Central Committee


Wayne Parke, Chairman of the VCRP, is a retired executive with Peabody Energy/Black Beauty Coal Company, where he served as Director of Administration and Senior Vice President. Prior to his work with Peabody and Black Beauty Coal Company, Wayne served as President and Owner of Kindill Mining, Inc., was President/CEO of Old Ben Coal Company, and has worked in various other capacities in the coal industry since 1967.

Wayne has long been active in the community as well. He is the Board Chairman of the Southwestern Indiana Red Cross Chapter, past School Board President of the East Gibson School Corporation, and is a member of the Green River Kiwanis Club. Wayne resides on Evansville's East Side with his wife, Ms. Karen Parke. The couple have two grown children, Andrea and Timothy. Click here to email Wayne.  





 Becky Kasha, Vice-Chairwoman of the VCRP.

 Becky comes to the Central committee after a law career that spanned  almost
 25 years. Throughout her career, she was actively involved in efforts to
 make the community a better place to live and work. Her efforts range from
 the Ark Crisis Child Care Center to the Zoo. She currently serves on the
 boards of the Ronald McDonald House, VOICES, Inc., and the YWCA. She  also
 works with local non-profits by coaching start-ups and consulting on start
 board development and fundraising.

 Becky is married Dr Ed Kasha. They have two children--one at Purdue
 University and one at Indiana University.



E. L. “Lon” Walters, Secretary of the VCRP, is President of E.L. Walters Air Conditioning & Heating Inc.  Lon has been in the HVAC/R business for over 36 years and started his own business in 1983. Lon attended University of Evansville, Indiana University - Bloomington, and Ivy Tech, Evansville.

Lon has long been active in the community as well, is a member of the Green River Kiwanis Club and in GOP politics.  Lon resides on Evansville’s East Side with his wife Mrs. Peggy Walters and they are lifelong residents of Evansville.  Members of Saint Benedict Church Parrish.   Click here to e-mail Lon





 Farley Smith, has been added as the Treasurer for the VCRP. Farley was born and raised in Oakland City, IN and graduated from Wood Memorial High School. Farley worked and put himself through the University of Evansville where he   graduated with honors with an Accounting Degree in 1977. Farley has held various accounting, administration, and controller positions in both coal mining and manufacturing. He has owned various food service franchises during the past 19 ears, and currently operates the Great American Cookie Company in Eastland Mall.

Farley and his wife, Debbie, have resided in Evansville for the past 20 years, they have two children: Amy and Nicolous both also live in Evansville. Farley served as both Treasurer and Board Member for Sonlight Ministries located in Haiti for 10 years. He has been active at Crossroads Christian Church the past 20 years as well.  






Mary Jo Kaiser - is the Political Director for the VCRP.Retired Executive Assistant from AMAX Coal Company where she worked for 19 years, she worked for the President/Vice President, Comptroller and HR Manager.  Other places of employment include General Tire & Rubber Company and IBM Corp. .

A lifetime resident of Evansville; graduated from Mater Dei High School and attended the University of Evansville, Member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church where she sings in the choir.    Mother of Rock Kaiser who resides in Greencastle, IN with his wife Mary Beth and children, Emma, Joe and Paige. Click here to e-mail Mary Jo 






 BJ and her husband Steve have been married for 35 years and have 5 grown children and 3 adorable grandchildren.

She started working at Republican Headquarters in 1989 and has worked in various offices including the County Commissioners, County Auditor, and County Clerk and also served as the Election Deputy for Vanderburgh County.  After living in Carmel, Indiana for the past 7 years, she is excited about being back in southern Indiana.  After being retired for over a year and looking for something exciting to do, she decided to once again get involved in local politics. 

She is looking forward to the upcoming election cycle and her duties with the GOP as Election Coordinator.


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