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How can you tell that someone loves their community, their neighborhood, their little corner of Elkhart County? It’s by what they do — by going the extra mile, by having a smile for everyone they greet, by helping with, well, just about anything.

We’re celebrating the doers — school secretaries, your neighbors, the people behind the counter at your favorite store — and how they #LoveElkhartCountyIN and make ours a Vibrant Community.

Meet the Vibrant People of Elkhart County

The Vibrant Communities movement will be recognizing the most energetic, cheerful and generous residents of Elkhart County throughout 2019 and it is inviting everyone who loves and cares about their hometown to take part. Vibrant People of Elkhart County will be a year-long daily celebration of the doers and how they #LoveElkhartCountyIN and make our hometown a vibrant community. These are 365 Vibrant People who go the extra mile, have a smile for everyone they greet and help with just about anything. Let’s meet some of them!

Jami Stamm

Jami Stamm • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
July 15, 2019

Our Vibrant Person on Monday is Jami Stamm!!! ELKHART Jami Stamm knows Vibrant Communities need volunteers who are committed and active. She tells us she…

Chris Miller

Chris Miller • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
July 14, 2019

Sunday’s Vibrant Person is Chris Miller!! ELKHART Education runs through Chris Miller’s veins. Developing the minds of young children is both a passion and her…

Kevin Long

Kevin-Long • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
July 13, 2019

GOSHEN And now, we present today’s act: Vibrant Person, Kevin Long!!! Kevin Long says he has lived all over the place, but has called Goshen…

Bailey Shay

Bailey Shay • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
July 12, 2019

Friday’s Vibrant Person is Bailey Shay!!! WAKARUSA We had the chance to meet Bailey Shay as she was serving our meal at the delightful new…

Deb Krawiec

Deb Krawiec • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
July 11, 2019

Our Vibrant Person for Thursday is Deb Krawiec!!! ELKHART “It looked really cool and I wanted to be part of it. I walked in and…

Carla Biro

Carla Biro • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
July 10, 2019

Our Vibrant Person today is Carla Biro!!! GOSHEN It takes motivation, determination, resilience and, some will tell you, a sense of humor to rise up…

Sara Granberg

Sara Granberg • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
July 9, 2019

Here is another Vibrant Person for this week… Sara Granberg!!! MIDDLEBURY We caught Sara Granberg at the tail end of the day. Of course, in…

Sherrie Zou

Sherrie Zou • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
July 8, 2019

Our latest Vibrant Person is Sherrie Zou!!! BRISTOL Sherrie Zou’s daughter, Sara was not officially speaking for her siblings when she nominated her “awesome mom.”…

Kellie Mullins

Kellie Mullins • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
July 7, 2019

Today’s Vibrant Person is Kellie Mullins!! ELKHART “I’m blessed. Really, really blessed. I cannot be thankful enough to be involved.” So says Kellie Mullins about…

Amanda Wagner

Amanda Wagner • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
July 6, 2019

Saturday’s Vibrant Person is Amanda Wagner!!! GOSHEN Amanda Wagner has a passion for art. She believes it can be an incredible way for children to…

Zoe Eichorn

Zoe Eichorn • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
July 5, 2019

Friday’s Vibrant Person is Zoe Eichorn!!! GOSHEN When we tried to track down Zoe Eichorn earlier this week, she was on her way to Kansas…

Brad Ulick

Brad Ulick • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
July 4, 2019

Happy Fourth of July. Today we salute our Vibrant Veteran, Brad Ulick!!! ELKHART Bradley Ulick describes himself as a “professional volunteer.” The retired ex-Marine is…

Toby Crowley

Toby Crowley • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
July 3, 2019

To kick off the Independence Day weekend, our Vibrant Person is Toby Crowley!!! GOSHEN Nick Banke tells us Toby Crowley is a proven leader who…

Chris Ullery

Chris Ullery • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
July 2, 2019

Our Vibrant Person today is Chris Ullery!! ELKHART While Chris Ullery was working as an employment specialist, she felt moved to help people with disabilities….

Meggan Fink

Meggan Fink • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
July 1, 2019

To kick off the week, our Vibrant Person today is Meggan Fink. ELKHART If you think about it, Meggan Fink’s job at Kem Krest is…

Ben Decker

Ben Decker • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
June 30, 2019

Ben Decker is Sunday’s Vibrant Person!!! ELKHART We gave Ben Decker a week to catch his breath and reflect on another great weekend in downtown…

Katie Meyers

Katie Meyers • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
June 29, 2019

Today’s seriously Vibrant Person is Katie Meyers!!! CONCORD SCHOOLS As a young girl, Katie Meyers says she had two things she wanted to do when…

Cierra Clements

Cierra Clements • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
June 28, 2019

Our Vibrant Person for Friday is Cierra Clements MIDDLEBURY Okay, all you junior high school kids, you are probably going to be jealous. After all,…

Terry Kercher

Terry Kercher • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
June 27, 2019

Terry Kercher is Thursday’s Vibrant Person!!! GOSHEN He’s another one who asks, “How did this happen?” He’s the kind who says, “I prefer to talk…

Ric Powers

Ric Powers • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
June 26, 2019

Wednesday’s Vibrant Green Thumb is Ric Powers!!! ELKHART So, this woman marches into Elkhart City Hall. She had a random meet up on the street…

Phyllis Miller

Phyllis Miller
June 25, 2019

Today’s very Vibrant Person is Phyllis Miller!!! GOSHEN There are many people in Elkhart County who have a strong passion for a social issue. They…

Cynthia Murphy

Cynthia Murphy • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
June 24, 2019

Our Vibrant Person for Monday is Cynthia Murphy!!! GOSHEN Cynthia Murphy was at college in Bloomington when she had the chance to experience something much…

Matt Hazelbaker

Matt Hazelbaker • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
June 23, 2019

Today’s Vibrant Person is Matt Hazelbaker! ELKHART Matt Hazelbaker has been around Elkhart County for about 20 years or so. He came here after going…

Nicole Barrow

Nicole Barrow • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
June 22, 2019

Nicole Barrow is our Vibrant Person today! ELKHART Residential real estate is rare Elkhart County. Those in the know cite reports about the number of…

Shannon Oakes

Shannon Oakes • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
June 21, 2019

It’s Friday. It’s Jazz Fest time and Shannon Oakes is our Vibrant-est Person!!! MIDDLEBURY If there were such a thing as the “Vibrant-est Person in…

Hannah Mitchell

Hannah Mitchell • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
June 20, 2019

Today’s Vibrant Person is Hannah Mitchell!!! ELKHART Hannah Mitchell has a big heart and a bright smile. Her friends tell us she has an incredible…

Kim Barella

Kim Barella • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
June 19, 2019

Our kind and generous Vibrant Person today is Kim Barella!!! ELKHART Like many who were born and raised in Elkhart County, Kim Barella moved away…

Carrie Beachey

Carrie Beachey • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
June 18, 2019

Our latest Vibrant Person is Carrie Beachey. MIDDLEBURY We tracked down Carrie Beachey at the site of the mural she is working on in Middlebury….

Nancy Nicholas

Nancy Nicholas • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
June 17, 2019

Today’s Vibrant Person is Nancy Nicholas ELKHART Nancy Nicholas may try and deny it (and that she did), but she is a very Vibrant Person….

Lab Rats

Lab Rats • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
June 16, 2019

Today’s Vibrant Team is the Lab Rats!! ELKHART There are lab rats that run the maze. There are the lab rats who are scientific types…

Sonya Whiteman

Sonya Whiteman • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
June 15, 2019

Here is another Vibrant Person: Sonya Whiteman!!! ELKHART Sonya Whiteman left Elkhart for a while when she was younger. She came home one Christmas with…

Dr. Plez Lovelady

Dr. Plez Lovelady • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
June 14, 2019

Today’s Vibrant Person is Dr. Plez Lovelady. ELKHART Dr. Plez Lovelady is a gracious man. He has the gift of making everyone around him feel…

Teresa Clifford

Teresa Clifford • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
June 13, 2019

We’re catching up… Thursday’s Vibrant Person is Teresa Clifford ELKHART Teresa Clifford has an affliction. The symptoms can show up anytime. The problem has been…

Demond and Javon Johnson


June 12, 2019

We’re back! We want to celebrate Demond and Javon Johnson. ELKHART Did you miss us? Honest, we were not playing hooky, but we did miss…

Robin Reveal

Robin Reveal • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
June 9, 2019

Sunday’s Vibrant Person is Robin Reveal!!! ELKHART Robin Reveal loves to dance, all kinds and just about any time there is music playing. As the…

Zari Williams

Zari Williams • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
June 8, 2019

Our Vibrant Person this Saturday is Zari Williams!!! ELKHART Someday, in the not too distant future, we will be streaming a song performed by an…

Sun You

Sun You • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
June 7, 2019

Today’s Vibrant Young Person is Sun You!!! ELKHART Sun You is a very spry 76-year old who works at Elkhart General Hospital. Sun tells us,…

Amy Sheley

Amy Sheley • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
June 6, 2019

Our Vibrant Person today is Amy Sheley!! ELKHART Amy Sheley is one of the friendliest people around. There is an energy about her that is…

Amanda Irons

Amanda Irons • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
June 5, 2019

Wednesday’s Vibrant Person is Amanda Irons!!! ELKHART Amanda Irons is looking forward to summer. She is also going to miss going to school each day….

