About Sue

Sue is deeply committed to her profession and her community. She was elected to the Carmel City Council in 2012, where she has served as president (2017), vice president (2016) and finance chair for several years. Carmel was named in 2012 and 2017 as the Best Place to Live in America.

Sue has held leadership positions in such organizations as Leadership Indianapolis, the Hamilton County Economic Development Corporation, City of Carmel Economic Development Commission, the Carmel-Clay Kiwanis Club and the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations. She also co-founded the community music festival called Carmel Porchfest, and co-launched LetsTalkCarmel.com.

Sue boasts a diverse professional background that includes more than 20 years of marketing, business management and human resources leadership. She has a master’s in management from Indiana Wesleyan University and a bachelor’s in sports medicine from Central Michigan University. She is also board certified in healthcare management as an ACHE Fellow.

Sue is currently the director of external engagement at Indiana Donor Network, where she has worked since 2014. Indiana Donor Network is a 200-person 501(c)3 nonprofit responsible for facilitating organ, tissue and cornea donation throughout Indiana.

Sue successfully led Indiana Donor Network through a complete rebranding in 2015 while overseeing hospital, coroner, funeral director, volunteer, community, marketing, media and government relationships with a team of 25, and also oversees events for the Indiana Donor Network Foundation.

Sue is the key strategist behind Indiana Donor Network’s award-winning Driven2SaveLives campaign, which has brought the donation message to tens of millions of people throughout the nation. Sue is widely recognized as a thought leader in the donation and transplantation field and actively contributes to solutions to complex national issues in the industry.

Sue has been recognized for her leadership abilities many times, including as a finalist for Indy’s Best and Brightest.

Sue is most proud, however, of her family. Her husband, Joe is a mechanical engineer who owns and operates an energy solutions manufacturing facility. Drew, their son, is a senior at Carmel High School and a three-year starter on the soccer team. They reside together with their dogs, Aubrey and Stetson, in northeast Carmel.


  • 2019 Community Placemaking Award for Monon Boulevard project from Accelerate Indiana Municipalities (AimIndiana.org)
  • Best Place to Raise a Family in the Midwest (Yahoo.com)
  • #1 Best Suburb to Live in America (Niche.com)
  • #1 Best Place to Live in Indiana (Niche.com)
  • #1 Best Place to Raise a Family in Indiana (Niche.com)
  • #1 Place with the Best Public Schools in Indiana (Niche.com)
  • “Safest City” in the state of Indiana (with a population of more than 20,000)(SafeWise)
  • One of the “Safest Cities in America” (SafeWise)
  • Carmel is in the Top 1% of Cities with the Least Credit Card Debt in a recent study from the leading personal finance outlet WalletHub.com
  • #2 Best Place to Live in Indiana (HomeSnacks)
  • #1 Best Place to Live in Indiana (Money Magazine)
  • #1 City with the Most Sustainable Credit-Card Debt (WalletHub Study)
  • #3 The Best Places to Live in America (Realtor.com)
  • #3 Safest City in Indiana (SafeWise)
  • #2 Best Small City in America (WalletHub.com)
  • Best Rooftop Bar in the State of Indiana – Sun King Spirits in Midtown
  • #1 Best Place to Live in America (NICHE)
  • #1 Place to Launch a Career (Money Magazine)
  • #1 City in America in survey of ‘most livable’ for USA Today (24/7 Wall Street)
  • Ranked Top 2% in the Nation for comparative custom home cost, growing home values, affordability, population, educational values and low unemployment and crime rates (GoodCall.com)
  • Best Small City in the U.S. to Raise a Family (SmartAsset)
  • 4th “Best Cities for Families” in the nation (Apartment List)
  • Best Place to Live in America (NICHE)
  • 6th Best Place to Raise a Family in America (NICHE)
  • Best Town to Raise a Family in Indiana (NICHE)
  • #1 Best City for Veterans (Military Times)
  • Bicentennial Green Legacy Community Award (Sustainable Indiana 2016 and the Indiana Bicentennial Commission)
  • Best small city for families in America (NerdWallet)
  • #1 Safest City to Raise a Child (SafeWise)
  • “Indiana Bird Town”
  • City Livability Award for the Center for the Performing Arts (U.S. Conference of Mayors/Waste Management)
  • Community of the Year (Indiana Chamber of Commerce)
  • 8th Safest Small Cities for Retirement (Badcredit.org)
  • City Livability Award for the Carmel Arts & Design District, U. S. Conference of Mayors/Waste Management
  • Best Town to Raise a Family (NICHE)
  • Best Place to Raise a Family (MarketWatch)
  • Best Place to get a Job in Indiana (Zippia)
  • Top 10 Best City for Kids (Livability.com)
  • 4th Safest Suburb in America (SafeWise)
  • #1 Safest Suburb in America (Movoto)
  • #1 Best Small City in America (Nerdwallet)
  • 9th fastest-growing place in America for high-tech jobs (Forbes)
  • #1 Best Places to Live in America (Money Magazine)
  • 2012 - IACT Green Community Award
  • 2012 - Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces in the Government Industry Carmel and Commonwealth of Kentucky tie for No. 1 spot (Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption)
  • City and American Structure Point received Transportation Achievement Award for Facilities (Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE))