Board of Directors
Town of Winona Lake
Town Coordinator for the Town of Winona Lake since May 15, 2000. Responsible for the management and oversight of the operations of the town, coordinating the activities of the other employees of the town, and acting as liaison to the Town Council, assisting the Town Council and performing those duties as requested by the Town Council, and assisting other employees and departments of the town. Warsaw Police Department Chief of Police for 11 years. Graduate of the FBI National Academy. M.A. Counseling Grace College graduate.
Brad Bishop has served as Executive Director of OrthoWorx since June 2010. He previously served as Director of Public Affairs at Zimmer, Inc. He has served on a number of industry, association and civic boards and is a former board chairman of KEDCO's predecessor, Kosciusko Development, Inc. Brad is a graduate of Ball State University.
Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation
Brett Boggs is currently in his fourth year as Superintendent of the Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation. His entire educational career, 13 years as a student in grades K-12 and 34 years as an educator, has been in the schools of the Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation. He began teaching fourth grade and coaching junior high basketball and track at Akron School (K-8) in 1978 where he moved into administration in 1985 as assistant principal and athletic director and became principal in 1988. He served as the principal of Akron School for 17 years before being named assistant superintendent in 2005 and superintendent in 2008. He was named Indiana Administrator of the year for 2002-2003 by the Indiana Association of Student Councils and the District 2 Elementary Principal of the Year by the Indiana Association of School Principals in 2003.
Michael Brill, CenturyLink Vice President/General Manager for the Indiana, Illinois, and Michigan markets. Responsibilities include all field operations, retail operations and market development strategies. Ultimately accountable in these three markets for total financial performance, 340 employees and 280,000 access lines. CenturyLink is a leading provider of high-quality broadband, entertainment and voice services over its advanced communications networks to consumers and businesses in 37 states. The company is headquartered in Monroe, LA and is a Standard and Poor's 500 company and is included among the Fortune 500 list of America's largest corporations.
Phend and Brown, Inc.
Daniel F. Brown is a 1972 graduate of Purdue University earning a BS degree in Civil Engineering. Upon graduation he joined the family highway construction business Phend and Brown, Inc. where he became President in 1995. Dan became involved in economic development upon appointment to the Milford Redevelopment Commission in 1995 and currently serves as its’ president. A life-long resident of Kosciusko County, Dan resides in Milford with his wife Nilah. They have two daughters and two grandchildren.
Builders Association of Kosciusko/ Fulton Counties
Larry Coplen, GMB, custom home builder in Kosciusko County and surrounding areas since 1972. He is the President of Coplen Construction, Inc. Larry is a current member and past state President of the Indiana Builder’s Association and Kosciusko-Fulton County Builder’s Association, the Kosciusko Plan Commission and Board of Health, the Town of Syracuse BZA, the Lake Study Committee for the state of Indiana and the Kosciusko Economic Development Corporation. Larry enjoys community involvement and resides in Syracuse, Indiana.
Courtney, a veteran of community banking, finance, and community involvement, lends his contacts, experience and insight to KEDCo. Working with a diverse and talented board of directors, striving to make Kosciusko County recognized as the MECCA of entrepreneurs and innovators in the State of Indiana and beyond.
Town of Syracuse
Henry has been the Syracuse Town Manager for 5 years. He brings to KEDCo the talents and experience acquired from 8 years college (undergraduate, graduate), 7 years in the private sector, 8 years of municipal management experience and 20 years in economic development working at the city, county and regional level.
Joshua P. Gordon - Assistant Vice President, Warsaw Business Banking. Education: BS in Management, Minors in Finance and International Business and Economics; Purdue University ,West Lafayette, IN, 2002; Kosciusko Leadership Academy, 2008. Affiliations: Exec Board member of Kosciusko Economic Development Corp and Chairman of the Marketing Committee, Kosciusko County United Way Board Member, Warsaw Optimist, Warsaw Rotary. Employment: Tower Bank, 2007 to date; National City Bank, 2002 -2007
1st Source Bank
Dennis L. Hively is the City President of 1st Source Bank in Warsaw. Dennis has 35 years of banking experience, with 26 years of business banking experience in Kosciusko County. He is a Board Member of KEDCO, Kosciusko Community Hospital and the Vice Chairman of the Board of the Warsaw/Kosciusko Chamber of Commerce. Dennis is a 1975 graduate of Huntington University, with a B.S. in Business Administration. He is married, has two sons, and resides on Syracuse Lake.
