About Us

The Melanie and Rosalie Albright Foundation exists to honor the memories of two sisters, Melanie and Rosalie, who found joy in life through participating in the arts while battling Cystic Fibrosis. We believe the arts community is a safe, welcoming place for youth to be supported and accepted for who they are. By providing scholarships and art-based opportunities to youth ages six to twenty-one, we can help those wishing to participate in any aspect of the arts find acceptance and a place of belonging.

The Melanie and Rosalie Albright Foundation is the only nonprofit organization in the Indianapolis area offering scholarships to youth ages 6-21 for participation in any performing arts-related opportunities at the awardee’s location of choice.

We rely on our generous donors for their financial support to bring scholarships and theatrical opportunities to youth passionate about the performing arts.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

PRESIDENT

Aimee Albright is married to RD Albright and mother to Adam, Melanie, and Rosalie.  Aimee will receive her B.A. in Philanthropic Studies at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and her certificate in Event Management at the School of Health and Human Services in May 2023 from Indiana University Indianapolis. She is honored to have received the Jefferson Award (January 2023). She is a board member of North Salem Revitalization, Inc in North Salem, Indiana, and loves being part of a small town. She has been a Production Assistant to the guest artist at the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s Yuletide Celebration for the past six years. Aimee says her favorite part of event management is seeing the joy attendees experience while at the event. You can read some of Aimee’s writings about loss, family, and faith at aimee.albright.wordpress.com 

Vice President of Operations

Adam Albright – Estimating Team Lead with Balance Claims

I have been fortunate to directly witness the positive impact that performance opportunities can have on personal growth & emotional support for local youth. It is important to continue cultivating a safe & accepting environment for the youth in our community.

Vice President of Technology

Joey Meister – Sr. DevOps Engineer

As a family member of the Albrights, I saw the theater community’s amazing impact on Melanie and Rosalie. The theater has shown to be a welcoming and safe place and provides a platform for youth to grow in positive ways. As an experienced IT professional, I assist The MRA Foundation in providing opportunities to as many youths as possible.

Treasurer

R.D. Albright – Union Electrician IBEW Local 481

I am married to Aimee and am Adam, Melanie, and Rosalie’s dad. I love the Chicago Bears and New Mexico. I also love to ride Harleys. I think it is important to support youth in the arts because it reaches a unique niche of kids who are normally looked over. I have seen firsthand what theatre does for these kids. I have seen a person who is quiet and sits in the corner go to talking to everyone and is the star of the show. Not to mention the friendships that are made. That’s is why I pledge myself to further the youth arts and to bring honor to my daughter’s memory.

Secretary

Jeanette Vaughan – Fine Arts Secretary Plainfield High School

Director

Angela (Nogle) Albright –

Director

Mikala Cunningham – Customer Service Assistant

I was homeschooled growing up and the theatre was one of my favorite places. The friendships you make in performing arts are irreplaceable. Performing arts provides a space for our youth to feel heard and comfortable. I want every kid to experience the same joy I did through the arts.

Director

Emmie Wright – Performer

Creating accessible opportunities for youth within performing arts creates an outlet for them that can’t be found anywhere else. As someone who grew up in theatre, I want everyone to have the same love, support, and growth opportunities that I had. Performing arts has an aspect for everyone and is a great place for youth to flourish.