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Board of Directors

Governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, the Challenger Learning Center of Northwest Indiana consists of an amazing and generous group of people who support the organization with their time, knowledge, talent, experience, and philanthropy.


  • CHAIRMAN – MARTY WIELGOS

    District Manager, Sanitary District of Hammond

  • VICE CHAIRWOMAN – DODY RUSSELL

    President, Bellsom Electric

  • SECRETARY - ADAM BARON

    Director of Facilities, Horseshoe Casino

  • TREASURER – KRIS SAKELARIS

    Director, Hammond Legal Aid Clinic

  • MIKE ANDRADE

    Indiana State Representative - District 12

  • ALEXIUS BARBER

    Director, Community Relations, Peoples Bank

  • MICHAEL DYE

    Root Brothers Manufacturing & Supply Co

  • ANNE GREGORY

    Director of School of Education & Counseling, Purdue University Northwest

  • KEVIN KEOUGH

    President, Keough Mechanical Corp.

  • LORI NICKLAS

    Business Development Officer, Teachers Credit Union

  • MARY BETH NICKOLAOU

    Assistant Principal, Irving Elementary School, School City Of Hammond

  • KATHY O'DONNELL

    Franciscan Alliance

  • DEWEY PEARMAN

    Executive Director, Construction Advancement Foundation

  • BRIAN P. POPP

    Attorney, Laszlo & Popp, P.C.

  • GILBERT RYNBERK

    Northwest Indiana Market President, Wintrust Commercial Banking

  • KELLIE TAILON

    Banking Center Manager, Peoples Bank

  • PHIL TAILLON

    Chief of Staff, City of Hammond

  • JENNIFER VAVREK

    Educator, School City Of Hammond, retired

Emeritus Members

  • JAN RATAZZI

    Educator, Crown Point Community Schools, retired

  • HONORABLE ED SOLIDAY

    Indiana State Representative, District 4

Auxiliary Members

  • RANDY PALMATEERBusiness Manager, NWI Building & Construction Trades Council