Tom Shoff

Tom Shoff • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
June 4, 2019

Today’s Vibrant Person is Tom Shoff!! ELKHART Like many who grew up here, Tom Shoff has an affinity for our rivers. He is very much…

Scott Spradling

Scott Spradling • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
June 3, 2019

Our Vibrant Person today is Scott Spradling!!! CONCORD SCHOOLS Concord High School’s Music Director, Scott Spradling likes to be out front. Leading a band from…

Kathy Overholt

Kathy Overholt • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
June 2, 2019

Today, our Vibrant Couple is Lloyd and Kathy Overholt. ELKHART A good neighbor knows when those who live nearby could use a helping hand. A…

Jill Windy

Jill Windy • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
June 1, 2019

Saturday’s Vibrant Person is Dr. Jill Windy. ELKHART So, Jill Windy, tell us what you do.” “Well, I’m a doctor, a vet. I own a…

Joe Mehl

Joe Mehl • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
May 31, 2019

Today’s very Vibrant Person is Joe Mehl ELKHART COUNTY As you listen to Joe Mehl talk, you get the feeling that there is nothing about…

Amy Worsham

Amy Worsham • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
May 30, 2019

Today’s Vibrant Person is Amy Worsham!!! GOSHEN When someone has been nominated as one of Elkhart County’s Vibrant People, you might do a web search…

Dr. Gene Stutsman

Dr. Gene Stutsman • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
May 29, 2019

We are pleased to recognize another Vibrant Person today. Dr. Gene Stutsman!! GOSHEN Dr. Gene is a retired Goshen dentist and a life-long resident of…

Carla Warren

Carla Warren • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
May 28, 2019

Today we are recognizing Carla Warren!!! ELKHART On a quiet day, a junior high school is only a little bit hectic. When things get going,…

Brea Persing

Brea Persing • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
May 27, 2019

For the past week, we have written about some of Nappanee’s Vibrant Women. We end our series with Brea Persing. Brea is a Vibrant Person…

Jeannie Dudley

Jeannie Dudley • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
May 26, 2019

Our very Vibrant Person today is Jeannie Dudley NAPPANEE Nappanee is a most hospitable place and it is quite likely Jeannie Dudley is the town’s…

Jessica Flores

Jessica Flores • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
May 25, 2019

It’s Saturday! Today we are recognizing Jessica Flores!!! NAPPANEE Coppes Commons in Nappanee is a one-of-kind collection of shops that offers both visitors and the…

Cybil Stillson

Cybil Stillson • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
May 24, 2019

Look for two Vibrant People today. Continuing our celebration of women from Nappanee, we present Cybil Stillson! Hey Nappanee! We think we found your future…

Gabriella Lucchese

Gabriella Lucchese • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
May 24, 2019

Today, we have a Special Edition of the Vibrant People of Elkhart County. We want to offer a graduation salute to Gabriella Lucchese, our Vibrant…

Donna Persing

Donna Persing • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
May 23, 2019

The Vibrant Woman from Nappanee today is Donna Persing!! NAPPANEE When we called Donna Persing, she was busy. We had caught her while she was…

Lizzie Odiorne

Lizzie Odiorne • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
May 22, 2019

Lizzie Odiorne is today’s Vibrant Woman from Nappanee!! If there is a pageant in and around the WaNee part of Elkhart County, you can be…

Jodi Hochstetler

Jodi Hochstetler • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
May 21, 2019

Our Vibrant Person today is Jodi Hochstetler! NAPPANEE There came a time when Jodi Hochstetler started to think about what might be possible. She wanted…

Kelly Linhart

Kelly Linhart • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
May 20, 2019

This week we are doing something a little bit different. We have a warm spot in our hearts for that part of Elkhart County told…

Eric Garton

Eric Garton • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
May 19, 2019

Our Vibrant Person for today is Eric Garton ELKHART “When someone tells you they moved to Elkhart County from California, it’s an easy guess it…

Lorrie Palmer

Lorrie Palmer • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
May 18, 2019

We are a little tardy today. Hearing about Lorrie Palmer, today’s Vibrant Person is worth the wait. GOSHEN Lorrie Palmer has a knack for capturing…

Nancy Brock

Nancy Brock • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
May 17, 2019

Friday’s Vibrant Person is Nancy Brock! ELKHART When Nancy Brock pulls weeds at Wellfield Botanic Gardens, it is as though this simple act brings together…

Kelsey Rockstroh

Kelsey Rockstroh • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
May 16, 2019

Thursday’s Vibrant Person is Kelsey Rockstroh! ELKHART We need skilled, motivated kids who will someday be called on to continue making Elkhart County a vibrant…

Bradley Vite

Bradley Vite • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
May 15, 2019

Bradley Vite is Wednesday’s Vibrant Person! ELKHART Bradley Vite would like us to keep it down a little. Bradley is a relentless advocate for reduced…

Casey Lehman

Casey Lehman • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
May 14, 2019

Today’s Vibrant Person is Casey Lehman. ELKHART This guy, Casey Lehman, is something special. Casey isn’t your typical police officer. While he does love his…

Ryan Prahl

Ryan Prahl • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
May 13, 2019

Our Vibrant Person for Monday is Ryan Prahl CONCORD SCHOOLS Here we are in the midst of horse racing’s finest season – when the races…

Sandy Fotopoulos

Sandy Fotopoulos • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
May 12, 2019

Our Vibrant Person on Mother’s Day is Sandy Fotopoulos!!! ELKHART Earlier this year we told you about Niko Fotopoulos. Niko run’s George’s Gyros, the restaurant…

John McKee

John McKee • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
May 11, 2019

John McKee is our Vibrant Person today! MIDDLEBURY John McKee may be retired but he sure is busy. It was difficult while he was working…

Lindsey Calvert

Lindsey Calvert • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
May 10, 2019

Our Vibrant Person for Friday is Lindsey Calvert! ELKHART Lizard Loves Mustache is an unusual name for a company, but this is no ordinary business….

