Staff

Trip Lukemeyer
Development Director

George “Trip” Lukemeyer III began as Development Director of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame on August 23, 2021.

He is a graduate of Bloomington High School North, holds an undergraduate degree in Sports Marketing and Management from Indiana University and has a master’s degree in Athletic Administration from Indiana University.

He had been employed with USA Football since 2017, where he was the youngest Regional Manager in the organization.  In that role, he oversaw a 15-state territory across five time zones, and was involved in camps, clinics, certifications, rules implementation, best practices, etc.

Among his previous experiences, he was the inaugural I-Association Student Fellow at Indiana University from 2015-2017, working closely with I Association Director Brian Brase and hundreds of former IU athletes at tailgates, banquets, etc.

He served an internship in 2015 with the minor league baseball West Virginia Power franchise in Charleston, WV.

From 2016 – 2019, he also served as a host and field spotter for the IHSAA State Track & Field meet in Bloomington.

A product of deep Indiana roots, he goes by “Trip” in reference to his legal name of George Lukemeyer III.

His grandfather, George Throop Lukemeyer, MD was a professor emeritus of the Indiana University School of Medicine, President of the Indiana State Medical Association, a Regent of the American College of Physicians, was executive associate dean of the IU School of Medicine for 24 years, medical director of University Hospitals for 16 years, and served on the IU School of Medicine Admissions Committee for 57 years, including 18 years as chair of that committee.  Trip’s father, George “Deuce” Lukemeyer is an executive with IU Health in the South Central Region.

Trip is married and resides on the northwest side of Indianapolis.

Chris May
Executive Director

Chris May, Executive Director of Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame

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 Kessler, Assistant Director of Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame

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 Betten, Operations Coordinator of Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame

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.

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