Behind the Prize
Meet the Community Leaders Making
a Difference for Wildlife

Behind the Prize

About

The Indianapolis Prize could not exist without the hours of contributions from the people behind the Prize. The various committees are composed of dedicated and talented individuals who have combined their expertise to create a program with a significant international impact.

Honorary Chairs
  • JANE ALEXANDER

    Internationally known and multiple award winning actor and environmentalist Jane Alexander has been involved with the Indianapolis Prize since the first Prize Gala in 2006, which she emceed. She was joined in that task at the 2008 Prize Gala by her good friend, actor and fellow environmentalist Sam Waterston. Alexander, known for her outstanding performances on stage, film and television, is a passionate supporter of the arts (she formerly served as chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts) and of nature (she formerly served as Commissioner of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation for the State of New York). She is dedicated to the preservation of wildlife and her support of the Indianapolis Prize has been significant and generous. The inaugural Jane Alexander Global Wildlife Ambassador Award was presented to its namesake in recognition of her decades-long commitment as a voice and champion for species.

  • CHRISTEL DEHAAN*

    Christel DeHaan is an accomplished businesswoman, philanthropist and community leader who has contributed to a wide range of charitable causes. DeHaan founded the Christel House International in 1998 as a way to help orphaned and abandoned children in developing countries. DeHaan is known for her generosity when it comes to the city of Indianapolis. She has served on a number of local boards that support the city. She has contributed to philanthropic causes such as the Indiana Symphony Society and the Midwest Entrepreneurial Education Centre. Thorough her accomplishments, she has earned numerous awards and recognition. DeHaan also holds three doctorate degrees from Marian University, the University of Indianapolis and the University of Nottingham, England. DeHaan dedicates much of her time today to the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation.

     

    *deceased

  • HARRISON FORD

    Well known actor and conservationist, activist Harrison Ford has served on the board of Conservation International for more than 10 years. Conservation International is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C., that seeks to protect Earth’s biodiversity “hotspots,” high-biodiversity wilderness areas, as well as important marine regions around the globe. The group is also known for its partnerships with local non-governmental organizations and indigenous peoples. Ford has received numerous environmental awards, including the 2002 Global Environmental Citizen Award from Harvard Medical School. Among his many memorable film roles are as Han Solo in Star Wars, the Indiana Jones trilogy, Witness, The Fugitive, Air Force One and Regarding Henry. He received the 2018 Jane Alexander Global Wildlife Ambassador Award.

  • GILBERT M. GROSVENOR

    The legendary Gilbert Grosvenor is chairman of the National Geographic Society’s Education Foundation and is a member of the Society’s board of trustees. Grosvenor was president of National Geographic from 1980 to 1996, the fifth generation of his family to have served in that position. In 1975, Grosvenor created National Geographic World (now National Geographic Kids), a monthly magazine for children. In 1985 he launched an effort to improve geography education in the nation’s classrooms. The Society’s Geography Education Outreach division and its local partners have invested more than $110 million in improving geography in America’s K-12 schools. In June 2004 Grosvenor received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

  • CARL HIAASEN

    Born and raised in Plantation, Florida (near Fort Lauderdale), Carl graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in journalism. After two years as a reporter for Cocoa Today out of Cocoa, Florida, he joined the Miami Herald in 1976, where he still works. From 1979 he turned to investigative journalism, concentrating on construction and property development – exposing schemes to destroy Florida’s natural beauty. Eventually, in the 1980s, he embarked on a career as a novelist. He co-wrote three thrillers with fellow-journalist Bill Montalbano – Powder Burn (1981), Trap Line (1981), and A Death in China (1986). After Montalbano became a foreign correspondent, Hiaasen wrote his first book, Tourist Season (1986) – introducing many of his distinctive styles and themes. Hiaasen’s fiction mirrors his concerns as a journalist and Floridian. His novels have been classified as “environmental thrillers” and are usually found on the crime shelves in bookshops, although they can just as well be read as mainstream satires of contemporary life.

