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Case Design/Remodeling of Indianapolis Opens Second Area Location

Meridian Kessler Neighborhood Design Studio to Serve Residents of Meridian Kessler and Surrounding Areas. Case Design/Remodeling of Indy is thrilled to announce the opening of their second Greater Indianapolis location, in Meridian Kessler.  Case’s original location, which serves as the company headquarters and remodeling showroom, is located in Carmel. Case has been serving homeowners in the greater Indianapolis area for over 13 years providing full scale residential remodeling services including kitchens, bathrooms, additions, whole house remodels, interiors and outdoor spaces. “The plans to open a second location have been in the works for about a year, and we are so ...

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Class Dismissed: Carmel High School Principal John Williams Retires

Writer  /  Kara Kavensky Photographer  /  Brian Brosmer Carmel High School Principal John Williams is preparing for his next course: Retirement 101. Williams, and his wife Paula, are both originally from Evansville. Paula serves as the Director of Special Education for Zionsville School Corporation and is also scheduled to retire in December. John Williams took the job as Principal of Carmel High School in 2003. “Carmel has been a great school corporation for a long time,” Williams says. “Dale Graham’s 25 years of leadership gets the credited for transitioning Carmel from a rural to suburban high school.” Under Williams, he ...

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Meet Mayor Joe Hogsett: Indy’s Mayor talks Gun Violence, Indy Mini and the 500

Writer  /  Kara Kavensky Photographer  /  Brian Brosmer Indianapolis has always been the “place to be” during the month of May. It’s tradition for the 12th largest city in the country to host the largest sporting event on the planet. When asked if he’s a race fan, Mayor Joe Hogsett smiles and states, “Of course.” Mayor Joe, as he is known, grew up in Rushville. His father was a WWII veteran who naturally inspired his son with a strong sense of serving. Since being elected Secretary of State, Mayor Joe practiced law but remained active within the Democratic party. Prior ...

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Paint It Pink!

Metro Elevator teams up with Susan G. Komen Central Indiana Writer Kara Kavensky Photographer / Brian Brosmer Metro Elevator, a 47-year old company, originally owned a fleet of orange construction elevators, until one day, when their Executive Vice President, Roger Brummett, walked by the painting crew as they were complaining about the selection and quality of the color. “Paint them whatever color you want,” he said. As he walked away, he stopped and turned abruptly and said, “What if we painted them pink?” The question opened up possibilities and led to a new philanthropic marketing campaign with the end result ...

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“One Bite at a Time” With Health and Fitness Coach, Speaker and Author, Susan Van Hoosen

Writer  /  Kara Kavensky Photographer  /  Brian Brosmer The answer to the classic question: How do you eat an elephant? Susan Van Hoosen translates her transformational journey and awakening since the passing of her late husband, Trent, into an honest and inspirational guidebook, “One Bite at a Time.” Upon the sudden loss of her husband, Susan sought strength both internally and externally. The rock at the corner of 116th and Hoosier Road, a seemingly innocuous object, became a symbol of strength for Susan. “This is my strength rock”, she says. In her book, she shares how she and the rock ...

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Moms Who Code

Writer / Kara Kavensky The courses offered through Eleven Fifty Academy, a nonprofit coding school based out of Launch Fishers, attract students of all ages, including moms Angie Washburn and Deon Seifert. Angie Washburn stayed at home for 15 years raising her children. She holds degrees in business and respiratory therapy. One of her first jobs out of college was working with a software development company, and she loved it. Angie has rediscovered her love of coding through taking a .Net course through Eleven Fifty Academy. “I was researching additional programming classes and schools and discovered Eleven Fifty Academy,” recalls ...

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The Bridge Fund: Filling a Need Gap in Lawrence Schools

Writer  /  Kara Kavensky Photographer  /  Brian Brosmer Lawrence residents Chad McCune and Mark Pressley created The Bridge Fund to help students bridge a gap in Lawrence schools. During the 2015-2016 school year, The Bridge Fund reports that 657 students were impacted by its efforts, and the number has doubled during the first semester of the 2016-2017 school year impacting more than 1,200 students. Opportunities made available included college tours, scholarships, state certification fees, winter coats, college application fees, medical scrubs, yearbooks, cosmetology kits, performing arts fees, athletic fees, and much more. “We wanted to do something in Lawrence in ...

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Interns to Orphans: Jeff Papa’s Mission to Mentor

Writer / Kara Kavensky Photographer / Brian Brosmer While planting trees in Jeff Papa’s front yard in 2003, Jeff and Steve Wolff discussed how privileged they were to be where they are in their current positions and how far they had come. They admired the work of those around them, such as Barnes & Thornburg partner Bob Grand with his support of Little Red Door. Jeff and Steve were thinking out loud, exploring ideas for their own philanthropic impact. At that time, Jeff was a senior associate attorney with Barnes & Thornburg and Steve was one of Jeff’s interns. While ...

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Designing Her Own Success

Jeryl Mitsch Leads a Team of World Class Interior Designers Writer / Kara Kavensky Photographers / Anne Buskirk & Andrew Kung The recent recipient of the National Association of Women Business Owner’s (NAWBO) 2016 Woman Business Owner of the Year, Jeryl Mitsch started her business with determination and sheer will more than 25 years ago. “Larry had a lot to do with it,” shares Jeryl, of her husband’s encouragement to open Mitsch Design, “He helped guide me along the initial process.” With little to no background in business, Jeryl considered herself solely a creative interior designer. However, with Larry’s support, ...

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Indy Sculpturist Brian McCutcheon Creates Iconic Images

Writer / Kara Kavensky Photographer / Brian Brosmer Growing up in Traverse City in northern Michigan, Brian McCutcheon’s first sculptural experience was fixing up his first car. “In retrospect, I realize my uncle lives like an artist. He was always in his shop where he has built hundreds of cars,” says Brian, who describes cars as a form of sculpture. Brian learned at a young age that one could earn a living in the arts. His parents recognized his propensity towards the arts and kept him enrolled in art and music classes throughout his youth. “I played the trombone and ...

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