2021 Board Members
Executive Committee

Thomas CrosbyChair

Terrian C. BarnesVice Chair

Fred BieseckerSecretary

Ashley Christie, Treasurer

Kip TewRelocation/Facilities Committee Chair

KimAnn SchultzGovernance Committee Chair

Julia WhiteheadFounder and CEO

Board of Directors

William Rodney Allen, Ph.D.Retired Faculty, Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts
Terrian C. Barnes, Principal/Owner, Fe-smart LLC
Fred Biesecker, General Counsel, Indianapolis-Marion County City-County Council, Retired
Chris Cecil Jr., Business Development Manager, Visit Indy
Ashley Christie, Director, Katz, Sapper & Miller

Thomas Crosby, Eli Lilly & Co

David Jose, Partner, SmithAmundsen LLC

Gregory Kuhn, Vice-President, First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust

Reed Levine, MD, Synovation Medical Group

KimAnn Schultz, Writer/Illustrator and Arts Advocate

Joyce SommersPresident and Executive Director Emeritus, Indianapolis Art Center
Kip Tew, Partner, Ice Miller
Mark Vonnegut, M.D., MVPediatrics
Julia Whitehead, Founder and CEO of Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library
Mitzi Witchger, Community Arts Advocate
Mike Rubin, IT Consulting, Director at Soget

Founders Circle

Kenan Farrell, KLF Legal

Mark Lakshmanan, MD, Physician, Eli Lilly and Co.

Marc Leeds, Ph.D., Researcher, Writer, Lecturer

Honorary Board
Advisory Board

Lewis Black, Author, Actor, Humorist
Linda Ellerbee, Journalist, Author, Producer
Shelly Fitzgerald, Arts Advocate
Michael Moore, Filmmaker
Tim O’Brien, Author and veteran
Sidney Offit, Author
Kevin Schehr, Judge and Vonnegut Book Collector
Daniel Simon, Publisher of Seven Stories Press
Edith VonnegutArtist and Daughter of Kurt Vonnegut
Nanny Vonnegut, Artist, Writer, and Daughter of Kurt Vonnegut
Daniel Wakefield, Author

Zach Adamson, Indianapolis/Marion County City-County Council District 17
Bill Briscoe, Historian for KVML and Delta Upsilon International Fraternity
Terry Burns, Communications Consultant
John Cimasko
Mary Jane Failey
Chris Gahl, Visit Indy
Daniel Griffith
,Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
David Hoppe
, NUVO Newsweekly
Jason Kelly, Ph.D., Director, Arts and Humanities Institute, IUPUI
Jim McDonald, JP Morgan
Rai Peterson, Associate Professor of English – Ball State University
Kelly Pfledderer
, Founder of Apparatus
Daniel Sease
, Vice President, National Bank of Indianapolis
Christopher Stack
, Retired Bone-Setter
Kevin M. Toner
, Partner, Baker & Daniels, LLP
Magnus Toren
, Director, Henry Miller Library
Sam Van Aken
, Artist, Associate Professor at Syracuse University
Steve Campbell
, Vice President of Communications, Colts
Hugh Vandivier
, Wabash College
Scott Vonnegut
, Architect, Kurt Vonnegut’s Nephew

Legal Counsel

David Jose, Partner, SmithAmundsen LLC

Mike Schultz, Partner, Parr Richey Frandsen Patterson Kruse

We would like to acknowledge our board members who have passed away but played an important role in this organization:
Donald Farber
Andy Jacobs Jr.
Gil Holmes
Morley Safer
Howard Zinn