Board of Directors / Fair Staff

Board of Directors

The Marion County Fair & Fairgrounds is a not-for-profit entity owned and operated by the 501(c)3 Marion County Agricultural and 4-H Club Fair Association, Inc.  This association is lead by the following, all-volunteer, board of directors!

Cindy Mowery is a lifelong Franklin Township resident. She graduated from Franklin Central High School in 1976 and later returned to college at Indiana Wesleyan University to earn her MSM and MBA degrees.  Cindy has worked in Marion County government for 30 years and is currently employed as the Republican Director of the Marion County Board of Voters Registration. Cindy enjoys spending time with her family, Buddy –the family golden retriever, and dabbling in politics.

Kaye Elliott is married to Dennis and they have 3 children Christina, Warren and Madison. She has been a life long resident of Marion county. Over the past 20 years she has worked as a Veterinary assistant, Medical assistant and Receptionist. Kaye has been a volunteer for her kids schools, a 4-H leader, a Cub scout leader, Youth Exhibition Poultry Association leader and the Poultry Superintendent for Marion County. In her spare time she likes spending time with family, camping, fishing, photography, gardening and taking care of her pets.

Joe Goins, Sr., has been married since 1972 to wife Wanda and is the father of three daughters and one son.  He is grandfather to 9 grandsons, 5 granddaughters, 1 great grandson and 1 great granddaughter.  Joe has lived in Decatur Township most of his life. He raised and showed Southdown sheep in 4-H as a child.

Joe works at IUPUI and has been employed there since 1979 . He has been a 4-H leader starting in 1985.  Prior to being a Board member he served as the Marion County Fair’s Sheep Superintendent since 1986. Joe has been a member of the Decatur Central Lions Club (Past President) since 1996.

Susie Day is currently the elected Perry Township Trustee in Marion County, and prior to that position she was an elected member of the City-County Council.   She’s also been elected to the Beech Grove City Council and the Perry Township Advisory Board. Susie has two children and three grandchildren.   She belonged to 4-H as a child and has volunteered for the Little League, Booster Club and PTA in Beech Grove. As Trustee she attends countless neighborhood meetings and functions throughout her township and represents the Fair and promotes it throughout the community in a very positive way.

Brenda Stiers-Carter grew up in Rush County, IN but has been a Wayne Township resident for 30 years. She has a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Ball State University, and has worked as a Behavior Specialist serving persons with intellectual challenges for over 30 years. She is currently the Manager of the Behavior Services Department at Sycamore Services. She is a member of the Praise Team at Church of the Master, serves as a member of the Ben Davis Lions Club, is on the advisory board at Lions Camp Woodsmoke and has been a 4-H volunteer for many years. She enjoys reading, gardening and spending time with family. She has 2 grown children, Matthew Carter and Allison (Carter) Alexander.

LaDonna Freeman grew up in Lawrence Township and is currently a Center Township resident. She has four grown children and ten grandchildren. She regularly attends and actively participates in Guiding Light Church Assembly. LaDonna works for the Marion County Board of Voters Registration and is active in the Democrat Party. She enjoys bowling, movies, cooking, and spending time with her family. One of her greatest priorities is helping those in need. She is a firm believer in treating others the way you want to be treated.

Suzanne McVey was born and raised on the south side of Indianapolis.  She is a graduate of Perry Meridian High School and Indiana University. Suzanne has worked and volunteered in the Human Services field for almost 20 years.  Since 2015, Suzanne has volunteered as a CASA for Marion County Child Advocates.  Suzanne also owned a transportation business with her husband, Tim, from 2011 to 2016.  Family, fitness, writing, cooking, traveling and College Football consumes the majority of Suzanne’s leisure time.  She and her husband have been married since 2007, and they have two boys.

