Meet Your Newly Elected and Re-Elected Officials

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November/December 2023

Recognizing and understanding local elected officials is crucial for active civic engagement and a thriving democratic society. These officials shape policies impacting education, public safety and infrastructure. From city councilors to mayors, they make decisions vital to community life. Knowledge of local officials fosters accountability, enabling residents to voice concerns, participate in democracy, and collaborate for neighborhood improvement. In essence, being informed about local elected officials is essential for promoting an empowered citizenry and effective grassroots democratic governance.

The City’s Political Roster

JACOB W. QUINN – Carmel City Clerk

Jacob Quinn has seven years of experience working in Carmel City Hall and another four years at the Indiana Statehouse.

The City Clerk is responsible for managing city records, updating online documents, serving as the clerk for the City Council and Board of Public Works and Safety, recording meetings, serving as a notary, overseeing daily operations of the City Court, balancing daily receipts, and collecting payments for court fines.

Quinn grew up in Central Indiana and is a graduate of Indiana University-Bloomington with a bachelor’s degree in public affairs. Prior to working for the City of Carmel, Quinn was a Senior Legislative Assistant and Intern Director for the Indiana House of Representatives and a Budget Analyst for Education and Economic Development for the State Budget Agency.

Quinn and his wife Sarah have two children and are members of St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church.

BRIAN G. POINDEXTER – Carmel City Court Judge

The Honorable Brian G. Poindexter has served as the judge of Carmel City Court since Jan. 1, 2009. He was previously with the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office and the law firm of Harrison & Moberly. Immediately prior to his appointment, he was the Supervisor of the Major Felony Division of the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office, and a homicide prosecutor. He received his B.S. from Ball State University and his J.D. from McKinney Law School. Judge Poindexter has previously served on the Board of Governors of the Indiana State Bar Association (ISBA).

Judge Poindexter served a two-year term, representing one of 13 districts in the state. Judge Poindexter is also a past Chairman of the Board of Directors of Janus Developmental Services Inc., a past President of the Rotary Club of Carmel, and a past member of the United Way of Central Indiana – Hamilton County Advisory Board. Judge Poindexter is married to Anne Hensley Poindexter, a founding partner of Altman, Poindexter & Wyatt, LLC.

TERESA AYERS – Carmel City Council North Central District

Teresa Ayers currently serves on the City Council and as the Vice-Chairman of the Hamilton County Republican Party. Ayers is also on the Board of the Carmel–Clay Republican Club. Her community involvement sparked her desire to serve on the Carmel City Council.

Ayers graduated from Carmel High School and Virginia Intermont College, where she played soccer and ran track and cross country. Ayers is a lifelong member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Parish and is the daughter of Paul Ayers and the late Cheryl Ayers.

SHANNON MINNAAR – Carmel City Council Northeast District

Shannon Minnaar has been a Carmel resident for 22 years and has made an impact through her work with several Carmel community organizations and initiatives. From serving on the Board of Directors for the Carmel Symphony Orchestra to her leadership positions in her HOA and PTO, Shannon has demonstrated a passion for working hard and getting things done.

Minnaar has a passion for the arts and sits on the Board of Directors for the Carmel Symphony Orchestra, having previously served as Vice Chairman.

Minnaar also serves as a Commissioner for the Carmel Cable and Telecommunications Commission. She’s been a past PTO President for Mohawk Trails Elementary School, Co-Chair of the After School Enrichment program, President of the Brookshire Ladies 18 Hole League, President of the Board for the Cool Creek North HOA, and was the creator of the Carmel United Golf Outing benefiting the CUSC scholarship fund.

Minnaar and her husband David have been married for 30 years and have two adult children, both Carmel Clay Schools graduates.

RYAN LOCKE – Carmel City Council Northwest District

Ryan Locke is a third-generation Carmel resident. Locke and his wife Elise are raising their sons James and Edward in Carmel. As an attorney with experience administering state government for the past eight years, both at the Indiana State Police and the Office of the Indiana Treasurer of State, Locke has had the opportunity to help communities across the state find creative and common-sense ways to serve their residents and solve their challenges, and be able to effectively advocate at the federal, state and local levels.

ANTHONY (TONY) GREEN – Carmel City Council South Central District

After winning a caucus in January 2017, Tony Green was elected in 2019 and again in 2023 to serve on the Carmel City Council.

