Amber Burgess

Amber Burgess didn't grow up in Elkhart County. In fact, she didn't grow up in Indiana but she has Hoosier hospitality in her blood. Amber is originally from Jamestown, ND. She studied theatre at The University of Jamestown, in her hometown, and transferred in her junior year to study musical…

Brittany Short

Let's introduce you to Brittany Short, co-owner of Pumpkinvine Cyclery in Middlebury. Brittany grew up in Middlebury and graduated from Goshen College. She grew up on a farm in Elkhart County so it's no surprise that living a more rural lifestyle and being outdoors are some of the things that…

Jose Rodriguez

Jose Rodriguez, Administrative Manager for the RV/MH Heritage Foundation This week we’d like to introduce you to Jose Rodriquez, Administrative Manager for the RV/MH Heritage Foundation in Elkhart, Indiana. Jose was born in Nezahualcóyotl, Mexico - a city in the suburbs of Mexico City. His parents…

John Hertzler

John Hertzler, Goshen Historian If you were to visit downtown Goshen and wonder what the landscape looked like several decades ago, you’d want to stop by the Goshen Historical Museum, 124 South Main Street. There you’ll find an incredible collection of artifacts, documents and images telling the…

Jamison Czarnecki

Jamison Cznarecki grew up in Elkhart County, graduating from Elkhart Memorial High School, but after graduation decided to leave the area and join AmeriCorps. Jamison’s passion for a cleaner, resilient, and more conscious-driven society helped lead a composite team in environmental work in Tennessee…

Martha Owen

Martha Owen brings history to life at the Nappanee Center. Growing up in Wakarusa, Martha had a love for history early in life, a love that was cultivated by her family through their vacations. These family vacations were geared towards being educational and learning something new, so it was not a…

Allen Stewart

Allen Stewart, Founder of the Hall of Heroes Superhero Museum The makers in Elkhart County create some incredibly cool Well Crafted items like hand-made furniture, craft beer, motorcycles, luxury and performance boats. Elkhart County is also known as the RV Capital of the World and the Band…

Ronda DeCaire

Ronda DeCaire isn’t originally from Elkhart County. In fact, she’s not even originally from Indiana but after living in Elkhart County for 28 years and raising a family here, she is officially a Hoosier that has dedicated her life to connecting people to the great outdoors. When Ronda was a kid…

Tanner Smale

Tanner Smale, Director of Marketing and Communications at Premier Arts Tanner Smale grew up in Elkhart, Indiana and graduated from Elkhart Memorial High School in 2008. Like a lot of high school seniors, he wanted to move to a new city. After attending North Central College in Naperville, Illinois…

Michelle Frank

Michelle Frank, Executive Director of The Lerner Theatre​ Michelle Frank didn’t grow up in Elkhart County, but she sure is one of Elkhart County’s loudest cheerleaders. She relocated here when she accepted the job as Theatre Manager of The Lerner Theatre, a stunningly beautiful historic theatre in…