Counselors

CounselorBio
Spencer Williams
Years with HBS: 13
Spencer is from Clinton, IN. He graduated from Indiana State University with a bachelor's degree in biology. He has been dedicated to Hoosier boys state for 13 years.
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Years with HBS: 12
Wyatt Vukobratovich currently works as the VP of Brand Development for Indirap Productions in Chicago. This will be his 12th year with the program.
DSC_0175Karl Goodman
Years with HBS: 11
Karl Goodman attended Hoosier Boys State as a delegate in 2006. Karl is from South Vermillion HS and received his Bachelor's in Calculus and Physics at Indiana State University.
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Years with HBS: 11
Geoff attended Hoosier Boys State as a delegate in 2004 and graduated from Andrean High School in Merrillville, Indiana in 2005. He attended Purdue University, earning his BA in History and moved to Massachusetts in 2010 for three years. He then became a licensed educator while living there. Today, he works for the Lake Central School Corporation and as an independent contractor for a foreign exchange student company out of Chicago.
DSC_0351Edward Gibson III
Years with HBS: 10
Edward Gibson III is a graduate of Indiana University in 2011 with a degree in Secondary Education in English, and currently teaches for Logansport Community School Corporation. He's been with the Hoosier Boys State program as a counselor for 10 years after serving as a delegate in 2005.
DSC_0172Luke Shaw
Years with HBS: 6
Luke Shaw was the Sergeant at Arms and County Sheriff when he attended HBS in 2004. He later attended Indiana University and became an IUPD police officer. In 2012, he received Officer of the Year honorable mention for Merrillville police. He now works for Lake Station Police Department and is a school resource officer.
DSC_0856Cameron Nowrouzi
Years with HBS: 5
Cameron Nowrouzi attended HBS in 2011 as a delegate. He is an Indiana University alumni, and an avid runner. His special talents include cooking minute rice in 58 seconds.
Benjamin Coltor
Years with HBS: 5
Ben Colter was a delegate from 2012 and returned the following year as a junior counselor. This will be his fifth year as an HBS counselor. He is a senior at Ball State University with majors in both Business Administration and Human Resource Management.
Connor (35)Connor Ragains
Years with HBS: 5
Connor Ragains was a delegate at Hoosier Boys State in 2012. He is from Tipton, Indiana and is currently a senior English Major at Indiana University Kokomo.
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Ronald Byrley
Years with HBS: 5
Ronald Byrley is a retired car dealer. He is also very active in The American Legion programs being a 6-year post Commander, past District Commander, and post Boys State Chairman.
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Barry Tyler Jr.
Years with HBS: 5
Barry Tyler Jr. is a 2002 graduate of Hammond High School and was elected Governor of Hoosier Boys State in 2001, later attending Boys Nation. Barry graduated from Wabash College in 2006 with a B.A. in speech and political science. After graduation, he returned home began volunteering as an assistant football coach at HHS, a position that he still holds today. Barry serves as the Director of Northwest Indiana for Teach For America where he works with local teachers and schools to provide all students with quality educational opportunities.
DSC_0319Ian Ragains
Years with HBS: 4
Ian Ragains was a delegate to Hoosier Boys State in 2008. He went on to attend Hanover College where he studied Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology. Following college, Ian joined the Bureau of Developmental Disability Services as a group home coordinator in the Indianapolis area.
puerto ricoJacob "Jocko" LaMotte
Years with HBS: 4
Jake "Jocko" LaMotte is a native of Garrett, Indiana. As a delegate of HBS in 2012, he is returning for his 4 year with Hoosier Boys State. After moving to Michigan in 2013, he has spent the past few years pursuing his Bachelors of Music, and currently resides in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
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Years with HBS: 3
Rob Kelley comes from Indiana. Rob is a 15 year U.S. Navy Veteran and is a member of American Legion Post 189. Rob is a full-time factory worker. This will be Rob's 3rd year with Hoosier Boys State.
Thomas Frederick
Years with HBS: 3
Thomas Frederick worked 39 years in the electric motor repair industry. Own my own electric motor repair shop in Angola, In for 27 years. Served in US Army Artillery Fire Direction Control for 3 years, March1975- March 1978. Married for 36 years to Angela and have 4 children and 10 grandchildren. 2 Sons who served their country in US Army in Iraq.
Alex Cox
Years with HBS: 3
Alex is studying English Education at Indiana University Kokomo. He was a delegate in 2012. Alex has two siblings, a brother and a sister. He hopes to teach at the high school level as a career.
Peter Carpenter
Years with HBS: 3
Peter Carpenter will be returning for his second year at HBS. He currently hails from Granger, IN.
DSC_0668Alfonso Pulido
Years with HBS: 3
Alfonso Pulido is a proud, 50-year member of the American Legion from Griffith, Indiana
DSC_0492Ryan McDaniel
Years with HBS: 3
Ryan McDaniel attended HBS in 2013 as the Mayor and Nationalist Party Chairman of the city of Conn. Two years later, he returned as a Counselor. He is currently a student at Wabash College where he studies History with a Minor in Education.
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Years with HBS: 2
Kenneth Hechathorn retired from the US Army in 2013 as an MP Instructor and served as Commander of Post 154 in Nappanee, IN. He also served as 3rd District Commander for 2 terms. Attended IU at South Bend, IN.
Andrew Sturdevant
Years with HBS: 2
Andrew Sturdevant will be experiencing his first year as a counselor at HBS. He currently hails from Indianapolis, IN.
David Jared
Years with HBS: 2
David will be experiencing his second year as a counselor at HBS. He currently hails from Indianapolis, IN.
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Joshua Davidson
Years with HBS: 2
Josh attended Hoosier Boys State as a delegate in 2014 where he won a Frank M. McHale Scholarship. He returned as a counselor in 2015 and will be back for his second year as a counselor in 2017. He graduated Indiana University Southeast in 2017 with a Bachelors in Political Science.
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Jacob Roehm
Years with HBS: 2
Jake is currently a student at Wabash College pursuing a degree in Political Science, he plans to attend law school after Wabash. This is his second year as a counselor at HBS.
Michael Hettinger
Years with HBS: 2
Mike Hettinger is currently a sophomore at Depauw University, where he plays football and is pursuing a double major in Mathematics and Computer Science, with a Spanish major. He hopes to obtain his masters in both math and computer science after college, and hopes to work at Google or the NFL afterwards. Mike attended HBS in 2015, and served as county sheriff and Sergeant at Arms.
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John Spanogle
Years with HBS: 1
John is a retired military officer with over 25 years of experience and a member of the American Legion. John has served multiple combat and operational tours of duty all over the globe and brings a multitude of operational experience he developed while in the US Army Special Forces. He is currently working towards his Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration-Homeland Security Coordination at Walden University. He holds a Master's Degree in Business and Organizational Security Management from Webster University and earned his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Hawaii in Political Science while competing in NCAA Division I athletics earning three letters in basketball.