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Raymond Baker, State Approving Agency Director

Ray is a veteran of the U.S. Army. Prior to his position as the director of the State Approving Agency, he worked in human resources for the Department of Corrections and in asset protection for Target stores. Ray and his wife of 28 years moved to Indianapolis from Michigan in 2001 and he enjoys fishing, golf and playing poker. He is very excited about the work SAA is doing ensuring veterans and their eligible dependents receive their benefits.

Amber Mertens, State Approving Agency Assistant Director

Amber is the daughter of two U.S. Navy veterans. She was born at the Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, Va., and grew up in Central Indiana. She joined the U.S. Navy in 2002 and served as an Arabic linguist specializing in Iraqi dialect. She was assigned to the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center on the Presidio of Monterey and the Navy Information Operations Command Georgia at Fort Gordon. From 2005 to 2006, Amber deployed to the Persian Gulf, where she served on three U.S. Navy ships and two Royal Navy ships in support of the Global War on Terrorism. She received her AA in Arabic Studies from the Defense Language Institute and her BA in Sociology from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Amber joined the State Approving Agency in 2011.

Fredrick Hudson, Outreach Coordinator

Fred joins the IDVA team from the State Approving Agency as a program director. He is a retired U.S. Army veteran, with more than 20 years of military service. Fred graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a Master's degree in Business Administration, with a focus on Health Care. He is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Business Administration. Fred loves working on classic cars and enjoys volunteering his time at Grace Church's Care Center.

Tim Wilson,  Program Director

Tim Wilson is a retired Army 1SG with over 20 years of military service.  He and his family are originally from South Carolina.  He joined the State Approving Agency as a Program Director, and he covers the Southern portion of the State of Indiana.  He had the opportunity to work as an Intern with IDVA prior to his departure from the Army by participating in the Army Career Skills Program, which allows Soldiers to work for an organization/company while on Active Duty.  He has served in three different career fields during his time in the Army.  As a Tanker on the M1A2, Helicopter Mechanic for the Kiowa Warrior and as a Career Army Recruiter.  Tim is a graduate of Post University and has a bachelor’s degree in Business Management with a concentration in Administration.  Tim has a passion for coaching and mentoring youths through sports, primarily basketball, football, and track.  He loves to travel and spend time with his family.

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