Arts For Learning Indiana

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Our Team & Board

Meet our Arts for Learning Team

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Anya Aslanova

President
317-925-4043, ext. 115
aaslanova@artsforlearningindiana.org

PROGRAM DIRECTORS

Ploi Pagdalian

Senior Director of Programs
317-925-4043, ext. 116
ppagdalian@artsforlearningindiana.org

Regions: Franklin Township, Decatur Township, Shelby County

 

Brent Aldrich 

Program Director
317-925-4043, ext. 123
baldrich@artsforlearningindiana.org

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
ayetter@artsforlearningindiana.org

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

 

ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF:

Scott Janz

Director of Artist Programs
317-925-4043, ext. 113
sjanz@artsforlearningindiana.org

 

Jessica Knudsen-Bahney

Grants & Stewardship Manager
317-925-4043, ext. 122
jknudsen@artsforlearningindiana.org

 

Jennifer Collins

Director of Development
317-925-4043, ext. 112
jcollins@artsforlearningindiana.org

 

Jessica Dunson

Marketing & Communications Specialist
317-925-4043, ext. 120
jdunson@artsforlearningindiana.org

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Jeanette Huber

Accountant
317-925-4043, ext. 110
jhuber@artsforlearningindiana.org

 

Alisia Morales

Controller
alisia@afsofindy.com

 

Executive Committee

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Susan Oliver / Chair
Staff Technical Writer
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.

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Allison Meta / Vice Chair
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. 
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.

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.

Lawrence D. Hilton
Assistant United States Attorney
The United States Attorney’s Office

Lawrence received his B.A. in Music from Furman University. He went on to earn his M.S. from Miami University in 2008 and Juris Doctor from Northern Kentucky University, Salmon P. Chase College of Law in 2011. He currently works for The United States Attorney’s Office, Southern District of Indiana as Assistant United States Attorney.

Anson Keller
Principal Architect
DkGr

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.

Anne Surak
Founder
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

 

LaTonya M. Turner, PH.D.
Dean, The Educators College
Marion University

Dr. LaTonya M. Turner serves as the Dean of The Klipsch Educators College at Marian University. As a former principal, counselor, and teacher, she is a highly sought-after educator who expertly trains educators to be high-performing leaders in K-12 and higher education systems. Throughout the nation, you will find students, educators, and educational institutions who have been energized by Turner’s spirit and knowhow. LaTonya is known for her unique ability to design and implement rigorous curricula that actually achieve measurable results and transform schools; she has been called upon by the State Board of Education and the Indiana Department of Education to assist with School Quality Reviews. Dr. Turner continuously seeks ways to make sure all children, regardless of gender, race, or socioeconomic standing, have ample opportunity to maximize their potential. Turner’s advocacy is regularly expressed through institutional consulting, leader coaching, and workshops for students, parents, and educators. LaTonya holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication and English from Missouri Valley College, a Master of Science in Education degree from Indiana University, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Indiana State University.

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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Chair

Rebecca McClain 

Indiana Department of Natural Resources

 Special Events Chair

Lindsey DeLorey

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

Outreach Chair

Harper Morgan

Community Volunteer

Board Liaison

Claire Jagla

Teach for America

Kavita Mahoney 

Garfield Park Arts Center

Channie Jones

Thomas Benoist

United Way of Central Indiana

Melissa Churchwell

Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis

ProAct Indy

Anya Stucky

Gene B. Glick Company 

Devery North 

Community Volunteer

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