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Our Team & Board

Meet our Arts for Learning Team


Anya Aslanova

317-925-4043, ext. 115


Ploi Pagdalian

Senior Director of Programs
317-925-4043, ext. 116

Regions: Franklin Township, Decatur Township, Shelby County


Brent Aldrich 

Program Director
317-925-4043, ext. 123

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


Angela Yetter

Scheduling & Program Director
317-925-4043, ext. 114

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



Scott Janz

Director of Artist Programs
317-925-4043, ext. 113


Jessica Knudsen-Bahney

Grants & Stewardship Manager
317-925-4043, ext. 122


Jennifer Collins

Director of Development
317-925-4043, ext. 112


Jessica Dunson

Marketing & Communications Specialist
317-925-4043, ext. 120

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Jeanette Huber

317-925-4043, ext. 110


Alisia Morales



Executive Committee

If you are interested in joining the AFL Board of Directors, please fill out this application. A board representative will follow-up regarding your application.
Susan Oliver / Chair
Staff Technical Writer

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 / Treasurer
Vice President, Branch Manager
Chubb Group of Insurance Companies

Allison joined the Indianapolis team of Chubb Group of Insurance Companies as the 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
Todd Clevenger / Secretary
Grant Administrator
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.

Board of Directors

Amandula Anderson
Director of Real Estate Solutions

Amandula Anderson is the Director of Real Estate Solutions for IFF in the Indiana market.  Amandula has nearly 20 years-experience in the nonprofit sector where she has led two community-based organizations – Irvington Development Organization and United Northeast CDC;  convened a Quality of Life initiative on the northeast side of Indianapolis; directed a program to facilitate a two-generational approach to supporting families within 5 Indianapolis communities; and spent a few years supporting affordable housing through a tax credit syndicator. She is a graduate of Arlington High School, received her BS in Public Affairs from IUPUI and is finalizing her Masters in Real Estate Development at University of Indianapolis.  In her role at IFF, she is supporting schools and nonprofits in their desire to build/move/expand in spaces that meet the needs of their clients and brings dignity to all.  Amandula enjoys spending time with her husband and five children/young adults.  They like to watch movies, play video games, read and travel.

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 as a volunteer. She was a founding member of Orchard in Bloom (OIB), an annual community event, fundraiser for The Orchard School, and benefit for Holliday Park, and chaired the event for several years; she started a gardening symposium in adjunct with OIB and co-chaired that for several years as well. Currently, Kate serves on the Boards of Directors of Paul’s Church, Women 4 Change, and The Fine Arts Society, and on the Advisory Board of Classical Music Indy; she is an Honorary Board member with Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre and a Founding Board member of University High School. Kate has previously served on the Boards of Directors of Paul’s Music, the 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.

Teresa A. Baker, Ph.D. 

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.

Dr. Baker is a currently a Board Member for the Children’s Policy and Law Initiative of Indiana (CPLI), which advocates for the fair, just, equitable and humane treatment of all children and seeks to reform laws, policies and practices that increase the risk of children becoming involved in our justice system. She volunteers as a Positive School Discipline Institute Facilitator, which provides training and tools to help schools implement culturally responsive and trauma informed best practices.

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.

H. Daphne Chiu
Waste Water Project Manager
Citizens Water

Daphne is originally from Taiwan and has lived in United States since 1997. She attended Purdue University for graduate school.  Daphne has over nine years of experience in wastewater systems 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. During her free time, Daphne enjoys music, hiking, and travel. She lives in Avon, Indiana, with her husband and son. She is an active member of North United Methodist Church where she sings in the choir and is involved in various mission ministries.

Anson Keller
Principal Architect

Anson is Founding Partner and Principal at DkGr Architects in Indianapolis. As an instructor for the Indianapolis Art Center, Anson has taught classes ranging from basic drawing to stop-motion animation in the Center’s outreach program. In his free time, he enjoys working on his 19th-century home and his mid-20th-century motorcycles.

Bill Mahoney
Vice President, Property & Casualty
Gregory & Appel

Bill 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
Director of Early Childhood Education
The Children’s Museum

Susan 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
Program Chair Fine Arts
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 Lamm Teller
Director of Development
Park Tudor School


Lisa Waite
Director of Marketing
JCC Indianapolis

A self-described Indy-thusiast, Lisa Waite spent the formative years of her career working in marketing for Fortune 200 corporations in telecommunications and transportation industries. She changed career paths mid-way to apply her skills and talents in the service of local non-profits. Among her experiences are Director of Marketing at the Indianapolis Art Center, then a $5 million visual arts non-profit, and a three-time Emmy-award-winning editor and producer at WFYI, a $9 million public broadcasting station serving central Indiana. She has been a member of the board of directors at the local (now regional) affiliate of the Volunteers of America the last 14 years, serving in a leadership role for the past five years. This $70 million non-profit provides housing and behavioral health services for veterans, those transitioning out of incarceration and those suffering from addiction. Waite has an undergraduate degree in Journalism from Butler University and an MBA from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business in Bloomington.

Formed in 2014, StART is comprised of 8 to 15 young professionals from diverse backgrounds. Their mission is to raise funds and awareness for Arts for Learning by planning special events and serving as ambassadors of the organization in the community.
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Rebecca McClain 

Indiana Department of Natural Resources


 Special Events Chair

Lindsey DeLorey

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

Outreach Chair/ Board Liaison

Claire Jagla

Teach for America


Devery North 

Indianapolis Public Library

Kavita Mahoney 

Garfield Park Arts Center

Channie Jones

Arts Council of Indianapolis

Anya Stucky

Gene B. Glick Company 

Melissa Churchwell

Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis

ProAct Indy

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