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Executive Team

Dennis A. Wimer, Director     dwimer1@dva.in.gov

Dennis has been serving as director for one year. He is an Air Force veteran who brings a wealth of experience from the business, nonprofit and educational industries. He brings a servant’s mindset to the agency and is excited to continue serving Indiana’s veterans and their families.

Mike Thompson, Operations Director   mithompson@dva.in.gov

Mike most recently served in the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. He is currently a member of the 38th Sustainment Brigade as distribution and integration staff sergeant, Indiana National Guard. He is attending college at Trine University where he is two classes away from completing his MS degree in Leadership.

Gabrielle Owens, General Counsel   gowens@dva.in.gov

As General Counsel, Gabrielle is providing legal advice as well as leadership in departmental policy, audit and legislative functions. Most recently, she served in the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute and has over 20 years’ experience in practicing law. Gabrielle is the daughter of a retired Air Force colonel.

Joseph DeVito, Outreach Coordinator   jdevito@dva.in.gov

Joe joins us from Madison where he formerly served as the District State Veteran Service Officer for the Southeast District. He is a Coast Guard veteran and graduate of Indiana University Southeast. Joe has experience in business, outreach and volunteer work. As Outreach Coordinator, he brings a passion for reaching veterans and increasing the number of veterans served and benefits awarded across the state.

Kelly Cherry, Office Manager   kcherry@dva.in.gov

Shannon Nicoloff, Reception   snicoloff@dva.in.gov