The Board of Trustees serves as the governing body for IHS, which is a private, not-for-profit organization. The board ensures that the Indiana Historical Society is fiscally healthy and fulfilling its mission. It is made up of community leaders from throughout the state who are chosen for their experience and expertise, and who represent the many constituencies of IHS. This volunteer body meets on a quarterly basis and includes historians, business and civic leaders, attorneys, teachers, retirees and other citizens of Indiana.Contact our President and CEO Jody Blankenship
Mike is chairman and owner of Patriot Investments, LLC, through which he maintains investment interests in multiple early-stage companies, banking and real estate. He is active on multiple corporate boards including Banterra Bank and Banterra Corporation, Community Physicians Network, Johnson, Grossnickle + Associates, and Falling Waters Farm, LLC. Mike also serves as Vice Chairman of Banterra Bank, a successful community bank based in Southern Illinois with over $2.4 billion in assets.
At the request of Governor Mitch Daniels and reappointment by Governor Mike Pence, Mike served as Commissioner, Indiana Department of Revenue from 2012 through 2015. Mike previously served as Chairman & CEO of Integra Bank Corporation in Evansville from 2009 through 2011 and President & CEO of Fifth Third Bank, Central Indiana in Indianapolis from 1989 through 2002. During the interim period, Mike was an active owner of electronic evolutions, inc., a leading electronics integrator, and Leaf Software Solutions, Inc., a leading software consulting company. Mike sold his interests to existing management teams in both of these operating companies. Earlier in Mike’s career, he worked for Bank of America in Austin, Texas and KPMG in Cincinnati.
Mike currently serves on the Indiana Commission for Higher Education following his appointment by Governor Eric Holcomb in 2018 as well as several other non-profit boards.
Mike is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Indiana Society of CPA’s, Crooked Stick Golf Club, Palmetto Golf Club, and the Columbia Club. Mike was graduated magna cum laude from Indiana State University in 1978 with a major in accounting. He is married to Amy Alley and they have one married daughter and two grandchildren. He enjoys family, golf, model railroading, gardening, reading, and traveling.
Adam Arceneaux is a partner at Ice Miller LLP, where he chairs the business litigation practice group. He graduated from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business in 1988 and the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in 1993. Mr. Arceneaux is the chair of the board of visitors of the IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law. He is also a recipient of the IU Foundation’s Partners in Philanthropy Keystone Award. He serves on the board of directors of The Center for the Performing Arts, and on the board of directors of the Hamilton County Community Foundation. Adam is a graduate of the Stanley K. Lacy Executive Development Leadership Series Class XXVI. He is a founding member and chair-elect of the Complex Commercial Litigation Institute and a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America Honorary Society. Adam and his wife, Margaret, have three children. He is currently serving as Secretary of the Executive Committee.
William Barrett is a partner at the Greenwood law firm Williams Barrett & Wilkowski LLP, where he practices estate and business planning and litigation and also represents local governments around the state. He previously served as a senior law clerk at the Indiana Court of Appeals and at the Indiana Tax Court, as assistant chief deputy prosecutor for Johnson County, and as magistrate of the Johnson Circuit and Superior Courts. A member of the American Law Institute, Mr. Barrett is a past chair of the Indiana Gaming Commission and is currently chair of Indiana’s delegation to the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. He earned his bachelor’s degree in history at Miami University and his master’s degree and J.D. cum laude at Indiana University, Bloomington. Bill has served as a member of the IHS Collections Committee since 2012 and is currently serving as Second Vice Chair of the Executive Committee.
William E. Bartelt of Newburgh is a retired high school and university educator. Holding degrees from Indiana State University and the University of Evansville, Mr. Bartelt is a published author with books and articles to his credit and numerous unpublished historical reports. He served as president of the Vanderburgh County Historical Society and is currently president of the board of the Evansville Museum, a director of the Abraham Lincoln Association, a member of the Friends of the Lincoln Collection of Indiana board of directors, a member of the Indiana Library and Historical Board, and past president of the Newburgh Museum Foundation. IHS published his book There I Grew Up: Remembering Abraham Lincoln’s Indiana Youth in 2008. He received IHS’s Hoosier Historian award in 2003. Mr. Bartelt served as IHS Trustee from 2007 to 2014 and is returning to the Board of Trustees in 2016. He is chair of the both the Public Programs and Outreach Committee and the Awards Committee.
