Compiled by Andrea Davis
As Hamilton Co. Leadership Academy approaches its 25th anniversary in 2016, Current is highlighting local leaders who have helped build and sustain the program, which focuses on strengthening our community by developing informed leaders. In June, another class of engaged citizens will join the 600-plus graduates already working to make a difference.
Sue Maki, HCLA Class of 1999
Lives and works: Carmel
Family: Husband Tom Kapostasy; sons David and Michael Kapostasy
Career: Manager of Environmental Initiatives & Education, City of Carmel Utilities. Before joining the city in 2006, Maki spent 18 years in the insurance industry and three years as HCLA’s executive director.
Community involvement: Current member and past president, Carmel Rotary and Hamilton Co. Tourism Commission. Vice president, Hamilton Co. Solid Waste Board.
Nice to know: Maki makes sure viewers are paying attention by doing a subtly fun reverse striptease in Carmel Utilities’ helpful Winter Tips video, posted on YouTube in February. Love the hat!
Biggest HCLA takeaway: “There are some incredibly dedicated, community-minded people in this county. By working together, they have made this county an awesome place to live.”
Favorite HCLA curriculum activity: “Touring development areas in Hamilton County. In my four years with HCLA [as a class member and executive director], there was always something new!”
What impact has HCLA made on the community? “It empowers graduates to know that they can make a difference. HCLA graduates have done some incredible things in this county. I get re-energized every time I am around a group of them!”
Favorite Hamilton County venue: “Carmel Gazebo Concerts in the summer.”
Favorite thing to do in Hamilton County: “Visit Conner Prairie. I love history!”
Best-kept Hamilton County secret: “The outdoor concerts in the Centerpiece at Coxhall Gardens.”