Amy Riley-Gilbert

Amy Riley Gilbert • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
May 9, 2019

Good things are worth waiting for and today’s Vibrant Person, Amy Riley-Gilbert is most definitely worth the wait!!! ELKHART Kind. Compassionate. Genuine. Loving. Caring. Giving….

Jill Garris

Jill Garris • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
May 8, 2019

Jill Garris is our Vibrant Person for Wednesday! GOSHEN Did you know that “Fair Green” was even a thing? We do now. It is the…

Charlene Flowers

Charlene Flowers • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
May 7, 2019

Our Vibrant Person for Tuesday is Charlene Flowers NAPPANEE For Charlene Flowers, kids with special needs are special indeed. She has taught special education in…

Amber Burgess

Amber Burgess • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
May 6, 2019

Our Vibrant Person for today is Amber Burgess! GOSHEN Goshen’s River Bend Film Festival is over. The event was well attended and highly praised. You…

Marty Conley

Marty Conley • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
May 5, 2019

Sunday’s Vibrant Person is Marty Conley ELKHART Marty Conley and her husband of 55 years have a deal. Marty spends time volunteering at the Lerner…

Carla Riley

Carla Riley • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
May 4, 2019

ELKHART Carla Riley is sorting through what to do next. What that may be has to capture her imagination, be where she can use her…

Monica Yoder

Monica Yoder • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
May 3, 2019

MIDDLEBURY Our Vibrant Person for Friday is Monica Yoder! Monica Yoder believes that people are interested in experiencing Elkhart County. She thinks they will like…

Kat Bromen

Kat Bromen • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
May 2, 2019

ELKHART Today’s Vibrant Person is Kat Bromen! We’re telling you right now, folks… Kat Bromen is a live-wire. When she talks about the work she…

Vaughn Nickell

Vaughn Nickell • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
May 1, 2019

“I never thought about it.” That’s what Vaughn Nickell tells us when we asked him about leaving Elkhart. This is home. “There are lots of…

Andy Jones

Andy Jones • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
April 30, 2019

Our Vibrant Person for today is Andy Jones! Andy Jones is a man on a mission. He wants to see every building and store-front in…

Yolo Perez

Yolo Perez • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
April 29, 2019

GOSHEN For Yolo Perez, life these days is a balancing act. She is a wife and mother of two youngsters. She has a news and…

Reba Goshert

Reba Goshert • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
April 28, 2019

Reba Goshert says, “This place is home.” She is talking about Wakarusa. Reba grew up in central Illinois and came to Elkhart County to study…

Amanda Gobble

Amanda-Gobble • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
April 27, 2019

What do you when you need a creative outlet, have an entrepreneurial spirit and love a building in Goshen? If you’re Amanda Gobble, you open…

Lori Snyder

Lori Snyder • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
April 26, 2019

ELKHART When it comes to all things real estate, Lori Snyder is a pro’s pro. She knows her stuff and she gets things done. When…

Ashlea Harrington

Ashlea Harrington • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
April 25, 2019

ELKHART When she greets you over the phone, you can sense that Ashlea Harrington is having a good day. And why not? She has a…

Luke Gascho

Luke Gascho • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
April 24, 2019

GOSHEN “I am a hopeful person,” Luke Gascho tells us. Luke is a Professor in the Sustainability and Environmental Affairs Education Department at Goshen College…

Joe Riegsecker

Joe Riegsecker • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
April 23, 2019

GOSHEN Joe Riegsecker is a modest man with a sly sense of humor. “I’m just a guy who enjoys a broad but shallow range of…

Katie Peel, Hollie Weidner, Siara Rogers and Conner Elonich

Katie Peel, Hollie Weidner, Siara Rogers and Conner Elonich • IUSB Students • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
April 22, 2019

We want you to meet four Vibrant College students from Elkhart County. They are attending Indiana University South Bend. This semester, they are taking Dr….

Joanne Gallardo

Joanne Gallardo • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
April 21, 2019

GOSHEN “You have to wonder when you are talking to a member of the clergy and she tells you, she is a devotee of roller…

Father Royce Gergeson

Father Royce Gregerson • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
April 19, 2019

GOSHEN From a young age, Father Royce Gregerson felt the calling. He was certain that God wanted him to be a priest. Today, he is…

Pastor Terri Petterson

Pastor Terri Petterson • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
April 18, 2019

ELKHART When she smiles, she shines. When she preaches, you sense the joy she experiences. Pastor Terri Peterson is grateful to be at the Episcopal…

Michael Case

Michael Case • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
April 17, 2019

“This is what I do because I enjoy doing it – ‘Do what you love’ – I enjoy the hell out of it. I really…

Staci Anagnos

Staci Anagnos • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
April 16, 2019

