She also serves as president of the Indiana Senate and chairs the Indiana Counter Terrorism and Security Council.
Raised in Ferdinand, Ellspermann is one of six children. After graduation from Forest Park High School, she worked her way through Purdue University as an engineering cooperative education student with General Motors.
She graduated Purdue as an industrial engineer and established a career in engineering and management at Michelin and Frito-Lay. She later earned a master's and doctorate degree in industrial engineering at the University of Louisville and began a consulting practice, Ellspermann and Associates.
She later became the founding director of the University of Southern Indiana's Center for Applied Research and Economic Development.
In 2010, Ellspermann was elected to represent Dubois, Perry, Spencer and Warrick counties in the Indiana House of Representatives. In November 2012, she was elected to serve with Gov. Mike Pence.
Ellspermann is married to Jim Mehling, principal of Forest Park High School. They have a blended family of four daughters, two sons-in-law and two grandsons.
Esther K. Augsburger is a faith-based sculptor of lifelong accomplishment. She earned a Master of Arts degree in sculpture in 1978 from James Madison University and also completed art studies in Switzerland.
Her 1988 piece, "Servant," is on display in Decker Hall, and her work has been recognized in worldwide and can be found in many countries.
The Rev. Arlene Hall, a 1945 AU graduate, has served the church with distinction as a champion of Christian education for children and adults as an author and pastor.
Hall is a prolific author and editor of church curriculum materials, including "Egermeier's Bible Study Book." She earned a Master of Arts degree from Scarritt College and served Park Place Church of God as minister of Christian education for many years.
Dr. Kenneth F. Hall has also served the church as a Christian educator, administrator, author, publisher and editor. He also served as the Warner Press director of church curriculum.