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Update: Pence Announces Sheets as ISDA Director


Governor Mike Pence today named the heads of Indiana’s Family and Social Services Administration and the State Department of Agriculture. Pence was joined by Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann.

Gina Sheets was named Director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) after most recently serving as Director of Economic Development and International Trade at the ISDA. Prior to joining state government in 2009, Sheets served as Economic Development Director and CEO of the Clinton County Chamber of Commerce, Director of the Frankfort Urban Enterprise Association and Director of the Clinton County Economic Advancement Foundation.  Gina and her husband Travis own a farm in Clinton County where they raise pasture poultry, free range hens, pasture beef, rainbow trout and a variety of produce. Sheets graduated from Stanislaus State University (CA) and the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute.

“During her time at ISDA, Gina Sheets has helped to grow Indiana’s agriculture sector through economic development and has increased the state’s competitiveness around the globe,” said Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann. “We look forward to working closely with her as we continue to grow Indiana’s essential agriculture industry.”

Debra F. Minott will serve as Secretary of the Family and Social Services Administration. Minott, of Carmel, most recently served as Vice President and Associate General Counsel for Hill-Rom, a medical device manufacturer in Batesville. There, she managed healthcare regulatory and employment legal matters. With 30 years of legal experience, Minott has served in a variety of roles including Human Resources Director at CarDon & Associates, Inc., Indiana State Personnel Director, Chief Governance Officer and Corporate Secretary of Guidant Corporation, Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Essex International Inc., and Senior Counsel at Eli Lilly and Company. Minott earned her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Michigan.

Governor Pence said, “Debra Minott has the background, experience in healthcare and compassionate heart to ensure Indiana’s Family and Social Services Administration meets the needs of Indiana’s most vulnerable.”

Source: Governor Pence release