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IPDC Board of Director Members

In an effort to better represent the diversity in practice and geography of the membership, the IPDC Board of Directors voted in 2020 to modify the make-up of the board.    The following rules apply to the Board make-up:

  • County Representation: No more than 4 members from any one county may serve on the Board at the same time.
  • Term: No member on the Board may serve more than 3 consecutive terms (6 years). After 6 years, a person would have to set out a term (2 years) before running again

The term expiration listed below reflects only the expiration date of the Board member's current term.

Meet the members of the IPDC Board of Directors

Board Member and Board PositionEmail AddressPhoneCurrent Term ExpiresCounty
Deana Martin
Board Chair
Indianapolis, IN

Deana Martin is a graduate of the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law and has spent her entire legal career as a full-time public defender with the Marion County Public Defender Agency (MCPDA). She has worked low-level misdemeanors to capital murder cases and pretty much everything in between.  Currently, she is an attorney in the major case & forensics unit and develops training.  She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Indiana Public Defense Council (IPDC), on the National Association for Public Defense (NAPD) training committee, and an adjunct professor at McKinney.  Deana enjoys working with and mentoring law students, younger lawyers, and lawyers looking to challenge themselves.  To that end, she has coached the National Trial Team at McKinney for over a decade, served as a faculty member at IPDC’s Trial Practice Institute, the National Defender Training Project Trial Advocacy Program at the University of Dayton School of Law, and the Litigation Persuasion Institute at Faubush, Kentucky, and has given numerous presentations and CLE’s on topics from voir dire, evidence and objections, cross-examination, client relationships & communication, OVWI, and others.

deana.martin@indy.gov317.327.4660June 2024Marion
Ashley Spolarich
Lafayette, IN

Ashley Spolarich earned her law degree from Indiana University Maurer School of Law in 2011, where she was the leader of the Public Interest Law Foundation.  After graduation, she accepted a job at the Marion County Public Defender Agency.  There, she worked her way from misdemeanor court to major felony.  In 2014, she won the Emery Award, an award given to one attorney per year for their commitment to indigent defense at the Agency.   In 2016 she transitioned her practice to the Tippecanoe County Public Defender’s Office, where she handles everything from misdemeanors to murder.  She lives in Montgomery County with her family. 2023Tippecanoe
Amy Karozos
Indianapolis, IN
Amy Karozos was appointed State Public Defender in January 2020.  Previously she worked with IPDC as project director for an OJJDP grant to improve Indiana’s juvenile indigent defense services. She has also served as a contract public defender in Marion County juvenile court, and the Marion County Public Defender, Appellate Division, and as a staff attorney with Youth Law T.E.A.M. of Indiana, a not-for-profit agency. She started her career as a deputy public defender at the State Public Defender’s  member
see I.C. 33-40-4-3
Kay Beehler
Terre Haute, IN

Kay Beehler has been in practice since 1986 when she served as a Marion County Deputy Prosecutor until 1988. After that, she served as a public defender and ultimately the Supervisor of the Major Felony Division in the Marion County Public Defender Agency. In that capacity, as well as during her time as a public defender in several felony courts, Kay did many trials in both misdemeanor and felony cases. For a time, she also served as a deputy public defender in Marion County Juvenile Courts, handling delinquency, CHINS, and termination of parental rights cases. In 2004 she relocated to Maryland, where she was a public defender in the Capital Defense Division until Maryland abolished its death penalty.  In 2016 Kay retired from the Maryland Office of the Public Defender and moved back to Vigo County, Indiana.  She currently takes limited cases and direct appeals.  She serves on the Board of Directors of the Indiana Public Defender Council as well as the Board of the Indiana Abolition Coalition.

beehler924@gmail.com410.591.1859June 2024Vigo
Jeremy Gooch
Danville, IN

Jeremy P. Gooch is a 2001 graduate of the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.

In August 2002, Jeremy joined the law firm of HINKLE & GIBBS in Danville, Indiana.  Over the course of the next 15 ½ years, Jeremy spent his time working for the citizens of Hendricks County as a private attorney handling criminal law matters.  Additionally, Jeremy provided public defender services to the indigent accused throughout the Hendricks County Courts.  For a number of these years, he served as the main public defender for the Honorable Mark A. Smith in Hendricks Superior Court No. 4.  In this role, Jeremy served as the sole public defender for the Hendricks County Drug Court from its inception to June 2017.

In June 2017, the Hendricks County Commissioners hired Jeremy to become Hendricks County’s first Chief Public Defender with the direction to create a new system of providing indigent defense services to those in need.  With an immense amount of support and assistance, he now heads the Hendricks County Public Defenders Office.  In this capacity, he oversees approximately thirty-five (35) part-time public defenders.  Additionally, Jeremy maintains a partial caseload, continuing his work for the indigent accused.

