Board of Trustees

The Trust is governed by a three-person board of trustees who set overall Trust policy, approve all grants and the Trust’s annual budget.

Trustees of the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust, pictured left to right: Kent E. Agness, Carol Peden Schilling and Lisa Shover Kackley

Kent E. Agness, Trustee

Mr. Agness, appointed Trustee in December 2011, served as legal counsel to Central Newspapers, Inc. for over 20 years. In the mid-1990s, he assisted Mr. Frank E. Russell, the Trust’s founding chairman, in creating the legal structure of the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust. He served as the Trust’s legal counsel until his retirement in 2005 from Indianapolis-based Barnes & Thornburg LLP, where he was a partner and primarily practiced in the firm’s Corporate Department. Mr. Agness is a lifelong Indiana resident. He earned his undergraduate degree from Indiana University and his law degree from the University of Virginia. Mr. Agness has been a member of several nonprofit boards and foundations, including serving as chairman of the board of the Indiana State Museum Foundation.

Lisa Shover Kackley, Trustee

Mrs. Shover Kackley was appointed Trustee in December 2011. She is co-founder and vice president of K Group and has almost 30 years’ experience as a marketing executive and community leader. She founded a communications company, specializing in public relations and advertising with a focus on creating private, public and nonprofit partnerships. Mrs. Shover Kackley was a part of the Pulliam newspaper family and has worked closely with the Trust since its inception. She earned a degree in journalism from the University of Arizona, which she attended on a Pulliam scholarship. Mrs. Shover Kackley is a resident of Arizona, where she divides her time between Scottsdale and Parks, Arizona. She is active in the Phoenix area community and has served on a broad range of nonprofit boards and foundations, is an avid horsewoman and shares Mrs. Pulliam’s love of all living creatures.

Carol Peden Schilling, Trust Chair

Mrs. Schilling is Nina Mason Pulliam’s niece and treasures her deep friendship and lifelong companionship with her kinswoman. She was one of the three founding trustees when the Trust began operations in 1998. She was born and raised near Bloomington, Indiana, and graduated from Indiana University cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature. After working as an editor at the Indiana University Press, she moved to Tucson, Arizona, to study anthropology at the University of Arizona later moving to Phoenix as a staff writer and editor for The Phoenix Gazette. Mrs. Schilling now makes her home in Scottsdale, Arizona, with her husband Randy. She shares her Aunt Nina’s loves of travel, the Southwest, animals, hiking, music, gardening, writing, and reading. Her memories of Aunt Nina continue to guide the Trust’s core values.