Lugar Series welcomes new class of leaders

September 25th, 2018

The Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series recently selected its 29th class of Republican women for leadership training in government, politics and public service. The 20 women in the 2018-2019 class hail from 11 counties throughout Indiana. They will be formally introduced at the Lugar Series 2018 Opening Reception, which will be held on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at the Ivy Tech Culinary Center Ballroom in Indianapolis. Lugar Series alumna and current Indiana State Treasurer Kelly Mitchell will serve as the keynote speaker.

The Lugar Series is a political training program for women with a mission to “increase the number and influence of Republican women in elected and appointed governmental positions at the local, state and federal levels.” To date, 509 Hoosier women have completed the Program. Graduates include former Indiana Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann, State Representative Holli Sullivan and State Senators Liz Brown and Erin Houchin.

“This year’s class is comprised of 20 outstanding Hoosier women from multiple industries across the state who bring with them a diverse skill set and background,” said Lugar Series Executive Director Anne Hathaway. “These women are strong leaders who seek to engage in our state and communities. I look forward to seeing how they will utilize their talents and training after they complete the Lugar Series.”

The members of the 2018-19 Lugar Series class are (listed by county):

Allen- Lindsay Hannah and Nicole Keesling
Boone- Lindsay Adams
Clay- Nichole Keller
Decatur- Wendy Whitehead
Dubois- Cathy “Kitty” Merkley
Hamilton- Elizabeth Brier, Teresa Griffin, Angela Morris, Kate Snedeker and Megan Wiles
Henry- Betsy Mills
Jefferson- Katie Jenne
Marion- Lacey Berkshire, Amy Kent, Alexandra Miranda and Molly Szilard
Tippecanoe- Cameron Mann and Kimberly Wright
Tipton- Jennifer Hindman

The Lugar Series class meets once a month from October to May for training on public service and running a campaign, networking with state and local leaders and listening to business professionals on issues facing society. In the spring, the class takes an annual trip to Washington, D.C. to meet with Indiana’s congressional delegation and other national level officials.

For more information on the Lugar Series 2018 Opening Reception, please contact [email protected] or (317)536-6900. Tickets and tables for the event can be purchased at