Staff & Board

Bill Walters

Executive Director

As a lifelong resident of East Central Indiana, William (Bill) Walters and his wife Alesia have raised 5 boys currently ranging in age from 26 to 37. Bill has an extensive history of volunteer work serving on two School Building Corporation Boards. Bill’s most cherished positions have included coaching both elementary and middle school basketball and baseball teams and serving as the President of the School Athletic Boosters. In addition to his volunteer work with the school system, Bill has served two terms on the Daleville Town Council. In his hometown of Daleville, Bill gained extensive experience in public administration by overseeing and managing the operations of the municipal Street and Garage Departments. After serving for four years as the Vice President of the ECI Regional Planning District, in 2016 Bill was unanimously selected by his peers to assume the Directorship of the organization. Through participating in the annual ECI lobbying trips to Washington DC, to leading numerous community visioning sessions, Bill has been able to identify and work towards addressing many areas of concern in East Central Indiana. Bill holds certifications as an Indiana Certified Grant Administrator and INDOT ERC Certificate, 2013 Graduate of Ball State University’s Indiana Economic Development Course, IEDC member with completion of Business Retention and Expansion as well as Workforce Development Strategies. As Director of the Planning District, Bill now focuses daily on improving the quality of life for all communities in the ECI Region.

Brad Bookout

Project Manager

As Senior Project Manager for the ECI Regional Planning District, Brad is dedicated to managing and assisting with a multitude of projects in the regional area. Brad has significant experience with private and municipal project development, new construction, repurposing properties, brownfield cleanups, conducting competitive procurements, new business expansion and attraction, developing municipal amenities, contract compliance as well as grant writing and reporting. From 1994 to 2009, Brad co-owned and operated a private land development and homebuilding business in East Central Indiana. Having constructed well over four-hundred homes and having developed over three-hundred homesites, Brad was Certified in 2003 by the National Association of Homebuilders as a Master Homebuilder. Elected twice to the Delaware County Council, Brad served two years as President of the body prior to running as a candidate for US Congress in 2012. As a private consultant, Brad currently serves at the pleasure of the Delaware County Commissioners as Director of the Delaware County Redevelopment Commission and acting County Director of Economic Development and Redevelopment. Brad’s extensive knowledge of special financing and grant writing has helped him to secure over $65 million in grants and special funding for both public and private projects.

Michelle Badders

Administrative Assistant

As the Administrative Assistant at ECI Regional Planning District, Michelle stands out as an indispensable asset to our team. Beyond her professional role, she is a devoted wife to her husband, Kevin, and together they are proud parents to four boys. Michelle is an alumna of Wes-Del High School, sharing this alma mater pride with her husband. Raised on a family farm, Michelle’s roots in agriculture run deep, fueling her lifelong passion for farming and raising animals. Her early years were marked by active participation in 4-H, where she showcased her equestrian skills in Delaware County until the age of 18. Actively involved in Muncie’s Altrusa group, she dedicates her time to making a positive impact on the local community. Beyond her professional and community commitments, Michelle cherishes her downtime with family, prioritizing an annual family retreat to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. We feel fortunate to have her as a valued member of the ECI Regional Planning District team.

2024 Executive Committee

  • President:  James King

  • Vice President: Randy Dunnuck

  • Secretary: Ron Stewart

  • Treasurer:  Brian McGalliard

  • Blackford County:  Vacant

  • Delaware County:  Vacant

  • Delaware County:  Rick Glaub

  • Grant County:  Vacant

  • Grant County:  Vacant

  • Vacant (Governor’s Appointment) Ex-officio:  Vacant

2024 Board of Directors

Blackford County Appointed by
Vacant County Commissioners
Vacant County Commissioners
Vacant County Commissioners
Vacant Mayor of Hartford City
Vacant Mayor of Montpelier
Delaware County Appointed by
James King County Commissioners
Jessica Piper County Commissioners
Kylene Swackhamer County Commissioners
Tom Borchers County Surveyor or Appointee
Dan Ridenour Mayor of Muncie
Vacant Mayor of Muncie
Rick Glaub Town of Yorktown
Randy Dunnuck Town of Albany
Steven Brogan Town of Daleville
Meghan Deckman Town of Eaton
Brett Ellison Town of Gaston
Jensen Glaze Town of Selma
Grant County Appointed by
Justin Saathoff County Commissioners
Ron Stewart County Commissioners
Lois Jones County Surveyor or Appointee
Ronald D. Morrell Jr. Mayor of Marion
Bill Rock Mayor of Gas City
Jonathan Perez Town of Upland
Vacant Town of Fairmount
Bobby Goins Mayor of Jonesboro
Vacant Town of Swayzee
Steve Kelley Town of Sweetser
Jay County Appointed by
Brian McGalliard County Commissioners
Vacant County Commissioners
Vacant Mayor of Portland
Pamela Robbins Mayor of Dunkirk
Brenda Beaty Town of Redkey
Branda Manns Town of Pennville
Vacant Town of Bryant
Governor of the State of Indiana Appointed by
Vacant Governor of Indiana