Leadership 2017-06-13T03:02:36+00:00

Carolene Mays-Medley

Executive Director White River State Park Development Commission
Former Vice-Chairman/Commissioner of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, Indiana State Representative,
Newspaper and Magazine Publisher, and Television Talk Show Host

Originally appointed as Executive Director of the White River State Park Development Commission in April 2016 by then Governor Mike Pence (now Vice President of the United States), Carolene was re-appointed in January, 2017 by Governor Eric Holcomb. WRSP is comprised of 250-acres in the heart of downtown Indianapolis, and is America’s only urban cultural State park. Over four (4) million people visit the Park and its Attractions* annually. Carolene plans to continue to build and develop attractions in Downtown Indianapolis.

In February, 2010, Carolene was appointed by Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels as a Commissioner for the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) which regulates the utility industry for the State. She was reappointed, January, 2014 for another four-year term by Governor Michael Pence, who also named her as the Commission’s Vice-Chairman.

Carolene served as Chairperson of Critical Infrastructure Committee for the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), and served on the Washington Action and Water Committees. She is a recognized leader and speaker in cyber and physical security and was named a 2013 Smart Grid Today Top 50 Smart Grid Pioneer. She also was an advocate for diversity and inclusion. She served on the U.S. Department of Energy Natural Gas Infrastructure Modernization Partnership; the New Mexico State University Center for Public Utilities Advisory Council; and the University of Missouri Financial Research Institute Symposium Advisory Board.

Carolene was also a top three finalist for an appointment by President Barack Obama as the Midwest Regional Director of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). She withdrew from consideration upon receiving the appointment by Governor Daniels to the IURC.

Prior, she was Publisher and President of the Indianapolis Recorder Newspaper and the Indiana Minority Business Magazine. Under Carolene’s leadership, the Recorder emerged as one of nation’s largest, most award winning newspapers in the National Newspaper Publishers Association. The Indiana Minority Business Magazine became profitable under her management in the first year.

Carolene was the producer and co-host of the “Recorder On Air Report Television Show” on Central Indiana cable networks, as well as the co-host of a television news segment, “Community Link”, on the Central Indiana’s CBS affiliate.

Carolene’s commitment to service and community led her to run for the Indiana House of Representatives in 2002. She served three terms as State Representative in Indianapolis. Her Legislative committees included Ways and Means; Public Health; and Transportation. She was also Vice-Chairman of the Small Business and Economic Development Committee. She served on committees with the National Black Caucus of State Legislators, National Conference of State Legislators, and Women in Government. Carolene retired from her State Representative position November, 2008 after making an unsuccessful bid for Congress.

Carolene quickly earned leadership roles early in her career. Previously, at Mays Chemical Co., she was Manager of Customer Service and National Accounts; and at Occidental Chemical Co. she held positions in sales and corporate account management throughout the United States.

She is active in the community and focuses on issues effecting business, domestic violence, diversity, education, and sports. With a focus on faith, perseverance and passion, she is a sought out motivational and inspirational speaker, which is her passion.

Carolene serves on numerous boards including the One America Financial Services, Peyton Manning’s PeyBack Foundation, Center for Leadership Development, National Institute of Fitness and Sport, Child Advocates Advisory Board, and is a Lifetime board member of the Indiana Sports Corporation. She also has served on many past boards including the Indianapolis Capital Improvement Board, Indianapolis 500 Festival, Julian Center and the University of Indianapolis.

She was the Chairperson for the NCAA Women’s Final Four games in 2016, 2011and 2005. She was the 2015 NCAA Men’s Final Four Volunteer Chairperson (2,100+ volunteers). Carolene was the 2012 NFL Super Bowl Indianapolis Division Chairperson of Administration which included Finance, Technology, Insurance/Risk Management, Office Operations, and Human Resources where she led the hiring of all personnel for the Super Bowl.

In 2016, Carolene was honored with a Sagamore of the Wabash by Governor Mike Pence which is the highest distinction designated by an Indiana Governor. She has been featured in Indianapolis Monthly Magazine as one of “Indy’s Most Powerful” and has been honored by the Indianapolis Business Journal as one of “Indiana’s Most Influential Women”. IBJ has also listed her as a
“Women to Watch”. Her accomplishments were highlighted twice as the cover and feature story of the Indianapolis Woman Magazine. She has been honored in Ben Davis High School’s Hall of Fame and as an Indiana State University Distinguished Alumni.

On the political front, Carolene received Legislator of the Year awards from United Senior Action, Brain Injury Association, Rehabilitation Hospital of Indianapolis, Indiana Minority Health Coalition, and the Indiana Restaurant, Lodging and Tourism Association. She is a recipient of numerous professional and service awards. Among them she received a 2017 Community Leader and Servant Award from Martin University, was named an Indiana Commission for Women Torchbearer, and was listed by Roll Call, a Washington D.C. publication as a Rising Star in Indiana Politics.

Carolene has a B.S. in Business Management from Indiana State University and is a currently a candidate for a Masters of Jurisprudence from Indiana University McKinney School of Law. She has also been named to the 2017 class of the FBI Citizen’s Academy. She is an active member of Heartland Church, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Indianapolis Chapter of the Links, and Northeasterners. Carolene is married to Fred Medley and has one daughter, Jada and three step-sons, Frederick II, Niles and Chase.

*Among WRSP’s Attractions are the Indianapolis Zoo, the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, the NCAA® Hall of Champions Museum, the state’s largest IMAX® Theater, the Indiana State Museum, the Farm Bureau Insurance Concert Lawn, Indians Baseball at Victory Field, Military Park, the Canal, White River, Segway and Wheel Fun Rentals. It also is home to the NCAA® National Office, National Institute of Fitness and Sport, National Federation of State High Schools and the Congressional Medal of Honor Memorial.