Meet Sue Ellspermann: Your Next Lt. Gov.

Sue was raised in Ferdinand, Indiana, one of six children of Tom and Betty Boeglin. A 1978 graduate of Forest Park High School, she earned a degree in industrial engineering from Purdue University in 1982, and established a career in engineering and management at AC Spark Plug, Michelin, and Frito-Lay.

In 1986, Sue and her family returned to Evansville where she founded a consulting business, Ellspermann and Associates, Inc. Her company provided problem solving and strategic planning facilitation and training.

As Sue built her practice throughout North America and locally with companies such as Kimball International, Pepsi, and McCormick, she completed a doctorate in industrial engineering at the University of Louisville 1996. Research from her dissertation was recognized as one of the Top 50 Management Articles of 2007 by Emerald Management Reviews.

While managing a thriving practice, Sue was involved with the Evansville Chamber of Commerce (now the Chamber of Commerce of Southwest Indiana), Good Shepherd Parish, and the Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand, among many other organizations. She has facilitated hundreds of strategic planning and problem solving events for nonprofits all across Indiana.

In 2006, Sue became the founding director of the University of Southern Indiana’s Center for Applied Research. Since its inception, the Center has completed nearly 200 projects for southwest Indiana and the state including the I-69 Community Development Study, Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs Strategic Plan, and the Evansville Glenwood Community Development Project. Sue was instrumental in developing the USI-Naval Surface Warfare Center (NWSC) Crane Partnership that includes a focus on technology commercialization.

Sue was elected to represent Dubois, Perry, Spencer and Warrick counties in the Indiana House of Representatives in 2010. She served as Vice Chair of the Employment, Labor and Pensions Committee and was a member of the Small Business, Commerce and Economic Development Committee and Election and Apportionment Committee.

In 2012, Sue joined Transformation Team, Inc., a strategic marketing firm located in Dubois County, as the Director of Strategic Engagement. She continues select work with USI, NSWC Crane and others primarily focused on enhancing the economic viability of southwest Indiana.

Sue has spent the last 25 years helping corporations, nonprofits and governmental units make positive change by developing new strategic directions, crafting visions for the future and problem solving difficult issues that threaten the viability of our region. She is a facilitator of change, creativity and consensus and believes that these skills will serve Indiana well at the Statehouse.

Sue is married to Jim Mehling, Assistant Principal of Forest Park High School. They have a blended family of four daughters.