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  • Hon. Jon Costas (1st Congressional District)
  • Mr. Christopher Murphy, III (2nd Congressional District)
  • Mr. John Popp (3rd Congressional District)
  • Mr. Mark Holden (4th Congressional District)
  • Mr. Michael Smith (5th Congressional District)
  • Mr. Michael "Jud" Fisher (Chair, 6th Congressional District)
  • Dennis Bland, Esq. (Vice-Chair,7th Congressional District)
  • Ms. Caren Whitehouse (8th Congressional District)
  • Mr. Dan Peterson (Secretary, 9th Congressional District)
  • Mrs. Susana Duarte de Suarez (At Large Member)
  • Mr. Gerald Bepko (At Large Member)
  • Mr. Allan Hubbard (At Large Member)
  • Dr. Jason Curtis (Faculty Representative - Purdue University North Central)
  • Ms. Hannah Rozow (Student Representative - Indiana University Bloomington)
  • Hon. Jon Costas

    Represents District 1 until June 30, 2017

    Contact:
    City of Valparaiso
    166 Lincolnway
    Valparaiso, IN 46383
    Tele: (219) 464-4273
    Email: mayorcostas@valpo.us

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    Mr. Christopher Murphy, III

    Represents District 2 until June 30, 2014

    Chris Murphy is the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of 1st Source Corporation and Chairman and Chief Executive Office of 1st Source Bank, a South Bend-based financial institution with more than $3.2 billion in assets. Mr. Murphy has a strong educational background having received a B.A. in Government from the University of Notre Dame, an M.B.A. (with Distinction) from Harvard University Business School, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia Law School. In additional to his responsibilities at 1st Source, Mr. Murphy has served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the World Presidents' Organization in 2002 and has been a board member for several years.

    Contact:
    1st Source Bank
    P.O. Box 1602
    South Bend, IN 46601
    Tele: (574) 235-2710
    Email: murphy-c@1stsource.com

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    Mr. John Popp

    Represents District 3 until June 30, 2017

    John Popp has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of Aunt Millie's Bakeries, Inc., since 1980. From 1954 to 1956, Popp was the US Army Chief of review and analysis division of ordinance training command at Aberdeen,  MD. Popp is also a real estate developer and has served on several different boards.

    Contact:
    Aunt Millie's Bakeries, Inc.
    350 Pearl St.
    Fort Wayne, IN 46814
    Tele: (260) 424-8245 ext 224
    Email: jfpopp@auntmillies.com

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    Mr. Mark Holden

    Represents District 4 until June 30, 2017

    Mark Holden currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer at A&R Logistics, Inc. Holden has formerly held positions such as President, Chief Executive Officer and Owner at Prime Distribution Services, Inc., American Commercial Lines, Inc. and Wabash National Corporation. In 2013, Holden received the President's Medal of Distinction from Ball State University, his alma mater.

    Contact:
    MRH Holdings
    315 East 350 North
    West Lafayette, IN 46906
    Email: mark.holden@mrhholdings.com

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    Mr. Michael Smith

    Represents District 5 until June 30, 2014

    Mike Smith served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Anthem, Inc. and its subsidiaries, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. He was the co-executive lead of Anthem's $4.0 billion demutualization and initial public offering in 2001. Following the merger of Anthem and WellPoint Health Networks, Inc., Mike retired in 2005. Prior to joining Anthem, Mr. Smith held various management positions, including Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer with Mayflower Group, Inc. from 1974 to 1995. He is a member of the Board of Trustees at DePauw University and the Lumina Foundation, and on the Board of Directors of Kite Realty Group Trust, Emergency Medical Services Corporation, Inc., Vectren Corporation, HH Greg Appliances, Inc., Finishmaster, Inc., and its parent, Ldi Ltd., Lockton Inc., Carestream Health, Inc., and Valitas, Inc. Mr. Smith is a founding member of Cardinal Equity Partners, a mid-market private equity investment fund headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana.

    Contact:
    15358 Whistling Lane
    Carmel, IN 46033
    Tele: (317) 663-0210
    Email: mikeanthemsmith@comcast.net

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    Mr. Michael "Jud" Fisher

    Represents District 6 until June 30, 2015

    Jud Fisher is responsible for managing the Ball Brothers Foundation in Muncie. He joining the Foundation in 2003 after working in administration for Old National Signature Group. A Michigan native, Mr. Fisher is a graduate of DePauw University and the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy.

    Contact:
    Ball Brothers Foundation
    P.O. Box 1408
    Muncie, IN 47308
    Tele: (765) 741-5500
    Email: jud.fisher@ballfdn.org

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    Dennis Bland, Esq.

    Represent District 7 until June 30, 2016

    Dennis Bland is the President of the Center for Leadership Development in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he also lives. Dennis Bland received his primary and elementary education through Indianapolis Public Schools and attended DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana following his graduation from Broad Ripple High School. After graduating from DePauw with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics, he went on to obtain his juris doctorate degree from Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis.

    Contact:
    Center for Leadership Development
    2425 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. St.
    Indianapolis, IN 46208
    Tele: (317) 923-8111

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    Ms. Caren Whitehouse

    Represents District 8

    Ms. Whitehouse is the Executive Director of the Vanderburgh County Medical Society in Evansville, Indiana.  Additionally, she serves on the Pulmonary Fibrosis Board of Directors, the Healthy Evansville Steering Committee and the Vanderburgh County Perinatal Task Force.

