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.
Mike Rosiello (President) is of counsel at Barnes & Thornburg LLP, where he practiced law as a commercial litigator for more than 35 years. He now teaches a course on Pretrial Litigation at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. He received his B.A. from Columbia University in economics and his J.D. from Stanford University. Mike and his wife, Patty, are the parents of two Sycamore alumni, Nick (Class of 2001) and Chris (Class of 2002). He was a member of the Sycamore Board from 1995 to 2003, serving as President from 2000 to 2003. Mike is currently a member of the United Way of Central Indiana’s Community Planning and Research Committee and Public Policy Subcommittee.
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 $9MM 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).
Bob Brody is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Franciscan St. Francis Health. Bob has been active in many community organizations, including the Catholic Community Foundation, Inc., The Children’s Museum, the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library Foundation, and the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce. He received his undergraduate degree at Boston College and his Master’s degree from Duke University. Bob, and his wife Helen, are parents of three Sycamore Alums, Scott (2002) and Mary (2006) and Courtney (2013).
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. He began his career in 1995 at a boutique wealth management firm founded by a private equity group in Dallas, TX. In 1998 he purchased a broker-dealer in Indianapolis to pursue asset management and investment banking. From 2002 to 2008 he was an owner of four companies that spanned from Los Angeles to Ghana, Africa. They were diversified in global transportation, financial services outsourcing, data-mining technology and biotech. In 2008 he re-entered the private wealth management arena as a partner with his financial advisor and mother, Jill Grossman, to form the Grossman Wealth Advisor Group. He is a past trustee of The Cancer Support Community and Children’s Bureau.
Laura Conder is the President of Chase Student Loans, the fourth largest provider of student loans in the country. She has been with Chase and predecessor firms for over 20 years. Laura is a native of Arlington Heights, Illinois. She moved to the Indianapolis area in 1991, after completing her studies at the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University with degrees in accounting and finance. She met her husband, Dan, at Purdue. Laura and Dan reside in Carmel with their two daughters, Catherine (Sycamore Class of 2018) and Elizabeth (Sycamore Class of 2021). Laura is an active member of Second Presbyterian Church, and she enjoys traveling with her family.
Wendy Harlow is a philanthropy consultant. She has worked in not-for-profit fundraising for over 20 years, specializing in board development and educational institutions. She was previously the Executive Director of Development for Butler University before she retired in 2012. She and her husband Chris (Cummins Crosspoint) 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.
Jeff Hearn 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).
Kathy Hackwelder is the Past- President of the Sycamore School Association, serving in that capacity for the 2015-2016 school year. She holds a BBA in Accountancy from the University of Notre Dame. After completing her degree, she earned her CPA while working as an auditor for PricewaterhouseCoopers. She then returned to Notre Dame, where she was an editor for The Notre Dame Law Review while earning her law degree. After law school, she worked in mergers and acquisitions at the Jones Day law firm in Cleveland, before deciding to stay home to raise her children. She and her husband Scott are the proud parents of Emily (2021) and Steve (2023).
Jessica Lee is a native of Jackson, Tennessee. She spent her undergraduate years at Mississippi State University pursuing a pre-pharmacy degree. She completed her Doctorate of Pharmacy (PharmD) at the University of Tennessee in Memphis. She worked initially with Rite Aid pharmacy. From 2003 to 2006, she was a Staff Pharmacist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. In 2006, she retired from her pharmacy career to raise her children. Jake (9), Ford (8) and Leni (5) all attend Sycamore School where Jessica serves as the current SSA President.
Monique Hunt McWilliams was named chief diversity officer at Eli Lilly and Company in 2013. Prior to her role as chief diversity officer, McWilliams was assistant general counsel, litigation and legal compliance at Lilly, where she has worked in a variety of legal positions since joining the company in 1998.Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, McWilliams has a law degree from Indiana University. She has been recognized for her commitment and advocacy for diversity within the legal profession, receiving the Pepper Hamilton 2009 Champion of Diversity Award. In her time away from work, she enjoys spending time with her family. McWilliams and her husband have two children, Jasmine (’16) and T.J. (’19).
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.
Michael Mervis is a Director for Mervis Industries, a diversified family business with 18 divisions and affiliated companies that operate in four states. He and his wife, Julie, have four sons, Isaac (2011), Joseph (2013), Sam and Gabe (2018). A graduate of Indiana University, Michael was a physics teacher and coach for sixteen years before joining the family business. He was attracted to Sycamore School by the quality of Sycamore graduates. He has served on the Sycamore Board of Trustees as the chair of the Buildings and Grounds and Development committees, and is currently on the Board of Trustees for the Danville Area Community College Foundation, on numerous state and national boards and committees for the recycling industry, and is president of the Mervis Family Foundation
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 Universit 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.
Ben Pecar 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.
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.
Andy Smith 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).
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).
Tammy Wilkerson is a native of upstate New York. After receiving her B.A. degree in Government and Psychology from Colby College (Maine), she worked in corporate actions for State Street Corporation in Boston and London. After earning her M.B.A. in Marketing and International Business from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, Tammy worked for Eli Lilly in marketing and market research before deciding to stay home and raise her two sons. Tammy and her husband AJ are the proud parents of Ben (2020) and Adam (2022). Tammy enjoys running and traveling with her family.