After graduating from the University of Cincinnati, Ms. Carter began a career at IU Medical Center, IU and Wishard Hospitals. She also began a volunteer career in the Junior League of Indianapolis. After leadership courses, she worked on projects for Garfield Park Conservatory, Conner Prairie, Methodist Hospital Task Core, Indianapolis Symphony, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Contemporary Club and Indianapolis Woman’s Club. She recently completed the presidency of Scientech Club and will continue on the Scientech Club Foundation board of directors. Ms. Carter has a longtime family interest in IHS, working with archives and collections for Contemporary Club and Indianapolis Woman’s Club.
Indianapolis resident Patricia Curran is a founding member of The Worth Collection Ltd. and until recently served as executive vice president, corporate operations, for the company. On retirement from that position, Mrs. Curran formed PDC Associates Ltd. and continues to work with Worth in a consulting capacity. Active in the Indianapolis community, Mrs. Curran serves on the board of directors for the Indianapolis Opera Company and the Indianapolis Opera Foundation. She is the past president of both the Indianapolis Opera and the Indianapolis Opera Foundation. In 2009, Mrs. Curran served as the co-chair of the 20th anniversary celebration of the Eiteljorg Museum. She is a founding member of the Friends of Riverdale, the historic garden on the campus of Marian College. Mrs. Curran is also a sustaining member of the Junior Leagues of Indianapolis. She has served on the board of the Association of Junior Leagues International and several other civic boards in both Syracuse, NY and Indianapolis. She currently serves on the board of the Fashion Arts Society, an affiliate of the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Mrs. Curran is currently President of the Fashion Arts Group. She served on the IHS committees for the Grand Opening, the Hoosier History Fest and the committee for the Indiana Experience Grand Opening. Mrs. Curran is a graduate of Nazareth College of Rochester and did additional graduate work at Syracuse University. She served as an IHS trustee from 2003 to 2011, and she returned to the IHS board in 2013 and is currently serving as First Vice Chair of the Executive Committee.
Nicole Etcheson is the Alexander M. Bracken Professor of History at Ball State University.
Her parents were native Hoosiers who met at Purdue University, but she was born in New York City where her father was stationed as a naval officer. After he retired, the family moved to Unionville, Indiana where she grew up. She graduated from Bloomington High School North, received her BA from Grinnell College, and her PhD from Indiana University where she wrote her dissertation under the direction of James H. Madison.
She taught at Hiram College in Ohio, the University of South Dakota, and the University of Texas at El Paso before taking the Bracken Chair at Ball State in 2005. She is the author of A Generation at War: The Civil War Era in a Northern Community (2011) which uses Putnam County, Indiana to explore how the Civil War changed the North. A Generation at War won the 2012 Avery O. Craven Award from the Organization of American Historians and the Indiana State Library’s award for best non-fiction book on Indiana. She is the author of Bleeding Kansas (2004), The Emerging Midwest (1996), and many articles on Midwestern and nineteenth-century United States history. In 2019, she received the Frederick Jackson Turner Award for Lifetime Contributions to Midwestern History from the Midwestern History Association.
She is currently working on two projects. The first is a history of the suffrage after the Civil War, looking not just as woman and African American suffrage, but at voting rights for former Confederates. The second is a social history of the nineteenth century through the experience of the Fletcher family of Indianapolis.
David Evans is a native of Indianapolis and a descendant of Rev. John Evans, who in 1799 became one of the first residents of what became known as Montgomery County. After graduating from Northwood University in Midland, Mich., in 1973, he formed Evans Industrial Products Inc., which owned and operated several small manufacturing companies. He is currently chairman of Pacific World Trade Inc., which represents the State of Indiana’s interests, as well as those of industrial clients, in the Peoples Republic of China. Mr. Evans is a founding member of the Friends of Holliday Park, a trustee of the Meridian Street United Methodist Church, a trustee of the Ayres Foundation Inc., past trustee of the Indiana State Museum and fundraiser for several Indiana charitable agencies. Mr. Evans joined the Board in 2012 and is currently the Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Trustees.
