Community, business leaders join Legacy board


J. Brian Hittenger

J. Brian Hittinger
Krieg Devault

Debra Howe

Debra Howe
Tri-Creek School Corp.

Shar Miller

Shar Miller
Prompt Ambulance Service

Dana Rifai

Dana Rifai
Burke Costanza & Carberry LLP

Legacy Foundation, Lake County's leading philanthropic partner, is proud to welcome four new community and business leaders to its Board of Directors. The new board members are superintendent of Tri-Creek School Corporation, Debra Howe; attorney at Krieg DeVault, J. Brian Hittinger; Shar Miller, chief executive officer of Prompt Ambulance Service; and Dana Rifai, attorney at Burke, Costanza & Carberry, LLP.

"As an organization that represents all of Lake County we seek the opportunity to involve individuals who are dedicated to moving the region forward through our strategic philanthropic endeavors. This class brings a wide and superb spectrum of talent to our Board table including two gift planning attorneys, a successful entrepreneur, and a cutting edge school superintendent," said president and CEO of Legacy Foundation, Harry J. VandeVelde.

The Foundation's Board of Directors also elected new officers, including owner of Financial Strategies LLC., Nancy Clifford, board chair; president and CEO of Cimcor, Robert Johnson III, vice-chair; chancellor emeritus and professor of philosophy at Purdue University Calumet, Howard Cohen, board secretary; Sandra Snearly-Vosberg, CPA, board treasurer and finance committee chair; attorney Danette Garza, investment committee chair; vice president branch manager at First Midwest Bank, Martha Rivas-Ramos, grant committee chair; and executive director of the Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce, Dave Ryan, development committee chair.

Remaining 2012-13 board members include CEO of the Lake County Parks Department, Robert Nickovich, past board chair; Dave Austgen, senior partner at Austgen, Kuiper & Assoc., Margot Clark, community representative; Amy Han, director of development at Indiana University Northwest; Matthew Glaros, Employer Benefit Systems; Carol Highsmith, senior partner at Centier Bank; Tom Keilman, director of government and public affairs at BP; Janet Moran, owner of Copywrite Communications LLC.; and Michael Suggs, director of operations integration at Northern Indiana Public Service Co.

"The Board of Directors of Legacy Foundation represents and serves as the eyes, ears and voice of the varied constituencies in Lake County. We feel that the class of 2012 embodies our goal of involving talented, caring, philanthropically minded individuals in the advancement of our mission as a community foundation," said VandeVelde.

Legacy recognizes its recently retired members: Kenneth Krupinski, David Bochnowski, Cornelia Brown, Fredricka Davidson, Frankie Fesko, Richard Komyatte, William Nangle, and Tory Prasco.