ELKHART Staci Anagnos has a big heart. No need to be alarmed, it is not a medical condition. It is how she is described by…

Nicole Williams

Nicole Williams • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
April 15, 2019

ELKHART “This is go time for us,” says Nicole Williams of Elkhart. As Office Services Lead for the firm RSM US in Northern Indiana, Nicole…

Phyllis & Gordon Hostetler

Phyllis & Gordon Hostetler • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
April 14, 2019

ELKHART When Michelle Nash, the Curator of Collections at Elkhart County’s Historical Society, nominated Phyllis and Gordon Hostetler, she had a conundrum. Which one should…

Anna Mast

Anna Mast • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
April 13, 2019

GOSHEN In the dictionary, the informal use of the word amazing refers to that which is “startlingly impressive.” When talking with Anna Mast, you will…

Carl Stutsman

Carl Stutsman • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
April 12, 2019

ELKHART Carl Stutsman is all about Elkhart County. As the morning guy on Froggy 102.7, he has plenty of opportunity to sing its praises. He…

Summer Lewis

Summer Lewis • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
April 11, 2019

ELKHART In places like England and Wales, a pub is more than a joint you go to just to get a beer. The pub is…

Nanci Wirt

Nanci Wirt • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
April 10, 2019

ELKHART Nanci Wirt has a keen eye, a distinct artistic sensibility and a good pair of ears. All serve her well as an interior designer,…

Kelly Regier

Kelly Regier • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
April 9, 2019

ELKHART She has a passion for fashion, the desire to bring out the best in others and an ambition to succeed in retail, a field…

Stephanie Coleman

Stephanie Coleman • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
April 8, 2019

ELKHART “It’s sad to see my hometown failing and dying.” When Stephanie Coleman says this about where she grew up, Crowley, Louisiana, you can hear…

Liz Shenk

Liz Shenk • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
April 7, 2019

GOSHEN “Everyone has a story and they are all different and all can be special.” Liz Shenk says this because she believes it. Knowing about…

Andrew Hall

Andrew Hall • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
April 6, 2019

ELKHART Some will ask, “Why am I here?” Others just know that they are where it was meant to be. This is the case of…

Adrienne Nesbitt

Adrienne Nesbitt • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
April 5, 2019

GOSHEN Today’s Vibrant Person is Adrienne Nesbitt! “I tend to sound like a sales pitch for Goshen,” Adrienne Nesbitt says with an abundance of enthusiasm….

Nicole Deckert

Nicole Deckert • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
April 4, 2019

MIDDLEBURY Nicole Deckert is today’s Vibrant Person! “William Shakespeare wrote: “The play’s the thing.” If that’s the case, it is no wonder Nicole Deckert has…

Patsy Boehler

Patsy Boehler • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
April 3, 2019

Today, our Vibrant Person is Patsy Boehler! It was a very good decision. Patsy Boehler’s realization that she really wanted to be in Elkhart and…

Kate Leaman

Kate Leaman • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
April 2, 2019

GOSHEN “I love life. I love food. I love making food.” So exclaims Kate Leaman of Goshen. And when we say exclaims, we mean it….

Sir Jester

Sir Jester • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
April 1, 2019

Elkhart County’s Vibrant Jester! News Release 4/1/2019 INDIANA In a surprise move, Elkhart Commissioners made the decision to stop using the term “County” effective immediately….

Marla Krider

Marla Krider • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
March 31, 2019

MIDDLEBURY “We have such a pretty little downtown,” says Marla Krider of Middlebury. Marla does her part to share it with anyone who will listen….

Allison Tinsley

Allison Tinsley • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
March 30, 2019

Allison Tinsley is today’s Vibrant person! Years ago, there was a one hit wonder that was all over the radio. It was called “Tubthumping.” You…

Kevin Koch

Kevin Koch • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
March 29, 2019

GOSHEN To be a bespoke tailor who has traveled all over the world and has not yet made it to Italy, well known for fashion…

Monique Harris

Monique Harris • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
March 28, 2019

ELKHART Monique Harris likes shoes. She also likes kids. When she sees kids who need shoes, she likes to do something about it. When Haiti…

Mary Whitt

Mary Whitt • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
March 27, 2019

BRISTOL Mary Whitt is today’s Vibrant person! Mary Whitt stays fit. It is a choice; it is a commitment. Mary is active and healthy and…

Anthony Hunt

Anthony Hunt • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
March 26, 2019

ELKHART Anthony Hunt is today’s Vibrant person! It is widely known that seeing a robin is the first sign of spring. This being Elkhart County,…

Steve and Monique Peacock

Steve and Monique Peacock • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
March 25, 2019

ELKHART Steve and Monique Peacock are today’s Vibrant people. Clean water for drinking, bathing and taking care of crops is essential for a community to…

Adam Bujalski

Adam Bujalski • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
March 24, 2019

ELKHART COUNTY Adam Bujalski gets around. His involvement in politics, schools, youth athletics and the Knights of Columbus keep him on the go. He has…

Gale Gerber

Gale Gerber • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
March 23, 2019

