April 4, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.

Main Street board chooses Thayer-Fye as new director

By HSJ Online [email protected]

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.[[In-content Ad]]