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Jerome M. Adams, M.D., MPH, Commissioner of the Indiana State Department of Health

Dr. Adams was appointed to serve as the Indiana State Health Commissioner in October of 2014. In addition to this role, he also serves as Assistant Professor of Clinical Anesthesia at Indiana University School of Medicine and as a staff anesthesiologist at Eskenazi Health, where he is Chair of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee. He has served in the leadership of several professional organizations, including the Indiana State Medical Association, Indiana Society of Anesthesiologists, and the American Medical Association, and currently serves as Chair of the Professional Diversity Committee for the American Society of Anesthesiologists.

Senator Jim Arnold

Senator Arnold represents Senate District 8, which encompasses the majority of La Porte County and portions of St. Joseph and Starke County in northwest Indiana. He is Minority Caucus Chair and serves as a Ranking Member in four committees – Civil Law, Homeland Security, Transportation and Veteran Affairs, and Public Policy. He is also a member of the Pensions and Labor, Ethics, and Rules and Legislative Procedures Committees. In 2007, Senator Arnold retired as the La Porte County Sheriff after serving 36 years in law enforcement. During his 32 years with the La Porte County’s Sheriff’s Office, he served as a Deputy, Sergeant, Captain, and Chief Deputy before being elected Sheriff in 1999. During his time as La Porte County Sheriff, he served on the Indiana Sheriff’s Association and on the National Sheriffs’ Association Board of Directors.

Mary Beth Bonaventura, J.D., Judge, Director of Indiana Department of Child Services

Judge Bonaventura was appointed Director of the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) by Governor Mike Pence in January of 2013. She currently serves on the Indiana’s Commission on Improving the Status of Children. Prior to her role as Director of DCS, Judge Bonaventura served Hoosiers in Lake County for more than 30 years, most recently as Senior Judge of the Lake County Superior Court, Juvenile Division. She was appointed to this role in 1993 by then-Governor Evan Bayh after having served more than a decade as Magistrate in the Juvenile Court. Judge Bonaventura has served in a number of roles related dedicated to children including as a member of the Indiana Commission on Disproportionality in Youth Services, as Chair of the Civil Rights of Children Committee for the Indiana State Bar Association, and as Chair of the Child Welfare Improvement Committee.

Bernard A. Carter, Lake County Prosecutor

Bernard A. Carter is the Prosecuting Attorney for the 31st Judicial Circuit – Lake County. Carter has served as Prosecuting Attorney since he was appointed by Governor Evan Bayh in 1993. He was then elected as Prosecuting Attorney in 1994 and has served in the position since then. From 1990 – 1993, Carter successfully ran for Judge of the Lake Superior Court, County Division III. Prosecutor Carter was named the first elected African-American judge in the history of Lake County, the first elected African-American Prosecutor in the history of both Lake County and State of Indiana, and the first elected African-American President of the Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council for two terms. Carter is active in community affairs, having served in many capacities with charitable associations, legal groups and professional organizations on both state and local levels.  

Doug Carter, Superintendent of the Indiana State Police

Superintendent Carter became Indiana’s twentieth Superintendent of State Policy in January of 2013. He served as sheriff of Hamilton County from January 2003 to December 2010. During this time, the office earned national accreditation through the Commission on Law Enforcement Accreditation, making the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office one of only two accredited sheriff’s offices in Indiana. Carter also served eighteen years with the Indiana State Police from 1984 to 2002 and was assigned to the Pendleton State Police post while serving Hamilton County.

Judge Wendy W. Davis

Wendy W. Davis was elected Judge in the Allen Superior Court criminal division in 2010. She began a two-year term as the Chief Judge of the Allen Superior Court in January 2014. During her first term, her distinctions have included overseeing implementation of the Hoosiers Opportunity Probation with Enforcement (HOPE) Probation program, a strategy based on Hawaii’s HOPE Probation. Her prior legal experience includes being a partner at Beckman Lawson LLP; a deputy prosecuting attorney for the Allen County Prosecutor’s Office; an assistant criminal district attorney for the Bexar County (Texas) District Attorney’s Office; a law clerk for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Antonio, Texas; and a law clerk for Dahlberg & Associates in Fort Wayne. Judge Davis is a member of the Indiana Tech Board of Trustees. She is a board member for the Allen County Bar Association; board chair for United Way of Allen County; and board member for Northeast Allen County Youth for Christ. 

Michael Diekhoff, Chief of Police for the Bloomington Police Department

With more than 30 years in law enforcement, Chief Diekhoff has served as chief of police in Bloomington for more than seven years. In this role, he oversees the police department, parking enforcement and central dispatch, serving a population of more than 80,000 individuals. Diekhoff has served in a number of roles within the Bloomington Police Department, including five years supervising detectives, narcotics officers, and evidence technicians. He previously served on the Bloomington City Council from 1998 to 2008.

Judge Roger Duvall

For the last 10 years, Judge Duvall has served as Judge of the Scott County Circuit Court. During this time, he served on the Board of Directors of the Indiana Judges Association, Indiana Sentencing Policy Study Committee, and currently on the Juvenile Justice Improvement Committee. Prior to his role as Judge, he served as a Prosecuting Attorney for Scott County, including as Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney. He has also worked on the Board of Directors of the Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council, which he chaired for a year, Prosecuting Attorneys Ethics Committee, and the Indiana Juvenile Law Study Commission.

