The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art recently appointed three business and community leaders to serve on its board of directors: Christopher Eck, Carla Leppert and Chris Trede.

Eck, an attorney, is senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of the athletic footwear retailer The Finish Line Inc. Previously he served as general counsel to General Nutrition Centers Inc. and corporate counsel to Dick’s Sporting Goods and was a partner in a law firm in Bend, Oregon.

Leppert is retired as a visual arts teacher at Cathedral High School, has served on the board of the Ruth Lilly Health Education Center Inc. and helped start an art therapy program at Riley Hospital for Children, among other community involvements.

Trede is senior vice president of American Funds Service Co. and general manager of the Indianapolis American Funds Service facility. He has been with the company for more than 25 years in various capacities and worked in Los Angeles and Indiana.

The Eiteljorg’s 33-member Board of Directors oversees the nonprofit museum’s finances and sets policy.

Eck, Leppert and Trede previously served on the museum’s board of advisors before their recent elevation to the board of directors. Meanwhile, eight community leaders with backgrounds in various fields were recently appointed to the board of advisors:

     • Mike Aguirre is a partner at Knall/Cohen Group and develops customized investment strategies.
     • Walter B. Fitzsimmons Jr., CPA, is a corporate finance professional with operating, investment banking and public accounting experience at several companies.
    • Jasmin French, attorney, is an associate in the Employee Benefits Group at Ice Miller LLP.
     • Patricia “Patty” Gibbs is a longtime civic leader and volunteer who worked as office manager at a dental practice and is co-chair of the Eiteljorg’s Quest for the West Art Show and Sale.
     • Suzanne “Susie” Tardy Maxwell retired last year as the Eiteljorg’s vice president of development; she is a certified fund-raising executive and previously served in development positions at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and Park Tudor School.
     • Robert Shortle is co-founder of investment banking firm Periculum Capital Co. and previously was president of the securities firm Huntington Capital Corp.
     • Judith Thomas is director of convention services at Visit Indy and previously served in positions at Emmis Communications and the National Federation of State High School Associations.
     • Barbara Lewis West is a broadcast journalist on “Inside INdiana Business” who hosted “Sound Medicine” and was a longtime television news anchor.

The 23-member Board of Advisors provides advice and counsel to the museum staff and directors.

The new appointments became effective July 1.

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