The IDOL Management Team
Michelle L. Ellison
Deputy Commissioner of Labor – IOSHA (317) 232-2655, Option 1
Michelle is the Deputy Commissioner of Labor for the State of Indiana, managing the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration (IOSHA) and the Indiana Voluntary Protection Program (VPP). Michelle began her career with the Indiana Department of Labor in June 2005. During her time with the agency, Michelle has held a variety of positions including Human Resources Director, INSafe’s Marketing and Consultation Services Manager, Director of INSafe, and Assistant Commissioner. Michelle also served the Indiana Department of Transportation from May 2018 to January 2019 as the Statewide Safety Director.
Michelle is a 2012 recipient of the Governor’s Public Service Achievement Award for her team’s work in improving customer wait time for consultation services. Under Michelle’s direction, the agency received numerous honors and recognition from the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for its efforts to improve Hoosier workplace safety and health education, outreach, and consultation services.
Michelle is a graduate of Indiana University-Columbus with a Bachelor of Science degree in business.
Kenneth R. Boucher II
Kenneth R. Boucher II is the Deputy Commissioner of Labor for the State of Indiana, managing the OSHA consultation and training division, INSafe.
Kenneth began his tenure with the Indiana Department of Labor in 2006 as a Common Construction Wage Hearing Officer. From 2009 to 2013, Kenneth served as the Director of the Bureau of Youth Employment, Training and Education. He is a 2011 recipient of the Governor’s Public Service Achievement Award for his work in improving the Indiana Department of Labor’s wage claim process. In 2014, he continued his service with the Indiana Department of Labor serving as the Executive Director of Quality, Metrics and Statistics, assuming the role of Deputy Commissioner in May 2018. In January 2022, Kenneth also assumed the duties of interim Director of Wage and Hour/Youth Employment.
Kenneth is a graduate of Indiana University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and Criminal Justice and a minor in French. He also holds a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt from Purdue University.
Stacy M. Wart
Director of Quality, Metrics, and Statistics (QMS)
Stacy joined the IDOL in January 2015 as a Research Survey Assistant after 14 years of working in the financial industry. She left the IDOL briefly in May of 2018 to work for the Indiana Department of Corrections, but returned in June 2018 to serve as the Director of Quality, Metric and Statistics.
As Director of the Quality, Metrics and Statistics, Stacy manages two programs for the federal Bureau Labor of Statistics: the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII) and the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI).
Stacy is a graduate of Indiana University-Columbus with a Bachelor of General Studies.
Bureau of Mines and Mine Safety
Brian has worked in the mining industry for more than 25 years. He started as an equipment operator and worked his way up to foreman. For almost two decades, Brian served as operations manager before beginning his role as Assistant Commissioner of Mines.
Brian is certified in mining safety in both Indiana and Illinois. He is a graduate of Vincennes University with a degree in Robotics and Industrial Maintenance.
Ambat V. Babu
Controller and Chief Financial Officer
Babu has served in many capacities within the Indiana Department of Labor, before becoming the Controller and Chief Financial Officer, he was the Lead Auditor and Field Auditor in the Wage and Hour division. Prior to his responsibilities with the Department of Labor, he worked as a Senior Reconciler for Bank One Services Corporation and Manager/Auditor for the Indian Overseas Bank in Chennai, India. Babu holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Distribution from Indiana University, a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Central Institute of Delhi, India and a Bachelor of Science in Commerce from the University of Kerala, India.
Babu was a recipient of the Governor’s Public Service Achievement Award in 2006.