Executive Director White River State Park Development Commission
Carolene is appointed by Governor Eric Holcomb as Executive Director of White River State Park Development Commission. She is also co-host of Community Link on WISH-TV.
In 2010, Carolene was appointed by Governor Mitch Daniels as a commissioner for the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) which regulates the utility industry. She was reappointed and named vice-chairman, in 2014 by Governor Mike Pence.
While at the IURC, she was elected President of Mid-America Regulatory Conference, and appointed National Chairperson of the Critical Infrastructure Committee for the Association of Utility Regulatory Commissioners. She was named a Top 50 Smart Grid Pioneer in Smart Grid Today for her leadership in cyber and physical security.
Prior, she was president of the Indianapolis Recorder newspaper and Indiana Minority Business Magazine. The Recorder emerged as one of the nation’s most award-winning newspapers in the National Newspaper Publishers Association under her leadership. She also hosted the Recorder On Air Report, an informational television show.
Carolene also served three terms in the Indiana Legislature as a State Representative. She received several “Legislator of the Year” awards and was recognized for her servant leadership by many organizations. Nationally she served on the Black Caucus of State Legislators, Conference of State Legislators, and Women in Government.
Among her many awards, Carolene recently received: CLD’s Madam CJ Walker Outstanding Woman of the Year; Martin University’s Community Leader and Servant Award; Girl Scouts Courage Award; and a Sagamore of the Wabash by Governor Mike Pence.
She has been named one of “Indy’s Most Powerful” and one of “Indiana’s Most Influential Women”. Carolene is an Indiana State University Distinguished Alumni and resides in the Ben Davis High School’s Hall of Fame.
Her current board appointments include: One America Financial Services, Heartland Church, Cyber Leadership Alliance, St. Vincent Hospital Foundation, FBI Citizens Academy, IU Lilly School of Philanthropy Mays Institute, Indiana Sports Corporation, 2021 NBA All-Star Basketball Game, Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series, and 2022 College Football Playoffs, where she’ll co-chair the event execution. She is the elected President of the Indianapolis Chapter of the Links, Inc.
Carolene graduated from Indiana State University in Business Management, and FBI Citizen’s Academy, and is a candidate for “Masters of Jurisprudence” from IU McKinney School of Law. She is an active member in Heartland Church, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Indianapolis Chapter of the Links, and Northeasterners. Carolene is married and has a daughter and three step-sons.
Focused on faith, perseverance and purpose, she has a passion for motivational and inspirational speaking. Since having a level five brain aneurysm rupture in 2016 – and not being expected to live or be functional if she lived – Carolene’s neurosurgeons deem her a medical miracle.