The Indiana Charter School Board consists of nine members. The members are appointed by the following elected officials:
- Governor appoints four members. Not more than two (2) may be members of the same political party;
- Superintendent of Public Instruction appoints one member with previous experience with or on behalf of charter schools;
- Senate President Pro Tem appoints one member;
- Senate Minority Leader appoints one member;
- Speaker of the House of Representatives appoints one member; and
- Minority Leader of the House of Representatives appoints one member.
Members appointed by General Assembly leadership cannot be current legislators. Board members, who are appointed to serve four-year terms, are ultimately responsible for the ICSB’s authorizing activities, including decisions to grant, renew and/or revoke a charter.
Kim Preston (board chair)
Director of Development, Foundation for Excellence in Education
Kim Preston serves as Director of Development at the Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd) where she is responsible for national and state-specific fundraising efforts. In her previous role as Midwest Regional Advocacy Director for ExcelinEd, Kim developed, implemented and maintained state advocacy components of annual policy action plans for the eleven states in her region (including Indiana). She has also held policy and communications roles at the Indiana Department of Education, the Indianapolis Mayor’s Office and the United States Senate. Kim earned her B.A. in Communications and Public Relations from Purdue University and her M.A. in Journalism from Indiana University.
Jill Robinson Kramer, PhD (vice-chair)
Principal Consultant, JRK Consulting
Dr. Jill Robinson Kramer currently works as the principal consultant for JRK Consulting. She most recently served as the Vice President for Operation Strategies at the Strada Education Network. Prior to her service at Strada, Dr. Kramer was the Associate Vice President for Planning and Grants at Ivy Tech Community College. She served as a Senior Program Officer at Lumina Foundation for Education where she was responsible for managing grants and building collaborations of funders and community leaders. Dr. Kramer was also the Associate Director of Special Events for The Hudson Institute in Indianapolis. A graduate of Hanover College, Dr. Kramer also has a Masters in Philanthropic Studies from Indiana University and a PhD in Education Leadership from Indiana State University. She was appointed to the ICSB by Indiana House of Representatives Speaker Brian Bosma.
Virginia Calvin, Ed.D.
Former Chancellor, Ivy Tech Community College-North Central
Dr. Virginia Calvin has served the community as an educator and community leader for over 30 years. In 1993 she was named superintendent of the South Bend Community School Corporation –the first woman and the first African American to hold that position. While serving as superintendent, Dr. Calvin moved the corporation out of a deficit, initiated various programs for at-risk students and increased school campus security. In 2000, Dr. Calvin became chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College-North Central which has campuses in South Bend, Elkhart and Warsaw. As chancellor, she helped expand the college’s mission from a career/technical institution to a full service community college. Calvin’s region was the first to offer the associate of arts degree which benefited students who wanted to complete the first two years of a bachelor’s degree at Ivy Tech and then transfer to a four-year institution. Dr. Calvin was appointed to the ICSB by Governor Mike Pence.
Vice President of Public Policy, Cook Group
Gretchen Gutman has worked in government relationship and policy for over 20 years. She currently serves as the Vice President of Public Policy for the Cook Group. Prior to joining the Cook Group, Ms. Gutman was the Associate Vice President for Governmental Relations at Ball State University. Her other experiences include being the chief advisor to the Senate Finance Committee of the Indiana General Assembly as as a partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP. Ms. Gutman earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from Indiana University and her law degree from the Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis. She was appointed by Senate President Pro Tem David Long.
Director of Community Initiatives, Center for Rural Engagement
Janet Rummel is the Director of Community Initiatives at the Indiana University Center for Rural Engagement, where she cultivates relationships with stakeholders and leaders in key sectors and communities throughout rural Indiana. Her focus is to develop and implement initiatives which are collaborative, scalable, and replicable throughout the state and the nation. Janet previously served as Vice President for Workforce Alignment at Ivy Tech Community College and Executive Director of Goodwill Education Initiatives.A 20-year veteran educator, Ms. Rummel has provided consulting services to hundreds of schools and thousands of teachers across the country in the areas of curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Ms. Rummel has also held the positions of Vice President of College and Career Readiness at the Common Core Institute; Mathematics and Science Assessment Specialist at the Indiana Department of Education; and multiple roles at Zionsville Community Schools. Ms. Rummel has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Biology from DePauw University, a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Indiana University, and she is currently completing a PhD in Curriculum Studies with research interests in alternative teacher certification, multicultural education, and critical pedagogy. Ms. Rummel was appointed to the ICSB by Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Jennifer McCormick.
MaryAnn Schlegel Ruegger
Attorney at Law
MaryAnn Schlegel Ruegger was appointed to the ICSB by Indiana House of Representatives Minority Leader Phil GiaQuinta.
Dr. Michelle Gough
Senior Vice President, Project Lead the Way
Michelle Gough was appointed to the ICSB by Govenor Eric Holcomb.
Dr. Vanessa Allen McCloud
President & CEO of the Urban League of Northwest Indiana
Dr. Vanessa Allen McCloud was appointed to the ICSB by Govenor Eric Holcomb.
Dean of Students, Gary Community School Corporation
Leslie Dillon is a Dean of Students for the Gary Community School Corporation, where she has taught for 15 years as an Adapted and General Physical Education Teacher. She also serves as the Teacher Representative for The Gary Teachers Union, Local #4 AFT. She received her Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Physical Education from Ball State University, and her Master’s of Science Degree in Kinesiology from Texas Woman's University. Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane appointed Leslie Dillon to the ICSB.