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
Nine13sports 
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
Cummins 
Shareyna Chang
Director of School Quality
Indianapolis Public Schools 
Joshua L. Christie
Partner
Ice Miller LLP 
Adam L. Clevenger, CFRE
Partner
Loring, Sternberg & Associates 
Aletha Dunston
Executive Director
Fort Harrison Reuse Authority (FHRA) 
Nick Duvall
President and CEO
TeenWorks 
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
Partner
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
Resultant 
André Zhang Sonera
Project Manager for Economic and
Community DevelopmentCity of Indianapolis
 

The Convo featuring Amar Patel

The Leadership Indianapolis series The Convo provides opportunities to learn more about community leaders, organizations, issues and opportunities in our city.

In this conversation you will meet Amar Patel, Executive Director of Teach for America – Indianapolis. Amar, a graduate of SKL Class XLIV, talks with us about championing racial equity in education and amplifying the voices of students through their upcoming discussion series.

Resources mentioned in The Convo:

Centering Student Voices

The Convo featuring Wildstyle Paschall

The Leadership Indianapolis series The Convo provides opportunities to learn more about community leaders, organizations, issues and opportunities in our city.

In this conversation you will meet Wildstyle Paschall, a CICF Community Ambassador, artist and writer. Wildstyle talks with us about the importance of grassroots collaboration and his research on the housing crisis in Indianapolis.

Resources mentioned in The Convo:

Racism in Housing: A Public Safety Crisis for Black Indianapolis

Shelter: A Series on the Housing Crisis in Indianapolis for Civic Leaders

The Convo featuring Maggie Lewis

The Leadership Indianapolis series The Convo provides opportunities to learn more about community leaders, organizations, issues and opportunities in our city.

In this conversation you will meet Maggie A. Lewis, city-county councilor and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis. Lewis, a former Boys & Girls club kid herself, reflects on her full-circle experience and the importance of mentorship in a child’s life.

Resources mentioned in The Convo:

Boys & Girls Club of Indianapolis

The Convo featuring Ron Anderson

The Leadership Indianapolis series The Convo provides opportunities to learn more about community leaders, organizations, issues and opportunities in our city.

In this conversation you will meet Ron Anderson, Program Director for Box Jobs. Box Jobs, a father-son run nonprofit organization, stepped up to provide free COVID testing in communities of color and are also working to help citizens returning from incarceration. 

Resources mentioned in The Convo:

Get on Board 2020 Nonprofit Guide

The Convo featuring Victoria Beaty

The Leadership Indianapolis series The Convo provides opportunities to learn more about community leaders, organizations, issues and opportunities in our city.

In this conversation you will meet Victoria Beaty, Executive Director of Growing Places Indy. Growing Places Indy is one of over 100 area nonprofits listed in our Get On Board 2020 Nonprofit Guide. Thousands of Central Indiana residents suffer with food insecurity and Victoria talks to us about Growing Place’s efforts to provide people with fresh, healthy affordable food options.

Resources Mentioned in The Convo:

Growing Places Indy

Get on Board 2020 Nonprofit Guide

The Convo featuring Dr. Darrin Johnson

The Leadership Indianapolis series The Convo provides opportunities to learn more about community leaders, organizations, issues and opportunities in our city.

In this conversation you will meet Dr. Darrin Johnson, Executive Director of BU Wellness Network. BU is one of over 100 area nonprofits listed in our Get On Board 2020 Nonprofit Guide. Dr. Johnson talks to us about BU’s efforts to support marginalized communities through both the HIV/AIDS pandemic and COVID-19. BU Wellness Network will be hosting a virtual celebration in honor of World Aids Day on Saturday Dec. 5 hosted by Leadership Indianapolis’ Program & Communications Manager Ebony Chappel.

Resources mentioned in The Convo:

BU Wellness Network

Get on Board 2020 Nonprofit Guide

The Convo featuring JoEllen Rossebo

The Leadership Indianapolis series The Convo provides opportunities to learn more about community leaders, organizations, issues and opportunities in our city.

In this conversation you will meet JoEllen Rossebo, President and CEO of Arts for Learning Indiana. Arts for Learning is one of over 100 area nonprofits listed in our Get On Board 2020 Nonprofit Guide. JoEllen talks with us about Arts for Learning’s virtual outreach to youth in the age of COVID and work with artists of color during this time of social uprising.

Resources mentioned in The Convo:

Arts for Learning Indiana

Get on Board 2020 Nonprofit Guide

The Convo featuring Patrice Bey

The Leadership Indianapolis series The Convo provides opportunities to learn more about community leaders, organizations, issues and opportunities in our city.

In this conversation you will meet Patrice Bey, Board President of Minorities in Hospitality. MIH is one of over 100 area nonprofits listed in our Get On Board 2020 Nonprofit Guide. Patrice talks to us about how MIH has supported its members by connecting them to essential resources and career development opportunities during this time. “We are trying different approaches to communicate to our industry that you can go on and it will get better.”

Resources mentioned in The Convo:

Minorities in Hospitality

Get on Board 2020 Nonprofit Guide

The Convo featuring Claudia White

The Leadership Indianapolis series The Convo provides opportunities to learn more about community leaders, organizations, issues and opportunities in our city.

In this conversation you will meet Claudia White, founder of Youth Global Perspectives (YGP). YGP is a non-profit started by White, a sociologist and educator, to expose underprivileged youth to global experiential learning opportunities in places like Washington D.C., Spain and Cuba. White believes that “representation matters” and young people learn better when they see themselves represented in the lessons being taught.

YGP is one of over 100 nonprofits listed in our Get On Board 2020 Nonprofit Guide and they are currently seeking board members.

Resource mentioned in The Convo:

Youth Global Perspectives