Carolene Mays-Medley

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.


Mr. Wiley is a co-founding Principal of Capital Cities, L.L.C., of Indianapolis, Indiana.  Before joining Capital Cities in 1991, Mr. Wiley spent eight years in and out of Washington, DC, working for several prominent members of the United States Senate.  He maintains many of these relationships today.  In 1996, he served as National Finance Director of the Richard G. Lugar for President Campaign.  Additionally, Mr. Wiley is a founding member and past Chairman of the Board of the Indiana Chapter of ALS, Inc. (“Lou Gehrig’s Disease”).  Mr. Wiley was appointed in 2012 by former Governor Mitch Daniels to serve as Commissioner to the White River State Park Commission.  He was reappointed in 2016 by Governor Mike Pence to an additional four-year term where he serves as treasurer.  Mr. Wiley is responsible for marketing Capital Cities’ services and for coordinating the primary servicing and educational training to Capital Cities’ clients.  He is a member of Capital Cities’ Investment Committee and of the Investment Management Consultants Association. B.A., Criminology, Indiana University.


Tom Wheeler is the Assistant Attorney for Civil Rights at the United States Department of Justice.  Prior to taking on that role, Tom was a partner at Frost Brown Todd LLC.  Tom has been very active in local, state and national political activities and has served in leadership roles in many organizations, including the National School Boards Association, the Federal Bar Association, the Republican National Lawyers Association, the Seventh Circuit Bar Association, and the Federalist Society.  He has also served as an elected member of the Boone County Council, Chairman of the Indiana Recount Commission, and Chairman of the Indiana Election Commission, Tom is also very active in civic and charitable organizations, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Indianapolis based Timmy Global Health.


Isch’s career has spanned over forty years in higher education and intercollegiate athletics.  Most recently, he retired from the National Collegiate Athletics Association where he served in roles as the chief operating officer, interim president and chief financial officer.  Prior to the NCAA, he served three higher education institutions in chief administrative and financial roles.  He is currently consulting in athletics and higher education.  Isch has earned bachelor of science, master of business administration and doctorate of philosophy degrees.  In addition to the White River State Park Commission, Isch has served on over 20 volunteer boards throughout his career.


William Browne, Jr., is the president and founding principal of RATIO Architects. Since establishing RATIO in 1982, Bill has led the firm’s expansion to four studio locations in Indianapolis, Chicago, Raleigh, and Champaign, a growing national body of expertise, and an international presence with work in Korea, China, and Malaysia.

Several of the firm’s most significant projects, including the NCAA Headquarters Expansion and the Indiana State Museum, are located in White River State Park.

Bill is an active member of the Indianapolis community, currently serving as a Commissioner of the White River State Park Commission, Board Chair of the Indiana State Museum Foundation, and President of the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission. Bill is also involved with the Marian University Cycling Advisory Board, the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee, the American Institute of Architects, Indiana Landmarks, and was a member of the 2012 Super Bowl Host Committee.
In 2009, Bill was named a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.