Staff

Chris May
Executive Director

Chris was hired by the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in June of 2009 at the age of 26 as the Executive Director. Chris oversees the day-to-day operation of the organization and their 14,000 square foot museum in New Castle. Among leading many other roles, his key responsibilities include overseeing administration, development, event, museum and facility management and marketing, all while serving as the face and key representative of the organization. He is the publisher of the Indiana Basketball History Magazine.

He has extensive broadcast experience including on-air roles on the IHSAA championship radio and television networks, the Indiana Pacers radio network, the Indianapolis Colts radio network as well as contributions on Network Indiana’s “Indiana Sportstalk with Bob Lovell.”  In his time with the Hall of Fame, he has created and hosted the “Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame Podcast” and is co-host of the “Indiana High School Hoops Podcast with Denison and May.”

Chris was heavily involved at DePauw University’s WGRE radio station while it was ranked the #1 student radio station in the country by the Princeton Review and served as its’ sports director. Previous to his position at the Hall of Fame, he was producer of 1070 The Fan’s “Dan Dakich Show.” Additionally, he has led high school sports coverage on IHSAASports.org and HoosierAuthority.com, including host and producer of the syndicated “Prep Sports Weekly” radio show and the “Hoosier Authority Sports Show” television program.

He resides in New Castle and has served on the board of directors of the Henry County YMCA and New Castle – Henry County Chamber of Commerce, serving as President.

Kayla Kessler
Assistant Director

Kayla was hired by the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in December of 2013 and has been the Assistant Director since July of 2019. She assumes responsibilities such as significant involvement in fundraising activities including planning, staffing and executing events, managing office operations including HOF correspondence, preparing documents for administrative meetings and anything deemed necessary to the organization’s operation in assisting the Executive Director. She welcomes museum visitors, is the managing editor of the Indiana Basketball History Magazine and plays a large role in the membership campaign, while serving as a representative of the organization as needed and providing input to creatively market and promote the museum.

Kayla graduated from Ball State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations and interned with the HOF during her junior year. She began working full-time immediately following graduation.

She has been married to her husband, Darren since May of 2014, and they have two daughters.

Cheryl Betten
Operations Coordinator

Cheryl has been the Operations Coordinator of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame since July of 2019. Her key responsibilities include but are not limited to assisting in managing day-to-day operations of the HOF organization and museum, handling financial operations, overseeing volunteer staffing and office duties such as HOF correspondence and publications, including the Men’s and Women’s Banquet program books, HOF Classic program and other flyers, brochures and documents, all while assisting in fundraising and event planning in promoting the organization, running the HOF gift shop and welcoming museum visitors.

She’s a New Castle graduate and remains a beloved Trojan fan and resident of the city. Before joining the HOF team, she was the secretary to the New Castle High School Athletic Director for 31 years.

Cheryl and her husband, Michael are the proud parents of four children and 13 grandchildren.

Jared Green
Member Engagement Manager

Jared has been the Member Engagement Manager of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame since July of 2019. Among many other key responsibilities, Jared’s job purpose is to assist in day-to-day operations of the HOF organization and museum, with additional significant emphasis on event creation and management, marketing, member relations and fundraising/development.  His constant goal is to grow HOF fundraising efforts in the annual membership campaign, HOF awards banquet congratulatory advertisement marketing campaigns, corporate sponsorships and partnerships, while developing a plan to better implement planned gifts to the organization from members, inductees, donors and volunteers.

Jared attended Indiana and Ball State universities, graduating with degrees in Sport Marketing and Sport Administration.  Jared worked in ticketing and development at Ball State University prior to his time with the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.

He has been married to his wife, Ashlynn since September of 2016, and they have one daughter.

Officers

Jerry Peirson, President
Mark Baltz, Executive Vice President
Ray Pavy, Treasurer
Donna Sullivan, Secretary
Steve Witty, Immediate Past President
Bill Walker, Vice President North
John Heaton, Vice President Central
Rick Goins, Vice President South
Dave Schellhase, At-Large Representative
Steve Platt, At-Large Representative
Vance Meier, Henry County Representative
Chris May, Executive Director

Board Members

Larry Angle
Wayne Barker
Phil Borst
Steve Brett
Steve Davidson
Jim Fisher
David Gadis
Jimmie Howell
Phil Isenbarger
Jennifer Jacoby
Dr. Amy Metheny
Alan Nass
Paul Neidig
Jim Powers, Jr.
Laura Titus

Directors Emeritus

Pat Aikman
Sam Alford
Jim Callane
Howard Catt
Marvin Cave
Jack Colescott
Ray Craft
Roger DeYoung
Myron Dickerson
Roger Dickinson
Dr. Phil Eskew
Steve Green, D.D.S.
Bob Hammel
Greg Humnicky
John Milholland
Dave Nicholson
Jim Powers
Roger Schroder
Bill Springer
Jim Stutz
Ralph Taylor
Al Tucker
Marvin Tudor
Carol Tumey
Judi Warren 

Volunteers

Anita Abrell
Becky Beavers
Phil Bond
Marilyn Bowman
Herb Bunch
Charlie Byrket
Larry & Shirley Carmony
Garry Chamberlain
Don Chambers
Mark & Patty Cotter
Mary Lou Cox
Rex Crabtree
Don Cummings
Cathy Davenport
Lonnie Dehoney
Steve & Chris Dicken
Dolores Dorr
Calvin & Donna Duff
Joe Edmonds
Ralph Fairchild
Gerald Freyer
Bruce Gaylor
Don Geozeff
Carole Hiatt
Nancy Hinebaugh
Betty Houser
Phyllis Kirkpatrick
Sean & Lee Ann Kitchell
Kim Mathis
Doug & Lonnie May
Jameson McGrew
Jane McKown
Vance Meier
Mary Miller
Bonnie Myers
Jake Pasman
Beverly Potts
David Risley
Sharon Roberts
Mike Rutherford
Nathan Searcy
Angie Sorrell
Linda Stairs
Harry Terrell
Bill Tucker
Mabel Utt
Annis Wallace
Dave Wilson