Meet Our Board of Trustees
Dr. Daniel Bedecki is a family practice doctor who received his medical training at Dalhousie University and completed his residency at the Dalhousie Family practice. He resides in Terre Haute, Indiana.
Dr. Robert J. Burkle is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and received his medical training in Indiana University at Bloomington. His residency was completed at Riley & Long Hospital; Marion County General and his fellowship was at Riley & Long Hospital.
Mr. Colwell is a well known businessman in the Wabash Valley. Currently, he serves as President of Terre Haute Savings Bank and sits on the board for the Chamber of Commerce and the ISU Foundation and the Economic Development Corporation. He has an undergraduate degree from Indiana State University.
Elias Dalloul, M.D.
Dr. Karen Goeller is the Deputy Superintendent of the Vigo County School Corporation where she is responsible for the administration of the overall Curriculum and Instruction areas. She also provides district leadership for grant writing and administration. Goeller also serves on other local and state boards including, Wabash Valley Goodwill and the College Board Regional Committee. She holds a masters degree in English from Texas A & M University.
Greg Goode serves as Executive Director of Government Relations for Indiana State University. In that capacity, he serves as the University liaison to the Indiana General Assembly, Governor’s Office and Commission for Higher Education as well as the United States Congress and local governments. From 2009-2012, Mr. Goode served as Chief of Staff to the President of Bastyr University in Seattle, WA and was the founder and director of the University’s Center for Health Policy and Leadership. Mr. Goode has a lengthy history of involvement in higher education, healthcare, and transportation public policy issues, having worked in Washington, DC for two members of the United States House of Representatives. He earned two degrees from Indiana State University including a B.S. in Political Science and M.A. in History. He is a PhD Candidate in Public Administration and Policy at Virginia Tech.
Rickey McCurry is the Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. VP McCurry earned his Juris Doctorate degree at North Carolina Central University School of Law, Durham, NC. Prior to law school he graduated summa cum laude from Lane College, Jackson, TN with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and a minor in English. McCurry also serves as Board Chair for the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District V (the Great Lakes region which includes Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio and Minnesota). He and his family reside in Terre Haute.
Patrick R. Ralston is Vice President of Business & Economic Development and Government Relations at First Financial Bank in Terre Haute, Indiana. He received his BS and MS degrees from Indiana State University. He received a William Cohen Fellowship to attend the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He served as an Agency Head for three Indiana Governors. He serves on the Board of Trustees at Saint Mary's of the Woods College, Treasurer of the Ivy Tech Community College Foundation and the Vigo County Redevelopment Commission. He served in the United States Army and is a Vietnam Veteran.
Dr. Chandra Reddy, founder and managing director of Hope Cancer and Research Institute in Terre Haute, holds a Bachelors of Medicine from Osmania Medical College in India. He completed his fellowship at State University Hospital at Stony Brook, NY. He specializes in Hematology & Oncology and has also served on a number of other boards. He is currently the president of the American Telugu Association.
Francis Tapia, M.D. specializes in cardiovascular diseases and received his medical training from the University of Santo Tomas in the Philippines. He completed his fellowship at Wayne State University's Detroit Medical Center. Andres is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, Interventional Cardiology and the American Board of Family Practice. He has served on staff with Regional Hospital since 1981.
Claudia Tanoos serves as Vice President of the Terre Haute Economic Development Corporation, working closely with her THEDC colleagues, Board of Directors, local elected officials and major industries to facilitate economic development in the Terre Haute/Vigo County area since 1995.
Prior to her position at the THEDC, she served as Media Relations Director, for the City of Terre Haute Mayor's office for 10 years under the leadership of Mayor Pete Chalos. Claudia established a liaison program between the city employees, media and citizens of Terre Haute, the sister city program between Terre Haute and Tajimi, the Ethnic Festval at Fairbanks Park and Christmas in the Park at Deming Park.
Claudia earned her degree in Journalism with a minor in Criminology from Indiana State University. She is also a graduate of the University of Oklahoma's Economic Development Institute.
In addition, Claudia serves as Secretary of the Accelerate West Central Indiana Economic Development Organization, Advisory Board for Harrison College-Terre Haute, United Way of the Wabash Valley Board of Directors and Campaign Chair for 2012, President of the Terre Haute Children's Museum and Chair of the Annual Benefit Bowl to support mini grants on behalf of the Vigo County Education Foundation.
Ajay Deshpande, M.D.