A program designed to enhance the leadership skills of more than two dozen young professionals has announced its 2013 class. This year's Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series will include central Indiana participants from industries including tourism, technology and health care. July 15, 2013

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Twenty-five young professionals will become more effective community leaders as they learn about the needs and issues facing central Indiana as members of Class XXXVIII of the Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series (SKL).

The series each year selects 25 individuals to participate in this highly competitive program, which seeks to expand the ranks of community leaders by teaching and motivating members to address the needs of the Indianapolis region.

Class members are chosen because of their significant community involvement and professional achievement; their demonstrated interest in community issues; a record of participation and achievement in voluntary community activities; and their willingness to expand their leadership role in the community.

“With their application to become members of this SKL class, these young professionals expressed their passion for making central Indiana the best it can be and making themselves the best leaders they can be,” said Linda Kirby, SKL Program Director. “Our community is fortunate to have the services of this new generation of leaders, and we're confident that the class members will benefit from participating in this proven program.”

Sam Odle has been named the Moderator for SKL Class XXXVIII. Sam is currently a Senior Policy Adviser for Bose Public Affairs Group, former COO of IU Health and CEO of both Methodist Hospital and University Hospital, and current IPS Board Member and Board Chair for the United Way of Central Indiana. To ensure that the series is timely and topical, each class's moderator identifies aspects of broad economic and societal issues that are specific to central Indiana for the class to study.

“I am honored to be the moderator of SKL's 38th class, which allows me to personally give back to the community with gratitude for the lessons I've learned throughout my career,” said Odle. “This class is being organized at a very critical time in our community. We can point to our many successes and be proud, but there is also a growing concern about what we, as a community, must do to reduce the chronic problems our community faces. These SKL participants are some of the future leaders that will have to find the answers.”

Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series Class XXVIII Roster

Sam Odle, Moderator

Scenario Adebsin

Sr. VP, Community Development

Fifth Third Bank

Jessica Barth

VP of Legal Affairs & Chief Counsel

Wishard Health Services

Brad Beaubein

Director, College of Architecture & Planning, Indianapolis Center

Ball State University

Andrew Black

Grants Officer

Central Indiana Community Foundation

Mitch Frazier

VP, Marketing & Global Communications


Chris Gahl

VP of Marketing & Communications

Visit Indy

Lt. Col. Shawn Gardner

Recruiting & Retention Battalion Commander

Indiana National Guard

Grant Goldman

Director of Business Development

Pepper Construction

Afia Griffith

Director, Community Development & Health Improvement

St. Vincent Health

Chris Herndon

VP of Marketing & Communications

United Way of Central Indiana

Emily Krueger

Chief of Staff

LDI, Ltd.

Katie Meister Vicars

Account Management Executive


Lawren Mills

Of Counsel

Ice Miller Strategies

Jessica Moore

Immigrant Outreach Specialist

The Indianapolis Public Library

David Morgan

President & Owner

Senior Home Companions

Matthew Morgan

Associate Attorney

Barnes & Thornburg LLP

Ryan Puckett


two21 LLC

Ryan Rothacker

VP, Asset Management

Duke Realty

Jason Shelley

Executive Director

American Institute of Architects, Indpls. Chapter

John Shertzer

Chief Programs Officer

Kiwanis International

Tanya Sovinski

Director of Development

Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

Julia Whitehead

Executive Director

Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library

Kristal Williams

Asst. Professor of Pharmacy Practice / Faculty Director, BU Community Outreach Pharmacy

Butler University

Jeffrey Wilson

Consultant, Strategy & Operations

Eli Lilly and Company

Jeremiah Wise

Treasurer & Director of Investments

Indianapolis Airport Authority

Class XXXVIII will meet monthly from September through June. Participants will interact with local leaders, professional experts and community decision makers to discuss issues such as the region's quality of life, education and economic development.

For more details, visit www.SKLIndy.com.

About the Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series

Formed in 1976, SKL informs and motivates emerging leaders and raises their awareness of community issues and sense of community trusteeship through discussions and interaction with experts, leaders and decision makers.

About the Indy Chamber

The Indy Chamber is the voice of progress and improvement for the Central Indiana business community. With membership of nearly 3,000 businesses representing 230,000 employees in Central Indiana, the Indy Chamber is leading the effort to strengthen the business climate, improve the state of education, revitalize neighborhoods and enhance the region's workforce. In 2012, the Indy Chamber merged with Indy Partnership, Develop Indy, and Business Ownership Initiative. For more information about the Indy Chamber, visit www.indychamber.com.

Source: The Indy Chamber

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