LI adds new board members

We are thrilled to welcome Tom Hanley and Sarah Myer to the Leadership Indianapolis Board of Directors.

Tom Hanley is CEO of Nine13sports, an organization he founded in 2011 that conducts engaging, youth-focused bicycling programs for K-12 students. Tom is also a graduate of SKL Class XL.

Sarah Myer is Senior Director of Marketing and Communications at Indiana Sports Corp, the nation’s first sports commission. Sarah is also a graduate of SKL Class XLII.

Leadership Indianapolis would like to thank Joe Smith for his service to the organization. He served as Board Chair 2017-2018 and provided wonderful guidance to the organization throughout his tenure, which concluded in December. Thank you, Joe!

2019-2020 MYLC Class Announced

Mayor Joe Hogsett announces new class of students to serve on
Mayor’s Youth Leadership Council

Fourteen teens selected from across Marion County to provide a voice on community issues, serve as advisors to city leaders

Mayor Joe Hogsett announced 14 new students will complete the 2019-2020 class of the Mayor’s Youth Leadership Council (MYLC). These teens will join 11 returning members of the inaugural group which began meeting monthly last July. This diverse group of 25 juniors and seniors in high school will represent the interests of Indianapolis youth, providing feedback for the mayor and other city leaders on issues that affect the community.

“I am excited to welcome these talented young men and women to the discussion table, with an experience that is truly an immersion into local government,” said Mayor Joe Hogsett. “We not only look forward to hearing the unique and thoughtful perspectives from each student, but also to building upon the success of the council’s first year and developing the next generation of civic leaders.”

First announced by Mayor Hogsett in April of last year, the MYLC seeks to develop new leaders and elevate the role of young people in making Indianapolis a safer, stronger, and more welcoming city. The group represents high schools in all nine Indianapolis townships and reflects the community’s rich diversity. The council is made possible by the Lilly Endowment, The Indianapolis Foundation (a CICF affiliate), Leadership Indianapolis, and the Marion County Commission on Youth.

The MYLC saw its first group of student leaders graduate last month in a ceremony at the Indiana State Museum. The new students announced today will complete the 2019-2020 class and add their diverse perspectives to monthly meetings with the mayor and other city leaders, lending youth insight on issues facing the community as a whole, as well as specifically in their neighborhoods. Orientation for this year’s class will take place on Friday, July 26.

The members of the Mayor’s Youth Leadership Council are as follows:

New for 2019-20

Angel-Hannah Akinleye – Riverside High School
Steve Akinterinwa – Ben Davis University High School
Katherine Dolen – Christel House Academy South

Mateo Escobedo – Lawrence Central High School
Madeline Felts – Bishop Chatard High School
Nikhil Gloyeske – Franklin Central High School
Natanya Katz – Brebeuf Jesuit High School
Joshua MacKinnon – Purdue Polytechnic High School
Grace Moore – Lawrence Central High School
Mangtin Par – Perry Meridian High School
Sui Len Par – Perry Meridian High School
Darnell Perkins Jr. – Pike High School
Cadyn Waxingmoon – Homeschool
Reese Wiley – Roncalli High School

Returning from 2018-19

Ranya Abedelmalik – Shortridge High School
Katie Baker – Roncalli High School
Amina Dalal – Ben Davis High School
Curshuna Harvey – Warren Central High School
Helen Hughes – Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School
Tara Kalia – Franklin Central High School
Adriyanna Staten – Ben Davis University High School
Arat Palacios-Ricaño – Herron High School
Sophia Pantzer – International School of Indiana
Hayden Redelman – Bishop Chatard High School
Alli Shuffitt – Warren Central High School

Kelly Doucet joins Leadership Indianapolis

We are thrilled to have Kelly Doucet join Leadership Indianapolis as Office Manager & Executive Assistant!

An Indiana native, Kelly’s vast experiences in Marketing, Education, Elder Care and the Hospitality industry have given her a unique perspective on leadership and relationship development. Kelly firmly believes that a good leader must be a great listener, and be someone with a willingness and a heart to serve. Kelly’s experiences have allowed her to develop a passion for community, and the ways in which individuals across the lifespan can both contribute to and be served by innovative initiatives which engage individuals and activate their desire to actively seek to achieve progress on both the personal and community levels.

