Advisory Board

Brett Boggs

Tonya Douglass is a Lafontaine native.  In 2004, Douglass graduated from Manchester College with a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education. She has been employed by the Kosciusko Community YMCA since December of 2004. She has served in several roles in her 11 ½ years of service at the YMCA. She is currently the Director of Operations. Tonya will be serving her fourth year as coach of the Warsaw High School Gymnastics Team.  In 2011, she married Phil Douglass. She has one step daughter, Aaliyah. Tonya enjoys running, working on projects with her husband and spending time with friends and family.  She currently lives in Warsaw with her husband.

Tom Edington serves as superintendent of Wawasee Community School Corporation in Syracuse.  Nearly all of his 41 years in education have been as a teacher, principal, and superintendent within Fort Wayne/South Bend area.  His degrees were earned from Ball State, Southern Mississippi, and Indiana State.  Tom remains active in Kiwanis, Syracuse Park and Trails Foundation, St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church, and Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana/Michiana, in addition to family and school activities.  Tom is married to Michelle and is the father of daughters Grace, Rachel, and Jordan, and son, Ryan.

Dan Hampton, Kosciusko County Prosecutor

Alice Hitchcock has worked at Lake City Bank for 7 years.  She works in the People Development Department (Human Resources) as Assistant Vice President, Benefit Officer.  Alice attended IVY Tech and has earned the SHRM-CP Certification.  Alice is a KLA Graduate, Red Cross Blood Drive Coordinator and volunteer with Junior Achievement and Salvation Army.  She recently joined the KLA board as Secretary Treasurer.  She have been married for 19 years and have a 15 year old son and reside in Warsaw. 

Ritch Hochstetler has over 30 years of experience as a professional trainer leading students and adults to grow as persons and leaders.  Ritch has a B.A. Business Administration from Goshen College, Goshen, IN and a M.S. Theology from Fuller Seminary, Pasadena, CA.  Ritch has lived and served in California and Kansas, returning to Indiana 14 years ago to work with uLEAD , where he works now as President & CEO.  Certifications Include Challenge Ropes Course Manager, Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator, NEOS Self-Efficacy Measure Administrator, and True Colors Temperament Assessment Trainer.  Ritch is an avid kayaker, folk guitar singer-songwriter, and loves spending time with his family.

Laura E. Kaufman is an attorney who practices primarily in the areas of estate planning, elder law, and probate & trust administration at Snyder Morgan Federoff & Kuchmay, LLP.   She also represents clients in the areas of corporate and real estate law, including business formation, contract preparation, real estate transfers, civil litigation, and not-for-profit issues.  Her civil litigation experience includes (but is not limited to) landlord/tenant disputes, collections, and real estate disputes.  She has been with Snyder Morgan Federoff & Kuchmay, LLP since October 2005.

Prior to joining Snyder Morgan, LLP, Laura served for three years as the Executive Director of Combined Community Services and two years as the Executive Director of the Warsaw Housing Authority.  Prior to her work in the not-for-profit arena, she practiced in the area of estate planning and probate with Gordon & Associates, P.C. in Wells County, Indiana.

Laura graduated from the University of Maryland Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business in 1994.  She was awarded a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Indiana University School of Law at Indianapolis in 1997. Laura was also a Yeoman Second Class in the United States Navy (1988-1994), where she was awarded a Navy Commendation Medal as well as two Navy Achievement Medals.   

Laura currently live in Warsaw, Indiana with her son, Jake, who is a junior at Warsaw Community High School.  She also has an older son who is a senior at Ball State University.  Outside of attending to her son’s needs and activities, other hobbies include running, skiing, and enjoying the lakes of Kosciusko County.  

Heather Millington, has 18+ years’ experience in Human Resources, working as an HR specialist and most recently Benefits/Compensation Manager.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (concentration in Human Resources) from Indiana Tech graduating with honors, and is a member of the Alpha Chi National Honor Society.  During her career she has dealt with all aspects of HR, but specialized in benefits and policies and procedures.  Heather serves on the Kosciusko Human Resource Association Board as the Education Coordinator and on the board for Heartline Pregnancy Center.  She is also a past member of the Kosciusko Leadership Academy.  She holds her PHR (Professional in Human Resource) Certification as well as her SHRM-CP (Certified Professional) Certification.  Heather lives in the Warsaw area with her husband and 2 daughters.  

Rob Parker joined the Kosciusko Chamber of Commerce in January 2016 as the President and CEO.  Rob comes to the Chamber with over 19 years of various managerial roles from CenturyLink.

