Chris Lowery

Chris Lowery

Chair, Board of Trustees

Chris Lowery is Senior Vice President, Workforce Alignment, of Ivy Tech Community College. Lowery provides overall leadership of Ivy Tech workforce alignment and development initiatives and organization. He develops deep collaborative partnerships with and engages state and federal workforce and economic development organizations, private sector organizations, business associations, and other groups pursuing workforce and economic development and training solutions for Indiana. Lowery makes certain Ivy Tech is playing a leading and collaborative role in the transformation of Indiana’s economy where employers have the skilled workforce necessary to compete successfully in the global economy and employees have the skills necessary to increase their productivity and income. Prior to serving as Senior Vice President, he served as Chancellor for the Columbus/Southeast Region of Ivy Tech Community College for two years.

Before coming to Ivy Tech, Lowery led Public Policy and Engagement for Hillenbrand, Inc. In this capacity, he had responsibility for corporate communications, public affairs, and government relations. Managing all external and internal communications for Hillenbrand, his focus was to ensure the corporate strategy of acquisitive and organic growth was effectively aligned in message across the enterprise. He also served as chair of the executive committee of Hillenbrand’s Charitable Contributions Committee. With Hillenbrand for 20 years, he served previously in a variety of management and leadership capacities at Hillenbrand’s Batesville Casket Company.

Prior to joining Hillenbrand, Lowery was Executive Director of the Association of Indiana Counties, an aide to former Indiana Governor Robert D. Orr, and an aide to then-Senator Dan Quayle. While on the staff of Governor Orr, he was actively involved in supporting the A+ Program for Educational Excellence and received the Sagamore of the Wabash Award. He holds the degree of Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs from Indiana University and a Master of Science in Management from Indiana Wesleyan University.

Lowery is Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Sagamore Institute think tank. In addition, he is a member of the Board of Directors of Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana. In addition, he serves on the national Board of Directors for the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council in Washington, DC. An active supporter of Indiana University (IU), Lowery is a member of the Executive Council of the IU Alumni Association and the Distinguished Alumni Council of the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs. He has previously served as Chair of the Governor’s Works Council, as a member of the Indiana State Workforce Innovation Council, and on various other boards.

Lowery and his wife Jerilyn, a high school English teacher and columnist, reside in Batesville and Indianapolis. Their children are Jarrod, a graduate of IU, who is a strategy consultant and business design manager for DoTankDo in Chicago, and Jordan Lowery Bergquist, a graduate of IU and a Second Grade Teacher in Batesville.

Dayton Molendorp

Dayton Molendorp

Secretary, Board of Trustees

Dayton H. Molendorp is chairman of the board and CEO of American United Mutual Insurance Holding Company (AUMIHC), the parent of OneAmerica Financial Partners, Inc. He leads OneAmerica’s nationwide network of companies and affiliates. OneAmerica companies offer a wide variety of products, including retirement plan products and services, individual life insurance, annuities, asset-based long-term care solutions and employee benefits. Named CEO on Sept. 1, 2004, Molendorp assumed leadership of OneAmerica during a time of significant growth potential. Charged with the mission of leading an enterprise that is client-focused and able to deliver long-term value to its stakeholders, Molendorp’s early years in the field exposed him to what he refers to as the “miracle of life insurance” and the impact of insurance on families and loved ones. Under Molendorp’s leadership, OneAmerica has experienced robust growth. Since his promotion to CEO in 2004, enterprise sales for the OneAmerica companies have grown 160 percent, and total available capital grew 58 percent to $1.5 billion in 2013 with no additional debt issued. In addition, OneAmerica’s assets under administration have more than doubled to $34.2 billion. Rating agencies A.M. Best and Standard and Poor’s have taken notice of OneAmerica’s exceptional performance under Molendorp’s leadership. The financial strength ratings of the OneAmerica companies were upgraded to an A+ (Superior) rating by A.M. Best in 2011, while Standard and Poor’s have given a AA- (Very Strong) rating to the OneAmerica companies. Molendorp also successfully led the 2004 affiliation between Indianapolis-based insurers AUL and The State Life Insurance Company. In 2006, State Life purchased the financial services division of Golden Rule Insurance Company. The agreement increased the assets of OneAmerica’s individual insurance operations by $1.8 billion and brought asset based long-term care solutions to the portfolio of the OneAmerica companies. An experienced leader, Molendorp has more than 38 years of experience in the insurance and financial services industry. After college and four years in the U.S. Air Force, Molendorp started his professional career as an agent with Mutual Security Life, Fort Wayne, IN. While with Mutual Security Life from 1974 to 1987, Molendorp worked as an agent, general agent and vice president of marketing support. He joined OneAmerica affiliate American United Life Insurance CompanyÒ (AUL) in 1987 as vice president of individual marketing support and was later named senior vice president of individual operations. Molendorp was responsible for the introduction of fixed annuity business into the company’s individual division. In 2003, he was named AUL executive vice president and, in 2004, was named president and CEO. In February 2007, Molendorp was appointed chairman of the board of AUMIHC. Molendorp has a Bachelor of Science degree in math and business administration from Westmar College in LeMars, Iowa. He is a member of the Society of Financial Service Professionals (Society of FSP), National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) and General Agents and Managers Association (GAMA) His civic contributions include: Boys & Girls Club of Indianapolis, member, board of directors; Indianapolis Zoo, member, board of directors; Skyline Club, Board of Governors; Indiana Chamber of Commerce, member, board of directors and executive committee; Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, board of directors and executive committee; Indianapolis Downtown Inc. board of directors; director of American United Mutual Insurance Holding Company and all affiliates; American Council of Life Insurers, executive roundtable; Association of Indiana Life Insurance Companies, member; 2011 and 2012 Co-Chair, Big Ten Championship Football Game; advisor to Indiana Sports Corporation board of directors; board member, U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Molendorp and his wife, Trudy, reside in Indianapolis and are the parents of two grown children, Carrie and Jon, and grandparents to Anna Grace and Dayton James. Dayton and Trudy are active members of College Park Church in Indianapolis.

