Media Inquiries


The Villages was founded on the philosophy of Dr. Karl Menninger who believed that children grow, develop and thrive best in a loving, secure and stable family. Because a positive home environment and caring parents are fundamental rights of all children, The Villages’ vision is that every child will flourish in a healthy, nurturing and self- sufficient family. The Villages was established as a private, nonprofit child and family service agency in Indiana in 1978 through an initiative of Lilly Endowment. Since opening its first “family model” group home for abused children in 1980 in Bedford, Indiana, The Villages has expanded its programs and services to meet the demand for a full continuum of child welfare and family support services, and is now the largest child and family services organization in Indiana.


Sharon Pierce is the President and CEO of The Villages.

Sharon has served as The Villages’ President and CEO since 1992. Before joining the organization, Sharon was the Deputy Director for the Indiana Division of Family and Children, overseeing Indiana’s state child welfare system. Her experience also includes positions with the Children’s Home & Aid Society of Illinois, Youth Advocate Program and Illinois Collaboration on Youth.

Sharon is a member of numerous boards and service organizations promoting the best interests of children. Among her many affiliations, Sharon serves on the National Board of Directors for the Child Welfare League of America and also acts as a National Child Welfare Trainer and consultant for the organization. She serves on the National Board of Directors of Prevent Child Abuse America, and chairs the IARCCA Institute for Excellence. In addition, she also serves on the IARCCA Public Policy Committee. Sharon has worked with the Indiana General Assembly on numerous legislative initiatives which impact children and families. She served on the Board for Child Care Coordination, the Commission on Abused and Neglected Children, and currently chairs the Healthy Families Indiana Think Tank.

Sharon holds a Master’s degree in Student Personnel Administration and Counseling, and a Bachelor’s of Science in English from Ball State University.

Pierce is married, and is the mother of four grown children and four grandchildren.

Villages Materials

News Releases

January 8, 2018 “The Villages of Indiana Awarded $10 Million Sustainability Grant from Lilly Endowment

December 12, 2017 AP News, “Opioid Crisis Strains Foster System as Kids Pried from Homes”, Written by Matt Sedensky and Meghan Hoyer

Media contact:

For information on foster care, adoption or other child welfare issues, please contact us. The Villages can connect you with a family willing to share its story or a source from our network of experts that can provide an interview.

To arrange an interview with our CEO, contact:

Kimberlee Cottingham
Administrative Assistant to the CEO
317-775-6500 or email Kimberlee Cottingham

For information about our specific programs, contact us at 317-775-6500.