2020 Executive Officers

Maggie Hickman

President

Maggie Hickman is the current President for the Chamber. She currently works at Ci Insurance. Maggie is a current board member for the Rensselaer Art Walk. She is originally from Dyer, Indiana and moved to Rensselaer in 2017 when marrying her husband Hunter. In her free time you can find her watching Bomber sports, spending time with family, or walking her dogs Lena and Cael.

Stephen Eastridge

Vice President

Stephen Eastridge started with JCEDO at the end of 2017. He began his career in Michigan city with the Economic Development Corporation Michigan City (EDCMC). During his time with the EDCMC, he helped create the Michigan City Promise Program and develop tools for fast and efficient incentive analysis. From Michigan City, Eastridge went on to work in the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) for the City of Cincinnati, as a member of the Major Project Teams. Eastridge worked on many types of projects, but primarily focused on downtown real estate development, corporate attraction, and office relocation. It was his experience with DCED that allowed him to join JCEDO as the Executive Director.

Karri Morris

Secretary

Karri Morris is the current Secretary for the Chamber. She is a graduate of Purdue University and works for Conagra Brands. Karri is also a Sunday School teacher and a Trustee for Trinity United Methodist Church, and a Treasurer for the Eta Nu chapter of Psi Iota Xi.

Julie Evers

Treasurer

Julie Evers is a hometown girl.  She works at Alliance Bank and has over 30 years’ experience in banking. She has been a Chamber member for over 10 years.  She is passionate about helping members of the community with their banking needs.

Samantha Joslyn

Past President

Samantha Joslyn is the past Chamber Board President, leading the chamber through the end of 2019. She is a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University and Valparaiso School of Law. She is a local attorney, opening her practice in 2009. She has been married to husband David for 17 years, they have one daughter together. She is also on the Jasper County Bar Association, Bethany Church Board Member, Girl Scout Leader, AWANA Leader, Jasper County Community Corrections Board, and an Adjunct Professor for Indiana Wesleyan University.

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2019 Business Anniversaries

Teen Mission Jasper County – 10 years

Ci Insurance – 65 years

ConAgra Brands – 25 years

Steve’s Specialized Service – 30 years

DeMotte Carpet – 45 years

Claussen Equipment – 60 years

Jackson Funeral Chapel – 75 years

American Legion Post 29 – 100 years

Jasper County Fair Association – 95 years

Strack & Van Til –  90 years

St John Lutheran Church – 125 years

Cooperative School Services – 50 years

White Castle Rensselaer – 30 years

Ron’s Barber Shop – 55 years

Fountain Stone Theaters – 15 years

NameCompanyPosition
Maggie HickmanCi InsurancePresident
Stephen EastridgeJCEDOVice President
Karri MorrisConAgra FoodsSecretary
Julie EversAlliance BankTreasurer
Samantha JoslynSamantha Joslyn LawPast President
NameCompany
Michelle MeadowsSaint Joseph’s College
Susie BennerFirst Merchants Bank
Steve ClappSteve’s Specialized Services
Patti LindahlJasper County REMC
Elizabeth HartmannFirst Christian Church
NameCompany
Mike RubleWIVR
Kate HayworthVision Ag
John BryantCooperative School Services
Debbie RileyFranciscan Health-Rensselaer
Matt McAdowMacAllister Equipment
Ray SeifJasper County Airport
Year(s)President
1956Philip Valade
1957Melvin DeWees
1958-9Donald Tonner
1960James Cravens
1961Herbert Earl Arihood
1962George Zacek
1963Wayne Erickson
1964Howard Harris
1965Edward Hartman
1966Claude Grow
1967Edson W. Murray
1968Ralph E. Childs
1972G. Keith Moore
1973Arlan Mangas
1974-5Jim Hoover
Year(s)President
1977Steve Winters
1979O’Ryan Rickard
1980Fred Steinkamp
1981-2Dave Smith
1983-4Stan Haines
1985-6Greg Whaley
1987Art Bridgeman & Edson W. Murray
1988-9G. Robert Kasky
1989-91William E. Ney
1992-3James H. Flickner
1994-5Randy R. Morris
1996-7Linwood Brown
1997-8Glenn Allie
1999Maureen Egan
2000John Balvich
Year(s)President
2001Deana Black
2002Scott Heuring
2003Nan Albright
2003-4Thomas Grzesik
2004-5James Staton
2006-7Deb Schrum
2008Howard Marshall & Deana Rule
2009Deana Rule
2010Kim Emshwiller Dewees
2011Steve Clapp
2012Jessica Chapman
2013Kathy Wilcox
2014Kyler Laird
2015Cindy Teeter
2016Steve Clapp
2017Beth Graf
2018-19Samantha Joslyn
2020Current President - Maggie Hickman

Beautification: New Construction/Refurbishing of Business

YearWinner
2014Harley Houghton, DDS
2013Steinke Funeral Home & Embers
2012Jasper County Hospita & The Ritz
2011Strack & Van Til
2010Slice of Pie Pizza & Verizon Wireless
2009Prairie’s Edge & Auto Works
2008Jasper County Sheriff’s Dept
2007Demotte State Bank & Consolidated Insurance

Quality of Life:

YearWinner
2011Sisterhood Cut-A-Thon honoring Merlin Klopp
2010JC Cruisers
2009Jasper County Youth Center – CASA Program
2008Jasper County Sheriff’s Dept
2007Community Service: Oktoberfest
2007Support: Ritz Theater
2007Children: Fountain Stone – Summer Film Festival

Business of the Year/Economic Impact:

YearWinner
2014IBEC: Iroquois Bio Energy Co
2013Carpenter Creek Cellars
2012The Willow Switch
2011Con Agra Foods
2010Jasper County Hospital
2009Auto Works
2008Jasper County Hospital
2007Donaldson Company

Non-Profit of the Year:

YearWinner
2014RAMA: Rensselaer Area Ministerial Association
2013Jasper County Historical Society
2012Main Street

Citizen of the Year:

YearWinner
2014Norris Barnett
2013Karen Youngs
2012Chief Jeff Phillips
2011Pat Fox
2010Coach Chris Meeks & 2010 RCHS Football Team
2009Judy Kanne
2008Connie Graham-Luthi
2007Carole Beaver

Meritorious/Community Service:

YearWinner
2014Carole Beaver
2013Steve Roberts
2012Linda Reiners
2011Deb Schrum & Arnold Braasch
2010Orville Perry& Deana Rule
2009Larry Jenkins & Martha Langley
2008Mayor Herbert Arihood & Deb Schrum
2007Bill & Debbie Brown

Retail Spirit Award:

YearWinner
2007Gazebo

Meritorious/Community Service:

YearWinner
2014Julie Evers
2013Jessica Chapman
2012Linda Comingore
2011Martha Langley
2010Julie Evers
2009Devon’s Family Restaurant

Through the years, award names have changed, been combined, added, etc.