There is hereby created a civil rights commission composed of seven (7) members, not more than four (4) of whom shall be members of the same political party, to be appointed by the governor. In making such appointments, the governor shall take into consideration all interests in the community including but not limited to the interests of minority groups, employers, labor, and the public.
Alpha Blackburn is a national award winning designer, a distinguished civic leader and a former television talk show host. She currently serves as Chairperson of the Indiana Civil Rights Commission and President and CEO of Blackburn Architects. Ms. Blackburn's honors and accomplishments include being the recipient of the 1992 Prodigy of Indianapolis Award for outstanding commitment to nonprofit organizations and charitable causes, and the recipient of the 1983 Harvey's Bristol Cream Tribute to the Black Designer. She was chosen as One of Five Indiana "Renaissance Women" by the Julian Center for Contributions to the Arts of Indiana; she was the subject of Hoosier Profile by Greg Todd of WRTV, Channel 6, and of "Women at the Top" by Debbie Knox of WISH-TV, Channel 8; and, she has designed performing uniforms for both the Indiana Pacers and the Indianapolis Colts. She is the 1997 recipient of the Master Scholars Humanitarian Award and serves as Chairman of the Board of Healthnet Foundation. Ms. Blackburn is a graduate of Howard University and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She is President of Alpha, Inc.-Designer Products.
Sheryl Edwards has a Master of Business Administration degree from Indiana Wesleyan University. She is very active and involved in her community where she currently serves on the boards of the Charles C. Anderson American Legion Post 148, Martin Luther King, Jr. Club, Inc., and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Eta Upsilon Zeta Chapter. Former board service includes NAACP Branch #3049, Indiana Affirmative Action Association (INAAA), Women’s International Network of Utility Professionals, Limberlost Girl Scouts, American Red Cross Northeast Indiana, Boys & Girls Club and others. Ms. Edwards was also the former chairperson of the Mayor’s Diversity Advisory Council.Ms. Edwards retired from Indiana Michigan Power in Fort Wayne after many years of service and held several management positions in Human Resources and received the Senior Professional in Human Resources designation. She is a graduate of Leadership Fort Wayne, Management Development Program at Ohio State University and the Sergeants Major Academy.Ms. Edwards retired from the military serving 20 years. She held numerous positions of increased responsibility and her last position was Command Sergeant of the 337th Combat Support Hospital, Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana. She was the first African American female from the State of Indiana to be appointed to this position. Ms. Edwards has received numerous awards and commendations for her performance and service.
Steven Ramos is a senior corporate executive with specific skills in strategy, transformation, business growth and technology. As an IBM corporation executive Mr. Ramos held numerous management and leadership positions in worldwide strategy, sales support and customer relationship management. Most recently Mr. Ramos was the World Wide Business Transformation Executive at IBM Global Headquarters. Following his passion to help in American education Mr. Ramos became the Interim CEO for the National Society of Hispanic MBAs followed by the CEO for the Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity. Currently he is the CEO for Imagine and Discover a new start up in early childhood education. Mr. Ramos actively serves on numerous Boards in Indiana and across America. Mr. Ramos completed his undergraduate degree in 1978 from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois and received his MBA in 1998, from the University of Illinois Executive MBA program. Mr. Ramos was appointed by Governor Mitch Daniels to serve as Indiana Civil Rights Commissioner on August 10, 2005.
Adrianne Slash received her bachelor’s degree in political science from Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia. By day, she is Community Health Network's Diversity and Inclusion Consultant, and in the remainder of her time, she considers herself a community resource. She comes from a family of community servants and considers it an honor to serve others. Adrianne is the President of The Exchange at the Indianapolis Urban League and the Heritage Alumni Association Board at The Orchard School, a board member at Visit Indy, and the Jewish Community Center. She was recently appointed a Commissioner on the Indiana Civil Rights Commission by Governor Eric Holcolmb. A member of the newly formed Marion County Judicial Selection Committee and a member of the Indianapolis Cluster for CEOs for Cities. This year, she was honored as a member of the 2017 IBJ Forty under 40 class and as a 2017 National Urban League Young Professionals Hero in the Movement. She is an Indianapolis Foundation Fellow, and an Exchange Leadership Fellow. In 2015, Adrianne through her hat in the ring and ran for Indianapolis Marion County City County Council to represent her neighbors in Council District 7. Adrianne is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and the Junior League of Indianapolis. And, is the proud mom of two furbabies, Ginger and Lilly.
Weilin Long is a cross-cultural executive, business leader and entrepreneur. As the Executive Director of the Global Chamber® Indianapolis, she is a connector and collaborator for businesses of all levels. After serving as the Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and the Director of Asian Learning Center of Indiana at The International Center, Weilin formed a consulting firm to provide consultative guidance and solutions to government, business, community and education leaders for initiating, developing, and capitalizing on global, national and local alliances.Weilin has over 18 years of managerial experience in health, business, community outreach, college instruction, and program administration. The positions she has held include the Business Development Administrator in Indianapolis Mayor’s Office, State Community Nutrition Division Director; State Newborn Screening Director for Genetics, Hearing, Drug Testing and Sickle Cell; Executive Director of a non-profit organization; the City Director of Council on Aging; and a Publisher Company Human Resource Coordinator. She graduated from Kansas State University with master’s degrees in Adult & Continuing Education and Public Administration after pursuing her undergraduate degree in China, majoring in English Language. Weilin is active in the community in a personal and professional capacity and serves on several advisory boards.