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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - More on: Judge Bonaventura named as the new Department of Child Services (DCS) director

Here is Gov. Pence's statement:

Indianapolis, IN - Governor Mike Pence today named Mary Beth Bonaventura as the head of the Department of Child Services.

Bonaventura will join Pence's administration as Director of the Department of Child Services. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, most recently serving as Senior Judge of the Lake Superior Court, Juvenile Division--one of the toughest juvenile court systems in the state. Bonaventura was appointed Senior Judge in 1993 by then-Governor Evan Bayh after having served more than a decade as Magistrate in the Juvenile Court.

Since the start of her career in the Juvenile Court, Judge Bonaventura has been recognized for her dedication and outstanding service to children. In 2008, Governor Mitch Daniels appointed Bonaventura as a member of the Indiana Commission on Disproportionality in Youth Services. In 2009, she was named Chair of the Civil Rights of Children Committee for the Indiana State Bar Association and the Chief Justice appointed Bonaventura as Chair of the Child Welfare Improvement Committee.

"Judge Bonaventura is uniquely qualified to lead the state's Department of Child Services and help to protect Hoosier children from abuse and neglect," said Governor Pence. "She is a strong leader who has an impeccable reputation of integrity and compassion for children."

Bonaventura, a life-long Lake County resident, was born in East Chicago. She received her undergraduate degree from Marian University in Indianapolis and her Juris Doctorate degree from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois.

Statement from Pro Tem David Long
STATEHOUSE (Jan. 30, 2013) – “Judge Bonaventura has a strong record of being a tireless advocate for children in Indiana. Her longstanding career — as a probation officer, deputy prosecutor and magistrate in the juvenile court, where she was appointed by Governor Bayh — is a positive reflection of her lifetime commitment to children, as well as her devotion to raising awareness about juvenile delinquency and its impact on Hoosier families.

“Judge Bonaventura has received countless recognitions for her outstanding service to children throughout her career. Put simply, no one in this state understands the intricacies of child welfare better than Judge Bonaventura, making her the perfect choice to lead DCS.”

Posted by Marcia Oddi on January 30, 2013 02:39 PM
Posted to Indiana Government