As the culinary division of Harrison College, The Chef's Academy is governed by the Harrison College Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees is responsible for the oversight of Harrison College. The Trustees adopt rules, regulations, and policies governing the College. They review and approve the long-range plan, annual institutional effectiveness, and the College's mission statement. The Trustees have authority over curricula, facilities, degree conferment, and ensure compliance with all regulatory agencies that have jurisdiction over the College. The five-member Board meets four times per year.
Denny Sponsel purchased RJE Business Interiors in 2000 with over 30 years of experience in the furniture industry. RJE is a contract office furniture dealership representing over 100 lines of furniture and office accessories, the primary vendor being Knoll and Knoll Studio. For the past eight years, RJE has been providing design services, consultations, sales, expertise, exemplary customer service and furniture for the business community located throughout central Indiana. In addition, RJE also offers warehousing and storage services, reconfiguration, and removal of existing furniture, furniture restoration and 24-hr on-call emergency service to all of its customers.
Denny is a native of Indianapolis and attended IUPUI School of Business. Denny and his wife of 25 years, Cathy, reside in Greenwood and have four children and four grandchildren. Interests include business, community, history, family and sports of all kinds.
Paul C. Eberhardt retired after spending twenty-one years working for Bryant & Stratton Institute as the Vice President of Human Resources/Personal Administration. During his tenure there Paul was responsible for training, benefits design, implementation and personal administration for over 900 employees throughout ten different locations.
Mr. Eberhardt received the Army Commendation Medal for service at the United States Disciplinary Barracks, in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas where he did work for the Army Prison which held 1,000 inmates. During this time period Mr. Eberhardt was an U.S. Army 1st Lieutenant, Finance Officer.
Mr. Eberhardt currently resides in Clarence, New York, which is just outside of Buffalo with his wife of 43 years Mary Joan Coleman Eberhardt. Mr. Eberhardt was blessed to have four wonderful children and six grandchildren. Mr. Eberhardt was also fortunate enough to be a part of the Distinguished Military Graduate Commissioned, 2nd Lieutenant U.S. Army Finance Corporation.
Kimberly W. Blanchet is an associate in Barnes & Thornburg LLP's Indianapolis office and focuses her practice in the Governmental Services and Finance Department. Ms. Blanchet graduated from Indiana University- Bloomington in 1994 with a degree in Business-Marketing. In 1998, she received her Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Indiana University-Indianapolis.
Ms. Blanchet has worked on a variety of financings involving counties, cities, towns, regional water and sewer districts, hospitals, and school corporations. In addition to acting as bond counsel, she has participated in public finance transactions in other capacities, including underwriter's counsel and issuer's counsel.
Ms. Blanchet has four children and a wonderful husband, who reside in Indianapolis, Indiana. Ms. Blanchet enjoys running, teaching step interval classes and reading. Her family is also very active within their church, St. Thomas Aquinas and Mr. Blanchet is heavily involved in her children's activities and sports.
Kenneth J. Konesco was the President and CEO of Harrison College from December 1986 until March 2010 and is currently the Cheif Executive Officer of Educational Management Corporation. Harrison College has 14 locations in Indiana with an enrollment of approximately 5,800 students.
Prior to being President, Ken was employed by Bryant & Stratton Business College in Buffalo, New York for 15 years in various capacities including admissions representative, teacher, dean, and managing director of five campuses having in excess of 7,000 students.
Ken received his Bachelor's degree from the University of Central Missouri and his master's degree in education from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York.
Ken resides in Indianapolis with Mary Ellen, his wife of 39 years. Ken and Mary Ellen have three children, Jason, Marc, and Jennifer. In addition, they have two daughter-in-laws, one son-in-law, and six grandchildren.
Craig Pfannenstiehl is President of Bay State College, a regionally accredited two and four year college in Boston. He spearheaded the reorganization of the college management team; initiated and managed the development of the College's first fully integrated strategic plan, developed the school's strategy for online course offerings, and oversaw its transition into the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
Mr. Pfannenstiehl directed the conversion of Bay State College from a not-for-profit business entity to a for-profit business corporation in 2005. He serves as a voting member on the College's Board of Trustees as well as the Board of Bay State's parent company, Bay State Education Corporation.
In 2005, he founded Educor Capital Partners, LLC in Boston. Mr. Pfannenstiehl started Educor Capital Partners to assist private equity firms and strategic buyers in developing proprietary deal flow solely within the education space. Mr. Pfannenstiehl is also President of Educor, Inc., a management firm focused on its affiliates in the for-profit, post-secondary sector including Bay State College and Harrison College, a nationally accredited institution with 14 locations and online programs. He Chairs the Board of Trustees for Harrison College and serves on its Executive Team.
Prior to Educor Capital Partners and Educor, Inc., Mr. Pfannenstiehl was at State Street Capital, the investment banking arm of State Street Bank, working in Mergers & Acquisitions.
Peggy Welch is a practicing oncology nurse at Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital. She earned her BS in education from Mississippi College and Associates degree in nursing from Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington.
First elected in 1998, Ms. Welch serves as State Representative for Indiana House District 60, which encompasses portions of Monroe and Morgan Counties. She is a member of the House Ways & Means Committee, the House Health Committee, and the House Committee on Government Reduction. She also serves on the State Budget Committee, the Health Finance Committee, and the Medicaid Oversight Commission. Her primary areas of legislative interest are tax and health policy.
Ms. Welch is a member of the Chambers of Commerce of Martinsville, Mooresville, and Bloomington. She serves on the advisory boards for several groups, including the Indiana Leadership Prayer Breakfast and the Schools of Nursing for IU Bloomington and Ivy Tech Bloomington. She has been honored by numerous organizations for her work on issues impacting safety, senior citizens, military personnel, home health, persons with disabilities, and small businesses. She has been recognized by the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce as one of the area's "Women of Excellence" and as "The Woman of Vision" by the Indiana University Office of Women Affairs.
She and her husband, David Welch, are active members of Sherwood Oaks Christian Church. They have one son and one grandson.
Dr. Nichole Wilson is the Director of Rehab & Sports Medicine for Community Health Network. She is responsible for the strategic growth, marketing, financial success and business development of eleven Rehab and Sports Medicine clinics and now developing the networks Sports Medicine program in the Indianapolis and metro area. Since entering the professional medical field, Dr. Wilson has been on the "fast track" with respect to professional growth and leadership. Her success is due to a strong work ethic and natural ability to effectively lead others.
Dr. Wilson has been recognized for her professional accomplishments, but also for her active involvement in the community. She is a mentor and facilitator for the Center for Leadership Development, a board member for Lacy Leadership Association, and the recording secretary for the Indiana chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, where she serves as a graduate advisor, as well as a member of the Coalition of 100 Black Women. Additionally she established a mentoring program for minority students interested in allied health careers.