Note this page is currently under construction. Earth Charter Indiana is supported by many wonderful, talented, and passionate individuals. Our Resource Council provides many technical, creative, and necessary services and we are deeply grateful for their special role in our work. If you are interested in participating in our work as a Resource Council member, please contact us!
Andy Fry is an artist, designer and musician. In addition to his work as creative director at Big Car Collaborative, he has maintained his own graphic design practice for over 15 years. He has a B.F.A. in painting and a B.A. in philosophy from Indiana University, Bloomington.
Kate Franzman uses her 10+ experience in advertising, public relations, and journalism to raise awareness and connect communities to urban agriculture and pollinators. Through collaborative partnerships with nonprofits, cultural institutions, and schools, Kate engages the community through art, advocacy, and action. Kate is the in-house farmer/beekeeper for Patachou Inc. restaurant group, manages the two urban farms, and communications for The Patachou Foundation, a nonprofit whose mission is to feed healthy after-school meals to food-insecure students in Indianapolis and teach them skills in self-reliance. Kate is also a beekeeper and the founder of Bee Public, a local pollinator advocacy organization which raises awareness about the plight of bees and other pollinators by keeping beehives in high-traffic areas including the Sky Farm and Eskenazi Health and along the Monon Trail at the Public Greens restaurant and micro-farm. She also teaches beekeeping classes and makes presentations about the importance of pollinators to classrooms all over Indianapolis.
Originally from Battle Creek, Michigan, Steve Miknis moved to Indianapolis in 2016 to join the Indiana Pacers organization. He connected with Earth Charter Indiana last year after looking to be active in sustainability efforts in Indiana after doing similar work around the Michigan area. Steve now works in group events with the Indiana Pacers organization and is looking forward to bringing his energy and experience to the Going Green initiative at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
John Young is a staff scientist at Keramida Inc., an environmental consulting firm. John also has experience as a grant administrator in Austin, TX, as well as experience in journalism as a circulation manager and freelancer. A passion and interest in the outdoors and literature led John to a course of study in Biology and English at the College of Charleston in South Carolina. John later continued his education by earning a Master’s of Science in Plant, Environmental and Soil Science at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge where his course of study focused on particulate matter and air quality. An Indianapolis native, john has recently moved back to Indianapolis with his wife, Chelsea. In his free time John enjoys running, playing basketball, and wading the White River fishing for smallmouth bass.