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A Pulaski County Community Development Commission Spotlight: Darlene Mellon

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Meet the unofficial mayor of Francesville. Darlene Mellon pours her heart into the community by taking an active, positive role in supporting Pulaski County. Through her diligent work and time on the Pulaski County Community Development Commission (CDC), Mellon is a strong example of how one person in the community can make a big difference.

Francesville, often referred to as a “small town with a big heart,” is a rural town of just under 900 residents. Though small, Francesville offers its residents dozens of businesses, unique amenities, and a tight-knit community that lends a helping hand to its neighbors.

“We’re small enough to know everybody, and we work together extremely well,” Mellon said.

Mellon moved to Francesville in 1986 when she found her dream home, a three-story Victorian house with a strong...

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ArcelorMittal: Changing the face of steel


ArcelorMittal-Changing-the-face-of-steelWhen you hear “steel mill,” you may not immediately think of millennial women. Fortunately for ArcelorMittal, we employ a growing number of female engineers who sought careers in advanced manufacturing after college.

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An Employee Team Spotlight: Journey Senior Living culinary staff

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"With food, people relate it to memories," said Chef Anna Morgan of Journey Senior Living of Valparaiso. "They have amazing stories that remind them of how their mom cooked things and the meals they were raised on."

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Boulder Bay Realty Group Employee Spotlight: Elaine Bogner

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Ironically, most of us end up thriving in a field we least expected. This goes for Hammond native and Boulder Bay Realty Group listing agent Elaine Bogner, whose journey was one she never saw coming. After high school, Bogner joined the military and served for over six years. For the next five years, she served as deputy sheriff in Riverside California.

“California was a very stressful time. I was working patrol in one of the most active cities in Riverside, immediately following my six month training at the academy. I wanted to get out of law enforcement because I saw it was changing me. I also started to miss my family in Northwest Indiana,” Bogner said.

After much thought, Bogner resigned and moved back home landing a position with the Merrillville Police Department.

“I was with the...

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A Chester, Inc. Employee Spotlight: Nathan Powell

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Born in Texas to a mother from Wisconsin and a father from Illinois, Nathan Powell was raised with Midwestern values - the importance of family and the spirit of generosity. He brings those same attributes to Chester, Inc., as their new Help Desk Technician, and has found them to be reciprocated.

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NorthShore Health Center welcomes Dr. Audrey Dawson to the team

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As one of the Region’s leaders of providing comprehensive and affordable healthcare, NorthShore Health Center has expanded its optometry services with an addition to their team. Dr. Audrey Dawson is the latest to join the NorthShore team, and has extensive background matched with her passion for helping people.

The Detroit native attended Michigan State University before attending InterAmerican University of Puerto Rico School of Optometry.

“A lot of people take their vision for granted,” Dawson said. “I wanted to be able to help patients in their daily lives.”

The board-certified optometrist joined the team in January and is excited about the move to NorthShore. She specializes in primary and urgent eye care, pre- and post-operative care, and specialized contact lens fits including scleral and...

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Addison Pointe Employee Spotlight: Mildridge Lipscomb


Addison-Pointe-Employee-Spotlight-Mildridge-LipscombMildridge Lipscomb has been brought on board at Addison Pointe as the new Director of Dining and Nutrition Services. Mildridge has been in food services for 39 years. “Mildridge brings a lot of leadership experience to our facility. Our residents feel like they are eating at a 5-star restaurant. Every meal, there are many options, and the meals taste and smell amazing,” said Kelly DeYoung, Administrator of Addison Pointe.

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Caught on Camera: Troy Kinne of NIPSCO


Caught-on-Camera-Troy-Kinne-of-NIPSCOMeet Troy Kinne, apprentice construction electrician, from Valparaiso, Indiana. He has been with NIPSCO for two years.

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Porter Starke Services: CEO Matt Burden strives for a healthier region

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Porter-Starke Services is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for those in the community, in hopes to inspire, balance, and advance the health of those within. Since becoming CEO last year, Matt Burden is committed to making a meaningful difference by focusing on mental health and addiction treatment.

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An ArcelorMittal Employee Spotlight: "Iron Man" John Ricketts

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John Ricketts has been an ironmaker for 42 years, and loves the metal so much that he’s made it as much of a hobby as a career. The steel engineer and process specialist for ArcelorMittal’s Global Research and Development Center has traveled the world sharing the best of ironmaking practices globally. In the process, he has amassed a collection of iron artifacts and memorabilia that deserves a museum.

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VNA of Northwest Indiana Looks to the Future and Honors the Past at Annual Meeting

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The VNA of Northwest Indiana’s Annual Meeting is always a special night, as their team gets the chance to unite with the community and recognize the achievements of the previous year. This year’s meeting also offered something a little different.

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