Meet the Team

  • Chris Mahlmann Chris Mahlmann Founder
    Chris MahlmannFounder

    Chris is the Founder.  The heart of his belief 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 Mahlmann Natalie Mahlmann Accounts Manager
    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.

  • Jenny Craig-Brown Jenny Craig-Brown 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.

  • Stephanie Swearington Stephanie Swearington 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 Kellogg Stacey Kellogg Editorial Director
    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.

  • Kayla Belec Kayla Belec Contributing Editor
    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.

  • Kami Tupiak Kami Tupiak Administrative Assistant
    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.

  • Julia Demma Julia Demma Contributing Editor
    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.

  • Kelsea Costello Kelsea Costello Publishing & Social Media Editor
    Kelsea CostelloPublishing & Social Media Editor
  • Naphtalia Ruth Naphtalia Ruth Executive Assistant
    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.

  • Anthony Ketcham Anthony Ketcham Full Stack Web Developer
    Anthony KetchamFull Stack Web Developer
  • Andrew Redick Andrew Redick
      Andrew Redick
    • Gena DeMuth Gena DeMuth
        Gena DeMuth
      • Haley Alexander Haley Alexander New Media Journalist
        Haley AlexanderNew Media Journalist
      • Jonathan Wilson Jonathan Wilson Video Publishing Editor
          Jonathan WilsonVideo Publishing Editor
        • Aubrey Thompson Aubrey Thompson New Media Journalist
            Aubrey ThompsonNew Media Journalist
          • Curtis Hankins Curtis Hankins
              Curtis Hankins
            • Dan Petreikis Dan Petreikis
                Dan Petreikis
              • Andrea Marvel Andrea Marvel
                  Andrea Marvel
                • Peyton Mahlmann Peyton Mahlmann
                    Peyton Mahlmann
                  • Kellyn Vale Kellyn Vale
                      Kellyn Vale
                    • Tommy Elwood Tommy Elwood
                        Tommy Elwood
                      • Kali Beatty Kali Beatty
                          Kali Beatty
                        • Sergio Valdes Jr. Sergio Valdes Jr.
                            Sergio Valdes Jr.
                          • Allison Tunstall Allison Tunstall
                              Allison Tunstall
                            • Claire Bailey Claire Bailey Chesterton
                            • Katy Webber Katy Webber Hobart
                            • Mary Buksa Mary Buksa Bishop Noll
                            • Allison Glen Allison Glen La Porte High School
                            • Liana Boulles Liana Boulles Griffith
                            • Ruby Congleton-Giancaspro Ruby Congleton-Giancaspro La Lumiere
                            • Tyler Prendergast Tyler Prendergast Highland High School
                            • Zoe Olesker Zoe Olesker Marquette
                            • Zoe Brickner Zoe Brickner Washington Township
                            • Annamarie Lungu Annamarie Lungu Hebron
                            • Nicholas Fortin Nicholas Fortin Online Student
                            • Kelsie Choy Kelsie Choy Westville
                            • Alena Baez Alena Baez Whiting
                            • Brendan Hegeduis Brendan Hegeduis Crown Point
                            • Aleena Mongerie Aleena Mongerie Munster