Dr. Joan Duwve

Dr. Duwve is the Associate Dean for Public Health Practice at the IU Fairbanks School of Public Health and has served as the Medical Director, and then the Chief Medical Officer at the Indiana State Department of Health since 2008. Dr. Duwve spent her pre-medical years serving in the Peace Corps and working in international public health in North Africa and the Middle East and then worked as a private practice family physician for 11 years. Dr. Duwve has served on several state committees, including the Mental Health and Addiction Prevention Advisory Committee, the Indiana Cord Blood Bank Board of Directors, and the State Child Fatality Review Team.  She currently co-chairs the State Prescription Drug Overdose Prevention Task Force and serves on the Board of Covering Kids and Families of Indiana. Regionally, Dr. Duwve serves as an advisor to the Midwest Injury Prevention Alliance Board of Directors and previously co-chaired the MIPA Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force.  On the national level, she is a member of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officers Senior Deputies Committee and serves on the Association of State and Territorial Health Officers Infectious Diseases Policy Committee. 

Joseph B. Fox, M.D.

Dr. Joseph Fox serves as Anthem’s Senior Clinical Officer for Indiana Health Care Management. In that role he is responsible for the administration of medical services for commercial health plans managed in Indiana. His primary duties include assurance of proper implementation of medical policies and clinical guidelines, oversight of case and disease management programs, and clinical quality initiatives. He also serves as Chairman of the Indiana Credentials Committee. Prior to his current role Dr Fox served as Medical Director for Senior Markets, Central Region. Before joining Anthem Dr. Fox was Chief Medical Officer of The HealthCare Group, a multi-product health plan in Indianapolis. Dr. Fox was previously Medical Director for Ambulatory Services for the Methodist Medical Group, one hundred thirty-member primary care physician group. 

Tony Gillespie, Indiana Minority Health Coalition

Anthony “Tony” Gillespie is the Director of Public Policy and Engagement for the Indiana Minority Health Coalition (IMHC), a statewide organization that addresses chronic disease and other health-related issues that disproportionately affect racial and ethnic minority populations. Gillespie has more than 20 years of experience working at the state and community level addressing HIV/AIDS and many other chronic disease issues and health disparities. He is a founding member and former Executive Director of Brothers Uplifting Brothers (BUB), a grassroots HIV/AIDS organization in Northwest Indiana. Gillespie served as Chair of the Northwest Continuum of Care Network, addressing affordable housing and homeless issues, was a Technical Assistance Provider for the Indiana HIV Prevention Community Planning Group (CPG); served on the Board of Directors for the Community HealthNet, a federally-qualified community health center, and is the Indiana Delegate for the Midwest AIDS Policy Alliance.

Representative Terry Goodin

Representative Goodin represents Indiana House District 66 in southeastern Indiana. He serves on the Ways and Means committee, Statutory Committee on Interstate and International Cooperation, and on the Select Committee on Government Reduction. Representative Goodin serves as superintendent of Crothersville Community Schools and is a member of the Indiana Farm Bureau, the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents, the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the National Rifle Association.

John H. Hill, Deputy Chief of Staff for Public Safety in the Office of the Governor; Co-Chair of the Governor’s Task Force on Drug Enforcement, Treatment, and Prevention

John Hill has more than 38 years of public service at the federal and state levels. As Deputy Chief of Staff for Public Safety, he oversees all of the state’s public safety agencies. Prior to this role, Hill served as Executive Director of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security and director of the Counter Terrorism and Security Council. He was a member of the Indiana State Police for 29 years, working in both public safety and highway safety. He also served as the Field Enforcement Division Commander and chosen to start and lead the State Police’s new Motor Carrier Division. In 2003, President Bush appointed Hill as Chief Safety Officer at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), and he was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate to serve as FMCSA’s Administrator in 2006.

Timothy J. Kelly, M.D.

Dr. Kelly has dedicated more than 35 years of his career to the field of addiction medicine. He currently practices at Community Health Network where he provides direct care and administrative oversight for the Integrated Care inpatient detoxification program and medical-bed consultation throughout the hospital network. Dr. Kelly is the principle partner in the private addiction medicine practice Clearvista Recovery Associates. From 1979 to 2014, he served terms as president, chief executive officer, and medical director of Fairbanks Hospital, one of the nation’s oldest alcohol and drug treatment centers. Earlier this year, he offered testimony before the Indiana General Assembly which helped to secure passage of several laws greatly increasing treatment options for those suffering from addiction.

John R. Layton, Marion County Sheriff

Sheriff Layton has more than 40 years of law enforcement experience, including time spent as an undercover detective investigating narcotics. As a Captain, Layton was given the task of creating and commanding the Marion County Sheriff’s Regional Gang and Intelligence Unit, which melded computer intelligence analysis and gang investigations. He was elevated to the rank of Colonel in 2002 and charged with developing the Marion County Sheriff’s Department as a modern 21st century law enforcement agency and served as Chief Executive Officer of the Department for eight years. Layton was elected Sheriff of Marion County in 2010.

