Meet Our Members

Get connected with professionals in various industries and communities across Northwest Indiana.

Rachel Randall

Rachel Randall

Board President / Home Inspector, Randall Property Inspections

Rachel's Bio

Rachel is a Home Inspector and the owner of Randall Property Inspections where she inspects homes and educates buyers about the condition of the property. She is also the Construction Coordinator for Phillippe Builders, where she designs and sells new homes and oversees the company’s construction projects throughout Northwest Indiana.

Education, Certification, Licenses: Rachel graduated Magna Cum Laude from the State University of New York at Albany with a Bachelors of Arts in History.

She also holds an Indiana Home Inspectors license, Radon Testing license, and Pest Inspection license.

Previous Employment: Rachel previously worked in sales, sales training, and project management.

Additional Activities and Memberships:
Northwest Indiana Influential Women’s Association – Member and 2018 Finalist

International Association of Certified Home Inspectors – Member

2018 Featured Metal Artist in The Pop-Up, A Valparaiso Art Experience

Personal Information:
Rachel is a native New Yorker who has lived in a variety of places including Wales and Costa Rica. She’s married, and a mother to a human son and a canine daughter.

Regina Cosby

Regina Cosby

Title / Business

Christina Fickel

Christina Fickel

Board Member / Owner, Better Choices Better Lives

Christina's Bio

As CEO of Better Choices Better Lives, we have a proven track record of enhancing lives for almost two decades. We help families save time and money all while getting an American made, fresher, environmentally friendly, nature-based product.

Crystal L. Johnson

Crystal L. Johnson

Treasurer / Attorney

Crystal's Bio

Crystal opened her private law practice and her primary areas of practice are bankruptcy, small business, and tax law.  In addition to owning her practice, she acts as Co-Counsel for Edward A. Williams & Associates, Ltd., a CPA/Law firm in Chicago.

Sabrina Kiser

Sabrina Kiser

Title / Business

Jeni McIntosh-Elkins

Jeni McIntosh-Elkins

Board Member / Co-Founder, Torn-in-Half

Jeni's Bio

Jeni’s life motto: When you cannot change the world, make your corner Smile!

Becky Seim

Becky Seim

Board of Directors / Sr. Sales, Mary Kay

Candice Villagrana

Candice Villagrana

Secretary / SVP Old Plank Trail Bank

Candice's Bio

Candice has 11 years of commercial banking experience with success in developing new business, financial risk management, and financial analysis.

Her team specializes in loans to small and mid-size businesses and customizes packages based on the business’s needs. Also, her team offers a full suite of banking products including cash management and wealth management.

Education, Certifications, and Licenses:  Candice graduated Magna Cum Laude from Augustana College with BA’s in Economics and Business (Finance) and a minor in Accounting.

Personal Information:  My husband, Memo, and I have a three-year old daughter, Olivia and one-year old daughter, Emilia.

Julie Zasada

Julie Zasada

Executive Director, Cedar Lake Historical Association

Julie's Bio

As the Executive Director of the Cedar Lake Historical Association, Julie works diligently to ensure CLHA fulfills its mission of providing an escape to the past for visitors through unique programs and special events at their history museum on the shores of Cedar Lake, Indiana.

Kimberly Brame

Kimberly Brame

Title / Business

Kimberly's Bio
Michele Casey

Michele Casey

Title / Business

Jo Ann K. Collins

Jo Ann K. Collins

Montage' Interiors

Joann's Bio

JoAnn is an award-winning Interior Designer with Montage’ Interiors, Inc. which she founded in 1988.  She has been “Blending Personality with Style”  for Commercial, Residential, Healthcare, Hospitality, and Marine Interiors.

Melanie Dunajewski

Melanie Dunajewski

Founding Member / Attorney

Melanie's Bio

Melanie is a lawyer with 32 years experience. She concentrates her practice in business and employment related matters, civil litigation, and insurance disputes.

Amie Kennedy

Amie Kennedy

Sr. Tax Accountant, Swartz Retson

Kim Macchiarella

Kim Macchiarella

Title / Business

Carolyn McClinton

Carolyn McClinton

Investment Advisor, Global View Capital

Carolyn's Bio

Carolyn McClinton is an Investment Advisor Representative (IAR) with Global View Capital Management. Carolyn has worked in the Insurance industry for over 21 years and in 2005 she became an Investment Advisor Representative. 

