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Indiana Civil Rights Commission

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IC 22-9-1-4 (Sec. 4)
There is hereby created a civil rights commission composed of seven (7) members, not more than four (4) of whom shall be members of the same political party, to be appointed by the governor. In making such appointments, the governor shall take into consideration all interests in the community including but not limited to the interests of minority groups, employers, labor, and the public.

Barry Baynard

Barry BaynardBarry Baynard, has served as a Greencastle, Indiana, city councilman since 1995 and serves on the city's planning commission. Before becoming a councilman, he was vice president for the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Cement Division Local D39 for Lone Star Industries where he has been employed for more than 22 years as a certified industrial electronics technician.

Mr. Baynard completed his undergraduate studies at IUPUI, receiving certification in industrial electronics and electricity.

Mr. Baynard is a member of the Indiana Democratic African-American Caucus, and has served as mentor for Greencastle's summer enrichment program of disadvantage/at risk youth. Mr. Baynard served as president for the Greencastle Branch of the NAACP for five years.

Mr. Baynard was appointed by Governor Frank O'Bannon to serve as Indiana Civil Rights Commissioner on July 1, 1997.

Alpha Blackburn

Barry BaynardAlpha Blackburn is a national award winning designer, a distinguished civic leader and a former television talk show host. She currently serves as Chairperson of the Indiana Civil Rights Commission and President and CEO of Blackburn Architects. Ms. Blackburn's honors and accomplishments include being the recipient of the 1992 Prodigy of Indianapolis Award for outstanding commitment to nonprofit organizations and charitable causes, and the recipient of the 1983 Harvey's Bristol Cream Tribute to the Black Designer. She was chosen as One of Five Indiana "Renaissance Women" by the Julian Center for Contributions to the Arts of Indiana; she was the subject of Hoosier Profile by Greg Todd of WRTV, Channel 6, and of "Women at the Top" by Debbie Knox of WISH-TV, Channel 8; and, she has designed performing uniforms for both the Indiana Pacers and the Indianapolis Colts. She is the 1997 recipient of the Master Scholars Humanitarian Award and serves as Chairman of the Board of Healthnet Foundation.

Ms. Blackburn is a graduate of Howard University and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She is President of Alpha, Inc.-Designer Products.

David C. Carter

David CarterDavid C. Carter has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Yale University, a Master of Arts in English from the University of Chicago, a degree in French from the Sorbonne (Paris), and has taught English. Although he grew up in the Northeast, he has lived in south-central Indiana since 1966. Since 1975, Mr. Carter has used a wheelchair for mobility because of a spinal cord injury, and is active in several Bloomington-area organizations concerned with people with disabilities and accessibility issues.

Mr. Carter owned and operated a book store in Spencer for 12 years, and continues to do freelance bookselling. He has served as a Commissioner for the Indiana Civil Rights Commission since 1991.

Tehiji G. Crenshaw

Tehiji CrenshawCommissioner Tehiji Crenshaw serves as the Housing Development Coordinator and Director of Housing Programs with the Community Action Program of Evansville & Vanderburgh County, Inc. (CAPE). She received a Bachelors of Education (1995) from the University of Evansville.   She currently holds certifications as a Family Development Specialist, Certified Loss Mitigation/Foreclosure Prevention Counselor, HUD Housing Counselor, Pre and Post Purchase Education Counselor, HOME Program Specialist, Certified Green Professional, Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist, Housing Development Finance Professional and Licensed Lead Based Paint Inspector, Risk Assessor and Clearance Examiner.

For over eight years, Ms. Crenshaw has assisted over 5,000 families with affordable, multifamily rental housing and single family homeownership opportunities, foreclosure prevention, energy efficiency and home rehabilitation needs within twelve counties in the state of Indiana. Ms. Crenshaw also facilitates group counseling sessions as well as individual counseling to families who need assistance in resolving existing credit and budget issues.  She conducts Energy Education sessions to potential first time homebuyers and the general public. 

John Garcia

Barry BaynardJohn is from the Northwestern Indiana Region. He is a graduate of Purdue University Calumet, B. S. in Construction Technology. He has worked in engineering and construction for over 25 years since graduation. His experience includes design and management of public works, commercial projects, and private land development. He has also served as City Engineer and member of the Board of Public Works for the City of East Chicago. John has been self-employed for the last 11 years and is the President of an engineering consulting firm which has evolved into Garcia Consulting. The company is currently a consultant to several Northwest Indiana communities and Midwestern private development clients. The company currently has a staff of fifteen employees.

John was reappointed Commissioner by then Governor Frank O'Bannon in 2001 and has served since July 1, 1997.

Charles D. Gidney

Barry BaynardCommissioner Charles Gidney serves as Program Chair for the School of Liberal Arts & Sciences at the Richmond Campus of Ivy Tech Community College. He is a 2009 recipient of the college's President's Award for Excellence in Instruction and collaborated on the 2008 African American Male Summit, the first event of its kind to address the achievement gap and droup-out rates of African American Males in Richmond Community Schools.
A native of Chicago, he received his formal education in the Chicago Public Schools and graduated from Westinghouse Vocational High School. From there he went on to attend Grambling State University. After graduating from Grambling, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications, he returned to Chicago. There he worked in the Chicago Public Schools while working part time at WGN-TV.

He later joined the teaching staff of South Central Community Services, one of Chicago's alternative schools. It was there that he taught classes and coordinated the school's vocational education program. After receiving his Masters of Arts degree from Governors State University he began teaching at Olive Harvey College in Chicago. He also worked at WFLD-TV, the Fox affiliate in Chicago and the Fox sister station WXIN-TV/Fox 59 Indianapolis.

His other civic affiliations include being a member of Light of the World Christian Church of Indianapolis, The National Association of Black Journalists and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He is also a supporter of Richmond's Townsend Community Center. Commissioner Gidney was appointed by Governor Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. to serve as an Indiana Civil Rights commissioner in July 2006.

Steven A. Ramos

Steven A. RamosMr. Ramos has spent the last 27 years with the IBM corporation in numerous management and leadership positions in worldwide strategy, sales support and customer relationship management. He is currently on IBM Headquarters staff as leader for World Wide Business Transformation and World Wide Technical Support Customer Satisfaction.

Mr. Ramos completed his undergraduate degree in 1978 from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois and received his MBA in 1998, from the University of Illinois Executive MBA program.

Mr. Ramos is actively involved in the Indianapolis community. He co-found the Indianapolis Chapter of the National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA) an organization whose mission is to foster Hispanic leadership through education. He currently serves as President. Besides NSHMBA, Mr. Ramos serves on several boards in the Indianapolis community:

Board of Directors for the Indianapolis Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Board of Directors for Easter Seals Crossroads Rehabilitation
Ivy Tech College Technology Board
Indiana University / Purdue University Indianapolis Diversity Council
Greater Indianapolis Chamber Diversity Council

Mr. Ramos was appointed by Governor Mitch Daniels to serve as Indiana Civil Rights Commissioner on August 10, 2005.

Indiana Civil Rights Commission

Front Row (listed from left to right) Alpha Blackburn, David Carter, Back Row (listed from left to right) Steven Ramos, Barry Baynard, Charles Gidney, Tehiji Crenshaw and John Garcia.