About Us :
The Indiana Charter School Board has a seven-member Board appointed in the following manner: two members, who may not be from the same political party, are appointed by the Governor; one member, who has previous experience with or on behalf of charter schools, is appointed by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction; and four additional members, who may not be legislators, appointed as follows: (a) one member appointed by the president pro tempore of the senate; (b) one member appointed by the minority leader of the senate; (c) one member appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives; and (d) one member appointed by the minority leader of the house of representatives.
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.
Joshua Owens (acting chair)
Instructor of MIS & Economics, Butler University, Indianapolis, Indiana
Josh Owens is an instructor of economics and statistics in the Butler University College of Business and has led the successful development of multiple online courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Prior to joining the Butler University faculty, he helped grow two local technology start-ups as the Budgets and Analytics Manager at Angie’s List and Director of Business Development for One Click Ventures. In addition, he also worked on economic, education, and health policy issues in the U.S. House of Representatives for Congressman Luke Messer (IN-06). Josh was the 2015 Excellence in Teaching award winner for the Butler College of Business and earned his MSc in Economic History at the London School of Economics and BA in Economics at Wabash College. Mr. Owens was appointed to the ICSB by Governor Mike Pence.
Science Department Chair, Lincoln High School, Vincennes, Indiana
Mr. Battles has served the State and his community as a teacher for over 30 years, teaching both high school math and chemistry. He is currently the Chair of the Science Department at Lincoln High School in Vincennes, Indiana. From 2006 – 2014, he was State Representative for the 64th and 45th Districts, where he served as chairman of the House Committee on Elections and Apportionment Committee and Vice Chair of the House Standing Committee on Commerce, Energy, Technology, and Utilities. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Math Education and a Masters in Secondary Education from Indiana State University. He has been married to his wife Susan for 37 years and has two children and five grandchildren. Mr. Battles was appointed to the ICSB by House Minority Leader Scott Pelath.
Owner & #EdTech Educator, eLeader Academy
DeLyn Beard serves as an eLearning Coach in the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation in Evansville, Indiana. She supports K-12 teachers in the district by providing professional development opportunities in instructional technology. Prior to that, she taught elementary and middle level grades in both general education and special education settings for 17 years. She is a member of the Indiana State Teachers Association, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Evansville Teachers Association. In 2011, she started an after-school technology club, Oak Hill eLeaders. This team of 4th and 5th grade students travelled to educational conferences around the country to teach teachers how to maximize student learning and leadership through technology. Ms. Beard and the Oak Hill eLeaders were recognized in 2013 by the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation by receiving the first of its kind, the EVSC Outstanding Teacher-Student Award. In 2014, she and her Oak Hill eLeaders were recognized by the Evansville community when they received the Leaders in Technology Award sponsored by Leadership Evansville. She is the founding owner of eLeader Academy, a company that serves to empower youth in the digital age. The eLeader Academy provides various technology and leadership classes and camps during the after-school and weekend hours. She holds a Master of Education in Educational Leadership and a Master of Science in Special Education, both from Indiana State University. Ms. Beard was appointed to the ICSB by Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane.
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 fullservice 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.
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.
Jill Robinson Kramer
Associate Vice President for Planning and Grants, Ivy Tech Community College
Jill Robinson Kramer has worked throughout the community to provide a great impact on both higher education and philanthropy. She currently serves as the Associate Vice President for Planning and Grants at Ivy Tech Community College. Ms. Kramer is responsible for monitoring and working with strategic and college leaders to integrate strategic initiatives throughout Ivy Tech’s 14 regional campuses. Prior to her role at Ivy Tech, Ms. Kramer worked at the Lumina Foundation for Education as a Senior Program Officer where she was responsible for managing grants and building collaborations of funders and community leaders. Ms. Kramer was also the Associate Director of Special Events for The Hudson Institute in Indianapolis. A graduate of Hanover College, Ms. Kramer has a Masters in Philanthropic Studies and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Education Leadership Administration at Indiana State University. She was appointed to the ICSB by Indiana House of Representatives Speaker Brian Bosma.