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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Steve Bill, Pendleton, Indiana


Steve Bill, President

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.

Mitch Smith, Pendleton, Indiana

Mitch Smith, VIce 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.

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.

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.

Andrew Hatheway, Pendleton, Indiana

Andrew Hatheway

A six year member of the Board of Directors, Andrew is also a youth mentor, active member of the River of Life Church, and an insurance executive. He loves the ease of getting involved in community service in South Madison County and is happy to contribute his love of technology, public speaking, and a quirky sense of humor to positively impact his community, particularly in the area of youth development.

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.  

Christi Kincade, Pendleton, Indiana

Christi Kincade

Christi is passionate about impacting the future of the community she loves by volunteering for the Foundation. She values the friendliness of her community and the ability to strike up an impromptu conversation with friends and neighbors in one of South Madison’s many gathering places. She enjoys spending time with family and friends and hopes one day, her future grandchildren will be involved with the Community Foundation.

Dustin Pennington, Pendleton, Indiana

Dustin Pennington

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.

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.

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.