  • SIGOURNEY WEAVER

    Since her starring role as primatologist Dian Fossey in the 1988 film “Gorillas in the Mist,” Weaver has been an advocate for the mountain gorillas of Rwanda and serves as honorary chair of The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International. In addition to her work with gorillas, Weaver earned further credibility as she joined other conservationists at the United Nations General Assembly in 2006 to call for a moratorium on high-seas bottom trawling and narrated the National Resources Defense Council’s “Acid Test,” a documentary exploring ocean acidification and its effects on key species in the food chain. Weaver continues to take roles that exemplify conservation action, including narrating BBC’s hit TV series “Planet Earth” and playing Dr. Grace Augustine in James Cameron’s 2009 blockbuster “Avatar.” Her involvement in conservation has earned several honors, including the Explorer’s Club Communication Award, Audubon’s Rachel Carson Award and in 2016 the Jane Alexander Global Wildlife Ambassador Award.

  • E.O. WILSON, Ph.D.

    One of the world’s most distinguished scientists, biologist E.O. Wilson is a professor and honorary curator in entomology at Harvard. In 1975, he published Sociobiology: The New Synthesis, a work that described social behavior, from ants to humans. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University, where he taught from 1956. Recognized as the world’s leading authority on ants, he discovered their use of pheromone for communication and wrote, The Insect Societies (1971) which was the definitive treatment of the subject. He won the 1978 Pulitzer Prize for, On Human Nature, where he explored sociobiology’s implications in regard to human aggression, sexuality, and ethics. With Bert Hölldobler he wrote the major study, The Ants (1990, Pulitzer Prize.) In, The Diversity of Life (1992) he examined how the world’s species became diverse and the massive extinctions caused by 20th-century human activities. In, Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge (1998) he proposed that all of existence can be organized and understood in accordance with a few fundamental natural laws.

Indianapolis Prize Executive Committee - Chairs
  • Daniel C. Appel - Non-Executive Board Chair, Gregory & Appel Insurance

    Dan has more than 25 years’ experience in the insurance industry and is the fourth generation in his family to lead Gregory & Appel Insurance. Dan oversees some of the agency’s largest accounts, drawing on his extensive understanding of insurance and risk management. Dan is widely respected for his considerable community involvement with organizations such as Noble of Indiana and the Indianapolis Museum of Art. A Certified Insurance Counselor, Dan holds an Indiana Agents License. He earned his B.S. in finance from Indiana University.

  • Anne Nobles, MA, JD — Retired Senior Vice President of Enterprise Risk Management and Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, Eli Lilly and Co.

    Anne Nobles retired from Eli Lilly and Company after a 22-year career, where she last served as the Senior VP, Enterprise Risk Management and Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer.  She holds a B.A. and M.A. in archaeology from Harvard University and a J.D.  from Georgetown University Law School. Currently, Anne serves as vice chair of the Board of Directors of Citizens Energy Group and member and former chair of the Board of Directors of Indiana University Health.   She is co-chair of the Indianapolis Prize, the world’s leading award for animal conservation and a member and former chair of the board of trustees of the Indiana chapter of The Nature Conservancy.  She is a member of the Committee of 200, an invitation-only membership organization of the world’s most successful women business leaders.  Anne was named among the “Most Influential Women in Indianapolis” by the Indianapolis Business Journal and the “Top 15 Women in Pharma” by Fierce Pharma. Anne lives with her husband, David Johnson, in Indianapolis.

  • Myrta J. Pulliam - Indianapolis Zoo Trustee

    Myrta Pulliam is the Chair of the Indianapolis Prize Executive Committee and was part of the group who created the award in 2006. She also serves on the board of the Indianapolis Zoological Society, Inc. Pulliam’s philanthropic work spans local and global efforts, from conservation to investigative journalism. Following in footsteps of both her father and grandfather, she pursued roles at the Indianapolis Star newspaper, including being part of the Pulitzer Prize winning investigative team in 1975 and now as the director of special projects. With service throughout the Indianapolis community, Pulliam is also involved with the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Women’s Fund of Central Indiana, Depauw University, Queens University of Charlotte, Methodist Health Foundation and the Central Indiana Community Foundation.

Indianapolis Prize Executive Committee
  • Mary Clare Broadbent - Civic Volunteer

    Mary Clare Broadbent is currently Chair of the 500 Festival Foundation Board of Directors, and she serves on the Board of Governors of the Indianapolis Art Museum. . Extremely active in the community, Ms. Broadbent has also served on the boards of the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Park Tudor School, the Junior League of Indianapolis, the Civic Theatre, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Advisory Board of the Indianapolis Women’s Magazine, the Foundation Board of St. Vicnent’s Hospital and the Christamore Aid Society. She co-chaired the inaugural Zoobilation event at the Indianapolis Zoo and the National Figure Skating Championships, as well as chairing the opening and closing ceremonies of the Pan American Games, all in Indianapolis.

  • Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. - President, Purdue University

    Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. became the 12th president of Purdue University in January 2013, at the conclusion of his second term as Governor of the State of Indiana.He was elected as the 49th governor of Indiana in 2004 and was reelected in 2008. He came from a successful career in business and government and held various top management positions in both private and public sectors. He worked as the CEO of the Hudson Institute and President of Eli Lily and Company’s North American Pharmaceutical Operations. He also served as Chief of Staff to Senator Richard Lugar, Senior Advisor to President Ronald Reagan and Director of the Office of Management and Budget for President George W. Bush. During his first term as Indiana Governor, Daniels spearheaded reforms aimed at improving state government performance. In 2005 he led the state to its first balance budget in 8 years and in 2011, he helped guide Indiana to pass the most sweeping education reforms in the country. He received The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation’s Inaugural Medal for Distinguished Served to Education for his efforts to reform education in 2010.In March 2011, Daniels was a recipient of the Wetland Conservation Achievement Award and the 2011 Friend of the Family Award from the Indiana Family Institute. In 2012 the Manhattan Institute presented him with the Alexander Hamilton Award. He has also received awards for his efforts in conservation, and strengthening of American institutions. He was asked in 2013 to co-chair a National Research Council committee to review U.S. human spaceflight programs, and was elected in March to the board of Energy Systems Network. Daniels is also an author, and earned his bachelor’s degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University in 1971, and a law degree from Georgetown University in 1979.

  • James M. Danko - President, Butler University

    In 2011, James Danko became the twenty-first president of Butler University. Prior to academia, he was an entrepreneur in Cleveland, Ohio. At age 19, he founded a medical equipment company, which was later expanded to a health-care and fitness provider. Danko taught entrepreneurship and held leadership roles with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Babson College and the University of Michigan. He served as the associate dean at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, and dean of Villanova School of Business. Through his first year as president of Butler, Danko has helped to establish the Butler Innovation Fund, and has led multiple institutional changes, including efforts to achieve net climate neutrality and athletic transitions. He has been an active participant in the global dialogue on higher education, and served as a founding board member and president of the MBA Roundtable, a member of the international board of the Graduate Management Admission Council, and has worked with political and corporate leaders to strengthen program opportunities for minority business owners. He received his bachelor’s degree in religious studies from John Carroll University and his master of business administration with high honors at the University of Michigan.

  • Lori Efroymson-Aguilera - Philanthropist

    In 1998, Lori Efroymson-Aguilera and her late husband, Dan, established the Efroymson Family Fund with a $90 million gift. Since Dan’s death in 1999, Lori and their two children, Jeremy and Elissa, have continued the family’s philanthropic tradition by providing support to charitable organizations throughout Indianapolis, the state of Indiana, and across the U.S. The Efroymson Family Fund, part of the Central Indiana Community Foundation, is one of the largest donor-advised funds in the United States, awarding more than $60 million to not-for-profit organizations. The Fund continues a long legacy of charitable commitment by the Efroymson family in Central Indiana. For 80 years, three generations – Gustave, Robert and Dan – served without interruption on The Indianapolis Foundation Board of Trustees. The family’s grant-making focus has been to improve the viability of Indianapolis and provide funds for the welfare of the disadvantaged; the natural environment; historic preservation; and the well-being of the Jewish people. Lori continues the tradition alongside her husband, the former Mexican Consul to Indianapolis, Sergio Aguilera. Lori Efroymson-Aguilera received her Bachelor of Science in Social Studies Education from Florida State University.

