Shafer Leadership Academy Names Officers, Welcomes New Members

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By: Mitch Isaacs—

MUNCIE, Ind. —Shafer Leadership Academy, East Central Indiana’s nonprofit leadership development institute, is pleased to announce officers as well as new and returning members to its board of directors. These community leaders volunteer their time and expertise to provide the academy with policy direction and oversight.

The board elected Steve Smith, CEO of Mid-West Metal Products, as president and Jill Lehman, vice president of Administration and chief people officer at Ontario Systems, as vice president. Eric Lindley, vice president and regional trust manager for Old National Wealth Management, will serve as treasurer, and Terry Whitt Bailey, community development director for the City of Muncie, will serve as secretary.

Directors continuing their service on the board are: Lindsey Arthur, chief executive officer for Greater Muncie Habitat for Humanity; Bettie Caldwell, director of finance for IU Health-Ball Memorial Hospital; Ray Chambers, chairman, president, and CEO of Muncie Power Products; Cathy Clark, president and CEO of the YMCA of Muncie; Jeannine Harrold, director emerita of the Ball State University Career Center; and Joann McKinney, president and CEO at Horizon Convention Center.

The academy welcomes new board members Brian Ison, rehabilitation manager for Jay County Hospital; Kristin Keisling, executive director of Finance at Ivy Tech Community College; Ginny Nilles, director for Muncie Public Library; and Jeff Parsons, vice president for Commercial Banking at First Merchants.

Pictured Left to Right: Kristin Keisling, Brian Ison, Jeff Parsons and Ginny Nilles.

Pictured Left to Right: Kristin Keisling, Brian Ison, Jeff Parsons and Ginny Nilles.

Ginny Nilles is a Muncie native who left after graduating from Burris High School in 1968 until her return in 1995 to become director of the Muncie Public Library. Previously, Nilles served as director of libraries in Georgetown, South Carolina. She serves or has served on boards and committees for state and local organizations, including: the Muncie Action Plan (8 years), Martin Luther King’s Dream Team, the Neighborhood Association Task Force (co-chair), Teamwork for Quality Living (10 years, president and vice president), and the Chamber of Commerce Diversity Committee (2006). She is a member of several service clubs, including Altrusa (foundation board member), Rotary, and Kiwanis.

Brian J. Ison graduated from James A. Rhodes State College in Lima, Ohio, with an AAS-Physical Therapy Assistant and Bachelor of Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana. The rehabilitation manager for Jay County Hospital, Ison serves on the following boards: Trinity UMC-Portland, John Jay Center for Learning (past president of the board of directors), Jay Community Center, Rhodes State College PTA Advisory Board, and the Portland Jr. League (president). The 2014 M Magazine “20 under 40” nominee has coached youth sports, including softball and soccer, for 10 years. A graduate of the Jay County Emergence Program (2013), Ison lives in Portland, Indiana, with his wife, Heather, and two children.

Jeff Parsons has worked at First Merchants Bank for more than 25 years, currently serving as vice president for Commercial Banking. The Ball State graduate serves on the board of directors for the Youth Opportunity Center, Delaware County Chamber of Commerce, Secret Families Christmas Charity, and Inside Out. He and his wife are also active members of Union Chapel Ministries.

Kristin Keisling serves as executive director of Finance at Ivy Tech Community College, providing strategic leadership about financial operations of its East Central and Richmond regions. In this role, she serves on a number of regional and statewide committees to maximize resources, increase diversity, and create efficiencies for the college. In addition to nearly a decade of non-profit expertise, Keisling is a former member of the Muncie Altrusa, and an Emergence program (Class V) graduate of the Shafer Leadership Academy. She earned a Bachelor of Business Administration and Management from Indiana Wesleyan University, and her Master of Business Administration in Finance from Ball State University. An active volunteer in the community and her church, Keisling resides in Muncie with her husband and daughter.

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