From 2001 to 2016, Catchings played for the Indiana Fever, the Indianapolis WNBA team, and became one of the most decorated athletes of all time. She is a four-time Olympic gold medalist, ten-time WNBA All-Star, five-time Defensive Player of the Year and a WNBA Champion. Beyond her on-court success, Catchings is known for her off-court professionalism and was a three-time recipient of the Kim Perrot Sportsmanship award. In 2004, Catchings launched the Catch the Stars Foundation, which empowers youth by providing goal setting programs that promote fitness, literacy and youth development.
Since retiring from professional play in 2016, in addition to her Catch the Stars Foundation, Catchings has diversified her resume through local investments, business ownership, board positions and more. Most recently, Catchings had served as vice president of basketball operations and general manager of the Indiana Fever, working directly with the coaching staff and maintaining day-to-day operations for the organization. She has also held board positions with the Indianapolis Airport Authority, USA Basketball Development National Team Committee and the Oath board of advisors where she served as a founding member alongside fellow pro athletes Serena Williams, Rickie Fowler, Abby Wambach and Russell Wilson.
“What a privilege it is to welcome Tamika Catchings as our newest member of the board,” said Michael F. Petrie, Co-Founder and Chairman of Merchants Bancorp. “Adding her wealth of knowledge and expertise will only further Merchants’ commitment to delivering the best experience possible for our customers and community. We hold Tamika in highest regard and are confident she will provide valuable insight.”