• Indiana Dunes Tourism announces the appointment of new board members

    March 13, 2019
    PORTER, IND.—Indiana Dunes Tourism (IDT) announces the election of two new members to its Board of Directors: Kurt Gillins and Matthew Soliday.
    “We’re excited to welcome both of these new members to our Board,” said Lorelei Weimer, the Executive Director for Indiana Dunes Tourism. “Each brings unique skills that will strengthen our ties with the community and support tourism efforts across the county.”
    Gillins was appointed by the Porter County Commissioners and will complete Jesse Harper’s term,  who was elected as a Center Township Trustee for Porter County. Gillins is the Vice President of Programs and Communications for the Valpo Chamber. He is also a member of the Kiwanis Club of Valparaiso and has been involved with numerous productions at the Memorial Opera House. Gillins lives in Valparaiso with his wife, Patty, and daughter, Lilly.
    Soliday, who was also appointed by the Porter County Commissioners, will serve a full term, replacing Dr. John Johnson, who has since retired. Soliday is a staff attorney at the nonprofit Federal Community Defenders in Hammond Indiana, and he is a graduate of Valparaiso High School, Indiana University, and Valparaiso University School of Law, where he served as an adjunct professor. He was also the co-founder of the Valpo Triathlon, and he continues to enjoy outdoor sports. Prior to working for the Federal Community Defenders, Soliday had a private law practice in Valparaiso and served as a Porter County deputy prosecuting attorney. He and his wife live in Chesterton.
    • Mitch Peters—President
    • Barb Lusco—Vice President
    • Richard Riley—Treasurer
    • Patrick McEuen—Secretary
    • Scott Tuft
    • Cathy Brown
    • Lisa Wodrich
    • Karen Webster
    • Ted Fitzgerald
    • Kurt Gillins
    • Matthew Soliday
    • David Hollenbeck—Attorney
    About Indiana Dunes Tourism
    Indiana Dunes Tourism is the official destination marketing, planning and development organization for the Indiana Dunes area (Porter County). For over 30 years, IDT’s mission has been to introduce Porter County to the world—one article, one Facebook post, and one brochure at a time. It continues to promote the Indiana Dunes and the great communities throughout Porter County to potential visitors, as well as encouraging residents to take advantage of all the area has to offer.
    Dustin Ritchea, Promotions Director
    (219) 926-2255
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