In his current position, Rob is responsible for all aspects of the Kosciusko Chamber of Commerce.  His main initiatives will be lead from the mission statement, “Kosciusko Chamber of Commerce is to be the advocate of business in stimulating economic growth and diversity, promoting educational excellence and coordinating action on issues of community importance.”  He will ensure that the Chamber is focused on providing the best service possible, driving value and benefits to the membership.

Rob is a Warsaw High School and an Indiana Tech graduate.  In 2009, he received the Outstanding Graduate award from Indiana Tech while obtaining a dual degree, Bachelors of Science in Management and Marketing.  Additional, Rob is a graduate of the Kosciusko Leadership Academy and serves on the board of multiple non-profits, including Kosciusko County Community Foundation and Lakeland Christian Academy.

Rob has a passion for many activities, including snow skiing, mountain biking, fishing, golfing and playing any sport that engages his children.  He is married to Renee and they reside in Winona Lake with their two children, Trent & Kiersten.

Betty Jo Smith-Roberts is a Kansas native brought to Kosciusko County by her husband Jon. Together they have farmed in the Syracuse-North Webster area for the last 35 years. Prior to moving to Indiana, Betty Jo received her doctorate in International Development from Kansas State University and then served as a Family Life Education Specialist for the Texas Agricultural Extension Service in College Station, Texas. During her post-graduate work, she worked internationally with USAID, Partners of the Americas and the International Farm Youth Exchange Program (IFYE). In Indiana, Betty Jo taught at Goshen College, Ivy Tech and the Wawasee Community School Corporation. Upon retirement from Wawasee Schools, she served two years as President of the National IFYE Association of the USA, Inc. and is currently Past-President. Other organizations of interest include: Kosciusko County Soil and Water Conservation District, and the World Future Society. Betty Jo and her husband have two sons, Matthew and his wife Mariah who farm with them and Marc and his wife Chelsea who farm near Crawfordsville, Indiana. There are five grandchildren which are the focus of much of the couple’s time.

Brenda Rhodes Rigdon, CFRE (Certified Fundraising Executive) has been the Development Director at Kosciusko County Community Foundation since February 2006.  She is the Co-Founder and CEO of Hoosier Nonprofit Consultants, Inc.  A firm that provides governance, strategic planning, and fundraising guidance to nonprofits in the Mid-West.   Brenda also served at the Executive Director for Kosciusko Literacy Services from November 1999 – January 2006, and the International Banking Officer at First National Bank of Warsaw for 5 years.   She is graduate of Wawasee High School in Syracuse, Indiana and received a BS in Public Administration and Mass Communications from Indiana University, Bloomington.  She received a Certificate in Fundraising Management from the Fundraising School, at the Lilly School of Philanthropic Studies at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis.  She achieved the Certified Fundraising Executive certification in 2009, and successfully re-certified in 2012, and 2015.

David Robertson serves as the Chief Academic Officer for Warsaw Community Schools.  Robertson is a Warsaw native and a 1999 graduation of Warsaw Community High School.  After high school, Robertson attended Grace College in Winona Lake, IN where he received his bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education (Class of 2003).  

Robertson taught 4th grade at Abraham Lincoln Elementary School in Indianapolis, IN for the Metropolitan School District of Perry Township from 2003-2005.  Robertson returned to Warsaw to teach 5th grade at Harrison Elementary School with Warsaw Community Schools from 2005-2010 during which time he received his Master’s of Arts in Educational Administration and Supervision from Ball State University (Class of 2009).  

Robertson began his administrative career with Goshen Community Schools where he served as principal at Model Elementary School from 2010-2012.  He returned to Warsaw Community Schools in fall of 2012 to serve as principal at Jefferson Elementary School.  In July of 2014, Robertson accepted his current position of Chief Academic Officer with Warsaw Community Schools.  As Chief Academic Officer, Robertson serves as a member of the Administrative Cabinet.  He is responsible for curriculum and instruction, professional development and supervision of principals and teachers.  Robertson is also a mentor for the Indiana Principal Leadership Institute.  

Robertson and his wife, Meredith live in Warsaw with their four children, Anna (10), Kathryn (7), Elijah (4), and Alexandra (0).  He enjoys spending time with his family, staying involved in their church, and hunting and fishing.  Robertson is also an avid reader and enjoys books about education and history.   When asked about what he loves most about education, Robertson responded, “I believe it is my role as an educator to inspire students to be all that they were created to be.  I love the chance to make decisions every day that help students pursue their dreams and enrich the lives of others!”