Governor Daniels Appoints Three to Indiana Arts Commission

Governor Mitch Daniels recently announced the appointment of three Hoosiers to serve on the 15-member Indiana Arts Commission (IAC).

Governor Daniels’ appointments include Jon Ford, Terre Haute; Linda S. Levell, Vincennes; and Carol A. Trexler, Indianapolis.

Mr. Ford is the president of All State Manufacturing, based in Terre Haute, which specializes in the manufacturing and distribution of metal food service equipment.  Mr. Ford is also a founding principal of St. Louis, Missouri based Edison Strategies, a private merger and acquisitions firm that offers listings and guidance to growing companies and the executives who currently run or will run them in the future.  As a frequently published author, Mr. Ford has written about corporate strategies and small business.  Mr. Ford is dedicated to making change in the world through his volunteer work in many diverse organizations, including the Board of Overseers for the Swope Art Gallery; Indiana Manufacturers Association; Indiana Vending Council; and Honey Creek Township Board, as well as others.

Mrs. Levell began her education career in media arts as an Education Advisor for The Letter Shop, a children’s television series developed at Tecumseh-Harrison School in Vincennes.  As part of The Letter Shop team, she was also the co-author of a teacher’s manual for the series.  Mrs. Levell is involved on the Board of Directors of the Knox County Community Foundation, the PACE Policy Council, and has served on the Board of Directors for the Vincennes Education Foundation.  She is also a Beginning Teacher Mentor with the Indiana Professional Standards Board. Mrs. Levell is currently a kindergarten teacher at Vigo Elementary School in Vincennes.

Ms. Trexler is Director of Organizational Effectiveness for Infinity, a Community Health Network product where she conducts corporate training using applied improvisation, role play and video production.  She is currently on the boards of Girls Incorporated of Indianapolis, The Phoenix Theatre and serves on the advisory boards of The Richard G. Lugar Franciscan Center for Global Studies at Marian University and the Indiana Fever. Born in the United States and raised in South America, Ms. Trexler is very active in local Latino affairs. She is past-president of Fiesta Indianapolis and co-chaired the merger of Fiesta Indianapolis, The Hispanic Education Center and The Hispanic Center into La Plaza, bringing together the organizations to better serve the Central Indiana Latino community. She is also an active volunteer for various organizations including Christel House International.

“The Indiana Arts Commission thanks Governor Daniels for the selection of these outstanding individuals to serve on the Commission,” said Lewis C. Ricci, IAC executive director. “Their diverse interests and experience in the arts and education will be critical to furthering the mission of the Indiana Arts Commission.” 

IAC Commissioners are appointed by the Governor to four-year terms. The Governor may re-appoint commissioners for a second four-year term. Commissioners are selected based on their broad range of experience and involvement in community leadership, and interest in advancing the role of the arts in community, economic, educational and cultural development.