NAPPANEE After years playing gigs all over the area, one-time drummer Gale Gerber laid down his sticks and sold his kit. These days, Gale beats…

Matthew Manley

Matthew Manley • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
March 22, 2019

GOSHEN “And the Tony for best performance in a musical goes to…” (Insert dramatic pause here) …“Matthew Manley!!!!!” Okay, we’re not quite there yet, but…

Mike Long

Mike Long • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
March 21, 2019

BRISTOL Some people are right where they belong. That is surely the case of Mike Long. Mike holds down the front desk at the offices…

The Barkby Family

The Barkby Family • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
March 20, 2019

MIDDLEBURY Today’s write up is a little different. We are not highlighting an individual. Rather, we are recognizing an important part of the fabric of…

Rocio Diaz

Rocio Diaz • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
March 19, 2019

GOSHEN She knew for a long time that this is where she belonged. When she was a little girl, Rocio Diaz moved with her family…

Marcia Yost

Marcia Yost • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
March 18, 2019

GOSHEN Today’s Vibrant person is Marcia Yost! “My life has been dedicated to music and the arts in Elkhart County and beyond.” That simple statement…

Keenan Wenger

Keenan Wenger • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
March 17, 2019

GOSHEN Keenan Wenger’s basketball career ended in sixth grade. “I had 10 left feet,” he admits. Hardwood fame and fortune were not in the cards…

McCray Wenger

McCray Wenger • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
March 16, 2019

GOSHEN This is the story of a 21-year-old man from Goshen. If McCray Wenger were like many who have gone through what he has, his…

Deb Kinsey

Deb Kinsey • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
March 15, 2019

ELKHART Deb Kinsey is today’s Vibrant person! “This is a great community. It really is. I love Elkhart.” This is how Deb Kinsey starts the…

Charlie Dean

Charlie Dean • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
March 14, 2019

ELKHART Charlie Dean is today’s Vibrant Person Jeanne Kern, owner of The Vine restaurant in downtown Elkhart was no fan of cheesecake. That was then….

Delia Grajeda

Delia Grajeda • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
March 13, 2019

ELKHART Delia Grajeda is today’s Vibrant person! “Oh, wow! This is amazing,” she shouts into the phone when she is told she is one of…

Tara Morris

Tara Morris • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
March 12, 2019

ELKHART Tara Morris is today’s Vibrant person! Tara Morris does not give up. Tara is the Executive Director of the county’s Minority Health Coalition. It…

Jane Allen

Jane Allen • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
March 11, 2019

MIDDLEBURY Jane Allen is today’s Vibrant person! There are some that will tell you teaching is nerve-wracking. Others will say being a school principal is…

James Ballard

James Ballard • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
March 10, 2019

ELKHART The Vibrant person today is James Ballard! If you were to call most any cop an “iron butt” the best response you might hope…

Bart Fore

Bart Fore • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
March 9, 2019

ELKHART Bart Fore is today’s Vibrant person! He might not tell you this, but Bart Fore plays the long game. In 2012, Bart and his…

Kyle Sears

Kyle Sears • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
March 8, 2019

ELKHART Kyle Sears is today’s Vibrant person! One of the real maddening things about basketball in March is that very few teams get to end…

Tammy Pfister

Tammy Pfister • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
March 7, 2019

ELKHART A quick and easy laugh, a warm smile and affable personality do not seem like the traits of someone who describes herself as “painfully…

John Contreras

John Contreras • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
March 6, 2019

JIMTOWN John Contreras is today’s Vibrant person! Five years ago, John Contreras was very ill and facing death. He was worried, but in his words,…

Faith Nickell

Faith Nickell • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
March 5, 2019

Faith Nickell is today’s Vibrant Person! “She’s our girl and she brightens our restaurant.” So says Christy Elridge, owner of Sports Time Family Pub and…

Steve Freeto

Steve Freeto • Vibrant People of Elkhart County
March 4, 2019

GOSHEN Steve Freeto is today’s Vibrant Person! “My wish for Goshen is for everyone to have a smile on their face every day.” That’s what…

Lori Hoyt King


March 3, 2019

ELKHART Lori Hoyt King is today’s Vibrant Person! “I am comfortable not having a 9-to-5 job,” Pastor Lori Hoyt King tells us. Rather, Pastor King…

Israel Vargas


March 2, 2019

ELKHART Israel Vargas is today’s Vibrant Person! There is no chance Israel Vargas is going to have cobwebs grow on him. He is a young…

Linda Thompson


March 1, 2019

NAPPANEE Gloria Moser has been friends with Linda Thompson since they were children. They were neighbors when they were young and rode the bus to…

Leanne Martin


February 28, 2019

GOSHEN Brad Miller lost 85 pounds and completed his first 5k race last fall.  He gives much of the credit for his success to Leanne…

Kim Clarke


February 27, 2019

Middlebury  It would not be unusual for Kim Clarke’s husband, Jim to walk in the door, take a quick look around and ask, “Now what…

Pam Sandy


February 26, 2019

Elkhart Pam Sandy likes people.  More than that, she likes people who like helping people.  Pam is the Volunteer Service Manager at Elkhart General Hospital. …

