updated: 6/26/2012 12:57:37 PM

Governor Announces Board, Commission Appointments

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Governor Mitch Daniels has made several board and commission appointments. They include former Ice Miller LLC Attorney Bill Diener as chairman of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission and President George W. Bush's former Director of Economic Policy Al Hubbard as a member of the Indiana Education Roundtable.

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June 26, 2012

News Release

Indianapolis, Ind. -- Governor Mitch Daniels named Bill Diener the new chairman of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission and made several additional board and commission appointments.

Indiana Horse Racing Commission
The commission ensures that pari-mutuel wagering on horse races is conducted with the highest of standards and the greatest level of integrity.

Membership: The commission consists of five members appointed by the governor to four-year terms. No more than three members can be from the same political party.

Governor’s appointment:
• Bill Diener, of Indianapolis, is the new chairman. He is a former attorney at Ice Miller, LLC where he focused on representing regulated industries before administrative agencies, primarily horse racing, riverboat gaming, utility regulation, and energy law and zoning matters. Diener earned his bachelor’s degree from Wabash College, his master’s degree from Butler University and his law degree from George Washington University. He replaces former chairman Sarah McNaught, who is retiring from the commission.

Term expires 6/30/2016.

Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board
The board adopts rules establishing standards for the competent practice of marriage and family therapy, social work, clinical social work, mental health counseling, addiction counseling and clinical addiction counseling.

Membership: 11 gubernatorial appointees.

Governor’s reappointments:
• George Brenner- Indianapolis
• Carla Gaff-Clark- Indianapolis
• Andrew Harner- Indianapolis
• Kimble Richardson- Indianapolis
• Rex Stockton- Bloomington

Governor’s appointments:
• Dawn Collins, of Indianapolis, is the president of the Indiana Association of Marriage & Family Therapy.
• Steven Paul Douglas, of Bloomington, is a private practice attorney.
• Chris Falley, of Lafayette, is the director of residency at the Christian Theological Seminary.
• Roger Reeves, of Indianapolis, is a product manager at Interactive Intelligence.
• Alan Schmetzer, of Indianapolis, is professor emeritus of psychiatry at the Indiana University School of Medicine.

Terms expire 6/30/2015.

Indiana Arts Commission
The commission serves as a public catalyst, partner and investor in the arts and serves citizens of Indiana by funding, encouraging, promoting and expanding the arts.

Membership: 15 gubernatorial appointees.

Governor’s appointments:
• Kathy Andersen, of Nashville, is the board chair of the Pennsylvania Ballet, a trustee of the Brown County Community Foundation and a member of the Council on Women in Philanthropy.
• Susan Hardwick, of Evansville, is vice president and controller of Vectren Corp.
• Allan Rent, of Muncie, is director of marketing and community relations at Ball State University.
• Sherry Stark, of Columbus, is president and CEO of Heritage Fund and the former director of the Columbus Area Arts Council.
• Nancy Peck Stewart, of Fort Wayne, is the vice chairman of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and served on the board of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art.

Terms expire 6/30/2016.

Indiana Auctioneer Commission
The commission oversees the licensing and registration of persons engaged in operating, conducting or otherwise producing auctions.

Membership: Six gubernatorial appointees. No more than four members can be from the same political party.

Governor’s appointment:
• Jack Lawson, of Danville, is the co-owner of Lawson & Company, an auctioneer firm.

Term expires 6/30/2015.

Indiana Education Roundtable
The Indiana Education Roundtable is charged with ensuring the state has world class academic standards for student learning, aligning the state’s ISTEP+ assessments that measure student achievement with those standards, setting the passing scores for ISTEP+ and making ongoing recommendations focused on improving student achievement to the governor, superintendent of public instruction, Indiana General Assembly, state board of education and others.

Membership: Members are jointly appointed by the governor and the superintendent of public instruction. Four legislators, two of each party, are appointed; two by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate and two by the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Governor’s appointment:
• Al Hubbard, of Indianapolis, is the president of E&A Industries and former director of economic policy for President George W. Bush.

Indiana Election Commission
The commission administers Indiana’s election and campaign finance laws.

Membership: Four gubernatorial appointees, two from each of the state’s major political parties.

Governor’s reappointment:
• Dan Dumezich- Merrillville

Governor’s appointment:
• Suzannah Overholt, of Indianapolis, is a Democrat and is vice president of finance and administration at Planned Parenthood of Indiana, Inc.

Terms expire 6/30/2014.

Indiana School for the Deaf Board
The board provides the leadership, vision, accountability and advocacy necessary to ensure the fulfillment of the school’s mission. The board establishes policies and accountability measures for the school and establishes criteria for children with hearing disabilities, including children with multiple disabilities.

Membership: Seven gubernatorial appointees. One appointee must be a parent of at least one student enrolled or formerly enrolled at the school, one must have been a student at the school and one must be a representative of a local education agency or special education director.