Bruce Lemmon, Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Correction

Bruce Lemmon was reappointed as Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Correction (DOC) by Governor Pence in January of 2013, having also served in this role under Governor Daniels’ administration. Prior to this, Lemmon served as Superintendent of the Putnamville Correctional Facility in Greencastle, where he implemented many improvements to the facility including doubling the size of the CLIFF Unit and the PLUS Unit and increasing the amount of jobs for the offender population. He has served in various capacities within DOC during his 38-year career including Supervisor of Work Release Services, Assistant Superintendent of the Indiana Girls School, and Regional Director of Adult Operations. Lemmon served in the United States Army and was honorably discharged as a Specialist 5.

Justice Mark S. Massa

Justice Massa was appointed to the Indiana Supreme Court by Governor Mitch Daniels in March 2012. Prior to his appointment to the Indiana Supreme Court, Justice Massa served as the Executive Director of the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute. Previously, he served as both General Counsel to Governor Mitch Daniels and as Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of Indiana, during which time he earned the Inspector General’s Integrity Award for the Department of Health and Human Services for his efforts in prosecuting health care fraud. Massa has also served as Chief Counsel to the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office from 1995 to 2002.

Representative Wendy McNamara

Representative McNamara represents Indiana House District 76, which includes portions of Posey and Vanderburgh counties. She serves on the Courts and Criminal Code Committee, where she is Vice Chair, as well as the Government and Regulatory Reform committee, Judiciary committee, and Select Committee on Government Reduction. Representative McNamara has over 19 years of experience with the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation, and currently serves as the Director of Early College High School. She has worked as an adjunct professor for World History at the University of Southern Indiana and has taught Political Science and Social Studies Methods at the University of Evansville. She is currently seeking her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership through Indiana State University.

Senator Jim Merritt

Senator Jim Merritt serves as Majority Caucus Chair and represents District 31, which includes portions of Marion and Hamilton counties. He serves as Chair of the Utilities committee, as Ranking Member of the Commerce and Technology committee, and as a member of the Homeland Security and Transportation, Joint Rules, Public Policy, Rules and Legislative Procedure, and Veteran Affairs and the Military committees. He serves as Vice President of Corporate Affairs of the Indiana Railroad Company. He is a member of the Indiana Historical Society Board of Trustees, the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, the Association of Indiana Museums, and the Indianapolis Museum of Art Government Relations Committee.

Dan Miller, J.D.

Dan Miller serves on the staff of the Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council. Prior to this role, he served as Chief Deputy Prosecutor and, earlier, as First Deputy Prosecutor, in Warrick County. From 1990 to 2010, he served as a deputy prosecutor in the Vanderburgh County Prosecutor’s Office, during which time he served with the Drug Law Enforcement Program, handling drug felonies and forfeitures. In 2004, he was named director of the Vanderburgh County Drug Law Enforcement Program.

Charles Miramonti, M.D., Chief of Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

Dr. Miramonti is the first chief of Indianapolis EMS, medical director of emergency medicine and an emergency medicine physician at Eskenazi Health, and an assistant professor of clinical emergency medicine and the medical director at the Michael and Susan Smith Emergency Department and Trauma Center for Eskenazi Health Services at the Indiana University School of Medicine.  Board-certified in emergency medicine, Dr. Miramonti has held a number of leadership roles including division chief for the IU School of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine’s Division of Out of Hospital Care and deputy medical director for the Wishard Ambulance Service and the Indianapolis Fire Department. He has served as Chief Executive Officer and currently serves as Chief Medical Officer and Board member of Medical Emergency Surge Healthcare (MESH), a public-private partnership between hospitals and municipalities focused on healthcare emergency management. Dr. Miramonti served as Chairman of the Indianapolis Coalition for Patient Safety from 2011 to 2014.

Reverend Rabon L. Turner, Sr.

Reverend Turner serves as pastor of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Evansville. Since his arrival, the church has implemented several new programs and increased its membership by more than 850 people, and its annual budget has more than tripled. He serves as a chairman on the Mayor’s Pastors and Police Partnership Program, as a board member of the Economic Development Commission of Southwest Region, and as President of the New Hope Community Development Corporation. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in theology.

John J. Wernert, M.D., MHA, Secretary of Indiana’s Family & Social Services Administration; Co-Chair of the Governor’s Task Force on Drug Enforcement, Treatment, and Prevention

Dr. Wernert has more than 25 years of experience practicing psychiatry and is the first physician to lead Indiana’s Family and Social Services Administration, a multi-division state agency that includes the Division of Mental Health and Addictions. He is a clinical associate professor of psychiatry at the Indiana University School of Medicine and hold national leadership offices in the American Psychiatric Association and the American Medical Association. Dr. Wernert previously served as the medical director of medical management at Eskenazi Health and has consulted in the past as the medical director for behavioral health integration for the Franciscan Alliance system. He is a past president of the Indianapolis Medical Society and the Indiana State Medical Association.