S. degree in Radio/TV, with a minor in Drama, from Butler in 1966 and immediately joined the staff of channel 6, WFBM-TV, in Indianapolis as a producer/director. In 1969 he returned to Chicago producing news programs for the CBS owned station WBBM-TV.

WNBC-TV lured him to New York in 1972 to produce "The Sixth Hour News" from 30 Rock. Later that year, Barry transferred back to the NBC owned Chicago station, WMAQ-TV, producing news and sports. He co-created a half hour sportscast in the mid 70's, "Sportsunday" which continues its run today. His first Emmy came for on-camera work broadcasting championship high school football in 1979. Later that year he joined the NBC News Chicago Bureau as a network field producer for "NBC Nightly News" and "The Today Show". His News and Documentary Emmy was awarded in 1982 for a "Nightly News" series, "College Sports: The Money Game".

Barry returned to WMAQ-Sports in 1986 and created "Speedsunday", a popular weekly motor sports news segment. In addition to chairing the JCA Board of Visitors, joining the CCOM Board of Visitors, serving as vice president of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, Barry is a member of the Ovid Butler and Butler University Heritage Societies and is a licensed foster guardian for rescued Golden Retrievers in Northern Illinois. His philosophy of giving to the university is simple.

Giving Philosophy:"My Butler education is the foundation of a career I dreamed of from the day I arrived on the Fairview campus. If my contributions help keep dreams alive for future generations, my life will have been well spent."

 

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R.K. Kelley ('87)Kelley
Director of Entertainment, Walt Disney World Entertainment

R.K. Kelley has worked with The Walt Disney Company for twenty-four years in the entertainment field.  Prior to Disney, R.K. received a Bachelor's of Science in Arts Administration from the Jordan College of the Arts at Butler University.

 

 

                                                                                                                                               

Dr. Erik LindsethLindseth
Professor, IUPUI History Department

Dr. Erik Lindseth is a senior lecturer in the Department of History at the Indiana University School of Liberal Arts at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis, where he teaches European, Renaissance and Reformation, Scottish and English History, History of Education, and History of the Book at.  He received his B.A. degree from Wabash College, his Ph.D. form Edinburgh University and his M.L.S. from Indiana University.

His research interests include early Indiana libraries and literary circles, 19th century German immigration to Indianapolis, books/printing/publishing, and numismatics.  He is active as the director of conservation and restoration at National Library Bindery Co. of Indiana.

Publications: "The True Greeks, 1846-1900" in Tau of Beta Theta Pi: 150 Years at Wabash (1997). 

                                                                                                                                               

Alicia McMahon ('97)McMahon
Brand Marketing Manager, Firestone Building Products

Alicia McMahon has a broad range of marketing strategy and public relations experience.  Prior to joining Firestone Building Products in 2008, she was the Director of Marketing for one of the largest cardiology practices in the U.S., responsible for an extensive re-branding effort.  McMahon also managed corporate public relations for a number of clients with two different Indianapolis-based ad agencies and later served as the Executive Director of the Carmel Symphony Orchestra.

In her role of Brand Marketing Manager at Firestone, McMahon is responsible for increasing Firestone's brand effectiveness in the marketplace through corporate advertising, branding, public relations, and media relations activities.  She works specifically with trade media to build greater awareness of commercial roofing and building envelope products.

McMahon received a B.A. in Communications and Journalism from Purdue University and a Masters in Music Education from Butler University.  She has 3 children - a daughter who graduates from the University of Notre Dame in May and two boys in high school.  Her husband is also a Butler grad. She currently serves as a member of Butler's Jordan College of the Arts Board of Visitors.

                                                                                                                                               

Richard Miles ('87 & '91)Miles
Alumni Committee Chair
Vice President, Audio Services and TV Programming, WFYI

Richard Miles graduated from Butler not once, but twice, with bachelor's ('87) and master's ('91) degrees in what was then Radio & Television. From 1987 till 1999 he helped manage Butler's radio and television stations WAJC and WTBU, and taught in the department. In 1999, he transitioned to WFYI (PBS) as part of the WTBU-WFYI television joint operating agreement and has been there ever since. He is currently the Vice President for Interactive Media and Content Strategies, which means he works with the folks in programming and operations who pick and schedule the content from PBS, NPR, BBC, APM, PRI and others, including local shows, to create the channels, stations and Web sites that WFYI offers to the community.

Richard is an active leader, serving on several boards including the Public Television Programmers Association, WEDM-FM (Warren Central High School), Y-Press, the Lacy Leadership Association, Butler's new College of Communication's Board of Visitors and of course here at JCFA. Richard is obsessed about soccer, particularly the English Premier League, loves old radios, and good food! He lives in Indianapolis and has two daughters.