Mark Ferrara is senior consultant at The Walt Disney Company. He retired as vice president of human resources, responsible for talent management at Eli Lilly and Company, in 2017. His previous HR roles include senior director of compensation and benefits, senior director of human resources supporting Lilly Research Laboratories, director of global staffing, and manager of succession management. In those roles, he has led global efforts in staffing policies, succession management, employee retention, executive compensation and benefits, workforce planning, and metrics. Mr. Ferrara’s Lilly experiences also include leadership roles in facilities management, where he was responsible for planning and maintenance of office space in Indianapolis. He initially joined Lilly in 1988 as a project architect designing research facilities. He is currently the board leader for Young Life in Indiana and Kentucky. Mr. Ferrara received a bachelor’s degree in environmental design from Purdue University in 1986. Mr. Ferrara joined the IHS Board of Trustees in 2015.
Jock Fortune attended the University of Virginia and graduated from Butler University in 1962. He is a former trustee of Butler University, a life member of The American Red Cross, and serves on the Crown Hill Cemetery Board of Corporators. Mr. Fortune has strong ties to Indiana history and is the great grandson of Indianapolis civic and business leader William Fortune. Mr. Fortune joined the Board of Trustees in 2014.
Diane Hunter is a citizen of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma and serves her nation as Myaamia Heritage Research Specialist. She was formerly Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Miami Tribe. Diane is a descendant of the Miami family of Seekaahkweeta and Palaanswa (Francois/Francis Godfroy), through their son Waapanakiikaapwa (Gabriel Godfroy). She lives in Fort Wayne. Diane has a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and master’s degrees from Ball State University and Georgetown University.
Stan Hurt is the retired chairman and former owner of Indiana Supply Corporation. Stan graduated from Indiana University with a bachelor’s degree in general business. After graduation, he became ensign in the U.S. Naval Reserve. He has an interest in American history, with a particular interest in the Civil War, and he served as an officer in the Eli Lilly 18th Indiana Light Artillery re-enactment battery. Mr. Hurt started his volunteer arts career in 1989. He has served on the boards of various nonprofit organizations throughout Indianapolis, Including the Eiteljorg Museum, Conner Prairie and the Arts Council of Indianapolis. He is a longtime and active member of IHS. He and his wife, Sandy, donated a set of photographs of his grandfather’s Fort Wayne photo studio and were instrumental in the creation of You Are There 1904: Picture This!
Susan Jones-Huffine is a co-owner of Royal Title Services – Statewide. Her professional career reflects more than 20 years of commercial and residential real estate industry experience in the Land Title Insurance business by providing full-service land title information and real estate closings that serve local, statewide and national customers. Ms. Jones’ professional and volunteer positions include being state president of the Indiana Land Title Association, president of the Western Division of the Board of Realtors, president of the Avon Rotary, president of the Indianapolis Title Association, graduate of the Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series, Indianapolis Museum of Art trustee, and Fifth Third Bank board member. Additionally, the Indianapolis Business Journal named her one of its “40 Under Forty,” and Royal Title has been consistently named in IBJ as one of the top women-owned businesses. She speaks throughout the country for land title, realty and lending groups on various personal development and land title-related topics and is a graduate of Purdue University. Ms. Jones joined the IHS Board of Trustees in 2011 and she serves on the IHS Executive, Board Resources and Governance, and Twin Oaks committees and is the Chair of the Board of Trustees.
Michelle Jarrell served in the U.S. Air Force before attaining dual bachelor’s degrees in history and political science. Michelle also has a master’s degree in history from Ball State University and a Master of Library Science from Indiana University. Previously, she was the department head and assistant professor of library systems at Indiana State University, and since 2006 she has worked for Eli Lilly and Company as a librarian, historian, archivist and museum curator. In her free time, Michelle enjoys spending time with her wife and two daughters, woodworking, metalsmithing, welding, and just about anything else that her mind and a bucket of spare parts sees fit to tackle.
Rebecca Espinoza Kubacki is the daughter of migrant workers, Raul and Christina Espinoza, who first came to Indiana from Mexico to pick tomatoes for a farmer in Kosciusko County. Moving throughout the country with her parents following the seasonal agricultural crops in Michigan, Ohio, Colorado, until she began school. Ms. Kubacki moved back to Pierceton, IN in 1968. Ms. Kubacki was elected in 2010 as the first Republican Hispanic elected to the Indiana General Assembly. She served as State Representative for District 22 from 2010 to 2014. She has served on a number of Boards including Indiana University South Bend: WNIT Public Television South Bend; Education Task Force, Commission on Status of Children: Governor’s Commission on Latino Affairs; Wagon Wheel Theatre for the Arts, Warsaw. Rebecca married her high school sweetheart Mike Kubacki. They have been married for 42 years, have two children, Matt and Katie and two grandchildren, Roman and Bella.
