Commission Members and Appointment Dates
- Mr. Chris LaMothe (Chair, 5th Congressional District)
- Ms. Lisa Hershman (Vice Chair, 4th Congressional District)
- Mr. Allan Hubbard (Secretary, At Large Member)
- Mr. Mike Alley (At Large Member)
- Mr. Dennis Bland (7th Congressional District)
- Hon. Jon Costas (1st Congressional District)
- Dr. Trent Engbers (Faculty Representative)
- Mr. Michael (Jud) Fisher (6th Congressional District)
- Ms. Coleen Gabhart (Student Representative)
- Mr. Christopher Murphy, III (2nd Congressional District)
- Mr. Dan Peterson (9th Congressional District)
- Dr. Beverley Pitts (At Large Member)
- Mr. John Popp (3rd Congressional District)
- Mr. Alfonso Vidal (8th Congressional District)
Mr. Chris LaMothe (Chair)
Represents District 5 until June 30, 2022
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
Ms. Lisa Hershman (Vice Chair)
Represents District 4 until June 30, 2021
Lisa Hershman serves as Deputy Chief Management Officer for the United States Department of Defense. Prior to this appointment, Lisa was Founder and CEO of The DeNovo Group, a business transformation and process management consultancy. She is also the former CEO of Hammer and Company, serving as the successor to the late Dr. Michael Hammer. Lisa is co-author of the internationally acclaimed business book, "Faster Cheaper Better", with Dr. Hammer and has been featured in BusinessWeek, Forbes, Fox Business News, and Investors Business Daily. Her civic engagement includes serving as the 2017 Chairwoman of the Scrum Alliance, Vice Chair of the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, and as a member of Ball State University’s Miller School of Business Entrepreneurial Education Advisory Council. Lisa earned her engineering and industrial distribution degree from Clarkson University and has studied innovation with MIT and IMD and finance with Cornell.
Mr. Allan Hubbard (Secretary)
At Large Member until June 30, 2021
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
Mr. Mike Alley
At Large Member until June 30, 2023
Mike is Chairman and owner of Patriot Investments, LLC, through which he maintains investment interests in multiple early stage companies and real estate investments, and also conducts an array of strategic planning consulting and advisory services. Mike formed Patriot Investments in 2002 following his retirement from Fifth Third Bank, Central Indiana where he served as President and CEO beginning in 1989. Mike previously served as Chairman and CEO of Integra Bank Corporation in Evansville (2008-2011) and as Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Revenue (2012-2015) at the request of Governor Mitch Daniels and reappointment by Governor Mike Pence. During his tenure as Commissioner, Mike led the transformation of the Department to focus on quality and accuracy through multiple technology and cultural enhancements. Mike is active on multiple corporate boards including AAA Hoosier Motor Club, Banterra Bank Corporation, Community Physicians Network, Johnson, Grossnickle & Associates, Scubaba, LLC, and BioStorage Technologies, Inc. and serves on several non-profit boards including the Indianapolis Zoo. Mike earned his Bachelor’s degree magna cum laude in accounting in 1978 from Indiana State University.
Patriot Investments, LLC
P.O. Box 40816
Indianapolis, IN 46240-0816
T: (317) 814-8008
Mr. Dennis Bland, Esq.
Represents District 7 until June 30, 2020
Dennis Bland serves as the President of the Center for Leadership Development, leading the organization's mission to foster the advancement of minority youth in Central Indiana as future professional, business and community leaders by providing experiences that encourage personal development and educational attainment. His passion is driven by a concern for plight of African American youth and community. Dennis received his primary and elementary education through Indianapolis Public Schools, graduating from Broad Ripple High School. Dennis earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from DePauw University, then went on to obtain his juris doctorate degree from Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis.
Center for Leadership Development
2425 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. St.
