Chris is the Founder. The heart of his believe is to form positive, online communities and take a new, positive approach to online publishing that creates new opportunities to spread good news about communities. We don’t create websites. We create online communities large enough to support major advertising, but small enough to remain hyper-local. He enjoys spending time with his four children, granddaughter and developing young journalists looking to launch their careers.
Natalie MahlmannAccounts Manager
Natalie is the Accounts Manager. She knows what is happening across the company and works closely with accounts receivable and payable. Natalie enjoys spending time at the gym, with friends and family, including the recent addition of her granddaughter and a good glass of wine.
Executive Team Leader
Jenny Craig-BrownExecutive Team Leader
Jenny is the Executive Team Leader. She manages the Life Team and works with partners and team members to create an incredible product and happy partners. She enjoys kayaking, running, time with her friends and family, camping and snuggling with her husband and cat.
Director of Operations & HR
Stephanie SwearingtonDirector of Operations & HR
Stephanie is the Director of Operations and Human Resources. Her area of focus are process improvement, recruiting and staff development. Her interests are women empowerment, developing her leadership skills and motivating her team. She loves being outside enjoying nature and reading, spending time with her family and listening to TED Talks in her free time.
Stacey KelloggEditorial Director
Stacey is the Editorial Director, leading the content, core, coverage, and student teams as they serve as the driving force for positivity in the region. Stacey helps set editorial standards and guidelines, and collaborates with the team to develop strong reporters, editors, and content creators. When she isn’t doing that, Stacey is hiking, backpacking, kayaking, reading, enjoying craft beer, and generally loving life with her family and friends.
Joe PorterLead Developer
Joe is our Lead Developer on the team. His areas of focus are maintaining the current website, planning the roadmap for future website development and building new tools to help our office run efficiently. His interests are learning new ways to develop and code new projects and enjoys problem solving. He loves going to the gym, playing basketball and spending time with his family in his spare time.
Kayla BelecContributing Editor
Kayla is a Contributing Editor. She is an avid writer, reader, editor and content developer. She is also a big fan of her coworkers, family, and friends. When Kayla is not working, she is telling stories with The Impostors Theatre Co., a Chicago-based theatre company of which she is a founding member. She is a dog/coffee/beer enthusiast.
Mandy HaackContributing Editor
Mandy is a Contributing Editor and Social Media Manager. She proudly represents Millikin University with a music business degree. Mandy has been a part of nationally recognized jazz and classical choirs. She continues to bring rhythm to the plate as she aspires to dabble more into music and art. Outside of IIMM, Mandy spends time finding relatable memes to share with friends and cuddles her 10+ cats.
Video Producer & Journalist
Kole RushmoreVideo Producer & Journalist
Kole is our Video Producer/Contributing Editor. He has a Communication Studies degree with a focus in video production from Eastern Illinois University. In his free time he loves hiking with his wife and their dog, Bella, and capturing life through the lens.
Kami TupiakAdministrative Assistant
Kami is the Administrative Assistant, acting as the forward face of Ideas in Motion Media, she is often the first person you will encounter when you walk in the building or pick up the phone. Kami takes the lead on direct communication with clients and schools to highlight the original content that’s been created for them. When she’s not supporting the office team she enjoys spending time with her family, photography, and reading.
Andrew is the IT Assistant. He anticipates our future technology needs for the company, and maintain the current ones. His area of focus is making sure all technology in the office is working and helping with developing and maintaining the LIFE sites. He loves to relax at home with the family, playing video games, watching funny dog videos and binge-watching TV shows.
Julia DemmaContributing Editor
Julia is a Contributing Editor. Her area of focus are writing and editing. Her interests include working together as a team, spreading positivity, and exploring creative ways to get a story across. She loves journaling, writing poetry, dancing and spending time with her friends, family, and Great Dane puppy in her free time.
Editorial and Design Assistant
Beth IrelandEditorial and Design Assistant
Beth is the Editorial and Design Assistant. While maintaining a focus on writing and editing, she sometimes diverges into graphic design when needed. She has never met a dog she doesn’t like, and always makes time to stop and pet them. She enjoys photography, reading, and taking her niece on special adventures throughout the region.
Graphic Designer and Editorial Assistant
Sarah DeMarsGraphic Designer and Editorial Assistant
Sarah is the Graphic Design and Editorial Assistant. She recently graduated from Ball State University with her BFA in animation and illustration. Her background includes children’s book illustration, visual development for animation, and graphic design. Some of her favorite pastimes include hiking, traveling, antiquing, reading, and of course drawing!
Sarah CornContributing Editor
Sarah is a Contributing Editor and Coverage Team trainer. She is a graduate of the Multimedia Journalism program at the University of Washington – Seattle where she focused on community-centric reporting. She enjoys comic books, board games, and backyard bird watching with her husband and their dog, Cosmo.
Naphtalia RuthExecutive Assistant
Naphtalia is the Executive Team Assistant. Her areas of focus are partnership development, content planning, and managerial support. Her interests are using her passion for education on tolerance and diversity to uplift her community and her team. She loves drawing, photography, volunteering, and filming music videos.
- Alyssa Foster La Porte
- Cameron Cooper Kouts
- Chloe Casey Hammond-Clark
- Claire Bailey Chesterton
- Emma Rice Washington Twp
- Hailey Bianco River Forest
- Katy Webber Hobart
- Kyra Dabbert Westville
- Maddie Nolan Griffith
- Mariana Venturella Boone Grove
- Mary Buksa Bishop Noll
- Molly Caplice La Lumiere
- Rory Neary Marquette Catholic
- Samantha Kazmierczak Valparaiso
- Sarah Richardson Lowell
- Allison Glen La Porte High School
- Liana Boulles Griffith
- Ruby Congleton-Giancaspro La Lumiere
- Charmagne Abangan Lake Central
- Frida Arellano Lake Central
- Tyler Prendergast Highland High School
- Zoe Olesker Marquette
- Yatziri Moreno Hammond-Gavit