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RIPEA Board of Directors

RIPEA's current Board Members represent retired Police & Fire, Legislators, and PERF employees. 

Board of Directors


Ms. Bader worked 20 years for New Albany-Floyd County schools.  During her tenure Ms. Bader served as Bookstore Manager, Purchasing Agent and Systems Operator.  Ms. Bader is Past President of the Clerical and Support Staff at the school and served on the Board of Directors of the New Albany Teachers Credit Union from 1994 to November 2011.

Ms. Bader joined the RIPEA Board in 2010 and resides in Georgetown, IN.

Ms. Breaux has dedicated her career to serving Hoosiers. She has spent over 30 years as an Indianapolis public school teacher, 16 years as a state senator and 8 years as a Marion County auditor. Ms. Breaux also served as President of the Indianapolis Education Association.

Ms. Breaux joined the RIPEA Board in 2020 and resides in Indianapolis, IN.



Mr. Buchanon was a South Bend firefighter from 1973 to 2012 and served as the Fire Chief from 2007 to 2012. Among his numerous honors, he was voted the Indiana Fire Inspector of the Year in 2016 and Indiana Fire Chief of the Year in 2011.

Since his retirement from the South Bend Fire Department in 2012, Mr. Buchanon has earned a degree in Network Systems Administration. He is currently Chief Safety and Training Officer for South Bend Transportation Corporation (Transpo).

Mr. Buchanon joined the RIPEA Board in 2020 and resides in South Bend, IN.

Dr. Dillon was Assistant Professor of Chemistry at several Academic Institutions including St. Mary's College at Notre Dame. He became an employee of the City of South Bend in 1985; and during his employment with the City, he served as Director of Environmental Services. Dr. Dillon serves on several Boards and Commissions in South Bend.

Dr. Dillon joined the RIPEA Board in 2012 and resides in South Bend, IN.



Ms. Duncan received her B.S from Ball State and her M.S. from Purdue. She taught in Gary for three years. She also worked for Xerox Corporation and Gray & Gray Specialties. Ms. Duncan served on the Greensburg City Council for three years and as a Member of the Indiana House of Representatives for 16 years. She is active in various community organizations and her church.

Ms. Duncan joined the RIPEA Board in 2015 and resides in Greensburg, IN.

Mr. Gulley completed the School of Staff & Command at Northwestern University.  He served in law enforcement for the Griffith Police Department for over 33 years. He also served as a Griffith councilman for 16 years. He was on the Indiana State Fraternal Order of Police board for three years and remains active in his church.

Mr. Gulley joined the RIPEA Board in 2024 and resides in Dyer, IN.



Ms. Handshoe enlisted in Marine Corp in 1979 and worked her way up to Chief Warrant Officer 4. She was the first female to graduate from Combat Water Survival School. She was elected Mayor of Kendallville in 2003 and still serves in that capacity.

Ms. Handshoe joined the RIPEA Board in 2021 and resides in Kendallville, IN.


Dr. Hartzer received his B.A. from Indiana University and his Ph.D. in Political Science from Miami University. He held numerous leadership positions in city and state government, including Chief of Staff for the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE), Executive Director of the Public Employees Retirement Fund (PERF), Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, Policy Director for Governor Frank O’Bannon and Deputy Mayor of South Bend, IN.

Dr. Hartzer first joined the RIPEA Board in June 2006 and served through 2012. He was re-elected to the Board in March 2017 and resides in Indianapolis, IN.



Mr. Hineline has been involved with computers and the application of technology to solve business challenges in one form or another for over 45 years. He recently retired as the Chief Information and Technology Officer for the Indiana Public Retirement System (INPRS). Mr. Hineline’s previous positions include technology leadership roles at One America Financial Partners, serving as the Chief Information Officer for the City of Indianapolis, as well as with Anthem Alliance Health Insurance Company. He also has prior experience with Macmillan Publishing, a division of Simon and Schuster, Citibank, and Purdue University. Mr. Hineline attended Purdue University and Indiana Wesleyan University. 

Mr. Hineline joined the RIPEA Board in 2023 and resides in Noblesville, IN.


Dr. Jackman, a graduate of Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine, served in the Indiana State Senate from 1996 to 2008 when he chose not to run for re-election.

For over 40 years, Dr. Jackman owned and operated the Jackman Animal Clinic in Milroy, Indiana, now owned by his son. Dr. Jackman also received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Purdue School of Veterinary Science and Medicine in 2002. He retired from his veterinary practice in 2019. 

Dr. Jackman joined the RIPEA Board in 2022 and resides in Milroy, IN.



Mr. Kimery had a distinguished Military Career as well as 21 years of Public Service with the State of Indiana. Mr. Kimery was an officer in the U.S. Army for 22 years that included Tours in Germany, Vietnam and Belgium. His last assignment was at the U.S. Army Finance Center at Fort Harrison in Indianapolis. Mr. Kimery began his employment with the state in 1989 and served in executive positions with the Department of Workforce Development and Public Employees Retirement Fund. 

Mr. Kimery joined the RIPEA Board in 2011 and resides in Indianapolis, IN.

Ms. Miller served in the Legislature for 34 years - one year in the House and 33 years in the Senate. Ms. Miller was Assistant President at Pro Tempore and was a Registered Nurse.

Ms. Miller has been on several Committees, such as Appropriations, Family and Children Services, Health and Provider Services, CHR. She has been involved in community and association activities with MSD of Warren Township School Board, World Methodist Council Executive Committee, and Methodist Hospital School of Nursing.

Ms. Miller joined the RIPEA Board in 2016 and resides in Indianapolis, IN.




Ms. Montgomery was employed 44 years with the Public Employees Retirement Fund.  She served as a retirement counselor in PERF for the majority of her public service. Ms. Montgomery received the Public Service Achievement Award from Governor Bayh in 1994 and Governor O'Bannon in 1999. 

Ms. Montgomery joined the RIPEA Board in 2010 and resides in Indianapolis, IN.