Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of PLA is made up of passionate and talented individuals from Indiana and from across the country. All have had amazing success ensuring that children achieve at high levels. PLA is unique in that its board represents the community of the children who we serve. Please see below to learn more about our Board:

  Marlin Jackson               Super Bowl Championship cornerback, Indianapolis Colts;            Executive Director, Fight for Life Foundation
  Kristopher Kingery   Principal, River Birch Elementary School in Avon, IN
Earl Martin Phalen CEO, George and Veronica Phalen Leadership Academies
James Phalen Vice Chairman, State Street Global Advisors
  Fernando Reimers Ford Foundation Professor of Practice in International Education & Director of Global Education and International Education Policy,         Harvard University
  Terra Smith  Former COO, George and Veronica Phalen Leadership Academies
  Don Stinson   Retired, Superintendent of Decatur Township, IN


The Board of Directors meets several times per year:

PLA Board Meeting Schedule 2018

Contact our National Board of Directors at

Board Meeting Minutes

2017 Board Meeting Minutes

2016 Board Meeting Minutes

2015 Board Meeting Minutes

2014 Board Meeting Minutes

2013 Board Meeting Minutes

2012 Board Meeting Minutes