Dr. William J. (Bill) Katip has 39 years of college administration, teaching and counseling experience. Bill served for 10 years as the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at Robert Morris University, previous to that he served as Vice President for Enrollment Management at Geneva College, Academic Dean at Western Baptist College, Dean of Students Cornerstone University. Prior to that, he served in administrative and teaching at Grace College. In June, 2007 Bill moved back to Indiana and became the Provost at Grace College in Winona Lake, IN. Bill is currently a member of the Strategic Advisory Board to Orthoworx in Warsaw, IN and the 2012 United Way Campaign Committee in Warsaw, IN. Bill celebrated his 38th anniversary of his marriage to Debbie Cahill Katip in July of 2012 and he is the father of 4 children, Mike, Scott, Holly and Adam. Bill and Debbie are also proud grandparents of Aiden William Katip (now 3 years old)!
Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana-Warsaw Campus
Seelpa Keshvala, Ph.D. was appointed the Vice Chancellor/Dean of Ivy Tech Community College’s Warsaw Campus in August 2012. Keshvala comes to Ivy Tech from Burlington County College in Pemberton, NJ where she served as Executive Director of the Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) Program and Recruitment. Prior to her work at Burlington County College, Keshvala was the Postdoctoral Research Scholar for the Educational Policy and Leadership Studies (EPLS) Department at the University of Iowa. She was also a Professional Development Coach for Catapult Learning and a Business Manager for the National Association of Holmes Scholars Alumni, both in Milwaukee. Keshvala’s teaching experience includes teaching third and fourth grades for Milwaukee Public Schools and GED and Career Seminar courses for Milwaukee Area Technical College. She holds a doctorate degree in Urban Education with a concentration in Educational Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Keshvala lives in Warsaw with her husband, Mark, and son, Eshaan.
ABC Industries, Inc.
CTB International Corp.
Victor A. Mancinelli is President and Chief Executive Officer of CTB International Corp., a Berkshire Hathaway Company. CTB is a leading global designer, manufacturer and marketer of systems and solutions for the production of grain, poultry, pigs and eggs, as well as for various equestrian and industrial applications. Founded in 1952, the Company operates from multiple locations around the world and is approaching $800 million in annual sales. Mancinelli joined CTB in 1999 in his current position. Prior to joining CTB, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Gehl Company, a manufacturer of agricultural and construction equipment. He started his career with Cummins Engine Company, Inc., where he served in a variety of management positions. Mancinelli holds a B.A. degree from the University of Cincinnati and an M.B.A. from Indiana University. He serves as a director on two outside boards.
Farmers State Bank
Greg Maxwell has served as President of Farmers State Bank since 2006. Greg has over 40 years of banking experience concentrated in lending. Prior to 2006, He spent 25 years in Bluffton, was President of the Old First National Bank, and was an executive for National City Bank. Greg and his wife, Julie, live on Lake Tippecanoe. They have 4 children and 11 grandchildren. He enjoys boating and fiddling.
Metzger Trucking Co. Inc.
Metzger Trucking Co., Inc. Mike Metzger has been the President and CEO of Metzger Trucking Company since 1986. His father, Ernie, started the business in the early 1940’s. Metzger Trucking is truly a family business; eight of Mike’s nine children work for him. He is the former Chairman of the Indiana Motor Truck Association. Mike and his wife, Cathy, have nine children and twelve grandchildren. Mike enjoys traveling, fishing, riding his Harley and volunteering at his church
Parker Hannifin Corporation
Kathy Miller is General Manager, Engineered Seals Division for Parker Hannifin Corporation. The division produces custom elastomeric solutions for the automotive, aerospace, industrial, and aerospace markets and consists of 4 manufacturing locations, including Syracuse and Goshen, Indiana, Woodridge, Illinois, and Tijuana, Mexico. Prior to this role, she was Vice President – Lean Enterprise and Quality for 5.5 years. Parker, the global leader in motion and control technologies, had sales of approximately $12 billion in fiscal year 2011, employs more than 52,000 people and has operations in 48 countries around the world, with more than 300 manufacturing plants.
Kosciusko Community Hospital
Since 2008, Steve has been the Chief Executive Officer of Kosciusko Community Hospital, Kosciusko Medical Group and MedStat, LLC. He has previously served as Chief Financial Officer at both Kosciusko Community Hospital and Lutheran Hospital of Ft. Wayne. He is a graduate of Grace College with a B.A. degree in Mathematics and is also a Certified Public Accountant. He has served on multiple local boards including the Warsaw Kosciusko Chamber of Commerce, Cardinal Center, Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church; and has taught multiple business and accounting classes at Grace College. Steve is married to Lee and has two children. He is obsessed with soccer, whether as a player or coach.