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Donald Palmer

Donald Palmer

Secretary, Board of Trustees

Don Palmer has over 30 years of experience in business, organizational development, entrepreneurship, private equity investing, and service on numerous corporate and non-profit boards. He began his career as a sales representative with Xerox Corporation, and then entered the vehicle business as Controller, Secretary & Treasurer with Kenworth of Cincinnati, and a commercial truck company providing sales, leasing, and service. Now as managing partner of Honey Creek Capital (honeycreekcapital.com), Don invests in small and mid-market businesses by providing value added services to maximize investment return. This includes strategic planning, management training and advisory role activities. Don is an active owner/investor in two real estate development companies, and was an investor/board member in Autobase, a software company serving the retail automobile market. Palmer became the fourth franchisee for JD Byrider, a used car sales/finance business, with two locations in Indianapolis. Don is a partner at Equipment Technologies (apachesprayer.com), a middle market agricultural equipment manufacturer in Mooresville, Indiana. He is also a long time partner at Palmer Truck Group (palmertrucks.com). Don is also an investor in Cardinal Equity, Command Equity and Tillery Capital. Additionally, Don was active for 30 years with Palmer Automotive Group, a family-owned, retail automobile business in Indiana. He served as President and Chairman of the automotive division and remains an investor.

Jean Wojtowicz

Jean Wojtowicz

Treasurer, Board of Trustees

Jean Wojtowicz is the president of Cambridge Capital Management Corp., which is a manager of non-traditional sources of capital for businesses. She serves on the corporate boards of Vectren Corporation, First Merchants Bank, First Internet Bank and OneAmerica Funds. Among the nonprofit board on which she serves are Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana, the Indiana State Chamber of Commerce; the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce and the Venture Club of Indiana.

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Mike Bucchi

Mike Bucchi

Treasurer, Board of Trustees

VADM Mike Bucchi, USN (Ret.) was commissioned in 1970 and completed flight training to be designated a Naval Flight Aviator. He retired in 2003 after an active duty tour as Commander of the United States Third Fleet and joined Ocean Systems Engineering Corporation (OSEC) as Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President. He was named President in 2005. In his service with the U.S. Navy, VADM Bucchi served in positions including an instructor at Top Gun, the Navy Fighter Weapons School, and an Operations Officer for Fighter Squadron Thirty-one during its first year as an F-14 squadron. VADM Bucchi was promoted to Flag rank in 1994 and was assigned as the Deputy U.S. Military Representative to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Military Committee in Brussels, Belgium. VADM Bucchi is a graduate of Harding College and the national War College.

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David Helmer

David Helmer

Board Member

David has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota. He co founded Helmer, Inc., a manufacturer and global distributor of medical refrigeration products, in 1977 and presently serves as its CEO. David established and oversees Helmer Global Initiatives, the charitable affiliate of Helmer, which provides resources to its charitable partners around the world. He also serves on various boards of organizations involved in international economic development and aid projects. David lives in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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James Morris

James Morris

Board Member

James T. Morris is President of Pacers Sports & Entertainment. From 2002 to 2007 he was Executive Director of the United Nations' World Food Programme, the world's largest food aid organization. His previous public service includes heading up the Lilly Endowment and the Indianapolis Water Company. He is a professor of Philanthropy and Public Administration at Indiana University, and co-chair of the Alliance to End Hunger.

