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Last modified: Monday, May 4, 2009

IU Alumni Association elects new officers

May 4, 2009

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Donna Berry Spears of Richmond, Ind., will take office as chairwoman of the Indiana University Alumni Association on July 1.

Donna Berry Spears

Donna Berry Spears

Joining Spears as the 2009-10 officers of the IUAA are Chairman-elect Michael Barlow of Chicago; Vice Chairman Christopher L. Craft of South Bend, Ind.; Secretary Brian P. Williams of Evansville, Ind.; and Treasurer Barbara A. Popp of New Albany, Ind.

Joining these officers on the IUAA Board of Managers are Stephen C. Moberly of Bloomington, Ind., who will become immediate past-chairman on July 1, and Tom Martz, president and CEO of the IUAA. The board provides general management and supervision of the affairs of the IUAA.

The officers serve one-year terms, and the secretary and treasurer may serve up to five consecutive terms. Advising the Board of Managers is an 84-member Executive Council. Ten at-large members also were elected in April.

Spears is a real-estate consultant with Lingle Real Estate in Richmond, Ind. She received her bachelor's degree in 1979 and her master's degree in 1981, both from IU. Previously an at-large member of the IUAA's Executive Council, she also served as secretary for the IUAA Board of Managers for five years. Spears served on the boards of the Society of the Friends of Music and the Monroe County (Ind.) Chapter of the IUAA.

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Michael Barlow

She is a former member of the IU East Advisory Board as well as the 2004-05 IUAA Strategic Directions Task Force. A life member of the IUAA, she received the Gertrude Rich Award in 2006 for her service to the IU Alumni Association. Spears and her husband, Alan, live in Richmond.

Barlow, a professional practicing artist and arts educator, received his bachelor's degree in 1985 from IU. He teaches visual arts programs for inner-city at-risk youth at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Columbia College Chicago, and the Marwen Art Foundation. During the summer, Barlow conducts professional development workshops for teachers with the Chicago Public School system as well as national Advanced Placement summer institutes for high school teachers.

He maintains an art studio practice and business -- Barlow Fine Arts Studio -- and his works have been exhibited nationally. Barlow is a former member at large on the IUAA Executive Council. He and his wife, Gwendolyn May-Barlow, live in Chicago.

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Christopher Craft

Craft is senior vice president and commercial banking regional manager for Lake City Bank, where he leads the team serving the Elkhart and South Bend, Ind.-area business markets. He received his bachelor's degree in 1989, having attended the IU South Bend campus.

Craft is the immediate past president of the IU South Bend Alumni Association and past chairman of the IUSBAA scholarship program. He has served on the IUSB Business School Advisory Board, IUSB Chancellor's Advisory Board and the IUAA Executive Council. He is an IUAA life member as well as a member of the IUAA 1854 Society, IUSB Titan 250, and the IU Varsity Club. Craft and his wife, Kelly, live in South Bend and have three children — Collin, Michael and Katherine.

Williams, a partner at Kahn Dees Donovan & Kahn in Evansville, Ind., received his bachelor's degree from IU in 1978 and his doctorate in 1981. He is president-elect of the IU Maurer School of Law alumni board and received the school's Distinguished Service Award in 1998. Williams served on the 2004-05 IUAA Strategic Directions Task Force, the IUAA Executive Council and is a former officer of the Greater Evansville Chapter of the IUAA.

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Brian Williams

He is past president of the Evansville Bar Association. A life member of the IUAA, Williams and his wife, Barbara (Coyle), J.D. '79, live in Evansville. They have two sons, Seth, and Nathan, who attends IU Bloomington.

Popp is CEO and principal broker for Schuler Bauer Real Estate Services, the largest real-estate firm in Southern Indiana. She currently serves as a director on the Federal Reserve Board of St. Louis, Louisville Branch.

Popp received her bachelor's degree in 1976, after attending the Southeast campus in New Albany, Ind. Popp previously served as president of the IU Southeast Alumni Association and on the IUAA Executive Council. A life member of the IUAA, Popp received the IUAA President's Award in 1994 and the IU Southeast Distinguished Alumni Award in 2008. Popp lives in New Albany with her two children, Kristin and Kendall Kemp. Kristin is a freshman at IU Southeast.

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Barbara Popp

At-large members elected to three-year terms on the Executive Council are:

  • Colin Chang, Bloomington, Ind.
  • Brittany D. Friesner, Bloomington, Ind.
  • Julie Lingle Gardner, Missoula, Mont.
  • Roosevelt Haywood III, Gary, Ind.
  • Larry J. Kruszewski, Toledo, Ohio
  • DeLia M. McClam, Merrillville, Ind.
  • Sara N. McNabb, Unionville, Ind.
  • Ruth B. Mills, Richmond, Ind.
  • Paul A. Piller, South Bend, Ind.
  • Karen L. Williams, Gary, Ind.

The new officers and at-large members all begin their terms on July 1.

The Indiana University Alumni Association is dedicated to serving the university and its diverse alumni, students and friends. As one of the nation's largest alumni organizations, serving approximately 520,000 graduates worldwide, the IUAA provides many programs and services to its members, non-member alumni and the university. For information, visit or call 800-824-3044.