  • Daniel J. Elsener - President, Marian University

    Daniel Elsener became the eighth president of Marian University (formerly Marian College) on August 1, 2001. His academic preparation for his life in educational leadership began with a bachelor’s degree in political science from Nebraska Wesleyan University, a master’s degree in education administration from the University of Nebraska, and other graduate level work from Kansas State University, Washburn University, Wichita State University, Kansas Newman University, St. Meinrad, and various other programs continuing education programs. Prior to serving at Marian University, Elsener served as a teacher; high school principal; superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Wichita in Kansas; Secretary/Executive Director for Stewardship and Development and Secretary/Executive Director, Office of Catholic Education for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis; and just prior to Marian as Executive Director of the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation and Project E Indiana. In addition to serving on the Marian University Board of Trustees, Elsener has been asked to serve as a member – and in some cases as chair – of many community boards and executive committees. Currently, he serves on the following boards: Chairman of St. Vincent Health (a $3 billion healthcare organization), Indianapolis Power & Light Company, Indiana Chamber, Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee and Executive Committee, Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities and Executive Committee, The Indiana Academy, Council of Presidents for the Crossroads League, Council of Presidents for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, Independent Colleges of Indiana, Center for Leadership Development, Teach For America, and Orchard School (Governors). In all of these roles, Elsener has developed a reputation of being committed to improving education for all children, young adults, and adult learners. He is committed to raising funds for disadvantaged students, one of the highlights of his service. In addition, he is committed to programs that advance the academic achievement through better teacher and principal preparedness.

  • Suzanne M. Fehsenfeld - Founder of ESCAPE Foundation, Inc. & Mara Elephant Project

    Suzanne Fehsenfeld founded ESCAPE Foundation, Inc. in 2011 from her passion for wildlife conservation with a global vision. Her frequent African travels to the Maasai Mara inspired ESCAPE’s first boots on the ground initiative, Mara Elephant Project, which she founded to protect the region’s African elephants. Suzanne possesses both a global and local lens. Her commitment to wildlife conservation prevails globally through her work with Tusk Trust and Stop Ivory and in Indiana as a founder member of the Indianapolis Zoo.

  • Anton H. George - Owner, Vision Investments, LLC

    Tony George has had the privilege of serving many of Indiana’s great institutions in the past 25 years. In addition to serving as President and CEO, he has been a member of the board of Hulman & Company and its subsidiaries, including the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He serves on the boards of Vectren Corporation, First Financial Corporation, Deep Vein Coal Company, Princeton Mining Company, and R.J. Oil Company. A native of Terre Haute, he serves on the Foundation Board of his Alma Mater, Indiana State University, and the Board of Trustees of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, as well as on the boards of the Riley Children’s Foundation and the United States Auto Club. Mr. George has been honored with a Sagamore of the Wabash, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce’s Business Leader of the Year Award, the Autosport Pioneering & Innovation Award, and the Formula One Constructors Association Award. He and his wife Laura live in Indianapolis. They have three children and five grandchildren.

  • Joseph H. Hogsett - Mayor, City of Indianapolis

    Mayor Joe Hogsett is a lifelong Hoosier and has deep roots in Indianapolis. He has lived and worked in the city for more than three decades and serves as the 49th mayor of Indianapolis. Before taking office in 2016, he served as Indiana’s Secretary of State and United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indianapolis. Mayor Hogsett is a former federal prosecutor and focuses on preventing crime, protecting taxpayers and creating opportunities for working families. He is dedicated to investing city resources back into neighborhoods. Mayor Hogsett earned both his law degree and undergraduate degree from Indiana University and graduate degrees from Butler University and the Christian Theological Seminary.

  • Sean L. Huddleston, Ph.D. - President, Martin University

    Sean L. Huddleston began his presidency as Martin University’s 5th president on March 25, 2019. Dr. Huddleston’s entire career in higher education has been focused on leading institutional efforts that create conditions of success for nontraditional students and those who have been historically underrepresented and underserved. Prior to joining Martin University, Dr. Huddleston served as the inaugural Vice President and Chief Equity & Inclusion Officer for the University of Indianapolis. In this role, Dr. Huddleston led system-wide efforts that enhanced institutional excellence through the design, implementation, and assessment of institutional diversity, inclusion, and equity initiatives.

    Dr. Huddleston held similar roles at Framingham State University and Grand Valley State University and has taught various courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

    Dr. Huddleston’s educational experiences have focused on non-traditional, adult learners in higher education. As a returning adult student, he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree (B.A.) from Siena Heights University. He later earned a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree in Adult and Higher Education and an Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) in Leadership degree from Grand Valley University. Dr. Huddleston completed his doctorate in Community College Leadership at Ferris State University. Dr. Huddleston has also received professional certifications from Cornell University and Dartmouth College.

  • Robert L. Manuel, Ph.D. – President, University of Indianapolis

    Robert Manuel has served as the president of UIndy since 2012, where he spearheaded a comprehensive strategic planning process, Vision 2030. He’s worked to identify initiatives to drive the University toward excellence and distinction by focusing on three areas: the student experience and engagement; faculty/staff excellence; and community involvement and engagement.

