Board of Directors
Board of Directors
The Marion County Fair is a not-for-profit corporation owned and operated by the Marion County Agricultural and 4-H Club Fair Association, Inc. This association is lead by the following board of directors.
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.
Dave Carter is a lifelong resident of Indiana. He was born and raised on the Indy’s Westside, where he and Brenda, his wife of 32 years, reside. They met at Ball State and spent a few years in Muncie before settling into their current home. Dave served as Director of Wayne Township 4-H for eleven years and has volunteered with 4-H for over 18 years Including Woodworking Wednesdays and Electricity and Aerospace workshops. He left the 4-H position to return to full time teaching at Ben Davis High School in 2014. Dave currently teaches six sections of Introduction to Construction. Last May, his students provided the manpower to produce the 30 new benches the fair used as seating under the park stage tent and at other locations around the grounds. He had been a regular substitute teacher in the Area 31 Career Center at Ben Davis for the previous eleven years. He was a member of the Marion County 4-H Advisory Board and the Marion County Extension Board. Dave is the current President of Ben Davis Lions Club and Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Lions 25F, Camp Woodsmoke, near Greensburg. Lions recognized him as a Melvin Jones Fellow in 2014. He is a member and plays in the praise band at Church of the Master. He is a fill-in Bass player whenever the Ben Davis Choirs call, having begun as the regular bassist when his daughter, Allison, was a member. He was a band parent and in attendance when son, Matthew, marched at Tournament of Roses. Dave’s favorite avocation is officiating football. He manages to get in about 50 games a year, from youth and flag leagues to semi-pros. He has worked the last 14 IHSAA tournaments. With all these activities there is still a little time to do some grill cooking, gardening or walking the three Jack Russell terriers that complete the family.
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 is also in charge of both the 4-H and Open Class Poultry exhibits and is the Poultry Superintendent for Marion County.
Beth Carver currently manages the Beech Grove, Indiana PNC Branch, having joined PNC through the National City integration. Her 15 years of combined experience include time spent as a teller, assistant branch manager and now manager for the past eleven years. Married, with two grown children and two grandchildren, Beth enjoys family time activities, swimming, antiques, scrapbooking and is an avid postcard collector. Her volunteer history includes serving as Garfield Christian Church Youth Librarian, two years as activities coordinator for Beech Grove Relay for Life, two years as Treasurer for Fountain Square Merchants Association, three years as Treasurer for NESCO, where she also served as a committee chair person to return Feast of Lanterns to the Indianapolis Eastside in 2003 and she currently serves as Vice President of the Beech Grove Friends of the Library Board.
Ron Phillips is married to Gloria and has two sons, Ben and Drew, and a daughter, Emily. He retired from Western-Southern Financial after 35 years of service with them. He is an active member of Old Bethel UMC, involved in Warren Township Schools, a Founder of Dads of Warren Central, and is instrumental in other areas regarding fathers. He was the recipient of the Mayor’s Volunteer Partnership Award in 1999.
Lydia Armstrong is the President of Gluten Free Creations, Inc., a home-based vendor business, producing gluten free baked goods and snacks. Over the last 20 years she has worked in development managing fundraising campaigns, writing successful grants, teaching grant writing workshops and planning events for Purdue Extension-Marion County, Indianapolis Opera and other partnering non profits. She was a member of the EAT (Elders at the Table) Coalition from 2012-2014. She currently resides in Speedway, IN with her husband Richard and two children, Kathleen and Michael.
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.
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.
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 39 years to wife Wanda and is the father of three daughters and one son. He is grandfather to seven grandsons and three granddaughters. Joe has lived in Decatur Township most of his life. He raised and showed Southdown sheep in 4-H as a child. Joe has been employed at IUPUI for the past 32 years. He has been a 4-H leader for 27 years. Prior to being a Board member he served as the Marion County Fair’s Sheep Superintendent for 22 years. He has been the Breed Manager for Southdown at the Indiana State Fair for the past 16 years. Joe has been a member of the Decatur Central Lions Club (Past President) for twelve years and a member of the Marion County Extension (Past President) for eleven years.
Clifford “Cookie” Kight is a lifelong Franklin Township resident. He graduated from Franklin Central High School in 1975. He has a large close-knit family who all still get together once a week for a big family dinner. He is a proud father and grandfather. Shortly after graduating high school, Cookie opened Cookie’s Body Shop in Acton in April of 1976. It is a family owned and operated business. Cookie is also a Franklin Township Civic League quad representative as well as a Mason at Pleasant Lodge 134. For the past seven years, he has been one of several people who have helped put on an annual community Memorial Day Parade that ends at Acton Cemetery for the Memorial Day Service. He takes great pride in his community and loves what he does. Cookie also has a love for old cars from the 1915 Ford Model-T to 1959 Chevys. In his spare time, he enjoys restoring old cars, as well as antiques.
Rebekah Lewis is an Indianapolis native and longtime Eastsider. Her involvement in the Marion County Fair started in the early 90’s when she volunteered as a consultant for the Fair Queen Contest. Rebekah grew up in the Southeastway Park neighborhood and graduated from Warren Central High School. Her husband, Mark Lewis, and daughters, Whittley and Molly, are also Warren Central grads. Her daughters were both 4H’ers and exhibited at the fair as kids. She and her husband, Mark, have owned and operated Lewis Jewelers in Warren Township for nearly 30 years. In 2004, Mrs. Lewis organized the Festival of the Eastside Gems, showing other local business. Rebekah enjoys visiting the apple orchard In the fall, taking trips to snow ski in the winter, and generally spending time outdoors with her family. Her other hobbies include photography, sewing, attending the Speedrome, theatre, and patronizing local restaurants. She is excited to join the team organizing this year’s Marion County Fair.
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.