Joe DeHaven, IBA president and chief executive officer, joined the Association as president and chief operating officer in 2006, as a result of the merger of the Community Bankers Association of Indiana and the IBA. In 2007 he was promoted to president and CEO. DeHaven previously served CBAI as president and CEO from 1990 through the 2006 merger. He has prior experience as an executive officer of Merchants National Bank of Muncie - now First Merchants Bank. He currently serves as vice chair of the board of trustees of the Graduate School of Banking, Wisconsin; as a board member of the Indiana Statewide Certified Development Corp.; as a member of the New Markets Tax Credit Advisory Board of the Great Lakes Capital Fund for Housing; and as assistant treasurer and board member of the Indiana Legal Foundation. DeHaven has served as chairman of the Council of Community Bankers Associations, as a board member of the Independent Community Bankers of America, on the American Bankers Association Government Relations Administrative Council and as past president of the board of directors of Family Services of Delaware County. He also is a member of the Indiana Society of Association Executives, the American Society of Association Executives, the Governmental Affairs Society of Indiana and the IBA Forty Year Club. DeHaven was named 2010 Association Executive of the Year by the Indiana Society of Association Executives. He earned a bachelor's degree from Ball State University and completed the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin.
Paul Freeman serves as chief administrative officer for the IBA. He joined the staff in 1987 to fill the newly created position of director of member services. Among his accomplishments are the creation of the annual IBA Mega Conference and the 2006 move to current office headquarters, plus the establishment of the IBA Center for Professional Development. Freeman is past chairman of the Indiana Council for Economic Education and past president of the Indiana Society of Association Executives, which honored him as Association Professional of the Year in 2006. He also is a member of the American Society of Association Executives. Prior to joining the IBA, Freeman was employed for four years with Robert Morris Associates (now the Risk Management Association) in Philadelphia, plus had nine years of banking experience with Bank One, Indiana, NA. A certified association executive, he earned bachelor’s and MBA degrees from Butler University and is a graduate of the Institutes for Organizational Management at the University of Delaware.
Amber Van Til joined the IBA in 2002 as the lobbyist for the Community Bankers Association of Indiana and in 2005 was promoted to vice president-government relations. She was promoted to her current position in 2012. Van Til is primarily responsible for all state legislative issues concerning Indiana’s banking industry including, but not limited to; Indiana BANKPAC, the annual silent auction, the IBA Key Contact Banker Committee, maintenance of CapWiz and government relations news distribution. In 2008 she won in the category of Banking & Financial Services for the Best & Brightest awards, sponsored by Junior Achievement of Central Indiana Inc. Van Til is a member of the Governmental Affairs Society of Indiana, the Columbia Club and the Indiana Society of Association Executives. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Indianapolis and a JD from the Indiana University School of Law.
Download vCard Chris Bennett is responsible for the IBA’s largest events, including the Mega Conference, Annual Convention, Legislative Reception and Indiana Economic Outlook Forum. She also serves as secretary to the IBA board of directors and as primary contact for the CEO peer discussion groups and roundtable meetings. Bennett joined the IBA in 1990 as government relations assistant and transferred to the member services area in 1994. Currently she serves on the retention committee for the Indiana chapter of Meeting Professionals International and is a member of the Indiana Society of Association Executives and American Society of Association Executives. Bennett has earned the designation of certified meeting professional from the Convention Industry Council, was honored as Association Professional of the Year in 2011 by the Indiana Society of Association Executives, and in 2005 was named a finalist for the central Indiana Best & Brightest awards. She is a graduate of Indiana University, Bloomington.
Dax Denton joined the IBA’s government relations team as assistant vice president in 2008 and was promoted to his current position in 2012. Previously he managed state relations for the Indiana Statewide Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives, prior to which he was deputy legislative director of the Association of Indiana Counties and legislative intern with BoseTreacy Associates LLC. Denton serves the Governmental Affairs Society of Indiana as a member of the board of governors and chairman of the membership committee. A former co-chair of the government relations committee of the Indiana Society of Association Executives, he has been active with the Indiana Geographic Information Council, Transportation Enhancement Appropriations Committee, Indiana Historic Preservation’s Courthouse Preservation Task Force and the Lead Elimination Plan Advisory Committee of the Indiana Department of Health. Denton was named 2012 Association Professional of the Year by the Indiana Society of Association Executives, and in 2013 he won in the category of Banking & Financial Services for the Best & Brightest awards, sponsored by Junior Achievement of Central Indiana Inc. He is a graduate of Indiana University and also is an Eagle Scout.
