Christina Reagle serves as the Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Correction. She began her career in state government in 2010 as an accountant with the Department of Child Services and moved to the Department of Correction in September 2011. She held several positions including controller and chief financial officer before being named deputy commissioner in 2019, overseeing finance, construction services, data science and analytics, and technology services. Christina served as a team leader and mentor for the Department’s Leadership Academy, a program that promotes self-awareness, self-assessment, and personal accountability to developing leaders from multiple state agencies. She also served as an instructor and mentor in their Women in Leadership training program, a program focused on assisting female staff develop their leadership skills, improve communication with others, and understand their importance in corrections. Christina earned her bachelor’s degree from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis and her Master of Business Administration from Indiana State University.
Chief of Staff
Elliot Anderson is the Chief of Staff for the Indiana Department of Correction. Along with serving as the Department’s Ethics Officer, Elliot oversees the agency’s fiscal and legal operations, as well as its policy development and administration. He began his career in state government with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security in early 2020, following nearly a decade practicing law as a deputy prosecutor and assistant city attorney in northern Indiana. He first joined IDHS as deputy general counsel, then served for two years as the Director of Administrative Services, managing the agency’s Finance and Administration, Legal, Information Technology, Public Affairs, and Grants Administration operations. A native Iowan, Elliot earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa, and his J.D. from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law in Bloomington. He’s also the proud (but often exhausted) father of two toddlers, and he enjoys spending time outdoors and frequent trips to the Children’s Museum and zoo.
Chief Communications Officer
Annie Goeller is Chief Communications Officer for the Department of Correction, whose role is to guide and direct internal and external communications to share information with the public and media related to IDOC facilities across the State of Indiana. Annie has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and started her career as a reporter and worked her way up to senior reporter and managing editor, covering news, feature, and everything in between. After more than 13 years in journalism, she moved into communications, serving as Communications Manager for the IUPUI Office of Community Engagement. In her role at IDOC, Annie strives to tell the story of the department and its facilities, along with their impacts on the communities they serve as significant employers, sites of education and workforce development for offenders before they return to the community, and valuable community resources.
Deputy Commissioner of Operations
Deputy Commissioner of Operations, James Basinger oversees the classification, adult operations, parole, and reentry facilities. Deputy Commissioner Basinger, a 27-year veteran with the Department, previously served as the Executive Director of Adult Operations. He began his career with the Indiana Department of Correction on December 21, 1991, at the Bloomington Work Release Center as a Correctional Officer. He was transferred to Wabash Correctional Facility (WVCF) in the summer of 1992. Mr. Basinger held various custody positions while at WVCF from Officer to Major, also serving as the Emergency Squad Commander for seven years. He has been a Firearms Instructor, CPR/First Aid Instructor, Training Officer and Staff Development Training Coordinator for WVCF. He's also a graduate of the first Emerging and Experience Leadership Program. Mr. Basinger held the position as Major at the Putnamville Correctional Facility from 2000 to 2003. He was promoted to Deputy Warden in February 2009 at the WVCF then promoted to Warden in October 2009 at WVCF. In April 2009, Mr. Basinger retired as Command Sergeant Major with the 76th Brigade of the Indiana National Guard after 25 years of service, beginning as a United States Marine. He served two tours of duty in Iraq and a third tour of duty as the 76th Brigade's Rear Detachment Command Sergeant Major. Mr. Basinger has a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and A Master's Degree in Business Administration.
Deputy Commissioner of Diversity and Development
Erica Parish has assumed the role of Deputy Commissioner of Diversity and Development. Erica has a diverse background of corporate, education and non-profit experience, most recently serving as the Executive Dean of Academic Affairs at Owens Community College in Ohio. There she led efforts to improve the culture and quality of life in addition to maintaining institutional accreditation and student success metrics. She has over 20 years of experience in training and development work and continues to teach, train, and facilitate conversations regarding diversity and inclusion. Erica earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Bowling Green State University. She enjoys traveling, grilling, and playing softball. Originally born and raised in Indiana, she’s pleased to be back home in the Hoosier state.
Deputy Commissioner of Administration and Finance
The Deputy Commissioner of Administration and Finance, overseeing the Finance, Construction Services, Data Analytics, and Technology Divisions.
Deputy Commissioner of Re-Entry and Youth Services
Christine Blessinger serves as the Deputy Commissioner of Re-entry and Youth Services. Chris oversees all areas of Re-entry to include case management, community corrections, education, DOL programs, HIRE team, religious services, Volunteers, and mentors. Chris also oversees the Division of Youth Services. Chris began her career working for the Department of Correction in 2000 as a Psychiatric Social Service Specialist III at the Pendleton Juvenile Correctional Facility. She served as a Program Director 2 and was promoted to Program Director 1 at Pendleton Juvenile Correctional Facility. Chris was then promoted to Assistant Director of the Division of Youth Services in 2008, She was responsible for program implementation, Comprehensive Case Management, and re-entry services before being promoted to the Executive Director for the Division of Youth Services in 2015. Chris is a member of the Council of Juvenile Justice Administrators where she is an Executive Board member and a member of the American Correctional Association (ACA). Prior to working in corrections, Chris held positions of Youth Care Manager and Case Manager at the Henry County Youth Center. Chris holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology from Indiana State University.
Chief Legal Officer
Anna Quick has been with the Indiana Department of Correction since July of 2019, most recently serving as the Deputy General Counsel of Operations. Anna has worked closely with facilities, acting as a liaison for the Attorney General’s office for federal litigation, habeas corpus petitions, and other discovery and subpoena needs. Anna has also served as an advisor for the Office of Investigations and Intelligence, Parole Services, PREA, and Behavioral Health. She is excited for this new chapter as Chief Legal Officer and has an excellent team of attorneys supporting IDOC staff. Prior to coming to IDOC, Anna served the state as a Marion County Deputy Prosecutor for 6 years. She is a graduate of the Maurer School of Law in Bloomington, and Loyola University in Chicago.
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Kristen Dauss’ primary mission is to serve vulnerable Hoosiers by providing quality medical care to incarcerated individuals. Dr. Dauss’ experience includes working for the IDOC most recently as the Regional Psychiatry Director, while also providing direct patient care through the Division of Youth Services. Dr. Dauss holds a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University Bloomington and earned her medical degree from Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Ga. She completed triple board residency in general pediatrics, general psychiatry, and child adolescent psychiatry at Indiana University School of Medicine. Her experience allows Dr. Dauss the unique ability to examine systems of care and integrate physical and behavioral health needs to treat the whole person. Dr. Dauss also served as a staff physician at Fairbanks in Indianapolis, Ind., treating the physical and mental health needs of persons with substance use disorder. She also taught students at Indiana University School of Medicine and Community Health Network, where she is a volunteer faculty member.