Giving Philosophy:Richard's giving philosophy is that time and talent is as valuable as treasure.  Find where you can be of use, and be there!

                                                                                                                                               

Jenny Mobley ('87 & '89)Mobley
Adjunct Instructor, School of Music, Jordan College of the Arts

Jenny Mobley received her Master of Music Education degree from Butler University; she has an undergraduate degree from Butler and another from Indiana University and has done post-graduate work at Indiana University and The Juilliard.  A pianist, she has taught privately for over 20 years, has been an instructor at Butler since 1987 and was the founder and director of the Indianapolis Piano Academy. She has performed in Bloomington, IN with the Chamber Music Association and Town Theater and was also a keyboardist with the Bloomington Town Theater Orchestra and Bloomington Symphony Orchestra.

Ms. Mobley has conducted workshops for IPTG and IPTA and is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, MTNA, IMTA and GIMTA, and has served on the Committee on Independent Studio Teaching of The National Conference on Piano Pedagogy. 

                                                                                                                                               

Diana MutzMutz
Community Volunteer

Diana Hartley Mutz graduated from Vassar College in 1985 with a bachelor's degree in psychology, and she earned her M.B.A. from Indiana University's Kelly School of Business in 1989.  She has been a stay-at-home mom for most of her career, home schooling both of her children.  Her community volunteer work has included volunteering on political campaigns, serving two terms as Precinct Committeeman, working on Conner Prairie Alliance, and spearheading neighborhood beautification projects. She has served her alma mater as President of the Indiana Vassar Club and as Chair of the Indiana Vassar Alumnae/i Admissions Committee.  As a high school student, Diana studied flute with a Butler professor, and she is now a fledgling harp student with Butler adjunct Wendy Muston.  A balletomane, Diana faithfully curled her daughter's hair for six seasons of Butler's The Nutcracker, where her daughter danced in the children's cast.

Giving Philosophy:Diana believes strongly that giving her time and financial resources to JCA is a fruitful way to extend the benefits of Butler into the Indianapolis community.

                                                                                                                                               

Michael O'BrienO'Brien
President, Printing Partners

A University of Wisconsin graduate with a dairy background, Michael O'Brien began his career as a dairy extension agent with the American Peace Corps in Punjab, India. Upon returning to the United States, O'Brien worked in agricultural marketing for companies including Countrymark Cooperative, Elanco Products Company and Central Soya where he was responsible for both communications and marketing. In addition, his career includes agency experience working for Trent-Jones, Inc. in Princeton, NJ and Bader Rutter & Associates in Milwaukee, WI.

Following the birth of their son, Patrick, in l987 he and his wife, Jackie Nytes, bought an Insty-Prints franchise in Indianapolis. Within ten years the business had expanded to four locations and sales increased more than tenfold. Before discontinuing the franchise in 1999, Printing Partners was the largest multiple-unit Insty-Prints in existence.

Today, O'Brien and his partner, Joel O'Brien, operate Printing Partners from two Indianapolis locations. During a period of industry consolidation, Printing Partners has made significant investments to become a G-7 Master Printer and to acquire FSC and ISO certification.

Throughout its history Printing Partners has been known for its generous support of the arts and in 2011 Americans for the Arts recognized Printing Partners as one of the top ten companies in the United States in terms of art support.

O'Brien currently serves on the boards of CICOA Foundation, International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, Indianapolis School of Ballet, University of Wisconsin Alumni Club of Indianapolis and St. Joan of Arc Church Pastoral Council.

                                                                                                                                               

Fred SchlegelSchlegel
Attorney, Faegre Baker Daniels

Fred Schlegel has extensive experience in utility rate and other regulated activities. He practices before the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, Legislature, Court of Appeals and Supreme Court. His expertise involves electric, water, gas and sewage disposal utilities and financings as well as litigation and rule makings. Fred regularly advises privately and municipally owned utilities and users of their services.  Mr. Schlegel received his B.A. degree, with honors, from Northwestern University, and his J.D. with distinction from the University of Michigan Law School.

 

                                                                                                                                               

Karen Sheely ('86)Sheely
Development Committee Chair
Taxpayer Advocate Service, Technical Liaison

Karen A. Sheely, CPA, graduated from Butler University in 1986 with a Bachelor of Arts in Flute Performance and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.  In 1995, she completed the requirements for a degree in Accounting and became a Certified Public Accountant.  She began her career at the IRS with an internship in personnel and subsequently held the positions of Tax Auditor, Revenue Agent, Taxpayer Advocate Service Technical Advisor, Local Taxpayer Advocate for Indiana, and Senior Examination Technical Liaison for Systemic Advocacy.  Karen has been detailed to the IRS National Office as the Director of Tax Account Operations and Director of Immediate Interventions and currently holds the position of Technical Advisor to the Executive Director of the Office of Privacy, Governmental Liaison, and Disclosure (PGLD).  Karen was awarded the 2003 Outstanding CPA in Government Award by the Indiana CPA Society for outstanding service as a CPA in Government.  In January 2005, she was awarded the National Taxpayer Advocate Award for service and leadership.  Karen has been the Principle Flutist for the Carmel Symphony Orchestra since 1986 and serves on the board.  She is an avid Zumba dancer, yard edger, scuba diver, Brown County Indiana dweller, and traveler.    

