HCLA program coordinator named interim executive director


Andrea Marley is passionate about Hamilton County Leadership Academy and its impact.

So, when Marley was asked to move from a part-time position to interim executive director, she agreed to do it.


“My role as interim executive director is to keep the organization moving forward,” Marley said. “I’ve served HCLA for the past two years, and I’m excited to continue serving the current class at a new capacity.”

Marley replaces John Robbins, who recently resigned after two years in the position.

Marley was previously the program coordinator, a 30-hour a week post.

“I mostly worked on planning and organizing the logistics of the 10-month program and was available to help guide the class through their experience,” Marley said. “As interim executive director, I will be working closely with Corby Thompson (chief experience officer) and Sam Mishelow (class dean) to lead HCLA through the 2020 class year.”

A Carmel resident, Marley is a 1998 Carmel High School graduate.

“I’m passionate about HCLA and the impact it has across the county,” Marley said. “Beyond that, I’m excited to see the impact from this class.”

Marley serves as a Japanese translator for Hamilton Southeastern Schools and Noblesville Schools and is secretary of the Carmel Education Foundation’s board of directors.

Rachael Coverdale, president of the board, said Marley knows HCLA inside and out. She said the board is putting together a plan and wants to have a strategy in place by the first of the year.

Thompson’s role is a new position. He is a 1995 HCLA graduate.

“We’re not sure if that will be a permanent position or not,” Coverdale said. “With him being a two-time recent dean, we knew he could be another source of support for the class to ensure the experience for the class is top-notch.”

Thompson owns Boomerang LLC, a Fishers real estate development firm. Mishelow, a 2005 HCLA graduate, is chief strategy officer for Fishers-based Meyer Najem Construction.