Statement issued Wednesday by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce:
Joe Dorko, president and CEO of Lutheran Health Network, of Fort Wayne, has been named to the Indiana Chamber of Commerce board of directors, effective immediately.
Representing Allen County, Dorko is among the more than 180 Indiana Chamber board members who are presidents, CEOs and high-level executives from companies throughout the state.
The Indiana Chamber is dedicated to providing member companies with numerous cost-saving benefits and timely information that will enable them to grow their businesses. The Chamber represents nearly 5,000 companies that employ 800,000 Hoosier workers.
The Indiana Chamber's board of directors plays a vital role in developing all aspects of the organization's business advocacy efforts. Members serve on various committees that research key topics and define policy positions for adoption by the entire board each fall. These positions are used by the Indiana Chamber's advocacy team to initiate and evaluate legislation at the Statehouse and in Congress.
Dorko has over 30 years of experience in the health care industry, beginning with his career as a pharmacist. Previously, he has served as CEO of a hospital out of state and was chief operating officer for Lutheran Hospital for eight years before attaining his current post. He has served with organizations such as the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art and the Little River Wetlands Project.
"Joe is a proven leader in the health care industry and the community. I welcome him to his newest role as an Indiana Chamber board member and thank him for his dedication to promoting economic and job growth in Indiana," offers Indiana Chamber President Kevin Brinegar.
Dorko will serve a three-year term as an Indiana Chamber board member through 2014.
The Indiana Chamber board of directors also welcomed a new leader. Mike Wells, president of Carmel-based REI Real Estate Services, will lead the board through 2012. A board member since 2000, Wells has served on a number of policy committees throughout his tenure. He was named an Indiana Chamber Volunteer of the Year in 2006 and was the organization's 2010 Business Leader of the Year.
"Mike Wells has a long and very impressive list of public service to various organizations statewide and in Central Indiana," notes Brinegar. "He has tremendous political and public policy instincts and we've been benefitting from those skills through his service on our executive committee. I look forward to working with him in an even greater capacity during the next year."
Wells' chairmanship duties for the Indiana Chamber extend through the organization's next fall board of directors meeting on November 1, 2012.