Improving Kids’ Environment (IKE) was established in May of 1999 by Tom Neltner. It is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation based in Indianapolis, Indiana, that works to reduce environmental threats to children’s health.
IKE is well-received and well-known in the environmental arena in Indianapolis and Central Indiana. We provide a unique and necessary service to many communities in our service area. Since its inception, we have provided advocacy and program support to reducing environmental threats to children’s health.
Improving Kids Environment strives to be a widely recognized, respected and effective leader in its field, by setting standards and providing advocacy and education that will promote a society that protects all children from recognized, serious, environmental health threats.
Meet the Team
Interim Executive Director
Joan splits her time between IKE and the Environmental Management Institute (EMI) where she serves as Training Manager. Since 1994, Joan has taught courses on lead, asbestos and hazardous material management and more recently on Healthy Homes. She started her career in K-12 education and has also worked as an environmental consultant. Joan has a Bachelor of Science degree from Western Michigan University and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Saginaw Valley State College. She can be reached at 317-253-1312 or email@example.com.
Margaret has a PhD in Environmental Science from the Ohio State University and has experience working with School Integrated Pest Management programs in Ohio. She also has experience is sustainable and organic agriculture and has led numerous programs in Ohio in the past. She was a Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines. She can be reached at 317-253-1312 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ismat is working towards her MPH with an Environmental Health concentration from the Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI. She has a BS in Biology from the University of Wisconsin with minors in Environmental Science and Global Health. Ismat is assisting with the Indiana Health Homes Alliance and the Asthma Friendly Health Homes Project. She can be reached at 317-253-1312 or email@example.com.
Board of Directors
Dr. John Ellis, President
Medical Director, Managed Health Services (MHS); President, Indianapolis Medical Society
Victoria Pierceall, CPA, Treasurer
Somerset, CPAs, P.C.
Dr. Jack Leonard
President of Environmental Management Institute in Indianapolis, Indiana
Richard van Frank
Retired Biochemist and Member, Monitoring Workgroup of USEPA’s National Conversation on Public Health and Chemical Exposures
Benjamin Ellis, JD
Dr. Bill Beranek
Indiana Environmental Institute
Audra Baumgartner, MPH
Dr. Indra Frank
Hoosier Environmental Council and adjunct professor, Indiana University School of Public Health
Dr. Stephen Jay
Dept. of Public Health, Indiana University
Indiana State Department of Health (Retired)
Indiana State Department of Health
National Center for Healthy Housing
Dr. Phil Steven
Dana Reed Wise
Marion County Public Health Department