Meet Our Team & Board Members

Anya Aslanova

(She/Her)

PRESIDENT

317-925-4043, ext. 115
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Program Team

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Ploi Pagdalian

(She/Her)

Senior Director of Programs

Regions: Franklin Township, Decatur Township, Shelby County

317-925-4043, ext. 116
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Brent Aldrich

(He/Him)

pROGRAM DIRECTOR

Regions: IPS, Center, Perry Township, Warren Township, Lawrence Township, Boone County, Hancock County, Johnson County, Madison County, Morgan County

317-925-4043, ext. 123
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Angela Yetter

(She/Her)

Scheduling & pROGRAM DIRECTOR

Regions: Washington Township, Pike Township, Wayne Township, Hamilton County, Hendricks County, Northeast Region, All Unlisted Counties

317-925-4043, ext. 114
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Administrative Team

Clockwork Janz

(They/Them)

Director of ARTIST Programs

317-925-4043, ext. 113
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Jennifer Collins

(She/Her)

Director of DEVELOPMENT

317-925-4043, ext. 112
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Jeanette Huber

(She/Her)

ACCOUNTANT

317-925-4043, ext. 110
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Alisia Morales

(She/Her)

CONTROLLER

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Board of Directors

Susan Oliver

Board chair

SALESFORCE

Susan is a Staff Technical Writer for Salesforce, specializing in writing Marketing Cloud Trailhead content. Susan has a Bachelor of Science in Studio Art from New York University with a concentration in oil painting and cinema studies. For most of her career after college, she worked as a writer & video producer for a production company in Indianapolis. She then transitioned to working for Salesforce (formerly ExactTarget). She has spent several years in project and program management and just recently shifted to writing. Personally, she lives with her 3 cats and husband in the Broad Ripple area. She keeps busy through many hobbies, including baking, painting, and relearning how to play the piano. In addition to her work with Arts for Learning, she also volunteers for Girls Inc. and Pass the Torch.

Allison Meta

board tREASURER

chubb group

Allison joined the Indianapolis team of Chubb Group of Insurance Companies as the Vice President, Branch Manager in October 2003.  Her 20-year tenure with Chubb includes branch management and various roles in underwriting and marketing.  Previously, she served as the Southeast Regional Marketing Manager in Atlanta from 2000 to 2003. Allison started her Chubb career in the Birmingham, Alabama, office in 1994 after spending five years in underwriting and marketing positions with another property and casualty insurance carrier.  She is a graduate of Auburn University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing.

Todd Clevenger

board secretary

hamilton county

Todd is the Grants Administrator for Hamilton County where he helps evaluate the County’s grant readiness, identify grant opportunities, secure grant awards, manage grant projects and funds and ensure compliance with all grant requirements and regulations. During his career, Todd has served as a corporate marketing and communication executive as well as an outside consultant. His experience building, implementing and managing strategic marketing and communications strategies spans numerous industries including: healthcare, education, non-profit, government, finance and technology. Todd is a graduate of the Indiana University School of Journalism and holds a Masters in Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University. He and his wife Sue have two sons, Jonathan and Jordan, and live in Cicero.

Kate Appel

community volunteer

Susan is a Staff Technical Writer for Salesforce, specializing in writing Marketing Cloud Trailhead content. Susan has a Bachelor of Science in Studio Art from New York University with a concentration in oil painting and cinema studies. For most of her career after college, she worked as a writer & video producer for a production company in Indianapolis. She then transitioned to working for Salesforce (formerly ExactTarget). She has spent several years in project and program management and just recently shifted to writing. Personally, she lives with her 3 cats and husband in the Broad Ripple area. She keeps busy through many hobbies, including baking, painting, and relearning how to play the piano. In addition to her work with Arts for Learning, she also volunteers for Girls Inc. and Pass the Torch.

Alexander Basil Avtgis, JD

attorney

Alex was an elementary school teacher before ever attending law school. And, to this day, he still misses the classroom and the act of inspiring minds. After graduating from law and graduate schools in Bloomington, Ind., he moved to the Little Flower neighborhood in Indianapolis and has been a denizen of the Hoosier capital ever since. He works as an attorney. But, he still loves to hike trails, cook food, brew beer, laugh (hah!), read long books, and act silly with his significant othe

Teresa A. Baker, Ph.D. 

educator

Dr. Baker has been an educator for over 25 years and has served in a variety of positions: Elementary School Leader, Magnet Coordinator, Curriculum Facilitator and Teacher. She worked for IUPUI as a Field Supervisor in the School of Education. Teresa earned her BS and MS in Education from Butler University, MSM from Indiana Wesleyan University and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Indiana State University. Teresa is a long-time advocate for arts education in the daily lives of children. As a School Leader she partnered with Arts for Learning to provide children with enriched learning experiences. Dr. Baker has two adult children Mark Anthony Baker II an attorney and Garrett Christopher Baker an entrepreneur. She has a very supportive husband Mark Anthony Baker and two loving Munchkin cats Maison and Jules.

