Board of Directors

Below you will find a list of the current Senior Academy board officers. Click on the + icon to find contact information and learn more about the board member.

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Unit/School Affiliation at Retirement: Office of the Chancellor

Additional Board Role: Chair – Spirit and Place Committee, Co-Chair – Philanthropic Outreach

Christine Fitzpatrick retired from IU Indianapolis in 2019 after a career with Indiana University that spanned more than three decades. After graduating from Ball State University with an M.A. in English, Christine joined the School of Engineering and Technology at IU Indianapolis as part-time lecturer of Technical Communication and an administrator, advancing to assistant dean for student and academic affairs. Having developed an interest in computers and writing during those years, Christine pursued and earned a doctorate in instructional systems technology with IU’s School of Education and found further opportunities to grow professionally with UITS and the Office of the Vice President for IT.

Christine’s third chapter at IU Indianapolis began at the invitation of Nasser H. Paydar, in his role as executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer at IU Indianapolis, and continued as his chief of staff in the Office of the Chancellor.

Now in a new life chapter, Christine is happy to be involved with IU Indianapolis’s Senior Academy. She teaches online courses for the Technical Communication program, supports the arts, volunteers within her community, and enjoys spending time with her large extended family.

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Unit/School Affiliation at Retirement: School of Medicine

Additional Board Role: Chair – Scholarship Committee

Biography: Steve Kirchhoff served as director of Medical Service Learning in the Office of Medical Student Affairs at the School of Medicine (IUSM) from 2007 until his retirement in 2014. He previously served as the Office of Medical Service-Learning administrator and as a business manager in both the Department of Pediatrics and the Department of Medicine. He served as mentor, business manager, and project resource for medical student volunteer project leaders at the nine IUSM campuses. This position provided a challenging and rewarding opportunity to work closely with and support these future physicians as they further developed their community service ethic.

He has a special interest and expertise in nonprofit board governance having served in key board officer roles on a number of nonprofit agency boards. These boards included Mental Health America of Greater Indianapolis, the Indiana Schweitzer Fellows, the Christamore House Community Center (President), Metro Ministries (President), the Community Service Council, and the American Heart Association—Marion County Chapter. He also served as an agency evaluation site team member and leader for the United Way of Central Indiana.

Steve has continued to volunteer for a variety of organizations since retirement including the IUSM, the Metropolitan School District--Wayne Township, Families First, United Way of Central Indiana (Always United program), and Fairfield Friends. He also enjoys hiking with the Indianapolis Hiking Club and learning new languages.

He and his wife Venita live in Plainfield and have two grown children, Erin and Matt, and two granddaughters, Ada and Eleanor.

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Unit/School Affiliation at Retirement: School of Engineering and Technology

Biography: Nancy grew up in Indianapolis and began her university studies at Indiana University Bloomington, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in microbiology. Following work in both research and clinical lab positions, she decided on a different career path and enrolled at IU Indianapolis in the Division of Engineering, earning both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in interdisciplinary engineering. After teaching part-time for several years, she received a lecturer appointment in the Freshman Engineering Program at IU Indianapolis in 1988. Her duties included teaching, curriculum development, academic advising, and program administration. She served freshman engineering students in this position for 34 years, retiring in 2022. In addition to directing the Freshman Engineering Program, she served as Director of the School of Engineering and Technology Advising Center for several years and as the coordinator of IU Indianapolis engineering dual degree programs with universities in Indiana, Malaysia, and several other countries.

 One goal of retirement has been to spend more time with her family, so since retiring she has been sharpening her babysitting skills. She is also board chair of her church, treasurer of her condo HOA, and chair of the scholarship selections committee of her high school alumni association. She enjoys volunteering, hiking, and playing the piano.

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Unit/School Affiliation at Retirement: Division of Finance and Administration

Additional Board Role: Chair – Finance Committee

Biography: Gabrielle Bovenzi is a project manager and team leader with extensive operational experience and has over three decades of service at IU Indianapolis, many of which were leadership positions within student financial services. Gabrielle steered many initiatives which required expertise in business process design, analysis, and implementation of new practices. As assistant vice chancellor for administration and chief of staff for the Vice Chancellor of Finance and Administration, Gabrielle provided direction on varied division, campus, and university projects and committees to include Policy Advisory, Emergency Preparedness, Incident Management Executive Advisory, and Parking Advisory. In addition, Gabrielle had strategic oversight responsibilities for the Office of Sustainability and the Office for Intergroup Dialogue.

