Gov. Holcomb Makes Appointments to Various Boards, Commissions, and Task Forces

(INDIANAPOLIS) — Governor Eric J. Holcomb today announced several new appointments and reappointments to various state boards, commissions, and task forces.

Board of Registration for Soil Scientists

The Governor made four new appointments to the board, who will serve until June 30, 2023:

  • Robert Jones (Carlisle), project manager with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources
  • Jessique Haeft (Huntington), assistant professor of natural resources at Ball State University
  • Rebecca Langford-Willis (Evansville), owner of Rebecca Langford LLC
  • Linda Mauller (South Bend), former environmental director with the St. Joseph County Health Department

The Governor also made one reappointment to the board, who will serve until June 30, 2023:

  • Thomas Eickholtz (Kendallville), soil consultant with Eickholtz, Inc.

Environmental Rules Board

The Governor made one new appointment to the board, who will serve until June 30, 2023:

  • Michael Schuler (Sellersburg), president of Schuler Homes, Inc.

Indiana Election Commission

The Governor made one new appointment to the commission, who will serve until July 1, 2021 and will also serve as chair of the commission:

  • Paul Okeson, executive vice president of Garmong Construction Services.

The Governor also made one reappointment to the commission, who will serve until July 1, 2021 and will also serve as vice-chair of the commission:

  • S. Anthony Long (Boonville), founding attorney of Long & Mathies Law Firm

Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority Board of Directors

The Governor made one new appointment to the board, who will serve until June 30, 2022:

  • G. Michael Schopmeyer (Evansville), partner with Kahn, Dees, Donovan & Kahn, LLP

Indiana Public Retirement System Board of Trustees

The governor made two reappointments to the board, who will serve until June 30, 2023:

  • The Honorable Tera Klutz, Auditor of the State of Indiana
  • The Honorable Kelly Mitchell, Treasurer of the State of Indiana

Indiana State Board of Education

The governor made three new appointments to the board:

  • William Durham (Indianapolis), director of The Excel Center-Meadows, will join the board and will serve until June 30, 2021.
  • Pete Miller (Avon), director of business intelligence for IU Health Revenue Cycle Services, will join the board and will serve until June 30, 2023.
  • Kristin Rentschler (Columbia City), teacher at Columbia City High School, will join the board and will serve until June 30, 2023

Land Resources Council

The Governor made one new appointment to the council, who will serve until June 30, 2023:

  • The Honorable Tom DeBaun, Mayor of Shelbyville

Nonemergency Medical Transportation Commission

The Governor made twelve appointments to the new commission, who will serve terms staggered as follows:

Serving until June 30, 2021:

  • Lorraine Bigsbee (Indianapolis), representing fee-for-service recipients
  • Sarah Chestnut (Indianapolis), director of public policy and technical assistance with the Indiana Association of Rehabilitation Facilities (INARF)
  • Dr. Michael Kaufmann (Brownsburg), EMS Medical Director for the State of Indiana
  • Gary Miller (Highland), former owner of PROMPT Medical Transportation
  • Andrew VanZee (Indianapolis), vice president of operational improvement and technology at the Indiana Hospital Association
  • Rob Zachrich (Atlanta, GA), COO of Southeastrans

Serving until June 30, 2020

  •  Kim Dodson (Westfield), executive director of The Arc of Indiana
  • James Fry (Clay City), CEO of Steadfast Transportation, LLC
  • Sherri Hampton (Morgantown), vice president of field accounting with American Senior Communities
  • Kristen LaEace (Indianapolis), CEO of the Indiana Association of Area Agencies on Aging
  • Amanda McClure (Carmel), Indiana regional lead social worker with Fresenius Kidney Care

Serving until June 30, 2023:

Dr. Jennifer Walthall, director of the Indiana Family & Social Services Administration. 

The Governor has also designated Dr. Walthall as chair of the commission.

Probate Code Study Commission

The Governor made nine appointments to the new commission, who will serve until June 30, 2021:

  • James Carlberg (Carmel), partner with Bose McKinney & Evans LLP
  • The Honorable J. Terrence Cody (New Albany), judge of the Floyd Circuit Court
  • Barry Cushman (Notre Dame), John P. Murphy Foundation Professor of Law, University of Notre Dame Law School
  • Donald Hopper (Indianapolis), partner with Harrison & Moberly, LLP
  • Jeffrey Kolb (Vincennes), senior partner with Kolb Roellgen & Kirchoff LLP
  • James Martin (Merrillville), attorney with Martin & Martin
  • Sara Shade (Muncie), attorney with Beasley & Gilkison, LLP
  • Kip White (Covington), attorney with Fountain Trust Company
  • Cindy Wolfer (Fort Wayne), associate with Rothberg Logan & Warsco

School Accountability Panel

The Governor made two appointments to the new panel, who will serve until Dec. 31, 2021:

  • Jody French (Leopold), principal of Perry Central Jr./Sr. High School
  • B.J. Watts (Evansville), teacher and coach with the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation

Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission

The Governor made seven appointments to the new commission, who will serve until June 30, 2021:

  • Keira Amstutz (Indianapolis), president & CEO of Indiana Humanities
  • Elaine Bedel (Indianapolis), president of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation
  • Kathy Cabello (Indianapolis), owner of Cabello Associates
  • Joyce Rogers (Indianapolis), vice president for development and external relations for the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs at Indiana University
  • Danielle Shockey (Carmel), CEO of Girl Scouts of Central Indiana
  • Judy Singleton (Indianapolis), co-founder of Singleton Associates, LLC
  • Rose Wernicke (Indianapolis), president of the Indianapolis Propylaeum

The Governor also designated Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch to serve as chair of the commission.

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