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Valpo Lives in the Spotlight

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A Valpo Life in the Spotlight 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.

March 2015 Valpo Lives in the Spotlight

John KolbJohn Kolb
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February 2015 Valpo Lives in the Spotlight

Paul Schreiner - Project Neighbors Paul Schreiner
Project Neighbors
Drew Pul - VHS SeniorDrew Paul
VHS Senior
Darlene PerryDarlene Perry Taija JacksonTaija Jackson

January 2015 Valpo Lives in the Spotlight

Cathy-Brown-Brown-s Cathy Brown Brown
Valpo Velvet
Richard-Marrell-sRichard Marrell
RLM Tissue Bank Prosthetics
Tom-Szmagaj-sTom Szmagaj
litigation specialist
Sarah-Dooley-sSarah Dooley

December 2014 Valpo Lives in the Spotlight

Jane Strayers - VCS Teacher

Garner Tullis - Our Greater Good

Tina St. Aubin - Valparaiso Events
Jill Ritchie - Indiana Beverage
Lynda Galbiati - VCS Teacher

November 2014 Valpo Lives in the Spotlight

Carl Neis
active community member

John Wolf
WWII Veteran
Kate Brogan
VHS Student
Wendy Gates

October 2014 Valpo Lives in the Spotlight

Analisa Warring
Regional Federal Credit Union

Barb Spitler
Porter County Education Services

Mike Blythe
Blythe's Sporting Goods
Peggy Burnell
Tina Morales
VHS Teacher

September 2014 Valpo Lives in the Spotlight

Ben Lamb
GracePoint Church

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

August 2014 Valpo Lives in the Spotlight

Barbie Johnson
Valpo Parks

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

July 2014 Valpo Lives in the Spotlight

Chris Sandberg
Sandberg's Towing

Kaitlin Nash
Valpo Grad 

Lyndsay Herbst
College Student
Rachel Niemi-s
Rachel Niemi
Dayspring Women's Center
Barb Kubiszak
St. Agnes Adult Day Care

June 2014 Valpo Lives in the Spotlight

Jessica Kristin Wells

Christie Thomas
Opportunity Enterprises

Norma Serrano
Excellence by Design
Heather Henderlong
Extra Mile Fitness Company

May 2014 Valpo Lives in the Spotlight

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 in the Spotlight

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 in the Spotlight

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 in the Spotlight

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 in the Spotlight

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 in the Spotlight

Jeni Bolton
500 Turkeys

Greer Brown

Kim Eldridge

Katie Lenard
VHS Phys Ed Teacher

November 2013 Valpo Lives in the Spotlight

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 in the Spotlight

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 in the Spotlight

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 in the Spotlight

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 in the Spotlight

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 in the Spotlight

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 in the Spotlight

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 in the Spotlight

Megan Murrell
Vale Park Animal Hospital

Christi Brooks
Opportunity Enterprises

Gerry Hundt
Local Musician

Donna Flanagin
Flanagin Bulk Mail

March 2013 Valpo Lives in the Spotlight

Devin Bafia
VHS Class of 2013

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

Kouts Elementary School

Lindsey Springer
Professional Cellist

February 2013 Valpo Lives in the Spotlight

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 in the Spotlight

Katie Hines
PNC Student

Darlene Cohn
D. Cohn Communications

Brad Cavanaugh
Air One Photography

Donna Golob

Ashley Boyer
Lakeshore Paws

December 2012 Valpo Lives in the Spotlight

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 in the Spotlight

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 in the Spotlight

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 in the Spotlight

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 in the Spotlight

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 in the Spotlight

JT Hoyo
Region Sports Desk

Herb Hofer
VHS Athletic Director

Dave Coyle
VHS Football/Baseball Coach


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