Indianapolis, IN 46208
T: (317) 923-8111
Hon. Jon Costas
Represents District 1 until June 30, 2021
Jon Costas has served as mayor of Valparaiso since first elected in 2003. He began his political career in 1995, winning an at-large seat on the Valparaiso City Council. Jon has established a reputation as a collaborative leader who advocates both careful planning and bold action. Valparaiso has flourished under his transformational leadership and gained national recognition for its vibrant downtown and award winning Central Park Plaza. The list of positive changes for Valparaiso is long, but due to the mayor’s “creatively frugal” approach, the city is in excellent financial condition with sustainable funding, a growing tax base, and a rainy-day fund approaching $4 million. In addition to his political service, Jon has been a small business owner for almost forty years and currently employs approximately 150 people in his various businesses. In addition, he is an attorney with Burke, Costanza and Carberry, LLP. Jon has served on many boards and commissions, including ten years on Indiana’s Higher Education Commission. He is also chair of the elder board of Calvary Church in Valparaiso. Jon holds a business degree, a masters in practical theology, a law degree and is currently pursuing a doctorate in transformational leadership. He and his wife, Sharon, have four adult children and an elderly canine.
City of Valparaiso
Valparaiso, IN 46383
T: (219) 464-4273
Dr. Trent Engbers
Faculty Representative until June 30, 2021
Dr. Trent A. Engbers serves as the Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Administration and the Director of the Master of Public Administration Program for the University of Southern Indiana. Trent is a former Peace Corp volunteer, an experienced college educator and nonprofit consultant. He previously taught at University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business, Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, DePaul University School of Public Service and the University of Missouri Truman School of Public Affairs. With over a dozen years’ experience in college education and professional training, Trent is available for training and consultations in organizational development, leadership, nonprofit fundraising and board development. He was a 2015-2016 USI Foundation Award Winner for Excellence in Teaching. Trent holds degrees from Xavier University, the University of Maryland, University of Missouri and Indiana University.
University of Southern Indiana
Public Administration and Philosophy Department
Liberal Arts Center, 3065
Mr. Michael (Jud) Fisher
Represents District 6 until June 30, 2023
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. Coleen Gabhart
Student Representative until June 30, 2020
Coleen Gabhart is a 2018 graduate Ivy Tech Community College where she earned an Associates of Science with a Global Studies Certificate. She continues to take courses at Ivy Tech and plans to matriculate to Purdue University. While at Ivy Tech, Coleen served as Vice President then later President of the Student Body of the Lafayette campus. She also served as the Student Representative on the Ivy Tech State Board of Trustees and as an intern for the government relations office. Coleen is passionate about the agriculture industry, serving as an active member in FFA and 4-H.
Mr. Christopher Murphy, III
Represents District 2 until June 30, 2022
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. Dan Peterson
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
Dr. Beverley Pitts
At Large Member until June 30, 2022
Beverley Pitts is President Emerita of the University of Indianapolis. Before taking a leadership position at UIndy, she served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Interim President at Ball State University. During her 20-year career at Ball State, she held a number of administrative positions including Associate Provost, Assistant Provost for Research, Director of General Studies and Academic Assessment, and Director of Graduate Studies in Journalism. Prior to coming to Ball State, she was founding chair of the Department of Communications at Anderson University. Since retiring from UIndy, she has worked as a consultant, focusing on higher education issues, working with the NCAA, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, Lilly Endowment and for a number of years the National Football League Players Association. Dr. Pitts has a doctorate in higher education with a concentration in communications, a masters degree in journalism, and a bachelors degree in English.
16272 Loire Valley Drive
Fishers, IN 46037
T: (317) 217-9393
Mr. John Popp
Represents District 3 until June 30, 2021
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
Mr. Alfonso Vidal
At Large Member until June 30, 2023
Alfonso Vidal is the President of Vidal Plastics, a minority business enterprise (MBE) distributor of resins and plastics raw materials. Mr. Vidal serves on many boards including the Hospitality & Outreach for Latin Americans (H.O.L.A.), Growth Alliance of Evansville, the Chamber of Commerce of Southwest Indiana, the Indiana Latino Expo and Indiana Latino Institute. Mr. Vidal was born in Caracas, Venezuela and in January of 1997 decided to move to the United States to complete his BS in Engineering Management with focus on Mechanical Engineering degree at the University of Evansville where he later earned his MS in Industrial Management.
616 N Norman Ave
Evansville, IN 47711
T: (812) 492-4330