Peter Lacy serves as the commissioner of the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles under Gov. Holcomb. Peter joined the agency in 2015 as the chief of staff and was appointed commissioner by the governor in 2017. He brings more than 20 years of private sector experience and knowledge to the BMV, including acquisition integration, ERP system implementation, process improvement, business model transformation and territory management. Outside of work, Lacy is active in the community serving as founding chair of the Adaptive Movement Programs Board for the IUPUI School of Physical Education & Tourism Management, board member of Keep Indianapolis Beautiful and the Culver Academies – Summer Board. Peter previously served as board chair of Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis, president of Carmel Girls Lacrosse and board member of Junior Achievement. Lacy earned his MBA from Xavier University in Cincinnati and his bachelor’s degree from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina in Charleston. He lives in Carmel with his wife and three children.
A native Hoosier, Mr. Miller grew up in Evanston, Illinois, and earned his first bachelor’s degree at the University of Denver. He worked with TBS Management Company, Turner Broadcasting System Inc. and related Turner-owned franchises in Atlanta. Most recently, Mr. Miller was founder of Bell Aquaculture LLC, the largest indoor, recirculating aquaculture facility in the United States, rearing yellow perch, steelhead trout and salmon for sale to restaurants nationwide. He lives in Noblesville with his children, Hayden and Isaac, and his wife, Kathryn. He enjoys researching and compiling genealogies on their families.
Richard Rooker is a 35-year language arts and writing educator and life-long history enthusiast. Now retired from the classroom, he continues in public education as a writing consultant. For the past decade, he has supported National History Day in Indiana by leading students through year-long History Day studies that focus on a single topic. His desire is to see every student participate in a deep-learning project each year. National History Day provides the educational model he uses to advance this idea with students and teachers. He is a co-trustee of The Rooker Family Foundation, a financial supporter of NHDI. Mr. Rooker lives in Warsaw with his wife, Nancy. They have one child, Zack, who attends Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, on a National History Day scholarship.
Carrie Ryan is a financial advisor with Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network LLC, managing assets for individuals, trusts, retirement plans, charitable organizations and businesses. She worked for 18 years with A.G. Edwards & Sons Inc., three years with Wells Fargo Advisors, and five years with Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network LLC. Carrie previously held positions with Merrill Lynch and Blunt Ellis and Loewi Kemper Group. She has a bachelor’s degree in business from Indiana University and is certified by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. Within her firm, Carrie is recognized as Premier Advisor.
Carrie is an Indianapolis native. She and her husband, Mark, have five children. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with her family. The Premier Advisor designation is held by a select group of Financial Advisors within Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network as measured by business production, completion of educational components and professionalism.
Jerry D. Semler is chairman emeritus of American United Mutual Insurance Holding Company, parent of OneAmerica Financial Partners Inc. He was elected company president in 1980, CEO in 1989 and chairman in 1991. Following his retirement as chairman, president and CEO, Mr. Semler was elected chairman emeritus in February 2007. Active in numerous business and civic organizations, Mr. Semler is chairman emeritus of Sagamore Institute for Policy Research. In addition, he serves on the boards of Visit Indy (past chairman), the Center for Leadership Development (past chairman), Indiana Chamber of Commerce (past chairman), Indianapolis Downtown Inc. (past chairman), 500 Festival Foundation (past chairman), 500 Festival Associates (past president), Indiana Repertory Theatre (past president), Hoosier Salon Patrons Association (past president), Conner Prairie Museum, Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, Riley Children’s Foundation, United Way of Central Indiana, Alpha Tau Omega Foundation and he is a trustee of Marian University. Other boards on which Mr. Semler has served include the Cornea Research Foundation of America, Indiana Youth Institute, and Purdue Research Foundation. A few of the numerous awards Mr. Semler has been honored to receive include the Business Leader of the Year Award from the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, the Indiana Pathfinder Award from Youthlinks Indiana, the S. Henry Bundles Award from the Center for Leadership Development, the Distinguished Eagle Scout from the Boy Scouts of America – Crossroads of America Council, the Charles L. Whistler Award from the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee, the Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and the Michael A. Carroll Award from the Indianapolis Business Journal. He received his fourth Sagamore of the Wabash in March 2007 from Gov. Mitch Daniels. Mr. Semler is married to Rosemary “Rosie” Semler. They have seven children, 28 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Mr. Semler has been an IHS trustee since 2006 and is the Treasurer of the Board of Trustees.
