On September 30, the Ivy Tech Community College Indianapolis service area announced the appointment of six new members to its Campus Board of Trustees. These new appointees join Chair Ann Merkel, Vice Chair Noell Allen, Secretary Peter Rimsans and members Jason Kloth and Melissa Rekeweg.
“The expansion of our campus board of trustees allows us to have more representation of our service area’s key workforce sectors,” said Dr. Lorenzo Esters, chancellor of Ivy Tech Indianapolis. “With a passion for Ivy Tech’s mission, I know these six new appointees will utilize their expertise to make a powerful impact in further propelling the goals of our community and college.”
The following individuals were appointed:
- Joyce Irwin: EVP, President, Community Health Network Foundation
- Aleesia Johnson: Superintendent, Indianapolis Public Schools
- Jean Renk: Manager of Government and Community Relations, Duke Energy
- Mario Rodriguez: Executive Director, Indianapolis Airport Authority
- Tracey Tomchick: Senior Director for Engineering Technical Center, Eli Lilly
- Aaron Williams: Client Executive, Google
EVP, President of Community Health Network Foundation
Joyce Irwin has served as the Community Health Network Foundation’s President and CEO since October 2012. With more than 20 years of experience in healthcare, Joyce has a wide range of experience and enjoys the healthcare profession. She is also heavily involved in her local community, serving on the Go Red for Women’s executive leadership team and Women in Government’s board of directors. She is also President of the Lugar Series for Excellence in Public Service.
Superintendent of Indianapolis Public Schools
Dr. Aleesia Johnson has served as the superintendent for Indianapolis Public Schools since June 2019, the first African American woman to serve in this role. With IPS, she oversees the strategic direction and operations of the district in achieving its mission to empower and educate all students to think critically, creatively and responsibly, embrace diversity, and pursue their dreams with purpose. In total, Aleesia has been an educator for 16 years serving in a variety of roles.
Manager of Government and Community Relations for Duke Energy
Jean Renk serves as the Manager of Government and Community Relations for Duke Energy, representing Hendricks, Hancock, Johnson and Shelby Counties. In this role, Jean builds relationships with local government leaders, businesses, and not-for-profit organizations. She is also active with several organizations, including Susie’s Place, Plainfield Chamber of Commerce, Aspire Johnson County Business Advocacy Council, Region 5 Workforce Development Board, Indy Chamber’s Membership and Marketing Council and the Arc of Indiana Foundation.
Executive Director of the Indianapolis Airport Authority
Mario Rodriguez is the Executive Director of the Indianapolis Airport Authority. Under his leadership, the airport has had record-breaking passenger traffic, announced major economic development projects, and recognized as Best Airport in North America and U.S. He has also served on the Biden-Harris Presidential Transition Team and U.S. Dept. of Transportation’s Committee for Aviation Consumer Protection for the Biden, Trump and Obama administrations. In addition, he is an active community leader and board member of numerous organizations.
Senior Director of Engineering for Eli Lilly and Company
Tracey Tomchick is a Senior Director of Engineering for Eli Lilly and Company, accountable for ensuring engineering standards of excellence across the global manufacturing and quality organization. In her role, Tracey has responsibility for the Engineering Technology Center in Indianapolis and Drug Product manufacturing sites in the USA, Europe and Asia. Tracey has more than 29 years of engineering and leadership experience across multiple engineering disciplines and technologies.
Client Executive with Google
Aaron Williams is a Client Executive for Google, representing some of Indiana’s largest companies. He has extensive experience partnering with Fortune 500 companies developing their strategic road map for innovation and growth. He is heavily involved in the community with the Boone County Council, Boone County Racial Diversity Coalition, WFYI Public Broadcasting and an Alumni of the American Enterprise Institute. Aaron is also a Trustee at his church and volunteers weekly in the Haughville community, where he was born and raised.