Steve Perry, a life-long resident of Indianapolis and surrounding area, has been married to Mary Jo Perry since 1984.  They have two grown sons, Michael and Alex. Steve has 3 grandchildren and one on the way. Steve is employed by Sensory Technologies Inc. and based at IU Health’, downtown campus, working in technical support.  Steve also worked for Community Health Network in Business Dev, for over 25 years, as well as WISH TV, WNDY TV23 and WTTV4. Steve has been a broadcast director of the WWKI We Care Telethon since 1986, a 48 hour live telethon to help the needy. Steve attended Ball State University, majoring in Radio/Television/Motion pictures, with a minor in Marketing, from 1980 -1984. Steve’s free time is spent with family, water sports, boating on the weekends and playing the drums.

Steve was a 4H member in his younger days, showing sheep for 6+ years, at the Marion County Fair.

Mandy Bishop started her career with WFYI as a volunteer- helping with Kids Day in the Park, WFYI Wine Fest, and on-air pledge drives. Through the relationships she made,IRIS was brought to her as an opportunity to do something special with the organization on a part-time basis while she started a family. Bishop went to school at IUPUI for International Studies with a focus on Spanish and French language. Before volunteering for WFYI and joining IRIS, she worked in motor sports management and real estate. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Paramount Schools of Excellence (Mayor-sponsored charter schools on eastside). In addition to her Board duties, she helps organize the school’s annual TURN Festival. Bishop also is a World Cinema Film Screener for Indy Film Fest, reviewing their International submissions.

Ben Brown was born in Beech Grove and lived in Perry Township and Beech Grove all of his life. He attended St. Jude Grade School and Roncalli High School and initially went to IUPUI to major in Architecture. While attending IUPUI, he worked part-time at Southside Office Supply, aka Sanders Office Products and after 2 years was offered a full time sales position. He was in outside sales for several years and then became Sales Manager and in 2004 Operations Manager until Sanders OP was sold in 2006 which eventually led to his current employer, Office360. He’s been a member of the Greater Beech Grove Chamber of Commerce and served as past President. He is a member of the Catholic Business Network where he serves on the Board of Directors and has also been a past President. He’s the current Chairperson for the annual fundraiser, Inspirational Insights.

Amy Kendall has been a life-long southside Marion County resident. She graduated from Perry Meridian High School and attended IUPUI in Indianapolis. She and her husband, Kevin, have two daughters – Kaitlyn and Kelsey. She also has two step-children, Lindsey Willey and Ryan Kendall and four grandchildren. Amy has worked in local government (Marion County) for over 32 years and is currently employed by the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office, Child Support Division. In her free time, she enjoys reading and spending time with her family.

Danny Meador has been a life-long Marion County resident. He graduated from Thomas Carr High School and attended the University of Indianapolis. He and his wife, Marcy, have two daughters – Christin Hendrix and Laura Osborne – and four grandchildren. Danny is retired from AT&T and currently owns and operates DBM Consulting LLC. In his free time, he enjoys music, working in the community, and spending time with his family. As he puts it, “I am very blessed with a wonderful wife, two beautiful daughters, two handsome sons-in-law, and four absolutely perfect grandchildren.”

Abdul-Hakim Shabazz is an attorney, award-winning political writer, and commentator. He has been covering and writing about state and local government in Indiana since 2004 and, before that, in Illinois—for nearly 25 years. He is with the law firm of Lewis and Wilkins in Downtown Indianapolis. He hosts the “Abdul at Large” talk show on WIBC-FM 93.1 and writes opinion pieces for various news publications across the state. He’s a frequent panelist and contributor to Fox 59’s IN Focus, WISH-TV 8, and “Inside Indiana Business.”

Michael Hayward is a 24 year veteran of Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services where he currently serves as the Chief of Operations. A graduate of Franklin Central High School, Mike earned his BSA and MBA while working as a paramedic supervisor. In addition to strategic planning for IEMS, Mike takes an active leadership role in the medical coverage for many of the high profile events throughout the city. In his time off, Mike is an avid Cincinnati Reds and Vegas Golden Knights fan.

Fair Staff

In addition to the board members listed above, our fair wouldn’t be possible without the caring staff and volunteers who fill the following roles!

Office Co-Manager

Wanda Goins

Public Information Officer

Paul Année