Louis Dreyfus Commodities
I grew up on a small farm in southern Indiana. In 1995 I graduated from Purdue University. After taking the position of Commercial Manager at Louis Dreyfus Commodities in Claypool I moved to Warsaw in 2006. I am a member of the Junior Achievement Board of Directors serving Warsaw and Tippecanoe Valley. I also serve on the Agricultural Advisory Board for Lt. Governor Becky Skillman. In addition to this I am a licensed real estate agent with the Paton Showley Group of Coldwell Banker Roth Wehrly Graber in Warsaw. I met my wife, Oxana, in Warsaw in 2007. We have been married for 3 years and have a 3 month old daughter, Bailey.
Kosciusko County Government
Ron has been the County Administrator for Kosciusko County Government since 1994. He over see’s several county departments as well as the western route project, negotiating contracts for liability and medical health insurance and handles day-to-day operations and reports directly to the Board of Commissioners. Ron represents the county on many boards and is a lifetime resident of Kosciusko County.Prior to working as the County Administrator he was in law enforcement for 25 years. He was Chief Deputy for 12 years and Sheriff for 4 years.
Kosciusko County Council
Bob Sanders has been involved with the real estate title insurance industry for 40 years. His career began with an entry-level position working for a national title insurance underwriter in Indianapolis. He progressed through the various departments until he was named the Indiana and Kentucky State Agency Representative. Bob decided to leave the corporate world and become his own boss in 1979 when he purchased Bodkin Abstract Co., Inc. in Warsaw. During the past 32 years as an independent title insurance agency, Bodkin Abstract has purchased two other title companies in Warsaw, opened a branch office in Syracuse, and expanded operations to Wabash and Noble counties. Bodkin Abstract just celebrated its 77th Anniversary. In 1998 the Kosciusko/Warsaw Chamber of Commerce recognized him for his community involvement by presenting him with the Man of the Year Award. He was elected to the Kosciusko County Council in 2004 and is currently serving his second term.
Retired-Lake City Bank
Charles D. Smith retired Executive Vice President of Commercial Banking at Lake City Bank after serving 28 years. Mr. Smith was a coach and teacher for 16 years. He received his M.S. degree from St. Francis College in 1974 and his B.S. from Manchester College in 1967. He is active in a number of organizations and serves in local leadership roles which include the Warsaw City Council, Board of Works, Redevelopment Commission, WCDC, KLA, United Way, March of Dimes, and Boy Scouts. He lives in Warsaw with his wife Ann and has three children, two step-children and nine grandchildren.
City of Warsaw
In addition to his optometry business, Dr. Joe Thallemer's involvement in the community for the past 30+ years includes: YMCA Board president, Breakfast Optimist Club member, Volunteer Y swim coach, Sacred Heart Church member, Little League. Mayor Thallemer served three terms as Councilman At-Large, also serving as Council president during the last term. He was first appointed to the Warsaw Plan Commission in 1995 by then Mayor Jeff Plank, serving there for 13 years, the last eight as Plan Commission president.
Tinkey is Vice President/Lead Business Banker for the Kosciusko market for Mutual Bank. Tinkey has 34 years of banking experience in Kosciusko County. Graduate of Valparaiso University – BS in Accounting/Business Management. Graduate of ABA National Commercial Lending School. Involved in the community with Kiwanis Club of Warsaw (past president), United Way of Kosciusko County (current board chair and former campaign chair) and K 21 Health Foundation (finance/grant committees). Wife Linda and 3 daughters (Elizabeth, Jennifer and Jamielynn) reside in Warsaw.
Creighton Brothers LLC
Ron Truex, life long resident of Kosciusko county. Graduate of Warsaw HS, employed over 40 yrs at Creighton Brothers and currently serves as President and General Manager. Industry involvement includes: current Gov't Relation committee (and executive committee) for the United Egg Producers; past - Chairman of the American Egg Board and president of Indiana Poultry Association. Very committed and involved in the community as Middle District County Commissioner (along with the many committees and groups served as commissioner) and serves on the board of directors for Lakeland Financial (Lake City Bank). Proud father of two daughters, Heather Truex and Tracy Nichols, four grandchildren Brandon, Katie, Ian and Ella, and married to Mindy Creighton Truex.
Ramsey and Wiggins, Inc.
Ernest B. Wiggins, partner with Ramsey and Wiggins, CPAs, since 1984. Was a City Councilman from 1984 to 1996, prior to serving as Warsaw’s Mayor from 1997 to 2011. Member of Warsaw Rotary Club since 1986.
Lake City Bank
Chris is Assistant Vice President of Commercial Banking for Lake City Bank. He attended college in North Carolina at Gardner-Webb University where he graduated with a degree in Finance. He has been in banking for 9 years; all with Lake City Bank. He is the Treasurer of the Warsaw Community Development Corporation, serves as a Warsaw Breakfast Optimist Club board member, and chairs the revolving loan program for both the Warsaw Community Development Corporation and for KEDCO. He resides in Warsaw with his wife Sarah and their two children, Nash and Stella.