Laurie Perolio-Bullinger to lead Fort Wayne FC operations

Fort Wayne FC has appointed Laurie Perolio-Bullinger to lead operations for the organization. Formerly serving as the club’s director of corporate sponsorships and media relations, she will be primarily responsible for ensuring that all functions across the organization are focused on achieving the long-term vision, strategy, and growth of Fort Wayne FC. She joins only a handful of women who have been appointed in leadership roles within U.S. men’s professional soccer history.

Perolio-Bullinger has over 20 years of marketing and advertising experience, most recently with Franklin Electric as manager, digital strategy for U.S. and Canada. Previously, she has been involved in soccer management roles with the Fort Wayne Sport Club travel teams and Bishop Luers High School men’s soccer. She will focus on growing the club’s fan base and creating partnerships within the Fort Wayne community.

Sturges Property Group welcomes Maria Lopera

Sturges Property Group has announced the addition of Maria Lopera in the role of receptionist/administrative assistant.

She graduated from IU Bloomington in 2020 with a BA in Liberal Arts and has worked in property management for over five years with the last two years being in charge of leasing and managing 110 luxury student units (two properties) for Hayes Gibson Properties. A native from Medellin, Colombia, in South America, she moved to the US when she was just shy of turning 7 and is fluent in Spanish and English.

YMCA hires directors, specialist

Naomi Thompson has been hired as the membership director at the Central Branch YMCA. She comes with five years of program director experience from YMCA Camp Crosley. During her time at the camp, where she was the director of groups and retreats, she helped plan, train, and run summer camp.

Thompson substantially increased revenue by recruiting new groups. She also excelled in customer service both by resolving problems and by providing an excellent camper experience, and she even did some lifeguarding and aquatics training which we will be sure to use.

Ian Tesch has been hired as the associate aquatics director at the Central Branch YMCA. He has a vast amount of aquatics and coaching experience. He started swimming competitively at age 8 and swam all the way up through high school. He first coached at age 15 for Avalon, and throughout his years has coached for Avalon, Poco, Fort Wayne Swim Team, Bishop Dwenger and Glenaqua. He has also taught private lessons for all skill levels from toddlers to triathletes.

Rachel Sebastian has been hired as the curriculum and assessment specialist for the YMCA Child Care Services. She oversees the Student Learning Recovery Grant that is designed to focus on reading intervention for grades K-3, who have been disproportionally affected by COVID-19.

She has great experience working with children in a school setting as a co-teacher at Canterbury, a lead preschool teacher, and a registered behavior technician. She has a bachelor of science in child development with a minor in psychology from Ball State.

Stephanie Morrison has been hired as the aquatics director at the Jackson R. Lehman Family YMCA. Born in Kansas, raised in Texas, and new to Indiana she is joining the YMCA team with a longtime passion for the water. She has been a competitive swimmer since about the time she could walk, and eventually became a collegiate rower for Texas A&M University where she earned her degree in nautical archaeology. She has over six years of lifeguarding, coaching, and pool management experience.

Jacob A. Gattuso joins Barrett McNagny

The law firm of Barrett McNagny LLP announces that Jacob A. Gattuso has joined the firm. Gattuso will concentrate his practice in the areas of real estate law and business law. He will assist clients with the purchase and sale of real estate, land use planning, business formation, contract review, and assist with business transactions. He will also assist with the due diligence process for the firm’s merger and acquisition practice.

Gattuso is a member of the Allen County Bar Association where he also serves as co-chair of the real property section. He is also a member of the Indiana Bar Association and is a volunteer with Blue Jacket, Inc. He graduated from Trinity International University, magna cum laude, with a B.A. in English Literature and received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Michigan State University College of Law. While in law school he was a teaching assistant for Constitutional Law and the Regulatory State and received the jurisprudence award for top scores in the class in Business Enterprises, Securities Regulation I, and Equity. He is admitted to practice before the Indiana state courts and the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana.

Grace College welcomes two

This fall, Grace College welcomes two new faculty members to campus: Brenda Whitehead, associate professor of behavioral science, and Kevin Voogt, assistant professor of education.

Whitehead holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in lifespan developmental psychology from the University of Notre Dame, and a B.A. in psychology from Northwest Nazarene University. She has a strong background in research over the last decade, receiving both external and internal funding for her more than 20 peer-reviewed articles. Whitehead comes to Grace from the University of Michigan Dearborn where she reached the rank of associate professor.

Voogt graduated from Calvin University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he majored in secondary mathematics education. He obtained his Ph.D. in mathematics education at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan.

Voogt taught high school math for eight years in public schools around the country, including New Mexico, Florida, Wisconsin and Texas. His extensive teaching experience allowed him to go straight into his Ph.D. program after his undergraduate degree.

Voogt will teach Math for Elementary Education Teachers, Responsive and Differentiated Instruction, Secondary Methods of Math, Methods of Teaching Elementary Mathematics and Teaching in a Pluralistic Society.

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