Giving Philosophy: Karen says, "I attended Butler University on a scholarship and consider giving time, talent, and treasure to Butler a way to pay this gift forward.  Thanks to Butler, I am able to integrate the Arts into my daily life.  I had the wonderful opportunity to share my Butler experience and what makes Butler special at the Annual Scholarship Breakfast.  I challenged the scholarship recipients to remember and support the Butler Scholarship Program and then come back and tell their story."

                                                                                                                                               

Marianne TobiasTobias
Program Annotator, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

A native Hoosier, Marianne Williams Tobias attended Harvard University, where she accompanied the Harvard Glee Club and was pianist for the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra.  She graduated cum laude in 1962 with a degree in European History, focusing on national socialism and communism. 

Marianne continued her musical education at Longy School of Music, where she received an Artist Diploma in 1967.  She spent the next 19 years in St. Paul, MN, earning her M.F.A. in 1973 and her PH.D. in 1977 from the University of Minnesota, where she also taught; she also worked for Dominick Argento.  After her children were born, she worked at St. Paul Academy and Summit School and for the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.  After returning to Indianapolis, Marianne continued post-doctoral work with pianist Menahem Pressler, Distinguished Professor at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.

Besides music, Marianne has collected a diverse resume of experiences.  In Boston, she worked as an assistant producer of WGBH's The French Chef, working directly with legendary chef Julia Child.  She also spent two years working with Harvard Professor Robert Albion in American History courses as an illustrator for sailors on Polaris submarines.  Having earned a Legal Translation Training Certificate in Spanish from the University of Chicago in 2008, Marianne translates personal documents and recently gave tours in Spanish at the IMA's Sacred Spain exhibit.

Marianne is the author of Classical Music Without Fear: A Guide for General Audiences and co-author of Opera for All Seasons: 60 Years of Indiana University Opera Theater, from the Indiana University Press. Currently, she is working on two books: a history of Crown Hill Cemetery and a celebratory biography of David Higgins, set designer at the Indiana Opera Theatre at Indiana University's School of Music.

Employed by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra as their resident musicologist and writer of program notes, Marianne has frequently collaborated in concert with ISO musicians, and since 2009, has also written program notes for the Ensemble Music Society.  Zach de Pue (ISO concertmaster), Geoffrey Lapin (ISO cellist), and Marianne were recently appointed as Trio in Residence for the new concert hall at the Old Centrum.

Always ready for a new endeavor, Marianne began studying the cello in 2009 and recently completed Veterinary Technology School.  She works part-time at the Cat Care clinic, and at the heart of her daily life are Patches and Isabel, both "rescue kitties."  She has 2 children, five grand children and five step grandchildren.

She serves on the Boards of the Indianapolis Symphony, IMA, Indy Baroque, Indiana Landmarks, Crown Hill Foundation, and over the past five years has rotated off 10 other boards in Indianapolis, Philadelphia, and Cambridge, MA.

Marianne says, "The board of Visitors at Butler gives an opportunity to link into a fascinating University right in my back yard.  I see Butler as a city asset as well as a place of learning, and as a citizen I hope it will flourish.  As an "outsider" I hope to bring perspectives from other arts organizations to the Board of Visitors which might be of use to them in their strategic plans, in their concepts of the school and its activities, and to provide a link to the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (where I work) which could be helpful."

Giving Philosophy:First of all: you have to feel good about the request and confidence in the institution making the ask.  Engage yourself in an institution or cause only when you have emotion or respect for it. Try to engage in the future of an organization as well as the present. A gift is something for the future, and if that future idea or plan has merit: then join in making it happen.  The giving does not have to be money, but I am aware this is keenly important in making anything emerge in our modern society. Budget your own giving carefully..... try not to get carried away! 

                                                                                                                                               

Jerry ToomerToomer
Membership Committee Chair
Executive in Residence, College of Business; Retired, Dow Chemical Company

In this professional career, Jerry has worked closely with key leaders to design effective strategies that clearly link individual and team effectiveness to total organizational performance.  With 30+ years as a Human Resources Executive, Educator, and Psychologist, he has effectively worked with a wide range of individuals and work groups in achieving their professional and personal goals in complex organizations.

