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New members join the board of the Franciscan Health Foundation

Franciscan Health Foundation of Northern Indiana welcomed four new board members in May, according to a news release.
The 16-member board includes Denise Fithian, RN, of Franciscan Health Woodland Outpatient Surgery Center Michigan City; Anthony Geisen, operations manager/funeral director for Geisen Funeral Homes in Crown Point; Chase Lowden, financial advisor for Airey Financial Group/One America in Merrillville and Jolanta Moore, DBA, CPA, CGMA, audit partner for McMahon & Associates, Certified Public Accountants PC in Munster.

The Franciscan Health Foundation exists to support the programs and services of the Franciscan Alliance. More information about the Franciscan Health Foundation and its programs is available online or by calling 219-661-3401.

The Franciscan Health Foundation of Northern Indiana welcomed four new board members in May.  Pictured, from left to right, are Anthony Geisen, of Geisen Funeral Homes;  Jolanta Moore, of McMahon & Associates;  Franciscan Health Foundation Executive Director Rick Peltier, Denise Fithian, of Franciscan Health Woodland Outpatient Surgery Center Michigan City and Chase Lowden, of Airey Financial Group/One America.  (Photo courtesy of Franciscan Health)
The Franciscan Health Foundation of Northern Indiana welcomed four new board members in May. Pictured, from left to right, are Anthony Geisen, of Geisen Funeral Homes; Jolanta Moore, of McMahon & Associates; Franciscan Health Foundation Executive Director Rick Peltier, Denise Fithian, of Franciscan Health Woodland Outpatient Surgery Center Michigan City and Chase Lowden, of Airey Financial Group/One America. (Photo courtesy of Franciscan Health)

39 complete Leadership Northwest Indiana program

New Leadership Northwest Indiana (LNI) graduates have been announced by the Leadership Institute at Purdue Northwest (PNW), according to a news release.

The leadership program, facilitated by a team consisting of faculty from PNW’s College of Business and leadership professionals, meets once a month for eight months.

Members of the 2023-24 LNI cohort include: Ehab Atwa, Pratt Industries; Deja Bailey, HealthVisions Midwest; Angie Barber, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Northwest Indiana; Freddie Batchelor, Enterprise of Destiny and TEAM Enterprise; Grace Black, HealthLinc; Juanita Boland, HealthVisions Midwest; Stephen Bolanowski, Hammond Group Inc.; Richard Botts, Hammond Group Inc.; Jennifer Bussey, Hammond Development Corp.; Dion Campbell, La Porte County Juvenile Services Center; Shana Caruthers, Conscious Discipline LLC.; Lourdes Chavez, Geminus; Angela Comsa, Regional Healthcare Systems; Airiel Crenshaw, Sojourner Truth House; Jonathan Davis, Lake County Public Library; Chanda Dixon, Food Bank of Northwest Indiana; Anthony Escobedo, Dunes Learning Center; Liliana Franco Lopez, Michigan City Economic Development Corp.; Anna Gromer, La Porte County Public Library; Katie R. Holderby, Purdue Northwestern University; Jennifer Homan, Franciscan Health Crown Point; Nicholas Kaoukis, Hammond Group Inc. / Hammond expanders; Carl Kurek, Lakeside Public Media; and Rosemary Lopez-Malagon, Ivy Tech Community College-Lake County Campus; Christina Maldonado, Purdue University Northwestern; Wendy McLaurin, City of Gary; Juan Moreno, City of Hammond; Barbara Mossman, general insurance services; Ashley Nguyen, NorthShore Health Centers; Christopher Place, emergency medical technician
trainee; Tony Rodriguez, Tonn and Blank Construction; Anita Ross, LaPorte County Youth Services Center; Quinn Samuelson, general insurance services; Dhirien Shah, Karma cigar bar; Colleen Thomiszer, Hammond Group Inc.; Austin Traxler, Tonn and Blank Construction; Jennifer Tucker, U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration; Lauren Varga, Unity Foundation of LaPorte County; and Jacqueline Walton, AMST-Kentucky Trailer.

