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Center welcomes six new board members

10/17/2022 12AM

CARMEL, Ind. – Six Indiana business and civic leaders have joined the Board of Directors of the nonprofit Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel. Board members serve three-year terms on a volunteer basis.


Elaine Bedel of Indianapolis is the chief executive officer of the Indiana Destination Development Corp., as well as owner and president of Bedel Financial Consulting. She graduated from Hanover College and earned an MBA from Butler University.


Michael L. Kubacki of Westfield is the executive chairman of Lake City Bank and its holding company, Lakeland Financial Corp. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Indiana University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.


Ronald G. Mencias of Carmel is a wealth management advisor and managing director of the Payne & Mencias Group. He holds degrees from Notre Dame University and Butler University.


Soomin Park of Carmel is associate vice president, Clinical Research Systems, Processes and Information, at Eli Lilly and Co. She holds a Ph.D. in statistics from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and an MBA from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.


Minti Ray of Indianapolis is a partner at McKinsey & Company in Chicago. She graduated from Duke University and earned an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.


Tom Urick of Carmel is Senior Vice President/Chief Client Officer with The National Bank of Indianapolis. He graduated from Butler University and holds an MBA from DePaul University.


“We look forward to the contributions these new members will make to the Center’s board,” President/CEO Jeffrey C. McDermott said. “We are fortunate to have such talented leaders in the community who are willing to lend their unique perspectives and expertise to our mission.”


The board officers elected this year are Barbara Branic, Chair; Kathleen Krusie, Vice Chair; Shane Hageman, Secretary; and Sam Muse, Treasurer.


About the Center for the Performing Arts

The mission of the nonprofit Center for the Performing Arts is to engage and inspire the Indiana community through enriching arts experiences. Its campus in Carmel, Indiana, includes the 1,500-seat Palladium concert hall, the 500-seat Tarkington proscenium theater and the black-box Studio Theater. The Center presents and hosts hundreds of events each year, including the Center Presents performance series, featuring the best in classical, jazz, pop, rock, country, comedy and other genres. Educational and experiential programming for all ages includes children’s concerts and camps, book clubs, lectures, and classes in music and dance. The Center is home to the affiliated Great American Songbook Foundation and provides space and support services for six resident arts companies. More information is available at