Board of Trustees

While President and CEO Jeffrey Patchen is responsible for directing the museum’s day-to-day operations, the museum is governed by the Board of Trustees. Comprising no fewer than 24 members and no more than 35, the Board of Trustees also hires and oversees the President and CEO.

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is governed by its Board of Trustees.

Each Trustee serves a term of three years. Trustees receive no compensation for their service. Trustees are divided as closely as possible into three equal groups, with each group serving a staggered term so that approximately one-third of the board changes each year. No trustee can serve more than three consecutive three-year terms nor more than 10 years continuously, including any term of less than three years. A trustee can be re-elected to additional terms of office after a one-year absence from the board.

In addition to the trustees, the museum’s board includes three other types of members:

  • Distinguished advisors: These board members are community leaders whose counsel, advocacy, and experience strengthen the goals of the museum. No more than 20 such members are permitted at any given time, each serving a one-year term after being elected at the annual meeting of the Board of Trustees (a distinguished advisor can serve any number of consecutive or nonconsecutive terms). Distinguished advisors can attend board meetings, but they cannot vote on any measures before the board.
  • Honorary trustees: The Board of Trustees can, at its discretion, choose to designate as "Honorary Trustees" people other whose service to the museum it considers outstanding. Honorary trustees can attend board meetings, but they are not entitled to vote on any measures before the board.
  • Affiliate representatives: The Board of Trustees can appoint one or more affiliate representatives to the board. These nonvoting members include the president and vice president of the Children's Museum Guild, one person recommended by the Indianapolis Public School System, and one recommended by the City of Indianapolis. In addition the Board can appoint as an affiliate representatives members of other Indianapolis-area organizations. Affiliate representatives can attend all meetings of the Board of Trustees, but they are not entitled to vote on any measures before the board.



Executive Committee

James D. Bremner Chair

Jamie P. Merisotis Vice Chair

Julie R. Booth Secretary

John F. Ackerman Treasurer

 Elizabeth Cooke

Kathleen Dunbar

Philip C. Genetos

David Gray

Thomas P. Laskey

Cordelia Lewis-Burks

Kathleen D. Postlethwait




John F. Ackerman

Jennifer M. Alvey

Melissa S. Barnes

Julie R. Booth

Aman Brar

James D. Bremner

Ezra Burdix

Steven P. Caltrider

Elizabeth Cooke

Kathleen Dunbar

David P. Durm

Leigh R. Evans

Suzanne Fehsenfeld

Philip C. Genetos

David W. Gray

Muhammad Hassan

Karen T. Hebert

Danette Howard

Keith R. Iler

Ina Kamenz

Vanita Khanna-Yadav

Scott Kraege

Thomas P. Laskey Jr.

Jason Leet

Jamie P. Merisotis

Meghan F. Miller

Izabela Ozdemir

Michael F. Petrie

Kathleen D. Postlethwait

Mike A. Sherman

David J. Sousa



Distinguished Advisors

Mark W. Boyce

Susan W. Brooks

Julie Carmichael

Ronald E. Elberger

David N. Eskenazi

Polly H. Hix

J. Mark Howell

Katharine M. Kruse

Jeff Kucer

John C. Lechleiter

Terri Mann

Vop Osili

Jeffrey S. Pratt

Douglas C. Rose

G. Marlyne Sexton

Bui Simon

Deborah J. Simon

Christopher E. Trede

Sheila J. Triplett

Deborah B. Woods


Honorary Trustees

Charlene Barnette

Joseph D. Barnette

Kenneth W. Burow

Alexander S. Carroll

Mary “Majie” J. Failey

Philip C. Genetos

Scott A. Jones

Philip S. Kappes

Julia Lacy

Catherine W. Lawson

Cordelia M. Lewis-Burks

Lloyd C. Lyons

William F. McConnell Jr.

James H. Naus

Andrew J. Paine

Gerald W. Paul

George H. Rawls

Thomas E. Reilly Jr.

Robert H. Reynolds

Gary A. Ruben

Yvonne H. Shaheen

Jack R. Shaw

Susanne Sogard

Hans W. Steck

Fay H. Williams



Affiliate Representatives

 Children’s Museum Guild Representatives

Christine Froberg (Guild President)

Sally Schacht (Guild Vice President)

 City of Indianapolis Representative 

Lindsey Rabinowitch

 Indianapolis Public Schools Representative

Diane Arnold