IDOC Executive Staff Biographies

Commissioner

 

Commissioner Robert E. Carter, Jr.

Indiana Department of Correction Commissioner Robert E. Carter, Jr. was appointed by Governor Eric Holcomb on January 17, 2017.

Most recently, Commissioner Carter served as the Executive Director of Statewide Security & Safety at Ivy Tech Community College since 2013. There, he was responsible for safety and security of the Nation's largest college, with over 100,000 students and staff at 40 plus campuses statewide. Prior to this position, he served as Director of the Indiana's Department of Natural Resources (DNR) where he managed over 1,500 full-time employees and was the main point of contact to the Indiana General Assembly, Congressional Delegation, and the U.S. Department of Interior, as well as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the National Resources Conservation Services.

While with the DNR, Carter served on the Indiana Counter Terrorism and Security Council, was the Director of DNR’s Division of Law Enforcement, and played a key role in the streamlining of DNR permit efficiency. He also was an integral part of the Governor’s Healthy River Initiative and oversaw the DNR’s acquisition and protection of over 50,000 acres of land and recreational trails.

Prior to working in State government, Carter spent 16 years serving two terms as the Clay County Sheriff.

Commissioner Carter has an Associate of Science Degree in Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Safety Management, and will complete his Masters of Public Administration in spring 2017.

 

Chief of Staff

 

Randy Koester

Randy Koester is the Chief of Staff for the Indiana Department of Correction. In addition to directing the Department’s Legislative Affairs and Ethics Officers, Mr. Koester supervises human resources, construction services, research and technology, and policies and procedures.

He started with the Department as a Staff Attorney in 1991, and since that time has worked as the Agency’s Legislative Liaison, General Legal Counsel, Director of Intergovernmental Relations, Executive Assistant to the Commissioner, Chief of Staff, Deputy Commissioner of Administration and Deputy Commissioner.

He began his legal career as a clerk and became a staff attorney with the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission. He also worked for three years as a Deputy Attorney General, serving in the Criminal Appeals and Government Litigation Divisions in the Attorney General’s Office.

Randy has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Corporate and Investment Finance from Indiana University’s Kelly School of Business, and a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Indiana University School of Law.

 

Deputy Commissioner of Operations

James Basinger

Deputy Commissioner of Operations, James Basinger oversees the classification, adult operations, parole and reentry facilities. Deputy Commissioner Basinger, a 27-year veteran with the Department, previously served as the Executive Director of Adult Operations. He began his career with the Indiana Department of Correction on December 21, 1991 at the Bloomington Work Release Center as a Correctional Officer. He was transferred to Wabash Correctional Facility (WVCF) in the summer of 1992.

Mr. Basinger held various custody positions while at WVCF from Officer to Major, also serving as the Emergency Squad Commander for seven years. He has been a Firearms Instructior, CPR/First Aid Instructor, Training Officer and Staff Development Training Coordinator for WVCF. He's also a graduate of the first Emerging and Experience Leadership Program.  Mr. Basinger held the postion as Major at the Putnamville Correctional Facility from 2000 to 2003. He was promoted to Deputy Warden in February 2009 at the WVCF then promoted to Warden in October 2009 at WVCF.

In April 2009, Mr. Basinger retired as Command Sergeant Major with the 76th Brigade of the Indiana Natrtional Guard after 25 years of service, beginning as a United States Marine. He served two tours of duty in Iraq and a third tour of duty as the 76th Brigade's Rear Detactment Command Sergeant Major. Mr. Basinger has a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice and A Master's Degree in Business Administration.

 

 

 

 

Deputy Commissioner of Re-Entry

Julie Lanham

Deputy Commissioner of Re-Entry, Julie Lanham has over 25 years of experience in executive level positions in the criminal justice field.

After completing her degree in Criminal Justice from Indiana University she moved through the developmental positions as a probation officer to an Executive Director of Marion County Community Correction (Indianapolis, Indiana) for 11 years. Following that tenure, she owned her own consulting company that interfaced with privatized prison and jail leadership, where she utilized her broad expertise at the county, state, and federal levels to evaluate and audit the effectiveness of facility operations, complaints and re-entry programs.

