A Board of Trustees retreat in the fall of 2020.

The Orchard School, an independent school incorporated in 1922, is governed by a Board of Governors and a Board of Trustees. Both Boards work in partnership with the Head of School to ensure that Orchard lives its mission to develop and educate the whole child.

The Board of Governors is comprised of past parents, past Trustees, alumni/ae and other members of the Indianapolis community. Members elected after 1999 serve three (3) three-year terms. Honorary non-voting members can be named to recognize extraordinary service to the Orchard community. The work of the Governors focuses on preserving the school’s mission and philosophy, managing the endowment. and supporting Orchard through philanthropy. The Board of Governors meets quarterly.

The Board of Trustees is comprised of current and past parents, alumni/ae and other members of the community. Members elected after 2017 serve three (3) two-year terms; members elected prior to 2016, serve two (2) three-year terms. The work of the Trustees focuses on the general operation of the school, establishing and monitoring policies of the school, and developing long-range and strategic plans for Orchard in partnership with the Head of School. The Board of Trustees meets monthly throughout the school year.
The Governors and the Trustees convene jointly once a year. Both Boards share responsibility for the appointment and evaluation of the Head of School. All other Orchard employees are the purview of the Head of School.
The Head of School is responsible for executing all by-laws and policies established by the Boards. The Head of School oversees day to day operations of the school, including the appointment and evaluation of faculty and staff.

List of 2 frequently asked questions.


    President, Board of Governors
    Philip Genetos

    Vice President, Board of Governors
    Julie Manning Magid

    Treasurer, Board of Governors
    Kevin Martin

    Secretary, Board of Governors
    Suzie Fehsenfeld - Co-Chair Capital Campaign

    Dan Appel

    Governor - Co-Chair Capital Campaign
    William "Bo" Elder, Jr. '65

    Dan Elsener

    Scott Hirschman

    Marcha Bennett
    Jonathan L. Birge
    Mary Caito
    Dr. Gwen Fountain
    Linda Hamilton
    Sue Lerchen
    Cathy Rooney

    Dawn K. Batson, Ph.D.

    Sherri C. Helvie, Ph.D.

    Chair, Board of Trustees
    Dawn K. Batson, Ph.D.

    Vice Chair of BOT, Chair COT
    Tina Korty

    Treasurer, Co-Chair Finance 
    Jordan Kraner

    Secretary, Chair Enrollment Management
    Jennifer Shin

    Head of School
    Sherri C. Helvie, Ph. D.

    Christa Adkins

    Trustee - Chair Diversity Committee
    Lesley Akosa

    Andrew Appel '95

    James Betley '85

    Sujata Chugh

    Trustee - AHA Representative
    Matt Edwards '92

    Trustee - PA President
    Sarah Edwards

    Trustee - Co-Chair Enrollment Management
    Ayana Rowley Henderson '95

    Rich Michal

    Trustee - Chair Development
    Colleen O'Brien

    Kristy Sherman '88

    Maureen Shiel

    Adrianne Glidewell Smith '94

    Trustee - Chair Building & Grounds
    Brandon Sorge

    Kurt Weiper

    Trustee - Chair Governance
    Meredith Thornburgh White '97

Committee Structure:

List of 12 items.

  • Alumni Heritage Association

    Role: The Alumni Heritage Associations supports the school's mission, coordinates and facilitates activities for alumni and friends of the school and serves as a resource and support for the students, faculty and administration.
    2020-2021 President: Tom Dean '60
    Alumni Board Representative: Matt Edwards '92
    Staff Liaison: Stephen Sturman, Director of Institutional Advancement
  • Audit Committee

    Role: The Audit Committee manages and executes The Orchard School's annual audit.
    2020-2021 Chair: Tina Korty
    Staff Liaison: Courtney Williams, Chief Financial Officer
  • Building and Grounds Committee

    Role: The Building and Grounds Committee ensures Orchard’s facilities and grounds support Orchard's progressive mission and experiential educational program, while providing a safe and secure environment. The Committee assists and plans with the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and the appropriate facuty and staff to review the buildings and grounds budget along with major projects impacting the operational budget.
    2020-2021 Chair: Brandon Sorge
    Staff Liaisons: Courtney Williams, Chief Financial Officer
  • Committee on Trustees

    Role: The Committee on Trustees (COT) is comprised of Executive Committee members, Board of Trustee Committee Chairs, the Head of School, the Parents' Association President, and the Alumni Heritage Association representative to the BOT. The COT's primary responsibilities include:
    -       Setting the agenda for monthly full board meetings
    -       Developing and presenting a slate of new Trustees to the full Board
    -       Working in congruence with the Parents' Association and the Alumni Heritage Association

    2020-2021 Chair: Tina Korty
    Staff Liaison: Sherri Helvie, Head of School
  • Development Committee

    Role: The Development Committee supports and provides strategic counsel to the Development Team regarding all areas of fundraising, especially the execution of the Annual Giving campaign, and the Capital Campaign.
    2020-2021 Chair: Colleen O'Brien
    Staff Liaison: Taylor Whitaker, Director of Development
  • Diversity Committee

    Role: The Diversity Committee works actively with the Head of School, the Dean of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, EC/ES and MS Directors, faculty, staff and parents to evaluate the ongoing presence of and commitment to diversity at Orchard. Special attention is focused on monitoring and supporting the key tenets of the Orchard Strategic Plan that relate to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. 
    2020-2021 Chair: Lesley Akosa 
    Staff Liaison: Lisa Pryor, Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Enrollment Management Committee

    Role: The Enrollment Management Committee supports and provides strategic counsel for recruitment and retention of students to Orchard, ongoing cultivation of current families, and outreach on behalf of the school in the larger community in order to ensure that the school population best fits the mission and aims of the school.
    2020-2021 Chair: Jennifer Shin
    Staff Liaison: Stephen Sturman, Director of Institutional Advancement
  • Finance Committee

    Role: The Finance Committee works with the Head of School and the Chief Financial Officer to oversee the financial affairs of Orchard, and review and make recommendations to the respective Boards about the financial affairs and policies of Orchard.
    2020-2021 Governor Co-Chair: Betsy Dustman
    2020-2021 Trustee Chair: Jordan Kraner
    Staff Liaison: Courtney Williams, Chief Financial Officer
  • Governance Committee

    Role: The Governance Committee reviews and updates the by-laws as necessary. The committee also reviews the policies and procedures of the Board of Trustees.

    2020-2021 Chair: Meredith White
  • Joint Committee on Compensation and Evaluation

    Role: The Evaluation and Compensation Committee is comprised of representatives of both Boards including the leaders of both Boards. The committee manages and executes, in cooperation with both Boards and the Head of School, the goal-setting, evaluation, review of the Head, and sets the compensation for the Head of School.

    2020-2021 Co-Chairs: 
    Philip Genetos, President, Board of Governors
    Dawn Batson, Chair, Board of Trustees
  • Orchard Parents' Association

    Role: The Orchard Parents' Association supports The Orchard School mission, programs and activities, and provides a network for parental involvement and communication.

    2020-2021 President and Representative to the Board of Trustees: Sarah Edwards

    Staff Liaison: Stephen Sturman, Director of Institutional Advancement
  • Current Task Forces

    Financial Sustainability - Jordan Kraner/Courtney Williams