Kurt Green

axis

Kurt is lifetime resident of the Near Eastside of Indianapolis. He has two degrees from Ball State University, a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and a Master of Architecture. He works downtown as an architectural associate at studioAXIS, where he has enjoyed contributing to an eclectic lineup of projects ranging from fire stations to corporate office renovations. Outside of work, he spends his time teaching group fitness at the Athenaeum YMCA, spending time with his family, attending church and art functions at Redeemer Presbyterian and the Harrison Center, and watching movies with his roommates.

Bill Mahoney

Gregory & appel

Bill is the Vice President of Property & Casualty at Gregory & Appel. He was born and raised in Indianapolis and is a graduate of Cathedral High School. In hopes of a career in the business world, Bill attended Indiana University Bloomington and earned his degree in Marketing from the Kelley School of Business. With a passion for the arts, Bill also studied and received minors in Spanish and Music (General Studies). Prior to joining Gregory & Appel Insurance in 2018, Bill lived and worked for five years in Chicago for CNA Insurance as an underwriter. Upon moving back to Indianapolis, Bill began his career as an insurance agent at Gregory & Appel alongside his father and has not looked back. Bill and his wife Katie have settled down on the Northside of Indianapolis. Outside of work, Bill looks to be involved in the community whenever possible, and, as a graduate of the United Way Leadership United program, has had the opportunity to see firsthand the amazing work of nonprofits in our city. With a passion for fitness, Bill enjoys competing in triathlon racing and distance sports, but Bill’s favorite activity is simply being with family and friends.

Susan Gran Michal

children’s museum of indianapolis

Susan is the Director of Early Childhood Education at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. She has over 20 years of professional experience in education, having taught and directed in public, private, and charter schools in Indianapolis and in Tucson, Arizona. Susan has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Purdue University and a master’s degree in Educational Administration and leadership from Butler University; she has also spent time in Finland and Sweden studying their educational systems. Susan and her husband, Rich, have three grown daughters, Lily, Isabelle, and Sophia, and live in the Broad Ripple area of Indianapolis.

Stephanie Robertson

IVY TECH COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Stephanie Lewis Robertson sings to her hand- printed fabrics while she works.  Spirituality, TBI, nature, and the power of women serve as her inspiration. Ms. Robertson is the Program Chair for Fine Arts at Ivy Tech Community College, Central Indiana region.  She is also the former Exhibitions Associate at the Indianapolis Art Center.  Among her awards and grants are three Individual Artists Grants from the Indiana Arts Commission recipient of the Stutz Artists Association Studio Space in 2002, and an Arts Council of Indianapolis Creative Renewal Fellowship in 2001.  She holds a MFA (1994, University of Georgia) and a BFA (1981, Miami University) in Fabric Design. Her work is included in several collections, including Community Hospital North, Community Hospital South, Pratt Corporation, St. Francis Hospital (Indianapolis) and the Arts Council of Indianapolis, as well as numerous private collections.   She is also a teaching artist with Arts for Learning of Indiana, Sievers School of Fiber Arts, Washington Island, Wisconsin and the Garfield Park Arts Center, Indianapolis, IN. Her exhibitions include Artistry In Fiber (Hancock County Arts Council Gallery, October, 2016), COMING BACK HOME: 20TH Anniversary of the Stutz Artist Residency Program, (Raymond James Art Gallery, August 2016), RE | collections 2016  (Miami University, June 2016), TINY IV (Gallery 924, December 2015), Make Your Mark (StutzArtSpace, November 2015), and Inspired By Dreams (Indianapolis Interchurch Center, November 2015).

Anne Surak

art+space

Anne Surak has been an art dealer and curator for twelve years. She has an extensive background in exhibition planning, art consulting, gallery management and design. Before relocating to Indiana she was the inaugural director of Project 4 in Washington DC, a gallery that represented mid-career and emerging contemporary artists. In 2014, she founded art + space, an extensive art consulting and curatorial service emphasizing trends in contemporary art and design. art + space was originally conceived in 2006 in Washington, and has been re-launched in Indianapolis to involve the city in a greater international artistic dialogue by broadening the scope of work being exhibited and commissioned, while also nurturing the careers of a small group of promising, local artists by introducing their work to a more global audience. In Washington, Anne served on the Board of Directors of the Washington Project for the Arts; in Indiana, she has served as the Board President of the Contemporary Art Society at the Indianapolis Museum of Art and is currently the Director of Exhibitions of Exhibit Columbus.

Kelly Teller

PARK TUDOR SCHOOL

A Park Tudor alumna, Kelly joined the Development Office in 2018 after serving as Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer for The Cabaret, a nonprofit arts organization. At The Cabaret, Kelly significantly increased both individual giving and sponsorships, and successfully led a capital campaign to fund the construction of the organization’s first dedicated performance space. Prior to joining The Cabaret, Kelly was the Director of Development, Endowment, Major Gifts and Planned Giving at the Indianapolis Art Center, and also served as Planned and Major Gifts Officer for the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. She has been active in the Park Tudor and Indianapolis communities, as a member of the Park Tudor Alumni Board, the Junior League of Indianapolis Board of Directors, the Board of Trustees for St. Richard’s School, and the Lacy Leadership Association among other civic affiliations.

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