Julie was recruited to serve as the Deputy Commissioner of Re-Entry Programs for the Indiana Department of Corrections from 2005 to 2007. Julie was then recruited to serve as Territory Manager for a Dallas based company that provides diversified technology and security solutions for correctional facilities across the country. She was asked to rejoin IDOC in 2011 with the advent of sentencing reform and has served in the capacity of Executive Director and Deputy Commissioner of Re-Entry since that time.

 

Chief of Communications

Douglas S. Garrison

Douglas S. Garrison serves as the Communications Chief for the Indiana Department of Correction. As a member of the Executive Staff, Garrison acts as the spokesperson for the Agency, keeping the media and members of the public apprised of the significant events that transpire within the Department of Correction. Garrison is charged with the responsibility of enhancing the Department’s communications effectiveness, and using new technologies and improved communication methods to advance the public’s understanding of the great advances being made in correctional services within the State of Indiana.

Garrison comes to the Department with an extensive background in media and public relations, having spent the last 13 years of his 26-year career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation as the Chief Division Counsel and public spokesperson for the Indianapolis Division of the FBI. As a member of the FBI’s Executive Management team, Doug provided advice and counsel in countless high-pressure command post situations, emergencies and investigative operations. During his career in Indianapolis, his public representation of the FBI helped establish strategic alliances across a broad spectrum of the Indianapolis business, educational, political, public safety and legal communities. After retiring from the FBI at the end of 2003, Garrison went on to head the award-winning Investigative Team (ITEAM) at WISHTV in Indianapolis from 2004 until May of 2007. As the leader of a five-member team of experienced investigative journalists, Garrison’s efforts helped expose fraud, criminality, inefficiency and waste in government, and private and public programs.

Garrison received his Bachelor of Arts (with Honors) from the University of Wisconsin in 1975, where he studied Political Science, Philosophy and History. He went on to earn his Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) from Indiana University in 1978. Garrison is admitted to the practice of law in Indiana.

 

Chief Financial Officer

Christina Reagle

Christina Reagle serves as the Department’s Chief Financial Officer, overseeing all financial and accounting functions of the Department.

She began her career in state government in 2010 as an Accountant with the Department of Child Services.  She moved to the Department of Correction in September 2011, and has held the positions of Accounts Payable Manager, Financial Analyst, Deputy Controller and Controller.  Prior to joining state government, Ms. Reagle worked for JP Morgan Chase as an Assistant Branch Manager, and spent several years as a Staff Accountant at a local CPA firm.

Christina serves as a team leader and mentor for the Department’s Leadership Academy, a program that promotes self-awareness, self-assessment, and personal accountability to developing leaders from multiple state agencies.  She also serves as an instructor and mentor in the Department’s Women in Leadership training program, a program focused on assisting female staff develop their leadership skills, improve communication with others, and understand their importance in corrections.

 

Chief Counsel

 

Robert Bugher

Robert Bugher has served in the capacity of Chief Counsel since June 2000. Mr. Bugher has also served as Staff Counsel for the Department since his original hire in April 1995. Before joining the Department, Mr. Bugher spent three years as a private attorney at Brown and Nelson in Indianapolis. Other significant legal experience includes over four years in the Office of the Indiana Attorney General, both in the capacity of a Law Clerk and Deputy Attorney General. He also spent two years as an Associate Planner in the Office of the Columbus Planning Department located in Columbus, Indiana.

Mr. Bugher has several degrees that include a Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree from the Indiana University School of Law (1991), a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs from the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs (1985) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Purdue University (1982).

  Director for the Division of Youth Services

Christine Blessinger

Christine Blessinger serves as the Executive Director for the Division of Youth Services. Chris oversees all areas of the juvenile division to include; operations, case management, programs and re-entry. Chris began her career working for the Department of Correction in 2000 as a Psychiatric Social Service Specialist III at the Pendleton Juvenile Correctional Facility.  She served as a Program Director 2 and was promoted to Program Director 1 at Pendleton Juvenile Correctional Facility.  Chris was then promoted to Program Director/Assistant Director of the Division in 2008 where she was the State Coordinator for Performance Based Standards (PbS) and Community based Standards (CbS).  She was also responsible or program implementation, Comprehensive Case Management and re-entry services before being promoted to the Chief Operations Director of the Division in 2014.  Chris is a member of the Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators (CJCA) and a member of the American Correctional Association (ACA).  Chris is also a certified PREA auditor for juvenile facilities. Prior to working in corrections, Chris held positions of Youth Care Worker, Youth Manager and Case Manager at the Henry County Youth Center.  Chris holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology from Indiana State University.