David Suzuki, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus in the IU School of Medicine and Director of the Equity Institute on Race, Culture & Transformative Action at IUPUI. In parallel to a career as an NIH-funded neuroscientist, Suzuki has been a board member of the Immigrant Welcome Center, Asian American Alliance, and Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana. He established the first Asia American Studies course at IUPUI and co-founded the IU Asian Pacific American Faculty & Staff Council. For many years, he delivered monthly cultural competency webinars sponsored by the Indiana State Division of Mental Health & Addiction. He received his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and his Ph.D. from UCLA in biochemistry and neuroscience, respectively. Suzuki continues to facilitate discussions and workshops on implicit biases, structural racism and cultural competency.
Robert Swinehart, a resident of Valparaiso, retired in April 2007 as president and COO of Emerson Power Transmission Corp., a division of Emerson. EPT is a manufacturer of bearings, components, gearing and couplings for the power transmission industry. Prior to joining Emerson in 1990, he was with P.T. Components Inc. in Indianapolis for nine years as vice president of corporate planning and development. Prior to that, Mr. Swinehart spent 16 years with FMC Corporation in both line and staff positions. He has a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from Butler University in Indianapolis. Mr. Swinehart is a past member of the Board of Greater Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce, a director and two-term board chairman of the American Bearing Manufacturer’s Association, a director of Horizon Bancorp of Michigan City, Ind., and a past director of the Porter County Community Foundation. He was also active with the Porter County United Way for a number of years and general campaign chairman in 1997. He received an Outstanding Engineer Award in 2003 from Purdue’s School of Industrial Engineering and services on the IE Advisory Board and the Purdue Research Foundations Entrepreneurial Advisory Council. Mr. Swinehart joined the IHS Board of Trustees in 2014.
Andy Thornton is the VP and Corporate Banking Officer at The National Bank of Indianapolis. He has more than 20 years of experience in the banking industry beginning his career with Bank One followed by Regions Bank. Andy is the Past President of the University Club of Indianapolis and serves as Treasurer for various organizations including Volunteers of America Ohio-Indiana and Random Acts of Flowers. He is a former Treasurer of The Penrod Society and the Woodstock Club. Andy has a Bachelor of Science degree from Miami University.
Gary Vigran, currently a partner in Vigran Investments, has a broad range of entrepreneurial and business experience. He works with many companies and investments in Indiana and across the country and is active in many private investments. Mr. Vigran served four years as president of the board of the International School of Indiana and has served as President of the board of the Indianapolis Hebrew congregation as well as on the board of several community organizations in the Indianapolis area including the Operating Board for the Indiana University Center for Civic Literacy. A graduate of Miami University, Mr. Vigran lives with his wife, Jennifer, and two children in Zionsville. Mr. Vigran joined the IHS Board of Trustees in 2015.
Josh Wakefield is an Indianapolis native and current resident. After graduating from Indiana University in Bloomington in 2004, Mr. Wakefield launched his career by starting his own IT consulting firm in downtown Indianapolis. After growing the business by providing outsourced IT support to small and medium sized businesses, he moved to Washington, D.C., where he used his IT expertise to help large non-profit organizations implement custom software solutions to assist in more efficiently serving their mission and goals. In 2011, he moved back to Indiana to marry his wife Kasey and he joined Katz, Sapper, and Miller Consulting. At KSMC, he runs a practice focused on helping state and local governments implement and manage large complex enterprise software development projects. Mr. Wakefield is an active board member for Indiana Youth as Resources, The Mothershead Foundation and The Ford Wilson: Race of Champions. He is also a member of the Methodist Health Foundation’s inspiring Leader and Innovation program. He has two daughters, Katharine and Emery. Mr. Wakefield joined the IHS Board of Trustees in 2016.
A native of Philadelphia, Mrs. Winston is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh. She served as director of supplier diversity for Scientific Games and supplier diversity manager for WellPoint. Mrs. Winston helped WellPoint rank in the Top 50 companies, and the firm was recognized by Diversity Inc. for its commitment to equality in procurement activities. She serves as the capital campaign manager for Girl Scouts of Central Indiana and now serves as a philanthropy officer at Newfields. Mrs. Winston is a board member of Impact 100, a member and officer of the Circle City Chapter of the Links, Incorporated, a life member of the NAACP and a member of New Era Baptist Church.