Governor’s appointment:
• Melody Marley, of Kokomo, is the parent representative on the board. Marley is working toward a doctorate in school psychology at Indiana State University.

Term expires 6/30/2016.

Indiana Toll Road Oversight Board
The board assures that the Indiana Toll Road Concession Company complies with the provisions of the lease agreement for the management of the Indiana Toll Road and provides advice, counsel and reports to the governor, the Indiana Finance Authority and the public about matters relating to the lease, maintenance, financing, planning, tolling, construction and operation of the road.

Membership: Four gubernatorial appointees. The governor, INDOT commissioner and IFA Chairman (or their designees) serve as ex-officio members of the board.

Governor’s appointment:
• Nancy Adams, of Valparaiso, is a Porter County commissioner and owner of the Strongbow Inn.

Term expires 5/31/2014.

Midwest Higher Education Compact
The compact is one of four statutorily-created interstate compacts and serves Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. The compact creates an environment where member states may share strategies and best practices to maximize opportunity and performance in higher education through collaboration and resource sharing.

Membership: Three gubernatorial appointees and two General Assembly appointees. At least one shall be selected from the field of higher education.

Governor’s reappointment:
• Thomas Snyder- West Lafayette

Governor’s appointments:
• Richard Ludwick, of Indianapolis, is the president of Independent Colleges of Indiana.

Terms expire 6/30/2016.

Parole Board
The Indiana Parole Board exercises discretionary parole release authority over all offenders who committed their crimes before October 1977. The board also makes decisions regarding the reinstatement of parole of all offenders who committed their crimes after October 1977 if the offender’s parole has been revoked.

Membership: Five gubernatorial appointees.

Governor’s reappointment:
• Randy Gentry- Terre Haute

Term expires 6/30/2016.

State Armory Board
The State Armory Board has the responsibility to provide, manage and care for the state’s National Guard armories.

Membership: Five gubernatorial appointees. At least three members must have been officers in the United States Military.

Governor’s appointment:
• Marjorie Courtney, of Indianapolis, graduated from the Indiana Military Academy and has served as an operations and military support officer for the Indiana Joint Force Headquarters (JFH) and as the JFH chief of staff.

Term expires 4/18/2016.

State Board of Dentistry
The board licenses and regulates dentistry and its related professions in Indiana. Board members review applications from persons desiring to begin the practice of dentistry in the state and schedule examinations for applicants. The board also issues permits to administer general anesthesia or sedation.

Membership: 11 gubernatorial appointees.

Governor’s reappointments:
• Jill Burns- Richmond
• Philip Catey- Gas City
• Gary Haller- Jasper
• Charles Heape- Sullivan
• Steven Hollar- Warsaw
• Clance LaTurner- Indianapolis
• Matthew Miller- Greenfield
• Richard Newton- Columbus
• Ted Rokita- Munster
• Mark Stetzel- Fort Wayne

Governor’s appointment:
• Jennifer Bartek, of Evansville, is a dental hygienist at the University of Southern Indiana.

Terms expire 6/30/2015.

State Board of Massage Therapy
The board oversees the practice and sets rules for the competent practices of massage therapy.

Membership: Five gubernatorial appointees.

Governor’s appointment:
• Todd Hubbard, of Fishers, is the business development manager for MMY, a technology consulting firm.

Term expires 6/30/2015.

State Historic Records Advisory Board
The board serves as the central advisory body for historical records planning and for projects funded, developed and carried out in Indiana by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Membership: Six gubernatorial appointees. A majority of members must have recognized experience in the administration of government records, historical records or archives.

Governor’s reappointments:
• Phillip Bantin- Bloomington
• Curt Witcher- Fort Wayne
Terms expire 1/31/2015.

Unemployment Insurance Board
The board is responsible for the oversight of the unemployment insurance program.

Membership: Nine gubernatorial appointees consisting of four representatives of labor, one representative of the state and the public at large, two representatives of large employers and two representatives of independent merchants and small employers.

Governor’s appointments:
• Peter Bitar, of Anderson, is the president and CEO of Xtreme Alternative Defense Systems, a producer of non-lethal and anti-material directed energy weapons.
• Stephen Gootee, of Loogootee, is senior vice president at Science Applications International Corporation, a scientific research and applied technologies firm located at Crane Naval Base.
• Otto Prow, of Solsberry, is a labor representative on the board. Prow has a 30-year career as a teamster in the trucking industry.

Term expires 3/31/2016.

Worker’s Compensation Board
The board is tasked with hearing and reviewing all claims for compensation under Indiana’s workers’ compensation laws. Board members also have the authority to require medical service for injured workers, approve claims for medical and attorney fees, approve judgments, modify awards and otherwise make conclusions of facts and rulings of law.

Membership: Seven gubernatorial appointees. No more than four members can be from the same political party.

Governor’s reappointment:
• Andrew Ward- Evansville

Term expires 3/31/2016

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