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Commission Members and Appointment Dates

  • Mr. Dan Peterson (Chair, 9th Congressional District)
  • Mr. Chris LaMothe (Vice Chair, 5th Congressional District)
  • Ms. Caren Whitehouse (Secretary, 8th Congressional District)
  • Mr. Dennis Bland (7th Congressional District)
  • Dr. John Conant (Faculty Representative - Indiana State University)
  • Hon. Jon Costas (1st Congressional District)
  • Mr. Michael (Jud) Fisher (6th Congressional District)
  • Ms. Lisa Hershman (4th Congressional District)
  • Mr. Allan Hubbard (At Large Member)
  • Ms. Mika Mosier (Student Representative - Ivy Tech Community College)
  • Mr. Christopher Murphy, III (2nd Congressional District)
  • Dr. Beverley Pitts (At Large Member)
  • Mr. John Popp (3rd Congressional District)
  • Mr. Alfonso Vidal (At Large Member)

Apply to be the Faculty Commission Member!

2017 Faculty Application and Agreement to Serve

The 2017 Faculty Nominating Committee is now accepting applications for the faculty position on the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, a liaison between the state’s public institutions of higher education and the General Assembly. Appointment begins July 1, 2017 and terminates June 30, 2019. Applicant must be a full-time faculty member at a public institution residing in the State of Indiana.

Mr. Dan Peterson (Chair)

Represents District 9 until June 30, 2020

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, with a focus on healthcare delivery, education and workforce development. Dan sits on many boards including the Indiana Bioscience Research Institute (IBRI); BioCrossroads; Indiana Health Industry Forum; Bloomington Economic Development Corp.; and Indiana University Health South Central Region. Mr. Peterson holds a B.S. in Biology (1984) and an MBA in Finance (1989), both from Indiana University. Since 1963, Cook Group medical companies have been committed to creating innovative medical solutions that benefit millions of patients worldwide.

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

Mr. Chris LaMothe (Vice Chair)

Represents District 5 until June 30, 2018

Chris LaMothe serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Elevate Ventures. He sets the strategy and vision for the organization, oversees all programs and staff, and serves as the primary source for stakeholders, investors, board members, and entrepreneurs. Previously LaMothe served as Executive Vice President of Element Materials Technologies, specifically leading the global Transportation, Power Generation and Industrials Sectors of the company. Element acquired LaMothe’s company, Sherry Laboratories Holdings, LLC in 2013 where he served as Partner, Chairman and CEO. Prior to acquiring Sherry Labs, LaMothe served as President and COO of Oxford Financial Group, LTD, one of the largest private wealth management firms in the country with over $8 Billion under management. He also serves or has served on the Board of a number of civic groups, including the Chicago Federal Reserve Bank Advisory Board, Junior Achievement of Central Indiana, The Indianapolis Zoo, the Indianapolis 500 Festival Board, Indiana University Business School Board of Visitors, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and TM Youth Foundation. LaMothe is a graduate of Ball State University with a BS in marketing and received his MBA from Indiana University.

Ascendanci Ventures, LLC
7950 Spring Mill Road
Indianapolis, IN 46260
T: 317-509-5109

Ms. Caren Whitehouse (Secretary)

Represents District 8 until June 30, 2019

Caren Whitehouse is the Director of Development at the Evansville-Vanderburgh School Corporation.  The EVSC is the third largest school district in Indiana with an enrollment of almost 23,000 students. The EVSC is currently building upon its knowledge base to provide a more comprehensive approach to student success that includes academics, social/emotional health, family/community partnerships and neurological health.  Prior to this, she served as the Executive Director of the Vanderburgh County Medical Society in Evansville, Indiana. Ms. Whitehouse also serves the community on the Southwestern Healthcare Board of Directors, the Rotary Club of Evansville and several other community boards.  She holds an AS degree from the University of Evansville and received her BSOM degree from Oakland City University as an adult learner/non-traditional student.

Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation
Office of Development
951 Walnut Street
Evansville, IN 47713
T: (812) 435-0984

Mr. Dennis Bland

Represents District 7 until June 30, 2020

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.

