Interim Director Melissa Rekeweg

Melissa Rekeweg grew up on a family livestock and grain farm in Carroll County, Indiana. She was heavily involved in Indiana FFA and served as an Indiana FFA State Officer. Once her year of service was over, she attended Purdue University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Education.

After college, Melissa taught agriculture at the middle and high school level where she was recognized as an outstanding teacher in the local school system and awarded as a Local Program of Success. She left the classroom to serve as the Indiana FFA Executive Director, at the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) from 1998-2000. Prior to joining the Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA), she also served as Vice President of Deposit Operations at Crossroads Bank, State Director of Secondary Career and Technical Education at IDOE, and at the AgrIInstitute, Indiana’s premier adult agricultural leadership development program.

In 2014, Melissa was appointed by then-Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann to serve as ISDA’s Deputy Director. Over the past 3 years, she has been a strong advocate for Indiana agriculture and critical to carrying out the department’s mission. Along with assisting the Director in managing ISDA’s programs, initiatives and staff, she has worked with numerous organizations and state agencies, and represented ISDA on several committees to address a wide range of issues impacting the industry. Her work has not only taken the department to the next level, but also Indiana’s agricultural industry as a whole.   

Melissa continues to be an advocate for agriculture education and was awarded the Indiana Honorary State FFA Degree and the Indiana FFA Foundation’s Distinguished Service award. She serves on the Purdue University Dean’s Advisory Committee, the Purdue Land Use Team Advisory Committee and chairs the Indiana Land Resources Council. Currently, Melissa resides in Zionsville with her husband, Matt, and their two children.