At Butler University, he has been actively involved in the development of a "Real Life, Real Business" curriculum and also serves as an Executive Partner in the College of Business as well as an Adjunct Professor in the MBA program.

Jerry's academic credentials include a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Wartburg College and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Iowa.  For over 25 years, Jerry worked at The Dow Chemical Company and Dow AgroSciences, where he held senior leadership positions in Human Resources.  He was a key member of Dow executive management teams that have successfully completed several corporate mergers, acquisitions, restructurings and global diversification initiatives.  His effective blend of teaching experience, executive coaching & consulting skills and highly successful corporate work experience has provided a basis for sound, fundamental transition management.

Jerry's particular areas of expertise are Executive Coaching and Consulting; Not-for-Profit Leadership Development; Human Resources Strategy; Family Business Succession Planning; Mergers, Acquisitions, Restructuring and Global Diversification; and Leadership Selection & Development.

Giving Philosophy:Jerry Toomer's passion for music and the arts extends back to his youth.  In high school and college he was part of several choral groups: "as a small town kid, it was my ticket to expanding my horizons in getting to know a wide range of people, and to travelling the US and the world.  Now that I have time to give back to the Indianapolis and Butler communities, I find that the JCA is a perfect fit." 

                                                                                                                                               

Anna WhiteWhite
Retired, Executive Director, Young Audiences of Indiana

Anna Seim White is a magna cum laude graduate of Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD, with a degree in music and English.  She earned her M.M. degree from the University of Minnesota in American Literature and Piano, and studied at the Aspen School of Music and the University of Michigan.  She served as an Associate and Assistant Professor at Chadron State University and at the University of North Dakota.

After moving with her husband, Jim, to Indianapolis, Anna taught private piano and began giving time as a volunteer with a number of arts organizations.  Serving first as a volunteer for the arts education organization Young Audiences of Indiana, she subsequently served as its Executive Director.  During her tenure, a number of YA collaborations were developed with Butler University, including an Artist/Intern program and a Summer Arts Institute for Teachers and Artists. 

Anna has served as chair of the Board of Governors of the Indianapolis Museum of Art, as president of its Alliance and the Contemporary Art Society; she presently serves as a Trustee and a member of the Collections and Nominating Committees.  She is also a board member of MIPB (WFYI).  Anna served as chair of the International Violin Competition from 2002-2006, and continues on the board, and also served for a number of years on the boards of the Indianapolis Symphony, Dance Kaleidoscope, Indiana Youth Institute and the Arts Council of Indianapolis.

In addition to being named a Sagamore of the Wabash, Anna has received the ARTI Award from the Arts Council of Indianapolis, and the NUVO Cultural Vision Lifetime Achievement Award.

                                                                                                                                               

Timothy Wright '73

 

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Trevor YagerYager III
President and CEO, TrendyMinds

Trevor Yager began his career in 1995 while in college by founding TrendyMinds Inc., a full-service advertising/public relations/interactive firm. He earned his bachelor's degree in psychology from Anderson University and less than a year later signed a contract with Tony Stewart to work with the professional racecar driver's public relations team handling online sales, marketing and advertising engagements. Trevor went on to work with various motor sports sponsors, team owners and sanctioning bodies, including The Home Depot, MBNA Bank, Emerson Electric, Dewalt, Coca-Cola, Circuit City, Shell, Pontiac, NASCAR and Joe Gibbs Racing.

In 2000, Seurat, a CRM solutions company, asked Trevor to become principal of motor sports sponsor relations and develop a Web portal that would enhance entertainment for fans while increasing sales and marketing for Seurat. The process Trevor developed led to several similar consulting engagements.

The next year, Trevor led TrendyMinds into a consulting relationship with LexisNexis and a $1.6 million dollar interactive solution implementation that combined product development, marketing, sales and an employee intranet.

Next up was Spirit Systems in Medicine, a disease management software company for which Trevor built the marketing and communications department. In addition, Trevor has consulted for and owned portions of several start-up entities dealing in technology, real estate development, restaurant and entertainment.

Today, he provides various levels of strategic planning, business development, marketing and technology guidance and support to Starbucks, Kevin Harvick Racing, Indiana University Health and other local, national and international clients.

In 2009, Junior Achievement recognized Trevor as one of Indy's Best & Brightest. In 2010, the President of the United States and the First Lady invited Trevor to the State of the Union. Also in 2010, Trevor was appointed to the Indiana Arts Commission by Governor Mitch Daniels. He is a board member of the Damien Center, a past board member of the American Cabaret Theatre, and is a member of the Fall Creek Place Homeowners Association.

                                                                                                                                               

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