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The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 1:20 pm

Holcomb aide to run mental-health treatment center

Niki Kelly | The Journal Gazette

Gov. Eric Holcomb's chief communication strategist is moving out of the Statehouse to help run an innovative new treatment center.

The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration has named Susana Suarez director of development for the Indiana Neuro-Diagnostic Institute and Advanced Treatment Center.

The facility 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 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,” 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.”

Suarez serves on 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, she 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.

Prior to her role with Holcomb, Suarez was the president and CEO of Media Moon Communications, which advised clients around the globe.