Artistic Director & President/CEO
Joel Harrison has been President/CEO of the APA since 2008 and Artistic Director of the APA since 2001. He was previously a faculty member at Davidson College in North Carolina and at Mississippi State University, where he was also director of the Mississippi Piano Showcase and a Touring Artist for the Mississippi Arts Commission. His duties at APA include the oversight of all artistic programs, most especially the Classical and Jazz Fellowship Awards, relationships with collaborative organizations, strategic planning, staff development and oversight, Board communications, community and external relationships, fundraising, and representing APA to a national and international constituency.
Harrison holds degrees from the University of North Carolina, Indiana University and Northwestern University, in addition to studies in Switzerland, Italy and Austria. Dr. Harrison has served on local, regional and national arts committees and boards, been a jury member for international piano competitions, and since 2003 has toured frequently as a cultural envoy of the United States Department of State Cultural Programs Division in Asia, the Middle East, the Caucasus and Northern Africa, accompanied by Classical or Jazz Fellows. He is a recipient of the 2010 Paderewski Award for distinguished contributions to society and culture, given at the Embassy of Poland in Washington, DC. He occasionally reviews submissions for Indiana University Press, and has served as a music consultant for Sky Magazine of Delta Airlines. In addition to music, he pursues an interest in contemporary art and architecture.
Kim Lewis has been employed at the American Pianists Association since 2004 and is currently the General Manager. She graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Music Theatre from Baldwin-Wallace College in 1995 and with a Master of Arts in Theatre from Northwestern University in 2002.
Prior to moving to Indianapolis, Ms. Lewis was the Community Arts and Education Coordinator for Arts Council Lake Erie West in Ohio as well as an AmeriCorps member in Chicago. Ms. Lewis actively volunteers with organizations such as Giving Sum and Indy Hub.
Vice President of Development
Dr. Kathleen Spears, a Pennsylvania native, has more than twelve years of experience in non-profit administration across a number of settings including healthcare and arts & culture. Prior to APA, she served as President and CEO of The Madame Walker Theatre Center in Indianapolis, with previous leadership at not-for-profits in Memphis and Dallas. Her distinguished contributions have been recognized in the media as "50 Women Who Make a Difference" in Memphis Woman Magazine, "40 Under 40" (2012) in the Indianapolis Business Journal, and "A Woman to Know" in The Indianapolis Star. At APA she oversees all aspects of fundraising and as a senior staff member works collaboratively with the President/CEO and Artistic Director to engage a national constituency. She holds graduate from Texas Woman's University and a BA from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Bridget Jacoby graduated from Purdue University with a B.A. in Communications with a concentration in Marketing and Public Relations. Ms. Jacoby came to the American Pianists Association in the Spring of 2007.
She is currently the Marketing Coordinator for the APA and oversees all marketing for the organization. Ms. Jacoby has served on the Leadership Team for Indy Hub’s The Exchange and and Get IndyVolved - and, on the committee for the annual event, Young Professionals Unite.
Milner Fuller holds an M.A. in Musicology from Indiana University and a B.A. in Music from Denison University. Milner joined the American Pianists Association in January of 2013 as a Development Officer.
Prior to his work with the APA, Mr. Fuller served as the Tyler Young Artist Program Manager at Opera on the James in Lynchburg, VA, and taught chamber music at Virginia Episcopal School. He currently volunteers with the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir.