Tourism (IDT) announces the appointment 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.”
appointed by the Porter County Commissioners and will complete Jesse
Harper’s term after Harper was elected Center Township Trustee. Gillins is
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.
appointed by the Commissioners, will serve a full term, replacing Dr. John
Johnson, who has retired. Soliday is a staff attorney at the nonprofit
Federal Community Defenders in Hammond Ind., and 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.
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.
Tourism is the official Porter County government tourism marketing
organization. It is the advertising brand of the Porter County Convention
Recreation and Vis