A proud graduate of Ball State University, Kelly earned a B.S. in Hospitality and Food Management. She currently serves as a member of the Indianapolis Chapter of the Ball State Alumni Association, and as a board member of the Ball State University Black Alumni Constituent Society. In her spare time, Kelly enjoys discovering the hidden wonders of Indianapolis, and exploring foodie havens with her family and friends.

Welcome to the LI team, Kelly!

Announcing SKL Class XLIII

We are thrilled to welcome SKL Class XLIII to the Leadership Indianapolis family!


“Indianapolis has a long, rich history of community leaders providing vision, effort, and resources,” said Rebecca King, President & CEO and SKL Program Director at Leadership Indianapolis. “We are proud to support these emerging leaders and their key role in Central Indiana’s future. Our community will be strengthened by their passion, insight, and leadership.”


John Lechleiter has been named the Moderator for SKL Class XLIII.


“For over four decades, the Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series has served our community in a profoundly important way by educating and helping shape our emerging leaders,” said Lechleiter. “It is a special privilege to be asked to serve as moderator of SKL Class XLIII. I look forward to working with class members to understand better both the challenges and opportunities before us, and to consider thoughtfully what we as individuals can do to strengthen our communities for the benefit of all our citizens.”



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


To learn more about SKL, visit here.



John Lechleiter, Moderator

 Duchess Adjei

Regional Communication Director

American Red Cross

 Tim Brown

General Counsel, Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs

Indy Chamber

 Megan Carrico

Manager of Communications

Indianapolis Airport Authority

 Andrew Cohoat

Business Development


 Tamara Cypress

Director, Corporate Communications & Culture

STANLEY Security

Joseph Delamater


Razumich & Delamater PC

 Meghann Dials

Regional Vice President


Brooke Dunn

Associate, Corporate Group

Faegre Baker Daniels LLP

 Stephen Farris

Patent Agent

Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

 Angela Freeman

Intellectual Property Associate / Patent Attorney

Barnes & Thornburg LLP

 Jo Lynn Garing

Group Manager, Communications

Roche Diagnostics

Andre Givens

Director of Undergraduate Enterprise and Engagement

University of Indianapolis

 Bryan Hannon

Government Relations Director

American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

 Olivia Hawbaker

Project Manager

Citizens Energy Group

 Ryan Hunley

Owner/Art Director

Second Street Creative

 Duane Ingram

Director of Real Estate Management

Indianapolis Housing Agency

 Tiffany Kyser

Associate Director of Engagement & Partnerships

Midwest & Plains Equity Assistance Center

 Marie Luken Mackintosh

Chief Operations Officer


Lauren Petersen

Senior Director of Relationship Management


 Brent Pierce

Administrator, Real Estate and Economic Development

City of Indianapolis – Department of Metropolitan Development

 Matthew Piety

Director, Sales and Marketing

Anthem Inc.

 Jamie Ratner Rich

Executive Director

JP Morgan Chase

Blake Roebuck

Foundation & Marketing Manager

Indiana Economic Development Corp.

 J. Sebastian Smelko


Ice Miller LLP

 Yecenia Tostado

Senior Program Director

Indiana Latino Institute


Leadership Indianapolis names Rebecca King president and CEO

The Leadership Indianapolis board of directors today announced that Rebecca King has been named president and CEO of the leadership training and deployment organization.

King knows the organization well. For the past four years, she has been vice president of programs and alumni relations for Leadership Indianapolis and director of its flagship program, the Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series. In that role, she has been responsible for overall direction and curriculum development, including opportunities for alumni. King is also a graduate of the SKL program’s Class XXXVII.

King replaces Christina Hale, who left Leadership Indianapolis to head youth leadership programs for her previous employer, Kiwanis International.

“At Leadership Indianapolis, we strive to educate, inspire, and mobilize community leaders to serve and strengthen greater Indianapolis,” said Board Chair Joe Smith, an attorney with Faegre Baker & Daniels. “We’re delighted to have Rebecca at the helm. She’s truly lived the mission of volunteer leadership, not only with our organization, but also through her personal life and career.”

“Leadership Indianapolis plays an important role in our city, especially at this point in time,” said King. “Communities around the country, including ours, are facing serious issues that require strong community leadership. All you have to do is turn on the news or check your Twitter feed to see that it is critical we have new and seasoned community leaders who represent diverse perspectives and experiences, and who engage in civil discourse about our most pressing civic issues.

