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ACLU of Indiana appoints executive director

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana has selected its new executive director and board members.

The ACLU of Indiana announced Thursday that its board of directors voted Dec. 10 to make Gilbert Homes the executive director. Holmes served as interim executive director for a year after the departure of Claudia Poretti.

Before serving as interim executive director, Holmes held senior executive positions at IndyGo, the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Lincoln National Life Insurance Co., the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and Clarian Health. He received his law degree from Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis and served for 20 years in the U.S. Army before retiring as a lieutenant colonel.

The organization also recently conducted a statewide election for members to its board. Newly elected to the board are: Paul Newman, attorney, Bloomington; Elizabeth Friedland, community volunteer and activist, Indianapolis; and Tomerial Brooks, clinical social worker, Anderson.

Members re-elected to the board are Roberta Schonemann, vice-president of communications for the ACLU of Indiana and co-president of the Greater Lafayette Chapter, West Lafayette; Daryl M. Campbell, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, Indianapolis; Michael Lee Gradison, former executive director of the Indiana Civil Liberties Union, Indianapolis; Robert Hohl, St. Mary's College librarian, South Bend; Richard Busse, attorney, Valparaiso; Norman Pearlman, retired Purdue University professor, West Lafayette; and Fran Quigley, former executive director of the Indiana Civil Liberties Union and visiting professor at Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis.

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