Jeremy and his wife, Danyel, reside in Brownsburg with their son, Curtis, and an impossibly stubborn basset hound, Henry. 2024Hendricks

Renee Ortega
Crown Point, IN

Renee Ortega has been a public defender for the Lake County Juvenile Court since 2014. She also represents clients in CHINS, Delinquency, and Termination appeals. Additionally, she works to serve the indigent population through Hammond Legal Aid.  Currently, Renee serves as the At-Large Representative for the ISBA Board of Governors and is on the Board of Managers for the Lake County Bar Association.

renee.roklegalgroup@gmail.com219-661-7703June 2024Lake
Joel Schumm
Indianapolis, IN
Joel Schumm is a clinical professor of law at the IU McKinney School of Law where he teaches a variety of courses and directs the Appellate Clinic.  For the past twenty years, he has also served as a contractual appellate public defender in Marion County and occasionally litigated appeals from other counties. Joel is the author of the IPDC Appellate Practice Manual, several IPDC amicus briefs, and task force reports on criminal justice issues for the National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersJoelSchumm@aol.com317.278.4733June 2024Marion
Denise Turner
Bedford, IN

Denise L. Turner graduated from the George Washington University Law School in 2010 and began her law career as a public defender in Marion County.  For six years, she worked tirelessly fighting for the indigent and their rights.  Now in private practice, she works just as tirelessly, but as a part-time public defender in Lawrence County, and also as indigent appellate counsel in Shelby County.  In addition to her service in state court, she is also a member of the federal CJA panel, accepting indigent appointments to those charged with federal crimes.

Because of her diverse practice and background, she is a valuable asset to the Board.  For the past 11 years, she has worked hard for her clients and feel that it is now time to also support her fellow public servants as well.  She is a firm believer in collaborative environments; learning from others; and utilizing the strengths of those around her, as well as her own, to achieve the best outcome for her clients.

denise@dturnerlegal.com317.721.4783June 2023Lawrence
Jennifer Wilson-Reagan
Greenwood, IN

Jennifer Wilson Reagan is a 2006 graduate of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Equine Business Management. In 2010 she graduated from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law with a Doctor of Jurisprudence. Jenn was admitted to the practice of law in Indiana in 2011. Jenn is admitted to practice in the Federal Courts in both the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana. Jenn is a member of the Indiana State Bar and the Johnson County Bar Association.

Jenn has served as a public defender since she was a certified intern. Upon admission to the bar, Jenn served as a public defender in indigent appeals cases, CHINS, and special murder assignments until she was awarded her first misdemeanor public defense contract in the Greenwood City Court in January 2015. In June 2019 she was awarded a felony public defense contract in the Johnson Circuit Court.

In addition to her public defense work, Jenn also practices family law and probate law and handles the occasional private criminal matter. Jenn lives in Johnson County, Indiana with her husband, children, horses, and dogs

jennwilsonreagan@gmail.com317.888.2683June 2023Johnson
Jennifer Sturges
Greensburg, IN
Jennifer A. Sturges of ROLFES, GARVEY, WALKER & ROBBINS in Greensburg, Indiana, began practicing law in October 2013 at the age of 45, primarily in Decatur, Rush, and Franklin County, Indiana. She is currently serving her 2nd term on the Indiana Public Defense Council board of directors, her 3rd term as president of River Valley Legal Aid board of directors, and is co-founder and president of Speranza, Inc., a non-profit women’s recovery residence in Greensburg, Indiana.jennifer.sturges.rgwr@gmail.com812.663.4441June 2023Decatur
Shaunda Colleen Lynch
Evansville, IN
Shaunda has been a criminal practitioner for twenty-two years serving as a Deputy Prosecutor, Chief Deputy Prosecutor, and as Special Public Defender all over the State.  She currently serves as a public defender in Knox County, Indiana Superior Court No. 2.  She is often assigned high-level felony matters in counties where the Public Defender Bar has no member with the requisite experience.  Shaunda regularly engages in mentoring young lawyers.  She also engages in stakeholder engagement with Prosecutors, Law Enforcement, and Judges in order to improve the system as a whole.  She has served as faculty for ICLEF; NBI; Evansville Bar Association; and US Lawshield.  She is also a member of the Federal CJI panel of Public Defenders. She loves being a leader in her profession.  More than that, she loves working with people and helping them to become better versions of themselves, most particularly her clients.slynch@fohlaw.com812.424.8101June 2023Vanderburgh

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