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Valpo Lives that Matter

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A Valpo Life That Matters highlights people around our community who go the extra mile to make Valparaiso a better place to live.

If you know of someone who is going above and beyond, someone who is truly doing great work in the community, in a school, in a church, on a team, or in an organization, send us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we'll add them to our continually growing list of people to highlight in our community.

September 2014 Valpo Lives That Matter

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Ben Lamb - GracePoint Church

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David Muniz - TJE Principal
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Michael Newhard - Bartholomew Funeral Home
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Lauren Covington VHS Teacher

August 2014 Valpo Lives That Matter

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Barbie Johnson - Valpo Parks

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Lee Baker - Valpo YMCA
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Kelley Schott - AMA Design & Print
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Eric Brant - Chicago Street Theatre

July 2014 Valpo Lives That Matter

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Chris Sandberg -Sandberg's Towing

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Kaitlin Nash - Valpo Grad 

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Lyndsay Herbst - College Student
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Rachel Niemi - Dayspring Women't Center
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Barb Kubiszak - St. Agnes Adult Day Care

June 2014 Valpo Lives That Matter

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Jessica Kristin Wells

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Christie Thomas - Opportunity Enterprises 

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Norma Serrano - Excellence by Design
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Heather Henderlong - Extra Mile Fitness Company

May 2014 Valpo Lives That Matter


Rocco Schiralli
Porter-Starke Services

Erica George
Flanagin's Bulk Mail Service

Mary Herrod
Memorial Opera House

Mary Spruitenburg
Valparaiso Kiwanis Club

April 2014 Valpo Lives That Matter


Chriselle Waters
Valparaiso High School Teacher

Kaye Frataccia
Empower Porter County

Lovelyn Palm
Listen to Your Mother Director

Nancy VanVolkenburgh
Director of Clinical Services at Family & Youth Services Bureau

Adam Shoemaker
Valparaiso High School student

March 2014 Valpo Lives That Matter


Aaron Leavitt
Valparaiso University Athletics

Michael Glorioso
United Way of Porter County

Elaine Merkel-Johnson
Porter Regional Hospital

Heather Harrigan-Hitz
Empower Porter County

February 2014 Valpo Lives That Matter


Maggie Dougherty
Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County

Heather Kelly
Rittenhouse Senior Living

Mike Daly
United States Postal Service

Al Lackey
Kids Alive International

January 2014 Valpo Lives That Matter


Bryce Drew
Valparaiso University Mens Basketball

Monica Flanagin Decker
Flanagin's Bulk Mail

Walter Lenckos
Porter County Parks & Recreation

Linda Gurgel
Porter County Triad

Chris Behrendt
Porter County Triad

December 2013 Valpo Lives That Matter


Jeni Bolton
500 Turkeys

Greer Brown
VHS ASAP

Kim Eldridge
MDwise

Katie Lenard
VHS Phys Ed Teacher

November 2013 Valpo Lives That Matter


Caroline Koenig
VHS Speech & Debate

Monica Glass
Montessori Academy of Valparaiso

Megan Gauler & Olivia Birky
The Bo Foundation

Alec Peters
Valparaiso University

October 2013 Valpo Lives That Matter


Carolyn Flahive
Opportunity Enterprises

Barb Ransom
Montessori Academy

Neil Samahon
Metro Recycling

Paul Knauff
Valpo School System

Darrin Selking
Landscape Illumination

September 2013 Valpo Lives That Matter


Greg Farrall
Valparaiso Rotary Club

Tammy Hofer and Denise Koebcke
Team LEAD Program

Miguel Rosario
VHS Band Director

Jack Hines
Hines Plumbing

August 2013 Valpo Lives That Matter


Dr. Brooke McAfee Clements
McAfee Animal Hospital

Jordan Counter
TJ Middle School

Ray Tarnow
St. Paul Catholic School

Joe Otis
Valparaiso High School

July 2013 Valpo Lives That Matter


Dr. Steve Volanti
McAfee Animal Hospital

Dan Pritchett
Retired VHS Band Director

Lindsey Robbinhurst
Robbinhurst Golf Club

Steve Kearney
Duneland Schools

Dan Steiner
Steiner Homes

June 2013 Valpo Lives That Matter


April Beres
Region Rat Rollers

Sue Brown Nickerson
Calumet Region Striders

Joe Baker
Porter County Career Center

Dan McGuire
Valparaiso Parks Department

May 2013 Valpo Lives That Matter


John Mosser
VHS Class of 2013

Chrys Davis
Nurse Practitioner at Innovative Women’s Health

Bill Wellman
Marine Corps Veteran

Reggie Flesvig
Kent's Run, Boone Groove HS

Jan Rubsam
Valpo ATA

April 2013 Valpo Lives That Matter


Megan Murrell
Vale Park Animal Hospital

Christi Brooks
Opportunity Enterprises

Gerry Hundt
Local Musician

Donna Flanagin
Flanagin Bulk Mail

March 2013 Valpo Lives That Matter


Devin Bafia
VHS Class of 2013

Peyton, Xavier, Connor, Andrew, & Corey
VHS Cross Country

Lydia
Kouts Elementary School

Lindsey Springer
Professional Cellist

February 2013 Valpo Lives That Matter


Nat Finn
NWI Social Media

Gordana Sormaz
VHS Journalism & English Teacher

Zebulun Barnow
Blue Man Group

Ruth Woodhall
Porter Regional Hospital

January 2013 Valpo Lives That Matter


Katie Hines
PNC Student

Darlene Cohn
D. Cohn Communications

Brad Cavanaugh
Air One Photography

Donna Golob
PATH

Ashley Boyer
Lakeshore Paws

December 2012 Valpo Lives That Matter


Todd Henderlong
Extra Mile Fitness Company, Lake Mortgage

Kathy Sipple
My Social Media Coach

Greg Engstrom
Engstrom Jewelers, Ameripawn

Mike Prow
VHS Boys Cross Country Coach

November 2012 Valpo Lives That Matter


Beth Wrobel
Executive Director of HealthLinc

Michael Essany
Seven on Ridge host

Jeanette Gray
VHS Girls Basketball Coach

Kathy Levandoski
VHS Athletic Trainer

October 2012 Valpo Lives That Matter


Gail Mooney
Alternative Education Teacher

Carolos Rivero
Don Quijote Restaurant

Kathryn Orr
PNC Sophomore

Jon Groth
Porter County Career Center

Steve & Julie Dalton
Cross Country Parents

September 2012 Valpo Lives That Matter


Bob Phelps
Video Production Instructor at Porter County Career Center

Adam “Boomer” Nellessen
VHS Coach

Lorrie Woycik
Special Olympics Advocate

Jim Doane
VCS Assistant Superintendent

August 2012 Valpo Lives That Matter


Wade Breitzke
27 Entertainment

Renee Blosky
Owner of Lifestyles

Reid Amones
VHS Principal

Lorie Cook
VHS Gymnastics Coach

Diane Warren
Washington Township School Guidance Counselor

July 2012 Valpo Lives That Matter


JT Hoyo
Region Sports Desk

Herb Hofer
VHS Athletic Director

Dave Coyle
VHS Football/Baseball Coach

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