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Indiana Commission for Higher Education

CHE > About the Commission > Commission Members Commission Members

  • Hon. Jon Costas (1st Congressional District)
  • Mr. Christopher Murphy, III (2nd Congressional District)
  • Mr. John Popp (3rd Congressional District)
  • Ms. Lisa Hershman (4th Congressional District)
  • Mr. Chris LaMothe (5th Congressional District)
  • Mr. Michael (Jud) Fisher (Past Chair, 6th Congressional District)
  • Mr. Dennis Bland (Chair, 7th Congressional District)
  • Ms. Caren Whitehouse (8th Congressional District)
  • Mr. Dan Peterson (Vice-Chair, 9th Congressional District)
  • Mrs. Susana Duarte de Suarez (Secretary, At Large Member)
  • Mr. Gerald Bepko (At Large Member)
  • Mr. Allan Hubbard (At Large Member)
  • Dr. John Conant (Faculty Representative - Indiana State University)
  • Ms. Sarah Correll (Student Representative - Purdue University)

Commission Members and Appointment Dates

Hon. Jon Costas

Represents District 1 until June 30, 2017

Jon Costas is a long-term Valparaiso resident who has been involved in his community in many ways. He began his political career in 1985, winning an at-large seat on the Valparaiso City Council. He has been Mayor since 2004 and has made a name for himself as an extraordinary leader who advocates both careful planning and positive action. A 1975 graduate of Valparaiso High School, Jon received his B.A. from St. Joseph's College in Rensselaer, Indiana, and his law degree with high distinction from Valparaiso University School of Law in 1989. Mr. Costas is an attorney with Burke, Costanza, and Cuppy LLP, and specializes in the field of Elder Law, having obtained his certification in elder law from the National Law Foundation. He is also an adjunct professor at Valparaiso Law School.

City of Valparaiso
166 Lincolnway
Valparaiso, IN 46383
Tele: (219) 464-4273

Mr. Christopher Murphy, III

Represents District 2 until June 30, 2018

Chris Murphy is the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of 1st Source Corporation and Chairman and Chief Executive Office of 1st Source Bank, a South Bend-based financial institution with more than $3.2 billion in assets. Mr. Murphy has a strong educational background having received a B.A. in Government from the University of Notre Dame, an M.B.A. (with Distinction) from Harvard University Business School, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia Law School. In additional to his responsibilities at 1st Source, Mr. Murphy has served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the World Presidents' Organization in 2002 and has been a board member for several years.

1st Source Bank
P.O. Box 1602
South Bend, IN 46601
Tele: (574) 235-2710


Mr. John Popp

Represents District 3 until June 30, 2017

John Popp has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of Aunt Millie's Bakeries, Inc., since 1980. From 1954 to 1956, Popp was the US Army Chief of review and analysis division of ordinance training command at Aberdeen,  MD. Popp is also a real estate developer and has served on several different boards.

Aunt Millie's Bakeries, Inc.
350 Pearl St.
Fort Wayne, IN 46814
Tele: (260) 424-8245 ext. 224

Ms. Lisa Hershman

Represents District 4 until June 30, 2017

Lisa Hershman is the Founder and CEO of The DeNovo Group™, a global consulting, training, and research firm focused on leadership and innovation through process management and redesign. DeNovo is a global leader in process consulting services, whose clients range from the Fortune 500 to a rapidly growing practice in the non-profit and government sectors. Hershman earned her degree from Clarkson University, studying engineering and industrial distribution.

The Denovo Group
101 W. Ohio St. Ste. 770
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Mr. Chris LaMothe

Representative of District 5 until June 30, 2018

Chris LaMothe is currently Executive Vice President of the Transportation and Industrial Sector for Element Materials Technology. Chris joined Element with the purchase of Sherry Laboratories where he served as  Chairman and CEO of Sherry Holdings LLC, a diversified testing company with ten laboratories in Indiana, Louisiana  and Oklahoma serving a wide range of industries including aerospace, nuclear, medical device and instrumentation, petrochemical, air, food and environmental. He also serves or has served on the Board of a number of civic groups, including the Chicago Federal Reserve Bank Advisory Board, Junior Achievement of Central Indiana, The Indianapolis Zoo, the Indianapolis 500 Festival Board, Indiana University Business School Board of Visitors, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and TM Youth Foundation. LaMothe is a graduate of Ball State University with a BS in marketing and received his MBA from Indiana University.

Ascendanci Ventures, LLC
7950 Spring Mill Road
Indianapolis, IN 46260
Tele: 317-509-5109

Mr. Michael (Jud) Fisher

Represents District 6 until June 30, 2019

A Michigan native, Michael Justin (Jud) Fisher is a graduate of DePauw University and the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. He joined Ball Brothers Foundation in 2003 after working in administration for Old National Bancorp. In addition to his duties as president and chief operating officer of BBF, he serves on the boards of several regional and statewide organizations including the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, the Edmund F. and Virginia B. Ball Foundation, Delaware Advancement Corporation and The Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County, Inc. He is the grandson of John W. Fisher and Janice Ball Fisher (1916-2010), the youngest daughter of BBF founder E. B. Ball. Fisher grew up in Leland, Michigan, and graduated from Leland High School. He worked in a horse stable, on charter fishing boats, in the cherry orchards, as a sailing instructor, and at several other jobs while growing up in Leelanau County. He loves to hunt, fish, sail, hike, and generally be outdoors.