 

EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS

Nancy Riley, Executive Director Staff Development and Training

Mrs. Riley began her career in criminal justice in May 1995 at Madison County Juvenile Center as a Youth Care Worker.  In 1999, she joined the Department of Correction as a Correctional Training Officer.  She returned to her alma, ISU while working full-time to obtain her Master's Degree. She found her true passion in training, promoting to the top as the Executive Director over  Staff Development and Training in January 2013. Ms. Riley is responsible for the training of all IDOC staff, as well as the development and implementation of the agency's Bi-annual Strategic Plan, Focus Groups and the development and implementation of the Agency's Recruitment and Retention initiative. Since becoming Executive Director, Ms. Riley has been instrumental in developing programs such as the three-tiered DOC Supervisory programs, "Women In Leadership", "Leaving A Legacy", Experienced and Emerging Leaders (EEL), Leadership Academy, Joint Understanding and Cooperation (JUCP), Promoting  Positive Culture in Corrections (PPCC) to name just a few. Ms. Riley works closely with the training staff throughout the state in developing new and positive training opportunities for the field.

 

Mark Levenhagen, Executive Director of Mental Health and Special Populations. 

Director Mark Levenhagen currently oversees the delivery of mental health and special populations for the Department of Correction.  Prior to accepting this position in June of 2014, he was responsible for managing the state’s largest correctional institution at Westville (850 staff and 3,400 offenders).

In his former capacity Mr. Levenhagan was responsible for the formulation of all operating and security functions at that facility.  His career in corrections began thirty-two years ago at the Westville Correctional Facility. He has served in numerous positions in medium, maximum and super maximum security.  Prior to becoming a Warden Mr. Levenhagen has served as a Counselor, Behavioral Clinician, Administrative Assistant, Unit Manager, Assistant Superintendent and Superintendent at both the Indiana State Prison and the Westville Correctional Facility

Director Levenhagen holds a Batchelor of Science degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Ball State University.  Mark was recognized by the Indiana Criminal Justice Association as “Correctional Manager of the Year,” in 2012. He regularly speaks to community organizations and universities regarding hot topics in corrections (mental health, education, death penalty, sentencing laws etc.) in today’s world. Mark and his wife Kelly have been married thirty one years and they have two children.

 

Bryan Pearson, PREA Coordinator

Director Bryan Pearson is the PREA Coordinator for the Indiana Department of Correction and is responsible for developing, implementing, and overseeing the agency's plan to comply with the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) standards and agency's Sexual Assault Prevention policy and procedures.  Additional duties include ensuring all 25 facilities are prepared for and successfully complete Certified PREA audits.

Bryan began his career 21-year career as a Release Coordinator at Wabash Valley Correctional Facility then quickly rose through to Superintendent, Operational Director of Mental Health, Classification Analyst as he served at several facilities including Henryville Correctional Facility, Atterbury Correctional Facility, Putnamville Correctional Facility, Edinburgh Correctional Facility and Central Office.

Director Peason served two years in the U.S. Army as a Military Police and holds a BS and Masters Degree in Criminal Justice and is a certified DOJ PREA Auditor.

Alexis Dean

Alexis Dean, Executive Director of Re-Entry and Medicaid

Alexis Dean was appointed as the Executive Director of Re-Entry and Medicaid in October of 2015. Alexis is responsible for the oversight of Case Management, Programming, Medicaid, and the Department's Pre-Release program. She began her career with the IDOC in 2007 at the Plainfield Correctional Facility as a Substance Abuse Counselor. She has served as a Re-Entry Specialist (IREF), Re-Entry Addictions Services Monitor (Central Office) and Director of Case Management (Central Office) before her promotion to Executive Director. Alexis also served on the Critical Incident Stress Management team (CISM) through the Department’s Emergency Response Operations Division. Alexis has been involved in several Department projects including being a member of the taskforce responsible for opening Plainfield Correctional Facility's first Therapeutic Community (2007) and as the Re-Entry Specialist responsible for developing the Department's first veteran-specific unit (INVET, 2010).