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

Dr. John Conant

Faculty Representative until June 30, 2017

Dr. John Conant is a Professor of Economics and Teacher Education at Indiana State University. He currently serves as the Economics Department Chair and as the Director of the Center for Economic Education. He teaches Economics, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Study of Labor Economics and Labor Institutions, and Economic History. He earned his Ph.D. from University of Tennessee.

Indiana State University
Department of Economics
Holmstedt Hall, Room 273
Terre Haute, IN 47809
T: (812) 237-2160

Hon. Jon Costas

Represents District 1 until June 30, 2017

Jon Costas is a long-term Valparaiso resident who has been involved in his community in many ways. He began his political career in 1985, winning an at-large seat on the Valparaiso City Council. He has been Mayor since 2004 and has made a name for himself as an extraordinary leader who advocates both careful planning and positive action. A 1975 graduate of Valparaiso High School, Jon received his B.A. from St. Joseph's College in Rensselaer, Indiana, and his law degree with high distinction from Valparaiso University School of Law in 1989. Mr. Costas is an attorney with Burke, Costanza, and Cuppy LLP, and specializes in the field of Elder Law, having obtained his certification in elder law from the National Law Foundation. He is also an adjunct professor at Valparaiso Law School.

City of Valparaiso
166 Lincolnway
Valparaiso, IN 46383
T: (219) 464-4273

Mr. Michael (Jud) Fisher

Represents District 6 until June 30, 2019

A Michigan native, Michael Justin (Jud) Fisher is a graduate of DePauw University and the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. He joined Ball Brothers Foundation in 2003 after working in administration for Old National Bancorp. In addition to his duties as president and chief operating officer of BBF, he serves on the boards of several regional and statewide organizations including the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, the Edmund F. and Virginia B. Ball Foundation, Delaware Advancement Corporation and The Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County, Inc. He is the grandson of John W. Fisher and Janice Ball Fisher (1916-2010), the youngest daughter of BBF founder E. B. Ball. Fisher grew up in Leland, Michigan, and graduated from Leland High School. He worked in a horse stable, on charter fishing boats, in the cherry orchards, as a sailing instructor, and at several other jobs while growing up in Leelanau County. He loves to hunt, fish, sail, hike, and generally be outdoors.

Ball Brothers Foundation
P.O. Box 1408
Muncie, IN 47309
T: (765) 741-5500

Ms. Lisa Hershman

Represents District 4 until June 30, 2017

Lisa Hershman is the Founder and CEO of The DeNovo Group™, a global consulting, training, and research firm focused on leadership and innovation through process management and redesign. DeNovo is a global leader in process consulting services, whose clients range from the Fortune 500 to a rapidly growing practice in the non-profit and government sectors. Hershman earned her degree from Clarkson University, studying engineering and industrial distribution.

The Denovo Group
101 W. Ohio St. Ste. 770
Indianapolis, IN 46204

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.

E&A Industries, Inc.
101 W. Ohio St., Suite 1350
Indianapolis, IN 46204
T: (317) 681-5073

Ms. Mika Mosier

Student Representative until June 30, 2018

Mika seeks an Associates in Applied Science-Accounting at Ivy Tech Community College then aspires to transfer to the Kelley School of Business at IUPUI to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting with a Forensic Accounting minor. She is involved in many activities and groups at the ITCC Columbus campus, including serving as the past Treasurer and incoming President of the Student Government Association (SGA), and as a member of the Student Budget Committee. She also serves as the Vice President of the International Honor Society chapter on campus, Phi Theta Kappa.

Ivy Tech Community College
4475 Central Avenue
Columbus, IN 47203
T: (812) 764-5250

Mr. Christopher Murphy, III

Represents District 2 until June 30, 2018

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.

1st Source Bank
P.O. Box 1602
South Bend, IN 46601
T: (574) 235-2710

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.

Aunt Millie's Bakeries, Inc.
350 Pearl St.
Fort Wayne, IN 46814
T: (260) 424-8245 ext. 224

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