INDIANAPOLIS, IN – St. Joseph Institute Board of Directors and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet (CSJ) have appointed Jeffrey R. Chapman as the new President of St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf (SJI). As of August 16, 2021, he has assumed the most senior leadership position in the agency and works alongside the two Executive Directors, Cheryl Broekelmann, M.A., LSLS Cert. AVEd and Lindy Powell, M.Ed, LSLS Cert. AVEd. Board Chair Mark Bulanda commented, “Jeff brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to St. Joseph Institute, and we look forward to his leadership, marketing acumen, and development experience taking the organization to the next level.”

Jeffrey R. Chapman,

Jeff was selected through a board-led recruitment process with a robust candidate pool. Outgoing President Richard Schul said, “It was his varied and solid background that impressed us the most. He has outstanding leadership qualities, deep roots in the Indianapolis community, and extensive experience in nonprofit and for-profit organizations, with a strong understanding of marketing. His management style fits well with this organization.”

Jeff has served as both an employee and board member of several religious-based and human services organizations and is comfortable with the balance of faith, service, and financial accountability. With more than 25 years of experience in both for-profit and nonprofit, he brings expertise in managing accomplished professionals to benefit a shared vision. Most recently, Jeff served as a Principal at INovate Advisors, an Indianapolis-based consulting firm focused on marketing, strategy, and business development. Additionally, he has served as board president for Central IN First Steps (ProKids, Inc.), an early intervention organization for children with developmental delays. With a diverse background in development, strategic business planning, and marketing, his strong eye for detail and eagerness to build relationships in both Indianapolis and St. Louis will propel the agency forward to serve children and their families consistent with the organization’s CSJ roots.

“Connecting my faith, leadership skills, and serving those in need is a very fulfilling personal endeavor. I am honored to lead the 184-year-old ministry in its continued success in serving children with hearing loss and look forward to expanding services to reach more children and families.” The Provincial Leadership team at Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet has solidified his appointment and looks forward to his impact on their first American mission established in 1837.

“I couldn’t be more enthusiastic about turning over the reins to Jeff as president of SJI! I have great confidence in Jeff as the leader who will take SJI to greater success now and into the future.”

Richard Schul

Interim President, SJI

The SJI family is delighted to welcome Mr. Chapman to our community and pleased a man of his faith, dedication, and ability will lead our organization.

Contact: Zareena Koch
Director of Development