    President Manuel recently completed a term on the editorial advisory board for the Continuing Higher Education Review, and was appointed to a two-year term on the national advisory board of the University Professional & Continuing Education Association. His leadership has helped unite faculty, students and community members. His initiatives have resulted in stronger financial stability, increased retention and better graduation rates.

    President Manuel has a bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science from Allegheny College, a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from Syracuse University and a doctorate in Higher Education Administration from New York University. He was a higher education administrator, first at New York University and then Georgetown, where he went on to be associate provost and dean of the School of Continuing Studies.

  • Michael S. Maurer, J.D. - Chairman of the Board, The National Bank of Indianapolis

    Mickey’s career as an attorney and entrepreneur has included cable television, film production, radio broadcasting, newspaper publishing and banking. An Indianapolis native, Mickey attended the University of Colorado and graduated with a B.S. in accounting. He serves on the Board of Visitors of the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado. Mickey attended Indiana University School of Law where he received a J.D. in 1967. In 2008, the school was renamed Indiana University Maurer School of Law. He is admitted to both the New York and the Indiana Bars. Mickey serves as Chairman of the Board of IBJ Media, which owns the Indianapolis Business Journal, Court and Commercial Record, and The Indiana Lawyer. Mickey serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of The National Bank of Indianapolis, a financial institution he founded in 1993. In 2001, Mickey established “Mickey’s Camp,” a charitable endeavor that has raised more than $1,000,000 for Central Indiana charities. In 2005, Mickey was named President of the Indiana Economic Development Corp., and in 2006, Mickey served as Indiana Secretary of Commerce. Mickey enjoys leadership through active participation as a director of numerous businesses, civic, education and philanthropic organizations.

  • D. Mark McCoy, Ph.D. - Managing Partner, Princeton Entertainment Group

    Mark McCoy is a multi-talented composer, conductor, coach, and leader in higher education. He currently serves as Managing Partner of Princeton Entertainment Group and as Senior Advisor to President Gordon Gee of West Virginia University.   Prior to these roles, he served as President of DePauw University, dean of the DePauw University School of Music, music executive of Shepherd University and CEO of MusicFirst Festivals. A prolific and successful fundraiser, he closed the largest campaign in Great Lakes College Association history ($382 million). Under his leadership, DePauw’s School of Music completely reinvented itself—launching the bold 21st-Century Musician Initiative, a complete re-imagining of the modern-day music school. At Shepherd, he tripled the size of the student body and garnered invitations to perform around the world including the Montreux Jazz Festival and Carnegie Hall.  He has been invited to speak throughout the country and is a sought-after executive coach. His work in the community has had meaningful impact in every assignment and his town/gown efforts are praised by elected officials, community leaders and the public at large.

    With degrees from Shepherd College, the Peabody Conservatory and Texas Tech University, his diverse educational background makes him a firm believer in and product of both the professional school and the liberal arts tradition. As a conductor, Dr. McCoy has performed in Spain, Ireland, Italy, Switzerland, France, England, Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic as well as throughout the US including Carnegie Hall and the White House. Dr. McCoy has composed a symphony, an opera, operettas, musicals, and many instrumental works and is currently revising his novel, Curtain Music, concerning the relationship of Brahms and the Schumanns.

  • Michael A. McRobbie, D.Sc. - President, Indiana University

    Michael A. McRobbie became Indiana University’s eighteenth president on July 1, 2007, and is responsible for IU’s eight-campus system, which has a total budget of around $3 billion and over 7,000 faculty, 11,000 staff, and 115,000 students. As president, McRobbie has set out a vision for IU that stresses and reaffirms IU’s fundamental mission of excellence in research and teaching. In addition to serving as IU’s top administrator, President McRobbie is a professor of computer science and holds appointments in a variety of other areas in departments on both the IU Bloomington and Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis campuses. He has been an active researcher in computer science and logic over his career. He has been principal investigator on numerous large grants from agencies such as the National Science Foundation, has published a number of books, and has served on editorial boards and conference committees. In 1996, he co-founded the Asian Pacific Advanced Network, a high-performance computer network for the research and education community in the Asia-Pacific region. More recently he was appointed as an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia, one of that nation’s highest honors, and elected an honorary member of the Australian Academy of Humanities. In addition to his duties as president, McRobbie serves on several outside committees and organizations. He isa member and former chair of the Board of Trustees of Internet2 and chair of the Board of Directors of the Digital Preservation Network. He is a member and former chair of the Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors, and a member of the National Security Higher Education Advisory Board, and a member and former chair of University Research Associates, which is responsible for Fermi Lab. In 2014, McRobbie received the Anti-Defamation League’s “Man of Achievement Award,” which recognizes individuals who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to community, justice and equal opportunity for all and in 2015, the Australian National University honored him as Alumnus of the Year.