Gabrielle served six years as the Student Information System Student Financials (SIS SF) team lead on the successful multi-campus software (PeopleSoft) implementation. Concurrently, she served on the international PeopleSoft/Oracle Higher Education User's Group Product Advisory Group (HEUG PAG) for student financials. Gabrielle earned a Master of Business Administration from Indiana University and a certificate from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education Institute for Higher Education Management Development Program.

In retirement, Gabrielle has enjoyed time for family, travel, volunteering, and hiking with the Indianapolis Hiking Club.

Below you will find a list of the current Senior Academy board members.

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Unit/School Affiliation at Retirement: Office of International Affairs

Biography: Sara Allaei (M.A. Applied Linguistics, IU Bloomington) joined the IU Indianapolis Department of English in January 1987 as the first full-time lecturer in the ESL Program, helping international students and new immigrants develop their academic English skills. In 1991, she transitioned to the Office of International Affairs as an assistant director and subsequently served in a variety of international services-focused roles, including executive director. She witnessed firsthand the growth of IU Indianapolis’s international student enrollment from 350 to more than 2000 students and feels honored to have played a key role in growing IU Indianapolis’s global profile.

Recently retired as of December 2022, Sara has lined up plenty to stay busy: international and stateside travel, volunteering with Kids Voice as a CASA (court-appointed special advocate) and singing with the Indianapolis Women’s Chorus. She is also serving as a consultant/trainer for the student success component of a US-Pakistan higher education strengthening project funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development.

One of the best parts of working in international affairs was the opportunity to work with colleagues in virtually every program and department across campus. Through the Senior Academy, Sara looks forward to the opportunity to continue to serve and stay in touch.

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Unit/School Affiliation at Retirement: Office of Academic Affairs

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Unit/School Affiliation at Retirement: School of Social Work

Biography: Lorraine C. Blackman is a native of Nashville, Tennessee.  She is a graduate of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, The University of Tennessee, and Florida State University.  Her clinical and administrative practice in the field of mental health spans more than 40 years.  The scope of her practice has included individual, marital, family, and group therapy, family life education, employee assistance, consultation, and administration.

She served the Nashville Veterans Administration Medical Center for 9 years in Social Work Service, as a treatment coordinator on Mental Health and Behavioral Services, and as the Employee Assistance Coordinator for the medical center. She consulted with the Congressional Black Caucus Veterans Braintrust to improve services to Black veterans and their families. Invited by Congressperson Julia Carson (D-IN), she also presented to the CBC on domestic violence as a public health crisis.

Her consultative services extended also to the University of Ljubljana School of Social Work (Slovenia), U.S. Department of Human Services, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Urban Institute, and the Indiana General Assembly. The focus of her work was on improving the quality of life for children, couples, and families.

A member of the faculty of the Indiana University School of Social Work since 1992, she holds the rank of Associate Professor Emeritus, retiring in 2014.  To build professional capacity in Indiana to provide ethnic and gender sensitive family life education, one of her major accomplishments was to provide leadership to develop campus-wide undergraduate and graduate certificate programs in Family Life Education.

Additionally, the continuation of her doctoral research at Indiana University culminated in the publication of two family life education curricula: The African American Marriage Enrichment Program: How to Make Your Good Thing Better and The African American Parent Training Program: Pulling Together to Rear Our Children - They Grow Up Only Once!. Both curricula are available through the African American Family Life Education Institute, LLC.

The Indiana University phase was a collaborative partnership among the IU School of Social Work, the Father Resource Program at Wishard Health Services, the M.L. King Center, and Robinson Community AME Church.  The research partnership was funded by the Lily Endowment, Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (TANF), the Moriah Fund, and the Indianapolis Foundation. It included five graduate fellowships for African American students who earned both the MSW and the graduate certificate in Family Life Education.

