Meet Our Board

Kent Yeager - President

As I drive through the Indiana countryside, I am concerned that our old barns are disappearing so quickly that very few will be left in 15-20 years. These barns are an important and beautiful part of our rural Indiana heritage. 

D. Michael Thompson - Vice President

Mike is an Associate Director of Development at Indiana University-Kelley School of Business.  His involvement in the corporate world adds to his experience.  He enjoys working with private foundations and his volunteer experience is impressive.  Mike has a Master’s in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Mike joined our board in 2019.

Tim Sheets - Treasurer

Tim Sheets grew up on a farm in Northern Indiana and had fond memories of playing in the old barn on his parent's farm at an early age. Many hay forts and elaborate tunnel systems were constructed in that barn.

Tommy Kleckner - Secretary

A native of Iowa, Tommy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Community and Regional Planning from Iowa State University and a Master’s degree in Historic Preservation from Ball State University.

Janet Ayres is professor emerita from Purdue University. She spent her career as a rural development specialist in the Department of Agricultural Economics working with Extension educators across the state. 

Danielle Bachant-Bell

Danielle Bachant-Bell is one of the Indiana Barn Foundation’s Monroe County Reps, is the statewide coordinator of the foundation’s County Rep Program, and has served on the IBF board since 2018.

Duncan Campbell

Duncan Campbell has worked in historic rehabilitation and restoration since 1974, when he began his career as a carpenter and a building contractor. 

Aaron Curtis

Aaron Curtis is the owner and president of Curtis Construction based in Carmel, Indiana. He lives on a historical farm in Rushville, Indiana with his fiancée Heather and her two children.

Sara Edgerton

Sara Edgerton was born and raised on a farm in Grant County, Indiana and spent many hours of her youth working and playing in those barns. 

Cindy Barber

Cindy Barber moved to Washington, Indiana, from Dallas, Texas, in 2003, to keep the farm & historic round barn in the family. Their round barn was built in 1908 by her great-grandfather, Thomas Singleton. In 2016, it was recognized as one of the top 10 Bicentennial Barns of Indiana & in 2019 they received a Sesquicentennial Hoosier Homestead Award, in recognition of the farm being in the same family for over 150 years.

Chris Garvey

Chris Garvey led a subcommittee of the Zionsville Historical Society and gained approval to develop Maplelawn Farmstead, an 1830s farmstead. He led Maplelawn’s effort in creating a 501(c)(3), developing the vision and strategy with the board of directors, and has served as president of the board since its inception.

Gwen Gutwein

Gwen Gutwein has been a successful artist since graduating from Indiana University in the early 80's. She has exhibited her paintings in galleries and museums in Indiana and throughout the United States. 

Cory Harris

Cory is a Public Affairs Manager for the Indiana Soybean Alliance.  He has spent a number of years working in areas related to agriculture. 

Randy Haymaker

A long-time volunteer for his alma mater, Purdue University, Haymaker serves on the state committee of the Council on Agriculture, Research and Teaching. He is a Sagamore of the Wabash and received the Excellence in Leadership Award from the Indiana Economic Development Association where he is a Past President.

Dean Jackson

Dean has 20 years experience in print, broadcast, Internet medial reporting and newsgathering.  He holds a Bachelor of Art in Communications from Huntington University.          

Jill McDevitt

Jill is currently employed by RESCOM Environmental Corporation: she is a Project Manager in their Cultural Resources Department.  Jill has a Masters of Science in Historic Preservation from Ball State University.  Her area of expertise covers historic properties including architecture. She joined the IBF board in 2019.

Lou Malcolmb

Carolyn Marker

Carolyn (Meyer) Marker was raised in Northern Indiana, and some of her first memories are of traveling to farms with her father, a veterinarian. It was in these milk houses, horse stalls and hay mows that she came to know and love old barns. 

Christi Perry

Christi was raised on a farm and always loved hanging out in their barn; especially in the hayloft. Perry graduated from Ball State University with a degree in Journalism, and worked several years at the local newspaper in Lafayette, the Journal & Courier and the Lafayette Magazine. Perry currently works at Purdue University in the Marketing and Media department where she is the Marketing Production Manager.

Laura Weston

Laura is an Administrator and Office Manager for ARCH (archfw.org), an organization focused on architectural preservation.  She has experience working with newspapers and library projects.  Laura has a Bachelor of Science in American History.  Her resume is extensive. Laura joined our board in 2019.

Mac Williams

Mac Williams is a 2003 graduate architect from Ball State University and also holds a mechanical engineering degree from Clarkson University (upstate NY) from 1986.

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