Indiana Dunes Tourism announces new board and staff members

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Published on March 09, 2016 with No Comments

Indiana Dunes Tourism has welcomed two new board of directors members and two new staff members.

Joining the board are Lisa Wodrich and Julie Jones.

Wodrich, a Porter resident who was appointed by the towns of Chesterton, Porter and Burns Harbor, attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Indiana University. She and her husband, David, are owners of Third Coast Spice Café and Lemon Tree Mediterranean Grill, both in Chesterton. She sits on the Family Advisory Board for Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and acts as resource development manager for the For the Love of Chocolate Foundation, an organization that provides scholarships for culinary students specializing in the pastry arts.

Jones, who was appointed by the towns of Kouts and Hebron, is manager of Birky Family Farms Country Gourmet and is a resident of Kouts. Julie’s mother, Carolyn Birky, served on the Indiana Dunes Tourism board for years and Julie decided to get involved as well. Julie is a member of the Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce, belongs to Open Door Fellowship Church in Kouts and serves on the Kouts Park Board.

The new staff members are Nupur Arora and Brooke Allen.

Arora, who is operations director, is responsible for various aspects of administration, building operations, community support, finance, human resource management, information technology and strategic planning. She has a master’s degree in business administration from Purdue University and a bachelor’s degree in Zoology from Delhi University, India. She also holds the Professional Human Resource certification from Human Resource Certification Institute and the Society for Human Resource Management-Certified Professional certification from SHRM.  She started her management career with the pharmaceutical corporation Eli Lilly and Company in India and has more than two decades of business and human resource management experience in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors in India and the U.S. She is a member and volunteers her time at the Indian American Cultural Center and the Northwest Indiana Indian Medical Association in Merrillville.

Allen, who is community engagement director, oversees the organization’s social media, handles graphic design projects and manages business partnerships and group businesses. Allen earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Purdue University and was an English and journalism high school teacher for East Porter County Schools. She was the yearbook advisor and was responsible for teaching her students graphic design, social media platforms, photography and photo editing. She also used social media platforms to communicate with her students, their parents and the business community. She used her design skills extensively to create graphic handouts, infographics, videos and picture tutorials to assist her in teaching. She volunteers with the March of Dimes and adult education/GED programs.

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