Indiana Finance Authority Members
Cristopher R. Johnston (Chairman):
Johnston joined the Holcomb Administration as deputy chief of staff in May 2018. He previously served eight years for then Gov. Mitch Daniels as the executive director of the Office of Management and Budget's division of government efficiency and later, as deputy chief of staff in the governor's office.
In between these periods of service in state government, Johnston worked for two Indiana-based consulting firms. More recently he was a director for KSM Consulting, where he led the organizational improvement practice from 2013 to 2018. Prior to serving in the Daniels administration, Johnston Worked in the municipal financial advisory practice at Crowe Horwarth (1992 to 2005) rising to partner.
Johnston began his public service in the Indiana Treasurer of State's office (1988 to 1992), first as portfolio manager and eventually as Chief Deputy Treasurer after starting his career as an internal auditor in the commercial banking industry. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wabash College and an MBA from Butler University.
Kelly Mitchell (Member):
Ms. Mitchell, as the State Treasurer, is a statutorily required IFA member. She was appointed on November 18, 2014 to complete the term of her predecessor. Her elected term is from January 1, 2015 - December 31, 2018.
For the last seven years, Ms. Mitchell has worked in the Treasurer of State's Office as the Director of TrustINdiana, Indiana's local government investment pool. She is proud to be part of the team at the State Treasurer's office.
Prior to joining the Indiana Treasurer of State's Office, Ms. Mitchell was a County Commissioner for two terms in Cass County, Indiana. There she served as President of the Board of Commissioners for five of the eight years she held office. In 2000, Kelly was named First-Term Commissioner of the Year by the Association of County Commissioners. While Commissioner, she served on the State Board of the Association of County Commissioners for three years, as well as serving as a member of the County Government Senate Study Commission.
Also while Commissioner, Ms. Mitchell served seven years on the Logansport-Cass County Economic Development Foundation, one of those years as President of the Commission. She founded and co-chaired Cass County "Make a Difference Day", managing hundreds of volunteers and dozens of projects every year. By virtue of office, she also served on several other boards.
During her years in Cass County, Ms. Mitchell was involved in the local Republican Party and served as the President of the Cass County Republican Women's Club for two years. She was honored as the Cass County Republican Woman of the Year in 2000 and has served as a delegate to the State Convention four times.
Ms. Mitchell holds a B.A. in Political Science from Valparaiso University and a M.A. in Philanthropic Studies from Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis. She is an alumna of the Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Services Series.
Owen B. (Bud) Melton, Jr. (Member):
Mr. Melton, Jr. retired on December 31, 2003 as President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of First Indiana Bank, N.A., a national bank, and as President and Chief Operating Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of First Indiana Corporation. Before being elected President of First Indiana in October 1983, Mr. Melton held the position of Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Diamond Savings and Loan Company, Findlay, Ohio. Prior to his arrival at Diamond Savings and Loan Company, Mr. Melton held the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Skokie Federal Savings and Loan Association, Skokie, Illinois.
Before his experience at Skokie Federal, Mr. Melton served as the Assistant to the Chairman and Chief Administrative Officer of the Federal Home Loan Bank Board in Washington, D.C. The Federal Home Loan Bank Board was the predecessor independent federal agency to the current Office of Thrift Supervision of the Department of Treasury. As Chief-of-Staff of the Federal Regulatory Agency charged with the supervision and regulation of all federally-insured and federally-chartered savings and loan associations in the nation, his responsibilities included the Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation, the Federal Home and Mortgage Corporation, the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation and the twelve regional Federal Home Loan Banks.
A graduate of Indiana University, Mr. Melton received a B.S. degree in Finance. He completed the graduate program of the Graduate School of Savings and Loan at Indiana University, Class of 1982, and was elected President of his class. Mr. Melton served in the active duty of the U.S. Air Force in various Air Force bases including California, Okinawa, Republic of South Vietnam, Thailand and Delaware.
Mr. Melton was reappointed in October 2019.
Harry F. (Mac) McNaught, Jr. (Member):
Mr. McNaught has served as President/CEO of Denison Properties since 1991, and initiated its development of mixed-use business parks and other mixed-use developments in metropolitan Indianapolis. Preceding his role at Denison Properties, in 1979 Mr. McNaught joined Baker and Daniels law firm where he became a partner in 1985, and specialized in real estate and land use law. Mr. McNaught serves as the Senior Director to the Saxony Development located at Exit Ten in Hamilton County, Indiana, and as a Trustee of Wabash College. Mr. McNaught graduated from Wabash College and from Duke University School of Law.
Mr. McNaught was appointed in October 2019.
Rudy Yakym III (Member):
Mr Yakym III is the Director of Growth Initiatives at Kem Krest, a $500M/year company that focuses on taking the friction out of the supply chain. In Rudy's role at Kem Krest he concentrates his efforts on engineering and executing the company's grouth strategy.
Mr. Yakym III was appointed in January 2018.
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