Meet the Board


Bruce Oakley Erika Hinshaw D. Gaither Donald Lundberg
Bruce Oakley Erika Hinshaw D. Gaither Donald Lundberg
Ed Myers Nancy Larner Ruschman Mike Spilbeler Anne-Marie
Ed Myers Nancy Larner Ruschman Mike Spilbeler Anne-Marie Taylor
Robert Stark Matt Wilhelm Katie Herrold
Robert Stark Matt Wilhelm Katie Herrold

 

Executive Committee

Donald Lundberg – President – Principal, Lundberg Legal

D. Gaither – Vice President; Real Estate Chair – Program Manager, West Indianapolis Development Corporation. “My husband, Jim Gilpin, and I have lived in Irvington since 1981. Our children went to Downey Pre-School and School #57, and our granddaughter goes to Irvington Community School. We love the small town atmosphere in the middle of the city that Irvington brings. I have worked in community development for 20 years and hope I can bring that experience to the IDO Board.”

Tim Henderson – Treasurer – owner, Platform LLC. “My wife and I moved to Irvington in August of 2000. We bought an 1890 Victorian that was formerly carved up into apartments and we have slowly been restoring it. We love the neighborhood and have enjoyed seeing it grow over the last 14 years. Our son attends Our Lady of Lourdes School.”

Anne-Marie Taylor – Secretary – Executive Director, Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center. “I moved from the Chicago suburbs to Indianapolis in 1993, and have lived in Irvington since 2000. My husband Tim and I have a 4-year old daughter, Evyn Grace. We look forward to her growing up in our historic Irvington home, surrounded with active and caring neighbors, flourishing local businesses and an overall very strong quality of life. I have over twenty years of experience working in community-led development, and I hope I can bring that experience to the IDO Board.”

Board Members & Committee Chairs

Katie Herrold – Fundraising Committee Chair –Assistant Professor, Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and IUPUI School of Public and Environmental Affairs. “I moved to Irvington in 2015 and was immediately embraced by the community.  While I am a new resident, Irvington already feels like home.  I love walking in Ellenberger Park, participating in holiday festivals, meeting new friends at the local cafes and restaurants, swimming at the Ransburg Y, and simply living among warm and friendly neighbors.  In my day job I am a faculty member at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, and I look forward to working with the board as we advance IDO’s fundraising strategy.”

Erika Hinshaw – Streetscape Committee Chair – Planning and Data Manager, Downtown Indy. “I fell in love with Irvington when my best friend moved here in 2007. When I moved back to Indianapolis a couple of years later, Irvington was the only neighborhood we looked at. I have a lot of passion for building strong urban neighborhoods with amenities that benefit people of all ages. I joined the IDO board to become a more active member of the neighborhood and to put my master’s degree in Community Planning to good use.”

Jason Koch – DB Engineering

Nancy Larner Ruschman – Project Director, Center for P-16 Research and Collaboration at Indiana University-Bloomington.  “I grew up on the eastside of Indianapolis in Holy Spirit parish, attended both Scecina and Warren Central, received my undergrad and MA degrees from Ball State University. I live in Irvington with my husband, Mark, who serves as the Chief Fine Arts Curator at the State Museum, and my daughter, Alex, who attended the Center for Inquiry downtown and is now at North Central High School. We love Irvington for its tight-knit community and strong history of grass-roots groups that work together to improve our eastside corner of the world. I’ve volunteered with various Irvington groups in the past including the Irvington Guild of Artists, HOOP (Helping Our Own People) and the Children’s Guardian Home. I have many fond memories of Irvington as a kid – going to Ellenberger Park with my mom and brothers and visiting my dad’s independent business, Indiana Surgical Inc., which was located at 5541 E Washington St.”

Bruce Oakley – Owner, Oakley Hammond Funeral Directors

Robert Stark – Co-owner, Jockamo Pizza. “I have lived in the Irvington area my entire life and became an official Irvingtonian in the Fall of 1988 when my wife Laura and I purchased our first Irvington home. We have raised two kids in this neighborhood, started a successful business and made many great friends along the way. This neighborhood is such a great example of what a diversified neighborhood should look like and I would like to see it keep improving and getting better all the while retaining the qualities that make it great.”

Heidi Unger: – Communications Committee Chair, Freelance writer and editor. “Ten years ago, a good friend introduced me to Irvington by inviting me to join her at a Halloween Festival event, and I got a wonderful taste of Irvington history and folklore. Later, I began dating an Irvingtonian and very quickly got involved in neighborhood volunteer efforts with his friends. It’s amazing how easy it was to “find my tribe” in Irvington, do meaningful and fun work, develop lasting friendships, and follow the footsteps of some amazing leaders. Over the past six years, I’ve led the Irvington re-Signed public art project, administered social media accounts that promote neighborhood interests, assisted IDO with producing a monthly e-newsletter, coordinated a community garden that shared produce and educational experiences with students and neighbors, and joined neighbors in numerous community efforts to beautify the neighborhood and prevent crime. I bought my first home here and can hardly imagine living elsewhere. I’m excited for the neighborhood’s future and honored to join the IDO board in working for the benefit of Irvington.”

Organization Representatives

Patricia Waters – Irvington Green Initiative Chair 

Ed Myers – Irvington Garden Club

Don FlickIrvington Historical Society

Mike SpilbelerHistoric Irvington Community Council

Matt WilhelmIrvington Business Association

Executive Director

Margaret Lawrence Banning – “I have worked in the field of urban revitalization for 12 years, and working for IDO gives me a chance to practice in my own backyard what I’ve preached to others. It’s also a way to contribute my little part to my neighborhood that I love so much.”



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