Thirty-nine professionals representing various industries and organizations from Northwest Indiana recently completed the Leadership Northwest Indiana program hosted by the Leadership Institute at Purdue Northwest.  (Photo courtesy of Purdue Northwest)
Thirty-nine professionals representing various industries and organizations from Northwest Indiana recently completed the Leadership Northwest Indiana program hosted by the Leadership Institute at Purdue Northwest. (Photo courtesy of Purdue Northwest)

Valparaiso University recognized for MBA program

Valparaiso University has been named the winner of the “Best University to Earn an MBA” award in the Northwest Indiana region by Northwest Indiana Business Magazine’s 2024 Best of Business Awards, according to a news release.

The winners were chosen based on readers’ responses to a survey of the best business institutions in seven categories, the release said.

The MBA program at Valparaiso University has been recognized by a number of other institutions for its quality, value and environmentally responsible, sustainable practices, including Money Magazine, US News and World Report and Princeton Review, the press release said. For more information, visit valpo.edu/mba/.

Social service provider renamed CoAction

Northwest Indiana Community Action (NWICA) has been rebranded as CoAction, according to a news release.
Guided by its new identity, CoAction sees the people of Northwest Indiana thriving regardless of income, ability or age, the release said.
Since its founding in 1965, CoAction, formerly NWICA, has been at the forefront of advocating for those in need. As a designated Community Action Agency, Area Agency on Aging, Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) and local WIC sponsor, the organization serves approximately 50,000 people annually, the release said.

Retired Duneland Schools Corp. teachers gathered recently.  The retirees include, from left to right, Nancy Moats, Jack Campbell, Lisa Filipek and John Snyder.  Not pictured are Cathy Dean, Danny Dolph, Mary Henrich, Victoria Hickle, Dan Lynch and Kurt Plescher.  (Photo courtesy of Duneland School Corp.)
Retired Duneland Schools Corp. teachers gathered recently. The retirees include, from left to right, Nancy Moats, Jack Campbell, Lisa Filipek and John Snyder. Not pictured are Cathy Dean, Danny Dolph, Mary Henrich, Victoria Hickle, Dan Lynch and Kurt Plescher. (Photo courtesy of Duneland School Corp.)

Duneland Schools honors 10 retired teachers and staff

Duneland School Corp. recently honored ten retired teachers and support staff for their years of service during a reception at the Duneland School Corp. Administration Center, according to a news release.

Retired Duneland teachers and support staff will have a total of 242 years of service at the end of this school year, the news release said. The following retirees were honored:

● Jack Campbell, 54 years old; Bailly Physical education teacher in primary education
● Catherine Dean, 22 years old; Social studies teacher at Chesterton High School
● Daniel Dolph, 8 years old; DSC bus driver
● Lisa Filipek, 5 years old; Westchester Intermediate 6th grade science teacher
● Maria Henrich, 15 years old; DSC custodian at Chesterton Middle School
● Victoria Hickle, 18 years old; DSC Child Nutrition at Westchester Intermediate School
● Daniel Lynch, 31 years old; Biology teacher at Chesterton High School
● Nancy Moats, 36 years old; Bailly Primary School 2nd Grade Teacher
● James “Kurt” Plescher, 25 years old; DSC groundskeeper
● John Snyder, 28 years old; Chesterton High School physical education/health teacher

Shirley Heinze Land Trust raises $301,000 during spring distribution

According to a news release, Shirley Heinze Land Trust’s annual spring distribution raised more than $301,000 during the May 4 event.

Key to this success was a competitive challenge by Dale and Nancy Nichols, Leslie Shad and Joseph Brennan, Mary Ann Tittle, Anne and Tim Walsh, Cleveland-Cliffs and NIPSCO to match all donations prior to the event up to $100,000, according to the release.

Since 1981, Shirley Heinze Land Trust has conserved and restored natural lands and waters in northwest Indiana, including more than 3,300 acres in Lake, Porter, LaPorte, St. Joseph, Starke and Marshall counties, the release said.

For more information, visit www.heinzetrust.org, call 219-242-8558 or visit the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/heinzetrust.

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