News From Terre Haute, Indiana

July 25, 2013

Airport board welcomes new member, elects officers

Dianne Frances D. Powell
The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — New board member Rachel Leslie attended her first meeting of the Terre Haute International Airport Authority on Wednesday, as the board bid farewell to exiting board members Mike Calleja and Hans Eilbracht.

“I am from Terre Haute and find appreciation in some of our best assets, including the airport. Now living just over three miles away from the field, I have the opportunity to drive by the entrance gates daily and experience anticipation of its potential impact to the Terre Haute community and rural areas,” Leslie said.

Leslie, who works as associate vice president for advancement at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, was given a four-year appointment.

“I look forward to being a part of the current team, working with both city and county governments, building upon the momentum and being open to new economic development prospects that could be game-changing for our community,” she said.

Before joining the college, she was the executive vice president of the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce and had served in chamber positions since 2005.

In 2009, Leslie was named one of the “Top 40 under 40” by the American Chamber of Commerce Executive magazine.

“Rachel will be a great addition to the board. We’re really glad to have her,” board president Bill Foraker said in his welcome remarks at the start of the meeting.

Leslie, a graduate of Indiana State University, was one of the recipients of this year’s Graduate of the Last Decade (GOLD) award given by the ISU Alumni Association.

Also at the meeting, the board elected its officers. Board member Brian Short was elected secretary. The other officers, Foraker, Darryl Huyett and Chris Doll, will remain in their current posts as president, vice president and treasurer, respectively.

Airport Executive Director Bill McKown announced personnel changes. Former marketing director Kara McIntosh is now the new deputy director, and new hire Shaun Baker will serve as maintenance specialist. The airport is seeking a new marketing coordinator. The job closes Aug. 9.

Also during the meeting, the board approved a lease agreement with Sports Car Club of America, allowing it to use a concrete path on the east side of the airport for an annual race in September.

Speaking of lease agreements, McIntosh said that the airport is still in search of a restaurant to operate in the airport.

Tribune-Star Reporter Dianne Frances D. Powell can be reached at 812-231-4299 or