SMCF Board

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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Mitch Smith, Pendleton, Indiana

Mitch Smith, President

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.

Dustin Pennington, Pendleton, Indiana

Dustin Pennington, Vice President

Dustin Pennington is a Certified Financial Planner who brings financial management and wealth transfer experience to the Board of Directors, where he is interested in helping others fulfill a legacy that lasts beyond their lifetime. He is involved with the Pendleton Business Association, Ovid Community Church, and the Pendleton Lions Club, where he helps run the annual Fishing Derby and June Jamboree. Dustin and wife Amanda enjoy travel, camping, helping their children with sports, and living in a small town with character.

Scott Hersberger, Pendleton, Indiana

Scott Hersberger, Treasurer

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.

Pam Shuck, Pendleton, Indiana

Pam Shuck, Secretary

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.

Betsy Allen, Pendleton, Indiana

Betsy Allen

Following in her father's footsteps, Betsy is a second generation Foundation Board member. She was born and raised in Pendleton, where she is now working and raising her own family. She is creating a life filled with community involvement and enrichment. Her goal is to have an impact on the community in which her children are raised so they can enjoy wonderful opportunities like she did. Betsy and family spend their free time at the pool and lake with family and look forward to annual family vacations.

Lori Brand, Pendleton, Indiana

Lori Brand

Lori Brand teaches Kindergarten in South Madison Community School Corporation. A graduate of Ball State University, she's been a Pendleton resident for 25 years. A mother of two, Lori enjoys spending time with family and friends. She looks forward to serving the community foundation because of her desire to help the youth of South Madison County now and on into their adulthood and beyond.

Brad Buck, Pendleton, Indiana

Brad Buck

Brad Buck is the Chief Financial Officer of GVC Mortgage, Inc. He maintains an integral role in financial strategy while leading financial operations and overseeing multiple departments including Accounting, Capital Markets, and Information Technology. He served in the United State Air Force, Indiana Air National Guard. Brad earned an MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University. Brad and his wife, Whitney, have two daughters and enjoy life in Central Indiana.

Rachel Christenson

Rachel Christenson

Since joining the Town of Pendleton's planning staff in 2012, Rachel has helped the town secure nearly $7 million in state and federal grants. She has guided the town's comprehensive plan and plans for bikes/pedestrians, downtown revitalization, parks and more. Rachel is a Ball State graduate who's certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners. She's also a graduate of the Leadership Academy of Madison County and was selected to The Herald Bulletin's 20 Under 40 in 2017. Current and past board service includes the Anderson/Madison County Visitors Bureau and Main Street Pendleton. When Rachel moved to Pendleton for its character, sense of place, historic feel and Falls Park, she told her family, "I want to work for this town one day."

Mark Dudley

Mark Dudley

Judge Mark Dudley lives in rural Madison County. He is the father of six daughters. Recognizing the importance of parental involvement, Mark volunteers for team concession stands, mows the Pendleton Heights High School Cross Country course, times swim meets, and participates in several running road races with his family every year.

Ken Hoppes, Pendleton, Indiana

Ken Hoppes

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.  

Connie Rector, Pendleton, Indiana

Connie Rector

Connie is the proprietor of a downtown Pendleton business, a yoga instructor, an artist, teacher, environmentalist, and volunteer for many community organizations. She has long admired the Foundation’s work in the community and looks forward to representing the organization as a member of the Board.