Fishers City Council, At-Large
Jocelyn was elected on November 5, 2019, to serve a four-year term as a citywide representative on Fishers City Council. She is the first Democrat ever elected in Fishers.
A 21-year resident of Fishers, Jocelyn Vare has been a Fishers small business owner since 2001 and a community volunteer since 2008. In both her work life and volunteer efforts, Jocelyn combines creativity with sound business strategy to encourage economic growth and enhance the community as a whole.
Jocelyn is the owner of Propeller Marketing, LLC, an advertising agency that promotes tourism and economic development in Indiana communities. Her staff has served over 40 different communities and organizations across the state to boost local economic impact. Propeller Marketing is a certified Indiana Women-Business Enterprise and is located in the historic Eller House in Fishers near 116th Street and Allisonville Road.
Jocelyn has grown Propeller Marketing from a one-person shop to a thriving company with gross billings over $1 million. Her leadership has helped to maximize clients’ tax-generated funding to achieve a strong return on investment, most notably as local economic impact. Smart planning, fiscal responsibility and results reporting are Jocelyn’s management priorities for the budgets her team is entrusted with and her own company’s finances as well.
Jocelyn’s community service in Fishers has been focused on growing the local creative economy and enhancing arts, culture and quality of life for all Fishers residents. Jocelyn has collaborated with city leaders and employees, local businesses, arts creators and residents. She currently serves as a member of Fishers’ new Arts & Culture Commission, board secretary of Nickel Plate Arts and president of Fishers Music Works, the community’s performing arts non-profit organization. She has previously served as Fishers Arts Council president, Historic Ambassador House board member, Fishers 2040 Plan task force member, co-chair of Spark!Fishers committees, steering committee member for Fishers’ successful Statewide Cultural District application, and coordinator of the annual Nickel Plate Direct Arts Crawl event.
Jocelyn earned a bachelor’s degree in public and corporate communications from Butler University and is a graduate of Ball State’s Community Development Course, Fishers City Government Academy and the Hamilton County Leadership Academy. In January 2020, she will complete the Indiana Communities Institute’s Economic Development Course and Aim’s Newly Elected Officials Training for municipal leaders.
She is a member of College Park Church-Fishers, a member of the Fishers Community Chorus and has performed with Nickel Plate Players on the Nickel Plate District Amphitheater stage.
Jocelyn is originally from South Bend, Indiana, where her mother was a public school teacher and her father was superintendent of one of Indiana’s largest public school districts. Jocelyn has two children who attended HSE Schools and graduated from Fishers High School, Nick (24) and Maddie (22), and one dog, Kluski (shih tzu/poodle).