  • Samuel L. Odle, FACHE - Senior Policy Advisor, Bose Public Affairs Group, LLC

    Sam Odle most recently served as the chief operating officer of Indianapolis-based IU Health and held the position of CEO of both Methodist Hospital and University Hospital. He retired in July 2012 after a career that started as vice president of operations at Methodist Hospital in 1981. As senior policy adviser at the Bose Public Affairs Group, Odle works with clients on a variety of public policy issues that will include health care and the life sciences. Active in the community, Odle is involved with numerous organizations including the Boy Scouts of America and the United Way of Central Indiana. In 2008, Odle served as chairman of the United Way fundraising campaign which raised nearly $39 million. He has been recognized on several occasions for both his professional and community service. In 2011, Odle received the prestigious Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee “Charles L. Whistler Award” for his visionary and enthusiastic leadership in serving the community and also his success in bringing together the public and private sectors for civic improvement in Indianapolis. Odle was inducted into the Indiana Business Hall of Fame in 2007.

  • Kerry N. Prather - President, Franklin College

    Kerry Prather serves as President of Franklin College.

    Over the duration of his 37-year Franklin College career, Prather has served as assistant dean of students, associate director of admissions, acting vice president for enrollment management and acting vice president for administration. For much of his career, he has served in executive leadership positions, including as a Cabinet officer in four administrations. Prather was named Acting President in January 2020.

    He joined the Franklin College staff in 1982 as the assistant men’s basketball coach and was promoted to head coach the following year. He was named Director of Athletics in 1989. Under his leadership, Franklin College expanded athletic opportunities for students to the current level of 21 intercollegiate sports and upgraded and built new athletic facilities throughout the campus.

    In November 2018, Prather achieved his 500th career coaching victory. In total, he has guided the Grizzlies to five conference championships, four league tournament titles, five appearances in the NCAA Division III national tournament and one in the NAIA national tournament.

    He is a graduate of Indiana University with an undergraduate degree in English and a master’s degree in education. In 1999, he was named an associate alumnus of Franklin College in recognition of his longtime service and contributions.

     

  • Jeffrey H. Smulyan, J.D. - Chairman of the Board, EMMIS Communications Corporation

    Jeffrey H. Smulyan serves as Chairman of the Board of Emmis Communications Corporation, an Indianapolis–based radio, TV and magazine publishing company. A cum laude graduate of the University of Southern California with a B.A. in History and Telecommunications, Smulyan earned a J. D. from USC School of Law. Smulyan formed and became principal shareholder of Emmis in 1980. A public company since 1994, Emmis owns and operates 20 FM and 2 AM radio stations in the nation’s largest markets; six local, regional and national magazine operations; and radio stations in Slovakia and Bulgaria. A former director of the National Association of Broadcasters and former Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Radio Advertising Bureau, Mr. Smulyan sits on the Board of Trustees of the University of Southern California. He is a member of numerous civic boards and committees. He received the American Women in Radio and Television’s Star Award in 1994 and the Entrepreneur of the Year Award from Ernst & Young the following year. In 1994, Smulyan was named by The White House to head the U.S. Delegation to the Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunications Union. As a United States Ambassador, he represented the U.S. in various bilateral meetings, negotiating a landmark agreement between Israel and the PLO. In 2004, he was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame. Among many other honors, Smulyan has received the State of Indiana’s “Sagamore of the Wabash” and was inducted into the Indiana Business Hall of Fame.

  • Pete S. Ward - Vice President, Operating Officer, Indianapolis Colts

    Pete Ward has been a part of the Indianapolis Colts since a 1981 internship with the team’s public relations department. He graduated from the University or Virginia in 1982 and was then hired as the club’s administrative assistant. In March 1984 he was promoted to director of operations, and was named vice president in 1997. Ward was able to serve as the point-person on both the design and construction of Lucas Oil Stadium. He also served as the team’s liaison for Super Bowl XLVI. He was named chairman of Indiana University’s Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center in 2012. Ward also serves as a board member to the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Indiana Convention and Visitors Association, and the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce.