“I am thrilled to lead this organization as we invite new voices into the conversation, immerse them in community issues, and connect them with opportunities to serve and strengthen Indianapolis.”

A graduate of Point Park University and the IU Lilly School of Philanthropy, King was, for fifteen years before joining Leadership Indianapolis, co-owner and CEO of Theater of Inclusion.

As a volunteer, King practices what she teaches at Leadership Indianapolis. She is currently an Indianapolis Foundation Fellow, a board member of the Indiana Repertory Theatre, and co-chairs the partner and agency engagement committee for the United Way of Central Indiana 100th Anniversary.

King’s past community volunteer experience includes the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Diving Trials, the 2015 and 2016 P&G Gymnastics Championships, Plan 2020, Tedx Indianapolis, the Carmel Arts Council, and United Way of Central Indiana.

Leadership Indianapolis, established in 2013, combined the long-established programs of the Stanley K. Lacy Leadership Series (SKL) and the Lacy Leadership Association. In recent years, Leadership Indianapolis has operated:

  • SKL (a 10-month program for emerging community leaders),
  • Opportunity Indianapolis, (a two-day community orientation program),
  • LEAD, (a four-part skill-enhancing session for emerging and experienced leaders),
  • Civic Boot Camp (for young professionals),
  • Civic Leadership Summit (leaders addressing issues affecting Indianapolis),
  • Get on Board (matches prospective leaders with nonprofit board opportunities).

Rebecca King, Leadership Indianapolis

Alumni Feature: SKL Class XLI

As last year’s SKL class year drew to a close, the class members decided they wanted to continue learning with and from one another. So SKL Class XLI gathered last week – now 4 months after becoming our newest-minted SKL class – for their first Forum Session.

The class has planned for their first year post-graduation three Forum Sessions exploring a given topic, plus 2 social events. At their closing retreat this summer, the group was especially interested in building further their relationships and exploring additional topics not covered during the class year. Their recent Forum Session was titled “The changing role of media in the community” and explored the intersection between the media landscape, politics, and the first amendment.

Welcome to our new President and CEO, Christina Hale

New Leadership Indianapolis President & CEO Christina Hale

Did you hear the good news? Christina Hale recently joined Leadership Indianapolis as our new President and CEO.

Christina is well known locally and throughout Indiana as a public servant. She served for four years as state representative from Indianapolis, and was a candidate for lieutenant governor in 2016. During her election campaign in 2014, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce called her “one of the most active, thoughtful and determined state legislators.” In selecting Hale as his running mate, gubernatorial candidate John Gregg cited Hale’s “record of reaching across the aisle.”

But government is only one area of Christina’s proven leadership. Before entering the political arena, Christina spent eight years with Kiwanis International, serving as director of executive and board services, lead area director for Europe and Asia Pacific, and chief communications officer.

A Purdue University graduate, Christina began her career as a newspaper reporter in Northern Indiana, then worked in state government for the Indiana Department of Commerce and the governor’s office.

“I always try to be very mindful that I could be part of solutions,” she told the IBJ, which named Christina to its “Women of Influence” in 2015. “That’s what gets me out of bed in the morning.”

An example to all of our Leadership Indianapolis participants, Christina is a much-honored and tireless volunteer. She serves on the boards of Indiana Humanities, the Indiana Commission on Latino Affairs, the Domestic Violence Network, the Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault, Heartland Film, and Film Indy.

Please join us in welcoming Christina Hale as our new president and CEO.

Why I support Leadership Indianapolis: Marisol Gouveia, SKL XLI and Opportunity Indianapolis 2014

“Leadership Indianapolis is committed to our city present and future. Civic leadership is vital to the health of all communities. To have a roster of emerging and established people ready to volunteer their time and talents for the greater good benefits everyone. Great civic leaders know their community, identify common concerns and collaborate on solutions, operate with integrity and transparency, spark and facilitate discussion across groups, and ensure all voices are at the table throughout the process.”

“Investment in Leadership Indianapolis is an investment in our shared destiny, and that’s why I give.”

Marisol, thank you for your leadership and your support of Leadership Indianapolis!

If you would like to make a gift or have questions about how you can support Leadership Indianapolis, please contact Jody Dedon, Director of Advancement, at 317.860.3672 or