Thoennes joins Ivy Tech Community CollegeWabash Valley regional board of directors

Labor leader, Greg Thoennes, joined the Ivy Tech Community College—Wabash Valley Regional Board of Directors last month to serve a three-year term.

A member of the Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 157 for the past 33 years, Thoennes now serves as its business manager. A graduate of Lafayette Jefferson High School in Lafayette, Indiana, he attended Purdue University. He served an apprenticeship with Local 157 before becoming a member.

Thoennes served as a trustee of Ivy Tech—Lafayette for four years, a board member of the United Way of the Wabash Valley, a member of the Region 4 Workforce Investment Board and the Terre Haute Building Advisory Board. He devotes considerable time to his profession serving as a trustee for the Local 157 Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee and the Local 157 Indiana Pipe Trades Defined Contribution Pension Plan as well as the Pipe Trades Industry Health and Welfare Plan. He serves on the Wabash Valley, Lincoln Land, Danville and Tippecanoe Building and Construction Trades Councils. He is on the executive board of the Indiana Pipe Trades Association. He also serves on the Wabash Valley Center Labor Council and the Northwest Central Labor Council.

Chancellor Jonathan Weinzapfel is pleased to welcome Greg Thoennes to the Board.  "Greg's community leadership experience, perspective and connection to industry will be a valuable asset to our Board of Trustees,” said Chancellor Weinzapfel.  “Strong leaders are critical to the growth of Ivy Tech, and we are pleased to have his insight and continued commitment to the College.”

“We want to thank past board member, Donnie Ritter, who recently retired after four years on the Board.  His commitment to Ivy Tech and our community has been invaluable to the Wabash Valley,” said Regional Board Chair, Ken Baker.  “We look forward to working with Greg to continue to deliver programs that meet the needs of students and area businesses.” 

Thoennes will work alongside current Wabash Valley Board members:

Kenneth Baker, retired from Taghleef Industries; Lori Danielson, Clabber Girl Corporation; Jo Ann Carmichael, Carmichael Farms; Patrick Board, Union Health System; William Kauffman, First Financial Bank; Jeffrey Lorick, Terre Haute Human Relations Commission; Dr. Carolyn Milner, Cloverdale School Corporation; and Michael Mitchell, Sony DADC.