Sherry Stark

Sherry StarkSherry Stark's career has focused on helping people make good things happen in their communities. A frequent trainer on leadership development and board governance, she was appointed to the Indiana Arts Commission by then-Governor Mitch Daniels. She served as Columbus, IN Deputy Mayor and Community Development Director for ten years. During her tenure a number of major capital projects were completed and people empowerment efforts were launched including Project Self Sufficient; Children, Youth and Families Initiative; and a comprehensive housing study. She next served as Executive Director of the Columbus Area Arts Council, helping celebrate the Council's 25th anniversary with a number of "milestone' events and projects. As President/CEO of Heritage Fund - the Community Foundation of Bartholomew County for 12 years, Sherry helped grow the assets from $17 million to over $60 million. The foundation conducted a comprehensive “Welcoming Community” study that has led to creation of CAMEO (Columbus Area Multi-Ethnic Organization); raised over $4 million for a downtown building project; and, in partnership with the Community Education Coalition, secured a $38 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. for EcO15 -- a multi-county education and training initiative. Sherry has held volunteer leadership positions with the Council on Foundations and now does consulting work for it. She recently led the launch of Centra Foundation and is active in her church and a number of community boards. Although she has received numerous awards, her proudest achievement is her three grown sons and five delightful grandchildren!