Hortencia Moreno

Hortencia Moreno

Realtor, Coldwell Banker

Mary Neely-Feagin

Mary Neely-Feagin

Title / Business

Julie Oltoff

Julie Oltoff

Founding Member / President VIA Marketing

Julie's Bio

As a full-service marketing communications company, VIA Marketing helps generate leads through planning, branding, websites, paid digital and traditional media, non-paid social content and public relations, signs, etc.

Education, Certification, Licenses:
VIA Marketing is a Women Business Enterprise and have been certified since 1998.
Awarded DBE Certification in 2018
Athena Award recipient for 1994 Business Woman of the Year.

Additional Activities and Memberships:
> Proud Founding Member of “e”.

> Fair Haven Rape Crisis Center Board Member since 2016.

> Member of Crossroads Regional Chamber of Commerce and Valpo Chamber of Commerce

> Second Wind Ltd. member since 1993., Network of agencies and marketing companies across United States and Canada.

> National Federation of Independent Business, member since 1993.

> Trade Winds Pirate, member since 1998.

Personal Information:
Julie served as an Indiana State Representative for District 19 (Crown Point, Winfield, Hobart and parts of Merrillville) from 2014-2018. Married since 1986 to Ron Olthoff a union electrician for Land O’ Frost. They have participated in 8 mission trips to Argentina and 1 to Brazil. Julie sets aside every Thursday night for pottery with an open studio at her home. Yes she has a wheel and a kiln.

Jackie Primos

Jackie Primos

Owner, Wellness & Retreats

Over 20 years in Service, Sales and Marketing. I am currently the owner of Zen Wellness. We focus on beautifying the body from the inside and out. 

Bushra Rehman

Bushra Rehman

Title / Business

Michell Santelik

Michell Santelik

Photographer / Michell Santelik Photography

Nicole Schmied

Nicole Schmied

Entrepreneur / Idea Girl

Nicole's Bio

Digital marketer, Nicole Schmied is founder of SmartCookie Media and SmartCookie Hacks, she provides web, social media marketing, and event strategies with humor, persuasiveness, and profitability. 

Current Employment Synopsis:
Serial entrepreneur and digital marketer, Nicole Schmied has attracted customers to Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits, and small businesses for almost two decades. This year she began hosting SmartCookie Mastermind Group for small business owners locally and across the country.

She’s a Friends sitcom fan who has moonlighted as a marketing professor with Trinity Christian College. Her management experiences include software products, as well as construction and financial services in and around over Chicagoland and the Greater Midwest.

But don’t let her fool you, Nicole’s not limited to marketing and quotable 90’s sitcoms; she was the accidental, first place winner at a Lake County Fair Tractor Pull at age 9. (And to her knowledge she remains the only accidental winner since.)

Education:
MBA, Indiana University
Bachelors, Business & Communication, Indiana University

Previous Employment:
GreenArrow Email Software, Indiana
DonorPath Software, Chicago
IFF Real Estate/Lending or nonprofits, Chicago
Reese Inc, Indiana
PHH Mortgage, Illinois, Indiana & Michigan Territories
Circle GMC, Indiana

Additional Activities/Memberships:
Board Member/Alumni, The Leadership Institute at Purdue University Northwest
Alumni, The Leadership Institute at Indiana University

Personal Information:
When you can find her sitting still (sort of), she’s often found listening to a podcast while working on home design projects with her husband, Kyle and her newest love — one-year-old son, Luke.

Lorena Solorzano

Lorena Solorzano

Title / Business

Sara Spruth

Sara Spruth

Title / Business

Julie Walczak

Julie Walczak

Sales Director, Salesforce

Laura Weldon

Laura Weldon

Realtor, Century 21 Affiliated

Laura's Bio

Relocating here to Northwest Indiana a couple of years ago-I was given a clean slate and an opportunity to choose a career that I had always had an interest in, but couldn’t pursue earlier. I love working with people and being part of such an important time of their lives. I have been though the home selling/buying process many times myself, so I understand the process and will give 110% to making it a smooth one for my clients.
I have a strong customer service and business background having spent 20+ years (10 years as owner) helping both retail and wholesale clients with their landscape material needs.
Relocating here to Northwest Indiana, I decided to pursue a real estate career, which was always in the back of my mind.

Personal Information:
In addition to my passion for real estate (including decorating), I love fashion. You could say my desire for things to look pulled together and on trend has spilled over to fashion too!
I am an avid runner, finishing quite a few half marathons. I love to bike, read, knit and bake.
I have been married almost 30 years and we have 3 grown children. We also have a dog, Chloe, who is an important part of our family

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