Board of Directors

David Pentzien, Chair
Owner, Tap Ventures, LLC.

Gregory W. Goelzer, Vice Chair
CEO, Goelzer Investment Management, Inc.

Deborah Hearn Smith, Secretary
CEO (retired), Girl Scouts of Central Indiana

Brian S. Williams, Treasurer
Global Life Sciences Consulting Leader and Chief Digital Officer, Cognizant

William C. Sando, MD, Immediate Past Chair
Surgeon/Partner/Owner (retired),
My Plastic Surgery Group -  Sando & Aker Aesthetics, P.C


Tom Buckley
Co-Founder, Qumulex

Ezra Burdix
President and Owner, DTM Real Estate
Katasha S. Butler, PharmD, MBA
Medication Use/Regulatory Compliance Coordinator, Eskenazi Hospital

Robert P. Chan, VMD
Veterinarian (retired) and Community Leader

Hillary Egan
Deputy General Counsel, Indiana Department of Homeland Security

Gary L. Geipel, PhD
Senior Associate, National Institute for Public Policy

Stephanie Goodrid Lawson
Executive Director, McKinney Family Foundation

Lisa E. Harris, MD
CEO, Eskenazi Health

Christia Hicks
Chief Human Resources Officer, Eskenazi Health

William B. Kleinman, MD
Physician and Founder, The Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center

Eugene P. Kroeff, PhD
Senior Research Advisor (retired), Eli Lilly and Company

Gil Latz, PhD
Vice Provost for Global Strategies and International Affairs, The Ohio State University

Debra Luffer-Atlas, PhD
Senior Vice President of Research, Eli Lilly and Company

Rebecca O'Connor
Owner and Teacher, O'Connor Piano Studio

Brian Steensland, PhD
Chair and Professor of Sociology, IUPUI

Carly J. Tebelman
Judicial Law Clerk, U.S. District Courts

Michael R. Tirman
Attorney, Ice Miller LLP

Stephen B. Towns, DDS
Periodontist, Sonrisa, A Periodontal Spa


Craig Gigax
President/Owner, Meridian Music

Carolyn S. Hardman
Community Leader

Janet Nine
Community Leader

Jean Richcreek
Chief Administrative Officer (retired), Citizens Energy Group

Margaret Watanabe, MD, PhD
Physician and professor (retired), Indiana University School of Medicine

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