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October 13, 2013

Department of Child Services head to keynote Hamilton dinner

The keynote speaker for the Hamilton Center’s Annual Meeting of the Board of Director’s and Hamilton Awards Dinner is to be delivered by Judge Mary Beth Bonaventura, director of the Indiana Department of Child Services.

Appointed by Gov. Mike Pence, Bonaventura 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 Gov. Evan Bayh after having served more than a decade as magistrate in the juvenile court. Since the start of her career, Bonaventura has been recognized for her dedication and outstanding service to children. In 2008, Gov. Mitch Daniels appointed her a member of the Indiana Commission on Disproportionality in Youth Services. In 2009, she was named chairwoman of the Civil Rights of Children Committee for the Indiana State Bar Association and the chief justice appointed her as chairwoman of the Child Welfare Improvement Committee.

A life-long Lake County resident, Bonaventur received her undergraduate degree from Marian University, in Indianapolis, and her juris doctorate from Northern Illinois University.

The Hamilton Center meeting and dinner is open to the public. Individuals and organizations are recognized for their dedication as champions for mental health education, awareness and treatment. This year’s celebration is scheduled for Oct. 22 at Hulman Center.

Reception is at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6, the keynote immediately following.

Reservations can be made via email to, or contact Kay Skinner at 812-231-8317. The cost is $40 per person and $320 for a table of eight.

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