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Meet the Board of Directors

Denise Halford-Holder / Chair
Vice President – Wealth Management
David A. Noyes & Company

  •  Denise is a Senior Vice President, a Board Member of David A. Noyes, and a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER who is consistently named as an Indianapolis Monthly’s FIVE STAR Best in Client Satisfaction Wealth Manager.  Denise received her MBA in Finance and Accounting from Boston University and a BS degree in Marketing from Indiana University.  She has attended the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy – Fund Raising School.  In the local community,  Denise is a current/past board member with Stanley K. Lacy Leadership Alumni, Arts for Learning, Russian Ballet Academy of Indiana, Indianapolis Museum of Art (Young Friends of Art), Planned Giving Group of Indiana, Network of Women in Business and a current member of the Columbia Club, Riviera Club, and Woodstock Club.


Tami Earnhart BoardTami Earnhart / Vice Chair
Ice Miller LLP

  • Tami is a partner at Ice Miller LLP and has been practicing as a labor and employment lawyer for over 15 years. She received her Bachelor of Science in legal administration from the University of Evansville and her juris doctorate from Indiana University Maurer School of Law.Tami has served on various community and professional boards, including the Board of Directors of Arts for Learning of Indiana (Young Audiences), the Board of Directors of Social Health Association, the Executive Council for the Labor and Employment Section of the Indianapolis Bar Association and the Board of Consulters of Saints Francis and Clare Catholic Church.  She has also been active in various other professional organizations. During her time on the Board of Directors of Arts for Learning, Tami was a member of the Program Committee and participated in the planning of the Leap into Arts Fundraising Event, either as Chair, Co-Chair or committee member. Tami and her husband (Chris) have two children, Asher (8) and Bryce (6), and reside in Greenwood, Indiana.


Charlie Schlegel / Secretary
Challenge Foundation Academy

  •  Charlie currently works as consultant, working with a variety of school districts in strategic planning, leadership development and program evaluation. He previously served as the Superintendent of the Community Charter Network (CCN), a small, group of four charter schools in Indianapolis, serving nearly 1200 students, K-12. Charlie started in education as an upper elementary school teacher in New Orleans and, later, a leader with Citizen Schools, a Boston-based after-school program focused project-based learning and civic involvement. Finally, for nearly eight years, Schlegel served as the principal of Wayland Middle School, a public school just west of Boston, and the Avondale Meadows Academy, a K-5 public charter school in Indianapolis. Lastly, Charlie and his wife, Mindy, are also the proud parents of three daughters (ages 12, 11 and 8) – who, together, keep their parents busy, humble and appreciative of the creative, engaging confidence-building opportunities they are afforded through the arts.


Jim Chesterfield, CPA / Treasurer
Insurance Benefit Consulting, LLC

  •  Jim is currently Consultant and Producer/Agent at Insurance Benefit Consulting, LLC. He has earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Indiana University and an M.B.A. in Finance and Marketing from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.


Lisa Boncosky
Community Volunteer

  • Lisa is an Air Force brat who had the good fortune to marry a native Hoosier and is delighted to be rearing her two children in Indianapolis.  Maggie (11) and Sam (9) are active in orchestra (French horn and trombone) and are lucky enough to attend a school with a keen focus on the importance of the arts.  Lisa has a BA in English Literature and Secondary Education from James Madison University and later received her MBA from the University of Denver.  She is a photographer by trade and loves the creative outlet, but her business has taken a backseat to parenting for the time being.  She served in the Children’s Museum Guild from 2004 to 2010, has served on the TMP Jury for Heartland Truly Moving Pictures since 2005, and enjoys being a member of the Contemporary Art Society at the IMA.  Her husband, Bill, is the President of Art to Remember, a company that raises funds for art education.


Sara Clark Lootens
Merchants Property Insurance Co.

  • Sara is currently Executive Vice-President with Merchants Property Insurance. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Vanderbilt University and went on to receive her M.B.A. from Thunderbird School of Global Management. She has previously volunteered with Washington Township Schools Foundation, Metropolitan School District of Washington Township, Impact 100, Fox Hill Elementary, Meridian Hills Cooperative Nursery School, First Congregational Church Foundation, and the Junior League of Indianapolis.


Allison Meta BoardAllison Meta
Vice President /Branch Manager
Chubb Group of Insurance Companies

  • Allison joined the Indianapolis team as the Branch Manager in October of 2003.  Her 20 year tenure with Chubb includes branch management and various roles in underwriting and marketing.  Prior to her current role, she served as the Southeast Regional Marketing Manager in Atlanta from 2000 to 2003.  She served as the Commercial Insurance Manager in Birmingham, AL and a Sr. Underwriter in Chubb Custom Market and Excess Umbrella from 1994 to 2000.  Allison started her Chubb career in the Birmingham 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.


Susan Gran Michal
Head of School
A Children’s Habitat

  • Susan is the Head of School at A Children’s Habitat, one of the oldest Montessori Schools in 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, and 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.


Susan Oliver
Program Manger for Cloud Services

  • Susan is a Program Manager for Cloud Services at Salesforce. Her past positions at Salesforce (formerly ExactTarget) include working as a project manager in IT and most recently as a program manager for the ExactTarget Foundation. At Salesforce she works with various employee resource groups, including Volunteerforce and Outforce and serves in a leadership role for the Women’s Inspiration Group (WIN) on the WIN Gives Back committee. Susan has a Bachelor’s of Science in studio art from New York University with a concentration in oil painting and cinema studies.  Since graduating and moving back home to Indianapolis, Susan has worked as a media specialist for IU School of Medicine and as a writer and producer for Creative Street Media Group, as well as a program manager for VMS. Prior to serving on the Board of Directors, Susan was a member of the StART Young Borfessionals board. She also regularly volunteers for Girls Inc. and Second Helpings.


Kathy Sharpe
Community Volunteer

  • Kathy is honored to have served on the Arts for Learning Board for approximately ten years.  She was Board Chair and has chaired the Board Governance and the Program Committees.  Kathy is recently retired from the field of education, completing her forty year career in the MSD of Pike Township as Director of Curriculum & Instruction K-12.  She currently works with TJ Insights as a grant writer and consultant.  Kathy and her husband John have two daughters who live in Brooklyn. They are grandparents to three delightful grandbabies.  In her free time, Kathy enjoys visiting Brooklyn, enjoying travel, gardening, reading, art, and music.


Anne Surak BoardAnne Surak
Art + Space

  • Anne Surak has been an art dealer and curator for twelve years in Washington DC and now Indianapolis.  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 DC, 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 here while also nurturing the careers of a small group of promising, local artists by introducing their work to a more global audience.  Ms. Surak will be completing her term as board president of the Contemporary Art Society at the Indianapolis Museum of Art in September, a position she’s held since 2012.  In Washington DC she served on the board of the Washington Project for the Arts.


Kelly Lamm Teller Board Kelly Lamm Teller
Managing Director and COO
The Cabaret at the Columbia Club

  • Kelly is currently the Managing Director and COO at the Cabaret at the Columbia Club in downtown Indianapolis. She has a bachelors degree from Northwestern University in Political Science and attended Law School at Indiana University.


Sarah-WaltersSarah Walter
Manager of Marketing & Communications
Managed Health Services (MHS)

  • Sarah Walter currently serves as Manager of Marketing & Communications for Managed Health Services (MHS), a local health coverage provider. In this role, she develops and executes marketing plans to provide clear, comprehensive information to Indiana’s Medicaid population and healthcare providers. Prior to joining MHS, she was the Director of Communications at the Indiana Perinatal Network, a non-profit working to improve the health and outcomes of Indiana’s mothers and babies. She holds a degree in Public & Corporate Communications from Butler University.Sarah volunteers as a tutor with School on Wheels and is a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumni Association. She lives in Butler-Tarkington with her husband, Adam, and enjoys running on the Monon, going to concerts, and of course cheering for the Butler Bulldogs.


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Kate Appel
Community Volunteer

  • Kate is a life-long supporter of the arts, education and youth. She taught and produced theater before raising a family but continued being active in the arts and education subsequently as a volunteer. She was a founding member of Orchard in Bloom (OIB) and chaired it for several years. She started the gardening symposium in adjunct with OIB and co-chaired that for several years as well. She also serves or has served on numerous arts and other community boards. Currently she serves on the boards of Paul’s Church, Women 4 Change, and The Fine Arts Society, and the Advisory Board of Classical Music Indy, as well as Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre as an Honorary board member and University High School as a Founding Board Member. Kate has previously served on the board’s of Paul’s Music, International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, Indianapolis Prize/Indianapolis Zoo, The Eiteljorg Museum, and the Indianapolis Opera. She also assisted in the creation and funding for the art therapy department at Riley Children’s Hospital.

H. Daphne Chiu
Waste Water Project Manager
Citizens Water

  • Daphne is originally from Taiwan and has been in United States since 1997.  She studied at Purdue University for her graduate school.  Daphne has over 9 years of experience in wastewater system as an engineering project manager for the City of Indianapolis, and now Citizens Energy Group for sanitary sewers, combined sewer overflows treatment, and wastewater treatment plants. Daphne enjoys music, hiking, and travel during her free time, and lives in Avon Indiana with her husband and son.  She also attends North United Methodist Church, sings in the choir, and is involved in various mission ministries at the church.

Anson Keller
Principal Architect

  • Anson is a Founding Partner and Principal at DkGr Architects in Indianapolis. As an instructor for the Indianapolis Art Center, Anson has taught classes in the Outreach program ranging from Basic Drawing to Stop-Motion Animation. In his free time, he enjoys working on his 19th century home and his mid-20th century motorcycles.