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Meet our Team

In 2013, One Region merged two organizations: The Quality of Life Council, founded over 20 years ago by the region’s institutions of higher learning, and the One Region: One Vision initiative, launched about ten years ago by The Times Media Co. As a result of the merger, One Region, Inc. operates as a separate 501c3.
Leah Konrady

President & CEO

Leah Konrady

Leah Konrady was born and raised in Michigan City, IN. She recently returned to Northwest Indiana after living in California, Colorado, and Washington, D.C. Prior to joining One Region, Leah worked for CH2M in Fresno, California, focusing on government affairs and community outreach for water infrastructure. While in Washington, D.C. she served as a Legislative Assistant for Congressman Pete Visclosky and worked at the Northeast Midwest Institute as Director of the Great Lakes Washington Program collaborating with the bipartisan Congressional Great Lakes Task Force.

Leah is passionate about Northwest Indiana as she is fifth generation to the area. Leah has a B.A. in Geography and a MBA from the University of Denver.

Board of Directors

  • Ben Bochnowski
    President and CEO of Peoples Bank (Chairman)
  • Violet Sistovaris
    Executive Vice President & President of NIPSCO (Vice-Chair)
  • Craig Dwight
    Chairman and CEO of Horizon Bank (Secretary)
  • Mark Heckler
    President of Valparaiso University (Chair Emeritus)
  • John Diederich
    (Non-Voting Treasurer)
  • Chris White
    Publisher of the Northwest Indiana Times
  • BR Lane
    Helios Consulting
  • Michael Bergerson
    Attorney, Winston and Strawn LLP
  • Tom Keon
    Chancellor of Purdue Northwest