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 and one person 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.






Michael A. Sherman


Vice Chair

Julie M. Carmichael



Julie R. Booth



Meghan Miller



Jeffrey H. Patchen

President & CEO


Executive Committee

Julie R. Booth

Ezra Burdix

Julie M. Carmichael

Andrew Held

Jason Leet

Meghan Miller

Michael A. Sherman

Lauren Sparkman

Shon Wright

Jeffrey H. Patchen, CEO


Immediate Past Chair

Jamie P. Merisotis



John F. Ackerman

Jennifer M. Alvey

Julie R. Booth

James D. Bremner

Ezra Burdix

Julie M. Carmichael

Kathleen Dunbar

David P. Durm

Susan C. Elser

Leigh R. Evans

James C. Gilroy III

Jeffrey M. Hagerman

Muhammad Hassan

Karen T. Hebert

Andrew J. Held

Danette G. Howard

Vanita Khanna-Yadav

Thomas P. Laskey Jr.

Daniel M. Lechleiter

Jason Leet

Robin R. Marks

Jamie P. Merisotis

Meghan F. Miller

Brett A. Pheffer

Kathleen D. Postlethwait

Peter Salzmann

Michael A. Sherman

Lauren G. Sparkman

Karin L. Veatch

Kevin Woodhouse

Shon G. Wright

Will Zink


Distinguished Advisors

Mark W. Boyce

Aman Brar

Susan W. Brooks

Steven P. Caltrider

Ronald E. Elberger

David N. Eskenazi

Suzanne Fehsenfeld

Polly H. Hix

J. Mark Howell

Keith R. Iler

Scott Kraege

Katharine M. Kruse

Terri Mann

Vop Osili

Jeffrey S. Pratt

G. Marlyne Sexton

Bui Simon

Emily Sturman

Christopher E. Trede

Sheila J. Triplett

Deborah B. Wood



Honorary Trustees

Charlene Barnette

Joseph D. Barnette

Kenneth W. Burow

Mary “Majie” J. Failey

Philip C. Genetos

David W. Gray

Scott A. Jones

Philip S. Kappes

Catherine W. Lawson

John C. Lechleiter

Cordelia M. Lewis-Burks

Lloyd C. Lyons

William F. McConnell Jr.

James H. Naus

Gerald W. Paul

George H. Rawls

Thomas E. Reilly Jr.

Robert H. Reynolds

Yvonne H. Shaheen

Jack R. Shaw

Deborah J. Simon

Susanne Sogard

Hans W. Steck

Fay H. Williams


Affiliate Representatives

Guild President through March 2019:

Liz Sewell


Guild Vice-President  and

Incoming Guild President Effective April 1, 2020:

Katy Quigley


City of Indianapolis:

Lindsey Rabinowitch