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.
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 a partner with 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.
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 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.
Peggy Welch is a part-time practicing nurse at Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital Hospice House. She earned her BS in education from Mississippi College and Associates degree in nursing from Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington. Ms. Welch works full-time as the Executive Director of the Indiana Medical Device Manufacturers Council (IMDMC). Before joining the IMDMC team, Ms. Welch served 14 years as a State Representative for Indiana House District 60, which encompasses portions of Monroe and Morgan Counties. She was a member of the House Ways & Means Committee, the House Health Committee, and the State Budget Committee.
Ms. Welch is a member of several organizations and boards, including the Indiana Leadership Prayer Breakfast. 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 married son and two grandsons.
Nichole Wilson has made it her mission to impact the lives of others through her leadership in health care and service in the Indianapolis community. Wilson is the Director of Physical Therapy and Rehab as well as Sports Medicine program for Community Health Network. In this role, she is responsible for the strategic growth, business development, marketing strategies, and financial success for 14 clinics that offer physical, occupational, and speech therapy services. She also spearheads Community’s Sports Medicine program, which provides sports medicine staff and services to 14 schools in the Indianapolis area.
Wilson’s dedication to service and philanthropy is shown in her work as as a mentor and facilitator for the Center for Leadership Development. In addition, she serves on the board with College Mentors for Kids, Harrison College, and the Children’s TherAplay Foundation. Wilson has also received numerous awards for her renowned goodwill and professional accomplishments. This includes the 2009 Indy’s Best and Brightest Award for Health and Life Sciences, the 2010 Mentor of Excellence Award in Health from College Mentors for Kids, 2011 Indiana Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 class, 2011 Pike Alumni Hall of Fame, 2011 McDonald’s Black History Makers of Today and Tomorrow Award, 2012 Alpha Kappa Alpha Gisele Casanova Regional Leadership Award, and the 2012 University of Indianapolis Distinguished Young Alumni Award.
To further cultivate her community involvement, Wilson is a graduate of the Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series (SKL) and serves on the SKL advisory council and the finance and program committees for the Lacy Leadership Association. She is also a member of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, and the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), where she holds several leadership positions.
Wilson has a bachelor’s degree in sports medicine from DePauw University, master’s and doctoral degrees in physical therapy from University of Indianapolis, and an MBA from Purdue University. She resides in Indianapolis with her husband, Corey Wilson.