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Ind. Gov-elect Pence Names Policy Team; Dan Schmidt Named for Energy, Environment, Transportation and Gaming January 9, 2013

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January 9, 2013

News Release

Carmel, Ind. — Governor-elect Mike Pence today named members of his policy team, which will be led by Senior Policy Director Marilee Springer.

As previously announced, Marilee Springer will join Pence’s team as Senior Policy Director. She currently is a partner at Ice Miller with the firm’s tax group. In that role, Springer represents tax-exempt and governmental entities, with a focus on private foundations and donors, colleges and universities, and health care providers. Springer was an integral part of the campaign policy team as a volunteer.

Ryan Streeter will join the policy team as Senior Economic Policy Director and Deputy Policy Director. Streeter is a Distinguished Fellow for Economic and Fiscal Policy at the Sagamore Institute and has taught as an adjunct professor at Indiana University’s school of public policy. Previously, he was a senior fellow and one of the founding directors at the Legatum Institute in London. He served in the White House as a special assistant for domestic policy to George W. Bush. Streeter, of Indianapolis, holds a Ph.D. from Emory University.

Dan Schmidt will serve as Policy Director for Energy and Environment, Transportation, and Gaming. Serving as a volunteer, Schmidt led the development of the energy, environment, and natural resource policies for the Pence campaign and is a frequent presenter on energy-related issues. For the past seven years, Schmidt has served as a strategic planner and the Director of Energy Development for Schmidt Associates, an architecture/engineering firm, with an emphasis on energy planning and efficiency projects. Prior to this role, Schmidt practiced law in Kokomo, Indiana for six years, managing his own 5-person firm for most of that time. Schmidt, of Carmel, holds a law degree from Indiana University and a graduate business degree from the University of Colorado.

With extensive experience in the criminal justice system, Christina Trexler will serve in the Pence Administration as Public Safety Policy Director. Most recently, Trexler worked at Public Advocates in Community re-Entry (PACE), where she served as deputy director and director of development. Beginning her career in criminal justice in 1999, Trexler worked on numerous cases around the state as a mitigation and sentencing consultant and later expanded her work to include private investigation for local law firms and businesses.

Andrew Kossack will serve as Education and Workforce Policy Director. He is currently the deputy chief of staff for the Indiana Department of Education, where he oversees the human resources and finance divisions of the 250-person agency. Before joining the department, Kossack was Indiana’s public access counselor from 2009-2011. Prior to that appointment, he practiced labor and employment law as an attorney at Barnes & Thornburg LLP in Indianapolis. Kossack, of Zionsville, received his undergraduate degree from Butler University and his law degree from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, where he was an editor of the Indiana Law Review.

Brian Neale joins the policy team as Health Care Policy Directer after having served as Congressman Mike Pence’s Legislative Director and Counsel in Washington, D.C., where he held a policy portfolio consisting primarily of health care, financial services, and judiciary issues.  Prior to joining the Pence office, Neale served an appointment as Advisor to U.S. Small Business Administrator Sandy Baruah.  Neale has previously worked in Colorado as a commercial real estate loan underwriter for BBVA Compass Bank. A native Hoosier, Neale holds degrees from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business and McKinney School of Law.

Adam H. Berry, of Indianapolis, will serve as Regulatory Policy Director in the Pence Administration. Berry’s legal experience includes time in the private and public sectors, having worked for the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office, in a corporate litigation firm, and in state government. He is currently the Associate General Counsel at the Indiana Department of Insurance where he is charged with representing the department in enforcement matters. Berry served in a volunteer capacity on the Pence campaign as the regulatory policy coordinator, helping to develop several policy agenda items. Berry is a graduate of Wabash College and Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.

“Our Administration will remain resolutely focused on developing policies to benefit Hoosiers across the state,” said Gov.-elect Mike Pence. “The depth of knowledge and experience of this policy team will serve as an asset to the great people of Indiana, and we are eager to get to work in the days ahead.”

Source: Office of Governor-Elect Mike Pence

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