Ball Brothers Foundation
P.O. Box 1408
Muncie, IN 47308
Tele: (765) 741-5500

Mr. Dennis Bland

Represent District 7 until June 30, 2016

Dennis Bland is the President of the Center for Leadership Development in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he also lives. Dennis Bland received his primary and elementary education through Indianapolis Public Schools and attended DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana following his graduation from Broad Ripple High School. After graduating from DePauw with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics, he went on to obtain his juris doctorate degree from Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis.

Center for Leadership Development
2425 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. St.
Indianapolis, IN 46208
Tele: (317) 923-8111

Ms. Caren Whitehouse

Represents District 8 until June 30, 2019 

Caren Whitehouse is the Executive Director of the Vanderburgh County Medical Society in Evansville, Indiana.  The Vanderburgh County Medical Society, formed in 1845, serves as the professional organization for physicians in Southwest Indiana. In her role as Executive Director, Ms. Whitehouse also serves the community on the Southwestern Healthcare Board of Directors, Gilda's Club of Evansville Board of Directors, the Southwest Indiana Area Health Education Center Advisory Board, the Community Patient Safety Coalition of Southwestern Indiana and the Rotary Club of Evansville.

Vanderburgh County Medical Society
3116 E. Morgan Ave., Suite F
Evansville, IN 47711
Tele: (812) 475-9001

Mr. Dan Peterson

Represents District 9 until June 30, 2016

Dan Peterson is Vice President, Industry & Government Affairs, for Cook Group, Inc., based in Bloomington, Indiana. Since joining Cook Group in 1989, Dan has held a variety of leadership roles in the areas of operations, finance/accounting and human resources. His current responsibilities involve industry, government and external affairs. His primary areas of focus center on policy and programs in healthcare delivery, as well as economic, education and workforce development. Dan sits on many boards including the Indiana Dept. of Workforce Development State Workforce Innovation Council; BioCrossroads; Indiana Health Industry Forum; Bloomington Economic Development Corp.; and Indiana University Health Bloomington. Mr. Peterson holds a B.S. in Biology (1984) and an MBA in Finance (1989), both from the Indiana University. Since 1963, Cook Group medical companies have been committed to creating innovative medical solutions that benefit millions of patients worldwide.

Cook Group, Inc.
750 Daniels Way P.O. Box 489
Bloomington, IN 47402
Tele: (812) 331-1025

Mrs. Susana Duarte de Suarez

At Large Member until June 30, 2019

Susana Duarte de Suarez is the President and CEO of Media Moon Communications, a multi-cultural and bilingual marketing and communications company with expertise in building and maintaining a positive corporate image and premier brand position in the market through social and mainstream marketing channels, cause marketing and corporate social responsibility, corporate philanthropy and community relations, issues management, public and media relations and strategic planning; with expertise in the Latino market. Mrs. Duarte de Suarez has enjoyed a progressive career in various Vice Presidential and Senior Officer positions with Fortune 500 companies like Allegion, Holcim, CEMEX, and Anheuser-Busch. She graduated from Ohio State University with a B.A. in Political Science, and the IMD Senior Management Program, Lausanne, Switzerland.

11487 Golden Willow Dr.
Zionsville, IN 46077
Tele: (317) 344-2479

Dr. Gerald Bepko

At Large Member until June 30, 2018

Gerald L. Bepko was first appointed at Indiana University in the School of Law - Indianapolis in 1972 and served the university in various capacities for 32 years until his retirement in 2004. As Chancellor for seventeen years, he presided over significant changes including enrollment changes, increased research support, physical consolidation of the campus to West Michigan Street and a successful capital campaign for IUPUI which produced more than one billion dollars. In his last year of work as a university executive, Bepko served as Interim President of IU, in between Myles Brand's departure to become head f the NCAA and the appointment of Adam Herbert. Bepko earned a B.S. from Northern Illinois, a JD from the IIT Chicago Kent College of Law, and the LLM from Yale.

IUPUI, Inlow Hall 219
530 W. New York St.
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Tele: (317) 278-9240

Mr. Allan Hubbard

At Large Member until June 30, 2017

Al Hubbard is the co-founder of E&A Industries. Except for his time in government service, Hubbard has been the chairman of E&A Industries since 1977. During his government service, Hubbard was the White House deputy chief of staff for Vice President Dan Quayle, executive director of the president's council on competitiveness under the administration of George H.W. Bush and assistant to the president for economic policy and director of the national economic council under George W. Bush. He has also served on boards for for-profit and not-for-profit groups.

E&A Industries, Inc.
101 W. Ohio St., Suite 1350
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Tele: (317) 681-5073

Dr. John Conant

Faculty Representative until June 30, 2017

Dr. John Conant is a Professor of Economics and Teacher Education at Indiana State University. He currently serves as the Economics Department Chair and as the Director of the Center for Economic Education. He teaches Economics, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Study of Labor Economics and Labor Institutions, and Economic History. He earned his Ph.D. from University of Tennessee.

Indiana State University
Department of Economics
Holmstedt Hall, Room 273
Terre Haute, IN 47803
Tele: (812) 237-2160

Ms. Sarah Correll

Student Representative until June 30, 2016

4692 W 1250 N
Macy, IN 46951
Miami County
Tele:  (765) 469-0661

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