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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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Overhead Door Company of Northwest Indiana Employee Spotlight: Juan Urbina Diaz

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Juan Urbina Diaz always prided himself on his with work ethic, something he got from his mother. Whether he was training as a junior sous chef, working at an oil refinery, or stacking crates, he gave it his all. After exploring a career in many trades, he stumbled on a job ad from Overhead Door Company of Northwest Indiana.

He was working on doors at a dairy farm at the time, and the fact that he had welding and mechanical experience landed him the job at Overhead Door.

Now, Urbina is a technician who travels all across the Region installing new garage doors, making repairs, and meeting good people.

“I’ve been here for about a year and everybody that I’ve met has been really nice,” he said. “I’ve worked for chefs who are just constantly yelling at you, maybe because they saw Gordon Ramsay doing it on TV, but I’ve never been yelled...

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Boulder Bay introduces new agent Amy Van Oostende

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The house you are buying is almost, and most times, just as important as the person who is selling it to you. Boulder Bay Realty is proud to represent New Agent Amy Van Oostende who’s entrepreneurial background brings spice and flare to the scene when it comes to selling a house.

“I am somewhat of a unique character. Everyone says they are a hard worker. But I feel like I am extremely tough on myself,” Van Oostende said. “Let’s just say my standards are pretty darn high.”

Selling a house, or pretty much anything, takes patience, extensive knowledge, and most importantly, incredible confidence. For Van Oostende, these three characteristics are second nature and initially bloomed from her ambitious career choices.

“I have been self-employed almost my entire life, being an active nutritionist, a physical...

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Buchertech Employee Spotlight: Larry Atkins

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When one of Valpo’s many small businesses runs into a computer or internet issue it often turns into an expensive situation that can affect customer satisfaction. When that happens, there is a good chance that Buchertech’s Larry Atkins can save the day.

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Teachers Credit Union Names Brandon Hearne Service Center Manager


teachers-credit-unionlogo Teachers Credit Union promoted Brandon Hearne to manager of its Gary Service Center. Since joining TCU in 2016, Hearne has worked as a relationship representative and manager trainee. The IU Northwest graduate has represented TCU in the community as part of Indiana Kids, a program providing free tutoring and mentoring to grade-school students, as a member of the board of directors for the Gary Shakespeare Company, and as a sign-language interpreter with TradeWind Services, a Northwest Indiana nonprofit agency providing a link between deaf and hearing people.

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