Valpo Lives in the Spotlight

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 and we'll add them to our continually growing list of people to highlight in our community.

Katie Lenard - VHS Teacher

Kim Eldridge - MDwise

Greer Brown - VHS Student

Jeni Bolton - 500 Turkeys

Alec Peters - Valparaiso University Student

Monica Glass - Montessori Academy of Valparaiso

Caroline Koenig - VHS Student

Darrin Selking Landscape Illumination, Inc.

Paul Knauff - Retired Principal

Neil Samahon - Metro Recycling

Barb Ransom - Montessori Academy

Carolyn Flahive - Opportunity Enterprises

Jack Hines - Owner, Hines Plumbing, Inc.

Miguel Rosario - VHS Band Director

Tammy Hofer and Denise Koebcke - Two Valpo Teachers

Greg Farrall - Coach. President. Campaign Chair. Financial Advisor. Husband. Father.


Joe Otis - Valparaiso High School

Ray Tarnow - Crown Point High School and St. PaulCatholic School

Jordan Counter - Thomas Jefferson Middle School

Doctor Brooke McAfee Clements - McAfee Animal Hospital

Steve Kearney - Calumet Region Striders

Lindsey Elderkin - Marketing and Outings Coordinator for Robbinhurst Driving Range

 Dan Pritchett - Retired VHS Musical teacher


Steve Violanti - McAfee Animal Hospital

Dan McGuire - Superintendent of Recreation at Valpo Parks

 Joe Baker - Porter County Career Center

Sue Brown-Nickerson - Calumet Region Striders

 April Beres - Region Rat Rollers

Jan Rubsam - Owner of Valpo ATA Black Belt Academy

Reggie Flesvig - Kent's Run Organizer, Boone Grove High School Teacher


 Bill Wellman - Vet

Chrys Davis - Nurse Practitioner at Innovative Women’s Health


John Mosser - Valparaiso High School Class of 2013

Donna Flanagin - Owner of Flanagin’s Bulk Mail Service

Gerry Hundt- Local Musician


Christi Brooks - Opportunity Enterprises

Megan Murrell- Vale Park Animal Hospital

Lindsey Springer - Professional Cellist

Lydia , Eight Year Old Philanthropist

 Peyton Reed, Xavier Reed, Connor Ritzi, Andrew Jankowski and Corey Alfredson- VHS Cross Country Team

Devin Bafia - VHS Class of 2013

Ruth Woodhall-  Porter Regional Hospital Food Service Professional

Zebulun Barnow - Blue Man Group

Gordana Sormaz - VHS Journalism & English Teacher

Nat Finn - Northwest Indiana Social Media

 Ashley Boyer - Lakeshore PAWS

Donna Golob - A Positive Approach to Teen Health

Brad Cavanaugh - Air One Custom Photography

Darlene Cohn - D. Cohn Communications

Katie Hines - PNC Student

Mike Prow- VHS Boys Cross Country Coach

 Greg Engstrom - Owner of Engstrom Jewelers, Engstrom Home Furniture, Engstrom Auctions & four Ameripawns

Kathy Sipple - Owner of My Social Media Coach

Todd Henderlong - Extra Mile Fitness Company & Lake Mortgage

Kathy Levandoski - VHS Athletic Trainer

 Jeanette Gray - VHS Girls Basketball Coach

Michael Essany -Best selling author, host of “Seven on Ridge”

Beth Wrobel - Executive Director of HealthLinc

Steve and Julie Dalton - Parents & Active Community Members

Jon Groth - Director and Principal of Porter County Career and Technical Education Center

Kathryn Orr - PNC Sophomore, VHS Graduate

Carlos Rivero - Owner of Don Quijote Restaurant


Gail Mooney- Alternative Education Teacher


Jim Doane- Former VHS Principal, Current VCS Assistant Superintendent

Lorrie Woycik- Former Porter County Special Olympics Coach, Current Security Desk Attendant at VHS

Adam "Boomer" Nellessen- Coach for VHS Girls Cross Country, Boys Swimming and Diving, and Girls Track and Field

Bob Phelps- Video Production Instructor at the Porter County Career and Technical Center

Diane Warren- Guidance Counselor at Washington Township High School

Lorie Cook- Head Gymnastics Coach at Valparaiso High School

Reid Amones- Principal at Valparaiso High School

Renee Blosky- Owner of Lifestyles

Wade Breitzke- Owner of 27 Entertainment

Dave Coyle- Head Football Coach at Valparaiso High School

Herb Hofer- Athletic Director at Valparaiso High School

JT Hoyo- High School Sports Broadcaster, Public Address Announcer, Owner of Region Sportsdesk

Julie Moore- Business and Marketing Teacher at Washington Township High School

Colleen Zana- Founder of Valparaiso Theatrical Company

Caroline Shook- Chief Executive Officer of Housing Opportunities

Greg Simms- Government and Economics Teacher at Washington Township High School

John Seibert- Director of Valparaiso Department of Parks and Recreation

Joanne Maynard- Founder of First Contact Ministry

Justin Schafer- Fifth Grade Teacher at Parkview Elementary

Judy Commers- Marketing Teacher at Porter County Career and Technical Center

Bonnie Stephens- Principal of Thomas Jefferson Elementary School