Sycamore School Board of Trustees
At Sycamore, we strive to help gifted students become gifted humans – people who are comfortable in their own skin, who think clearly and potently, and who engage the gifts they’ve received with humility and a determination to make the most of their lives.
Ben Pecar (President) is a partner at Barnes & Thornburg LLP, where he is a member of the firm’s Real Estate and Corporate Departments and the Financial Institutions Practice Group. He graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. in political science and received his J.D. from Indiana University School of Law–Bloomington. Ben and his wife, Leslie, are the parents of current student, Jordan (2019). Ben serves on the Board of Directors of the Eskenazi Health Foundation, Phoenix Theatre, and on the Board of Governors of the Indianapolis Museum of Art.
and her husband, Sumeet have been a part of the Sycamore family for nearly ten years and are thankful to Sycamore for imparting an excellent and valuable education to their children, Janvi (class of 2017), Rhea (class of 2018) and Aditya ( class of 2024). Sumeeta earned her physical therapy degree from University of Bombay, Seth G.S. Medical College and K.E.M. hospital. She completed her postgraduate work at University of Indianapolis with an emphasis on Orthopedic and Neurological Rehabilitation. Currently a homemaker, she has worked as a physical therapist in various administrative and clinical settings. Sumeeta co-chairs the Capital Campaign Committee at Sycamore School and is vice-chair of the board of India Association of Indianapolis. In addition, she actively participates in initiatives and local programs supporting cancer survivors and volunteers her time with family at the Hindu Temple of Central Indiana.
Bill Boncosky is a native Hoosier, graduate of North Central High School, Indiana University (B.S. Business Administration ’89) and Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis (J.D. ’92). While at IU, Bill was active in his fraternity and served on the Steering Committee of the IU Student Foundation. Bill began his career in the transactional and commercial litigation departments of Sommer Barnard (later acquired by Taft). After four years, Bill joined his family business, HPS, Inc., as the General Counsel. HPS was sold in 2000, and Bill moved to Denver to work as a corporate attorney with Qwest (now CenturyLink). In Denver, Bill met his wife Lisa. In 2004 Bill moved back to Indy to become the General Counsel at ExactTarget. Bill worked in that role through 2009 when he briefly returned to private practice and formed a new company with a partner to invest in and manage residential real estate. In 2011, Bill purchased Art to Remember, an art-based school fundraising company, and continues to manage the company. Since 2012, AtR has raised over $9 million for art education programs in elementary schools across the U.S. Bill has been married to Lisa since 2004, and they are the proud parents of two Sycamore students, Maggie (class of 2019) and Sam (class of 2021).
Toby Cole and his wife Jennifer have two children at Sycamore, TJ (Class of 2020) and Penny (Class of 2025). He is a native Hoosier and 4th generation graduate from Indiana University. Toby is the managing partner of two family businesses. Cole-Chem Corporation, a specialty chemical company and Grossman Wealth Advisor Group at Morgan Stanley, a private wealth management group for families. He is a past trustee of The Cancer Support Community and Children’s Bureau.
Wendy Harlow is the Director of Philanthropy Programs for the Indianapolis Museum of Art. She has worked in not-for-profit fundraising for over 20 years, specializing in board development and educational institutions. She and her husband Chris (Cummins Inc.) are the parents of Christopher II (Sycamore ’19) and Elizabeth (Sycamore ’21). Wendy is a long-time community volunteer, having served in leadership positions with Indy Reads, the Junior League, Kids’ Voice, and the United Way Management & Governance Board. She has a BA in English Literature from DePauw University.
is an attorney in private practice focusing on corporate, business and commercial real estate law. He received his undergraduate degree from Indiana State University and his J.D. from Drake University. Jeff was a member of the Sycamore Board of Trustees from 1995-2003 and from 2005-2011 and has served as both Treasurer and President of the Board. He and his wife Sharon are the proud parents of Sycamore alums Lindsay (2002) and Alex (2005).Dr. Thomas D. Kaplan, M.D.
, is originally from Baltimore, MD, where he graduated summa cum laude and valedictorian of his medical school class. He trained in orthopaedics at NYU / Hospital for Joint Diseases in New York City, then pursued sub-specialty training in hand, microvascular, and upper extremity surgery at the Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center in 2001. Dr. Kaplan is very involved in the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, and was selected as a Young Leader by the Society in 2007. He has subsequently served on and chaired multiple committees, and is a reviewer for the Journal of Hand Surgery. Dr. Kaplan has a strong commitment to research and education. He has given numerous national and international lectures, and has been published in multiple journals.
