Clay Township Board
Mindy is a proud third-generation resident of Michiana. She has lived in Clay Township since 2017, returning home after over a decade serving our country around the world in the U.S. diplomatic service. Mindy believes in our community and is grateful for the opportunity to continue her public service on the Township board. She is an advocate for public spaces such as our beautiful Clay Township Park, for first responders such as those who serve in our outstanding Clay Fire Territory, and for supporting those in our community who need it most, including through Township Assistance.
Professionally, Mindy is an administrator and instructor at the Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame.
Ms. Fountain earned her undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York, and her master’s degree in European Studies from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. She is currently earning a master’s in nonprofit administration at Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business. Mindy lives in Granger with her husband and two wonderful kids.
Sean and his wife, Felicia, have raised their three children here in Clay Township for over 15 years. Some of his childrens’ first memories are of playing at Clay Park and walking along the St. Joe on the park’s beautiful river trail.
His decision to run for public office is inspired by his belief that politics can be one way that we show care for each other. Township government — with responsibility for first responders, parks and common spaces, and relief for our neighbors in distress — is the perfect place to act on this belief.
Sean is a bilingual (Spanish) attorney at Monterrosa Law Group here in South Bend, where he represents clients seeking political asylum and in family-based immigration cases. Before that, O’Brien spent 15 years directing the LL.M. degree program in international human rights law at Notre Dame Law School, recruiting and teaching hundreds of human rights lawyers from around the world. O’Brien holds three degrees from the University of Notre Dame, including a B.A. (1995), a J.D. (2001), and an LL.M., summa cum laude, in international human rights law (2002).
His hobbies include music, local Underground Railroad history, and walking and biking across Clay Township.