Announcing SKL Class XLV

Congratulations to the impressive leaders selected to participate in SKL Class XLV

The Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series (SKL) is thrilled to announce its 45th class. Each class year, 25 individuals are selected to participate in this highly competitive program, which seeks to expand the ranks of community leaders by teaching and motivating members to address the needs of Central Indiana.

Class members are chosen because of their significant community involvement and professional achievement; their demonstrated interest in community issues; a record of participation and achievement in voluntary community activities; and their willingness to expand their leadership role in the community.

Myra Selby has been named the Moderator for SKL Class XLV. She is a Partner at Ice Miller and has the distinction of being both the first woman and the first African American to serve as associate justice on the Indiana Supreme Court. Selby herself is a graduate of the program having participated in SKL Class XIII. To ensure that the series is timely and topical, each class’s moderator identifies aspects of broad economic and societal issues that are specific to Central Indiana for the class to study.

“In the current environment of challenge facing on our City, strong leadership is more important than ever.  We need leaders who will bring vision, cross cultural thinking, and civic mindedness and they will lead us toward a brighter future,” said Selby.

Rebecca Hutton, President & CEO and SKL Program Director at Leadership Indianapolis added, “When Myra and I began working together nearly two years ago to plan this class, we could not have imagined all of the events that would unfold prior to us being able to finally bring the class members together. This is an important moment in time and these incredible leaders are ready to meet this moment.”

SKL Class XLV will meet monthly from September through June. Participants will interact with local leaders, professional experts, and community decision makers to discuss a range of community issues.

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Class XLV Roster
Myra Selby, Moderator

Ashley Acuff
Chief Operating Officer
Stu Barnes-Israel
Strategy Team Lead
Citadel LLC 
Cara Berg Raunick
Director of Clinical Quality & Advancement
Health Care Education & Training 
John Brady
Middle Division Head and Director of Communications
St Richard’s Episcopal School 
Ceceily Brickley
Director of Resident Success
Gene B. Glick Company 
E. ZeNai Brooks, CPA
Finance Manager, Corporate Responsibility and Foundation
Shareyna Chang
Director of School Quality
Indianapolis Public Schools 
Joshua L. Christie
Ice Miller LLP 
Adam L. Clevenger, CFRE
Loring, Sternberg & Associates 
Aletha Dunston
Executive Director
Fort Harrison Reuse Authority (FHRA) 
Nick Duvall
President and CEO
Brandon Herget
Chief Financial Officer and Policy Director
Indianapolis CityCounty Council 
Rachel Johnson-Yates
Deputy Director and Chief of Staff
Indiana State Division of Mental Health and Addiction 
Brett Kramer
Director of Public Relations
Indiana Sports Corp 
Laura Merrifield Wilson
Associate Professor of Political Science and Pre-Law Program Advisor
University of Indianapolis 
Elisha Modisett Kemp
State Government and Industry Affairs Leader
Corteva Agriscience 
Jacqueline Pimentel-Gannon
Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP 
Erika Redmond
Implementation Program Director
Roche Diagnostics Corporation 
Eric Richards
President & CEO
Cancer Support Community 
Chad Rogers
Senior Manager – Regulatory Affairs & RTO Policy
AES Indiana 
Alexandra K. Simonton
Director of Strategy
IU Health Foundation 
Brian Sullivan
Chief Operating Officer
Merchants Capital 
Frederick Yeakey
Vice President
Providence Cristo Rey High School 
Luke Zhang
Senior Data Scientist
André Zhang Sonera
Project Manager for Economic and
Community DevelopmentCity of Indianapolis

Leadership Indianapolis Awarded Grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to Share Stories of Impact

Leadership Indianapolis has received $50,000 from Lilly Endowment Inc. to share stories of impact and to explore hybrid program delivery strategies. This infusion of resources comes as LI is in the first year of its new three-year strategic plan.

This grant will enable Leadership Indianapolis to more effectively communicate its programmatic offerings and role in the community in an effort to better shape the narrative around leadership and ensure that a more inclusive leadership landscape in Indianapolis is encouraged and supported. In addition to the communications initiative, LI will use funds to do initial research on hybrid programming and existing strategies that accommodate both in-person and virtual participants simultaneously.

LI’s offerings have traditionally included programs such as LEAD (a three-session program where participants hone their collaborative leadership skills to become more effective community leaders) and Opportunity Indianapolis (a two-day crash course in the issues facing the greater Indianapolis community — such as education, public safety, growth of the city’s center — and the people working on them). In 2020, those offerings expanded to include virtual discussion series on mental health, poverty, housing insecurity and other topics as well as audiobook clubs and skill workshops to meet the growing needs and interests of community leaders.

The Lilly Endowment grant will help the organization tell a more full story of the impact civic leaders have on the city’s ability to thrive and the opportunities for more people to get engaged, according to Rebecca Hutton, President & CEO of Leadership Indianapolis

“At Leadership Indianapolis, we believe that community leadership is at its best when it is multicultural, multigenerational and collaborative. We want to ensure the leadership pipeline in our city reflects that. Through our programming, we bring together leaders from multiple sectors and varying walks of life – including corporate, non-profit, political, grassroots, and neighborhood leaders.  We recognize that all of these perspectives must be included and appreciated in order for Indianapolis to be the best city it can be,” Hutton, said.

“We are immensely grateful for this generous investment by Lilly Endowment and seek to use this opportunity to not only better position the work of our organization but to steward these resources for the greater good of our collective community.”

About Leadership Indianapolis

Leadership Indianapolis works to educate, inspire, connect, and mobilize community leaders to serve and strengthen greater Indianapolis. Leadership Indianapolis believes that community leadership is at its best when it is multi-generation, multi-cultural, and collaborative. Leadership Indianapolis convenes people with diverse points of view and lived experience in an environment that encourages authentic conversation and builds connections, thus assuring a diverse and robust pipeline of individuals is prepared for increasing levels of civic engagement and transformative influence. For more information, visit

About Lilly Endowment Inc.

Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based, private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by three members of the Lilly family — J.K. Lilly Sr. and sons J.K. Jr. and Eli — through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly and Company.  While those gifts remain the financial bedrock of the Endowment, the Endowment is a separate entity from the company, with a distinct governing board, staff and location.  In keeping with the founders’ wishes, the Endowment supports the causes of community development, education and religion and maintains a special commitment to its hometown, Indianapolis, and home state, Indiana.