Dr. Cory Martinson is from Indianapolis and is a graduate of Bucknell University. She completed her doctorate in medicine at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine in 2005. Her pediatric residency was completed at Boston Children's Hospital. She spent the first part of her career in pediatrics working as a pediatric hospitalist at Boston Children's Hospital before making the move to primary care. She is board certified in pediatrics. She is a new Board of Trustee Member on the Riley Children’s Hospital Board. She has 3 children. Dr. Martinson has been an active participant within the Sycamore community, currently serving on the playground committee.
Sumi Maun is a strategy consultant with Maun Consulting Services, specializing in the healthcare and education industries while concurrently serving as an admissions consultant for the MBA Exchange. She has over 15 years of experience in the consulting space, having formerly worked for McKinsey & Company, Time Warner, and MTV Networks. A native Hoosier, Sumi left the state to get a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences from Northwestern University, followed by her M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Sumi and her husband, Dipen, eventually moved back to Indiana, and they now have two sons attending Sycamore: Avi (Class of 2021) and Shayen (Class of 2024). Sumi is currently a member of the Options Program with the Women's Fund of Central Indiana and has served on the board of the Riley Cheer Guild.
Suzanne (Susie) Tardy Maxwell
, CFR E was recruited to the staff of the Eiteljorg Museum by John Vanausdal in July, 2009 and promoted shortly after to Vice President, Development. Prior to joining the Eiteljorg Museum, she was Associate Head and Director of Development and Alumni Relations at Park Tudor School. After teaching for several years, she worked at The Children' s Museum as Planned Giving Officer. Susie grew up in Bloomington, Indiana and attended Indiana University where she received a B. S. in Education and participated in the IU Masters in Education Program. She became a Certified Fund Raising Executive in 1994. Susie' s leadership in her time at the Children' s Museum helped increase the President ' s Club (major gift donors) from 72 to more than 300 members. She helped establish the Carousel Society and the Ruth Lilly Society. Susie played a major role in the museum's successful $16.5 million capital campaign. She was invited by Park Tudor to direct its Development and Alumni Relations office where she provided the foundation and leadership for an outstanding program of fundraising, including capital campaigns. Susie has a reputation for success, team work, leadership and special events. These skills have helped many organizations and earned her many honors. In 1994 she was the recipient of the Sagamore of the Wabash and many awards from INNSFR E. She was awarded the 2004 Robert Bell Crow Memorial Award by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and numerous other honors.
Dr. Greg A. Merrell, MD received his medical degree from Yale University. He continued at Yale for his orthopaedic residency. Dr. Merrell received his fellowship training in upper extremity and microvascular surgery from Brown University. Dr. Merrell has special interests in wrist arthritis, fracture care, minimally invasive surgery of the elbow and wrist, as well as conditions of the shoulder. He has authored numerous scientific publications and book chapters on the minimally invasive treatment of fractures. Dr. Merrell has an active research program established. He is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Hand Surgery, and a member of the clinical trials and outcomes committee for the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. His research interests include the study of bone healing. Dr. Merrell won the Marshall Urist American Orthopaedic Association award for his research on bone healing. He has written a number of journal articles and book chapters on minimally invasive treatment of scaphoid fractures. He was the invited author from the Journal of Hand Surgery to describe his minimally invasive surgery for the treatment of tennis elbow. Dr. Merrell served as team physician for the 2002 Search for Genghis Khan Expedition to Mongolia. This expedition was featured on a Discovery Channel documentary.
Lily Pai is a LEED certified Architect, small business owner who has worked in architectural practices in the US, UK and India across different sectors of the construction industry. She obtained her B.Architecture from India. She is a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA UK), American Institute of Architects (AIA) and holds a license to practice architecture in the UK, India and Indiana. In addition to a particular interest in Sustainable Architecture, she is also pursuing her creativity through jewelry design. Lily serves on the Advisory Board of the Women’s Fund of Central Indiana. She brings with her a diverse cultural background, strong professional track record and great enthusiasm and commitment to contribute to the community here in Indiana. She is serving on the Buildings and Ground Committee here at Sycamore. Lily and her husband Nayan Acharya have 2 kids Rhea (2017) and Tanay (2019).
