Indiana Democratic Party Staff
Meet the team that fights tirelessly for true Indiana values.
Mike Schmuhl is an organizer, manager, and leader, who has been actively involved in Hoosier politics for the past decade.
During the 2020 electoral cycle, Mike was the national campaign manager of Pete for America, Pete Buttigieg’s groundbreaking presidential campaign and the largest political campaign in Indiana history. The first employee of the campaign, he eventually built and led an organization of nearly 600 team members with over $100 million in resources. Buttigieg became the first LGBTQ presidential candidate to be awarded delegates in American history after winning the Iowa caucuses. Buttigieg now serves as the Secretary of Transportation in the Joe Biden-Kamala Harris Administration.
A native of South Bend, Mike has worked on campaigns for former U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (2010), State Senator Shelli Yoder (2016), and businessman Mel Hall (2018). He served as Buttigieg’s first chief of staff in South Bend after running his campaign for mayor in 2011. Schmuhl was then elected the 2nd Congressional District Democratic chairman from 2011 to 2013, becoming the youngest member of the state central committee at the time with full voting rights.
Previously, Mike was vice president at the Democratic consulting firm 270 Strategies in Chicago, where he advised nonprofits, issue-based causes, and labor unions. Before working in politics, he worked in the newsroom of The Washington Post as a producer and booker for broadcast outlets. He also interned for the late Tim Russert at NBC News’ Meet the Press.
Mike received a BA in History from the University of Notre Dame and a MA in International Affairs from Sciences Po in Paris, France.
Dayna Colbert is the County Chair for the Hamilton County Democratic Party through mid-Februrary, making her one of the youngest and one of a handful of Black women chairs in Indiana. In this volunteer role, she recruits and supports candidates for elected office; engages and trains precinct chairs, committees, and volunteers; develops and executes increasingly robust Get Out The Vote activities; and more. She is also the 5th District Chair for the Indiana Young Democrats.
Dayna also has a decade of experience as a Project Manager, most recently as an Operations Manager at a local market research company. Her main role entailed working with strategic clients or complex accounts to gather and analyze data to gain insights about customer relationships. Dayna also established, implemented, enforced, and adjusted processes and best practices across the company, and managed the Program Managers and Interns.
Prior to becoming County Chair, Dayna was the President of the Hamilton County Young Democrats (HCYD). She was elected the second President of HCYD when the chapter was three months old. Through her leadership, she recruited a robust Executive Committee who have since held roles in the Indiana Democratic Party and on various campaigns, including as campaign managers, volunteer coordinators, and candidates themselves.
She is an alumna of the third class of Hoosier Women Forward, a political and civic leadership program designed to empower Democratic women to become more politically active leaders in their communities.
Dayna has a Master of Science in Information and Communication Sciences and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, both from Ball State University. She currently lives in Fishers with her husband Aaron.
Data and Organizing Director
Megan Huntzinger serves as Data and Organizing Director for the Indiana Democratic Party. After seeing the turmoil caused by the outcome of the 2016 election, she decided to make a career change and step away from working as a Project Manager for a corporate training company. She got her professional political start in 2018 as an Indiana Democratic Party Intern. Megan quickly fell in love with field organizing and worked as a Regional Field Director with the 2018 Indiana Coordinated Campaign, primarily focused on Senator Joe Donnelly’s reelection. Shortly after that, she started organizing with Planned Parenthood Illinois Action throughout the south suburbs of Chicago. In her time with PPIA, she also worked closely on the Illinois 3rd Congressional District 2020 Democratic Primary and several state-level legislative projects centered around expanding and protecting access to reproductive healthcare, including the passage of the Reproductive Health Act. Megan graduated from Indiana University Bloomington with a BA in Telecommunications.
Sam Barloga serves as the Communications Director for the Indiana Democratic Party. A lifelong resident of The Region, he first was involved volunteering for local campaigns and working as a field organizer for John Gregg for Governor in 2016. Since then, Sam served as campaign manager for Chris Chyung for State Representative in 2018 and Michael Griffin for State Senate in 2022. Sam is a graduate of Ball State University.
Daniela Contreras Cuervo
Daniela Contreras Cuervo serves as Fundraising Coordinator for the Indiana Democratic Party. She started her career in politics as Congressional Intern for Congressman André Carson in 2018. She has recently worked as Finance Assistant for the André Carson for Congress Campaign, as well as Finance Director for the Bechtold for Indiana Campaign. Before joining IDP, she was a Legislative Intern for Market Street Group, Inc.
Voter File Administrator
Neil Koglin serves as Voter File Administrator for the Indiana Democratic Party. He got his start in politics as a fellow with Christina Hale for Congress in 2020. Neil has served as an IDP Data intern and fellow before joining the staff at the state party. When not navigating the voter file for IDP, Neil serves in the leadership of the Hamilton County Young Democrats and the Westfield Democrats, his hometown’s Democratic club.
Regional Organizing Director
Remell serves as Regional Organizing Director for District 1. Although she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry, her interest in politics stems from 12 years of dedicated union, community and political activism. Prior to joining the state party, Remell was a steelworker for 15 years. She also was a member and sat on the board of The A. Philip Randolph Institute. She has been a key organizer of “Black Labor Week” which is now nationally recognized amongst Steelworkers across the country for the past 9 years. Remell is currently the Coalition of Black Trade Unionist Region 6 Women’s Committee Chair.
Regional Organizing Director
Chrissie serves as the Regional Organizing Director for Southern Indiana. Born and raised in Monroe County, she first became involved in politics during Barack Obama’s historic run for President in 2008, volunteering to knock doors, register voters, and hand out literature. After college, she began working on more campaigns in Indiana – Congressional, state, and municipal. Today, her love for Southern Indiana still drives her ambitions to help create a better quality of life for all Hoosiers.