Since joining the Indiana Department of Correction, Ms. Dean graduated from the Experienced and Emerging Leader’s Program. She also serves an instructor and mentor in the Department’s Women in Leadership training program, a program focused on assisting other female staff develop their leadership skills, improve their communication with others, and understand their importance in corrections.

Ms. Dean earned her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Indiana State University (2006). She is a Licensed Addictions Counselor and Certified Problem Gambling Counselor. Alexis was recognized by the Indiana Criminal Justice Association as “Re-Entry Employee of the Year,” in 2011. She is a member of the American Correctional Association (ACA), Indiana Criminal Justice Association (ICJA), and the Association of Women Executives in Corrections (AWEC).

 

Aaron Garner, Executive Director of Research and Technology

Aaron Garner was appointed as the Executive Director of Research & Technology in February 2011. ED Garner began his career with the Indiana Department of Correction as a Research Analyst within the Research and Planning Division in July 2006. 

Since joining the Indiana Department of Correction, Mr. Garner graduated from the first Experienced and Emerging Leader’s Program and he also served as a Team Leader for the Department’s Leadership Academy from 2008-2010.

Mr. Garner earned a Master’s degree in Criminology from Indiana State University (2006), and a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Indiana University (2002).  ED Garner has worked in the criminal justice field since 2002.  He has mentored youth at the former Indiana Boy’s School and completed an internship with the Marion Co. Drug Treatment Program.  While working on his degrees, he worked as a research associate for Indiana’s Juvenile Reentry Program: AIM (Aftercare for Indiana through Mentoring). Throughout his career, Mr. Gardner has been an active member of the Corrections Technology Association where he recently held the position of President from 2016-17 and the Indiana Criminal Justice Association where he served as Treasurer from 2010-13.

 

Stephanie L. Spoolstra, LCSW Executive Director of Addiction Recovery Services

Stephanie Spoolstra is the Executive Director of Addiction Recovery Services for the Indiana Department of Correction.   Stephanie holds bachelor’s degrees in both Criminal Justice and Ballet from Indiana University.  She received her Master of Social Work in 2007, from Washington University in St. Louis, where she specialized in working with at-risk, delinquent youth and their families. Her work included a focus on the treatment of co-morbid mental health and addiction disorders.

Both during and after her Master’s program, she worked as a Deputy Juvenile Officer for the St. Louis City Family Courts serving families involved with the Gun Court Program, Child Abuse and Neglect Services, Drug Court Program and General Field supervision Unit.  After moving back to Indianapolis in 2009, Stephanie provided direct practice mental health and addiction care to a variety of populations as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at community-based agencies in Marion County, IN.

She began serving the State of Indiana in 2014 as an employee of the Family and Social Services Administration, Division of Mental Health and Addiction, where she was the Deputy Director Adult Mental Health and Addiction Services.  While at the Division of Mental Health and Addiction, Stephanie was responsible for leading Division initiatives related to Adult Forensic Populations, Serious Mental Illness, Addiction Treatment, State Opioid Treatment Programs, Services for Homeless Populations and Veterans, and Emergency Preparedness.

In her current role with the Indiana Department of Correction, Stephanie is responsible for clinical addiction treatment, addiction recovery programming, and the integration of addiction treatment with mental health and physical health services.

 

Richard L. Curry Jr,  Executive Director, Emergency Response Operations

Richard L. Curry, Jr. started his career with the Indiana Department of Correction in June 1992 as a correctional officer at the Plainfield Correctional Facility. After promoting through the ranks to Correctional Major he was promoted to Assistant Warden at the Putnamville Correctional Facility. In December 2006, Richard was appointed as the Superintendent of the Marion County Juvenile Detention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. Richard’s background in corrections is numerous and includes instructor qualifications in leadership, emergency response operations, thinking for a change, dealing with youth incarcerated as adults, cultural competency and cultural diversity.