At the African American Healthy Marriage Research Conference in 2009, she was recognized nationally as a “pioneer” in marriage education for African Americans and a trusted consultant on family policy at the state and local levels. As an expert in this area, Dr. Blackman was invited to co-author two cutting edge, nationally acclaimed publications:

  1. Blackman, L; Clayton, O.; Glenn, N.; Malone-Colon, L.; and Roberts, A. (2005). The Consequences of Marriage for African Americans. New York: Institute for American Values.
  2. Aird, E. G.; Blackman, L.C.; Clayton, O.; and Robinson, R. (2006). Strengthening the Family: Our Foundational Covenant.  Cambridge, MA: Jamestown Project Press. 


Dr. Blackman also was recognized by the IU Indianapolis campus as a featured scholar whose “translation of research into curricula to address family life issues is another excellent example of how IU Indianapolis's faculty members are TRANSLATING their RESEARCH INTO PRACTICE.”

Since becoming an emeritus faculty member, Dr. Blackman has continued clinical practice with families, tutoring MSW’s for the Licensed Clinical Social Worker examination, and serving on the board of the IU Indianapolis Senior Academy (2014-2019). In her board capacity, she led the planning and implementation of a symposium entitled “Reducing Depression and Suicide among Children and Adolescents in Indiana: A Panel Discussion on What Works held in the IU Indianapolis Campus Center (Click here to view handouts from the event) and a professional development luncheon entitled, “Defeating Cyber Insecurity (Click here to view handouts from the event).’ She also served as an invited consultant to the Pike Township Committee to Support Women Veterans

Appreciation Retreat 2018 (See The goal of the retreat was to empower women veterans to be productive family and community members.

To strengthen families, Dr. Blackman’s extensive curriculum vitae demonstrates her strong public health perspective. Therefore, her teaching, research and service have spanned a broad array of subjects including unwanted pregnancies and babies; family violence, community violence, HIV-AIDS among 10-17-year old’s, as well as veterans’ mental health. The faith community has been a consistent, integral partner in her career.

Curriculum Vitae Available Upon Request

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Unit/School Affiliation at Retirement: Kelley School of Business

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Unit/School Affiliation at Retirement: IU Indianapolis Alumni Relations

Additional Board Role: Chair – Bepko Medallion Committee

Biography: Sharon Holland came to IU Indianapolis in 1971, and in 1973, she moved to the IU Indianapolis Office of Alumni Relations as office manager, where she remained for the duration of her career, retiring in January 2020 as director of alumni and special programs. Throughout her time at IU Indianapolis, Sharon worked directly with a number of IU Indianapolis school-based alumni groups, as well as with the Central Indiana Chapter of the IU Alumni Association.

Beginning in 1974, Sharon became integrally involved in the presentation of IU Indianapolis Commencement. Within a few years, she took on local responsibility for the university ceremonies and the individual school ceremonies, working with a campus Commencement Committee comprised of representatives from each academic unit. In addition, she oversaw the ordering and distribution of academic apparel for both students and faculty, coordinated content of the printed program, worked with members of the committee on their respective needs for individual school ceremonies and coordinated this information with assigned staff at the Indiana Convention Center—the site of all ceremonies. Working with other Alumni Office staff as well as individuals on the Bloomington campus, she oversaw setup for all ceremonies at the Convention Center on commencement weekend as well as production of the university ceremonies, including coordinating information and contact with members of the platform party.

Sharon also played a pivotal role in the creation and execution of the first 10 years of the IU Indianapolis Regatta, now a function of the IU Indianapolis Division of Student Affairs. An additional aspect of her career, and one of which she is very fond, was responsibility for the IU Indianapolis/IU Calliope, a steam-powered instrument mounted in a circus wagon, which was built on the IU Indianapolis campus by the Alumni Office—with help from several other units on campus—for entry to the 500 Festival Parade in 1976. Following that appearance, the Calliope was made available by the Indianapolis Alumni Office to other parades, mostly in Indiana. Scheduling, staffing, and maintaining the Calliope was Sharon’s responsibility for a good part of its existence. The Calliope is owned by the IU Alumni Association and is currently stored in Bloomington.