Green grew up in northwestern Ohio and attended the United States Air Force Academy after graduating from high school. Post academy graduation, Green entered the United States Air Force, graduated from Pilot Training, and spent most of his 11 years on active duty as a pilot. He left the active duty Air Force in 2000 to enter law school, eventually moving his family to Carmel in 2004.

Green currently holds the rank of colonel and is the State Judge Advocate for the Indiana Air Guard. During his service history, Tony received five air medals for combat and combat support missions along with 21 military decorations and awards while serving on eight deployments flying combat and combat support missions.

His last deployment occurred when Tony was activated while in law school. For over a year, he flew 33 combat missions into Afghanistan.

Green is married with three children. Green has been very active in the Carmel community, having been a Carmel Dad’s Club Basketball Commissioner and coach of all his children’s basketball teams in the CDC and CYO leagues at one time or another. Green currently serves as Deputy Executive Director for the Indiana Public Retirement System (INPRS), having previously served as the INPRS’s Chief Legal and Compliance Officer.

ADAM AASEN – Carmel City Council Southeast District

Throughout Adam Aasen’s tenure as the Southeast City Councilor, he is especially proud to have voted to bring Needler’s Fresh Market grocery store to an underserved area in the district. Aasen also introduced a successful ordinance for animals that reflects Carmel’s reputation as a pet-friendly city. Furthermore, he has championed pedestrian safety in his area and helped oversee the installation of two new crosswalks.

In addition to Aasen’s City Council role, he is a CarmelFest committee member and a Carmel Rotary member. Aasen is also a Communication Specialist for a Fortune 500 company. With deep experience in communications, Aasen has been a reporter in Hamilton County and across the country while working at the Statehouse in communications. For over a decade, Aasen was a co-owner of an Italian restaurant in Carmel.

Aasen has served on both the Finance and Land Use committees for the Carmel City Council.

ANITA JOSHI – Carmel City Council West District

Dr. Anita Joshi is a pediatrician, small business owner, and community leader. Joshi has lived in Carmel with her husband for nearly two decades. Here, they raised their two children, now attending college.

Joshi has been an active member of the community for several years. She has served in leadership roles on boards like the Center for Interfaith Cooperation, Women’s Fund of Central Indiana, and the Brebeuf Jesuit Board of Trustees. Joshi is also a proud member of the Hindu Temple of Central Indiana.

MATTHEW J. SNYDER – Carmel City Council At-Large

Matt Snyder has lived in Carmel for nearly his entire life, graduating from Carmel High School and returning to the area after college to start a family.

He was first elected to the Carmel Clay Township Board in 2010 when he was only 27 years old. He’s now serving his fourth term in office and recently shepherded $60 million in new investment in parks, public safety and infrastructure through the Clay Township Impact Program.

Besides his many years of service on the Clay Township Board, Snyder works as an engineering consultant and has intimate knowledge of how to build a city properly. He has also served as President of the Board for Janus Developmental Services, a nonprofit that helps those with disabilities in Hamilton County, and as a past president of the Carmel Clay GOP Club.

Snyder lives in east Carmel with his wife Ashlee and their two children, Charlie and Benjamin.

RICH TAYLOR – Carmel City Council At-Large

Rich Tayler has been the President of the Carmel Parks and Recreation board for the last five years and a board member for the last 12 years. Earlier in his career, Taylor was a vice president at The National Bank of Indianapolis. He later transitioned to a career in commercial real estate and construction. Taylor’s background in business lending, economic development, financing, and managing budgets uniquely positions him to help Carmel continue to grow while protecting taxpayers from unnecessary financial risks.

Taylor graduated from Purdue University with a degree in management and received his MBA from Butler University. In 2010, Taylor was honored as OneZone’s Most Valuable Volunteer and is a graduate of the Indiana Leadership Forum and Hamilton County Leadership Academy.

He has previously served as board President for the Rotary Club of Carmel and is a past board member of the Carmel Clay Public Library Foundation. Taylor and his wife Lauren have lived in Carmel for nearly two decades. They have two children, Ryker, 8, and Brooke, 4.

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JEFF WORRELL – Carmel City Council At-Large

Jeff Worrell sits on various boards and committees, including the St. Vincent-Carmel Hospital Board, Carmel Christkindlmarkt Board, Carmel Fest Board, Rotary Club of Carmel, and Good Day Carmel. He directs the Carmel Fireworks show each Fourth of July.

Though Worrell is retired, he continues to serve as an At-Large Carmel City Council member. He has lived in Carmel for 32 years with his wife, Shari. They have two grown children, Brad and Amy, who are both married.