The Board of Directors of the Muncie Arts and Culture Council invites MACC members to elect candidates to serve on the MACC Board of Directors. The election period will be open January 1 – January 10, 2018. New board members will be announced Thursday, January 11th at the 2018 MACC Annual Public Reception at Minnetrista.
Current members will be notified by email with information on the board-recommended slate of nominees and access to voting. If you are not yet a MACC member and would like to participate in the election process, learn more about membership and become a MACC member today! Through January 10th, each new member will be notified by email with information on the board-recommended slate of nominees and access to voting.
Rachel Buckmaster is the Assistant Director of the David Owsley Museum of Art at Ball State University. Born and raised in Muncie, Indiana, Buckmaster attended Ball State University, and after graduating with a degree in Political Science in 1995, she worked in state and local government in Indianapolis. In a community relations role with the Mayor’s office for several years, she developed a keen interest in the ways that government and local organizations can collaborate with an energized community to create growth and foster civic engagement. A decade later, she was accepted to the master’s program in Arts Administration and Policy at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she received her MA. Buckmaster spent the next five years working with the school administration in Student Affairs. She returned to Muncie in June of 2016 to join the staff at the David Owsley Museum of Art.
Arne Flaten (Ph.D. Indiana University-Bloomington) is the director of the School of Art and professor of Art History at Ball State University. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Art Studio and English Literature at St. Olaf College and was elected Phi Beta Kappa. Before joining Ball State in 2015, Flaten was chair of Visual Arts at Coastal Carolina University, and from 2008-2010 he was associate dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts at CCU. He is co-founder and former director of Ashes2Art: Digital Reconstructions of Ancient Monuments (www.coastal.edu/ashes2art). In addition to some fifty articles, book chapters, catalogue entries, and conference proceedings, Flaten is author of Medals and Plaquettes 15th to 20th Centuries: The Ulrich Middeldorf Collection(Indiana University Press, 2012). He also is co-editor and contributor to two special issues of Visual Resources: An International Journal of Documentation (2009, 2012); co-editor of two issues of the The Medal (British Museum Press, 2010, 2015); and co-editor and contributor to Mediterranean Archaeometry and Archaeology (2015).
Growing up in a diplomatic family, Dr. Flaten had the opportunity to live and study in various parts of the world, including Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He graduated with high honors from the American International School in Israel, just outside Tel Aviv. Immediately after graduating from college, he bicycled from Amsterdam to Tel Aviv to coach the varsity soccer team at his former high school. Returning to the states the following year, he spent several years designing marketing plans for General Mills in Minnesota. He quit that job in 1992, got married, moved to Rwanda to teach at the International School in Kigali, and began graduate studies the following year.
Heidi Lynn Hale has managed an ever-growing company making high-profile jewelry since she first started selling to friends in 2002. In 2015, Hale opened HeidiJHale Designs + Details retail store in downtown Muncie offering unique, one-of-a-kind pieces. Every piece of jewelry is designed and handcrafted by skilled metalsmiths and local artisans working in the downtown shop.
Suzanne Kadinger is a Certified Public Accountant with over 15 years of experience in the financial services industry. She graduated from Ball State University with degrees in both accounting and finance. Currently in the role of Vice President with Old National Wealth Management, she works as a trust administrator serving individuals, families, and nonprofit organizations. She began her career at Whitinger & Company LLC as a tax preparer, auditor, and financial planner. Prior to joining Old National, Kadinger worked extensively with the nonprofit organizations in Delaware County administering charitable endowment funds and an annual grant making budget of over $2.5 million as Vice President of The Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County, Inc. As a life-long resident of Muncie, Kadinger is passionate about giving back to this community and understands the unique challenges facing nonprofit organizations, especially relating to fundraising and programming.
Ana M. Pichardo
Ana Pichardo is the Director of Communications for Muncie Community Schools with more than 20 years of experience working within the school system. Previously, Pichardo worked as the Visual Arts Educator and Department Chairperson for Muncie Central High School and Wilson Middle School. Her non-profit board service includes Muncie Action Plan, Noon Rotary Board, the Delaware County Prevention Council, and the Back to School Teacher Store.