Our Team

President & CEO



Matt Wells is the current president and CEO of One Region, Inc. He is also the Chief Engagement Officer for Purdue University Northwest, where he leads the university’s community and economic development efforts, government relations, and public and external affairs. Matt’s work in recent years has covered a range of policy areas related to the revitalization of the industrial Midwest, including work on the federal CHIPS and Science Act of 2022 and Indiana state legislation on education, banking, land use, energy policy, healthcare, and economic & workforce development. He serves as a director or advisor for several organizations, including One Region, Angeles Investors, Big Shoulders Fund – Northwest Indiana, the Started Up Foundation, NWI Society of Innovators, and the NWI Food Council. Matt was named as one of the Times of Northwest Indiana’s “20 Under 40” in 2018. He was also a scholarship fellow in 2021 at the Aspen Institute’s Socrates Program and is a member of the American Enterprise Institute’s National Leadership Network.

Before transitioning into higher education and civic leadership, Matt sang opera professionally, completing apprenticeships with the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and the Crested Butte Music Festival. He is a two-time graduate of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University and also holds a master’s degree from Valparaiso University in counseling, with an outside field in management.

Program Outreach Manager



Sara joined One Region as Program Outreach Manager in March 2022. She brings over 20+ years of experience working in marketing and communications in corporate, nonprofit, and higher education sectors. This diverse background gives Sara a comprehensive skillset to benefit Northwest Indiana through her expertise in communications, event planning, and creativity.

Most recently, she was a manager for a wholesale fuel provider and was responsible for proactively leading creative ways to streamline processes and procedures. Throughout her career, Sara has served on multiple committees that focus on employee relations and equity, diversity and inclusion.

She also practices lifelong learning and attended Purdue Global and various professional development seminars and workshops to stay current in best practices. During her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband and two young children. Her favorite family activity is camping and finding new places to enjoy the great outdoors.


Program Outreach Intern

Eden Wilson


Eden joined One Region as an Intern in January 2024. Eden is a lifelong resident of Valparaiso and a senior at Valparaiso University majoring in Business Management. Eden is active in the Student Senate and holds leadership positions in the Society of Women in Business, Delta Sigma Pi, and the Financial Management Association. Eden is grateful for the opportunity to continue the growth and success of our Region.


Board of Directors

Tom Keon
Chancellor of Purdue Northwest (Chair)

Robert Johnson, III
President & CEO of Cimcor (Chair-Elect)

Craig Dwight
Chairman, Horizon Bank (Chair Emeritus)

Jeff Ban
President, DVG Inc.

Michael Bergerson
Partner, Barnes & Thornburg

Ben Bochnowski
President & CEO of Peoples Bank

Michael Hooper
President, NIPSCO

William A. Hasse
President, Hasse Construction

Tom Schager
President, The Times Media Company

Jeff Lewis
VP and Principal, Shive-Hattery

Stewart McMillan
Chairman, MAAC Foundation

Ken Iwama
Chancellor, Indiana University Northwest

Violet Sistovaris
Executive Vice President & Chief Experience Officer, NiSource (ret.)

Michael Schneider
SVP, Bank (NIROC Liaison)

Jeff Strack
CEO, Indiana Grocery Group

Chris White
Publisher, Times of NWI (ret.)

Matt Wells
(President & CEO)