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home : hope-area news : general April 23, 2017

2/17/2017 6:11:00 AM
Main Street board chooses Thayer-Fye as new director
Susan Thayer-Fye
Susan Thayer-Fye
Main Street Mission
Main Street of HOPE is a community organization dedicated to the revitalization of the Hope Town Square through historic preservation and beautification, promoting local businesses while attracting new businesses, creating new housing opportunities and becoming a destination for tourism.

The duties of the executive director include:

  • Prepare, disseminate and maintain timely and accurate agendas, minutes, planning documents, records and other information required by the Board of Directors, government agencies, funding entities, state and national Main Street organizations and contractual agreements.

  • Attend all of the Board meetings and Main Street of HOPE committee meetings.

  • Attend monthly/quarterly state meetings with OCRA.

  • Coordinate and support the activities of each standing committee and ad hoc Main Street of HOPE committees.

  • Manage all administrative aspects of Main Street of HOPE including budget development, purchasing, researching grants, program evaluation and maintenance of an ongoing calendar of meetings and events.

  • Work in cooperation of the Treasurer to have accounting properly executed. As a division of Heritage of Hope, it will be necessary to work with the organization to complete tax reports and filings.

  • File semi-annual reports to Indiana Main Street and ensure that all requirements are met for continuing recertification by Indiana Main Street and National Main Street programs.
  • Hope native Susan Thayer-Fye will be the new executive director of Main Street of Hope.

    The board chose Thayer-Fye at its meeting Thursday. The part-time position supervises the not-for profit organization's efforts to improve the area around the Hope Town Square.

    Main Street is a division of Heritage of Hope, as is HSJ Online.

    Thayer-Fye served on the Columbus Board of Public Works and Safety, the Columbus Redevelopment Commission and also was president of Columbus Downtown, Inc. supervising its dissolution in 2013.

    Thayer-Fye ran for County Commissioner last year,losing in the Republican primary to Larry Kleinhenz.

    Thayer-Fye is a 1971 graduate of Hauser Junior/Senior High School and holds a bachelor's degree in accounting with a minor in computer science from Indiana University. She also received a master's degree in business administration from Indiana University.

    Thayer-Fye has been self-employed for 35 years fixing up, selling and renting houses and apartments. Prior to working in real estate, Thayer-Fye worked for Public Service Indiana, currently Duke Energy, as an internal auditor and as a contract manager.

    Later, Thayer-Fye worked as an accountant for Bartholomew County Hospital, now Columbus Regional Hospital.

    She currently serves on the Bartholomew County Sheriff's Department merit board.

    She is public relations officer for the Bartholomew County Landlord Association and is a volunteer with the Yellow Trail Museum in Hope and also the Columbus Area Arts Council.

    She previously was a member of the Human Services Properties Board and was also a member of the Human Services Inc. board of directors for nine years. Thayer-Fye was a 4-H'er and also served as a 4-H leader for 8 years while her children were also in 4-H.

    Thayer-Fye has four grown sons and three grandchildren. She lives at Schaefer Lake in a house that was recently rebuilt following its destruction during the flood of 2008.

    She is a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church, where Fye serves as worship assistant for her church. Fye also spends time supporting various veteran groups in the county.

    Related Links:
    • Main Street of Hope Facebook page



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