Jessica Love, Executive Director
Jessica joined RIPEA as Executive Director in February 2023. Prior to joining RIPEA, she was employed for more than 12 years by Prosperity Indiana, most recently as Executive Director since March 2018. Prior to Prosperity Indiana, the state association for community economic development, Jessica worked with units of local goverment and the Area Agency on Aging in a multi-county service territory in and around Montgomery, Alabama, for over eight years. In her roles at South Central Alabama Development Commission, she provided planning services and community and economic development project development and management for SCADC members. An Alabama native, Jessica has a journalism degree from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana, and worked for The Selma Times-Journal in Selma, Alabama, upon graduation.

Dianna Casteel, Office Manager
Dianna has worked in industrial sales, purchasing agent as well as administrative assistant in several private companies. Dianna started with RIPEA as a part-time employee in June 1996. She started full time in June 2001.

Donna Feller, Administrative Assistant
Donna has worked in banking for 12 years, been a substitute teacher and worked for many private companies.  Donna started with RIPEA as part-time employee in October 2005.  She started working full-time in July 2010.

Diane Wood, Administrative Assistant
Diane Wood has previously worked in banking and real estate. Diane started with RIPEA as a part-time employee in October 2010. She started working full-time in April 2016

Jim Benge, Insurance Consultant
Jim has over 40 years of experience in the insurance industry. He was hired by the RIPEA Insurance Trustees on October 1, 2019 to provide expert advise on all insurance matters to RIPEA members.

Bill Murphy, Insurance Consultant
Bill was employed for 18 years with the Public Employees Retirement Fund. He was also an employee of the Bank One Investment Management Company for 19 years. While still an employee of Bank One, Bill became Director of RIPEA in 1979 and served in that capacity until February 2023. Following his retirement as Executive Director, Bill is now acting as a consultant for the Insurance Trustees.


Philip L. Conklin, Chapter Coordinator
Mr. Conklin is a former State Budget Director and an Administrator of Ball State University. Mr. Conklin is currently serving RIPEA in the capacity of Chapter Coordinator for the State of Indiana.

Joe Loftus, Lobbyist
Mr. Loftus served with the Legislative Services Agency and was Deputy Mayor of the City of Indianapolis. Mr. Loftus is currently the Manager of the Government Practice Unit at Barnes & Thornburg.