Richard is very active in his community as well. He serves as Senior Pastor the True Tried Missionary Baptist Church in Indianapolis, and participates in various community activities to assist in the repair of the troubled north-side community. In addition, Richard also served in the United States Army for 13 years, participating in Desert Shield/Storm.

Richard’s has attended Vincennes University, in Vincennes Indiana, majoring in Criminal Justice. He has also attended Crossroads Bible College, Indianapolis, Indiana, and Trinity Bible College, Newburgh, Indiana majoring in pastoral ministry and religious studies. In 2006, he graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. In 2009, Richard graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a Master’s Degree in Leadership

William Wilson, Northern Regional Director, Adult Facilities

Executive Director Wilson is responsible for the Northern Region Facility Operations and the development of the Digital Media Project for the Department.

Executive Director Wilson began his career with the Department as a Correctional Officer in 1991 at the then Maximum Control Complex (MCC).  Bill has served as a Counselor (MCC), Casework Manager (WCC), Unit Manager (WCC), and was Assistant Superintendent at both Westville Correctional Facility and Indiana State Prison. He most recently served as the Superintendent of the Indiana State Prison for the past four  years.

Executive Director Wilson holds an Associate Degree in Mortuary Science from Vincennes University and a Bachelor Degree in General Studies with a minor in Criminal Justice from Indiana University. He has been a Certified Correctional Executive since October 2007 and in 2009 was named IDOC's Superintendent of the Year. Bill and his wife Lynn have been married for 32 years and have two children, Reilly and Krysten.

 

Micheal Osburn, Southern Regional Director, and Inspector General/Public Safety Liaison

Michael J. Osburn serves as the Executive Director of Adult Facilities and Inspector General/Public Safety Liaison for the Indiana Department of Correction. He oversees the adult female facilities and GEO-operated facilities.

Executive Director Osburn began his career with the Department in 1986 as a Correctional Officer at the Plainfield Correctional Facility and has held every custody positions from Officer to Major.  Mr. Osburn also served at the Director of Staff Development and Training at Plainfield Correctional Facility, Assistant Superintendent at Miami Correctional Facility, and Superintendent at Putnamville Correctional Facility. He has also held every position on the IDOC Emergency Squad and was the first Special Emergency Response Team (SERT) Commander.

Mr. Osburn had over 40 years of dedicated military service with both the United States Army and the National Guard before retiring with the rank of Brigadier General and Commander of the 81st Troop Command. Osburn served a tour of duty in Afghanistan as Commander of the Agribusiness Development Team with the Indiana National Guard.

Mr. Osburn earned a Master’s degree in Human Resources and Management from Oakland City University and a Master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College.

Jack Hendrix, Executive Director of Classification

Jack Hendrix serves as the Executive Director of Classification for the Indiana Department of Correction.  In addition to supervising the Agency Classification Division, he also supervises the IDOC Offender Release Division, IDOC Offender Movement and Support Services and IDOC Offender Records Division.

Mr. Hendrix began his career with the Indiana Department of Correction in 1986 as a Correctional Officer at the Putnamville Correctional Facility.  Since that time,  he has served in a variety of positions such as Correctional Counselor, Supervisor of Classification, Program Director, Unit Team Manager and Assistant Superintendent (Offender Programming & Re-Entry Services and Adult Operations). In addition to these positions, Mr. Hendrix has been chosen to serve on a wide variety of Agency level committees in each of his assignment areas.  Mr. Hendrix was selected as a founding board member of the Correctional Professional Assistance Fund of Indiana, where he continues to serve in the capacity of CPAFI Vice Chairman.  Prior to his promotion to his current position, Mr. Hendrix has enjoyed professional experiences at the Putnamville Correctional Facility, Branchville Correctional Facility and Wabash Valley Correctional Facility.

Mr. Hendrix earned multiple degrees in Criminology from Indiana State University, College of Arts and Sciences. Throughout his career, Mr. Hendrix has been an active member of the Indiana Criminal Justice Association, holding numerous committee chair positions and elected offices, including ICJA President and Board Chair. Jack continues to remain very active in a variety of faith-based, professional and civic organizations.