Catherine Hagerman Pangan is an Associate Professor and Elementary Program Coordinator at Butler University. She earned her B.S in Elementary Education from Indiana State University and her M.S. in Educational Administration from Butler University. She went on to complete her Ed.D. in Curriculum and Teacher from Teachers College, Columbia University. Additionally, Catherine obtained her Gifted and Talented Endorsement from Ball State University.
David Sheffield is the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Vasey Commercial Heating & Air Conditioning in Zionsville, Indiana. David has experience in the construction and distribution industries with over 20 years’ experience in finance/accounting and management. David has the unique perspective of having at least one child enrolled at Sycamore School continuously since 1996. He has three children Matt (Sycamore class of 2007), Ellie (class of 2008) and Robbie (class of 2016) A graduate of Florida Southern College with a BA in Economics, David also serves on the Indiana chapter of the ESOP Association, is the chairman of the trustees for North United Methodist Church and serves as the President of Devon Country Club in Indianapolis.
is Executive Vice President for The Mutual Fund Store, a national registered investment advisory firm. He also co-hosts The Mutual Fund Show, a syndicated radio show helping people with their finances and investments. He is a frequent contributor to national media regarding the development of financial literacy. Andy currently serves on the boards for the Better Business Bureau, BobDirex Theatre Company, the Marion County Commission on Youth, as well as on the Expert Advisory Board for A Place for Mom, the largest senior living referral service in the country. A graduate of Purdue University, Andy is married to Melissa, and they have two children attending Sycamore: Jonah (Class of 2022) and Maren (Class of 2023).
Christine Smith is a Senior Manager at Deloitte LLP and her career at Deloitte spans over 16 years advising complex, cross-border clients and clients teams. Chris started her career with Deloitte in the audit practice where she earned her CPA license and then moved on to hold a variety of accounting advisory client service roles in mergers and acquisitions, international accounting standards, initial public offerings readiness and execution, and cross-border project management. Her current role is an industry specialist for the life sciences and healthcare industry in the Americas region, which includes Deloitte’s practices in Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, and other industry-relevant countries across Central and South America. Chris has been a passionate advocate for Deloitte’s innovative women’s initiate (WIN) program, which focuses on advising high performing women in the firm to grow into the next generation of leaders. Chris has also facilitated numerous trainings nationally and internationally, for technical accounting, career development, and client excellence. Chris was a founding member of Sycamore School. She graduated from Sycamore in 1992 with much pride for the school which she continues to hold to this day. Of the 10 members of the class of 1992, most remain connected to each other through the bond that formed with being a part of this special institution. Chris and her husband Alex are parents to Annabelle, 4, and AJ, 2. Annabelle is a current Sycamore student and AJ is a Sycamore hopeful!
Brian C. Tabor
is Executive Vice President of the Indiana Hospital Association. Prior to joining IHA in 2008, he worked in various policy roles for the Indiana General Assembly and in government relations for the Indiana Association of REALTORS®. He serves on the governing boards of the Government Affairs Society of Indiana, Covering Kids and Families of Indiana, and the Indiana Health Information Exchange. Brian is native of Connecticut and graduated from Purdue University with a B.A. in Political Science and an M.S. in Agricultural Economics. He and his wife, Dawn Brooks, Ph.D., have two daughters: Evelyn (Sycamore 2018) and Lillian (Sycamore 2022).
LeTina Tandy works for Synovia Solutions in inside sales and also is a realtor part time. As an active member of the Path to Sycamore Task Force, she has contributed significant time and expertise. LeTina is pursuing her Master’s Degree in Business Administration at Indiana Wesleyan and is very involved with the Emerson Avenue Church of Christ. She is the parent of 2nd grader Arthur (AJ) Rhea and two other sons, one of which was in the gifted program through Warren Township at least 11 years ago. Andrew now attends Wabash College. Hopefully, the youngest, Alexander, will be joining the Sycamore family within the next three years. LeTina also cares for her nephew and niece. Sydney, 15 attends Heritage Christian and Samuel, 11 attends The Oaks Academy. LeTina looks forward to her future with Sycamore and all the potential ways of serving.