About IKE

Our Mission

To protect children from environmental health hazards through advocacy, education and initiatives that create environmentally healthy homes, schools and communities.


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.

Our Vision

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

Joan Ketterman

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 jketterman@ikecoalition.org.

Margaret Frericks

Program Manager
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 mfrericks@ikecoalition.org.

Ismat Bhuiyan

Program Assistant
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 ibhuiyan@ikecoalition.org.

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

Advisory Council

Dr. Bill Beranek
Indiana Environmental Institute

Audra Baumgartner, MPH

Cindy Collier

Dr. Indra Frank
Hoosier Environmental Council and adjunct professor, Indiana University School of Public Health

Sara Guss

Dr. Stephen Jay
Dept. of Public Health, Indiana University

Maria Larson
Indiana State Department of Health (Retired)

David McCormick

Indiana State Department of Health

Tom Neltner
National Center for Healthy Housing

Dr. Phil Steven
Indiana University

Dave Wagner
Millennium Environmental

Dana Reed Wise
Marion County Public Health Department