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Jason A. Riley

Jason A. Riley

Board Member

Jason A. Riley’s career has been a blend of IT and HR experiences, global in nature, which have enabled him to connect solutions with enterprise challenges. His journey has included Eli Lilly & Company where he developed IT integration capabilities, core leadership skills, and strategic HR capabilities – Hillenbrand, Inc. where he would lead global talent development, employee relations, and talent acquisition, and finally Allegion where he is their HR Vice President & Global Talent Leader. Jason’s primary objective is to guide his team through the successful development and execution of the enterprise’s global talent strategy.

Jason earned his B.S. in Computer Science from Ball State University in 2002 where he was a Graduate of the Last Decade nominee, and BACS Outstanding Achievement award winner. Jason has also been recognized as one of Indiana’s top 40 business professionals under 40 years of age by the Indianapolis Business Journal - (class of 2015).

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Patrick Sells

Patrick Sells

Board Member

In 2012, while still at Taylor University, Patrick started Sells Group (SG) in the basement of his parents’ home.  Today, SG is one of the largest marketing agencies in Indiana and is headquartered in Indianapolis. The mission of the company is to Help Great Companies Grow Great Customers.  It’s through this lense Sells Group has differentiated themselves as a finance-first marketing agency. The Sells Group’s  focus is on understanding the target cost of acquiring leads and reverse engineering a marketing and technology strategy from there. This approach has helped Sells Group grow both themselves and their clients tremendously. SG is very active in the community and has a strong partnership with the Indiana Pacers through the Sells Group Lofts. Outside of Sells Group Patrick spends time as a venture capitalist in the marketing and technology industry. He serves as an advisor to Hyde Park Venture Partners, headquartered in Chicago, and runs a boutique alternative investment fund called Sells Group Investments. Hyde Park Venture Partners is ranked as a top 3% venture fund nationwide and has raised over $100,000,000 so far. Since 2013, Patrick has also served as the CEO of the Super Service Challenge (SSC), a national nonprofit that focuses on helping companies do serving and giving better. Drew Brees is the national spokesperson and partner. Together they have helped give away over $25,000,000.  The SSC was featured by the White House in 2015 as a leader in the corporate social responsibility space.

Jerry D. Semler

Jerry D. Semler

Board Member

Jerry D. Semler is the retired chairman emeritus of the board of OneAmerica Financial Partners. Among the many civic groups and boards on which he serves are the 500 Festival Foundation, Marian College, the Alpha Tau Omega Foundation, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, the Purdue University President's Council, and the IUPUI Management Council.

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Craig Westrick

Craig Westrick

Board Member

Craig Westrick is a Senior Wealth Advisor for Ronald Blue Trust. With nearly 25 years of experience in the financial advisory community, Craig is responsible for providing direction and leadership to the Greenwood, IN office.

Prior to joining the firm in 1997, Craig served as a director in the partnering ministry of African Leadership and on the management staff of Fifth Third Bank of Central Indiana. Craig holds a BA in Economics from DePauw University.

Craig is a founder and current board member of the National Christian Foundation Indiana, as well as a board member for Nehemiah Vision Ministries, Purposeful Design, and Community Church of Greenwood. You will also find him regularly coaching on the pitch with the girls U19 Genesis United soccer team.

He and his wife, Maria, have five children (3 remaining at home), live in Greenwood, IN, and are committed to growing efforts that help redeem and restore people to their God given identity.

 
P. Douglas Wilson

P. Douglas Wilson

Board Member

Doug is the Chairman of Monon Capital LLC, a multi-disciplinary, investment, thought, and conversation studio that engages with partners around ideas and opportunities for innovation. Prior to founding Monon Capital, he was Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of Hillenbrand, Inc. until he retired in 2014. He has previously held senior executive positions at Boston Scientific Corporation, Guidant Corporation, Ronald Blue & Co., and Eli Lilly & Company.

Doug serves as a Trustee of Sagamore Institute, the Trinity Forum, and is a Director of the International Arts Movement. Alongside these roles, he also serves as a director of several for-profit businesses, among which are Lost Valley Ranch and Sun Chef Global. He attended Ball State University, where he earned a BS and a MS, and Babson College's Consortium for Executive Education.

He is the steward of the Little Free Library #13099, located in his neighborhood of the Arts and Design District in Carmel, Indiana. The library is known for its focus on time-honored children's books and, for its adult patrons, a regular offering of short stories by Flannery O'Connor and G.K. Chesterton. In addition, it regularly features the selections from the Andrew Luck Book Club. The library is but one of the ways he and his family's passion and commitment for building community and caring for the common good plays out.