Our Board Members

Brian Bauer | CEO, Lutheran Health

Brian Bauer is the CEO of the Lutheran Health Network and Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana. An MBA recipient from Indiana Wesleyan University, Brian has served in his current position with Lutheran Hospital since 2011.

In addition to his health care business experience, Bauer has also had an active role in the community through his involvement in events such as the American Heart Association’s 2013 Heart Walk. In 2013, Brian received one of Indiana’s highest honors, the rank and title of Sagamore of the Wabash. Bauer’s statewide and civic pride extends to sports, and he is excited to promote Indiana’s sporting future through his position on the Indy Eleven Soccer Foundation Board.

Jeff Belskus | President, Indy Eleven

Jeff Belskus was named the second president in Indy Eleven history on January 11, 2016. An experienced businessman and sports and entertainment executive, Belskus brings decades of leadership experience from organizations such as the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation, its parent organization, Hullman & Company, and the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce to his position on the Indy Eleven Soccer Foundation Board.

Belskus’s experience in financial planning, successful entertainment and event management, as well as his passion for the sport and city, will bring a powerful drive for success to the Foundation.

Theodore R. (“Ted”) Boehm | Partner, Hoover Hull Turner

Theodore Boehm brings a vast collection of legal and organizational experience to his current position on the Indy Eleven Soccer Foundation Board. A longtime lawyer, Ted was appointed to the Indiana Supreme Court in 1996 and retired in 2010, and is now a partner of Hoover Hull Turner, LLP in Indianapolis. In addition to his legal experience, Ted has served as Chairman and CEO of the organizing committee for the 1987 Pan American Games and was the first President and CEO of Indiana Sports Corporation. His lifelong passion and proven talent for supporting and administrating sports carries through in his current duties as a board member.

J. Murray Clark | Partner, Faegre Baker Daniels

As an acclaimed practicing lawyer with years of experience in government and administrative law, and as an 11-year stint as a serving Indiana state senator, J. Murray Clark brings a keen level of administrative, political and legal experience to the Indy Eleven Soccer Foundation Board.

As a state senator, Mr. Murray was given the Small Business Champion Award by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce in 2004 and the Guardian of Small Business Award by the National Federation of Independent Business in 2001. Currently, he is the leader of Faegre Baker Daniels’ Indianapolis offices. His proven track record of supporting business translates to an energetic presence on the board, striving for future successes for the organization.

Mark S. Elwood | CEO, Elwood Staffing

Mark S. Elwood, CEO of Elwood Staffing, one of the largest talent solution and workforce intelligence companies in the United States, brings proven leadership and decision-making skills to his current role with Indy Eleven. As a board member of the Sports Advisory Council, Mr. Elwood has shown his dedication to furthering the cause of civic pride through better athletics. His experience in the field and his passion combine to create a powerful advocate for the organization on the Indy Eleven Soccer Foundation Board.

Mark R. Holden | CEO, A & R Logistics

Mark R. Holden brings a wealth of experience as an executive, a board member and a leader to his position on the Indy Eleven Soccer Foundation Board. As Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of A&R Logistics, Inc. during 2012, and as the previous President, Chief Executive Officer and Owner of Prime Distribution Services, Inc., a logistics management company, Mr. Holden’s logistics and organization background provides invaluable insight for the board. Mr. Holden was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Indy Eleven Soccer Foundation in 2015, and looks forward to continued growth for the club.

Michael Huber | President & CEO, Indy Chamber

Michael Huber, named Indy Chamber President and CEO in August 2013, also has recent work experience including Senior Director of Commercial Enterprise for the Indianapolis Airport Authority and as Deputy Mayor for Economic Development for Mayor Greg Ballard. Huber’s experience also includes senior level roles in Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels’ administration and as a member of the Associate Faculty of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) at Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis. Michael’s experience in leadership and economic development makes him a strong proponent for growth to Indy Eleven Soccer Foundation Board.

William Knox | Director of Sports Development, Hamilton County Sports Authority

William R. Knox has carried a longtime passion in sports business, administration and marketing. Knox received his B.S. in Sports Marketing with a minor in Business from Indiana University in 1999, and after completing his undergraduate career; he accepted a position as the Director of Sports Marketing with the Bloomington Convention and Visitors Bureau. Later, he became the Director of the Hoosier Sports Corporation. William is now the Director of Sports Development for Hamilton County Tourism INC, where he also serves as the Director of the Hamilton County Sports Authority. His specialized knowledge of the industry allows him to bring a special insight to his position on the Indy Eleven Soccer Foundation Board.

Michael Newbold | Regional President, Huntington Bank

Michael Newbold is currently president of the Central Indiana Region of The Huntington National Bank, and an Indy Eleven Soccer Foundation board member. Newbold serves his community as a director of Develop Indy, a director of LYNX Capital Corporation, and board chair of the Indiana Community Business Credit Corporation. Some of his charitable work includes his position as a director of the Indiana University Simon Cancer Center Foundation. His love of athletics and civic pride led him to Indy Eleven, and his financial expertise is a welcome addition to the foundation.