Rod Lasley serves as president of the for-profit companies owned by the IBA in addition to his duties as vice president-products & services. He joined the Association in the newly created position of member services representative in 2009 and was named to his current position in 2012. Lasley is responsible for visiting all IBA members to discuss their needs and for maintaining IBA relationships with associate members and Preferred Service Providers. Prior to joining IBA, he was a banker for 18 years, serving the last three years as president and CEO of IBA-member North Salem State Bank. As a member banker, Lasley served on the IBA board of directors and was president of the IBA Future Leadership Division. He is a graduate of DePauw University and of the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin.
Laurie Rees is responsible for planning, designing and implementing IBA’s educational offerings, including schools, seminars, executive-level forums and webinars. She also is responsible for planning and managing the Information Security and Risk Management Conference, Midwest Agricultural Banking School, Agricultural Clinic, Annual Security and Risk Management Conference and the inaugural IBA Leadership Development Program. Rees serves as primary contact for IBA’s Agricultural, Bank Security and IT Security committees. Additionally she is IBA’s liaison for the Graduate School of Banking (GSB) at the University of Wisconsin and a member of the GSB Education Directors Advisory Group. Rees has been active with the Indiana Society of Association Executives (ISAE) and with Meeting Professionals International. In 2009 ISAE honored Rees as Association Professional of the Year.
Laura Wilson is responsible for the Association’s print and electronic communications, plus social media and public relations. She joined the IBA as associate editor and business manager of Hoosier Banker magazine in 1987, after prior experience with local periodicals. Wilson has been active with the International Association of Business Communicators; Bank on Indiana; and the Indiana Society of Association Executives, which named her 2013 Association Professional of the Year. A graduate of Northwestern University, she has served as a volunteer for New World Youth Symphony Orchestras and the Crossroads of America Council of Boy Scouts of America.
Susan Clark joined the IBA in 2004 as registrar, in charge of meeting registration and preparation, and was named to her current position in 2008. Her responsibilities include registration and administrative support of the Mega Conference and Annual Convention, CEO discussion groups and the roundtables, plus administration of the AIB programs. She also assists with several communications duties, including job postings on the IBA website, distribution of IBA E-News and news releases, assisting with IBA surveys and other outreach functions. Clark attended Alma College.
Marlene Wells joined the Community Bankers Association of Indiana in 1997 and was named education coordinator at the time of the CBAI/IBA merger. Wells has more than 35 years of experience in office support and is responsible for assisting the vice president-education & training in promoting and presenting all education programming, including seminars, schools, webinars and teleconferences.
Mitzi Christian joined the IBA in 2010 to assist the education department with administrative and support needs. She previously owned Benjamin’s Coffeehouse Deli & Catering, Franklin, from 1995 to 2006. She subsequently served as a financial adviser with Ameriprise Financial where she held series 7, series 66, life and health, and long-term care licenses. An alumna of Kentucky Christian College and Ball State University, Christian has been active with various community organizations in Johnson and Marion counties.
Tim Fry joined the IBA in 2010. His responsibilities include recording all financial transactions for the IBA and its subsidiaries, plus streamlining accounting operations. He has an extensive accounting background in a variety of industries, including the CPA field, the hospital-based health and fitness industry, benefit brokering and banking; he previously worked in the credit card division for First Chicago. Most recently Fry served as accountant for Flat Top Grill, a Chicago-based restaurant chain. He is a graduate of Elmhurst College and a member of the financial board of trustees of the Catch the Stars Foundation.
Tracy Wainscott joined the IBA in 2000 as receptionist, was promoted into the accounting area in 2007, and was named IT and facilities manager in 2010. She is responsible for overseeing and maintaining IBA’s information systems and facilities maintenance, including the computer network, telephone system, security system and both IBA office locations. Wainscott also is responsible for technological support of the IBA website and staff. Prior to joining IBA, Wainscott served as office manager for a homebuilder in Indianapolis. She earned her associate’s degree in information technology from the University of Phoenix.
Michelle Long joined the IBA in 2008. She serves as receptionist and administrative assistant. Some of her key responsibilities include providing customer service, maintaining the database, updating member contact information and offering administrative support. Prior to joining the IBA, Long managed a retail establishment for more than 10 years, with previous experience in office management and administrative support.
Josh Myers joined the IBA in 2009 to provide administrative support to the government relations team. During the legislative session, he tracks committee meetings, floor sessions, hearings and other events that pertain to the financial services industry. He also is charged with keeping membership informed through distribution of IBA Insighter, action alerts and other legislative notices to IBA bank members. Before joining IBA, Josh served twice as a majority intern in the Indiana State Senate, as a legislative intern for Bose Public Affairs Group and as a field manager with the House Republican Campaign Committee. He is a graduate of Purdue University.