As Hamilton Co. Leadership Academy approaches its 25th anniversary, Current is highlighting local leaders who have helped build and sustain the program, which focuses on strengthening our community by developing informed leaders. In June, another class of engaged citizens will join the 600-plus graduates already working to make a difference.
Sue Westermeier, HCLA Class of 2002
Family: Husband Mark and two daughters, Emily and Olivia
Career: A large account manager for Motorola Wireless Communication Systems. Westermeier is employed by ERS Wireless.
Community Involvement: A member of the Carmel Clay Planning Commission for 12 years, she previously served on the Carmel Redevelopment Commission for three years. Westermeier also is a member of Rotary Club of Carmel and volunteers at Merciful Help Food Pantry and Trinity Free Clinic.
Nice to know: For the past 12 years, she has been entertainment coordinator for CarmelFest.
Biggest HCLA takeaways: “Getting such in-depth training on so many different facets of Hamilton County. Meeting and engaging with community leaders.”
Favorite HCLA curriculum activity: “The (panel of local) political leaders (mayors and town manager).”
Most vivid HCLA memory: “Our project: a video showcasing that there is poverty in Hamilton County. Interviewing those struggling folks who barely get by each day and interviewing the nonprofits that provide the much-needed resources to keep our residents fed, clothed, transported and housed.”
How has HCLA changed your perspective on leadership? “It made me much more confident to get out and join boards and commissions.”
What is your vision for the future of Hamilton Co.? “Mass transit and affordable housing become a reality.”
What is one change you would love to see that would improve our community for everyone?
“Same as above.”
Last movie you saw? “Spotlight”
Last book you read? “China Dolls”
Favorite Hamilton Co. restaurant, park, venue, etc.: Monon Community Center
Favorite thing to do in Hamilton Co.: “Walk the Monon with friends.”