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IC 22-9-1-4 (Sec. 4)
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.

Barry Baynard

Barry BaynardBarry Baynard, has served as a Greencastle, Indiana, city councilman since 1995 and serves on the city's planning commission. Before becoming a councilman, he was vice president for the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Cement Division Local D39 for Lone Star Industries where he has been employed for more than 22 years as a certified industrial electronics technician.

Mr. Baynard completed his undergraduate studies at IUPUI, receiving certification in industrial electronics and electricity.

Mr. Baynard is a member of the Indiana Democratic African-American Caucus, and has served as mentor for Greencastle's summer enrichment program of disadvantage/at risk youth. Mr. Baynard served as president for the Greencastle Branch of the NAACP for five years.

Mr. Baynard was appointed by Governor Frank O'Bannon to serve as Indiana Civil Rights Commissioner on July 1, 1997.

Alpha Blackburn

Barry BaynardAlpha 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.

David C. Carter

David CarterDavid C. Carter has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Yale University, a Master of Arts in English from the University of Chicago, a degree in French from the Sorbonne (Paris), and has taught English. Although he grew up in the Northeast, he has lived in south-central Indiana since 1966. Since 1975, Mr. Carter has used a wheelchair for mobility because of a spinal cord injury, and is active in several Bloomington-area organizations concerned with people with disabilities and accessibility issues.

Mr. Carter owned and operated a book store in Spencer for 12 years, and continues to do freelance bookselling. He has served as a Commissioner for the Indiana Civil Rights Commission since 1991.

John Garcia

Barry BaynardJohn is from the Northwestern Indiana Region. He is a graduate of Purdue University Calumet, B. S. in Construction Technology. He has worked in engineering and construction for over 25 years since graduation. His experience includes design and management of public works, commercial projects, and private land development. He has also served as City Engineer and member of the Board of Public Works for the City of East Chicago. John has been self-employed for the last 11 years and is the President of an engineering consulting firm which has evolved into Garcia Consulting. The company is currently a consultant to several Northwest Indiana communities and Midwestern private development clients. The company currently has a staff of fifteen employees.

John was reappointed Commissioner by then Governor Frank O'Bannon in 2001 and has served since July 1, 1997.

Dr. Michelle McKeown

Dr. Michelle McKeown serves as the General Counsel to the Indiana Charter School Board and previously served as the General Counsel to the Indiana State Board of Education. She received her B.A. from DePauw University (2003) and J.D. from Indiana University-Bloomington Maurer School of Law (2006). After completing a judicial clerkship and working in private practice in Kentucky, she returned to Indiana University and earned her Ph.D. in Education Leadership and Policy from Indiana University, for which Joseph C. Beckham Dissertation of the Year Award from the Education Law Association.

Dr. McKeown has published law review articles and book chapters on topics that include constitutional litigation as well as education law and policy matters, and she has been an invited speaker at both local and national conferences on education law issues and trends.

Dr. McKeown was appointed by Governor Mike Pence to serve on as a commissioner on December 31, 2014.

Steven A. Ramos

Steven A. RamosMr. Ramos has spent the last 27 years with the IBM corporation in numerous management and leadership positions in worldwide strategy, sales support and customer relationship management. He is currently on IBM Headquarters staff as leader for World Wide Business Transformation and World Wide Technical Support Customer Satisfaction.

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 is actively involved in the Indianapolis community. He co-found the Indianapolis Chapter of the National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA) an organization whose mission is to foster Hispanic leadership through education. He currently serves as President. Besides NSHMBA, Mr. Ramos serves on several boards in the Indianapolis community:

Board of Directors for the Indianapolis Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Board of Directors for Easter Seals Crossroads Rehabilitation
Ivy Tech College Technology Board
Indiana University / Purdue University Indianapolis Diversity Council
Greater Indianapolis Chamber Diversity Council

Mr. Ramos was appointed by Governor Mitch Daniels to serve as Indiana Civil Rights Commissioner on August 10, 2005.

Ahmed Young

Ahmed Young is an associate in the Litigation Group and the Education Law Group of Bose McKinney & Evans LLP. Mr. Young assists law firm clients in commercial litigation and professional licensing issues. As a former deputy prosecutor for the Marion County (Indiana) Prosecutor’s Office, he has in-depth experience in bench and jury trials, as well as managing large caseloads, handling due diligence and conducting depositions. While in law school, Mr. Young interned for the Office of the Indiana Attorney General.

In addition, Mr. Young draws upon this experience as an educator to serve the firm’s K-12 and university clients. Prior to attending law school, he taught at Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township in Indianapolis and in the New York City Public Schools. Mr. Young also is a member of the Strategic Advisory Services Group of Bose Public Affairs Group LLC, where he is a second vice president.  Mr. Young uses his experience in politics and public policy to benefit clients seeking to enhance their public affairs activities or develop short and long-range tactics for growth.

Mr. Young was appointed by Governor Mike Pence to serve on as a commissioner on December 31, 2014.