MEET THE BOARD
PRESIDENT, CULTURAL ALLIANCE CHAIR
Tom is a retired business owner who has lived in Fishers for 24 years. He appreciates all art, visual and performing. However, all artistic talent escaped him. Tom tries, through chairing the Cultural Alliance Committee, to bring more opportunities for art and artists to the citizens of Fishers. Besides the Fishers Arts Council, he is active with the Heritage Meadows Homeowners Association and the Fishers Police Academy Alumni Association. Most recently Tom held the position of Vice President of the board.
Tom joined the board in 2016.
VICE PRESIDENT/TREASURER, MARKETING CHAIR
Laura’s roots in Fishers go back to 1977. She thought her parents moved her to the edge of the earth. My how things have changed! Graduate of Hamilton Southeastern High School and Purdue University, Laura has always been involved in the arts. She considers herself a skilled craftsman and has done many art projects in many mediums including but not limited to painting, ceramics, lamp working, calligraphy, illustration, photography and jewelry design.
Personal Philosophy - Support the Arts = Buy Art.
Laura joined the board in 2020.
Madeline is a 2018 graduate of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology with a Bachelor’s of Science in Civil Engineering. She currently works as a Staff Engineer in the Water Resources Department at RQAW Corporation. Her appreciation for art and interest in getting involved with the Fishers community led her to the Fishers Arts Council. When she’s not engineering or doing work for the Fishers Arts Council, Madeline enjoys listening to 80’s rock, playing soccer, and riding around Fishers on her bike. This is Madeline's second year as Secretary for the board.
Madeline joined the board in 2018.
Shari worked at Hamilton Southeastern Schools for 14 years and retired from the Telecommunications industry after 29 years. She has been volunteering with Fishers Arts Council since 2016 and was President from August 2018 through 2019. Shari is a lifelong resident of Indiana and has lived in Fishers for 23 years. She is a member of the Junior League of Indianapolis, the 500 Festival Parade Association, Fishers Police Department Citizens Academy, the Fishers Citizens Government Academy, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation Indianapolis Citizens Academy. Shari is a Fishers Crime Watch Coordinator and in her spare time, she enjoys traveling, shopping, and spending time with family and friends.
Shari joined the board in 2016.
BOARD MEMBER, JURIED EXHIBIT CHAIR
Pat is a retired English/Language Arts teacher with 30 years of classroom experience. A resident of the Indianapolis area since 1993, she and her husband moved to Fishers three years ago when they built a house in Avalon of Fishers. Pat is involved in several organizations, and has been a watercolor painter since she received a Lilly Teacher Creativity grant at the end of the 90's, which allowed her to take her first art classes. She has been painting ever since and currently serves on the Board of the Watercolor Society of Indiana. Pat is an appreciator of ALL the arts and loves music, dancing, reading, writing, and, of course, painting.
Pat joined the board in 2020.
BOARD MEMBER, ASSET SERIES CHAIR
A 2016 graduate with a Bachelor of Arts, Olivia honed her skills and passion for fine art at Ball State University. She pursues creativity and emotion through artistic expression, eliciting contemplation and curiosity from her audience. With a preference for charcoal Olivia puts a twist on the classic concept of drawing and experiments with mixed media. In her spare time she can be found in her element of art, playing trivia with friends, and traveling.
Olivia has been a board member since 2018.
Thomas is the Founder and Executive Director of The Kneeland Center for Poetry, Inc., a 501c3 nonprofit organization that discovers, cultivates, and enhances the voices and works of underrepresented poets across the globe. The Kneeland Center has gained international following and participation through its digital publication, The Elevation Review, which publishes original poetry quarterly. Thomas serves as the Founding Editor-in-Chief alongside his editorial team.
Having published three poetry collections within the last three years, Thomas considers himself an influential figure from his home in Indiana to various cities and countries across the world. He wholeheartedly enjoys every form of art and is able to discover beautiful poetry in each moment. Thomas graduated from DePauw University in 2014 with a Bachelor's Degree in Creative Writing, and will graduate from Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University in the Spring of 2021. Afterwards, Thomas will pursue an MFA in Creative Writing at Butler University.
Thomas joined the board in 2021.
Jill is the Founder and Managing Consultant at High Frequency Arts. High Frequency Arts, located in Fishers Indiana, is an art strategy, procurement and project management firm that puts a unique twist in the art and design world by combining HR expertise in building people, corporate services and workplace strategy with partners in design, fine art and art therapy to create visually impactful environments and fuel art careers.
Before expanding her presence in the art and design world, Jill’s experience spans leadership roles in global operations and human resources within fortune 500 companies to private equity backed organizations.
Jill holds a Bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and is a Certified Sr. Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). Jill joined the board in 2020.
BOARD MEMBER, FINANCE CHAIR
Mike has been a resident of Fishers since 2013. He leads sales for a locally owned general contracting firm and is a licensed attorney in the State of Indiana. He and his wife are art enthusiasts and frequently attend art related events in Central Indiana. In his spare time, he paints abstract art and writes novels.
Mike joined the board in 2019.
Les is an Equity Stage Manager, mother, and Fishers resident since 2017. Born in Indianapolis, she lived in the San Francisco Bay for 15 years before returning to her home state. Les has worked professionally in audio/visual, theater, ballet, Bach festivals, new works festivals and enjoys art in all its forms. She serves on the Finance and Development committees, and also volunteers for Fishers Cub Scout Pack 160. She served as Treasurer of the board from June 2018 through December 2020. Les is currently the Operations Manager for Nickel Plate Arts.
Les was appointed Executive Director in January 2021.
OUR WONDERFUL VOLUNTEERS
Social Media Volunteer
John is an Indianapolis radio broadcast veteran with more than 25 years on the air. A world traveler, John has visited nearly 100 countries and all seven continents. He is also an accomplished photographer, with his work published in several Central Indiana publications, including Carmel Magazine, Geist Magazine, and Current in Fishers. John and his wife, Ann Craig-Cinnamon, have participated as artists in several Fishers Arts Council events including Fishers Arts Crawl and Art Gallery at City Hall with exhibitions of their dramatic travel photography. John and Ann have lived in Fishers for seven years.
Ann spent 30 years in both radio and television in Indianapolis, mostly as the co host of highly-rated morning shows. She and her husband, John, have owned numerous businesses, getting into the travel business in 2011 because of their love of travel. Currently, they are travel advisors with Travel Leaders. She has visited more than 100 countries, all 50 states and all 7 continents. She and John have exhibited their travel photos as part of Fishers Art Gallery at City Hall and Fishers Arts Crawl. She was also the managing editor of Current in Fishers, writes for several magazines and is the author of a book about her time living in Tehran, Iran. Ann and John also appear regularly on several local TV shows and are voice artists nationally.
Graphic Design/Photography Volunteer
Shwa is a young entrepreneur and Fishers native. He currently co-owns and is the president of a music & sound production studio in Indianapolis called StoneTree Studios. He is a published photographer and has experience in graphic design, digital media marketing, and film editing. He is very passionate about all avenues of art and is dedicated to building the arts community in Hamilton County.