Board of Directors

We’re right next door, and we always will be. You can have a face-to-face conversation with any of us at a moment’s notice.

We know South Madison. It’s our business to know which organizations are providing what services to which groups within our communities — and to help them do the best they can.

We are part of an honored tradition. The foundation was begun by a handful of civic leaders who had a vision for their community’s future. Today, we reap the benefits of the tradition they began, and in turn, it is our responsibility to set the stage for tomorrow’s bright future.

We are committed to stewardship. We comply with stringent national standards. We engage in regular training and development, both in regular meetings and through partnership with the Lilly Endowment, Indiana Philanthropy Alliance, and Council on Foundations.

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Ken Hoppes, President

Ken Hoppes' mantra is "I'm only here to help." He and his wife, Beth, have lived in Pendleton their entire lives, raising two daughters and welcoming four grandsons into their small town’s traditions. High school and college sports instilled lessons of teamwork, sacrifice, perseverance, responsibility, and accountability that Ken has come to appreciate more over the decades. Ken has applied his perseverance to his personal development, attaining an MBA as an adult and a Juris Doctor degree in 2014. A veteran, and career information technology professional, Ken now practices law in the areas of Estate Planning, Elder Law, and Veterans' Benefits.  

Sara Hauser, Pendleton, Indiana

Sara Hauser, Vice President

Sara Hauser doesn't just want to live in a community; she wants to devote herself to shaping her surroundings in a positive way. As an officer for Tri Kappa, a Board member of the South Madison Community Foundation, the Circulation Librarian for the Pendleton Community Public Library, and a graduate of the Leadership Academy of Madison County, she does just that. Trained as a special education teacher at Purdue University, Sara and her family settled in Pendleton because of its small town atmosphere and connection to community.

Rob Porter, Pendleton, Indiana

Rob Porter, Secretary

Rob is deeply involved in the community schools and youth activities as a teacher, help coach and parent. It’s his role as parent that drives his community service; his involvement with the Foundation gives him an outlet to support a community that has been a solid and supportive hometown for his family. He especially enjoys the Board’s process of identifying needs and working to meet them strategically.


Jim Myers, Treasurer

Jim is a lifelong resident of South Madison County and a long-time local business owner. His knowledge of the people and events of the community, spanning generations, is indispensable to the Foundation. He is happy to lend his expert advice from his career in insurance and real estate to Foundation matters and has also served on mini-grant and scholarship selection committees.

Steve Bill, Pendleton, Indiana

Steve Bill

In his service as a Foundation Board member, Steve has most enjoyed the opportunity to learn more about the good works being supported by the Foundation. A retired banking executive, he can be depended on to ask important questions and bring up pertinent issues about financial and procedural issues before the board. He has found South Madison County to be a wonderful place to live and raise a family, and he wants to do his part to maintain those positive qualities for the next generation of South Madison families.


Scott Hersberger

Scott Hersberger brings caring community involvement and a giving spirit to the South Madison Community Foundation Board of Directors. He is a funeral director in Lapel, a member of the Madison County Funeral Directors Association, the Indiana Funeral Directors Association, a lifetime member of Trinity United Methodist Church, a former Lapel Town Council member, and a member and former president of the Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Foundation. Scott loves to cook, hike, and travel and believes South Madison County is a wonderful place to raise a family. He looks forward to serving the Foundation and in increasing its ability to fund projects that benefit our residents.

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Bruce Hetrick

Bruce is the President of Powerful Appeals, Inc. and a Professor of Practice, Department of Journalism and Public Relations, IUPUI. He has worked with several foundations as public relations clients and has served on the Boards of Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights, United Way of Central Indiana, TeenWorks, and Leadership Indianapolis. A newer transplant to South Madison County, Bruce loves this community's small town charm combined with big-city access.

Lori Ryan, Pendleton, Indiana

Lori Ryan

Lori Ryan has almost three decades experience as an elementary school teacher. A graduate of Pendleton Heights and Ball State University, she and her husband have four children and two grandchildren who live in the Pendleton area. It is Lori's desire to work to make Pendleton an even better place for future generations of her own family as well as the families of the many children she has taught over the years. She appreciates all the resources in the community and wishes to ensure they are put to the best possible use for the benefit of the community.

Pam Shuck

Pam Shuck

Pam is a long time Foundation volunteer and committee member. She values community involvement and serves with the Lapel Community Association, Trinity United Methodist Church, and the Town of Lapel's Board of Zoning Appeals. A retired elementary school teacher, Pam has six grandchildren, all living locally. Her hobbies include reading, antiquing, and gardening; she is also a former drag racer.


Mitch Smith

Mitchell Smith is the Foundation’s youngest Board member (of all time) and the newest, yet he brings a wealth of experience in boards and associations on the local, collegiate, and national level. Smith is a farmer, selling both cattle and seed. He started his business at the age of 16 and has a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University. He has returned to South Madison County where he loves the community and its neighborliness. His wish for South Madison County’s bright future is for community members to continue to grow closer.