Middlebury’s Sen. Carlin Yoder (R) has been appointed as chair of the Child Services Oversight Committee, which aims to improve the status of Hoosier children.
Additional members of the committee include:
- Mary Beth Bonaventura, executive director, Department of Child Services
- Jolene Bracale, program coordinator for student health, Department of Education
- State Sen. John Broden (D-South Bend)
- Hon. Christopher Burnham, Morgan Superior Court 2
- Leslie Dunn, director, Office of Guardian Ad Litem/Court Appointed Special Advocates, Indiana Supreme Court
- Larry Landis, executive director, Indiana Public Defender Council
- State Rep. Kevin Mahan (R-Hartford City)
- Sean McCrindle, vice president of program operations, Bashor Children’s Home
- Suzanne O’Malley, prosecuting attorney council
- State Rep. Gail Riecken (D-Evansville)
The committee plans to convene three times a year. The first meeting was held on May 8.
Background: During the 2014 legislative session, Indiana lawmakers passed Senate Bill 80, which eliminated 30 existing legislative interim study committees including the Child Services Oversight Committee. However based on feedback, it was determined that the committee needed to remain and was reinstated under the Commission on Improving of the Status of Children.
This information was provided by Yoder’s Press Secretary Hillary Cherry. For more information or questions contact Cherry at 317-232-7184 or at Hillary.Cherry@iga.in.gov.