    Contact:
    Vanderburgh County Medical Society
    3116 E. Morgan Ave., Suite F
    Evansville, IN 47711
    812-483-4889

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    Mr. Dan Peterson

    Represents District 9 until June 30, 2016

    Dan Peterson is Vice President, Industry & Government Affairs, for Cook Group, Inc., based in Bloomington, Indiana. Since joining Cook Group in 1989, Dan has held a variety of leadership roles in the areas of operations, finance/accounting and human resources. His current responsibilities involve industry, government and external affairs. His primary areas of focus center on policy and programs in healthcare delivery, as well as economic, education and workforce development. Dan sits on many boards including the Indiana Dept. of Workforce Development State Workforce Innovation Council; BioCrossroads; Indiana Health Industry Forum; Bloomington Economic Development Corp.; and Indiana University Health Bloomington. Mr. Peterson holds a B.S. in Biology (1984) and an MBA in Finance (1989), both from the Indiana University. Since 1963, Cook Group medical companies have been committed to creating innovative medical solutions that benefit millions of patients worldwide.

    Contact:
    Cook Group, Inc.
    750 Daniels Way P.O. Box 489
    Bloomington, IN 47402
    Tele: (812) 331-1025

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    Ms. Susana Duarte de Suarez

    At Large Member until June 30, 2017

    Susana Duarte de Suarez is the President and CEO of Media Moon Communications, a multi-cultural and bilingual marketing and communications company with expertise in building and maintaining a positive corporate image and premier brand position in the market through - social and mainstream marketing channels, cause marketing and corporate social responsibility, corporate philanthropy and community relations, issues management, public and media relations and strategic planning; with expertise in the Latino market. Mrs. Duarte de Suarez has enjoyed a progressive career n various Vice Presidential and Senior Officer positions with Fortune 500 companies like Holcim, CEMEX, and Anheuser-Busch. She graduated from Ohio State University with a B.A. in Political Science, and the IMD Senior Management Program, Lausanne, Switzerland.

    Contact:
    Media Moon Communications
    11487 Golden Willow Dr.
    Zionsville, IN 46077
    Tele: (317) 344-2479
    Email: sds@mediamoon.us

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    Dr. Gerald Bepko

    At Large Member until June 30, 2014

    Gerald L. Bepko was first appointed at Indiana University in the School of Law - Indianapolis in 1972 and served the university in various capacities for 32 years until his retirement in 2004. As Chancellor for seventeen years, he presided over significant changes including enrollment changes, increased research support, physical consolidation of the campus to West Michigan Street and a successful capital campaign for IUPUI which produced more than one billion dollars. In his last year of work as a university executive, Bepko served as Interim President of IU, in between Myles Brand's departure to become head f the NCAA and the appointment of Adam Herbert. Bepko earned a B.S. from Northern Illinois, a JD from the IIT Chicago Kent College of Law, and the LLM from Yale.

    Contact:
    IUPUI, Inlow Hall 219
    530 W. New York St.
    Indianapolis, IN 46202
    Tele: (317) 278-9240
    Email: gbepko@iupui.edu

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    Mr. Allan Hubbard

    At Large Member until June 30, 2017

    Al Hubbard is the co-founder of E&A Industries. Except for his time in government service, Hubbard has been the chairman of E&A Industries since 1977. During his government service, Hubbard was the White House deputy chief of staff for Vice President Dan Quayle, executive director of the president's council on competitiveness under the administration of George H.W. Bush and assistant to the president for economic policy and director of the national economic council under George W. Bush. He has also served on boards for for-profit and not-for-profit groups.

    Contact:
    E&A Industries, Inc.
    101 W. Ohio St., Suite 1350
    Indianapolis, IN 46204
    Tele: (317) 681-5073
    Email: ahubbard@ea-companies.com

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    Dr. Jason Curtis

    Faculty Representative until June 30, 2015

    Jason Curtis is an associate professor of biology at Purdue University North Central. Curtis has been with Purdue for 13 years and is currently Academic Program Coordinator for the Biology Department. He has also been the Coordinator for Institutional Effectiveness and a 10-year member of the faculty senate. Curtis has been on the City of LaPorte's Historic Preservation Commission for 8 years, 5 of which he served as president. He has also been a facilitator for the Michigan City Area Schools' summer "STEMstitute" and worked with the Indiana Department of Education of the Indiana Science 2010 Initiative.

    Contact:
    Purdue University North Central
    1401 S. U.S. Hwy 421
    Westville, IN 46391
    Tele: (219) 785-5484
    Email: jcurtis@pnc.edu

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    Ms. Hannah Rozow

    Student Representative until June 30, 2014

    Hannah Rozow is an undergraduate student at Indiana University Bloomington pursuing a double degree in Journalism and Political Science, and a minor in Spanish language. She served as a legislative intern for the Indiana State Senate Majority Caucus during the 2012 session, and received the Rick Gudal Memorial Scholarship from the Senate for dedication to public service, willingness to help others, a positive attitude, and strong work ethic. She served a one-year term as treasurer of Foster International Living Learning Center, of which she is still a member. Ms. Rozow's other community service activities include: Republican Campaign volunteer, Christian Communicators of Indiana volunteer debate judge, and Indiana University College Republicans member. She is also a member of Sigma Alpha Lambda and Sigma Alpha Pi. Following graduation, Ms. Rozow aspires to work for Teach for America or another education-related organization for two years before attending law school. She is a native of Milford, Indiana.

    Contact:
    12685 N. Camelot Dr.
    Milford, IN 46542
    Tele: (951) 566-7953
    Email: hrozow@umail.iu.edu

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