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Meet our Team

Leah Konrady

President & CEO

Marie foster-bruns


Marie began her role as President & CEO of One Region and the Northwest Indiana Regional Opportunities Council in May, 2021 and has extensive background in nonprofit management, entrepreneurship, fundraising and community relations. She was most recently an executive of West Lafayette-based Purdue Alumni Association, which has more than 600,000 members. Marie is a Purdue University at West Lafayette graduate who earned her MBA at Purdue Northwest.  She also held leadership roles at Purdue Northwest, in Porter County government, and corporate marketing. She is a graduate of Leadership Northwest Indiana, was named as one of the NWI Times’ “20 Under 40” and has been a Northwest Indiana Influential Women finalist.  She resides in LaPorte County with her husband, Norvin, where they enjoy raising their teenage children and taking their little dog, George, on kayaking & hiking adventures.


Leah Konrady

Marketing & Program Coordinator

Bailey McGrath


Bailey joined the One Region team July 6th, of 2021 and has a diverse set of skills in project management, marketing, and economic development. She most recently joined the team after starting her career with La Porte County Community and Economic Development. Her experience in managing large projects, assisting in the announcement of 500 jobs creations for 2020, and ability to adapt to an ever changing landscape, she will be a valuable addition to the One Region team. Bailey completed her MBA in 2021 at Purdue University Northwest where she has molded her educational path towards economic and community development for Northwest Indiana. She currently resides in Michigan City where she regularly volunteers at the local animal shelter.  


Board of Directors

  • Craig Dwight
    CEO of Horizon Bank (Chair)
  • Tom Keon
    Chancellor of Purdue Northwest (Vice Chair)
  • Ashley Dickinson
    CEO, Northwest Health (Secretary)
  • Violet Sistovaris
    Executive Vice President and Chief Experience Officer, NiSource (Chair Emeritus)
  • Ben Bochnowski
    President and CEO of Peoples Bank (Chair Emeritus)
  • Matt Wells
    (Non-Voting Treasurer)


  • Chris White
    Publisher of the Northwest Indiana Times
  • Robert Johnson, III
    President & CEO of Cimcor
  • Michael Bergerson
    Partner, Barnes & Thornburg
  • José Padilla
    President of Valparaiso University
  • Michael Schneider
    First Financial Bank (NIROC Liaison)