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James Betley

Executive Director

James Betley serves as the Executive Director for the Indiana Charter School Board.  Prior to joining the ICSB, Mr. Betley served as the Deputy Director of Education Policy for Governor Mike Pence and Technical Advisor to the State Board of Education and as the General Counsel and Director of Policy for the Indiana State Board of Education.  Prior to joining state government, he spent almost six years as an attorney at Ice Miller, LLP in Indianapolis where he focused on tax-exempt and governmental clients including school corporations, colleges and universities, and charter organizers, authorizers, and management companies.  He received his B.A. in English from Northwestern University and his J.D. from the University of Michigan.

Michelle McKeown

General Counsel & Policy Director

Dr. Michelle McKeown serves at the General Counsel for the Indiana Charter School Board. In this role, Dr. McKeown facilitates compliance of the ICSB with all relevant federal, state and local laws and regulations. She advises the ICSB on any new laws and regulations that pertain to charter authorizing and charter schools and plays a lead role in holding ICSB-authorized schools accountable for their performance. Prior to joining the ICSB, Dr. McKeown served as the General Counsel to the Indiana State Board of Education and the Director of Legal Affairs for the Indiana Department of Education.  She is the author of a number of publications discussing education policy issues including school governance litigation, Title IX and pregnant students, constitutional litigation, teachers' rights, the Equal Access Act, and restraint and seclusion. In addition, she has been an invited speaker at both local and national conferences on various education law issues, including civil rights for teachers and students as well as emerging legal issues in special education. She received her B.A. from DePauw University and her J.D. from Indiana University-Bloomington. After practicing law in Kentucky, where her firm represented the local school board, she returned to IU to earn her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.

Bridgett Abston

Director of Accountability & Applications

Bridgett Abston serves as the Director of Accountability and Applications for the Indiana Charter School Board.  Prior to joining the ICSB, Mrs. Abston served as the Assessment Program Manager with the Indiana Department of Education.   Preceding her service to state government, she spent seventeen years at MSD Lawrence Township in Indianapolis. While at MSD Lawrence, seven of those years were as the Data and Assessment Coordinator for the district.  As the coordinator, Mrs. Abston worked with corporation and school administration, teachers and committees with data analysis, assessment implementation and SIS integration.  She also served as the Corporation Test Coordinator.  Mrs. Abston also worked at Butler University in the Center for Academic Technology and MSD Washington Township as the Student Management System Specialist.  She received her B.S. from Butler University and is pursuing her M.S. in Management and Leadership.

Amy Osborne

Assistant Director of Applications & External Relations

Amy Osborne serves as the Assistant Director of Applications and External Relations for the Indiana Charter School Board.  Prior to joining the ICSB, Mrs. Osborne worked as the Deputy Communications Director for Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson and as the Teacher Incentive Fund director and policy analyst at the Indiana Department of Education.  During her time at the IDOE, Mrs. Osborne acted as the project manager for several grant programs and worked directly with school administrators and teachers to implement teacher quality initiatives. Mrs. Osborne has also worked as a legal analyst for the Indiana Public Access Counselor’s office.  Amy received her B.A. in Political Science from Franklin College and is currently pursuing her J.D. at Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis.