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. Comprised of 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.

 

2014 BOARD OF TRUSTEES AND ADVISORS

David W. Gray Chair

James D. Bremner Vice Chair

Elizabeth Cooke Secretary

Philip C. Genetos Treasurer

Jeffrey H. Patchen President

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

James D. Bremner

Elizabeth Cooke

Philip C. Genetos

David W. Gray (Chairman)

Julia Lacy

Cordelia Lewis-Burks

Lloyd Lyons

Jamie Merisotis

Yvonne Shaheen

Susanne Sogard

TRUSTEES

John F. Ackerman

Julie R. Booth

James D. Bremner

Steven P. Caltrider

Justin P. Christian

Elizabeth Cooke

Kathleen Dunbar

Jason T. Eckerle

David N. Eskenazi

Philip C. Genetos

David W. Gray

Muhammad Hassan

Karen T. Hebert

Usha V. Hecht

Keith R. Iler

Julia L. Lacy

Thomas P. Laskey Jr.

Cordelia M. Lewis-Burks

Ronald G. Mencias

Jamie P. Merisotis

Kathleen D. Postlethwait

Jeffrey S. Pratt

Livia K. Russell

Jennifer Satterfield-Siegel

Richard C. Searles

Yvonne H. Shaheen

Mike A. Sherman

David J. Sousa

Sheila J. Triplett

Deborah B. Wood

C. Daniel Yates

DISTINGUISHED ADVISORS

Mark W. Boyce

Susan W. Brooks

Ronald E. Elberger

Polly H. Hix

J. Mark Howell

Katharine M. Kruse

John C. Lechleiter

Terri Mann

Meghan F. Miller

Vop Osili

Douglas C. Rose

Sherry Seiwert

G. Marlyne Sexton

Bui Simon

Deborah J. Simon

Brian J. Sullivan

Christopher E. Trede

Jeff G. White

HONORARY TRUSTEES

Taylor L. Baker Jr.

Charlene Barnette

Joseph D. Barnette

Kenneth W. Burow

Alexander S. Carroll

Mary “Majie” J. Failey

Philip C. Genetos

Anthony Heyworth

Scott A. Jones

Philip S. Kappes

Catherine W. Lawson

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

Allison Steck, President

Heather Bice, Vice President

City of Indianapolis

Helen Huber

Indianapolis Public Schools

Diane Arnold

 

 

 

2013 BOARD OF TRUSTEES AND ADVISORS

David W. Gray Chair

James D. Bremner Vice Chair

Elizabeth Cooke Secretary

Philip C. Genetos Treasurer

Jeffrey H. Patchen President

TRUSTEES

Julie R. Booth

James D. Bremner

Steven P. Caltrider

Justin P. Christian

Elizabeth Cooke

Jason T. Eckerle

David N. Eskenazi

Philip C. Genetos

David W. Gray

Robert B. Hebert

Usha V. Hecht

Keith R. Iler

Julia L. Lacy

Cordelia M. Lewis-Burks

Terri Mann

Ronald G. Mencias

Jamie P. Merisotis

Steven H. Nelick

Georgie A. Perkins

Jeffrey S. Pratt

Douglas C. Rose

Livia K. Russell

Jennifer L. Satterfield-Siegel

Richard C. Searles

Yvonne H. Shaheen

Mike A. Sherman

Susanne Sogard

Sheila J. Triplett

Deborah B. Wood

C. Daniel Yates

DISTINGUISHED ADVISORS

Mark W. Boyce

Susan W. Brooks

Ronald E. Elberger

John T. Federici

Anthony Heyworth

Polly H. Hix

J. Mark Howell

Katharine M. Kruse

John C. Lechleiter

Nancy C. Lilly

Meghan F. Miller

Vop Osili

Patricia B. Prosser

Sherry Seiwert

G. Marlyne Sexton

Deborah J. Simon

Brian J. Sullivan

Christopher E. Trede

Amy Conrad Warner

Jeff G. White

HONORARY TRUSTEES

Taylor L. Baker Jr.

Charlene Barnette

Joseph D. Barnette

Kenneth W. Burow Jr.

Alexander S. Carroll

Mrs. William H. C. Failey (Majie)

Philip C. Genetos

Scott A. Jones

Philip S. Kappes

Catherine W. Lawson

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

Hans W. Steck

Fay H. Williams

Mrs. Billie Lou Wood

AFFILIATE REPRESENTATIVES

Guild Representatives

Allison Stitle, President

Allison Steck, Vice President

City of Indianapolis Representative

Helen Huber

Indianapolis Public Schools Representative

Caitlin Hannon

A complete listing of the Board of Trustees and Advisors from 1925 to the present is coming soon!