  • Lori S. White, Ph.D. - President, DePauw University

    Lori S. While is the 21st President of DePauw University. Most recently, she was the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and a Professor of Practice at Washington University in St. Louis. At DePauw, she also holds the rank of professor of education. She is the first woman and the first person of color to serve as DePauw’s president.

    Dr. White has spent 30 years working in higher education. Prior to her arrival at Washington University she served as the Vice President for Student Affairs and clinical professor of education at Southern Methodist University, and has also worked at the University of Southern California, Stanford, Georgetown and San Diego State Universities, and University of California, Irvine.

    Dr. White is active nationally in several higher education organizations and has served on the Board of Directors for the Association for Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) and for the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Foundation. In 2009 she was named a Pillar of the Profession by NASPA. Dr. White was chair of the NASPA Board of Directors for 2016-2017.

    Dr. White’s areas of emphasis in research and teaching include the student experience in higher education and the preparation and mentorship of new, mid-level and aspiring senior student affairs professionals. She is the author of a number of articles and book chapters and has presented widely at professional meetings.

    Born and raised in San Francisco, CA., Dr. White earned her undergraduate degree in psychology and English from the University of California, Berkeley and a Ph.D. from Stanford University in education administration and policy analysis, with emphasis in higher education. She also participated in Harvard University’s Management and Leadership in Education Program.

Daniel C. Appel Non-Executive Board Chair, Gregory & Appel Insurance
Teri Baker Indianapolis Prize Program Manager,  Indianapolis Zoological Society, Inc.
Karen E. Burns Executive Vice President, Indianapolis Zoological Society, Inc.
Amy Kerrick Executive Assistant, Indianapolis Zoological Society, Inc.
Laura Mays Director of Special Events, Mays Entertainment LLC
Liz Mok Special Events Manager, Indianapolis Zoological Society, Inc.
Anne Nobles, MA, JD Retired Senior Vice President of Enterprise Risk Management and Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, Eli Lilly and Co.
Alie Pflum Conservation Public Relations Specialist, Indianapolis Zoological Society, Inc.
Myrta J. Pulliam 
Indianapolis Zoo Trustee
Michele Schilten Director of Education, Indianapolis Zoological Society, Inc.
Robert W. Shumaker, Ph.D.
President & CEO, Indianapolis Zoological Society, Inc.

Rebecca Hutton Leadership Indianapolis
John Ketzenberger The Nature Conservancy
Michele Schilten Indianapolis Zoological Society, Inc.
Susan Williams Community Leader

Catherine A. Langham Langham Logistics, Inc.
Mark D. Miles Hulman & Co.

Kristi Lee The BOB & TOM Show
Matt Mays 
Mays Entertainment LLC
Laura Mays Mays Entertainment LLC
D. Mark McCoy, Ph.D. Princeton Entertainment Group
Johnny Moore Markey’s
Patrick Rhoda Markey’s
Adam Rife Markey’s

Elizabeth Ahlgrim Community Volunteer
Kristin Kraemer Indianapolis Zoological Society, Inc.
Rick Schonberg Community Volunteer

Kate Appel Community Leader
Jennifer Barker Indianapolis Zoological Society, Inc.
Brian Benak JW Marriott
Mary Clare Broadbent Community Leader
Weezie (Louise) Combs 
Community Leader
Deborah J. Daniels Kraig Devault
Cheri Dick Community Leader
Nancy Elder Community Leader
Suzie Fehsenfeld Globe Foundation
Claire Fiddian-Green Richard M. Fairbanks
Kelly Griese Global Center for Species Survival
Nancy Hunt Community Leader
Lauren Julian Indianapolis Zoological Society, Inc.
Blake Koriath
High Alpha
Mike Marker VOX Global
Lisa McKinney, J.D. Bose McKinney & Evans LLP
Judy Palermo Indianapolis Zoological Society, Inc.
Emily Sandberg VOX Global
April Sasso 
Community Leader
Roxane Shriver Community Leader
Robert W. Shumaker, Ph.D. Indianapolis Zoological Society, Inc.
Lauren Sparkman Community Leader
Douglas L. Tillman Community Leader
Annie Wells 
Community Leader
Mike Wells REI Real Estate Services, LLC