Blake Eckelbarger


February 25, 2019

Elkhart  He knows a thing or two about time.  He understands how to make time work.  He gets that you have to make the most…

Regina Hauptli & Burke


February 24, 2019

ELKHART  Yet another first. Our Vibrant “People” today are Regina Hauptli and her canine work partner, Burke.  Regina is dedicated to helping children who might…

Jeanne Focht


February 23, 2019

NAPANNEE “I like old things,” says Jeanne Focht.  She enjoys hunting for items that deserve a second chance. She gives them a little spit and…

Jeff Sweazy


February 22, 2019

DUNLAP  About Jeff Sweazy, Bria Pletcher says he is “such a vibrant light. His smile and humor can light up the darkest room.”  He has…

Brian Byrn


February 21, 2019

ELKHART   The Midwest Museum of American Art is another of Elkhart County’s treasures.  In May of this year it will celebrate its 40th Anniversary and you…

John Bowers


February 20, 2019

WAKARUSA   John Bowers loves to talk trash.  He’s great at it and that’s a very good thing. As Director of the Elkhart County Landfill,…

Carrie Lee Bland-Kendall


February 19, 2019

GOSHEN  David Kendall says about his wife Carrie Lee,  “She is a professional singer, actor and producer. She could literally live anywhere, but chooses Goshen…

Javier Jimenez


February 18, 2019

CONCORD SCHOOLS  “I am the product of the people who gave me chances and opportunities,” so states Javier Jimenez, the Principal at Concord’s Ox Bow…

Bob Girard


February 17, 2019

ELKHART As he tells it, Bob Girard has a passion for service to the community. “It is part of my personal faith,” he says.  Bob’s…

Niko Fotopoulos


February 16, 2019

ELKHART “I can’t tell you how many new people I get to meet every day,” says Niko Fotopoulos.  “I love it.  My customers are amazing.” …

Juan-Carlos Alarcon


February 15, 2019

  Elkhart What were you doing last Sunday? No matter what it was, chances are it wasn’t half as awesome as what Juan-Carlos Alarcon had…

Dina Harris


February 14, 2019

ELKHART “She’s everywhere! She’s everywhere!”  So might claim those who know Dina Harris.  Between work in South Bend and volunteer work throughout Elkhart county, Dina…

Marcia Eppers


February 13, 2019

 Elkhart Marcia Eppers feels blessed to have the talent and resolve to be a driving force behind Bashor Children’s Home’s efforts to increase community awareness…

Heather Bohn


February 12, 2019

ELKHART  Concord High School Principal Lisa Kendall describes Heather Bohn, the school’s Secretary and Student Council Advisor, as a “selfless, kind, hardworking dedicated student advocate.”…

Annette Webb


February 11, 2019

GOSHEN  You will usually see Annette Webb of Goshen wearing a hat.  “I wear one about 99% of the time,” she says.  “I think the…

Ruth Rockwell


February 10, 2019

ELKHART  Some people wake up and say, “Oh lord, it’s morning. Let me go back to sleep.”  Then there are those who arise and say,…

Eriberta Perez


February 9, 2019

ELKHART If you know someone who can stretch a day from 24 to 48 hours, please contact Eriberta Perez of Elkhart.  A 72 hour day…

Tricia Blosser


February 8, 2019

GOSHEN “Dancing feet make for smiling faces.”  Goshen’s Tricia Blosser didn’t say that, but you can be sure she believes it.  Some people are born…

Leah Schroeder


February 7, 2019

Goshen “I like beautiful things.”  So states Leah Schroeder of Goshen.  She also enjoys working with and mentoring teenagers. “I find them to be some…

Steve Gruber


February 6, 2019

ELKHART A community that is vibrant has an undeniable aesthetic appeal. Those who live and work there recognize the importance of art and appreciate the…

Zanzer Anderson


February 5, 2019

Zanzer Anderson has a gift.  In fact, she has several. She is an excellent cook, a great story teller and can connect with young and…

Adrian Riley


February 4, 2019

ELKHART Sometimes a man just knows when it’s time to grow up.  Adrian Riley talks candidly about his younger days when he was “a crazy…

Dr. Don Minter


February 3, 2019

GOSHEN “90 years of wisdom always shared with grace and humility, behind a smile that never fades.”  So states Dawn Fisher in her nomination of…

Josh Cooper


February 2, 2019

GOSHEN Josh was part of the core people that began Goshen Rocks, a painting project created to instill joy and discover delight in unexpected places…

Mike Keagle


February 1, 2019

ELKHART If you take one look at Mike Keagle perched behind his drum kit you know one thing is for sure.  That, at least for…

Erica and Ella Hunt


January 31, 2019

Middlebury They believe in miracles.  They live life to the max.  They go.  They do.  They love. They cherish each moment.  Erica Hunt and her…

Jeff Penney


January 30, 2019

Elkhart You can see him on the sidelines of fields standing in sleet and snow or under a blistering sun. Whether it’s March winds, April…