Sharon has been blessed with the opportunity to have a varied and fulfilling career at IU Indianapolis, not the least of which was the chance to get to know so many wonderful colleagues, a number of whom are already on this board!

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Unit/School Affiliation at Retirement: IU Columbus

Additional Board Role: Representative – University Relations

Georgia Blair Miller (Ed.D. University of Kentucky) began her IU career in 1976 as one of the first three female tenure-track faculty in the School of Business at IU Bloomington. She moved to IU Indianapolis a few years later as assistant dean, where administrative leadership and undergraduate program development introduced her to the exciting early days of IU Indianapolis. By the early 90’s, her involvement in information technology led to a role as director of integrated technologies, focusing on internal systems and on community relations as the Mayor’s High Tech Task Force worked to position Indy as a leader in this developing technology world.

As a teacher educator, she taught many high school teachers about teaching in this new business education field of information systems/technology. On a national level, she was a leader in the development of an administrative systems college curriculum - structure and content, including support of development of textbooks.

Local, regional, and national/international leadership in DPMA (now ITPA) with about 50,000 members at the time was useful experience in working with and managing diverse groups of people, planning and implementation of annual and long-term work, and working with boards, volunteers, and staff. She has served on boards of other local and national business, education, and civic groups, and has been recognized for outstanding service in education and business.

During the last decade or so before retirement in 2011, she moved to IU Columbus, creating the BS and MBA business programs as division head as well as the Center for Business and Economic Development. At campus level, she served as senior advisor to the vice chancellor and dean, primarily related to external relations.

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Unit/School Affiliation at Retirement: Former School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

Biography: Becky’s affiliation with IU Indianapolis began with her birth in Coleman Hospital for Women which is now Coleman Hall. Ironically, her career at IU Indianapolis ended with an office in the same building after a long history of being connected with IU Indianapolis. She started her college career with a summer course at the IU Extension in Indianapolis before spending two years at IU Bloomington returning to IU Indianapolis to complete her B.S. in Physical Therapy (PT). She worked as a physical therapist at Riley Hospital for Children (which was still part of IU at that time), gradually began in assisting in the PT academic program, joined the faculty full-time, and evolved to the role of program director. Along the way she completed her Indiana University Masters in Allied Health Education and Ph.D. in Medical Neurobiology.

Her involvement with faculty governance included service as president of the IU Indianapolis Faculty Council and co-secretary of the IU Faculty Council. This lead to service as a faculty liaison for IU President Myles Brand and faculty fellow with Dean of Faculties William Plater. In a career twist, she became the interim and then permanent associate vice chancellor for enrollment management at IU Indianapolis. At the point of retirement, she had the opportunity to return to her home school as interim dean of the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences as it transitioned through its merger with the School of Physical Education and Tourism Management to become the School of Health & Human Services.

With this sense of IU Indianapolis as home, she is delighted to remain engaged with the activities of the Senior Academy and welcomes you in joining us.

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Unit/School Affiliation at Retirement: Herron School of Art + Design

Additional Board Role: Liaison – Chair, Last Lecture Committee

Jean is a native of Mt. Kisco, New York. She earned her B.A., M.A.,, and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. Her first professional career was as an art museum director and curator, then in 1989 she switched to teaching at the university level. A member of the Herron School of Art and Design faculty since 1995, she holds the rank of Chancellor's Professor Emeritus, retiring in December, 2019. She is grateful to Herron for an immensely enjoyable 25 years teaching amazing and creative students, and collaborating with talented faculty and staff colleagues. Her research specialization is art history and theory of the late 20th and 21st centuries, viewed in a global context.  

Through the Senior Academy, Jean is happy to continue serving the Indianapolis campus and interacting with former colleagues and new friends. In retirement, she continues to write and publish, including serving as co-lead author of The History of Art: A Global View (Thames & Hudson, 2021), and Themes of Contemporary Art: Visual Art after 1980 (Oxford University Press, 2022), the latter co-authored with her husband Craig McDaniel, also a retiree from Herron/IU Indianapolis, and a member of the Senior Academy. More importantly, retirement provides her with more time for family and friends as well as travel, reading, gardening, and new pursuits. 

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