Paul Okeson | VP of Business Development, Garmong Construction Services

Paul Okeson brings business and construction experience to his current position with Indy Eleven, as the current Vice President for Garmong Construction Services and former Vice President of Business Development for Keystone Construction. Mr. Okeson has been an advocate for Indy Eleven from the beginning, originally acting as an advisor to the owner of Indy Eleven Pro Soccer. He also lobbied for legislation that would allow for the construction of an 18,500 seat multi-purpose facility that would become the future home for the team. His passion and knowledge on the Indy Eleven Soccer Foundation Board will be important to sustain and grow the organization.

Ersal Ozdemir | Owner, Indy Eleven

As the owner of Indy Eleven, Mr. Ozdemir brings his passion for the team and the state of Indiana to his role on the board of the Indy Eleven Soccer Foundation. His interest in soccer began during his youth, and he continued to play soccer throughout his high school and college years. Mr. Ozdemir is the Founder and CEO of Keystone Realty Group. An avid community supporter, he has a proven track record of effectively promoting sports and the arts. Mr. Ozdemir sits on the Board of Directors for the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Center for the Performing Arts, the University of Indianapolis, the North American Soccer League, the Chambers of Commerce of Indiana and Indianapolis and he also Co-Chaired the 2012 Super Bowl VIP Services Host Committee.

Fred Payne | General Counsel, Honda Manufacturing Indiana

Fred Payne is in-house legal counsel for Honda Manufacturing’s automobile manufacturing plant in Greensburg, Indiana. Prior to joining Honda, Fred practiced management-side labor and employment law with Wessels & Pautsch.

As an avid sports lover and supporter of community involvement, Mr. Payne is dedicated to continuing the growth of Indy Eleven and the NASL through his legal expertise and his role on the Indy Eleven Soccer Foundation Board.

Molly Powell | Sr. Director Youth Programming, Indiana Sports Corp

As Senior Director of Youth Programming at Indiana Sports Corporation since 2011, Molly Powell has showcased her dedication to developing new initiatives for youth with a focus on keeping kids active and fit through sport. Her long history of volunteerism for sports and her professional experience make Molly more knowledgeable on sports initiatives than most, and a valuable addition to the Indy Eleven Soccer Foundation Board.

Christopher S. Traylor | Co-President, Traylor Bros Construction

Christopher S. Traylor is co-president of Traylor Bros., Inc., a family-owned infrastructure and construction corporation founded in 1946, and an active member of the Construction Industry Round Table (CIRT), the Beavers, Inc., and the American Society of Civil Engineers.

He serves on boards of various construction industry organizations including the Construction Industry Ethics & Compliance Initiative (CIECI) and the Construction Industry Safety Initiative (CISI). Christopher is also a board member of the Children’s Museum of Evansville and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. His wide range of experience in running charitable and for-profit operations brings a unique level of experience to the Indy Eleven Soccer Foundation Board, and his infrastructure expertise will provide insight towards building for the future.

Chareice White | Director, Majestic Star Casino

Chareice White serves as Director of Government, Community and Public Relations for the Majestic Star Casino and Hotel and Fitzgeralds Casino and Hotel. She is responsible for government and public relations, corporate and local sponsorship, charitable and in-kind donations and corporate community-related events.

White’s community service and leadership have been acknowledged with awards including 2012 Influential Woman of the Year for Northwest Indiana and Woman of the Year by Woman Looking Ahead Magazine. Chareice’s skills and experience in public relations, events and sponsorships make her ideally poised to help Indy Eleven grow as a club and organization through her position on the board.

Susan Williams | Retired, Community Volunteer

Susan Williams, civic volunteer, retired as president of the Indiana Sports Corp. in September 2012. During her tenure, Indianapolis was awarded a five-year commitment to host the Big Ten Men’s and Women’s Tournaments, 2008 Olympic Diving Trials, 2012 Super Bowl, 2015 Men’s Final Four and 2016 Women’s Final Four. Her experience in sporting events and project administration from over the course of the career, coupled with her board experience with the Indianapolis Arts Council, Women’s Fund of Central Indiana, Massachusetts Avenue Community Development Corp. and more, makes her a valuable figure for the organization on the Indy Eleven Soccer Foundation Board.

Raul Zavaleta | CEO, Cogent Professionals

Raul Zavaleta has over 30 years of international experience in life sciences, as a current Partner at Cogent Professionals, a contract research organization. He also continues mentoring emerging technology companies as a member of Volatus Advisors LLC, an enterprise development-consulting firm. In this role, Mr. Zavaleta helps emerging companies with strategic visioning, business planning, and capital structures. His business experience, coupled with his background as a varsity student athlete for UCLA’s soccer team, brings the right mix of know-how and passion for the sport to the Indy Eleven Soccer Foundation Board.