INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration today named Susana Suarez Director of Development for the Indiana Neuro-Diagnostic Institute and Advanced Treatment Center (NDI). The NDI is under construction on the campus of Community East Hospital in Indianapolis and is the marquee project for the State’s effort to provide cutting-edge mental health services to qualifying Hoosiers. Suarez currently serves as the executive director of communication strategies for Governor Eric J. Holcomb.
“Susana has been an instrumental member of the team throughout the early months of my administration, and I am pleased she accepted my request to lead this significant initiative,” Governor Eric Holcomb said. “Susana’s experience will help bring the NDI to successful completion so the State has an asset to continue meeting Hoosiers’ mental health needs and attacking the drug epidemic at all levels – prevention, treatment and enforcement.”
“Susana brings her leadership, vision and management skills to this vital project,” said FSSA Secretary Jennifer Walthall, MD, MPH. “The new facility will be a key component of the State’s overall initiative to enhance Indiana’s network of state-operated mental health facilities, and Susana will work to ensure the NDI moves forward on time and on budget.”
Suarez serves as Councilwoman at Large and is past President of the Zionsville Town Council with additional leadership roles on the Zionsville Safety Board, Board of Police Commissioners and the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. While based in Washington, D.C. early in her career, Suarez was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve in various positions, including assistant director for regional operations for the Federal Emergency Management Agency and chief compliance officer for The Peace Corps. She served as executive director of the Hispanic International Trade Council and deputy director for political coalitions with the Republican National Committee.
Prior to her role as executive director of communications strategies for Governor Holcomb, Suarez was the president and CEO of Media Moon Communications, which advised clients around the globe. She earned her degree from the Ohio State University and is a graduate of the senior management program at the International Institute for Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland. Suarez resides in Zionsville with her husband and their two children.