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.

John Gardner is a native Hoosier and a resident of Lawrence Township for 36 years. During that time, John has worked at Eli Lilly and Company as a Research Scientist and engineer in pharmaceutical synthesis, and more recently at Elanco in animal health research. John and his wife Donna have been active members of St. Louis de Montfort Catholic Church for 30 years and they have two daughters, Pamela and Melanie. They have been involved with the Marion County Fair since 2005. John’s volunteer work has included coaching his daughters’ basketball and soccer teams, teaching confirmation classes at the church, working at the Lord’s Pantry, a mission trip to Brazil, serving on the Chemistry Advisory Board of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, support for the Orangutan Conservancy through the Indianapolis Zoo and support for daughter Melanie’s effort to save and retrain ex-racehorses in order to give them a new life.

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.

Don Glowinski is married to Cheryl DeVol/Glowinski and they have 5 children, Anna, Donnie, Sam, Ben and Maggie. Occupation: Owner OF DP Mechanical Services, LLC., a family owned mechanical contracting business. He graduated from Southport High School 1979, is a Member of Holy Name Catholic Church, the Indianapolis Zoo, the Indianapolis Children’s Museum, and the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

Don Brunson has been a lifelong resident of Franklin Township and is a retired Indianapolis Firefighter, retiring after 33 ½ years of service. He served in positions as Chief of Operations, Captain in Fire Suppression, Arson, Dive Team and Rope Rescue, and he has been a key volunteer in the Security and Safety phases of the fair the past two years. Don is married with two sons and four grandchildren. His volunteer activities include serving on his Parish Council, serving on and leading the Building and Grounds Committee for his church and Mission trips to Ecuador. He has been active with the scouting program and served as leader when his sons were scouts. His pride and joy – a 1950 Ford F-1 pickup truck, is one of his hobbies. He attends the fair each year bringing children and grandchildren, and has fond memories of riding his bike to the fair as a child from his home in Beech Grove. In those days there were bike racks at the fairgrounds for riders to secure their transportation, too.

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.

Beth Carver

Beth Carver currently manages the PNC Bank Branch in Beech Grove, Indiana.   Her 23 years of combined experience include time spent as a Teller, Assistant branch Manager and for the last 19 years as a Manager.

Beth is married to Jimmie and they have two grown children and six grandchildren, Beth enjoys family time activities, swimming, camping, antiquing and scrapbooking.

Growing up Beth was involved in the Shelby County 4-H club, she also has very special memories of attending the 4-H club events here, at the Marion County Fair where family friends showed their Goats and Chickens.

Beth began her volunteer history when her children were in school with being a Daisy leader for Girl Scouts. She was a member of the PTA serving as treasurer at IPS school #65 for two years.  Beth had served as youth librarian for Garfield Christian Church for one year. She served two years as activities coordinator for Beech Grove Relay for Life, two years as Treasurer for Fountain Square Merchants Association. Beth served three years as Treasurer for NESCO, where as a committee chair person she assisted in returning The Feast of Lanterns to the Indianapolis Eastside in 2003.  Beth served as Vice President of the Beech Grove Friends of the Library Board for one year and volunteered for several years for the annual Olive Branch Christian Church Thanksgiving dinner, delivering meals to families in need. Beth currently, along with her co-workers, have volunteered for the last two years at the Midwest Food Bank. For the last six years Beth has volunteered through the Grow up Great Program with PNC Bank.  In 2015 Beth and her branch team volunteered 100 hours at the Beech Grove Public Library, earning $3000 for the library through the Grow up Great Program.  Beth has served 8 years for the Marion County Fair and during that time she has served two years on the executive board as the Secretary. During Beth’s time with the Marion County Fair she has been responsible for several different events such as the Cheerleading Competition, Queen Pageant and Co-event chair for Baby Contest and Ladies Night.

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.

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.

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.

Maggie Hayes is a recent Indiana transplant from the Buckeye State.  Maggie and her husband Eric have been lifelong agriculturalists and recently opened a horse farm near Muncie, Indiana.  Maggie has participated in 4-H as a youth member, Ohio State Ambassador, collegiate chapter member, adviser, camp counselor and volunteer since the 3rd grade.  Beginning as a 4-H horse and pony member she expanded her interest in the equine industry to include breeding, training and showing American Quarter Horses.  Prior to serving as a Marion County board member, Maggie has worked with various other county fairs in Ohio and Virginia, primarily in fundraising and sponsorship capacities.

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.

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

Bernice Keller

Office Co-Manager

Dixie Agnew

Grounds Superintendent

John Burke

Public Information Officer

Paul Année