John Leavitt


January 29, 2019

Nappanee When we contacted John Leavitt of Nappanee to tell him he had been nominated as one this year’s Vibrant People of Elkhart County, he…

Kendra Divine


January 28, 2019

This is no joke. What do you get when you mix someone with a bubbly personality, has a desire for helping those who teach and…

David Dufour


January 27, 2019

Elkhart Many of those of us in Elkhart County appreciate David Dufour, the Executive Director of the Elkhart Civic Theatre and all that he does. …

Pam Hoffer


January 26, 2019

“I feel like I am living out my passion.  It has stretched me, grown me and changed me.  It’s probably been one of the most…

Jeff Lafferty


January 25, 2019

Nobody has it better than Jeff Lafferty. Just ask him.Jeff loves living – so much so that he has beaten back cancer time and time…

Bobbie Sage


January 24, 2019

Elkhart County At her business, Crossfit Raze, you are unlikely to hear owner and coach, Bobbie Sage talking about “getting skinny” and “shaping a bikini…

Kris Mueller


January 23, 2019

Middlebury Kris Mueller is effervescent.  She bubbles with enthusiasm about Middlebury. The town that is where her heart is.  “I wasn’t born here,” she says,…

Steve Hrynewycz


January 22, 2019

Elkhart County Floating on the Elkhart River was one of life’s pleasures when Steve Hrynewycz was a kid.  It’s still that way. if you want…

Cristine Sanchez Ramirez


January 21, 2019

Goshen For Christina Sanchez Ramirez, 2018 was an amazing year.  In December, she graduated from Ivy Tech as a Medical Assistant.  While in school, Maple…

Mixhi Marquis


January 20, 2019

Goshen Mixhi Marquis grew up in Goshen and is known as one who cares about the community and those who live here. She is compassionate…

Les Gufstafson-Zook


January 19, 2019

Goshen He might be a little embarrassed being called one Elkhart County’s Vibrant People.  He is a quiet and humble man, but he is active…

Lee Miller


January 18, 2019

Elkhart County Lee is a very active member in the Elkhart County community.  She raised four children here and throughout that time supported the school…

Kelly Anderson


January 17, 2019

Elkhart “I’m really shy,” she says from across the bar.  “No, I mean it,” she adds with a big smile.  If Kelley Anderson is shy…

Doug Shaffer


January 16, 2019

Goshen From his position behind home plate he can easily scan the whole field and keep an eye on the dugout.  No, this is not…

Pam Knight


January 15, 2019

  Elkhart Sleepy-eyed customers walking into Old Style Deli are greeted with a needed cup of coffee and a bright morning smile from server Pam…

Allen Brenneman


January 14, 2019

Goshen He is a poet and a sculptor.  He is an award winning photographer.  He is a traveler and explorer.  He loves music.  He holds…

Pat & Owen Weaver


January 13, 2019

ELKHART Long ago, Pat Weaver said she and her husband, Owen, dreamed of having children of their own. Turns out, their dreams came true in…

Derrell Weaver


January 12, 2019

Elkhart The first word he ever spoke was “rainbow.”  To those who meet him, Derrell Weaver is like a rainbow – colorful, shining and likely…

Leah Benavente


January 11, 2019

Elkhart According to her co-worker Ashley Jordan, Leah Benavente has inspired her team members and community “more than she will ever know.” Leah has been…

Jalyn Stofleth


January 10, 2019

Goshen There are kids.  There are active kids.  And then there are super-vibrant fireballs like Jalyn Stofleth of Goshen.   Jalyn is a delightful youngster with…

Chelsea Gorsuch


January 9, 2019

Middlebury  Chelsea Gorsuch was a high school guidance counselor when she got a sign that she should start a business.  So, she took it literally…

Carla Darr


January 8, 2019

Elkhart It is hard to imagine Carla Darr without her being surrounded by a bunch of smiling children.  She loves teaching, guiding them and just…

Veronica Borkholder


January 7, 2019

Nappanee Veronica is an enthusiastic and hard-working entrepreneur who recently opened The Dutch Kernel at Coppes Commons in Nappanee.  She has worked diligently the past…

Jason Fink


January 6, 2019

Elkhart Jason Fink loves Elkhart. He isn’t originally from the area, but he is happy to be here. His family moved to the area to…

Ben Hartman


January 5, 2019

Goshen It takes a special mind to think how the principles of efficient manufacturing apply to agriculture.  It takes even more thought and effort to…

Austin Replogle


January 4, 2019

Elkhart  Not a day that goes by that Austin Replogle’s adoptive father Brian doesn’t think about that fateful day 16 years ago. That was when…

Kathy Mikel


January 3, 2019

Wakarusa Each week, Kathy makes a giant sub sandwich, a red velvet cake (with homemade chocolate frosting), and gets a can of Pringles. She then…

Jessica Davila


January 2, 2019

Goshen As her friend Shannon Oakes said about her, “I don’t even know where to start.  There are special people and then there is Jess.”…

Paul Thomas


January 1, 2019

ELKHART We start this series with a man who is the epitome of Elkhart County’s Vibrant People.  No one has loved life in Elkhart like…

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