A former CIA agent, software marketer and land use expert make up the eclectic new members for the Greater Zionsville Progress Committee.

Roger Zanes, Marty Thompson and Cindy Meskauskas introduced themselves at a GZPC meeting Thursday, March 11. At a brief discussion following the meeting, the GPZC members welcomed the three into the fold of Zionsville’s think tank.

Thompson and Zanes live in the former Eagle and Union townships, respectively. At last month’s meeting, GZPC President Dave Grebe indicated interest in getting members from the rural areas that consolidated into Zionsville on Jan. 4.

Thompson, 52, works in the pharmacy department at the CVS Pharmacy in Zionsville. He worked in marketing in the technology/software sector, but was downsized with the recent economic downturn. Despite that, he enjoys his current job.

Born in Frankfort, he spent his youth in Kokomo and moved to Zionsville in 2002 from the San Francisco area. Thompson is an Indiana University graduate in microbiology and worked at the IU School of Medicine and Roche Diagnostics.

“I have a passion for watching small communities grow, and I’m a big believer in finding a place in a community to expand the green effort,” he said.

Thompson believes strongly in sustainable agriculture as a way to help communities grow in a way that supports the community itself. Sustainable agriculture is agricultural production that can be maintained without harming the environment. That philosophy extends to his thoughts on economic development.

“I really want people who live in the community to work in the community, and vice versa,” Thompson said.

He cited Miller Brooks as a great example of this, a marketing firm located on Michigan Road that has been a part of the community for more than 20 years.

“We need to attract the right kind of businesses,” Thompson said. “The small, boutique software companies, for example. By encouraging and attracting and planting those types of businesses, that will drive new shops and all the other stuff.”

Among the ideas he put forward at his first meeting were for a high-tech business park along Interstate 65.

Zanes, 53, has been a resident of Zionsville for six years, moving from Maryland after his retirement from the Central Intelligence Agency. Unable to discuss the work he did, he said his service allowed him stops all around the world.

He has a masters degree in regional planning and transportation systems engineering with a bachelors degree in earth sciences, and while he says he never really used that education in his chosen profession, he has used it in his role as president of the Fox Run Homeowners Association.

“I studied those things in college, and while I was never able to put it in practice in my career, it has always been a lifelong interest of mine,” Zanes said. “I want to do whatever I can to make the whole area more appealing and enhance its overall attractiveness.”

Back in 2007, he wrote a letter to the editor proposing closing Main Street from vehicle traffic and making it pedestrian only, in the mold of some European cities. He still supports the idea.

Meskauskas, 55, grew up in Indianapolis, lived in Florida and returned to Zionsville in 2004. While in Florida, she worked for the Urban Land Institute, which focused on responsible land use practices.

“I am very community oriented and I believe that Zionsville is the jewel of the Indianapolis region,” she said. “I am interested in preserving its past while embracing the future. Having worked for the ULI for a number of years, I have been educated in land use practices and smart growth.”

She worked with Duke Realty on the Anson project and now works with Medco in an administrative role in the Oncology Therapeutic Resource Center.

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